Three Assistant Professor Positions: Structural Geology & Tectonics, Geodesy & Marine Geophysics, and Coastal Geology - University of Hawai`i


The Department of Earth Sciences in the School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology, University of Hawai`i at Manoa seeks to fill three tenure-track faculty positions at the level of Assistant Professor in the broad area of active geologic processes. We seek a group of talented scientists eager to leverage our unique location in the Pacific region on an ocean island chain, as well as contribute to studies of global Earth problems, while broadening our expertise in active processes that influence natural hazards.  It is also desired that these scientists contribute to, or use, modern geoinformatics infrastructure and data analysis methods. The successful applicants are expected to establish externally funded and nationally recognized research programs, enthusiastically contribute to graduate and undergraduate advising and teaching, and carry out professional service activities. Ability to engage with faculty, staff, and students in a collaborative fashion that supports diversity and inclusivity is essential.

The positions are offered in three research areas:

  • Structural Geology and Tectonics: We seek applicants that will use modern geologic techniques to understand structure, rheological behavior, and/or mechanical processes at active tectonic settings using field observations in combination with modeling and/or laboratory experimentation. Our location offers an opportunity to focus on both onshore or offshore structural geologic mapping using cutting-edge techniques (e.g., Terrestrial Laser Scanning, LiDAR, Structure from Motion, acoustic imaging, sonar mapping). Of equal interest is research on naturally or experimentally deformed rocks and minerals to quantify deformation mechanisms and conditions (i.e., rock physics).  Example applications include magmatic intrusions, fracturing/faulting, landslides, aseismic slip and slow and fast earthquakes. This individual is expected to teach our required undergraduate class in structural geology.
  •  Geodesy and Marine Geophysics: We seek applicants that will use geophysical and/or geodetic techniques (e.g., high-resolution repeat topographic/bathymetric mapping, active or passive seismology, electro-magnetic methods, satellite-based observations, interferometric synthetic aperture radar, acoustic ranging, underwater strain-, tilt-, and gravimeters) to study active or recent deformation associated with volcanic and/or tectonic processes. This individual may also contribute to assessing risk for hazards such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides (terrestrial and/or submarine), and tsunamis.
  • Coastal Processes and/or Geologic Framework Studies: We are interested in an individual who will use a combination of field observations and modeling to improve understanding of dynamic coastal processes, coastal geomorphology and the geologic framework of coastal systems including paleo archives of various types, impacts of sea level rise, coastal hazards, and/or nearshore hydrodynamics. Desirable expertise in modeling include processes such as sediment transport, beach morphodynamics, marine flooding, wave processes and past/present/future climate change-related coastal zone dynamics. Ability to design and maintain observation systems to underpin empirical decision-making, track coastal environmental changes, and/or to support data-assimilating model development are desirable.

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Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received on or prior to February 7, 2020, but applications received after this date may also be considered. Questions can be addressed to Profs. Garrett Apuzen-Ito,, or Brian Popp,

The University of Hawai‘i is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution