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Assistant Professors in Computational Chemistry and Inorganic or Materials Chemistry

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, Hawaii
Competitive 9-month academic salary with full benefits package
Closing date
Oct 31, 2023

Job Details

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa invites applications for a one tenure-track Computational Chemistry faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor, and one tenure-track Inorganic or Materials Chemistry faculty position as an Assistant Professor. Exceptional candidates with a Ph.D. in Chemistry or closely related fields and with research and teaching interests in computational chemistry, inorganic or material chemistry are encouraged to apply. 

Candidates for both positions are expected to establish productive, externally funded research programs and contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching within the Chemistry Department.  We are especially interested in candidates whose research interests are responsive to the strategic needs of the State of Hawai’i, and that synergize with existing strengths within the department and the university, which include synthesis and characterization of materials for alternative energy applications, tandem experimental and computational development of novel catalysts for sustainable and environmentally responsible chemical transformations; and discovery and synthesis of antibiotic or antitumor compounds.  Information about current faculty research interests in the Department of Chemistry can be found at For the computational position, qualified candidates with research interests in CO2 reduction and/or atmospheric chemistry will receive special consideration.

Where You Will Work:

The University of Hawai’i at Manoa is the flagship campus of a 10-campus system and is one of only a handful of institutions that are land-, sea-, space-, and sun-grant institutions. UH Mānoa is a destination of choice for students and faculty from across the nation and the world, and offers unique research opportunities, a diverse community, a nationally ranked Division I athletics program and much more.  UH Mānoa is an indigenous-serving institution, drawing students from a diverse population that includes those of Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Asian ethnicity.  We deliver a multicultural global experience in a Hawaiian place of learning, with a long history of adherence to the principles of sustainability and the essence of aloha.

UH Mānoa affirms its commitment to faculty through competitive benefits. Beyond extensive medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, the university also offers:

  • Tuition Assistance and other professional development opportunities Potential for flexible working hours 13 paid state and federal holidays 16 days of sick leave every year Up to 4 months of parental leave State of Hawai‘i ERS pension plan, fully vested after 10 years of service, with eligibility for supplemental 457(b) and 403(b) retirement savings plans On- and near-campus faculty housing and home purchasing assistance Relocation assistance

UH Mānoa’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Our organization is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and fostering a culture where everyone feels welcome and supported. To learn more about these efforts, visit the UH Mānoa Diversity website, the Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity website, and the UH Mānoa ADVANCEwebsite. 

Application notes: 

Minimum qualifications include a PhD in Chemistry or a closely related field. Desirable qualifications include postdoctoral research experience, a strong publication record that demonstrates research productivity, research plans that include a plan to obtain external research funding, a commitment to and track record of excellent teaching, and an ability to mentor both undergraduate and graduate student research.

Diverse candidates with a passion for teaching and research that meet the minimum qualifications but do not meet all the desirable qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply; we can provide mentoring and training programs that strengthen your skills and your ability to contribute to the academic and research missions of the university.

Review of applications for both positions will begin October 31, 2023, and continue until the positions are filled.

To apply for the Computational Chemistry Position: A detailed description of the position, minimum and desirable qualifications, application requirements, and instructions for uploading application materials for the can be found at Inquiries regarding this position should be directed to Prof. Rui Sun at

To Apply for the Inorganic and Material Chemistry Position: A detailed description of the position, minimum and desirable qualifications, application requirements, and instructions for uploading application materials for the can be found at Inquiries regarding this position should be directed to Prof. Craig Jensen at


Founded in 1907, the University of Hawaii at Manoa is the flagship campus of the University of Hawaii System. A destination of choice, students and faculty come from across the nation and the world to take advantage of UH Manoa's unique research opportunities, diverse community, nationally-ranked Division I athletics program, and beautiful landscape. Consistently ranked a “best value” among U.S. colleges and universities, our students get a great education and have a unique multicultural global experience in a Hawaiian place of learning—truly like no place else on earth. Research: One of only a handful of universities nationwide to hold the distinction of being a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution, UH Manoa is ranked in the top 50 public universities in research expenditures by the National Science Foundation. The University of Hawaii at Manoa maintains a vibrant and active research program with more than $300 million in new extramural funds for research in 2014. Education: Total student population: 18,865 Undergraduate: 13,689 Graduate: 5,176 Hawaii (in-state) students: 66% Out-of-state students: 28% International students: 6%

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