Assistant Researcher (Theoretical Ecologist); University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Job Title: 
Assistant Researcher (Theoretical Ecologist)
Job Location: 
Kaneohe, HI
Duration: 
Full-Time - Permanent
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Description: 

The Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, invites applications for a full-time, 11-month, tenure-track faculty position 0086036 in Theoretical Ecology or Evolution at the rank of Assistant Researcher (Professor).   
 
Duties and Responsibilities:
 
We invite applicants with a vision for integrative and collaborative research and strong mathematical, statistical and computational modelling skills. The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic collaborator with the ability to enhance a broad range of field- and lab-based projects at HIMB. The candidate will work across taxa, spatial & temporal scales, and coupled natural-human systems using existing or novel quantitative approaches. The ideal candidate will have a field component of their own research program and/or a vision for expanding their program by collaborating with HIMB faculty on field-based research.  
 
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, population and community dynamics, ecosystem processes, behavior, physiology, population genetics, fisheries, and biogeography.
 
The position is 75% research and 25% instruction, and the successful candidate will develop an extramurally funded research program that complements the expertise of our existing faculty, mentor graduate students, and contribute to instructional initiatives at HIMB and the Marine Biology Graduate Program. The position is a full-time 11-month appointment with nine months of state support and the expectation that the candidate raises the remaining two months in extramural support.
 
The instructional component of the position should be viewed broadly and creatively; we encourage integrative and transformative contributions that expand the educational role of HIMB and leverage its exceptional setting and resources.
 
Individual qualifications, academic excellence, and collegiality, rather than specific research area, will be the primary criteria in selecting the successful candidate.
 
Minimum Qualifications: 

  1. Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from a college or university of recognized standing in biology, oceanography, zoology, ecology, mathematical biology, statistics, bioinformatics, or related discipline. Strong preference will be given to candidates with productive postdoctoral training.
  2. Demonstrated capability for creative, high-quality research and teaching.
  3. Evidence of scholarly achievement, including publication of doctoral and postdoctoral research in quality journals in their field.
  4. Strong history of collaborative research.
  5. Successful instructional activities and demonstrated experience as a mentor.
  6. Ability to work and communicate effectively across disciplines.

 
Desirable Qualifications: 

  1. Vision for research at HIMB that takes advantage of HIMB's unique location, natural and community resources, and faculty expertise.
  2. Demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding from a range of sponsors.
  3. Experience leading or participating in local, national or international research, education or outreach activities.
  4. Interest in applying their research outcomes to issues of local, regional, and global importance.

 
Location:
 
HIMB's principal facilities and operations are located on Moku o Lo'e Island (Coconut Island) surrounded by a coral reef in Kane'ohe Bay on the windward side of the island of O'ahu, about 24 km from the main university campus in Manoa. The general research, education, and service program at HIMB currently encompasses basic and applied aspects of tropical marine biology, coral reef ecology, and marine science education and includes areas of emphasis in: 1) physiological, behavioral, microbial, and conservation ecology, particularly of coral reef and estuarine systems; 2) population genomics, evolution, and biogeography; 3) fisheries; 4) population-, spatial- and behavioral ecology of marine megafauna; and 5) K-20 marine education and community outreach. HIMB is also the site of the new He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve, which aims to evaluate the ecosystem services affected by traditional versus contemporary management practices. Facilities include a confocal microscope, molecular core facility, running seawater system, open circuit SCUBA and closed circuit rebreather capacity, a small fleet of research boats, dorms and classrooms for short courses and meetings, an education center and teaching laboratory. The Institute is in the process of over $40 million in renovations of its facilities to accommodate growing research and education programs. SOEST is the largest school within the University of Hawai'i System. The University of Hawai'i at Manoa is a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution with an enrollment of approximately 20,000 graduate and undergraduate students. HIMB employs approximately 70 individuals including 20 research faculty. In addition, faculty from other University of Hawai'i departments are affiliated with HIMB, and HIMB hosts adjunct faculty from other institutions, scientists from federal agencies, and visiting scientists from around the world.

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