Job no: 500362
Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 191001 - Northern Gulf Institute
Location: Jackson County
Mississippi State University seeks a Research Associate I, II, or III at the National Marine Fisheries Service Pascagoula Laboratory.
This position entails providing support to Fisheries Scientists at the National Marine Fisheries Service Pascagoula Laboratory.
Salary Grade: 13
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.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Primary duty will be to access a database and video archive and pull videos containing a set of 40 target species for use in training an automated image analysis program. Extracted videos will require post-processing with the Video Image Analytics for the Marine Environment (VIAME) automated image analysis software to manually locate and identify specified subjects. Initial training on video reading methods, and species identification of reef fishes will be provided but previous experience would be beneficial. Training in the use of VIAME will be provided.
• Two trips to allied labs will be required (NMFS Beaufort and Panama City) to access those video libraries and address species not observed in the Mississippi Labs collection.
• Other duties include data collection through creation and handling of data sets and analysis of the data.
• Additional duty includes some participation in various surveys at sea conducted by the lab and review of reef fish, trawl, and plankton videos. Surveys are Gulf wide that are at sea for up to 2 weeks at a time.
• Preparation of survey equipment may also be required.
• US Citizen or Permanent Residency.
• Ability to receive Department of Commerce moderate risk clearance.
• B.S. in Fisheries Biology, Marine Sciences or related field.
• Knowledge of marine fish species in the Gulf of Mexico.
1. Beginning with a Bachelor’s degree: A professional (support/service) employee with a bachelors can begin work at Associate I; To begin at Associate II, one must meet the above requirements, have a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience and the equivalent to a master’s degree; To begin at Associate III, one must meet the above requirements, have a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience and the equivalent to a master’s degree.
2. Beginning with a Master’s degree: A professional (support/service) employee with a master’s degree and a minimum of 1 year of relevant experience and demonstrated competency can begin work at Associate II; To begin at Associate III, one must have a master’s degree and a minimum of 3 years of experience; To begin at Senior Associate, one must have a master’s degree and a minimum of 6 years of experience.
Existing Department of Commerce moderate risk clearance.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Processing and management of video and imagery data
• Proficiency with GIS, preferably with ESRI, ArcPro and ArcGIS Online software
• Development of online applications and services with ArcGIS
• Scripting knowledge
• Management of large collections of other environmental data
• Metadata creation and archiving
• Ability to work in Mac, Windows and Linux environments
• Communication and customer service skills
• Ability to write professional reports and making oral presentations.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
The position will be located at the National Marine Fisheries Service Laboratory in Pascagoula, MS. Mississippi State University is the institutional lead for a Cooperative Institute (The Northern Gulf Institute) that works in collaboration with NOAA.
Salary commensurate with abilities and experience. The period of performance is estimated to be for two years with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2020.
Instructions for Applying:
Apply online by submitting a cover letter, resume, and a copy of your transcript(s). Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.
For additional information, contact Dr. Steve Ashby (email@example.com)
Position contingent upon availability of funding.