The Research Program Coordinator (RC) works with the Sea Grant Director and is part of the Minnesota Sea Grant College Program leadership team. The RC is responsible for the development, oversight and management of Minnesota Sea Grant’s research and graduate research education programs. This includes helping to develop and prioritize research theme areas, distributing requests for research proposals (RFPs), and coordinating the submission, seeking technical/scientific peer review, programmatic review, and selection of institutional research grants, along with all reporting associated with projects selected for funding. The RC also organizes the MNSG research fellowships program, including seeking highly qualified candidates and organizing the application process. The RC will also lead special research projects and other projects that may arise related to the Minnesota Sea Grant mission. This position is 100% time, with the desire for the successful applicant to eventually support 25% of their salary from their extramurally funded research projects in research areas relevant to the mission of Minnesota Sea Grant.
65% Research program coordinator
Tracks research needs and creates and executes the biennial request for research proposals (RFP) that responds to the research needs of our stakeholders. The position is responsible for seeing to the execution of all aspects of our RFP process including working with other research scientists to review and evaluate research proposals and presenting successful proposals for approval National Sea Grant. Runs their own extramurally funded research program on research topics related to MNSG’s mission, possibly in collaboration with MNSG extension educators. The majority of this position performs research, research assessments, research synthesis, research needs assessment, and other research-based activities; however, about 10% of a biennial period is intensively involved in seeking and summarizing evaluations of others’ research proposals.
30% Research fellowships program coordinator
Runs MNSG’s research fellowships program. This includes publicizing Minnesota Sea Grant research fellowship opportunities; seeking highly qualified candidates; organizing webinars and presentations for potential candidates; and assisting in submission of successful dossiers to relevant research, government and policy organizations.
5% Other duties
Responsible for assisting other MNSG staff in preparing required environmental assessment forms and data management plans, assisting staff in responding to RFPs, and assisting with additional calls for proposals from National Sea Grant. Works with the leadership team on strategic planning and budgeting.
Minimum Requirements and Qualifications
Ph.D. in research on freshwater aquatic sciences, environmental science or related water science field
Proven research accomplishments in aquatic, natural resource, or environmental science.
At least 2 years of experience managing research projects
Record of peer-reviewed research-based publication
Evidence of success in securing extramural research grant funding
Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills and experience communicating research findings and information
Record of organizational and research project management; including fiscal management of research programs
Experience in reviewing research grants
Experience working with graduate students working on scientific research
Four or more years of experience managing research projects
Experience with research program planning and administration, including ability to work with senior administrators and research scientists
Experience research collaboration across multiple federal and state agencies
Experience developing research networks and contacts in the Great Lakes region
Scientific leadership experience
Internal Number: 341463
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