Assistant Professor U Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Geophysics

Helen Janiszewski hajanisz at
Fri Nov 25 19:26:45 UTC 2022

*Assistant Professor in Geophysics (Tenure Track)*

The Department of Earth Sciences in the School of Ocean and Earth Science
and Technology (SOEST), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa seeks to fill a
faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of
geophysics, with a particular emphasis on geophysical research broadly
relevant to hazards, such as volcanic, earthquake, and landslide processes,
in either marine or terrestrial settings. The candidate will build on
existing departmental expertise in physical and geochemical volcanology,
seismic imaging, and geodynamic modeling. We seek a talented scientist
eager to leverage our unique Pacific Island location to conduct studies of
both regional and broader earth science topics using observational and
computational approaches. The successful applicant is expected to establish
an externally funded and internationally recognized research program,
enthusiastically contribute to graduate and undergraduate advising and
teaching, and carry out professional service activities. Willingness to
engage with faculty, staff, and students in a collaborative fashion that
supports Indigenous values and perspectives, as well as diversity and
inclusivity, is essential.

We are interested in an individual who will use geophysical field
observations, data analysis, and/or data modeling to improve understanding
of dynamic earth processes. This may include research related to magma
dynamics and storage, surface or seafloor deformation, volcano
seismo-acoustics, and earthquake and eruption processes and hazards. The
ideal candidate would build on existing synergies across SOEST and the
University of Hawai’i, as well as with local agencies such the USGS
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
Expertise in the implementation of cutting-edge geophysical programs, that
may include, but are not limited to, seismic, acoustic, potential field,
and/or geoelectric studies, large-N deployments, high performance
computing, and machine learning/AI techniques applicable to any of these
research areas would be an asset.

The Department of Earth Sciences (
is one of thirteen research units and four academic departments within
SOEST (, a world-class research and
academic institution focused on informing solutions to some of the world’s
most vexing problems. The Department has 18 faculty as well as 35
additional cooperating graduate faculty in the Hawai‘i Institute of
Geophysics and Planetology (  Together these
faculty instruct and advise approximately 60 graduate students and 120
undergraduate majors.

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is one of 115 Research-1 Universities in
the country, and is one of only a handful of land-, sea-, space-, and
sun-grant institutions. It is a world leader in Earth and environmental
sciences, consistently ranked among the top 15 universities internationally
in these disciplines.  UH Mānoa is proud of its diverse, multiethnic
heritage. Located in Hawai‘i’s capital city of Honolulu at the crossroads
of the Pacific, the campus is home to students, faculty and staff from
Hawai‘i, the continental U.S., and more than 100 countries around the
world. UH Mānoa’s programs often rank among the nation’s most diverse. We
seek applicants who will embrace this diversity, and further welcome
candidates whose professional or personal perspectives enrich the
communities within the University, SOEST, and the Department, as well as
the public we serve.

Apply online at;
search for position number 85992. If this is your first time using NEOGOV
you will need to create an account.  Applicants must upload a single-file
PDF containing six parts, in this order, (1) a one-page cover letter; (2) a
statement describing your research interests, your accomplishments to date,
and your future research plans; (3) a statement describing experiences in,
and approaches to, teaching and mentoring students; (4) a statement
describing contributions to diversity and inclusion, and plans to foster an
inclusive environment in their role at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa;
(5) a curriculum vitae with a publication list; and (6) the names and
contact information of three individuals willing to provide professional
reference letters. Items (2)-(4) should not exceed six pages total.

Review and evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue
until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications
received on or prior to January 9, 2023, but applications received after
this date may also be considered.  Further questions about the faculty
position can be addressed to Prof. Garrett Apuzen-Ito, (earth at
or Prof. Robert Dunn (dunnr at The University of Hawai‘i is an
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.

Dr. Helen A. Janiszewski

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Earth Sciences
SOEST, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
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