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Fisheries Oceanographer

University of Hawaii at Manoa- Department of Oceanography
Honolulu, Hawaii
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience
Closing date
Dec 31, 2023

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Physical Sciences, Oceanography
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Fisheries Oceanographer: Tenure-Track Faculty Position
Department of Oceanography
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

The Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track, 9-month faculty position in Fisheries Oceanography at the rank of assistant professor.


This position is part of a series of collaborative hires across multiple schools and colleges at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) intended as the foundation of a broad and vital program in marine fisheries. Across the Pacific, Island peoples are facing increasing challenges in managing marine resources stemming from globalization, growing demand, changes in governance systems, and climate change. A broad understanding of the ecological, social, cultural, economic, governance, and policy dimensions of these often data-poor fisheries is required to develop creative and effective management strategies and policy options that can ensure the longevity of fisheries and the benefits they provide to people.


Initial positions at UHM are in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM), the Oceanography Department, the Sea Grant Program, and the Department of Pacific Island Studies to address the sustainability of tropical island and ocean fisheries. In addition to research activities, all four faculty will be expected to contribute to the creation and instruction of a new accredited graduate degree in fisheries to serve the needs of Hawai‘i and the Pacific region. It is envisioned that this program will have multiple tracks to accommodate foci in both the natural and social science components of the field. This position within Oceanography will focus on fisheries oceanography.


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 carry this legacy into the future. 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 support of research excellence.


A successful candidate will have research experience in fisheries oceanography, the interaction between harvested marine species and their environments. In particular we seek a candidate whose research investigates the ways in which climate is altering fisheries such as changes in productivity of stocks, shifting distributions, and reductions in recruitment as a consequence of ocean acidification and/or changing phenology of ocean species. In addressing these research topics, we expect the candidate would contribute towards the development of ecosystem-based fisheries management knowledge and solutions.


Position duties include: developing and sustaining a vigorous extramurally supported, collaborative research program that complements existing expertise in the department and can inform Pacific island fisheries management and economies; conducting outstanding classroom teaching and mentoring of students in the graduate Oceanography and undergraduate Global Environmental Science programs; developing and teaching a new course for the new graduate Fisheries program, facilitating cross-campus collaborations and research (including other collaborative fisheries hire faculty) and, providing service to the department, school, university, and larger scientific and fisheries community.


Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in a relevant field; demonstrated ability to communicate effectively; demonstrated capability for conducting fisheries oceanographic research; the 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 people from all backgrounds feel welcome and can thrive.


Desirable qualifications: Evidence of extramural research support, research that contributes to interdisciplinary collaboration, utilizes the oceanographic setting of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific, and engages in seagoing data collection such as with UHM research vessels is preferable.


For the complete job announcement and instructions on how to apply online see: Search for position number 0083358 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 as one PDF: (1) a cover letter in which you identify the position to which you are applying, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) statements of (3a) research interests, (3b) teaching interests, and (3c) your experience and/or plans in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, (4) three representative publications, and (5) the names and contact information of five references (in order of preference). Topics for statements in (3) may include, but are not limited to: scientific leadership, research methodologies, how you will strengthen and compliment 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 Jeff Drazen ( More information about the Department of Oceanography can be found at Review of applications will begin on January 8th, 2024, and will continue until the position has been filled, subject to position clearance.


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





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