We're hiring a Lab Manager and Technician - come be part of our team!

We’re currently hiring a part-time Lab Manager and Technician focused on supporting our research in marine ecology and conservation at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. If you or someone you know is passionate about this topic and fits the description below, read on!

The due date for applications is Oct. 11, 2019. 

Lab Manager and Technician In Marine Ecology And Conservation

Elizabeth Madin Lab at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology


The Elizabeth Madin Laboratory (www.oceansphere.org) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (https://www.hawaii.edu/himb) is recruiting for a part-time, one-year Lab Manager and Technician position with the possibility of renewal for subsequent years. It is anticipated that the position will be for ~20 hours/week.

The Lab Manager and Technician will support and directly assist our research focused on the effects of human alteration of marine ecosystems, particularly coral reefs, in part through studies of predator-prey interactions. The lab uses a combination of observational, experimental, and modelling approaches to determine mechanisms of change in marine ecosystems and the cascading impacts of these changes. Some of the key tools employed in this work are marine field data collection, analysis of satellite imagery, and statistical modelling.

Duties may include some or all of the following:

  • Organizing/executing field trips, both locally and occasionally off-island

  • Collecting, processing and analyzing ecological data

  • Gathering, processing, and analyzing satellite imagery

  • Participating in scientific publishing

  • Supervision of volunteers and interns

  • Purchasing supplies, maintaining/organizing lab resources and space, etc.

  • Other miscellaneous tasks as needed

Qualifications - required:

  • Undergraduate or (preferably) Master’s degree in Ecology/Biology, Environmental Sciences, Geospatial Sciences, Computer Sciences, or related field

  • Substantial experience in marine fieldwork, including organizing and leading field trips, driving small boats, snorkeling/diving, etc.

  • Demonstrated initiative and independent work ethic

  • Strong organizational and time management skills

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and enthusiastic willingness to host visitors, manage volunteers, etc.

Qualifications - preferred: 

  • Experience in statistical data analysis and fluency in R

  • Strong research/writing skills, including ability to publish independently in peer-reviewed journals, as evidenced by publication record

  • Experience working with geospatial data (e.g., in QGIS, ArcGIS, etc.)

  • Familiarity with Hawaii’s reef ecosystems and Hawaiian culture

Research Environment: 

The Lab Manager and Technician will be based in the lab of Dr. Elizabeth Madin at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB). HIMB is within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST; www.soest.hawaii.edu) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. HIMB provides unparalleled research opportunities, in particular due to its unique location on Moku o Lo‘e Island (Coconut Island) surrounded by a coral reef in Kane‘ohe Bay on the windward side of the island of O‘ahu (~ 24 km from the main university campus in Manoa).

The Madin lab is rapidly developing a supportive and stimulating research environment with a group of highly collegial scientists who are committed to scientific outreach and policy, to open science, and to enhancing diversity in STEM. We offer a family-friendly, flexible work environment where work-life balance is encouraged.

Appointment and application: 

The position is initially for one year, with the possibility of renewal for subsequent years based on performance and funding availability. Stipend is commensurate with experience within guidelines set by the university. The start date is flexible.

To Apply:

Candidates should submit the following materials via email to Dr. Madin (emadin@hawaii.edu) in a single PDF document, with your last name in the file name and the subject heading “Madin Lab Manager and Technician position” by Oct. 11, 2019 (Hawaii–Aleutian Standard Time):

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation for applying for this position, how your prior experience qualifies you for the position, and how you satisfy each of the required and desirable qualifications (point-by-point);

  • CV (including publication list, if any);

  • Names and contact details for three references.

Review of applications will begin on Oct. 11, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. 

The Elizabeth Madin Lab is committed to equality and diversity and we encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities.

Elizabeth Madin