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Research Scientist, Michigan Sea Grant

Michigan Sea Grant (MISG) is looking for a full-time Research Scientist to manage the MISG Omnibus research grant portfolio from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (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 approximately 25% of your responsibilities.

US Citizenship Language
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.

Who We Are
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.

About SEAS

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.

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
  • Provide leadership and policy development for MISG in collaboration with the Director
  • Provide budgetary oversight for all MISG funded research projects
  • Facilitate 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 fellowship and research applicants and proposal review participants
  • Oversee MI Sea Grant summer internship program competition
  • 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 Oversight

  • Pursue research opportunities in coastal resilience 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
  • Job Type: Staff
  • Application deadline: 12/14/2023
  • Organization: Michigan Sea Grant
  • Qualifications: Required Qualifications* A completed Ph.D with a focus on coastal resilience or related topics and a proven record of research accomplishments Academic background in ecology, biology, geology, limnology, oceanography, economics, education, policy, social science, or spatial analysis preferred. Ability to create, manage and objectively evaluate proposals in response to biannual Requests for Proposals (RFP's) Experience with managing research projects, especially those that involve cross-disciplinary collaboration Experience with developing networks and research contacts, preferably in the Great Lakes region, including local and state government contacts Evidence of publishable papers and hypothesis oriented research used for fundable grant applications Experience presenting scientific findings in written and oral formats Willingness to travel locally and nationally
  • How to apply: Apply on website:
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Web address:

Contact Information

Silvia Newell

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