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Junior/Assistant/Associate/Full Specialist (Biological Research Specialist) (#73385) Position Description

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UH Hilo, College of Pharmacy, special funds, non-tenure track, 11-month appointment, to begin approximately January 2013, pending position clearance and availability of funding. Renewal of appointment dependent upon availability of funding, performance and program needs.


The College of Pharmacy has assembled a substantial array of sophisticated instrumentation to support the research efforts of its faculty. This equipment, which includes nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers, mass spectrometers (MS), LC-MS systems, Fourier transform infrared spectrometers, UV/Visible spectrophotometers, flow cytometers, microscopes, imaging and sequences equipment, and a host of other, smaller instruments is be utilized by many of our faculty, as well as other researchers within the university and university system. This position will be responsible for maintaining the College’s scientific instrumentation in proper working condition through service contracts, providing technical instruction and assistance, and interpreting experimental results as needed to ensure proper equipment operation. Working closely with individual researchers on their projects, the successful applicant will prepare and test samples, gather and interpret data, as needed by the faculty researchers. The successful applicant will report directly to the Dean.

Minimum Qualifications

Junior Specialist: Master’s degree (M.S. or M.A.) in a physical science, natural science, or health-related field from a college or university of recognized standing, and at least one year experience in appropriate fields, or equivalent. Demonstrated understanding and experience in biological chemistry. Assistant Specialist: Same as Junior Specialist with additional 30 credits of graduate study from a college of university of recognized standing and in a field relevant to the position and at least one year of related experience at Junior Specialist level or equivalent. Associate Specialist: Doctorate in a physical science, natural science or health-related field from a college or university of recognized standing. At least three years of experience at the Assistant Specialist rank or equivalent postdoctoral experience with demonstrated increasing professional maturity, including at least two years of experience directly related to the current job assignment. Demonstrated understanding and experience in spectroscopy. Demonstrated ability to plan and organize assigned activities and ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and administrators as necessary. Full Specialist: Same as Associate Specialist, with at least five years of experience at the Associate Specialist rank or equivalent postdoctoral experience and demonstrated increasing professional maturity including ability to plan and organize assigned activities and proven ability to conduct research or to independently carry out major projects of importance to the University and the community. A strong publication record in a relevant field of science.

Desirable Qualifications

Experience in the operation and maintenance of an open-access instrumentation facility. Hands-on experience with one or more of the following techniques: flow cytometry, gel imaging, mammalian cell culture, in vitro bioassay techniques Experience in the maintenance and troubleshooting of microprocessor-controlled instrumentation. Experience in data archiving and retrieval in a networked multi-user environment.

Pay Range

Negotiable dependent upon educational and work experience.

Applications (How to Apply)

A complete application must include: cover letter explaining how the minimum and desirable qualifications are met, resume, transcripts (copies are acceptable, however, official transcripts will be required at the time of hire), and the names, addresses, email and telephone numbers of three (3) current professional references. All requested documents/information become the property of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Failure to submit all required documents shall deem an application to be incomplete. Submit to: Kristi Kaniho, Search Committee for Biological Research Specialist, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, 200 W. Kawili St., Hilo, HI 96720-4091. Electronic submissions are welcomed. Each page of the required documents should include your name. Send email with “Pos. No. 73385 - Biological Research Specialist” as subject and addressed to

Inquiries (General)

Ken Morris, 808-933-7695;

Please refer to position #73385 when making inquiries.

Application Deadline

Continuous Recruitment, review of applications will begin November 21, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.

Important Information

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