University of Hawaii at Manoa, School of Life Sciences

Position ID:UHManoa-School of Life Sciences-GLOBALCHANGEBOTANIST [#15794, GlobalBot]
Position Title: Assistant Professor (Global Change Biology/ Ecology, with emphasis in Botany)
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Honolulu, Hawaii 96822, United States [map]
Subject Area: Life sciences / Biology
Appl Deadline:2020/01/31help popup (posted 2019/12/23, listed until 2020/01/31)
Position Description:    

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University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, College of Natural Sciences, newly formed School of Life Sciences, invites applications for a full-time, tenure track, faculty position to begin approximately August 1, 2020 or as soon thereafter as possible. The University of Hawaiʻi is a Carnegie 1 doctoral/research-extensive university with a strong emphasis on research and graduate education. The School offers B.A., B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. For more Information on Botany, please visit More information on other units in the school, visit biology and microbiology web sites.

We are casting a broad net to search for a highly creative and interactive scholar with expertise in global change science as applicable to plants and plant- animal interactions, corals, algae, and/or fungi. The specific research focus and system of study are open, although we are most interested in candidates who will address fundamental topics in global ecological and/or climate change impacts in Hawaiʻi and/ or the tropical Pacific, through the use of quantitative / computational approaches (need for lab / field component is flexible). We encourage applications from candidates who adopt an integrative approach in their research. The competitive applicant will conduct research that uses quantitative or computational approaches to address important questions. in physiological ecology, ecosystem studies, remote sensing, landscape and/ or studies of land-use change, connectivity or ecosystem resilience. Duties will include:

Instruct assigned courses and seminars in topics such as global change; mathematical modeling, computational ecology and/or mechanisms of species and ecosystems resilience using evidence-based, active learning pedagogy; supervising student independent study/research activities; training and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students; serving on departmental, college, and university committees; rendering service to the professional and lay community relevant to the individual's academic specialty; participating in curriculum development activities such as course materials and special instructional methods; participating in graduate committees; developing an externally funded research program in one or more areas of quantitative ecology / evolution leading to publication in leading scholarly journals; and performing related tasks as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: 1. An earned Ph.D. in Botany, Biology, or a closely related field, and expertise in an emerging research area of global change science applicable to plants, coral reefs, algae, plant- interactions, and/or fungi. 2. Ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the life sciences and one or more aspects of global change science. 3. Evidence of research productivity along with ability to secure external funding, publication of scholarly materials, and collegiality.

Desired Qualifications: 1. Post-doctoral research experience. 2. Track record of and interest in collaborative research. 3. Interest in island ecosystems and biodiversity. 4. Possess good communication skills. 5. Demonstrated ability to work in an ethnically rich, multicultural environment. 6. Vision of research that takes advantage of Hawai‘i’s unique location, resources, and faculty expertise in the newly formed School of Life Sciences, other university units, and state and federal agencies engaged in global change research.

To apply:

Candidates should submit: 1) a cover letter specifying the position and the research area; 2) a statement of research interests, activities, and plans - up to 3-pages in length; 3) a 2-page statement on teaching philosophy, interests, and plans; 4) a curriculum vitae detailing research, teaching, and service accomplishments; 5) a 1-page diversity statement; 6) copies of up to four relevant publications; and 7) the names, addresses, e-mail, and telephone numbers of three professional references.

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is the flagship campus of the University of Hawaii system, a Carnegie "Doctoral University with Highest Research Activity", and a Land- Sea-, and Space-Grant institution. As documented by the Chronicle of Higher Education, the campus serves the most diverse population of both students and faculty among the nation’s flagship campuses. The School of Life Sciences was recently created by the merger of the departments of Biology, Botany, and Microbiology at the University of Hawai‘i’s flagship campus. It hosts the second largest academic program on campus, serving over 1300 undergraduate majors and 150 graduate students for degrees in biology, botany, marine biology, microbiology, molecular cell biology, and zoology. Research interests of the 40 faculty members span all biological scales, with particular emphasis on local organisms and systems. Many faculty will occupy a modern, new building hosting research and teaching labs as well as core facilities. Our campus boasts two arboreta, two world class marine laboratories, and state of the art high performance computing, sequencing, imaging, metabolomics, histology, and flow cytometry core facilities. Access to diverse and unique field sites is unrivaled. 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 Hawai‘i may be viewed at:, or a paper copy may be obtained upon request from the respective UH Campus Security or Administrative Services Office. Accommodation Request: The University of Hawai'i complies with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the EEO coordinator directly. Determination on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. For further information, please refer to the following link:

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Further Info:
Department of Biology
2538 McCarthy Mall
Edmonson Hall 216
Honolulu, HI 96822

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