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Microbial Oceanographer

Microbial Oceanographer

Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii at Manoa logo

Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii at Manoa


Honolulu, United States of America


Relevant division
Ocean Sciences (OS)

Full time

Entry level


Required education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

19 January 2024

Job description

Microbial Oceanographer specializing in Pelagic Ecosystem Processes

Tenure-Track Faculty Position
Department of Oceanography
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

The Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track, 9-month faculty position in Microbial Oceanography at the rank of assistant professor.
We seek a candidate who will expand the expertise of our department and integrate undergraduate and graduate education with cutting-edge research. Since its founding over half a century ago, the department has been a world leader in interdisciplinary oceanographic research and education, and we are excited to grow our dynamic, vibrant community with new colleagues to continue this legacy. UHM is the only recognized Native Hawaiian-serving R1 university and draws students from a diverse population including Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Asian ethnicities. The Department of Oceanography is committed to serving and affirming our unique community and culture in the center of the Pacific Ocean and to continued research excellence.
The successful candidate will have field research experience in microbial oceanography of pelagic ecosystems with an emphasis on one of the following topics: production and cycling of organic matter, nutrient dynamics, microbial community structure and function, or related pelagic ecosystem processes, including the impacts of climate change.

Position duties include: develop and sustain a vigorous extramurally supported, collaborative research program that complements existing expertise in the department; conduct outstanding classroom teaching and mentoring of students in the department; and, provide service to the department, school, university, and larger scientific community.

Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. degree in Oceanography, or a related discipline; demonstrated ability for creative, high-quality research, evident in a portfolio of at least three peer-reviewed publications; demonstrated ability for effective written and oral communication; ability to effectively teach and mentor a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students; and commitment to support our shared values of inclusion, mutual respect, collaboration and equity, so that participants with diverse backgrounds feel welcome, included and can thrive. Demonstrated past research experience that involves sea-going observations, experimentation, or data collection.

Desirable qualifications: success in competition for extramural grants, contracts, or fellowships; intention to participate in oceanographic field research that contributes to interdisciplinary collaboration; interest in utilizing the UHM Marine Center and research vessels, and the UNOLS and international research fleet more broadly; interest in contributing novel courses to the department’s curriculum; post-doctoral research experience, or equivalent.

How to apply

For the complete job announcement and instructions on how to apply online see: Search for position number 0082500 and click on the “Apply” button on the top right corner of the screen and attach the required documents, described below. If this is your first time using NEOGOV you will need to create an account. Applicants must upload the following: (1) a cover letter in which you identify the position to which you are applying, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) statements about your past work and future plans in (3a) research, (3b) teaching and mentorship, and (3c) furthering of the department’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, (4) three representative publications, and (5) the names and contact information of five references. Topics for statements in (3) may include, but are not limited to: scientific leadership, research methodologies, how you will strengthen and complement the mission of the Department of Oceanography and the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, mentoring, innovative pedagogy, service and outreach, or strategies for engaging a wide variety of learners and stakeholders.
Questions should be directed to the search committee chair, Professor David Karl ( More information about the Department of Oceanography can be found at
Review of applications will begin on 1 March 2024, and will continue until the position has been filled. We expect to have the successful hire in place for the start of the 2024-2025 academic year.

The University of Hawaii is an equal opportunity / affirmative action institution.