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Assistant Professor of Geology

University of Hawaii at Hilo, College of Natural and Health Sciences
Hilo, Hawaii
Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Closing date
Mar 18, 2023

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Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology
Career Level
Early Career (up to 10 years past degree)
Education Level
Job Type
Tenure Track
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Job Details

The Department of Geology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in any area of volcanology. The department is seeking applicants who will spearhead undergraduate instruction and research in volcanology.

The successful candidate demonstrates a strong commitment to teaching and research at the undergraduate level, including working with students from a variety of backgrounds and those from traditionally underrepresented groups. The ideal applicant is a collaborative investigator who will develop an integrated field- and laboratory-based research program that involves undergraduate students. Further, the ideal applicant will take advantage of UH-Hilo’s location on Hawai`i Island and the department’s collaborative relationship with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) and Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes (CSAV).

The UH-Hilo geology department offers bachelor’s degrees in geology, with specialties in volcanology and environmental geology. The Department of Geology houses teaching laboratories in petrology and a geoarchaeology lab with a ThermoNoran Quant’X EDXRF; faculty also have access to facilities elsewhere on campus including an SEM and ICP housed in the UH-Hilo Analytical Laboratory, the UH-Hilo Spatial Data and Analysis Laboratory, and potentially facilities and equipment housed at HVO.  More information about the Department of Geology can be found at

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Teach general education and upper-division geology classes; advise students Engage in research or equivalent scholarship Perform service to the university, community, and/or profession. Teaching duties include introductory geology courses, mineralogy, petrology, and volcanology. (UH-Hilo requires teaching the equivalent of three courses per semester, with the remainder of the workload devoted to scholarly activity and service)

Minimum Qualifications

1.          Earned doctorate in geology or related field at time of application.

2.          Prior experience in undergraduate instruction in English.

3.          Training or professional experience in volcanology.

4.          Active research in the area of volcanology as evidenced by peer-reviewed publication within the last five years.

5.          High-quality communication skills as demonstrated by articulate cover letter and curriculum vitae that details how the candidate meets the minimum and desired qualifications. 

Desirable Qualifications

1.          Experience as lead instructor in undergraduate geology or earth science course.

2.          Demonstrated record of high-quality in undergraduate instruction.

3.          Evidence of the ability to teach mineralogy, igneous/metamorphic petrology, or  volcanology.

4.          Experience or background in GIS or Remote Sensing

5.          Experience working with a diverse student body or integrating perspectives of indigenous peoples into science teaching.

6.          Experience in recruitment and retention of students.

7.          Experience or interest in being an advisor or mentor for undergraduate student research.

8.          Active research program that involves collaborative activities.

To Apply:  For a complete description, application instructions and to apply, please visit and search for #86382 or Assistant Professor, Geology.  Please be sure to review the full job posting before applying. Failure to submit all required documents shall deem an application to be incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Note: If you have not applied for a position before using NEOGOV, you will need to create an account.   Application Deadline: First review begins March 20, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled

Inquiries: Dr. Steven Lundblad,

University of Hawai’i at Hilo is an EEO/AA Employer M/W/Disability/Veterans


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