Faculty Positions in Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, Southern Miss, USA


The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is seeking applications for a newly-established Endowed Chair in its Division of Marine Science (DMS). This is a permanent, tenure-track position for which we are seeking an enthusiastic candidate who can flourish within the multi-disciplinary environment of our department and enhance our academic and research enterprises. The Division is located in the federal city of NASA’s Stennis Space Center and benefits from close working relationships with a number of on-site federal agencies, including several of the Navy divisions, USGS and NOAA. DMS graduate and undergraduate programs extend across traditional marine science emphasis areas in biological, physical, chemical and geological oceanography, and also encompass hydrographic science and ocean engineering. Although candidates with accomplishments in biological oceanography or ocean technology will be given enhanced consideration, qualified candidates from other sub-disciplines of oceanography will also be considered. The successful candidate should, above all, demonstrate superior potential to contribute across the noted disciplines and promote the continued interdisciplinary growth of our academic and research programs. This growth has recently included the construction of a new building at the Port of Gulfport, the acquisition of the Research Vessel Point Sur, the establishment of a unique certificate program in Unmanned Maritime Systems, and the formation of the School of Ocean Science and Technology, which also includes the Division of Coastal Sciences located at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs.

The Division of Marine Science ( is home to an interdisciplinary program of graduate and undergraduate study and research in marine systems. In addition to the new Ocean Engineering baccalaureate program, DMS offers Marine Science B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, and a Hydrographic Science M.S. The DMS baccalaureate programs are delivered in Long Beach, MS, from the 52-acre beachfront Gulf Park campus, in close proximity to the Port of Gulfport. A new USM facility at the port is scheduled to open in Spring 2018. This facility will be home to a state-of-the-art fabrication lab, testing tank, and laboratory space, and will provide opportunities for faculty and students to conduct ocean technology development.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest outlining their qualifications for the position, including a research plan, teaching philosophy with a curricular plan, a curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of at least four references. Salary packages will be nationally competitive and commensurate with experience. Applications must be submitted online at For inquiries about the position, contact Vernon Asper, Chair of the Search Committee, at +1-228-688-3178 or Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date of August 2018.


The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Division of Marine Science (DMS), within the School of Ocean Science and Technology (SOST), invites applications for two tenure-track positions in ocean engineering at the assistant professor level. This newly established Ocean Engineering baccalaureate program creates an opportunity to blend engineering approaches with DMS established expertise in marine and hydrographic sciences, and to develop innovative solutions to the exploration of the oceanographic environment. These positions offer the successful candidates the possibility to contribute to the implementation and future growth of our ocean engineering program. This program is expected to combine strengths in ocean sampling technologies, technology fabrication, and coastal hydrodynamics with innovative application of ocean engineering solutions. The successful candidates should be able to leverage collaborations with SOST marine scientists and hydrographers within DMS, the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, and computer and polymer engineers within USM’s College of Science and Technology. DMS faculty also interact with research scientists of federal agencies at Stennis Space Center, such as the Naval Research Laboratory, the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, and NOAA's National Data Buoy Center.

The Division of Marine Science ( is home to an interdisciplinary program of graduate and undergraduate study and research in marine systems. In addition to the new Ocean Engineering baccalaureate program, DMS offers Marine Science B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, and a Hydrographic Science M.S. The DMS baccalaureate programs are delivered in Long Beach, MS, from the 52-acre beachfront Gulf Park campus, in close proximity to the Port of Gulfport, which is the home port for the USM-flagged ocean research vessel Pt. Sur. A new USM port facility in Gulfport, with a state-of-the-art fabrication lab, testing tank, and laboratory space, is scheduled to open in spring 2018.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in civil, environmental, or ocean engineering, or a related field, and have demonstrated research experience in ocean environment studies, through application of in situ, laboratory, and/or numerical modeling methodologies. Post-doctoral experience is desirable. The successful candidates are expected to develop and deliver courses in the Ocean Engineering program, facilitate the program’s successful establishment of ABET accreditation, and maintain an active research program. Applicants should submit a letter of interest outlining their qualifications for the position, including a research plan, teaching philosophy with a curricular plan, a curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of at least four references. All application materials will be accepted online at For inquiries about the position, contact Dr. Maarten Buijsman, chair of the search committee, at or +1-228-688-2385. Applicant review will begin February 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 2018.

Upcoming departure of the U.K. FRidge cruise in the Atlantic Ocean

FRidge is a U.K. led research expedition to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge which will explore hypotheses regarding the mechanisms that shape the ocean iron distribution. In particular, it will study the role of hydrothermal inputs from distinct vent sites along the ridge.

The FRidge cruise aboard the RRS James Cook will depart from Southampton (UK) on 20th December 2017 and arrive port in Guadeloupe (France) on the 1st February 2018. The cruise will sail along the GEOTRACES International section GA13 (see cruise track below).

During 6 weeks scientists will measure trace metals, nutrients and ocean physics over and around the mid Atlantic ridge in order to:

  • Document the distributions of trace metals in the North Atlantic Ocean and how they vary on and off the Mid-Atlantic Ridge;
  • Examine the mechanisms driving the magnitude of hydrothermal trace metal plumes at different hydrothermal sites along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

GA13 cruise trackFigure: Planned cruise track of the FRidge cruise (GEOTRACES section GA13).
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PhD position in Mediterranean Mercury Modeling, LSCE & MIO, France

The Laboratory of Climate and Environmental Sciences (LSCE, Paris, France) and the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography (MIO, Marseilles, France) are offering a

PhD Position

Topic: Modeling the biogeochemical mercury cycle in the Mediterranean Sea.

Starting on October 1st 2018

Job Description / Duties

The Mediterranean Sea is under the influence of anthropogenic emissions and changing climate, both affecting the biogeochemical mercury cycle. This oligotrophic basin, limited by macronutrients (P, N), mainly receives supply via atmospheric deposition, upwelling of deep waters and rivers.

The PhD objective is to investigate the impact of climate change and atmospheric forcing on the Mediterranean Sea and its marine biogeochemistry. The strategy is based on the use and analysis of 3D atmospheric and oceanic models, especially the regional coupled NEMOMed-PISCES model that simulates the dynamics and biogeochemical cycles of the Mediterranean at high resolution (1/12°). This study is part of the national MISTRALS and the international GEOTRACES programs.

Firstly, we will study the evolution of the biogeochemical cycling according to different IPCC climate change scenarios. We will simulate the response of the changes in forcing (temperature, circulation), nutrient supply (atmospheric dust deposition, rivers), and nutrient redistribution (circulation) on primary production, and the first trophic levels (phyto- and zooplankton). The numerical modeling efforts will be supported by recently acquired in situ observations, including a Saharan dust event, aduring the 2017 GEOTRACES PEACETIME cruise.

Secondly, we will attempt to simulate for the first time the complex biogeochemical cycle of mercury (Hg), resolving all Hg species (MMHg, DMHg, Hg°, Hg2+, pHg, pMMHg) in the Mediterranean Sea. Mercury is global pollutant and a neurotoxin with a serious health risk for humans, mainly via the consumption of marine fish. Anthropogenic Hg emissions have largely altered natural Hg levels. Bacteria feeding on sinking marine organic matter in the mesopelagic zone are thought to produce the toxic methylmercury species (MMHg) that bioaccumulates along the marine trophic chain to harmful levels. The direct links of anthropogenic Hg emissions and changing climate to marine fish Hg levels, and ultimately human exposure remain ill-understood.

The Mediterranean Sea is one of the best covered areas in terms of observational Hg data (Cossa et al. 1991, 1994, 1997, 2017a,b, Horvat et al. 2003, 2005, Kotnik et al. 2007, 2009, Heimbürger et al. 2010). The data comprises over 800 data points and the new data acquired during the 2017 GEOTRACES PEACETIME cruise added another 200 data points. The wealth of observational Hg data and the well-studied circulation and biogeochemistry (MERMEX group, 2011) make the Mediterranean Sea the ideal place to implement marine biogeochemical models (Ayache et al., 2016).

The PhD student will based at the Laboratoire du Sciences du Climat et d’Environnement (LSCE) and collaborate intensely with the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography (MIO) in Marseilles, France. S/he will help with the validation and interpretation of all acquired data and be in charge of the implementation of the data into numerical models. The PhD student will be lead author of at least 2 publications. Although the data for PhD project is already acquired, the student will be given the opportunity to learn about the observational aspects, ultra-trace clean techniques, participate to field campaigns.


A qualification comparable to a Master's degree or Diploma in (chemical) oceanography, environmental chemistry, or related field is required. Experience in programming and numerical modeling is a requirement, and notations in marine biogeochemistry are desirable. An essential requirement for selection for the PhD projects is a top-quality MSc or equivalent 5 year degree. We also expect good English language skills.

Applications including a letter of motivation, CV and contact details of 3 referees should be sent to and as a single pdf file, using as subject "MED Hg modeling".

Dr. Jean-Claude Dutay
SCE, IPSL/CEA, UVSQ, CNRS, University Paris-Saclay, Gif sur Yvette, France

Dr. Lars-Eric Heimbürger
Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography, Aix Marseille University, CNRS/INSU, Université de Toulon, IRD, UM 110, 13288, Marseille, France

Evaluation will close end of April.


Ayache, M., J. C. Dutay, T. Arsouze, S. Révillon, J. Beuvier and C. Jeandel (2016). "High-resolution neodymium characterization along the Mediterranean margins and modelling of εNd distribution in the Mediterranean basins." Biogeosciences 13(18): 5259-5276.

Cossa, D., B. Averty and N. Pirrone (2009). "The origin of methylmercury in open Mediterranean waters." Limnology and Oceanography 54(3): 837-844.

Cossa, D. and M. Coquery, Eds. (2005). The Mediterranean Mercury Anomaly, a Geochemical or a Biological Issue. The Mediterranean Sea. Berlin-Heidelberg, Springer.

Cossa, D., X. Durrieu de Madron, J. Schäfer, S. Guédron, N. Marusczak, S. Castelle and J.-J. Naudin (2017). "Sources and exchanges of mercury in the waters of the Northwestern Mediterranean margin." Progress in Oceanography.

Cossa, D., X. Durrieu de Madron, J. Schäfer, L. Lanceleur, S. Guédron, R. Buscail, B. Thomas, S. Castelle and J.-J. Naudin (2017). "The open sea as the main source of methylmercury in the water column of the Gulf of Lions (Northwestern Mediterranean margin)." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 199(Supplement C): 222-237.

Cossa, D. and J.-M. Martin (1991). "Mercury in the Rhône delta and adjacent marine areas." Marine Chemistry 36(1–4): 291-302.

Cossa, D., J. M. Martin and J. Sanjuan (1994). "Dimethylmercury Formation in the Alboran Sea." Marine Pollution Bulletin 28(6): 381-384.

Cossa, D., J. M. Martin, K. Takayanagi and J. Sanjuan (1997). "The distribution and cycling of mercury species in the western Mediterranean." Deep-Sea Research II 44(3-4): 721-740.

Durrieu de Madron, X., C. Guieu, R. Sempéré, P. Conan, D. Cossa, F. D’Ortenzio, C. Estournel, F. Gazeau, C. Rabouille, L. Stemmann, S. Bonnet, F. Diaz, P. Koubbi, O. Radakovitch, M. Babin, M. Baklouti, C. Bancon-Montigny, S. Belviso, N. Bensoussan, B. Bonsang, I. Bouloubassi, C. Brunet, J. F. Cadiou, F. Carlotti, M. Chami, S. Charmasson, B. Charrière, J. Dachs, D. Doxaran, J. C. Dutay, F. Elbaz-Poulichet, M. Eléaume, F. Eyrolles, C. Fernandez, S. Fowler, P. Francour, J. C. Gaertner, R. Galzin, S. Gasparini, J. F. Ghiglione, J. L. Gonzalez, C. Goyet, L. Guidi, K. Guizien, L. E. Heimbürger, S. H. M. Jacquet, W. H. Jeffrey, F. Joux, P. Le Hir, K. Leblanc, D. Lefèvre, C. Lejeusne, R. Lemé, M. D. Loÿe-Pilot, M. Mallet, L. Méjanelle, F. Mélin, C. Mellon, B. Mérigot, P. L. Merle, C. Migon, W. L. Miller, L. Mortier, B. Mostajir, L. Mousseau, T. Moutin, J. Para, T. Pérez, A. Petrenko, J. C. Poggiale, L. Prieur, M. Pujo-Pay, V. Pulido, P. Raimbault, A. P. Rees, C. Ridame, J. F. Rontani, D. Ruiz Pino, M. A. Sicre, V. Taillandier, C. Tamburini, T. Tanaka, I. Taupier-Letage, M. Tedetti, P. Testor, H. Thébault, B. Thouvenin, F. Touratier, J. Tronczynski, C. Ulses, F. Van Wambeke, V. Vantrepotte, S. Vaz and R. Verney (2011). "Marine ecosystems’ responses to climatic and anthropogenic forcings in the Mediterranean." Progress in Oceanography 91(2): 97-166.

Heimbürger, L. E., D. Cossa, J.-C. Marty, C. Migon, B. Averty, A. Dufour and J. Ras (2010). "Methylmercury distributions in relation to the presence of nano- and picophytoplankton in an oceanic water column (Ligurian Sea, North-western Mediterranean)." Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta 74(19): 5549-5559.

Horvat, M., J. Kotnik, M. Logar, V. Fajon, T. Zvonaric and N. Pirrone (2003). "Speciation of mercury in surface and deep-sea waters in the Mediterranean Sea." Atmospheric Environment 37(Supplement 1): 93-108.

Kotnik, J., M. Horvat, E. Tessier, N. Ogrinc, M. Monperrus, D. Amouroux, V. Fajon, D. Gibicar, S. Zizek, F. Sprovieri and N. Pirrone (2007). "Mercury speciation in surface and deep waters of the Mediterranean Sea." Marine Chemistry 107(1): 13-30.

Save the date! Joint GEOTRACES/PAGES Workshop



Trace element and isotope proxies in paleoceanography:
A synthesis workshop

3 – 5 December 2018, Aix-Marseille, France


: The joint GEOTRACES/PAGES workshop on the synthesis of geochemical proxies used in paleoceanography aims to establish the strength, limits and conditions of application of a given proxy. 
There is a vital need for a synthesis of geochemical proxies used in paleoceanography to improve interpretation of commonly used proxies. This synthesis is timely in view of the wealth of new data coming from GEOTRACES and contemporary programs. The workshop will bring together expertise from GEOTRACES, PAGES, and the broader oceanographic community of observationalists and modellers that will exploit new data to provide a more rigorous calibration of proxies and interpretation of their records.

Working groups
Biological productivity / Oceanic circulation / Particle flux and sedimentation rate / Physical and/or biogeochemical modelling.

 PAGES, GEOTRACES, SCOR, US-NSF, CNRS-INSU-LEFE, Aix-Marseille Université, Thermo Fisher Scientific and John Cantle Scientific.

More information
 will be available in early 2018. For any questions, please contact: Kazuyo Tachikawa ( or Laurence Vidal (

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop.

Workshop planning committee

Robert Anderson – Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, USA
Damien Cardinal  –  LOCEAN, Sorbonne Université, France
Martin Frank – GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany
Chris Hayes – University of Southern Mississippi, USA
Gideon Henderson – University of Oxford, UK
Tristan Horner – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA
Catherine Jeandel – Observatoire Midi Pyrenees, France
Susan Little – Imperial College, UK
Marie-France Loutre - PAGES International Project Office, Switzerland
Thomas Marchitto – University of Colorado, USA
Elena Masferrer Dodas – GEOTRACES International Project Office, France
Katharina Pahnke – Max Planck Research Group - Marine Isotope Geochemistry, Germany
Kazuyo Tachikawa – CEREGE, France
Laurence Vidal – Aix-Marseille Université, France
Jimin Yu – Australian National University, Australia
Liping Zhou – Peking University, China


5 minutes survey on the IDP2017

Please take part in this short (5 minutes) survey on the GEOTRACES Intermediate Data Product 2017

Your contribution will help us to improve the data product for the next release, expected in 2021.

Many thanks in advance!

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Tenure Track Oceanography Faculty Positions, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Tenure Track Oceanography Faculty Cluster Hire 

The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) seeks applications from exceptional candidates for at least two tenure-track faculty positions to complement CFOS’ breadth of expertise in fisheries and ocean sciences. We invite applicants with sea-going programs in chemical, geological, physical, biological, or fisheries oceanography, whose research plans include use of the ice-capable, Global Class R/V Sikuliaq, and who will further the mission and strengths of the College. These faculty appointments are intended to be at the rank of Assistant Professor, although outstanding candidates at a higher rank will be considered. These positions begin a broader campaign to hire up to five faculty to enhance research, teaching, and service in the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. 

UAF is Alaska’s research university, North America’s Arctic university and a world leader in both Arctic and climate-change research. The successful applicants will enjoy opportunities for collaboration within CFOS’s world-class, high-latitude research programs. The College offers a B.S. in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, a B.A. in Fisheries, Minors in Marine Science and Fisheries, a new Master of Marine Studies degree program, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Oceanography, Marine Biology and Fisheries. The UAF campus houses the Ocean Acidification Research Center, the Alaska Stable Isotope Facility, a new Multi-Collector ICPMS, and the Advanced Instrumentation Laboratory (AIL), the Core Facility for Nucleic Acid Analysis. Our coastal facilities include the Seward Marine Center, the NOAA-UAF Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, the Alaska SeaLife Center, the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, and the Lena Point Fisheries Facility. The College has over 150 faculty, researchers and staff based throughout Alaska, more than 100 graduate students engaged in thesis research in Alaska waters and throughout the world, and a growing undergraduate degree program in fisheries and ocean sciences. 

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in oceanography or closely related discipline, and preferably have post-doctoral and teaching experience. The position requires research, education and service that support Alaska’s ocean resources and the communities that rely upon them. The successful candidate will be expected to teach core courses and/or develop specialty oceanography courses for the graduate and undergraduate academic programs, develop a vigorous externally funded sea-going research program, and mentor graduate students. Interested applicants should submit a statement of interest that outlines their qualifications for this position and includes a research plan, teaching interests, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of at least three references. Applications must be submitted to Job #508328 at For questions about these positions, please contact Dr. Mark Johnson, Chair of the Search Committee, at For full consideration, applications should be received no later than February 28, 2018 by 11:55 PM Alaska Standard Time.


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