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Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii
MONTHLY SALARY: Salary commensurate with qualifications.
Closing date
Jul 27, 2022

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Earth and Space Science Informatics, Planetary Sciences
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Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa (UHM). Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 


MONTHLY SALARY:  Salary commensurate with qualifications. 


DUTIES:  Works closely with a diverse group of investigators (geophysics, hydrogeology, petrophysics, environmental science, environmental engineering, geochemistry) working to characterize the geologic structures that are impacting rate and direction of Light Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids (LNAPL)/contaminant and groundwater flow in confined and unconfined aquifers, and the development of a detailed conceptual site model of a region of Oahu that is at risk of contamination to its primary water supply.  Funding will be sought for expansion of these investigations to include the aquifers of Oahu and the other Hawaiian Islands as well as other Pacific Island nations. Designs, conducts and coordinates geophysical field research programs and projects. This specifically includes research into aquifer systems and the assessment of groundwater resources. Designs and manages all aspects of geophysical field work related to the research objectives, in particular the use of seismic data capture methods. Designs data requirements and conducts data verification, data analysis/modeling and data interpretation. Conducts inverse and forward modeling of groundwater geophysical exploration datasets and provides geological interpretation. Prepares scientific manuscripts and reports based on the results of field program. 




PhD from an accredited college or university in Geophysics, Earth Science, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or related field.


One to three (1-3) years of experience in design and execution of field seismic programs associated with delineating and characterizing subsurface geologic structures.


State of the art knowledge of seismic wave propagation and shallow imaging techniques, including ambient noise tomography, and mathematical modeling systems for seismic data interpretation and analysis.


Ability to test and deploy geophysical field equipment and verify data collection. Ability to manage resources, schedules, and personnel to effectively and efficiently complete research projects. Must possess a valid driver’s license (and if use of personal vehicle on the job is required, must also have valid personal driver’s insurance equivalent to Hawai‘i’s No-Fault Driver’s Insurance) and maintain throughout the duration of employment. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to obtain a Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance to access U.S. military bases in Hawai‘i and the Pacific Islands.


Ability to lift and carry up to forty (40) pounds of equipment unassisted.


As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies and procedures.  Violation of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.).  



Experience with the application of seismic methods to understanding complex hydrogeologic environments. Experience in the application of seismology to imaging and mapping geologic structures in volcanic/fractured crystalline rock/karst environments; ability to successfully design and execute reflection/refraction field surveys as well as seismic ambient noise surface wave tomography of shallow (<1-2 km) geologic structures/contacts; ability to process and interpret relevant data streams and provide written reports of findings.  Familiarity or experience with geophysical methods including: magnetotellurics, electrical resistivity, self-potential, borehole logging, gravity, and magnetics. Experience with proposal preparation and collaboration with diverse interdisciplinary groups. Familiarity with Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)/National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulatory requirements. Experience with hydrogeophysical research and leadership of geophysical research projects.  Experience working in a collaborative environment in an institution of higher education or similar organization.


INQUIRIES:  Dr. Donald Thomas 895-6547 (Oahu). 


Please apply directly on the RCUH website to be considered for the position.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory References, 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-7262 or (808)956-0872. 

RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University of Hawai‘i.

CLOSING DATE:  July 9, 2022, or until filled. Applications received after this deadline may be considered only if the position is not filled or up to the date a selection has been approved by the RCUH (whichever comes first).


We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


RCUH is a State agency, established by the Legislature in 1965, and is attached to the University of Hawaii for administrative purposes. Its enabling legislation is codified as Chapter 304A - 3001 to 3011 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes. The fundamental mission of RCUH is to support the research and training programs of the University of Hawaii and to enhance research, development, and training generally in Hawaii.
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