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Research Associate

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 080300 - FWRC-Wildlife,Fisheries&Aquaculture
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Salary Grade/Salary Minimum:

13/Minimum:  33,900 

Department Profile:

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture has ~30 faculty, ~60 graduate students, and 7 administrative support staff (excluding extension and research support personnel). The Department has extensive extension, research, education and service programs in wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture. For additional information see www.msucares.com/wildfish/index.html and www.cfr.msstate.edu/wildlife/index.asp

Area of Specialization:

Geospatial Analysis 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The candidate will work with the Ecological Modeler to incorporate geospatial decision support models into a dynamic and interactive web-mapping application, beta-test the application with target user groups, and provide technical support and web application refinement for SCA project outreach efforts in support of the project Outreach Coordinator. This position will require some travel to the coastal Gulf of Mexico Region for project team and stakeholder meetings.

The position will be funded through April 2020. Salary will be commensurate with experience, up to $47,000 per year. The Research Associate will be located in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi.

Minimum Qualifications:

At the Research Associate II level, the applicant must hold a B.S. in geography, geosciences, ecology, environmental science/management, coastal or marine ecology, wildlife and fisheries science, or other related fields and minimum of 3 years of relevant experience and the equivalent of a master's degree; or a M.S. degree and minimum of 1 year of relevant experience and demonstrated competency.  At the Research Associate III level, the applicant must hold a B.S. in geography, geosciences, ecology, environmental science/management, coastal or marine ecology, wildlife and fisheries science, or other related fields and minimum of 6 years of relevant experience and the equivalent of a master's degree; a M.S. degree and minimum of 3 years of relevant experience; or a doctoral degree with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience and demonstrate competency. Strong background and expertise with geographic information systems (GIS) and other related software applications and technologies is required.  The Research Associate must have excellent oral and written communication skills, be self-motivated, and able to work effectively both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. 

Preferred Qualifications:

A M.S. or Ph.D. in geography, geosciences, ecology, environmental science/management, coastal or marine ecology, wildlife and fisheries science, or other related fields is highly desirable.  The preferred candidate will also have experience developing web-enabled geospatial data applications, particularly those that enable on-the-fly data processing in a web-user interface. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Additional expertise in other GIS software applications (e.g., ERDAS Imagine, ENVI, GRASS, QGIS, etc.) and experience with html and other programming applications (e.g., Python, R, SQL, etc.) is considered a valuable asset for this position.  The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the skills above in addition to experience working in Gulf Coast landscape conservation or large-scale data applications, and have experience with spatially explicit ecological modeling, multi-criteria decision analysis, and interacting with stakeholders. 

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

Some travel to the coastal Gulf of Mexico Region for project team and stakeholder meetings will be required, 1-2 overnight trips every 2-3 months. Applicants may contact Kristine Evans [kristine.evans@msstate.edu] with any questions prior to application submission. 

Restricted Clause:

Contingent upon continued availability of funding. 

Instructions for Applying:

Applications must include: 1) cover letter, 2) resume or Curriculum Vitae, 3) one-page statement of interest and expertise, 4) contact information for five references, and 5) academic transcripts.  Applicants must complete an application through the MSU HRM website, but should also email a copy of the cover letter and resume/CV directly to kristine.evans@msstate.edu

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by 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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