Work at UH Advertisement


Research Support (Research Support Staff)
Position Number:
Hiring Unit:
College of Natural Sciences/Botany Department
Manoa Campus
Date Posted:
September 08, 2017
Closing Date:
September 25, 2017
Additional Salary Information:
Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Full Time/Part Time:
Full Time
Federal & Revolving

Other Conditions:
Pending authorization to fill.
Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Assists principal investigator or project leader in the performance of specific and/or limited work assignments relating to research activities.
  2. Performs a variety of routine laboratory tests and procedures including the use of cutting edge molecular methods, general lab maintenance and health and safety compliance according to prescribed protocols and assigned schedules.
  3. Uses basic instruments, equipment, and/or supplies in the conduct of routine research activities.
  4. Maintains inventory of standard laboratory supplies; prepares requisitions for purchase of laboratory supplies.
  5. Assists with the care and maintenance of equipment and supplies.
  6. Collects and enters research data into the computer or onto data forms and verifies data.
  7. Washes and autoclaves glassware, and maintains laboratory order and MSDS sheets for laboratory chemicals.
  8. May assist in the preparation of scientific presentations, manuscripts, and grant applications.
  9. Performs other related research support duties as required.
  10. Assists in experiments related to the ecology and evolution of fungi. Projects involve molecular ecology, physiological ecology, and community ecology to understand cooperative associations between fungi and plants, and fungi in marine environments.
  11. Conducts fieldwork in remote locations to collect research specimens.
  12. Conducts administrative work related to university health and safety standards and upkeep of chemical inventory.
  13. Trains incoming lab personnel on lab safety and standard operating procedures.
  14. Other duties as assigned
Minimum Qualifications
  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree in Biology, Ecology, Mycology, or related fields and 0 year(s) of progressively responsible professional experience with responsibilities for N/A; or equivalent education/training or experience.
  2. Functional knowledge of principles, practices and techniques in DNA extraction protocols, PCR, gel electrophoresis, sequencing, and greenhouse methods, demonstrated by knowledge, understanding and ability to apply concepts, terminology.
  3. Functional knowledge and understanding of principles, theories, federal and state laws, rules, regulations and systems associated with research laboratory management.
  4. Demonstrated ability to recognize problems, identify possible causes and resolve the full range problems that may commonly occur in the management of a research laboratory.
  5. Demonstrated ability to understand oral and written documentation, write reports and procedures, and communicate effectively in a variety of situations.
  6. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external organizations, groups, team members and individuals.
  7. Demonstrated ability to operate a personal computer and apply word processing software.
  8. Any equivalent combination of education and/or professional work experience which provides the required education, knowledge, skills and abilities as indicated.
  9. Must be personable, motivated and enthusiastic about working with minimal supervision to help create world-class research labs
Desirable Qualifications
  1. Knowledge of plants and fungi
  2. Experience in Laboratory management
  3. Personable, motivated and enthusiastic about working with minimal supervision to help create world-class research labs.
  4. Demonstrated ability to prioritize lab needs while multitasking.

To Apply:
Submit cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, UH Form 64A (attach resume) or UH Form 64B (enter credentials including education, experience, etc.), resume, names of 3 professional references and official transcripts (copies accepted, originals required upon hire) via email to
  1. College of Natural Sciences/Botany Department
  2. 3190 Maile Way, St. John 101
  3. Honolulu, HI 96822
  1. Nicole Hynson; 808-956-8369;

The University of Hawaiʻi is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, domestic or sexual violence victim status, national guard absence, or status as a covered veteran.

Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, annual campus crime statistics for the University of Hawaii may be viewed at:, or a paper copy may be obtained upon request from the respective UH Campus Security or Administrative Services Office.

In accordance with Article 10A of the unit 08 collective bargaining agreement, bargaining unit members receive priority consideration for APT job vacancies. As a result, external or non BU 08 applicants may not be considered for some APT vacancies. BU 08 members with re-employment rights or priority status are responsible for informing the hiring unit of their status.