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Please welcome the newest addition to our faculty, Dr. Rui Sun!

Dr. Rui Sun will be joining our department starting Fall 2017. He earned his Ph.D. at Texas Tech University and worked with Dr. William Hase on direct dynamics simulations for gas phase reactions. Prior to joining our department, Dr. Sun worked as a postdoctoral scholar in the Voth Group at the University of Chicago.

Please welcome our newest faculty member, Dr. Jakub Hyvl!

Dr. Jakub Hyvl will be joining our department as our newest faculty member starting Fall 2017. He earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, with Dr. Jiri Srogl as his advisor. Prior to becoming a faculty member, Dr. Hyvl has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry in Prague, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Temporary (Non-Tenure-Track) Faculty Positions

Department of Chemistry

College of Natural Sciences

University of Hawaii at Mānoa

The Chemistry Department is seeking applicants for two non-tenure track faculty positions (position numbers 0082051 and 0082455). These two temporary, full-time positions will be primarily involved with teaching undergraduate lecture and lab courses. In addition, these positions will be expected to contribute to existing research programs in the Chemistry Department and to various departmental service activities.

Candidates in all areas of chemistry and biochemistry are welcome to apply. However, the applications are most strongly encouraged from scholars with research interests that complement those of current UHM Chemistry faculty.

Brief Summary of Duties: Teach undergraduate lecture courses at the 100-level (first-year chemistry); supervise undergraduate lab courses in general, organic, and/or biological chemistry; conduct research in a mentored environment in the Chemistry Department; and contribute to other departmental activities as required.

Pay range: Commensurate with experience.

Appointment Period: To begin on August 1, 2015, pending position clearance and availability of funds, with possibility of 1-year extension.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a closely related field,
  • Knowledge of instructional practices and procedures in undergraduate chemistry courses (general chemistry, organic chemistry, and/or biochemistry),
  • Evidence of productivity in conducting chemical or biochemical research,
  • Poise and good address for meeting and conferring with others.

Desirable qualifications:

  • At least 1 semester of teaching (lecture) experience in 100-level chemistry courses, including General Chemistry and any preparatory courses,
  • At least 1 semester of teaching (lab) experience in general, organic, or biological chemistry courses,
  • Research profile and interests that complements current research interests in the Chemistry Department, and
  • At least one year of postdoctoral research experience.


The candidate should assemble a single pdf file with the following:

  1. cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum qualifications;
  2. curriculum vitae, including publication list and complete teaching history;
  3. a description of research interests and experience (2-page maximum), including the name(s) of Chemistry faculty with whom you have common research interests; and,
  4. the names and contact information (including email addresses & phone numbers) of at least three professional references, including at least one who can/will comment on applicant’s teaching experience.
  1. Official transcripts are required upon hire. However, they do not need to be included in the application pdf file.
  2. Electronic applications are strongly preferred. The single pdf file should be sent by email to . Please include “Temporary Teaching Faculty Search” in subject line. If desired,

Hardcopy may be sent to:

Search Committee

Temporary Faculty Search

Department of Chemistry

2545 McCarthy Mall, Bilger 239

Honolulu, HI 96822

Inquiries: Search Committee Chair,

Date posted: March 25, 2015.

Review of applications will begin on April 20, 2015, and will continue until positions are filled.

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Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.

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FAQs – Graduate Program

Do I have to fill out both the Graduate Division application and the Department of Chemistry application?

Can I speak with current graduate students in the program?
We can put you in e-mail contact with one or more of our current graduate students.

Can the application fee be waived?
The application fee cannot be waived. If paying the fee will cause financial hardship, please let us know.

How do I find faculty research interests?
The research interests of the faculty are listed on the Chemistry Department web page. If the information on the web page is insufficient, you should feel free to contact individual faculty members by e-mail to ask for additional information concerning research opportunities in their respective research groups.

Should I talk with a faculty member before I submit my application?
There is no need for you to do so, but if you wish to, you are certainly welcome to.

What should I do if my TOEFL/IELTS score is too low?
Prepare and take the language examination again and earn a score equal to or better than the minimum before re-applying. The minimum score for the TOEFL is 100 with sub-scores of 25 for Speaking and 25 for Listening. For the IELTS the minimum score is 7.0.

How is the decision to admit a student to the Graduate Program in Chemistry made?
The decision is made on the basis of the grades (minimum GPA 3.0/4.0 = 75%), the recommendation letters and the personal statement. Research experience is also factored into the decision.

What is the average number of applicants usually admitted to the program?
We admit students to the Chemistry Graduate Program in the Fall and in the Spring. The typical size of the Fall entering class varies between 7 and 10, whereas the typical size of the Spr1ng entering class varies between 0 and 3.

Can applications be held from one term to another?
Yes, although the application fee must be paid again.

What is the departmental GRE requirement?
The University of Hawaii no longer requires the GRE for admission into any of the graduate programs, but specific programs do require these scores. The Department of Chemistry is aligned with the University of Hawaii and does not require GRE scores.

When can I expect to hear an answer regarding my application?
Once the application is complete the members of the Graduate Admissions Committee each review it and provide a recommendation to the department chair who is charged with making the decision to admit or not to admit. The recommendation of the Graduate Admissions Committee is typically acted on within one week.

What are the application deadline dates?
The deadlines for U.S. applicants are May 1 for Fall semester admission and September 1 for Spring semester admission. For non-U.S. applicants the respective deadlines are March 1 and August 1. These deadlines are flexible, however, it is advisable to submit your complete application long before the deadline. Applications are reviewed as they are received and offers are made before the deadlines for submission of an application. All the available openings for the entering Graduate class may be filled before the deadline.

How long does the application process take from submission to notification?
There is no way to provide an answer for this question. The admissions process is two-tiered. The Chemistry Department makes the first round of decisions but the University’s Graduate Division is then charged with making the official offers. Since the Chemistry Department has no control over the Graduate Division’s timetable, there is no way to know how long the process will take.

TA/New Student Questions

How much/What am I required to teach?
An effort is made to match each individual graduate student’s teaching preferences with the needs of the department. A typical (full) load for a teaching assistant is supervision of two laboratory sections a week, plus grading, examination proctoring and tutoring.

Is a TA considered faculty?

Is there TA training?
Yes. This training takes place during the week before the semester begins.

Are summer stipends available?
Yes. Preference is given to first year graduate students in awarding summer TA-ships.

Are tuition waivers available?
It is Chemistry Department policy to support all members of the entering graduate class with a teaching assistantship that pays a stipend and a full tuition waiver. If a graduate student is subsequently supported through a research assistantship he/she retains the tuition waiver.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Many undergraduates perform research with our chemistry faculty throughout the year, including during the summer. This experience can be part of the honors program, direct research or on a volunteer basis. Contact individual faculty members directly about opportunities.

Several scholarships are available to support these activities, including:

Current Graduate Student Forms


Master’s Plan A Forms

Master’s Plan A Form I – Pre-Candidacy Progress

Master’s Plan A Form II – Advance to Candidacy

Master’s Plan A Form III – Thesis Evaluation

Master’s Plan A Form IV – Thesis Submission

Master’s Petition to Enroll in GRAD 700F

Master’s Petition to Revise Thesis Committee

Master’s Petition for Remote Committee Participation


Doctorate Forms

Doctorate Form I – Pre-Candidacy Progress

Doctorate Form II – Advance to Candidacy

Doctorate Form III – Dissertation Evaluation

Doctorate Form IV – Dissertation Submission

Final Oral Examination for Doctoral Dissertation Defense

Doctoral Petition to Revise Dissertation Committee

Doctoral Petition for Remote Committee Participation


Miscellaneous Forms

Graduate Application for Degree

Petition for Leave of Absence

Petition to Transfer Credits

Petition to Substitute or Waive Courses

Petition for Submission of Undergraduate Excess Credits Toward a Master’s Degree

Style and Policy Manual for Theses and Dissertations

Regular & Cooperating Graduate Faculty Nomination and Approval Form

Level 1 Graduate Faculty Nomination and Approval Form


Graduate Assistant Forms

Graduate Assistant Tuition Exemption Request Form

Graduate Assistant Petition to Enroll in More than 9 Credits

Graduate Assistant Petition to Work More than 20 Hours


Chemistry Department at UH Manoa

Overview: In line with the University’s commitment to undergraduate and graduate studies, the Department of Chemistry at the University of Hawaii at Manoa has recently begun to expand its facilities. The department currently has 10 permanent (tenured and tenure-track) faculty members, 3 adjunct professors, 21 postdoctoral research fellows, and 9 technical and secretarial staff members. The graduate program has approximately 40 students, of which half are in the Ph.D. program with the remainder working towards their M.S. degree. Typically, there are 200 undergraduates pursuing a B.A. or B.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Faculty Interests: The faculty of the Department of Chemistry have research interests in bioinorganic, organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry. The main areas of research in the Organic Chemistry division are bioorganic and natural products chemistry. Particular emphasis is found in two areas, the isolation and identification of antitumor compounds derived from terrestrial and marine organisms and the total synthesis of anticancer agents. The Inorganic Chemistry division focuses on the syntheses and characterization of new materials, such as those for hydrogen storage and catalysis. Physical Chemistry at UH-Manoa includes experimental and theoretical approaches, such as NMR spectroscopy of proteins, reaction dynamics in astrochemistry, combustion chemistry, planetary chemistry and computational studies of the interactions between surfaces and small molecules.

Interdisciplinary Research: The graduate faculty participate in a number of collaborative efforts. Organic chemistry faculty interested in natural products chemistry are part of an integrated drug discovery program with colleagues at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center . Faculty are involved in other intra- and interdepartmental research programs, such as the hydrogen program of the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), the Cell and Molecular Biology Program, the NASA Astrobiology Institute, and the W.M. Keck Astrochemistry Laboratory.

Faculty members maintain research programs and participate in the graduate education program. Most of the faculty also teach undergraduate courses and direct undergraduate research projects. Individual faculty web pages give more details of the research programs underway. Extramural support for faculty research comes from several federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of the Army, the Department of Energy, NASA, Keck Foundation, and Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Additional support comes from industrial sources and private foundations.

Facilities: The Department has a strong commitment to maintaining state-of-the-art instrumentation. Our instrumentation includes three NMR spectrometers equipped for a wide-range of nuclei: a Varian Mercury Plus 300 for routine solution NMR (Upgraded in 2014), a Varian Unity Inova 400 wide-bore for solid-state NMR (Upgraded in 2014) and, a Varian Unity Inova 500 for advanced multidimensional and/or multinuclear experiments. MS equipment includes TOF, QQQ, and a new QTOF (Fall 2015). See our facilities page for more details. Departmental staff provide training for graduate and post-doctoral students.

A short walk from Bilger Hall is Hamilton Library. This library houses a large collection of books and subscribes to all major chemical and biochemical periodicals. Members of the Chemistry Department enjoy extensive access, and computerized literature searching is available, using databases such as Chemical Abstracts, Science Citation Index, and Engineering Index.


Extramural support for faculty research comes from several federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of the Army, the Department of Energy, NASA, Keck Foundation, and Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Additional support comes from industrial sources and private foundations.

Research Opportunites

All chemistry majors at the University of Hawai’i are strongly encouraged to do research as part of their degree program. This entails doing a chemistry project in one of the department’s research laboratories.

As an undergraduate, there are several reasons why it is good to spend some time doing research…

Perhaps the most important reason is that you encounter real chemical problems to which you can apply the knowledge you have learned in your formal chemistry classes.

  • You also get to experience what it is like to work in a research lab.
  • You get to know individual faculty, and interact with their graduate students and other researchers in the lab.
  • Undergraduate research experience looks good on a resume and makes you a more attractive candidate for graduate school or for finding a job when you graduate.
  • A chemistry B.S. major at UH can count up to 3 credits of Chem 399 towards his/her degree requirements.

There are several ways to pick a research adviser:

  • One approach is to look at the different research areas listed on the UH chemistry department web pages and identify a research area which interests you.
  • Alternatively, go talk to a chemistry student adviser (Profs. Head or Kumashiro) and depending on your interests, they will advise you on which faculty members you might interview.

After identifying one or more research areas, go and visit the appropriate faculty members and tell them you are interested in doing undergraduate research. Don’t be shy because most faculty members will offer you encouragement especially once they know that you are interested in doing some research.

Graduate Program

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Programs: The Department of Chemistry offers programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Research opportunities are available in a wide-range of contemporary areas of chemistry, including organic, inorganic, bioinorganic, physical, and analytical chemistry. Information about potential research projects are discussed on individual faculty homepages.

Degree Requirements

For all graduate students, the first two semesters are spent mainly on coursework. An individualized program of study is planned for each student that is based on his or her interests, as well as his/her performance on a series of qualifying examinations taken before the first semester. Each student is encouraged to choose a thesis advisor during the first semester and to begin research. Specific Chemistry Department requirements are outlined in Requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees in Chemistry and general Graduate Degree requirements for the University of Hawaii at Manoa can be found here.

Student Learning Outcomes PhD Program

The program aims to develop scientists able to perform independent research with moderate supervision in a subdiscipline of chemistry and to present the research results orally and in writing to an audience of peers. The extent to which this goal is reached is assessed with the following SLO’s:

a) progress reports to the student’s committee;
b) completion of 18 credits of advanced course work;
c) presentation of background for research project and of research results in an open forum;
d) publication of research results in peer reviewed journals.

Student Learning Outcomes MS Program

The program aims to develop scientists able to perform independent research with moderate supervision in a subdiscipline of chemistry and to present the research results orally and in writing to an audience of peers. The extent to which this goal is reached is assessed with the following SLO’s:

a) progress reports to the student’s committee;
b) completion of 18 credits of advanced course work;
c) presentation of background for research project and of research results in an open forum;
d) publication of research results in peer reviewed journals.

Marcus A. Tius

Educational Background

Marcus A. Tius received his B.A. degree in 1975 from Dartmouth College (mathematics and chemistry) and his Ph.D. degree in 1980 from Harvard University. He joined the faculty of the University of Hawaii in 1980 where his research interests are in the areas of total synthesis and the development of new synthetic methods.

Research Interests

Organic synthesis has marked impressive advances during the past few decades. Sensitive new analytical techniques have had a large role in bringing this about, particularly the developments in NMR. Problems that arise during the execution of a total synthesis very often suggest areas in which existing methodology is deficient. This, in turn, creates a challenge and an opportunity to address the deficiency by developing new methodology.

In the broader discussion of organic synthesis, a feature that often gets scant attention is the practicality of the work. While it may be true that extraordinarily complex structures are amenable to assembly through synthesis, success may require truly heroic effort, and vast material and human resources for the production of modest quantities of material. Whereas this approach to the science may have been adequate in the past, in the future the issue of practicality will have to be addressed. This is especially true for materials with useful pharmacological properties that are not available through fermentation, and are therefore scarce. While organic synthesis is capable of producing complex natural products, these may be produced in quantities sufficient only for spectroscopic characterization. If the problem is to produce gram quantities of a material of molecular weight ca. 1000, there are two approaches that can be followed. The first is to treat this as a logistical problem, and to organize the efforts of a large team; the second approach is to redefine the way one thinks about problem solving in organic synthesis and to devise an approach which can be implemented by a small team. In our research we have attempted to follow this second approach.