Research Support Manager 3: Water Research

Oct 1, 2022

Job ID: 351760
Location: Duluth
Job Family: Research-Support
Full-Time; Regular
Job Code: 9354S3
Employee Class: Acad Prof and Admin

About the Job:

    The Research Group Manager is an Institute-wide leader who coordinates and manages programs, interactions, and collaborations with other researchers across the Institute, the UMN system and the collection of NRRI partners and collaborators. The manager also leads, assists, or collaborates in efforts to obtain sponsored research funding from multiple agencies/sources, foundation/industrial sponsorships and/or internal research funding for projects. The Manager must be highly skilled and recognized in multiple aspects of their area of research including research leadership, program development, project and personnel management, mentorship, report writing and peer-reviewed publication. The manager integrates work across the Institute to solve complex, real-world environmental and research problems, receives minimal guidance from leadership and consistently works to ensure achievement of NRRI Core Values and Strategic Initiatives (

    The Water Research Group Manager is expected to lead their own research program and supervise Research Associates who run their own programs. Thus, the manager must have demonstrated expertise and accomplishments in one or more aquatic science disciplines (aquatic ecology preferred, but exceptionally qualified applicants in any area of aquatic science will be considered). The Manager must establish and maintain a funded, vibrant research program and continue to develop personal research acumen through active participation in professional organizations/societies, presentations, and reporting including publishing in peer-reviewed journals. The Manager must develop a strategic vision and implementation plan for their research programs that follow Institute project and budget management practices and develop researchers within the team. The Manager must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively communicate research goals, program outputs, outcomes from their research and impacts on the management of natural resources relevant to Minnesota.

    Job Duties: 

    • The Water Research Group Manager (RGM) will take an active role in developing research networks and mentoring, both within and outside of NRRI, to expand the capability and impact of the Institute. They will also develop their own externally funded research program. Along with that expectation comes skills such as study design, sample collection strategies, data analysis, and writing articles for peer reviewed scientific journals. There may be opportunities for the candidate to engage in teaching, arrange symposia and workshops, and participate in graduate programs. (55%)
    • The Water RGM is responsible for developing the strategic goals, operational plan, budget, and funding for the research group and for individual researchers including objective setting, development, and performance. The Manager uses Institute project management practices to ensure the effective planning, execution and oversight of unique projects and programs. This includes maintaining high standards for safety, quality, research rigor, ethics and peer review in all research group activities and collaborations. The Manager must model behavior consistent with NRRI Core Values and assist program and project staff in doing the same. The Manager will integrate their work and that of the group with that of other Institute research groups to achieve organizational goals through interdisciplinary research. The Manager promotes and recruits as appropriate to achieve goals. The Manager ensures resources and technical capabilities align with initiative and program requirements; ensures that staff have the proper training, tools, and equipment to perform job tasks; and devotes adequate time developing and maintaining a professional team dynamic. (25%)
    • The Water RGM collaborates with NRRI leadership to define annual financial budgets and technical needs for their group. The Manager is responsible for the development of the research group’s strategic plan and ensures alignment with the NRRI Strategic Plan. They work collaboratively with other research team leaders to understand non-Water Group related research needs and integrate these operational plans and budgets for their team members. The Manager provides leadership and works with team leaders and staff in the development of a dynamic and strategic funding portfolio to support the group research activities. The manager monitors and audits budgets and group resources periodically to ensure financial stability and compliance with all applicable state and federal laws and/or grantor requirements, ensuring transparency and understanding of group finance status and performance. (10%)
    • The Water RGM helps create and represent the strategy and capabilities of both the Institute and the research group to internal and external partners, collaborators, and stakeholders. The Manager works to develop and maintain strategic external relationships with partners and collaborators through one-on-one contacts, presentations, or by participating in partner or public events. The Manager will represent the NRRI on technical or governance committees as defined by leadership and the needs of the Institute and the University. (10%)

    Required Qualifications:

    • MS/PhD with at least 8 years’ experience in aquatic sciences (aquatic ecology preferred, but exceptionally qualified applicants in any area of aquatic science will be considered).
    • At least three years’ leadership experience supervising researchers and multidisciplinary research teams; must include e.g., objective setting, performance appraisal, personnel development, mentoring, strategic planning.
    • Documented track record of attracting and maintaining external research funding from federal, state, and/or private sources, including project leadership and management.
    • Documented record of publishing research in peer-reviewed publications, as well as writing technical reports, extension publications, patents, or for trade journals.
    • Documented record of public speaking and outreach.
    • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Experience leading and working in diverse teams, collaborating respectfully with staff of various educational and cultural backgrounds, and appropriately navigating complex team dynamics.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Demonstrated experience in project management and quality assurance.
    • Experience recruiting and mentoring, DEI candidates and staff.
    • Industry or agency work experience or record of active collaboration.
    • Experience in developing and managing relationships with agencies, business, or industry; e.g., outreach delivery, trademarking, or commercialization of work outputs.
    • Knowledge of management of critical data sets and intellectual property.
    • Demonstrated experience in laboratory facility planning and safety.
    • Evidence of participation in other professional activities including manuscript reviews and editorial duties, advisory committees, review panels, and other activities associated with the discipline.

    How To Apply

    Applications must be submitted online. To apply for this position, go to  and search for job opening 351760. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application and attach a resume and cover letter.

    Additional documents may be attached after submitting your application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there.

    Complete applications must include:                               

    1. Cover Letter
    2. Current Resume
    3. Contact information for three professional references
    4. Diversity Statement: Please provide a brief personal statement detailing your affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity philosophy. 

    First submit the application with a cover letter and CV/resume.  Then return to the “My Activities” page to attach the additional documents.

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