Careers in the Plant Sciences

Assistant Professor in Conservation Biology

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Position Title: Assistant Professor in Conservation Biology
Position Type: Permanent Position
Application Review Begins: Tuesday, October 10, 2023
Application Deadline: Monday, December 04, 2023
Institution: University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Department/Division: School of Life Sciences
Field (e.g., systematics): Conservation Biology
City: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
General Information: The School of Life Sciences (SoLS) at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (UHM) invites applications for a permanent, fulltime (9-month) tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position in Conservation Biology. We welcome applications from biologists working in any area of conservation research. We are searching for a colleague who will facilitate collaboration among conservation programs inside and outside of UHM, and contribute to the development of a professional master’s degree in conservation biology. We encourage applications from scholars who will incorporate Hawaiian ecological knowledge into their teaching and research, and who will contribute to addressing conservation problems in the Pacific.

Applicants who are ABD (all but dissertation) will be reviewed, however, degree requirements must be met by the effective date of appointment. This position is permanent, full-time (9-month), general funded and tenure-track to begin approximately August 2024 or as soon thereafter as possible. Review of applications will begin on December 4, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Our department and university have a strong commitment to recruit and retain diverse applicants. We encourage women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.
Qualifications/Requirements: Minimum Qualifications
1. Earned Ph.D. in a conservation-related field by time of hire.
2. Evidence of research productivity.
3. University teaching experience.

Desirable Qualifications
1. Postdoctoral research experience in biology or a conservation-related field.
2. Ability to work in a diverse and multicultural environment, with a demonstrated commitment to broaden participation and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as commitment to a safe and inclusive campus environment.
3. Experience building relationships between academic units and governmental and independent organizations involved in conservation-focused natural resource management.
4. Experience or interest in conservation of island ecosystems, restoration ecology, invasive species ecology, conservation of rare species, and related fields, particularly in the Pacific.
5. Experience or interest in developing place-based research questions and/or teaching approaches in the context of UHM being a Native Hawaiian place of learning.
Responsibilities: The duties of this position include establishing a vigorous extramurally funded research program, publishing research in leading academic journals, providing mentoring and research opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, providing service to the School, University, profession, and community, and performing related tasks as assigned.

Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate and graduate courses in conservation biology and/or related topics, as well as development of new courses in the applicant’s area of expertise.

This position will also be responsible for building collaborative relationships with conservation programs such as the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit and Lyon Arboretum, particularly to facilitate internship opportunities for SoLS students in real-world management contexts. A long-term goal of SoLS is to develop a professional master’s degree program to train students for conservation careers; the successful applicant is expected to contribute to this vision.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): Applicants must submit as a single pdf file:
1) Cover letter addressing minimum and desirable qualifications; 2) Curriculum vitae detailing research, teaching, and service accomplishments; 3) A statement of research interests, activities, and plans (2-3 pages) and a statement on teaching philosophy, interests, and plans (1-2 pages). Content addressing the candidate’s approach and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion should be directly incorporated into the research and teaching statements; 4) Names, addresses, e-mail, and telephone numbers of three professional references (letters are not required at time of
application); 5) Copies of up to three relevant publications

Submit applications to:
Compensation Range:
Contact Name: Dr. Amber Wright,