Assistant Professor (Plant Genomics) - University of Hawai’i

The College of Natural Sciences - Department of Botany at University of Hawai’i at Manoa invites applications for a full-time, general funds, tenure track, faculty position, pending position clearance and availability of funds. Start date is approximately August 1, 2019 or as soon thereafter as possible. The University of Hawai‘i is a Carnegie doctoral/research-extensive university with a strong emphasis on research and graduate education. The Department offers B.A., B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Botany. For more information on the department, please visit It is anticipated that concurrent with a planned Botany, Microbiology, and Biology merger into a School of Life Sciences by the end of 2019, novel curricula and research collaborations are forthcoming.

Duties and Responsibilities

Research: We are searching for a highly creative and interactive scholar who works at the genome scale to address questions about the ecology and evolution of plants, algae, or fungi. We welcome candidates who use emerging sequencing and informatics tools to work on non-model systems, particularly organisms native to, or naturalized in, Hawai’i and the Pacific. Research using genome or exome data, or gene regulatory mechanisms related to population connectivity, speciation, adaptation, species interactions or conservation are particularly encouraged to apply. Experience or interest in working with herbarium, archeological or other types of preserved specimens is welcomed.

Curation: Successful candidates will assume curation of the Joseph F. Rock Herbarium (HAW), which serves as the official university repository for botanical plant, algal, fungal, and lichen accessions. The herbarium comprises approximately 50,000 dried plant specimens, with particular emphasis on vascular plants of Hawaii and the Pacific. This work has been supported with student assistance, and we anticipate that curation duties will comprise approximately 10% of effort.

Teaching: Principle teaching duties will include plant systematics, and other courses as assigned, including developing novel courses in topics related to expertise including *omics based approaches to plant biology.

Additional duties: Additional duties include supervising student independent study/research activities; training and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students; serving on departmental, college, and university committees; rendering service to the professional and lay community relevant to the individual's academic specialty; participating in curriculum development activities such as developing course materials and special instructional methods; participating in graduate committees; developing an externally funded research program leading to publication in leading scholarly journals; performing related tasks as assigned.

About Us: The University of Hawai’i is an exciting place to study plant genomes. Our campus boasts two arboreta, and state of the art high performance computing, sequencing, imaging, metabolomics, and flow cytometry core facilities. A new life sciences building is under construction. Our student body consistently ranks among the top ten public universities in terms of racial and ethnic diversity. Our access to diverse and unique field sites is unrivaled.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Botany, Biology, or a closely related field. Expertise in genomics of plants, algae, and/or fungi. The ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the life sciences and one or more aspects of genomics research. Evidence of research productivity and publication of scholarly materials. Post-Doctoral research and/or teaching experience. Poise and good address for meeting and conferring with others.

Desired Qualifications: Track record of and interest in collaborative research. Interest in island biology. Ability to work in an ethnically rich, multicultural environment. To Apply: Candidates should submit a letter of application, statements of research interests and teaching philosophy, a sample research paper, a current vita, and names of at least three references via Academic Jobs Online: .

Direct inquiries to Anthony Amend: The University of Hawaiʻi is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, domestic or sexual violence victim status, national guard absence, or status as a covered veteran. Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks. In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, annual campus crime statistics for the University of Hawaii may be viewed at:, or a paper copy may be obtained upon request from the respective UH Campus Security or Administrative Services Office.

Closing Date: Continuous - application review begins December 8, 2018

Salary Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

9 Month Tenure Track, Full Time, Permanent.

Review of applications will begin 7 January 2019.