Postdoctoral Associate (Eng)

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month, Time-Limited
Department: 010300 - Ag & Bio Engineering
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The appointment is 100% research under the academic supervision of Dr. Vitor Martins. Your research will be focused on coastal research, satellite data processing, and water quality algorithms within the MBRACE project. This project aims to use satellite time series data and develop an advanced dashboard for product visualization in the Gulf Coast waters. Your research will generate open-access research publications and satellite-based water quality products.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Area of Specialization:

Coastal Research, satellite data processing and water quality algorithms

Anticipated Appointment Date:

January 15, 2024.

Tenure Track Status:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Your duties will involve Sentinel-3 OLCI image processing and in situ water quality collection and will focus on coding, processing, and analyzing these satellite multi-spectral data using Python language, preparing manuscripts and presentations describing the research, collaborating with other members of Dr. Martins's research team, and ABE department, interacting with staff at MSU and MBRACE, and other institutions, and occasional travel to scientific meetings. In addition, related duties will be determined in discussions with Dr. Vitor Martins, Principal Investigator of MBRACE funding.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Biosystems or Environmental Engineering, Remote Sensing, Computer Science, Hydrology, Marine Science, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, or related fields

Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Remote Sensing or Biosystems Engineering, at least three years of computer programming experience, and first-authored publication(s) in the peer-reviewed literature.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The successful candidate must have experience with satellite data processing, programming, and good oral and written communication skills.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Most of the work is conducted in the office, with occasional fieldwork

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Applicant must apply online at and include a cover letter, resume and three references with contact information. Official transcripts with social security number redacted will be required if hired.

Screening Date:

September 12, 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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