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Assistant Professor in Coastal Processes, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

University of Hawaii, School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology, Earth Sciences Department
Honolulu, Hawaii
Competitive for Assistant Professors
Closing date
May 23, 2022
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The Department of Earth Sciences in the School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa seeks to fill a faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor in the broad area of coastal processes. The coastal zone is a nexus of climate, society, resources and the Earth Sciences regionally and globally. We seek a talented scientist eager to leverage our unique Pacific Island location to conduct studies of both regional and global Earth Science topics using observational and or computational approaches. The successful applicant is expected to establish an externally funded and nationally recognized research program, enthusiastically contribute to graduate and undergraduate advising and teaching, and carry out professional service activities. Willingness to engage with faculty, staff, and students in a collaborative fashion that supports Indigenous values and perspectives and diversity and inclusivity are essential.

We are specifically interested in an individual who will use field observations, laboratory studies and/or modeling to improve understanding of dynamic coastal processes, coastal geomorphology and geology (including use of modern and paleo archives), impacts of sea level rise, coastal hazards and other societal impacts, and/or nearshore hydrodynamics. Expertise in the design and maintenance of observational systems to underpin empirical decision-making, track coastal environmental changes, and/or to support data-assimilating model development are desirable. Collaboration with a new SOEST Climate Resilience Initiative provides opportunities to leverage partnerships with economists, physical oceanographers, architects, and other professionals working on the problems associated with sea level rise and other climate change hazards. See position number 83271 at for the complete vacancy announcement.

The Department of Earth Sciences ( is one of thirteen research units and four academic departments within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) (, a world-class research and academic institution focused on informing solutions to some of the world’s most vexing problems. The Department has 22 tenured or tenure-track faculty as well as 30 additional cooperating graduate faculty in the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (  Together these faculty instruct and advise approximately 50 graduate students and 40 undergraduate majors. 

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is one of 115 Research 1 Universities in the country, and is one of only a handful of land-, sea-, space-, and sun-grant institutions. It is a world leader in Earth and environmental sciences, consistently ranked among the top 15 universities internationally.  UH Mānoa is proud of its diverse, multiethnic heritage. Located in Hawai‘i’s capital city of Honolulu at the crossroads of the Pacific, the campus is home to students, faculty and staff from Hawai‘i, the U.S. mainland, and more than 100 countries around the world. UH Mānoa’s programs often rank among the nation’s most diverse. We seek applicants who will embrace this diversity, and further welcome candidates whose professional or personal perspectives enrich the communities within the University, SOEST, the Department, as well as the public we serve.

Apply online at Search for position number 83271 and click on the “Apply” (top right corner of the screen). If this is your first time using NEOGOV you will need to create an account.  Applicants must upload a single-file PDF containing six parts (1) A one-page cover letter; (2) A curriculum vitae with a publication list; (3) Names and contact information of three individuals willing to provide professional reference letters; (4) A statement describing research interests, accomplishments, and future research plans; (5) A statement describing experiences in, and approaches to, teaching and mentoring students; and (6) A statement describing contributions to diversity and inclusion, and plans to foster an inclusive environment in their role at the Univerisity of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. In particular, your approaches to inclusion of Indigenous perspectives is encouraged.

Review and evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received on or prior to April 15, 2022, but applications received after this date may also be considered.  Further questions about the faculty position can be addressed to Prof. Brian N. Popp,

The University of Hawai‘i is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution

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