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Assistant Professor (Bioprocess Engineering)

University of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii
Competitive and Commensurate with Experience
Closing date
Mar 18, 2023

Job Details


Title: Assistant Professor (Bioprocess Engineering)
Position Number:  0085418
Hiring Unit: C of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering
Location: Manoa Campus
Closing Date: Continuous - application review begins March 6, 2023.
Monthly Type: 9 Month
Tenure Track: Tenure
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time Temporary/Permanent: Permanent

Other Conditions: To begin approximately August 1, 2023. For best consideration, all application materials should be received by March 3, 2023. The CTAHR at UHM is engaged in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in education, research, and cooperative extension programs.

Duties and Responsibilities:    

1.    Establish an innovative bioprocess engineering research program that develops and applies innovative computational/modeling and experimental tools to solve problems at the interface of engineering and biology that are critical to life sciences and agriculture locally and nationally. This research may contribute to novel utilization of renewable agricultural bioresources for producing useful food and non-food bioproducts that strengthen agriculture and food systems; enhance sustainability, food security, and climate change mitigation; or potentially support local economic and workforce development. Research areas of particular interest include (but are not limited to): artificial intelligence/machine learning in bioprocess engineering, quantitative synthetic/systems biology, systems modeling or design/analysis of industrial bioprocesses or cellular/metabolic processes, and design and development/synthesis of novel biomaterials/biobased products by merging engineering and biochemical principles.
2.    Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in biological engineering and biotechnology. Serve the department’s undergraduate programs in Biological Engineering (BE) and Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology (MBB). Courses may vary depending on needs of the department and students. Be involved with undergraduate and graduate student advising and recruitment for the department.
3.    Garner extramural funding to support the research program.
4.    Provide service to the department, college, university, and professional community.

Minimum Qualifications:

1.    Doctorate from a college or university of recognized standing in biological engineering, chemical engineering, or another allied field. All But Dissertation (ABD) candidates may be considered, but all degree requirements must be completed at the time of hire.
2.    Baccalaureate from a college or university of recognized standing in engineering or another allied field.
3.    Demonstrated skills/potential as a teacher.
4.    Demonstrated scholarly achievement.

Desirable Qualifications:

1.    A successful record of grantsmanship.
2.    Previous teaching experience in engineering design and analysis.
3.    Previous experience in supervising students in research projects.
4.    Progress towards obtaining licensure as a Professional Engineer.
5.    Postdoctoral research experience or equivalent.
6.    Demonstrated commitment to teaching  students from different backgrounds with diverse life experiences and learning styles.
7.    Excellent communication skills for meeting and conferring with diverse colleagues, students, and community members.

To Apply:

Submit the following online through NeoGov: 1) Cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and some, if not all, desirable qualifications, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statements of research interests and teaching philosophy/experience, 4) a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, the classroom, and/or services, 5) names and contact information for at least three professional references, and 6) official transcripts (copies accepted, however official transcripts will be required upon hire).

Inquiries: Dr. Wei Wen Su; (808) 956-3531; Email:


CTAHR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement:
We believe that inclusiveness and excellence are interdependent. Our local and global communities are best served by ensuring all populations are represented equitably throughout CTAHR. We strive to cultivate an environment that supports equitable opportunities for every member of CTAHR to achieve individual and common goals. We will advance diversity, equity, and inclusion by: (1) promoting the recruitment and retention of diverse students, faculty, andstaff, especially from groups that have been underrepresented or marginalized; (2) creating equal opportunities for all members of CTAHR to participate in decision-making processes and scholarly and professional development; and (3) fostering an inclusive culture where every CTAHR member feels respected and valued.

EEO/AA, Clery Act, ADA

The University of Hawai'i is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, domestic or sexual violence victim status, national guard absence, or status as a covered veteran.  For more information or inquiries regarding these policies, please refer to the following link:

Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, annual campus crime statistics for the University of Hawai'i may be viewed at:, or a paper copy may be obtained upon request from the respective UH Campus Security or Administrative Services Office.

Accommodation Request:  The University of Hawai'i complies with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the EEO coordinator directly.  Determination on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.  For further information, please refer to the following link:





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