Postdoctoral Researcher, Hawaii

Job Summary


Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences (PEPS), located at the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Quarantine Facility in Hilo, Hawai‘i.  Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 


DUTIES:  In a collaborative USDA/University of Hawai‘i project, works on biological control in Hawai‘i.  Conducts host range testing in quarantine of prospective biological control agents of the Coffee Berry Borer, Hypothenemus hampei in Hawai‘i. Collects native and invasive beetles in remote locations for testing and devise methods to raise them in laboratory cultures.  Analyses data, publishes results in peer-reviewed journals.  Collaborates with peers addressing the overall biological control project for Coffee Berry Borer. 

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  PhD from an accredited college or university in Entomology, Zoology, or a related field.  EXPERIENCE:  Up to one (0-1) year of experience in insect rearing, host range testing, and insect biology.  Prior experience collecting and analyzing data and publishing results.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Knowledge of the principals and practice of biological control.  Ability to conduct field and laboratory studies with parasitoids and hosts.  Must possess a valid driver’s license (and if use of personal vehicle on the job is required, must also have valid personal driver’s insurance equivalent to Hawai‘i’s No-Fault Driver’s Insurance) and maintain throughout the duration of employment.  PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Ability to conduct field work under sometimes difficult field conditions (e.g. high elevations, densely vegetated areas, and high ambient temperatures). POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS:  As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies and procedures.  Violation of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.). 

SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS:  Experience in insect biological control.  Experience in designing experiments.

INQUIRIES:  Dr. Mark Wright 271-2037 (Oahu). 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Salary History, 4) Supervisory References, 5) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344 or (808)956-0872. 

RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University of Hawai‘i.

Equal Opportunities Employer – Minorities/Women/Disability/Veteran.


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Job Listing Expiration: 
60 Days
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University of Hawaii at Manoa
Name of Contact Person: 
Mark Wright
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