Tenure-Track Asst. & Assoc. Reseacher : Earth & Planetary Exploration Using Small Satellites

University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
Jul 17, 2018
Aug 16, 2018
R3M11 (pos no 86164) and R4M11 (pos no 85911)
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Tenure-Track Assistant (R3M11) and Associate Researcher (R4M11): Earth and Planetary Exploration Using Small Satellites (position numbers 86164 and 85911):


The University of Hawai`i (UH) established the Hawai`i Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) in 2007 as a collaboration between the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) and College of Engineering (CoE). HSFL is an interdisciplinary science/engineering organization that designs, builds, tests, launches, and operates microsatellite (1-150 kg) missions from the Hawaiian Islands. HSFL has a microsatellite engineering team of mechanical, avionics, and software engineering staff and students. The HSFL Integration & Test Facility has a well-equipped cleanroom and environmental test and evaluation facilities (thermal-vacuum chamber, shake table, attitude determination and control test unit). HSFL draws science mission inspiration from its parent organization, the Hawai`i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP/SOEST) which participates in NASA, NSF, NOAA, and DoD instrument development and science research in Earth and planetary science missions. One of the goals of HSFL is to provide experiential learning/research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in order to train a new aerospace workforce. HIGP seeks to hire two tenure-track faculty members (one appointment will be made at the assistant level, the other at the associate level) to lead the development of small/micro/cube satellite missions (or the development of key subsystems, such as payloads) to support new Earth and planetary science missions. The successful candidates will seek and obtain extramural funding in support of this, take an active role in student advising and teaching, and publish research results in the refereed literature.


These are permanent full-time (100% FTE) tenure-track faculty positions with 75% State support. The remaining 25% support will come from the successful candidates’ extramural grants and contracts. Both positions are available from July 1, 2018.


Duties: 1) Act as principal investigator and lead the development of proposals related to small satellite missions and/or subsystem development (for example payloads). 2) Publish findings in appropriate peer-reviewed journals. 3) Teach one course per year (or equivalent in co-taught courses) relating to small satellite mission design/payload development in support of HIGP’s Earth and Planetary Exploration Technology undergraduate certificate, and/or other collaborative teaching ventures between SOEST and CoE. 4) Provide and mentor experiential learning/research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. 5) Present results at appropriate conferences.


Minimum Qualifications:  For appointment at Assistant level: 1) Earned Doctorate (at the time of application) in a relevant discipline including, but not limited, to aerospace engineering, planetary science, Earth science, geophysics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or other applicable discipline. 2) Record of peer-reviewed publications (two or more such articles; consideration is also given to professional reports). 3) Demonstrable potential for obtaining extramural funding for the purpose of small satellite mission and/or payloads/subsystem development for such a mission. 4) Experience in a small satellite mission (or payload/instrument development project) relating to Earth and/or planetary exploration. 5) Organizational skills to coordinate and conduct research. 6) Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively as part of an engineering and/or science research team. 7) Demonstrated mentoring skills to manage and instruct students.  


For appointment at the Associate level:  In addition to the previously stated minimum qualifications: 2) a minimum of five peer-reviewed publications. 3) a strong record of obtaining extramural research funding, as Principal Investigator, to support small satellite mission (and/or instrument/payload) development projects, and 4) at least five years of relevant post-doctoral experience in the field described above.


Desirable Qualifications:  1) Experience in working on small satellite projects in a university environment. 2) Experience working as a team in the design of small satellite missions (e.g., participation in a Preliminary/Critical Design Review, and/or Flight Readiness Review). 3) Knowledge of the state-of-the-art in small-satellite development. 4) Demonstrated ability to present at design reviews, workshops, and international conferences. 5) Direct work experience involving compliance with United States Export Control Laws and Regulations (i.e. ITAR/EAR).


To Apply:  please send i) a letter describing your related experience and stating whether you wish to be considered for the Assistant or Associate level position, ii) a point-by-point narrative of how you satisfy both the minimum and desirable qualifications, iii) a statement describing the research program you would pursue should you be appointed, iv) full curriculum vitae, and v) the names, addresses and emails of three people willing to write letters of recommendation. Applications should consist of a single PDF file containing items i, ii, iii, iv and v emailed to the following address:


Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Review of applicants will begin on August 16, 2018, and the search will continue until the positions are filled. The University of Hawai`i is an EEO/AA institution. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply for this position.