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Research Associate I

Institution: Mississippi State University
Location: Starkville, Mississippi
Posted: September 25, 2013
Type: Fulltime
Salary Range: $31500 -  USD Per Year
Application Due: Open until filled
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Position Title Research Associate I Number of Positions 1 Internal/External Posting: External Area of Specialization Department Geosystems Research Institute Department Profile Position Function Research Associate I in the Geosystems Research Institute (GRI) within the HPC2 at Mississippi State University; This position will assist in an observation program focused on the use of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for geospatial data collection; Other personnel will assist with data collection and be responsible for data processing. Additional requirements for this position are detailed in FAA Notice N 8900.227 (or subsequent versions). Essential Duties and Responsibilities * Operate multiple small unmanned aircraft: MSU/GRI currently owns or operates a Robota Triton, an AeroVironment Puma, and an Altavian Nova. Activities may include missions in collaboration with NOAA, DoD, and other entities for geospatial data collection. *Maintain requisite recent flight experience (currency) requirements for specified UAVs * Take leadership role in executing all aspects of flight missions * Assist in developing mission plans * Assist with analysis of alternatives, specification, and procurement of other unmanned aircraft systems as funding increases. * Assist in resolving issues in data acquisition and processing * Assist with aircraft/payload maintenance and repairs * Assist in writing reports and publications * Other duties as assigned Minimum Qualifications Bachelor's degree in aeronautics or a related field. Will ABD's (all but dissertation) be considered? Not Applicable Preferred Qualifications Possession of an FAA-issued commercial pilot certificate, higher certification, or an FAA-recognized equivalent is required; Ability to obtain and maintain a valid FAA second-class medical certificate issued under 14 CFR part 67 or the FAA-recognized equivalent is required; Ability to undergo flight reviews and maintain recent pilot experience in manned aircraft per 14 CFR part 61, as appropriate, or FAA-equivalent is required; Ability to participate in extended (e.g., 14 day) field missions, mostly in the southeast US is required. Experience with operating remotely-controlled small (less than 20 lb) aircraft; experience with operating small-to-medium UAVs. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Working Conditions and Physical Effort Instructions for Applying Apply online at: by submitting a letter of application briefly outlining qualifications and pertinent experience along with the names and contact information of three references. Departmental Contact Alice Osaji Contact E-mail Contact Phone (format: xxx-xxx-xxxx) 662-325-8278 Position Open Date 09-11-2013 Position Close Date Open Until Filled Position Category Professional Tenure Track Status Not Applicable Position Type Regular Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time 12-month/9-month 12 Month Salary Grade UC Minimum 31500 Work Location Main Campus Restricted Clause Position is contingent on availability of funding PARF Number 7530

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