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Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii
Closing date
Jul 27, 2022

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Earth and Space Science Informatics, Ocean Science
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Regular, Full-Time, Limited-Term (not to exceed three (3) years in duration), RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), Department of Ocean and Resources Engineering (ORE), located at the University of Hawai’i (UH) at Manoa in Honolulu, Hawai’i.  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:  Responsible for managing the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF) Science Monitoring and Reliable Telecommunications (SMART) Subsea Cable Project to achieve the vision for SMART Cables detailed in the Project proposal and other SMART Cable publications. The Project outcome is: Sensors integrated into subsea telecommunications cables become the world standard, leading to a global network for sustained ocean observation, geophysical study of earthquakes, and earthquake and tsunami warning in a world with rising sea levels. Specific outputs are: 1) Lays groundwork for the science and early warning use of undersea cables by simulations of the observing system before deployment, data analysis after deployment, and sustained scientific operation; 2) Applies results of those simulations to optimize the modest-scale 300 km Vanuatu-New Caledonia cable system and extract the scientific results from this active tectonic subduction zone and dynamic ocean region. Demonstrates the capability of the earthquake and tsunami early warning system based on the SMART sensors; and 3) Establishes the international project office for Joint Task Force Scientific Monitoring And Reliable Telecommunications (JTF SMART) cables to facilitate adoption of scientific sensors in all new telecommunications cables to reach a global scale. Eight (8) subawardees and other participants with supporting expertise are part of the Project team.  The SMART Cable International Project Office (IPO) will be the executive office for the JTF, facilitating individual cable projects globally to build the envisioned global network. The Project Manager supervising the Project Office and working with the Director:


The SMART Cable International Project Office (IPO) will be the executive office for the JTF, facilitating individual cable projects globally to build the envisioned global network. The Project Manager supervising the Project Office and working with the Director:


  • Manages and executes the Moore SMART Cable Project together with eight (8) international subawardees and other participants. This includes the modeling/simulation/data analysis groups, capacity building activities associated with Vanuatu and the region (e.g., training events and formal education), publications, workshops, and conferences, and aspects directly associated with the cable system, data management, and early warning. Inputs, reviews, and approves HR Portal transactions, including eTimesheets on behalf of or in the absence of the Principal Investigator (PI) with the PI’s concurrence. Works through sponsoring United Nations (UN) agencies for further member state endorsement, facilitating more engagement (e.g., International Telecommunication Union (ITU), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, UN Decade of Ocean Science); Works within the international Framework for Ocean Observing, IOC/WMO Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), IOC Tsunami Programme, UN Decade, including legal aspects; Develops relationships with international and regional telecom regulatory and operator organizations, to trickle down to national levels (e.g., facilitated by Portugal and the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries, CPLP); Further develops relationships with multilateral development banks and other funding sources; Proactively, within each country and internationally, connects with key stakeholders and educates them so that they will support domestic, regional, and global scale projects when opportunities arise; Starts a data management activity to coordinate activities across various SMART cable projects; and Encourages capacity building. Available to work on the weekends, evenings, and holidays. Will involve travel to international, national and regional meetings.







PhD from an accredited college or university in Geosciences, Engineering, Public policy, or related field. (Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university and six to eight (6-8) years of related experience may substitute for PhD Degree.).




Two to four (2-4) years of progressively responsible program management experience, including the preparation of successful proposals for program or project funding, experience working in related fields, experience working with diverse groups of stakeholders towards a common vision, experience  working with ocean observing and technologies, and experience working with regional, national and international bodies. Must include supervisory experience.




Knowledge of SMART Cable objectives and the development of  earth and ocean observing systems. Demonstrated knowledge of the relevant topics for effective relations with community and stakeholders.  Familiarity with international cultures, customs, languages, and practices.




Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must be proactive. Ability to plan, organize, and facilitate stakeholder workshops. Ability to communicate SMART program goals with stakeholders, partners, and the media. Ability to maintain a high degree of organization and be able to lead effectively in a team environment. Must possess collaborative, inclusive, and motivated work ethic. Excellent organizational, managerial, and time management skills; ability to meet deadlines, guide staff towards achieving long-term program goals, and successful experience in developing, directing, and managing multiple projects. Proven ability to successfully translate complex scientific subjects to lay audiences; and proficiency in the use of Microsoft (MS) Office products (Excel, PowerPoint, Word), Adobe products (Acrobat), and web and social media. Ability to utilize web and social media. Ability to effectively conduct work remotely (e.g., telework when traveling) as applicable.




Must be able to travel internationally.




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.).






Successful publication of research in peer-reviewed journals; experience processing, analyzing, and communicating complex scientific concepts and results; experience coordinating complex enterprises and understanding the needs of industry; experience working with non-profit organizations and understanding the needs of non-profit groups; experience with permit processes and regulations for instrument deployment in the global ocean; experience managing project budgets; understanding of the complex organization of international and national governments. Familiarity with UH programs, policies, and procedures. Familiarity with UN ITU, WMO, and IOC and other organizations and operations.




INQUIRIES: Dr. Bruce Howe or 469-0553 (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. 




CLOSING DATE:  July 23, 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).




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




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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