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Postdoctoral Research Associate Fisheries Ecosystem Modeling
The University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi, United States
Start reviewing process: 30 April 2024

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications must be submitted through the candidate portal. For full consideration, submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) names and contact information of three references. All attachments must be uploaded at the time of submission. The position will stay open until filled, but full consideration will be given to applications received by April 30, 2024, with a preferred start date of August 2024. For questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Kim de Mutsert (

Job Summary
The De Mutsert Fish Ecology Lab is hiring a postdoctoral research associate to work on an ecosystem model of the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Funding is available for 3 years and can be extended by attracting additional research funding. This is a research focused job with no teaching obligations.

Job Description and Responsibilities
We invite applicants for a full-time postdoctoral research position as part of Dr. De Mutsert’s Fish Ecology Research Lab within the Division of Coastal Sciences of the School of Ocean Science and Engineering at The University of Southern Mississippi. The successful candidate will participate in the development of an ecosystem model that represents the northern Gulf of Mexico and its estuaries, and evaluate effects of environmental change in this region on fish, shellfish, and their fisheries. The main project the successful candidate will be working on as part of a large group of scientists is the Mississippi Delta Transition Initiative: This project aims to project the evolution of the lower Mississippi River Delta over the coming decades and its effects on ecosystems, industry, natural resources and communities. This position will focus on the effects on fish and fisheries. Funding is available for 3 years and can be extended by attracting additional research funding. Main tools used for this work are Ecopath with Ecosim, R and ArcGIS, and experience with these programs is a plus. Additional research questions to be answered with the ecosystem model that this position will be involved in include evaluating effects of freshwater inflow in the Mississippi Sound on fish and shellfish.

Additional Information
The position will be located in Ocean Springs, Mississippi at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, a marine laboratory featuring comprehensive research programs in coastal and marine biological sciences. Ocean Springs is known for its beauty, natural resources, and arts community. It has been voted the Best Coastal Small Town in America by USA Today. It is home to galleries, restaurants, and schools that are ranked among the best in the state. More information on the De Mutsert Lab can be found here: More information on the School of Ocean Science and Engineering can be found here:

Minimum Qualifications
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in oceanography, marine biology, fisheries science, or a related field. The successful candidate will be required to pass a USM employment background check.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with ecosystem and food web models, fish population dynamic models and stock assessment, species distribution models, and geospatial analysis of large fisheries and environmental datasets
  • Experience working in collaborative, multidisciplinary projects
  • Experience with the Ecopath with Ecosim software
  • Experience with R
  • Experience with ArcGIS or QGIS
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, as evidenced through publications in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and presentations to a variety of audiences
  • A commitment to foster inclusion and working with colleagues from diverse backgrounds, cultures, nationalities, and identities

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.

Of interest for:
  • Marine Working Group
  • Coastal Working Group
  • Ecosystem Dynamics Focus Research Group