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Assistant Professor of Sustainable Soil Water System Management

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, Hawaii
Start date
Oct 26, 2023

The Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences (TPSS) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) invites applicants for a tenure track position in Sustainable Soil Water System Management at the Assistant Professor level beginning August 2024.

In an island environment such as Hawaiʻi, judicious management of water resources is paramount for a sustainable future. The rising demand for limited water resources among competing interests (e.g., agriculture, urban development, ecosystem health) coupled with the drying trends associated with climate change has placed deep stressors on our water resources, which demand immediate attention.

The department seeks candidates who will develop and lead an internationally recognized, innovative, and extramurally funded research and instructional program that focuses on water management.

Qualified candidates shall possess a holistic systems-level approach towards water resource management that considers the fundamental connections at the soil-water-plant interface and the various demands on water (i.e., agroecosystem health, indigenous and biocultural practices, and urban needs) with a focus on maximizing water use efficiency and protecting water quality. The department is particularly interested in candidates who have experience with developing solutions to improve the efficiency of water use including the implementation of efficient irrigation systems, innovative and cutting-edge technologies to protect water quality and reduce nutrient movement, and alternative water supplies (i.e., waste water recycling) that can be applied to the unique soil ecosystems and cropping systems of Hawaiʻi; and candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds, minimizing barriers, and increasing equity and completion rates among different demographics. The instructional and research activities will be guided by, and incorporate, core Hawaiian values (e.g. mālama ʻāina).

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) is an indigenous-serving institution with a commitment to becoming a Native Hawaiian Place of Learning. UHM is classified as an “R1” institution; part of a 10 campus state-wide system that has 48,373 students enrolled (Fall 2022), and it is a uniquely structured Minority Serving Institute (MSI) and Land Grant University (LGU) within the US Western-Pacific region. UH is one of a few MSI-LGUs offering Associate, Baccalaureate, Masters, and Ph.D. STEM degrees, as well as post-graduate certificates.

The Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences (TPSS) is focused on:

  1. improving food self-sufficiency and sustainability under a changing climate and strengthening the agriculture economy in Hawaiʻi.
  2. strengthening the agriculture economy in Hawaiʻi.

Candidates whose work directly addresses one or both of these two broad areas and can apply their skills and knowledge to Tropical/Pacific Island/Hawai‘i systems are encouraged to apply.

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