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Applications are welcomed and encouraged from all qualified individuals regardless of background and identity. To apply, please complete the application on the U-M Careers site.  A one page letter of interest is required for consideration and should be attached as the first page of your resume.  The letter of interest should address your specific interest in the position and outline experience that directly relate to this position.  Publications, chapter of dissertation, and three (3) recommendation references also should be emailed to 

Job Summary

Michigan Sea Grant (MISG) is a cooperative program of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  With offices in Ann Arbor, East Lansing, and coastal communities around the state, MISG's mission is to foster economic growth and protect Michigan's coastal and Great Lakes resources through education, research, and outreach.  MISG’s partnership with NOAA’s National Sea Grant network which consists of 34 university based programs, contributes to ensuring a sustainable use of resources within the environment and the research community.

MISG is looking for a full-time Research Program Manager to manage the MISG Omnibus research grant portfolio from NOAA.  Reporting to the Director of MISG, you will support the administrative, financial, and research functions of the organization, manage research program staff in Ann Arbor, MI, and coordinate efforts across a variety of federal, state, and local organizations.  You will oversee the biannual Request for Proposals (RFP) process that includes developing the RFP and  administering the peer-reviewed grants processes of MISG.  You will also serve as a Principal Investigator on external competitive grants and coordinate multi-investigator proposals for external MISG projects to obtain support and conduct independent research relevant to the MISG Strategy.  You will have autonomy to develop an independent research program making up 25% of your responsibilities. 

SEAS is committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment that respects diverse experiences, promotes and communications, discourages and genuinely respond to acts of discrimination, harassment, or injustice.  Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is rooted in our values for a sustainable and just society.

Why Work at Michigan?

Benefits at the University of Michigan

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses


MISG Research Program Management

  • Develop, manage and oversee a competitive biannual RFP including a rigorous proposal review process free from conflict of interest.
  • Serve on the MISG Management Team and network with an external advisory board as well as federal, state, local, and NGO partners to determine research priorities and opportunities.
  • Ability to provide leadership and policy development for MISG in collaboration with the Director.
  • Provide budgetary oversight for all MISG funded research projects.
  • Coordinate reporting and communication efforts for all MISG funded research activities.
  • Assist with developing a strategic planning process to improve and expand MISG research programs and resources.
  • Work with the MISG Management Team to identify research opportunities and direction.
  • Recruit a diverse pool of applicants and proposal review participants.
  • Coordinate MISG research activities with MISG Extension at Michigan State University and with the external advisory board. 
  • Maintain oversight over all MISG research program activities to assure program integrity and effectiveness.
  • Collaborate with the MISG Communications team to facilitate knowledge transfer and dissemination of research results broadly.

External research principal investigator

  • Pursue research opportunities that contribute to the overall vision of MISG and to expand its research agenda.
  • Prepare and submit proposals for external funding.
  • Provide budgetary oversight for externally funded projects.
  • Prepare and submit progress and final reports for externally funded research projects.
  • Hire and manage staff to fulfill the needs of externally funded research projects.

Independent Research Program

  • Develop an extramurally funded research portfolio to support your research and the work of MISG, as applicable.

Required Qualifications*

  • A completed Ph.D with a focus on environmental science and a proven record of research accomplishments.
  • Ability to create, manage and objectively evaluate proposals in response to biannual RFPs.
  • Experience with managing research projects.
  • Experience with integrated research programs that cross disciplinary lines.
  • Experience with program planning and administration.
  • Ability to collaborate across multiple federal and state agencies about Great Lakes.
  • Experience with developing networks and research contacts in the Great Lakes region.
  • Evidence of publishable papers and hypothesis oriented research used for fundable grant applications.
  • Ability to present scientific findings in written and oral formats.
  • Willing to travel locally and nationally.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Academic background in ecology, economics, education, policy, or spatial analysis preferred.
  • Experience coordinating research priorities and activities with state universities and colleges (Michigan preferable).
  • Ability to work with other high-level administrators and research scientists.
  • Ability to provide leadership and policy development for MISG in collaboration with the Director.

Additional Information

Salary will be determined based on experience and comparative faculty levels of compensation.

Applications will be reviewed starting April 12, 2021.  This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.