Associate Director for Research and Education

Job Summary

Science Management
University of Hawaii
Number of Positions Available
Work Arrangement
In-Person Location(s)

Honolulu, HI
United States

Job Description

Associate Director for Research & Education, Institute for Astronomy

Applications are sought for the position of Associate Director for Research and Education (ADRE) for the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UH Mānoa). The IfA is a research institute within the University of Hawai‘i with offices and laboratories on O‘ahu, Maui, and Hawaiʻi Island in addition to observatories on Maunakea, Mauna Loa, and Haleakalā. With a total staff of over 160, the IfA has a broad-based research program including studies of the Sun, planets, stars, interstellar matter, galaxies, cosmology, and the development of related technology and instruments. The institute has an annual operating budget of $10 million and $20 million in extramural funding. For more on the IfA, visit

The successful candidate will have a broad, forward-looking view of astronomy and the skills and experience needed to assist in leading an institute that encompasses a wide range of research, education, and service activities. The ADRE requires a blend of leadership skills, shared governance skills, and a commitment to graduate and undergraduate education and research. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in research and education administration.

The successful candidate should be sensitive to, and willing to engage with, the culturally diverse communities of Hawai‘i in addition to the faculty and staff of the IfA. The ADRE is expected to foster close interactions with the UH Mānoa campus, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus, the Maui College campus, and the local community. Offering more opportunities to underprivileged communities to engage in STEM education is a growing priority for the IfA.

Applicants must have a distinguished, internationally established reputation in research and familiarity with the administration of a research institute or large research program. Experience at establishing collaborations with national and international institutions and establishing community partnerships is desirable. The ADRE will assist and advise the IfA Director in carrying out their responsibilities for the management and development of the IfA. In collaboration with the faculty, the ADRE will provide leadership for academic strategic planning, program development, and service programs at the IfA. The ADRE serves as the IfA Director’s liaison with faculty committees, chairs, campus academic affairs, and various University of Hawai‘i research and teaching departments.

UH Mānoa is one of the premier institutions of higher learning in the Pacific and part of an international community of research universities. It is the flagship campus of the UH System and currently enrolls more than 19,000 students. By virtue of its culture and geographic location, UH Mānoa plays an important role nationally and internationally, especially in providing Asian, Pacific Islander, and Hawaiian perspectives into the higher education experience. The UH System is committed to being a Native Hawaiian Place of Learning and supports cultural and interdisciplinary collaboration in education, research, outreach, service, and sustainability. UH Mānoa is also a Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center committed to providing a safe, inclusive environment where everyone can thrive socially and professionally. For more information about UH Mānoa, visit

Our university is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion excellence in our recruitment and hiring practices. We encourage women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Inquiries and applications are being accepted for this position. For best consideration, submit an application by April 19, 2024. Inquiries can be directed to [email protected].

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Application Details

Publication Start Date
2024 Mar 19
Application Deadline
2024 Apr 19
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