rotating photos Seeking to Hire Three Assistant Professors in Active Geologic Processes (posted Dec. 2019)

Effective April 2020 all State of Hawaii positions are subject to a hiring freeze. The positions have not been cancelled at this tme. We will update when we can.

The Department of Earth Sciences seeks to fill three faculty positions at the level of Assistant Professor in the broad area of geologic hazards with focus on coastal environments, structural geology and tectonics, and geodesy and marine geophysics. We seek a group of talented scientists eager to leverage our unique location in the Pacific region on an ocean island chain, as well as contribute to studies of global Earth problems, while broadening our expertise in active processes that influence natural hazards. It is also desired that these scientists contribute to, or use, modern geoinformatics infrastructure and data analysis methods. The successful applicants are expected to establish externally funded and nationally recognized research programs, enthusiastically contribute to graduate and undergraduate advising and teaching, and carry out professional service activities. Willingness to engage with faculty, staff, and students in a collaborative fashion that supports diversity and inclusivity is essential. Interested candidates should apply to one of the following positions.

Coastal Processes and/or Geologic Framework Studies:  We are interested in an individual who will use a combination of field observations and modeling to improve understanding of dynamic coastal processes, coastal geomorphology and the geologic framework of coastal systems including paleo archives of various types, impacts of sea level rise, coastal hazards, and/or nearshore hydrodynamics. Desirable expertise in modeling include processes such as sediment transport, beach morphodynamics, marine flooding, wave processes and past/present/future climate change-related coastal zone dynamics. Ability to design and maintain observation systems to underpin empirical decision-making, track coastal environmental changes, and/or to support data-assimilating model development are desirable. See position number 0082729 at for the complete vacancy announcement.

Structural Geology and Tectonics: We seek applicants that will use modern geologic techniques to understand structure, rheological behavior, and/or mechanical processes at active tectonic settings using field observations in combination with modeling and/or laboratory experimentation. Our location offers an opportunity to focus on both onshore or offshore structural geologic mapping using cutting-edge techniques (e.g., Terrestrial Laser Scanning, LiDAR, Structure from Motion, acoustic imaging, sonar mapping). Of equal interest is research on naturally or experimentally deformed rocks and minerals to quantify deformation mechanisms and conditions (i.e., rock physics). Example applications include magmatic intrusions, fracturing/faulting, landslides, aseismic slip and slow and fast earthquakes. This individual is expected to teach our required undergraduate class in structural geology. See position number 0085338 at for the complete vacancy announcement.

Geodesy and Marine Geophysics: We seek applicants that will use geophysical and/or geodetic techniques (e.g., high-resolution repeat topographic/bathymetric mapping, active or passive seismology, electro-magnetic methods, satellite-based observations, interferometric synthetic aperture radar, acoustic ranging, underwater strain-, tilt-, and gravimeters) to study active or recent deformation associated with volcanic and/or tectonic processes. This individual may also contribute to assessing risk for hazards such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides (terrestrial and/or submarine), and tsunamis. See position number 0088384 at for the complete vacancy announcement.

The Department of Earth Sciences is one of thirteen research units and four academic departments within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), a world-class research and academic institution focused on informing solutions to some of the world's most vexing problems. The Department has 25 tenured or tenure-track faculty as well as 29 additional cooperating graduate faculty in the Hawai`i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. Together these faculty instruct and advise approximately 50 graduate students and 40 undergraduate majors.

The University of Hawai`i at Manoa is one of 115 Research 1 Universities in the country, and is one of only a handful of land-, sea-, space-, and sun-grant institutions. It is a world leader in Earth and environmental sciences, consistently ranked among the top 15 universities internationally. UH Manoa is proud of its diverse, multiethnic heritage. Located in Hawai`i's capital city of Honolulu at the crossroads of the Pacific, the campus is home to students, faculty and staff from Hawai`i, the U.S. mainland, and more than 100 countries around the world. UH Manoa's programs often rank among the nation's most diverse. We seek applicants who will embrace this diversity, and further welcome candidates whose professional or personal perspectives enrich the communities within the University, SOEST, the Department, as well as the public we serve.

Apply online at Search for the position number and click on the "Apply" (top right corner). If this is your first time using NEOGOV you will need to create an account. Applicants must upload a single-file PDF containing five parts (1) A one-page cover letter identifying which of the three positions to which they are applying; (2) A curriculum vitae with a publication list; (3) Names and contact information of three individuals willing to provide professional reference letters; (4) A statement describing research interests, accomplishments, and future research plans; and (5) A statement describing experiences in, and approaches to, teaching and mentoring students. Both (4) and (5) should include descriptions of commitment to collaborative engagement with others and support for diversity and inclusivity.

Review and evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received on or prior to February 9, 2020, but applications received after this date may also be considered. Further questions about the faculty positions can be addressed to Profs. Garrett Apuzen-Ito, or Brian Popp,

The University of Hawai`i is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution