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Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Sep 2, 2022

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Earth and Space Science Informatics, Hydrology
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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.








DUTIES:  Works with a multi-disciplinary group to develop single- and multi-phase numerical models of groundwater and Light Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (LNAPL)/contaminant flow in confined and unconfined aquifers in ocean island environments that are at risk of contamination to their primary drinking water supplies.Works collaboratively with the research team to develop: 1) develop a density dependent numerical groundwater flow model for the South Oahu Basal Aquifer (SOBA); 2) a comprehensive conceptual site model for the Moanalua/Red-Hill/Halawa Region and, 3) using the SOBA numerical model to establish boundary conditions combined with geostatistical methods as well as processes imitating methods, develops and executes a computer modeling approach  that will: assess LNAPL and dissolved phase transport through the vadose zone to the local water table; spread of the LNAPL plume and dissolved phase contamination on and within the saturated zone; and transport of the associated contaminant plume under both natural and pumping-induced groundwater flow conditions.  Analyzes and interprets geologic, geophysical, and hydrologic data using appropriate state of the art geostatistical and structure imitating modeling techniques toward the development of single- and multi-phase models of LNAPL and water transport through the vadose and saturated zones of the South Oahu Basal Aquifer (SOBA) using numerical modeling codes such as SUTRA, SEAWATS, or TOUGH2.  Actively contributes to development of proposals for additional work in Hawai’i and the Pacific Islands. Reports on projects and prepares research publications on completed projects and works with research team on development of proposals for follow-on research.








PhD from an accredited college or university in Geology/Hydrogeology, Earth Science, or a closely related field.




One to three (1-3) years of experience in numerical modeling of groundwater and contaminant flow using state of the art modeling platforms.




State of the art knowledge of groundwater modeling platforms.




Ability to translate geologic conceptual site model to numerical groundwater flow model using geostatistical analysis and structure and process imitating methods. 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. 




Able to lift and carry up to twenty (20) pounds 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.).  Will need to qualify for security clearances required for access to Hawai’i and Pacific Island military bases.






Experience with the application of modern numerical modeling methods to the analysis of groundwater, LNAPL, and contaminant transport in volcanic/fractured crystalline rock/karst environments; be familiar with various methods of transforming geologic and structural hydraulic characteristics  into fate and transport models at contaminated sites.  Experience with numerical modeling codes such as SUTRA, SEAWATS, or TOUGH2. Experience with hydrogeophysical research and leadership of hydrologic research projects.  Experience working in a collaborative environment in an institution of higher education or similar organization.




INQUIRIES:  Dr. Donald Thomas (808) 895-6547 (Hawai’i). 




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:  August 15, 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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