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Project Manager

Oceanographic Observing Systems, Oceanography & Marine Hydrokinetic Energy Lab

The Project Manager (PM) will coordinate with all internal and external parties involved to ensure the execution of the project’s deliverables in accordance with the proposed project schedule. Job requirements and duties of the PM include:

    • Communication with the lead contractor, all sub-contractor principal investigators, ECU CSI PIs, and other key personnel.
    • Coordination and planning, personnel administration and management, oversight of the grant deliverables, and functions related to the administration and management of project grant.
    • Judgment and discretion in establishing, applying, and interpreting policies and procedures.
    • Ability to solve unforeseen problems that arise during daily work and coordinate with technicians to implement solutions.
    • Capability to contract fabricators to make unique specialized equipment to fulfill project-based tasks on and off the research vessel.
    • Working knowledge of vessels and related equipment.
    • Spending number of days at sea.

    A suitable candidate will have a Master’s degree OR a Bachelor’s degree plus 2 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preference will be given to applicants with an OUPV captain’s license and the ability to captain a 42’ research vessel in the Atlantic Ocean up to 100 miles offshore.

    The position will remain open through November 12, 2021.

    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.


    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.


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    The ECU Outer Banks campus is home to the Coastal Studies Institute.
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    in the United States, this coastal campus spans 213 acres of marshes, scrub wetlands, forested wetlands, and estuarine ecosystems.




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    Wanchese, NC 27981



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