Job Openings

Project Managers: 2 Positions

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.

The 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.

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.

The application deadline is 10/21/2023.

Postdoc Fellow in Great Lakes Climate Variability Research

A postdoctoral fellowship is available for a highly qualified individual to join the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR). The successful candidate will work with the climate modeling team at CIGLR to improve our understanding of climate change and variability in the Great Lakes region. The candidate will work on an NSF-funded hydrodynamic modeling project, utilizing the Finite Volume Community Ocean Model (FVCOM) to investigate changes in thermal structure, ice dynamics, and overturning behavior in the North American Great Lakes. This work will focus on two overarching research questions:

    • How have extreme events and climate variability in the Great Lakes changed over time, and how do we expect them to change in the future?
    • What role do teleconnection patterns (e.g., El Nino/Southern Oscillation, North Atlantic Oscillation) and low-frequency climate oscillations (e.g., Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, Pacific Decadal Oscillation) play in controlling Great Lakes climate variability and extreme events?

While the initial geographical focus is on the Great Lakes, the postdoc fellow is welcome to explore potential expansion of their research to other large temperate lakes. The postdoc will be expected to maintain a strong record of scholarly publication, and present at scientific conferences and public meetings.

The successful applicant’s 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’s mission is to lead research, develop applications and products, and engage with stakeholders to achieve environmental, economic, and social sustainability in the Great Lakes. 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. The fellow will spend most of their time at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor and work in close collaboration with colleagues at the University of Michigan.

Qualifications

    • A Ph.D. in physical oceanography, atmospheric sciences, or a similar field, with a strong background in ocean or/and ice modeling.
    • Familiarity with data analysis and visualization in a scripting environment using R, Python, or similar software.
    • Experience with running simulations on a supercomputer or cluster computing environment.
    • Strong communication skills. and demonstrated ability to work both as a team and independently.
    • Demonstrated ability to lead the development of manuscripts for refereed journal publication.

The application deadline is 11/14/2023.

Student Fellowships

CIGLR offers two fellowship programs that support student research opportunities, in order to train the next generation of Great Lakes researchers. Click the button to learn more about current and upcoming student fellowship opportunities.