Careers hneieditor September 20, 2022

Exciting things are happening at the Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute—and you could become a member of our team!  If you are interested in working for an outstanding research organization in a terrific environment at the University of Hawai‘i, please visit our Vacancies page to view a list of current opportunities within our institute.

The Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute employs a diverse range of faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students. The institute also supports many post-graduate research affiliates. The major focus areas of HNEI’s research and development activities are alternative fuels, grid integration and renewable power generation, electrochemical power systems, advanced materials, energy efficiency and transportation, and energy policy and analysis. Within each of these areas, our faculty and staff conducts research, analysis, evaluation, and testing in various fields, such as biomass processing, hydrogen production and storage, ocean and wave energy, photovoltaic technology, and energy management.

The availability of positions within our institute usually vary and are dependent our faculty’s needs within their specific project areas at a given time. International applicants are always welcome to apply, however, they will need to provide the appropriate documentation to work in the United States if they are selected.

If you would like further information regarding careers at HNEI, please contact us at

Application Procedures

The procedures for each vacancy within our institute is specific to the corresponding position. Please view the specific announcement on our Vacancies page for detailed instructions regarding the applying for the open position.  Many positions will require you to apply via the University’s career portal:

Generally, those interested in applying for faculty research and post-graduate positions are asked to submit their curriculum vitae (CV), a statement of their research interests, a sample of first-author publication in the relevant field, and a list of work-related references.

For those applying for an Administrative, Professional, or Technical (APT) position, our institute typically asks that the applicant submit a cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications of the position, a resume, and a list of references,.

The applicant selected to fill a vacancy will be required to submit their official transcripts to the address indicated. Transcripts must have the official seal of and mailed directly from the degree-granting institution. Appointments to positions are subject to University of Hawai‘i recruitment policies and procedures and collective bargaining agreements. Employment is contingent upon satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Any inquiries regarding general application procedures or procedures for a particular vacancy announcement can be directed to


HNEI is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution. All qualified applicants will be considered, regardless of race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era. Women, members of minority groups, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Persons with hearing disabilities may call 1-711 or 643-8833. Applicants with hearing or speech impairments may use the TDD relay service by calling 1-711.

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