Director, School of Life Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Posted on December 1, 2022
Expires: January 01, 2023


To apply:
Title:  Professor (Director of School of Life Sciences)
Closing Date:   Continuous recruitment until filled – Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2023
Salary Information:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Monthly Type:  11-Month
Tenure Track:                         Tenure

 Other Conditions:
The position will begin approximately August 2023 or as soon thereafter as possible. Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Our department and university have a strong commitment to recruit and retain diverse applicants. We encourage women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.

The School of Life Sciences (SoLS) at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa seeks candidates for the position of Professor and Director who will provide vision and leadership for its academic programs and scientific direction. SoLS was established in January 2020 through the merger of the departments of Biology, Botany, and Microbiology and is housed within the College of Natural Sciences.  SoLS hosts the largest academic program on the University of Hawai‘i’s flagship campus, serving over 1,500 undergraduate majors and 150 graduate students for degrees in biology, botany, marine biology, microbiology, molecular cell biology, and zoology. Research interests of the 40 faculty members span all biological scales, with many focusing on ecology, evolution, and conservation biology.

The UHM campus is located in Honolulu on the island of O‘ahu, a unique location that provides access to a diversity of ecosystems in one of the world’s exceptional hotspots for biodiversity and endemism. Beyond biological diversity, Honolulu is home to a diversity of cultures and is recognized as a top place to live with the highest quality of life.

As a Land and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium, UHM is the only Carnegie R1 university in the state. Current enrollment at UHM is 19,000 (14,000 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate). Students are drawn from all 50 states and around the world, with nearly one-third of students being members of underrepresented minority groups. Modern teaching and research laboratories are available, as well as access to multiple core-facilities including genomics and sequencing facilities and a cutting-edge microscopy and visualization core-facility with state-of-the-art instruments.

The School welcomes applicants whose research addresses fundamental questions in the life sciences using integrative approaches and methods, including any system, ranging from cell and molecular biology to organismal and system-level studies, both empirical and theoretical in nature. The Director of SoLS is expected to be an established leader in their field, with an active research program and a demonstrated track-record of leadership in an academic setting, including their role as an effective advocate for resources at the university, state and national level. The Director oversees approximately 28 faculty, whose responsibilities in the School of Life Sciences include teaching and developing undergraduate and graduate courses, supervision of student research, undergraduate advising, service to the university and professional community, and externally-funded research programs. The successful applicant will provide a vision for aligning the School’s research and instructional activities with local and national priorities. The Director will also have the opportunity to strengthen existing research areas, develop new innovative initiatives in the School, and foster collaborations across the University of Hawai‘i system.

The Director also has the responsibility of ensuring that the School’s mission of promoting learning and discovery through scientific research is aligned with the strategic plans of UHM and The University of Hawai (Download PDF reader)‘i System (Download PDF reader) as a Native Hawaiian Place of Learning. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and efforts to broaden participation are an important part of the academic culture and university mission. The School emphasizes interdisciplinary collaborations in place-based and experiential teaching, research, and service to the State of Hawai‘i. SoLS houses a diverse academic community that highlights undergraduate research and service activities, and has created affiliations with several cross-disciplinary units across the University. The School of Life Sciences at UHM plays a unique and integral role in research, teaching, and training, especially with particular connections to Native Hawaiian and Pacific Island cultures and with respect to indigenous knowledge.

UHM adheres to fair and inclusive recruitment and hiring procedures, and is a campus committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion excellence. For more information on the Manoa Strategic Plan, visit For more information on the school, please visit
Minimum Qualifications:

  1. A Ph.D. in an area of the life sciences or other related disciplines from an accredited institution.
  2. Attained the rank of Professor or have demonstrated a record of comparable professional experience prior to appointment.
  3. Demonstrated history of successfully obtaining extramural funding, experience teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level, record of scholarly contributions, professional activity and achievements at the national and international level.
  4. Demonstrated leadership skills including a minimum of two (2) years of successful administrative leadership and management skills with a demonstrated record of success in a large multifaceted organization.
  5. Ability to work in a diverse and multicultural environment, with a demonstrated commitment to broaden participation and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  6. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with multiple constituencies.

Desirable Qualifications:

  1. A track record of leadership and collaboration in the submission of successful infrastructure proposals and training grants.
  2. Demonstrated ability to support and strengthen the unit’s research enterprise at the undergraduate, graduate and faculty levels.
  3. An effective advocate for resources at the university, state and national level.
  4. Familiarity or experience working with unionized faculty in higher education.

To Apply:
Click on the “Apply” button on the top right corner of the screen and attach the required documents:

  • Cover letter (2 page limit)
  • C.V.
  • Names and contact information for three professional references
  • Five-page (maximum) statement highlighting the applicant’s experience, accomplishments, vision, and implementation strategies with respect to academic leadership, research, and teaching. Content addressing the candidate’s approach and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion should be directly incorporated into the statement. Additional information about Manoa’s Strategic Vision as a Native Hawaiian place of learning can be found here:

Official transcripts with proof of degree conferred will be required upon hire.
Every effort will be made to maintain confidentiality until the finalists for the position are chosen.

Contact Information:
Peter Marko (

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