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Project Manager, CIGLR

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 cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline experience that is directly related to this position.

The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) is seeking two (2) project managers who will support a research portfolio related to:

(a) ecosystem dynamics or (b) modeling and forecasting in the Great Lakes.

Specifically, you will provide support in the coordination, planning, management, and execution of research projects being conducted in a research group composed of multiple principal investigators and research support staff. You will be responsible for developing a coordinated planning and management strategy to ensure that milestones are met and deliverables are achieved. You will interface with research and administrative staff at CIGLR, the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), and our partnering organizations to coordinate interactions between large teams, prepare and track project documents and plans, facilitate meetings and workshops, prepare project reports and publications, track progress toward milestones, and manage project resources (e.g., financial, personnel). Project analysis and support includes, but is not limited to, participation in the development of schedules and milestones, reporting on project results via written documents and presentations, tracking expenses and budgets, definition of deliverables, transition planning, scheduling and leading meetings and workshops, and coordination among partners.

Your appointment will be with CIGLR, which is part of the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. CIGLR is a collaboration between the University of Michigan and NOAA that brings together experts from academia and government research labs to work on pressing problems facing the Great Lakes region. You will spend the majority of your time at NOAA?s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Ann Arbor and will collaborate closely with colleagues at CIGLR, GLERL, SEAS and other Great Lakes partners.

Term Appointment: This position will be a 1-year, full-time term limited appointment with the possibility of renewal.

Mission Statement
The School for Environment and Sustainability ( is a collaborative and interdisciplinary school. Our mission includes contributing to the protection of environmental resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. We accomplish this by generating and sharing knowledge, contributing to policy, and engaging managers and stakeholders. The University of Michigan is a top-ranked public university with excellence in research and teaching. Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan, is a town known for arts, culture, parks, and restaurants.

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

Why Work at 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


  • Develop project plans, arrange milestone reviews, and prepare project documentation (e.g., reports, presentations, quality assurance project plans (QAPPs)).
  • Track project timelines including progress toward achieving milestones and fulfillment of reporting requirements.
  • Coordinate and facilitate project meetings and workshops.
  • Support the development and implementation of transition plans that define long-term maintenance of research deliverables.
  • Oversee and track the allocation of project resources, including financial and personnel, as guided by CIGLR principal investigators, supervisors, and the Program Manager.
  • Job Type: Staff
  • Application deadline: 10/21/2023
  • Organization: Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR)
  • Qualifications: Required Qualifications* This position is open only to US Citizens or permanent residents due to federal security clearance required for access to NOAA GLERL facilities and resources. Bachelor's degree and minimum of two (2) years of related experience. Master's degree preferred. Experience in project management and/or research coordination with a demonstrated ability to manage multiple concurrent projects to completion. Experience managing multiple priorities in a complex environment. Strong communication and organizational skills to support collaboration, prioritization, and successful completion of research projects. Background in the natural sciences, preferably related to environmental science, aquatic biology/ecology, water resources, or related fields. Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.
  • How to apply: Apply on website:
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Web address:

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Margaret Throckmorton

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