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Assistant Researcher (Cube Satellite Technology)
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

Date Posted Jun. 8, 2022
Title Assistant Researcher (Cube Satellite Technology)
University University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
Honolulu, HI, United States
Department Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date January 2, 2023 or as mutually agreed
  • Assistant Professor
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautics
    Engineering - Other

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Tenure Track Position in Cube Satellite Technology

The Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Researcher. We are looking for individuals with interests and skills to take advantage of the growing opportunities to design, fabricate and launch Cube satellite (and more generally micro satellite) technology, in support of Earth and planetary sciences. HIGP ( is part of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST).

The Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP) is a multi-disciplinary unit in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), a R1 research university and Minority Serving Institution with a very diverse and multicultural environment.

HIGP is engaged in research, technology development, teaching, workforce training, and service in cutting-edge oceanographic, atmospheric, geophysical, geological, and planetary sciences and engineering. HIGP oversees the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory, UHM’s leading institution in space science and engineering. HIGP also manages the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium, and the academic Earth and Planetary Exploration Technology certificate program.

Duties and Responsibilities
1.   Design, fabricate and launch Cube satellite (and more generally micro satellite) technology
2.   Pursue and obtain substantial extramural funding to support their vigorous research program.
3.   Regularly publish findings in appropriate peer-reviewed journals and discipline-specific
4.   Teach at least one undergraduate course per year in support of HIGP’s Earth and Planetary Exploration Technology undergraduate certificate and/or other collaborative teaching ventures between UHM colleges. Contribute fully to a capstone design class in Cube Satellite technology. In addition, the candidate will offer graduate level courses in their field of specialism.
5.   Supervise graduate students and undergraduate students.
6.   Provide experiential learning/research opportunities for undergraduate students.
7.   Play a full and positive role in contributing, as a HIGP faculty member, to Institute governance.
8.   Play a full and positive role in contributing to, and promoting, a collegial, respectful, and welcoming environment for faculty, staff, students, and post-docs within the Institute.
Minimum Qualifications
1.   A doctorate in a relevant discipline such as Engineering (Aerospace, Aeronautical, Electrical, or Mechanical), Physics, Geophysics, and Planetary Sciences obtained by the time of appointment.
2.   Demonstrated, hands-on experience designing, building, and/or operating small satellites.
3.   Commitment to excellence in teaching and/or mentoring students.
4.   Documented scholarly achievement, such as a record of publications in scholarly journals.
5.   Experience in pursuing external funding, grants and proposals.
6.   Ability to generate independent research reports.
7.   Initiative, interest in scientific work and adaptability.
8.   Expertise in the development of Cube Satellite technology
Desirable Qualifications
1.  Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
2.  Commitment to collaboration with both scientists and engineers.

To Apply:

Full details of the position, duties, minimum and desirable qualifications, and the materials you must submit as part of your application should be reviewed (and applications must be filed online) at: Search for position number 0085004 and click on the "Apply" button on the top right corner of the screen and attach the required documents. Note: If you have not applied for a position before using NeoGov, you will need to create an account.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Review of applicants will begin on 07/15/ 2022, and the search will continue until the position is filled. Anticipated start date is January 2, 2023. The University of Hawai`i is an EEO/AA institution. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply for this position. Please also see the relevant position numbers (0083491) at

Inquiries: Dr. Peter Englert, Search Committee Chair;

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Peter Englert
    Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
    University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
    Honolulu, HI


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