Employment Opportunities

Led by East Carolina University, the Coastal Studies Institute is a multi-institutional research and educational partnership of the UNC System including North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington, and Elizabeth City State University. The Coastal Studies Institute, located on the ECU Outer Banks Campus, focuses on integrated coastal research and education programming centered around the needs, issues, and concerns of coastal North Carolinians by bringing together interdisciplinary teams. The specific research expertise of CSI spans a variety of coastal disciplines including coastal dynamics, ecology, biology, economics, environmental geography, social and behavioral sciences, and engineering. CSI uses an interdisciplinary approach and scientific advances to provide effective solutions to complex problems while helping coastal communities, ecosystems, and economies thrive.

Business Officer: Post Award & Budget Specialist

Open until filled. Initial screening begins on April 30, 2024.

The Coastal Studies Institute seeks a motivated person to fill the role of Post Award & Budget Specialist. This is a full-time position located at the ECU Outer Banks Campus. Responsibilities include performing program/ project administrative duties and providing education and consultation for principal investigators during the post-award and budgeting process. Please see the post linked below for full position details and description. Anticipated recruitment range is $70,000- 75,000. 

Minimum education and/ or experience includes a Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, or related business area; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Communications Specialist: NC Eco Tech

Open until 5/24/24

The Communications Specialist is a new position for a growing partnership focused on innovation, workforce development, and economic development across eastern North Carolina. This position will support the growth of North Carolina Ecosystem Technology (NC EcoTech), a prospective Regional Innovation Engine with support from the National Science Foundation. The Communications Specialist is responsible for implementing the organization’s strategic communications plan by designing effective and innovative communications including original publications, articles, graphics, briefing materials, press releases, social media posts, and employee messaging.

Led by East Carolina University (ECU), The Coastal Studies Institute is a multi-institutional research and educational partnership of the UNC System including North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington, and Elizabeth City State University.



Based at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program (NCROEP) advances inter-disciplinary marine energy solutions across UNC System partner colleges of engineering at NC State University, UNC Charlotte, and NC A&T University.  Click on the links below for more information.




ECU's Integrated Coastal Programs (ECU ICP) is a leader in coastal and marine research, education, and engagement.   ECU ICP includes the Coastal Studies Institute, ECU's Department of Coastal Studies, and ECU Diving and Water Safety.


The faculty and staff at the Coastal Studies Institute come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, as well as departments and organizations including ECU Department of Biology, ECU Department of Coastal Studies, NC Sea Grant, the North Carolina Renewable Energy Program, and the UNC Institute for the Environment.


Tour the ECU Outer Banks Campus and learn about the research, education, and engagement projects of CSI and ECU Integrated Coastal Programs through our 360 virtual tour.


The ECU Outer Banks campus is home to the Coastal Studies Institute.
Located on Roanoke Island along the banks of the second largest estuary
in the United States, this coastal campus spans 213 acres of marshes, scrub wetlands, forested wetlands, and estuarine ecosystems.