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Data Scientist III

University of Southern Mississippi
West Gulfport, MS
Closing date
May 29, 2023

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Science, Mathematics and Statistics
Organization Type
Data Scientist III

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Data Scientist III.

Position Details

Location Marine Research Center

1030 West Pier, Port of Gulfport

Gulfport, Mississippi, 39501

United States

Division Ocean Enterprise

Position Type Staff

Employment Status Full Time

Grant Funded Yes

Salary Range 64,124.00 - 84,000.00

Posting Close Date Open Until Filled

Job Summary

This is advanced level, data scientist work with the responsibility for developing, planning, and implementing research projects to advance ocean science and engineering. Incumbents are expected to conduct, evaluate, and interpret scientific data and studies with considerable independent judgment and discretion under the general supervision of a higher-level, scientist or an administrative or technical supervisor. Interaction with members of local, state, and federal regulatory entities, special interest groups, and the general public, including speaking to large and small groups is required. Incumbents at this level may act as project managers in the performance of related duties and supervision will be exercised over others. This position is located at the Marine Research Center, in Gulfport MS and is part of the USM Roger F. Wicker Center for Ocean Enterprise. The Center works with industry, state and federal government and academic partners for research, development, testing and evaluation of ocean sensing buoys as well as uncrewed surface and subsurface marine vehicles including but not limited to platform, payload, command and control systems, power system and data integration/analysis.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develop, plan and manage research projects. Provide leadership in coordinating research activities and serve as project coordinator.
  • Routinely prepares technical reports, manuscripts, oral presentations, and other written forms of communication for the dissemination of research findings following standard guidelines.
  • Contribute to Ocean Enterprise goals by developing proposals, keeping appropriate individuals on the OE staff informed of activities of activities and providing status reports for documenting milestones and meeting funding obligations regarding projects.
  • Plan, manage and execute test and evaluation of UxS, other autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles or platforms and performs analysis of data collected.
  • Provides programmatic and technical support to project directors or principal investigators and collaborate with Ocean Enterprise, USM and external researchers as appropriate.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree from an accredited college or university in data science, engineering, remote sensing, physical science or closely related field and a minimum five years of experience in data science research, applications, or similar occupation. Related education and related experience may be substituted on an equal basis. Valid Drivers License is required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret research periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures associated with research activities. Proficient writing skills are necessary to perform stated duties. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of data science professionals, customers, and the general public.

Ability to utilize, process, visualize, and analyze various geospatial data as well as can travel, and work from large and small vessels.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. from an accredited college or university in, data science, engineering, remote sensing, physical science or closely related field and two years of experience in data science research, applications, or similar occupation. Valid Drivers License is required.

Proficiency with Programming Languages/Platforms/Libraries such as C, Java, Python, R/RSudio, MATLAB, AWS Sagemaker, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Tensorflow, Keras, Scikit Learn, Pandas, Numpy, SQL, NOSQL (Mongo DB), ArcPy, Tableau, Docker, and ArcGIS.

Certifications in one or more of the above toolsets.

About The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.

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