Nov 15 2018
Bishop Museum |Honolulu|Full Time
Job Description


Initiates, develops, and directs original research projects, publishes significant original scholarly works, develops and enhances collections within specialized and broad scope of discipline, and consistently receives funding support for research and Museum programs.




Duties and Responsibilities


  • Develops collections within area of specialization to improve and enhance the collections; works with Collection Manager to assist in general oversight of collection management procedures (loan processing, accessions, cataloging, etc.); analyzes specimens and provides identifications within specialized scientific discipline. (All Levels)

  • Conducts original research related to Museum collections within specialized and broad scope of scientific discipline. (All Levels)

  • Maintains high level of publication productivity in original scholarly works related to the broad scientific community. (All Levels)

  • Serves the Museum’s public programs goals through significant contributions in leading lectures, workshops, field trips, docent training, exhibit planning and through provision of technical information and assistance to Museum and clients. (All Levels)

  • Contributes significantly to operational planning which includes planning and development of immediate and long-term project goals and objectives for the department and within specific field of study. (All Levels)

  • Designs, initiates, and coordinates field studies, surveys and expeditions related to specific research program. (All Levels)

  • Actively seeks and obtains financial support through grants, contracts, professional contracts and other resources to further major research and/or to support major Museum programs. (All Levels)

  • Maintains leadership affiliations in scholarly and professional organizations through active service (i.e., committees, councils, editorial review boards, funding review panels) and participation (i.e., attendance, panel discussions, etc.), including presentations of significant and major works at regional, national, or international meetings, symposia, and workshops which enhances their development as a Museum scientific professional. (All Levels)

  • Supervise others engaged in professional and technical activities and serves as affiliate faculty advisor to graduate level students. (All Levels)

  • May supervise others engaged in professional and technical activities. (All Levels)

  • Interacts with staff and Museum clients with tact, courtesy and unqualified respect at all times.  Stays motivated and projects a positive and professional attitude towards fellow workers and clients.  Cooperates and supports teamwork; maintains and strengthens customer relations. (All Levels)

  • Works in a safe manner so as not to endanger fellow staff members, volunteers and visitors.  Complies with safety rules and regulations and establishes safe work practices.  Reads all safety materials received.  Promptly reports unsafe conditions ad unsafe acts or accidents to appropriate individual.  Maintains assigned work area and equipment free to accident-producing conditions. (All Levels)

  • May entail participation on field trips for the purpose of surveying, sampling, collecting, and general research activities to locations that may be remote from medical facilities and other urban infrastructure, and may involve activities such as hiking, camping, climbing, rope work (such as rappelling and use of rope bridges), transport via helicopter and other small aircraft, working from boats (ships and small craft), submersible diving, snorkeling, scuba diving and other similar activities necessary to fulfill the objectives of the associated research activities.

  • Performs other duties as requested to accomplish the goals of the Museum. (All Levels)



    Education and Experience


  • Assistant Researcher:  ABD, Ph.D. (in biology, museum studies or related field preferred) with limited experience (0-3 years).

  • Associate Researcher:  Ph.D. (in biology, museum studies or related field preferred) with experience (4-6 years).

  • Full Researcher:  Ph.D. (in biology, museum studies or related field preferred) with experience (7-10 years).

  • Senior Researcher:  Ph.D. (in biology, museum studies or related field preferred) with experience (20 years).

  • Emeritus Researcher:  Ph.D. Retired but provided office space and administrative support.


  • Physical Requirements:  Primarily light work with periods of sitting, walking, reaching, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling.  A high degree of hand-eye coordination required in using a microscope, hand tools and light power tools to mount and prepare specimens which range in size from small and delicate to very large and heavy.  Long periods of handling and manipulating specimens and storage containers.  Long periods of data entry and keyboard use.  Visual requirements include 20/20 corrected vision, depth perception, a wide field of vision and the ability to distinguish colors.  Must be able to lift at least 25 lbs.  Field duties may involve exposure to high altitudes and wet conditions.  Laboratory work environment may involve exposure to fumes, noxious odors, and gases from the mounting and preservation media, as well as dust and mold from the specimens themselves.  Must be able to communicate verbally with co-workers and others, both in person and over the phone.  Must be able to read and process information, as well as communicate in writing.

  • Machines and equipment used:  Stereo dissecting microscope, compound and/or phase-contrast microscope, plastic heat sealer, large hand tools (e.g., hammer, pliers), small hand tools (e.g., forceps, scalpel), various electrical tools, typewriter, computer, scanner, and photocopier.

  • Software used:  MS Word / Excel / Access as well as familiarity with internet and e-mail programs.


    Direct Reports




    Other Requirements


  • Professional and appropriate dress for the job at hand (office, laboratory, field).

  • Good attendance.

  • Detail-oriented.

  • Flexibility in schedule to meet deadlines.

  • Desire to learn and work hard.