Assistant Professor - Carbonate Chemistry or Biogeochemistry

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Professor - Carbonate Chemistry or Biogeochemistry.

Location: Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, Mississippi, 39564
United States
Division: Coastal Sciences
Position Type: Faculty
Employment Status: Full Time
Grant Funded: No
Posting Close Date: March 1, 2024

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications must be submitted through the candidate portal. For full consideration, submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a research plan, (3) a teaching philosophy with a curricular plan, (4) a curriculum vitae, (5) a statement on how the candidate would contribute to the diversity, equity and inclusion of our School, and (6) names and contact information of at least four references. All attachments must be uploaded at the time of submission. Full consideration will be given to applications received by 8 January 2024, with an anticipated start date of August 2024.

For questions regarding this position, please contact the chair of the search committee, Dr. Eric Saillant, by email:

Job Summary

The Division of Coastal Sciences in the School of Ocean Science and Engineering (SOSE) at The University of Southern Mississippi invites qualified applicants for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track faculty position in Carbonate Chemistry or Biogeochemistry at the assistant level to begin in Fall 2024. Salary packages will be nationally competitive and commensurate with experience.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Potential areas of research include but are not limited to: ocean acidification; blue carbon, and effects of natural and anthropogenic stressors on the carbon cycle in coastal ecosystems. We are particularly interested in scientists bringing expertise in carbonate formation, dissolution, and transformation and understanding the impact of these processes on biogeochemical cycles in coastal ecosystems (e.g. the role of carbonates as a long-term storage mechanism of carbon dioxide).
  2. The candidate will be expected to: (1) develop a strong, nationally recognized and externally funded research program; (2) publish in peer-reviewed literature; (3) mentor graduate students; and (4) participate in graduate and undergraduate instruction in the Division of Coastal Sciences and School of Ocean Science and Engineering. Evaluation of applications will consider the potential of candidates to develop collaboration within SOSE, as well as with other USM academic units including the School of Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in oceanography, marine chemistry, biogeochemistry, or a related field. The successful candidate will be required to pass a USM employment background check.

Additional Information:

This position is part of a coordinated effort to expand research and teaching capabilities across USM's School of Ocean Science and Engineering that includes the hire of an Assistant Professor in marine chemistry in the Division of Marine Sciences located at the NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center, MS and an Assistant Teaching Track Professor with expertise in microbiology and microbial ecology at the USM Gulf Coast Campus in Long Beach, MS.

SOSE includes two academic divisions, the Division of Coastal Sciences and the Division of Marine Science, and four R&D centers: the Center for Fisheries Research and Development, the Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center, the Marine Education Center, and the Hydrographic Science Research Center. The position will be located in Ocean Springs at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, a marine laboratory featuring comprehensive research programs in coastal and marine biological sciences. Research program support includes state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and instrumentation; a fleet of small and large research vessels including the R/V Point Sur; the GCRL Museum collection; facilities at the Center for Fisheries Research and Development and Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center; and the NSF I/UCRC Science Center for Marine Fisheries. This position also has access to USM's Marine Research Center, which has a state-of-the-art fabrication lab, testing tank, and laboratory space, and the Roger F. Wicker Center for Ocean Enterprise. Both are located at the Port of Gulfport, which is also the home port of a new 199-ft UNOLS Regional Class Research Vessel (R/V Gilbert R. Mason). Ocean Springs is known for its beauty, natural resources, and arts community. It is home to art galleries, restaurants, and schools that are ranked among the best in the state.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include post-doctoral experience and a demonstrated record of scholarship, service, grant development, communication, and commitment to diversity.

About The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 146 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.

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