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Assistant Research Professor

Mississippi State University

Biloxi ,  Mississippi

Department Profile:

Coastal Research and Extension Center serves as Mississippi State University's "southern exposure". This position in based in Biloxi, MS.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties will include the development of a research program with associated outreach activities targeting applied coastal ecology and conservation science, with an emphasis on coastal avian issues, and formation of close working relationships with all relevant stakeholders.
Potential focus areas could include, but not limited to: avian and habitat monitoring, ecosystem-based management, conservation decision-making, habitat and avian connectivity, restoration science, conservation biology, socio-economic impact of birds, public outreach and education, training of natural resource professionals, and human impacts on coastal birdlife.

This position will be based in Biloxi, but may require periodic visits to other stations or campus. Successful candidate will be administratively associated with the Coastal Research and Extension Center (CREC), have an academic affiliation with the MSU Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture (WFA), and an affiliation with the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (GBNERR).

The Assistant Research Professor will facilitate technology, research and educational transfer through appropriate training presentations, workshops, and in-service training sessions. The Assistant Research Professor will interact regularly with coastal conservation stakeholders, including government and non-government agencies and organizations, who represent all facets of coastal bird issues to identify and facilitate timely applied research efforts addressing specific problems encountered by clientele. The Assistant Research Professor will maintain programmatic ties with State Specialists and other faculty in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture to implement innovative disciplinary and interdisciplinary educational programs as appropriate.

The Assistant Research Professor will ensure information transfer to stakeholders through on-site verification of research based recommendations via use of appropriate technology. The individual will facilitate, coordinate and participate in research projects, demonstrations and other research activities in collaboration with MAFES and government and non-government agency and organization scientists. The individual will submit and/or partner with colleagues in grant and contract proposals seeking funding to support outreach and applied research efforts. Furthermore, the Assistant/Associate Research Professor will demonstrate and present information and updates through effective program delivery by planning and participating in local, statewide, regional, national and international meetings. In accordance with an Assistant/Associate Research Professor appointment, appropriate scholarly publications (print and web based) including: web-based information sheets, popular articles in trade magazines and newsletters, refereed journal articles, and press releases will be published where appropriate. Considerable local and regional in-state travel will be required to ensure the most pressing needs of the programmatic area are met.

The Assistant Research Professor will actively participate in professional societies/organizations as well as appropriate CREC and MSU-WFA committees. These activities should include involvement in coordinating ecological goals/objectives through collaborative "team" efforts with Specialists, Agents and research scientists. The Assistant Research Professor will have an active voice and display leadership in professional organizations and committees. In addition, the Assistant Research Professor should work actively in the community to educate the general public about bird and coastal ecosystem conservation issues accomplished through a variety of displays, presentations and other media outlets throughout Mississippi.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D degree in Estuarine or Environmental Science, Wildlife Ecology, Conservation Biology, or a closely related field from an accredited institution. 15+ years working in coastal ecosystems, 15+ years conducting avian conservation research, and 10+ years studying the ecology of estuarine ecosystems along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Acceptable candidate must have outstanding English verbal and written communication skills, statistics, experimental design, and/or current environmental assessment techniques required to conduct environmental and ecological research and meet outreach and education expectations, and fulfill job responsibilities.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):

ABDs will not be considered.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience leading an estuarine or environmental science, field or wildlife ecology research program with demonstrated success. 
  • Demonstrated record of peer-reviewed publications. 
  • Willingness to address critical and emerging environmental issues as part of a collaborative multidisciplinary team. 
  • Demonstrated success working closely with natural resource management agencies on applied questions in coastal conservation.
  • Demonstrated record of extramural funding.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The individual should be self-motivated, fit well in a multidisciplinary team environment, and exhibit excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to publish in the peer-reviewed literature.

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