Assistant Researcher (Groundwater Resources)

University of Hawaii-Manoa

Honolulu, HI, USA 🇺🇸

Job Type: Full-Time Permanent
Department: University of Hawai’i at Manoa – School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
Job Number: 2022-00689
Division: Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
Closing: Continuous
Position Number: 0083491


Title: Assistant Researcher (Groundwater Resources)
Position Number: 0083491
Hiring Unit: Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology/SOEST
Location: University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
Date Posted: June 2, 2022
Closing Date: Continuous – application review begins July 15, 2022
Salary Information: R3M11, salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience
Appointment Type: 11 Month
Tenure Track: Tenure
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Temporary/Permanent: Permanent
Other Conditions: Nine months of state funding annually. The selectee is expected to fund the remainder through extramural funds. Anticipated start date is January 2, 2023 or as mutually agreed.
The Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Researcher. We are looking for individuals to apply and develop cutting-edge electrical geophysical exploration techniques to quantify groundwater resources and characterize structures affecting groundwater storage and flow in volcanic island settings, with special emphasis on processes and conditions relevant to sustainable water management in the State of Hawai’i.
The Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP) is a multi-disciplinary unit in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UHM), a R1 research university and Minority Serving Institution with a very diverse and multicultural environment.
HIGP is engaged in research, technology development, teaching, workforce training, and service in cutting-edge oceanographic, atmospheric, geophysical, geological, and planetary sciences and engineering. HIGP maintains a diverse earth sciences faculty involved in a broad range of research including volcanology, groundwater hydrogeology and geochemistry, geothermal resources, and both direct and remote sensing of planetary processes.
Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Pursue and obtain substantial extramural funding to support their vigorous research program.
  2. Serve as a resource to other State of Hawaii agencies responsible for management of the quality and sustainability of Hawaii’s groundwater resources and actively engage in cooperative investigations with those agencies where appropriate.
  3. Regularly publish findings in appropriate peer-reviewed journals and discipline-specific publications.
  4. Teach at least one undergraduate course per year in the field of groundwater resource quantification and exploration. In addition, the candidate will offer graduate level courses in their field of specialism.
  5. Supervise graduate students and undergraduate students.
  6. Provide experiential learning/research opportunities for undergraduate students.
  7. Play a full and positive role in contributing, as a HIGP faculty member, to Institute governance.
  8. Play a full and positive role in contributing to, and promoting, a collegial, respectful, and welcoming environment for faculty, staff, students, and post-docs within the Institute.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Earned doctorate in a relevant discipline such as Earth Sciences, Geophysics, Engineering, or Physics obtained prior to appointment.
  2. Demonstrated experience leading electrical geophysical field data collection, data processing, and interpretation related to groundwater exploration.
  3. Demonstrated ability to publish research results in relevant disciplinary journals.
  4. Experience in pursuing external funding, grants and proposals.
  5. Ability to generate independent research reports.
  6. Commitment to excellence in teaching and/or mentoring students.
  7. Initiative, interest in scientific work, and adaptability.

Desirable Qualifications

  1. Commitment to public service and cooperative engagement with public and private sector entities.
  2. Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  3. Commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate level.

To Apply:
Applications may be filed online at: Search for position number 0083491 and click on the “Apply” button on the top right corner of the screen and attach the required documents. Note: If you have not applied for a position before using NeoGov, you will need to create an account.

Compile a single pdf file including: i) a letter describing your interest in the position, with a point-by point narrative of how ii) you would fulfill the described duties and responsibilities, iii) you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, iv) a statement describing experiences and contributions to diversity and inclusion and plans to foster an inclusive environment in their role at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Your approaches to inclusion of Indigenous perspectives are encouraged. v) full curriculum vitae, and vi) the names, addresses, email and telephone numbers of three people we may contact for references. Applications are accepted until the position is filled. Anticipated start date is January 2, 2023 or as mutually agreed.

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