Sep 06 2023
Category: Environmental
Job Description




CLOSING DATE:  September 13, 2023, or until filled. Applications received after this deadline may be considered only if the position is not filled or up to the date a selection has been approved by the RCUH (whichever comes first).

INQUIRIES:  Lori Bufil (808) 932-7977 (Hawai‘i). 

Please apply directly on the RCUH website to be considered for the position.


Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the Hawai’i Cooperative Studies Unit (HCSU) at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (UHH) in collaboration with the United States Geological Survey Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center (USGS PIERC). Work location is in the USGS PIERC office in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on the island of Hawai‘i. Telework (from employee’s residence city and state) may be permissible subject to review and approval by Principal Investigator and RCUH. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 


MONTHLY SALARY RANGE:  $3,822 – $5,833.33/Mon. 


DUTIES:  Contributes to a study of mosquito population dynamics and ecology in preparation for landscape-scale mosquito control using Wolbachia Incompatible Insect Technique (IIT). Develops novel approaches to characterize mosquito population demographics and identify biotic and abiotic factors that contribute to population connectivity using next-generation sequencing datasets, climate datasets, and landscape features. Assists with planning for other types of disease reduction techniques that might be enacted in the future, including synthetic biology approaches for vector or disease control. Coordinates with state, federal, and/or international agencies and researchers to collect additional Culex specimens and processes samples in the lab (e.g., dissection, DNA extraction, next-generation sequencing library preparation, analysis). Carefully documents analysis and performs data management and database archiving. Reviews relevant literature and works with the research team leads and collaborators. Authors or co-authors scientific manuscripts related to the Mosquito Genomics project, and more broadly, mosquito ecology, mosquito control, and related topics. Assists with preparing all research products for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) policy and quality reviews, such as Fundamental Science Practices (FSP). Edits and formats scientific manuscripts. Produces project summaries for internal or general distribution at scientific meetings, workshops, and presentations, including outreach products for different audiences. 





PhD from an accredited college or university in Bioinformatics/Genomics, Ecology, Biology, Zoology, Fisheries/Wildlife, or other related field.


One to three (1-3) years of experience working or conducting research in the field of genomics, bioinformatics, ecological modeling, and applied statistics or data analysis. Includes experience with study design, scientific writing, and publishing peer-reviewed scientific papers.


Must have proficiency in molecular biology and in  commonly used bioinformatic programs for analysis of high throughput sequencing data. Must have familiarity with landscape geneomics tools to perform statistical analysis, and with mining public repositories for landscape features and climate variables. 


Must possess strong molecular biology, data management, and quantitative analytical skills. Ability to prepare written reports of study results and analyses with good grammar and proficiency. Ability to evaluate and analyze existing techniques and procedures. Demonstrated excelled oral and written communication skills. Ability to work independently to manage, analyze, and interpret written reports and data. High degree of attention to detail, high level of organization, and problem-solving skills. Ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team. Ability to effectively conduct work remotely (e.g., telework) as applicable. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to complete the UH Information Security Awareness Training (ISAT) within two (2) weeks from date of hire, and re-certify every twelve (12) months. 


As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies, procedures, and trainings and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies, procedures, and trainings.  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.). 




Experience with strategies for gene-based population control tools, Diptera genomics, vector control studies, and climate change studies, population abundance analysis, and survey techniques. Experience in the use of statistical models for the analysis of management decisions or adaptive management. Familiarity with Hawai‘i wildlife and climate change conservation issues. Familiarity with historical land use in Hawai‘i, present-day restoration projects, and conservation issues centered around native Hawaiian forests and watersheds.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to www.rcuh.com and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory References, 4) 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 [email protected]. If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-7262. Please visit www.rcuh.com/work/benefits for more information on RCUH’s Benefits for eligible employees.




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




We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.