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Assistant or Associate Professor (Biological Systems, Hawaiian Biology and Native Culture)
Position Number:
Hiring Unit:
Pacific Biosciences Research Center (PBRC), School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST)
Date Posted:
September 09, 2015
Closing Date:
Continuous - application review begins November 01, 2015
Salary Information:
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
Monthly Type:
11 Month
Tenure Track:
Full Time/Part Time:
Full Time

Other Conditions:
To begin approximately August 2016.
Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Summary: The University of Hawai‘i (UH) has “a commitment to being a foremost indigenous-serving institution and to advancing sustainability” (University of Hawai‘i Strategic Directions, 2015-2021). The directions embrace the work and input of Hawai‘i Papa o Ke Ao (, a plan for the university to become a model institution serving indigenous peoples.
  2. To this aim, a tenure-track faculty position has been established in PBRC through the efforts of the Kuali‘i Council, an advisory group to the Chancellor of the University of Hawai‘i (UH) at Manoa that represents some 15 schools, departments, and units serving Native Hawaiian students and initiatives. The successful applicant for this position is expected to develop research programs at UH Manoa focused on (i) the unique communities and biodiversity of the Hawaiian and other Pacific islands and (ii) the need to develop sustainable practices for the islands. A strong commitment to sustained interactions and collaborations with the Hawaiian community is essential. The successful applicant will:
  3. -Engage in research in the biological sciences that complements existing expertise in PBRC, which includes comparative and evolutionary biology, ecology, environmental sciences, neurobiology, health sciences, and microbiology.
  4. -Actively pursue creative and scholarly work, demonstrate academic resourcefulness including the ability to obtain extramural funding on a regular basis, lead dynamic mentoring and learning communities comprising Native Hawaiian and other indigenous students, and participate in service activities at the school, university and community levels.
  5. -Enter into collaborative projects and creative endeavors that build bridges across disciplines, such as those with faculty in PBRC/SOEST, the John A. Burns School of Medicine, and other departments across the UH Manoa campus (i.e., Native Hawaiian cluster scholars, the Coastal Sustainability cluster, the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education).
  6. -Teach or team-teach undergraduate and graduate courses emphasizing biological systems of Hawai‘i.
  7. -Collaborate with the UH Manoa Hawai‘inuiakea (School of Hawaiian Knowledge) and other indigenous scholars on transdisciplinary projects related to mutual areas of interest in Hawaiian biological systems.
Assistant Professor Minimum Qualifications
  1. -Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate degree from a college or university of recognized standing in the biological sciences. Strong preference will be given to candidates who have successfully completed productive postdoctoral training.
  2. -Evidence of scholarly achievement, including publication of predoctoral and postdoctoral research in quality journals in their field.
  3. -Experience working among Native Hawaiian and/or indigenous organizations and/or communities.
  4. -Ability to work and communicate effectively across disciplines.
  5. -Demonstrated experience as a mentor.
Associate Professor Minimum Qualifications
  1. -Same as stated above for Assistant Professor, plus a minimum of four (4) years of full-time college or university teaching/research at the rank of assistant professor, with evidence of increasing professional maturity and proven ability to secure extramural funding.
Desirable Qualifications
  1. -Demonstrated understanding of Native Hawaiian traditional ecological knowledge and cultural practices, including Native Hawaiian sources and archives for research into anthropogenic impacts and land/ocean use management strategies, such as Ahupua‘a and the Kapu systems.
  2. -Demonstrated experience working among Native Hawaiians and/or other indigenous groups in STEM-related activities.
  3. -Experience leading or participating in local, national or international research, education or development activities.

To Apply:
Please send a single .PDF document to with the subject line “Assistant or Associate Professor, Biological Systems, Hawaiian Biology and Native Culture, Position: 0083295” with the following: (1) cover letter indicating the reasons for your interests in this position and how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications;(2) statement of research and teaching interests that includes a plan to develop a program that integrates Hawaiian knowledge systems and cultural practices;(3) a detailed curriculum vitae; (4) five key publications; (5) names and contact information of three persons from whom recommendations may be sought; (6) name and contact information of a Native Hawaiian or indigenous community or organization that could comment on your contribution and commitment to their constituency; and (7) copy of official transcripts of highest degree (original official transcripts will be required if invited to interview)
  1. Dr. Petra Lenz;

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