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Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii
MONTHLY SALARY: Salary commensurate with qualifications.
Closing date
Mar 24, 2023

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CLOSING DATE:  April 5, 2023.




INQUIRIES:  Nicole Wakazuru-Yoza 956-5018 (Oahu). 




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




Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), Department of Oceanography, located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.  Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, and availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 




MONTHLY SALARY:  Salary commensurate with qualifications. 




DUTIES:  Responsible for acquiring, editing, processing, describing, scientifically analyzing, displaying and publicizing on the Internet physical oceanographic data from a long-duration coastal physical oceanography program. Prepares, programs, calibrates and maintains oceanographic instruments for periodic deployments in the ocean per manufacturers’ specifications. Designs, organizes, and executes physical oceanographic instrument deployments and recoveries nearshore. The employee will use existing software that may or may not need to be modified/debugged by employee; new software to be designed by employee based on mathematical formulae provided by Principal Investigator (PI); new software designed solely by the employee. The employee is not expected to be able to fully interpret results of statistical descriptions or scientific analyses executed.  Maintains Web-based physical oceanographic analysis and forecast products. Responsible for the hardware and software maintenance of several UNIX-based workstations connected to an existing network. 








Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Physical Oceanography or a related physical science or engineering program such as Ocean Engineering, or a Master’s Degree in Computer Science with additional course work in ocean-related sciences.




One to three (1-3) years of experience preparing, programming, calibrating, deploying, recovering, debriefing and maintaining physical oceanographic instruments, including mooring infrastructure in the nearshore ocean environment and with the design, writing, debugging, validation and use of software tools for the manipulation, statistical analysis, graphical display of multi-variable physical oceanographic  data sets, using either common programming languages (e.g., Python, C, HTML, etc.) or major mathematical function libraries (e.g., Python, MATLAB, MATHEMATICA). Experience working with the UNIX and Microsoft PC operating system.




Thorough knowledge of UNIX commands and shell scripting (C, PERL, Python, Korn or Bourne). Knowledge of the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). Considerable knowledge of statistical analysis and time series data analysis methods and their implementation with high-level computer languages, as well as data display methods and implementation, as applied to physical oceanographic data. 




Ability to design, organize, and execute physical oceanographic instrument deployments and recoveries in the nearshore ocean environment, including deployments and recoveries from small boats.  Ability to design, code, debug, and verify programs for physical oceanographic data manipulation, starting from complex mathematical formulae and utilizing existing library functions. Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions in English.  Ability to carry to fruition multiple assignments in parallel. Ability to maintain a high degree of self-motivation, organization and detail orientation. Ability to prepare written progress reports.  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 to operate automobiles and small trucks for travelling to/from work site to deploy/recover instruments.




Ability to apply concentrated mental effort and ability to work with computer screen, keyboard, and pointing devices. Ability to work with small tools. Works on small boats nearshore and travels between the Hawaiian Islands by airplane.  Ability to work in and around the ocean. Ability to swim to complete shoreline tasks such as loading/unloading light equipment and supplies to/from a small boat or kayak at the shoreline.




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 or interest in physical oceanography. Some knowledge of data acquisition systems and hardware interfaces with computers. Some familiarity with seagoing operations. 




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.




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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