Assistant Research Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 015900 - Coastal Research & Extension Center
Location: Biloxi, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

This is a 12-month, non-tenure track position consisting of a 100% research appointment; though teaching and outreach opportunities exist through a modified appointment. This position is located at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, MS, and is administratively housed within the Coastal Research and Extension Center. The academic home of the successful candidate will be determined based on discipline area of expertise. The primary function of this position will be to develop an applied research program focused on Coastal One Health (with an emphasis on understanding the linkages between coastal and marine environmental conditions, health outcomes and delivery of sustainable fisheries, mariculture, and/or coastal agroecology). Continuity of this position is dependent on the availability of funding from grants, contracts, and other sources of support.

Salary Grade:  UC

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Department Profile:

Coastal Research and Extension Center serves as the coastal arm of Mississippi State University’s Research and Extension Programs. This position in based in Biloxi, MS at the Coastal Research and Extension Center, and will involve activities as its affiliated branch stations.

Area of Specialization:

Coastal One Health (with an emphasis on understanding the linkages between coastal and marine environmental conditions, health outcomes and delivery of sustainable fisheries, mariculture, and/or coastal agroecology).

Anticipated Appointment Date:

June 1, 2023. 

Tenure Track Status:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties will include the development of a nationally and internationally recognized research program focused on Coastal One Health. The successful candidate will coordinate a collaborative, multidisciplinary and cross-sector approach to Coastal One Health Issues that could address current and future risks originating at the interface of humans, coastal fisheries and/or Gulf marine life (e.g., marine mammals, etc.) and their ecosystems. Thematic areas of research may include Gulf marine life health and disease; climate change impacts on coastal ecology systems; sediment impacts on coastal ecological health; sustainable seafood, aquaculture, mariculture and fisheries; data science and predictive/forecasting tools; and agroecological benefits from the sea. Areas of research that may impact regional gulf-wide ecological and economic recovery efforts are encouraged.

This position will be based in Biloxi, MS, but may require occasional travel to other MSU and partner locations as needed. The successful candidate will work cooperatively with faculty and staff based in the Coastal Research and Extension Center as well as other MSU locations. The successful candidate will also be expected to work with relevant stakeholders to address needs and with extension personnel to disseminate results. Supervision of employees and/or graduate students will be expected.

Faculty member will be expected to pursue and procure extramural funding in support of their research program. Research results will be communicated via stakeholder and end-user meetings, MAFES bulletins, refereed journal articles, and other publications as appropriate. Service to relevant professional organizations and Mississippi State University is also expected.

Minimum Qualifications:

An earned Ph.D. in any of the life sciences, coastal or marine science, animal physiology, wildlife or fisheries science, biological sciences, environmental sciences, or closely related field with a strong knowledge of One Health (with an emphasis on understanding the linkages between coastal and marine environmental conditions, health outcomes and delivery of sustainable fisheries, mariculture, and/or coastal agroecology). Acceptable candidates must have outstanding English verbal and written communication skills, ability to communicate research results in a variety of publications; statistical, experimental design, and analysis expertise; ability to work independently or as part of a team; and experience with data collection in the preferred candidate’s specialization. ABD candidates will be considered.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated success in pursuit of extramural funding, record of refereed journal publication, experience working with stakeholder and end-user groups

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.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Ability to work indoors and outdoors in a range of weather conditions. Ability to obtain a valid MS state driver’s and boating license.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Apply online at by submitting a cover letter, vitae, statement of research (statement should address candidate’s research philosophy, background, and vision for the position), copy of your transcripts with social security numbers redacted (redacted official transcripts will be required from the successful candidate), and three reference (sent separately by your references) to:
Dr. James E. Henderson
Professor and Head
Coastal Research and Extension Center
1815 Popps Ferry Rd.
Biloxi, MS 39532

Screening Date:

April 6, 2023 until filled. 

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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