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University of Southern Mississippi Postdoctoral Research Associate in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Postdoctoral Research Associate

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate.

Position Details

Location Hattiesburg

118 College Drive

Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39406-0001

United States

Division School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Position Type Staff

Employment Status Full Time

Grant Funded Yes

Posting Close Date Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Prospective applicants should submit their applications online with a cover letter summarizing research experience and interests, and a complete curriculum vitae (with a list of publications and the contact information of three references). Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate will be expected to begin as soon as possible.

Job Summary

The School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences seeks a joint postdoctoral associate in the groups of Dr. Karl Wallace and Dr. Wujian Miao to develop optical, electrochemical and electrogenerated chemiluminescence (ECL) films for detection and quantification of specific chemical warfare agents and explosives.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform scientific research in laboratory. The candidate is expected to synthesize organic compounds, polymeric materials, carry out spectroscopic, and electrochemical measurements.

  • The candidate is expected to work closely with the PIs and help manage graduate students and undergraduate students in the group and with the general management of the labs.

  • Publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidates will have completed their Ph.D. in chemistry or related fields.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Applicants are expected to have a strong academic and research background in molecular recognition and sensor design.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate should be highly motivated and have competent English communication skills. Candidates with a strong background in analytical techniques such as fluorescence spectroscopy, electrochemical and ECL techniques are encouraged to apply.

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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