Assistant or Associate Specialist

University of Hawaii

HI, United States 🇺🇸

Title:  Assistant or Associate Specialist
Position Number:  0088744
Location:  Manoa Campus
Date Posted:  June 03, 2016
Closing Date:  Continuous – application review begins August 01, 2016
Salary Information:  Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience
Monthly Type:  11 Month
Tenure Track:  Tenure
Full Time/Part Time:  Full Time
Temporary/Permanent:  Permanent
Funding:  General Funds, Institute Funds, & Extramural F

Other Conditions:
  • To begin approximately January 1, 2017 or sooner, as mutually acceptable. Salary may be supplemented with extramural funding NTE 100% FTE. The position will be a joint appointment in the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO), Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), College of Social Sciences (CSS)(50%, position #88744) and the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC)(50%, position #88649) with tenure base in the Social Science Research Institute
Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Develop and lead a research agenda focused on Hawaii’s water and water resources policy and management
  2. Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and researchers including economists, hydrologists, engineers, geophysicists, and others, as well as local, state and regional stakeholders to identify the most pressing water quantity, quality, and availability issues facing Hawaii and the Pacific, and address these through rigorous, nationally competitive sponsored and published research
  3. Provide expert leadership for delivering the results and policy implications of this research to stakeholders, decision-makers, and the general public through targeted high-impact consultation and outreach in support of the WRRC and UHERO
  4. Develop a complementary natural resource and environmental management research agenda in addition to the position’s primary focus on water resources
  5. Conduct research and service in congruence with the missions of both UHERO and the WRRC
  6. Serve as principal investigator on extramurally funded projects and publish the results in peer-reviewed sources
  7. The position reports to the SSRI and WRRC Directors, with the locus of tenure in SSRI. The Water Resource Research Center (WRRC), with 9 faculty and staff, and 8 affiliate faculty, promotes understanding of critical state and regional water resource management and policy issues in the State of Hawaii and other Pacific islands through research, community outreach, and public education. The University of Hawaii established WRRC in response to the Federal Water Resources Research Act of 1964
  8. UHERO conducts rigorous, independent economic research on issues that are both central to Hawaii and globally relevant. We distribute our analysis widely to promote research driven dialogue and inform public- and private-sector decision making in Hawaii
Assistant Specialist Minimum Qualifications
  1. A Master’s degree in economics, agricultural economics, environmental economics, natural resource economics and/or management, or related field
  2. In addition to the Master’s degree, 30 credits of graduate study from a college or university of recognized standing and in a field relevant to the position involved
  3. At least one-year experience in water policy and management research
  4. Ability to develop a strong, externally funded research program
  5. Familiarity with optimization, programming, and/or scenario-driven natural resource management models using languages such as R, Matlab, Mathematica, or GAMS
  6. Ability to lead group projects and supervise graduate and undergraduate students
  7. Ability to interpret and present information clearly and accurately in verbal and written reports
Associate Specialist Minimum Qualifications
  1. Ph.D. degree in economics, agricultural economics, environmental economics, natural resource economics and/or management, or related field from a college or university of recognized standing
  2. In addition to the Assistant Faculty Specialist minimum qualifications, at least four years’ experience as an Assistant Faculty Specialist or its equivalent
Desirable Qualifications
  1. Experience with high-impact, academic, federally sponsored water policy and management research and outreach
  2. Familiarity with modeling techniques for coastal aquifer management
  3. Familiarity with demand estimation using standard econometric techniques
  4. Experience with GIS analysis and software
  5. Demonstrated experience working effectively with water resources stakeholders in Hawaii
Assistant Specialist Desirable Qualifications
  1. In addition to the above Desirable Qualifications, a Ph.D. degree in economics, agricultural economics, environmental economics, natural resource economics and/or management, or related field from a college or university of recognized standing

To Apply:
Submit, each in PDF form, a letter of interest (including position numbers), curriculum vitae, official transcripts (copies acceptable with application, original required upon hire) and the names and contact information (phone and email address) of at least three professional references. Application materials may be submitted: 1) electronically via UH file drop: (with expiration timer set to 7 days) to Dean Gushiken at [email protected]; or 2) mailed or delivered to the address below. Applications received by August 1, 2016 will be given priority. Applications will not be returned. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  1. College of Social Sciences
  2. Attn: Dean Gushiken
  3. 2500 Campus Road, Hawaii Hall 310
  4. Honolulu, HI 96822

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