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Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Interested applicants can electronically upload a resume/vita, cover letter, and names and contact information of three references. Please check to see which documents (i.e., resume, CV, cover letter, list of references) are associated with this posting. Prior to applying for the position, prepare the electronic versions of these documents to upload or to “copy and paste” when prompted. You will not have the opportunity to attach them after you apply. All positions will be open until an adequate applicant pool has been reached. An official copy of your transcript is required upon hire for this position. Applicants must meet the posted minimum qualifications for the position at the time of completing and submitting an application.

Position Information

Position Information

Position Title Research Scientist or Senior Research Scientist
Department National Center for Physical Acoustics
Job Location Oxford
Job Type Full-Time
Job Description

The University of Mississippi’s National Center for Physical Acoustics (NCPA) invites applications for a Research Scientist that will assume a leadership role as a Principal Investigator within the Aeroacoustics Research Group. The Aeroacoustics Research Group has an established track record in the study of supersonic jet noise and transonic cavity flows. The candidate will make use of the group’s world class research facilities (http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/aeroacoustics/UM_Aeroacoustics/Facilities.html) to conduct novel research that will expand the group’s research activities into the areas of fluid/structure and thermo-fluid/structure interactions, unsteady combustion dynamics, and aero-optics.

The NCPA facilities offer a unique opportunity to leverage multiple measurement techniques simultaneously to explore and refine the understanding of turbulence interactions in complex flows. The NCPA is an externally funded research unit of the University; therefore, the candidate will be expected to develop and sustain outside funding for research efforts commensurate with their expertise.

The successful candidate should be eligible to apply for an appointment as a Research Faculty (non-tenure track) in an appropriate department in order to mentor graduate students. While not a tenure-track position, the research positions in the NCPA do follow a promotion path that is closely aligned with the University’s academic ranks (Research Scientist I, Research Scientist II, Senior Scientist I, Senior Scientist II, Principal Scientist). The University has an Aeroacoustics Graduate Program that is open to graduate students in physics, mathematics, chemistry, and engineering. Typically, students in the program follow the curriculum of their home department with the addition of fluids/turbulence/aeroacoustics electives while working as research assistants in the Aeroacoustics Research Group. The candidate will be expected to mentor students in the University’s Graduate Program in Aeroacoustics and be capable of teaching relevant graduate courses as needed.

Job Responsibilities

The candidate shall assume a leadership role as a Principal Investigator within the Aeroacoustics Research Group and team with the other researchers to grow and broaden the aeroacoustics research activities at The University of Mississippi. The candidate shall utilize modern testing techniques to measure and characterize complex flow fields and aeroacoustics related phenomena. The candidate shall support the continued development of Aeroacoustic infrastructure at the NCPA and teach and mentor students in the University’s Graduate School Program in Aeroacoustics. The candidate shall develop and sustain outside funding for research efforts commensurate with their expertise and mentor graduate students on related research projects.

Minimum Qualifications

The position requires an earned PhD in Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Science, Applied Physics, or a closely related field. At least three years (Research Scientist) or five years (Senior Research Scientist) of experimental research experience in the field of Acoustics, Aeroacoustics, Turbulence, Fluid/Structure Interaction or an allied field is required. The successful candidate will demonstrate proficiency in the practice of modern fluid-mechanics measurements (PIV, LDV, LDA, DIC, PLIF, Shack-Hartmann, hot wire arrays, microphone arrays, Kulites, etc.) and familiarity with correlation-based analytical methods (wavenumber-frequency decomposition, POD, wave-packet analysis, array processing, etc.). The selected candidate must be eligible for U.S. Security Clearance.

Special instructions to applicants

Interested applicants can electronically upload a resume/vita, cover letter, and names and contact information of three references.

Please check to see which documents (i.e., resume, CV, cover letter, list of references) are associated with this posting. Prior to applying for the position, prepare the electronic versions of these documents to upload or to “copy and paste” when prompted. You will not have the opportunity to attach them after you apply.

All positions will be open until an adequate applicant pool has been reached.

An official copy of your transcript is required upon hire for this position.

Applicants must meet the posted minimum qualifications for the position at the time of completing and submitting an application.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Work Schedule Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm
If part-time, specific number of hours per week
Published Salary Actual salary will depend on experience and qualifications
Exceptional Employment Benefits

The University of Mississippi is proud to offer a comprehensive salary and generous benefits package. Benefits include employer-paid portions of medical, dental, vision, and tuition waiver programs for employees and dependents. In addition, the UM retirement program provides a 15.75% employer contribution. UM offers generous paid holiday time off, personal (vacation) and medical leave for most employees – staff members accrue personal and medical leave based on their years of service. UM was named the state’s healthiest workplace among all Mississippi colleges and universities and offers wellness programs. For eight consecutive years, UM has been recognized as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education. For information about our employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview (http://www.olemiss.edu/hr/benefits.html).

Job Open Date 01/31/2017
Employee Category Professional / Administrative
Employee Designation Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)
Clerical skills testing None

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn about this particular job opening?
    • University of Mississippi website
    • Print ad/newspaper
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • WIN Job Center/MDES Jobs Website
    • Professional meeting or conference
    • Professional journal and through a professional organization
    • Professional list service
    • Listed at historically black or predominately minority college or university
    • Predominately minority-targeted publication
    • Other institution/laboratory/program
    • Referred by a friend who is an employee of the University
    • I am a current employee
  2. * Do you have a PhD in Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Science, Applied Physics, or a closely related field and at least three (3) years of experimental research experience in the field of Acoustics, Aeroacoustics, Turbulence, Fluid/Structure Interaction or an allied field after award of degree?
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Resume / Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of Professional References