Director, Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology

Posted on February 1, 2024
Expires: May 01, 2024

Nominations and applications are sought for the position of DirectorHawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM).

The successful candidate will have a broad, forward-looking view of marine biology, a proven ability to secure research and development funds, and the skills and experience needed to lead an institute that encompasses a wide range of research, education, and service activities. The new Director will possess a blend of entrepreneurial vision, research development and leadership skills. They should be sensitive to, and willing to engage with, the culturally diverse communities of Hawai‘i. The HIMB Director is expected to foster close interactions with other SOEST units, the University of Hawai‘i System, and the local community.

Nominees and applicants must have a doctoral degree and a distinguished, internationally established reputation in research, skill at establishing community partnerships and donor relations, and a successful history of obtaining programmatic support. Collaborative experience with international institutions, especially in Pacific Rim countries, is desirable. Candidates must also have familiarity with the administration of a research institute or large research program. The Director will oversee a broad range of facilities and programs that lie outside the purview of a conventional academic department, including housing, dive operations, a boat fleet, extensive outreach and community relations, hosting official visitors, summer courses and programs, a protected coral reef reserve, responses to severe weather, as well as the management of construction and infrastructure maintenance.

HIMB is a globally recognized center of innovation for science and technology and place-based education that is fully committed to the University mission of becoming a Native Hawaiian Place of Learning.  The Institute’s principal facilities and operations are located on Moku o Lo‘e (Coconut Island), a roughly 28-acre island surrounded by a coral reef in Kāne‘ohe Bay on the windward side of the island of O‘ahu, about 24 km from the UHM campus. The general research, education, and service programs at HIMB currently encompass basic and applied aspects of tropical marine biology, coral reef ecology, and marine science education including areas of emphasis in the following five sub-disciplines: 1) coral reef biophysical and biogeographical research; 2) coral reef physiology, ecology, evolution, and biodiversity; 3) fisheries research; 4) population-, spatial and behavioral ecology of marine megafauna; and 5) K-20 marine education and community outreach. The institute has an annual operating budget of $4.5 million, $11.3 million in extramural funding, and supports 26 faculty positions, 28 postdocs and up to 36 additional employees.

HIMB has a deep engagement with, and commitment to, its neighborhood partners such as the Windward Community College, the Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club, Ko‘olau Foundation, Paepae o He‘eia, Kako‘o, O‘iwi, and the Kāne‘ohe and Kahalu‘u Neighborhood Boards. In collaboration with many of these partners, HIMB manages the He‘eia National Estuarine Research Reserve, approximately 1,400 acres of estuary and coastal wetland in Kāne‘ohe Bay, including Moku o Lo‘e.

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is a land-, sea-, space-, and sun-grant institution with an enrollment of approximately 20,000 graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to its own faculty and staff, HIMB sponsors affiliated faculty from other University of Hawai‘i campuses, scientists from federal and state agencies, short-term visiting scientists, and adjunct faculty. The Institute’s Director reports directly to the Dean of SOEST, the largest school within the University of Hawai‘i System.

Nominations, inquiries, and applications are being accepted for this position. Review of applications will begin on or about March 25, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. For inquiries and nominations: send email to himbsrch@Hawai‘, or Dr. Judy Lemus, Chair (jlemus@Hawai‘; 808-956-2582).

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