Assistant or Associate Researcher, Position Number: 0088474, 0088665

University of Hawaii, Manoa Campus, Honolulu, Hawaii
R3M11/R4M11, salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Apr 18, 2017
May 18, 2017
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Closing Date: Continuous - application review begins Oct 24, 2016

Other Conditions:

  • This joint appointment position is .50 FTE HIGP (position number 88474) and .50 FTE WRRC (position number 88665) with the locus of tenure in HIGP. This is an eleven-month appointment with minimum nine-month equivalent (.82 FTE) funds provided. The selectee is expected to fund the remainder of her/his salary through external funds. In the first five years funding at 1.0 FTE is provided as part of UH NSF-EPSCOR, ‘Ike Wai project. Position is expected to begin approximately January, 2017 or as mutually acceptable, subject to position clearance.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. The Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP)—a research unit within the University of Hawai‘i School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST)—conducts advanced research, technology development, workforce training, and service in cutting-edge oceanographic, atmospheric, geophysical, geological, and planetary science and engineering. The Institute is home to approximately 100 faculty members, staff, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students with access to state-of-the-art laboratories and instrumentation, research vessels, and far-ranging field sites. The Water Resource Research Center (WRRC)—with 9 faculty and staff, and 10-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. HIGP partners with the WRRC for hydrogeophysical research in the State.
  2. HIGP and WRRC jointly seek an Assistant/Associate Researcher (tenure track in HIGP) in hydrogeophysics specializing in geophysical techniques, including electromagnetic and magneto-telluric methods that are applicable to the study of aquifers, and subsurface flow dynamics. The successful candidate is expected to seek and obtain extramural funding in support of these areas of research, to take an active role in student advising and teaching, and to publish research results in the refereed literature.
  3. The position reports to the HIGP and WRRC Directors. The incumbent is expected to work in water research that is collaborative with colleagues in HIGP, WRRC, and other Colleges at UH Manoa (such as Engineering and Social Sciences).

The position will function and serve as part of the NSF-EPSCOR project (‘Ike Wai) science team. A 50% research effort aligned with the goals of ‘Ike Wai is expected.


Minimum Qualifications


  1. Earned doctorate in geophysics or closely related discipline received no later than January 2016.
  2. A record of peer-reviewed publications. Ability to take the lead in generating professional reports. For appointment at Associate level, a proven record of extramural funding; for appointment at Assistant level, demonstrable potential to obtain such funding.
  3. Organizational skills which can be applied to coordinate and conduct research to identify, characterize, and quantify water-related problems
  4. Skills and experience in collaborating with indigenous communities/organizations or local, state, or national agencies.
  5. Demonstrated ability to collect geophysical data in the field.



Associate Researcher Minimum Qualifications

  1. For the rank of Associate Researcher, in addition to the above qualifications, four years of effective research in a related specialty with demonstrated increasing professional maturity and independence at the rank of Assistant Researcher or equivalent; and research ability judged competent and adequate for the rank by comparison with peers active in the same field at other major national research universities.

Desirable Qualifications

  1. Knowledge and expertise in electrical geophysical methods and surveys.
  2. Proven ability to gather, model, and interpret electrical geophysical data relevant to water and geothermal spatial distributions in the State of Hawai‘i or other oceanic islands.
  3. Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of applying electrical/magnetic/seismic geophysical techniques to study groundwater and geothermal resources in ocean island environments.
  4. Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of applying electrical/magnetic/seismic geophysical techniques to the study and analysis of the shallow crust within basaltic and similar volcanic environments.
  5. Demonstrated ability to integrate and model multi-disciplinary data sets relevant to the characterization of groundwater hydrology and/or geothermal resources.
  6. National and/or international recognition in the field of geophysics and geophysical research.
  7. Skills and experience in collaborating with indigenous communities/organizations and local, state, and national agencies.

To Apply:

Submit 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 e-mail address) of at least three professional references. All submissions shall be made electronically to, and limited to 25 Mbyte.


Chair, HIGP/WRRC Search Committee

University of Hawaii at Manoa

1680 East-West Road, POST 602

Honolulu, HI 96822