Project Manager – Bioeconomic Modeler for Kelp Aquaculture CDR – Walpole, ME

Project Manager – Bioeconomic Modeler for Kelp Aquaculture CDR

UMaine School of Marine Sciences

Walpole, ME



This position would fill the role of project manager and lead bioeconomic modeler for the ongoing kelp aquaculture carbon dioxide removal (CDR) project. The project manager will coordinate across subcontracted engineers, biologists, and legal experts with the goal of developing a bioeconomic framework for the cost of kelp CDR. In the near term, this individual would help shape the design space and develop the initial bioeconomic model. Typical hiring salary for this soft-money funded position is $65,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Literature reviews of kelp aquaculture nursery and grow-out production methods.
  • Coordination of tasks across project engineers and biologists.
  • Development of a kelp carbon bioeconomic model and an analysis of the dynamics of the emerging voluntary and compliance carbon credit markets.
  • Reporting directly to the PI and the funder, the project manager will be responsible for executing all agreed upon deliverables, including, but not limited to,
    • An initial ‘baseline’ bioeconomic analysis of kelp carbon dioxide removal.
    • A nursery optimization paper.
    • A regulatory bottleneck analysis.
    • A cultivation structure analysis paper.
    • A final optimized bioeconomic model describing the production costs for kelp biomass derived carbon sequestration.
  • Develops and maintains professional relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect.
  • Builds productive relationships with internal and external constituencies.
  • Commits to organizational improvement by identifying opportunities to improve, and recommending possible alternatives for a situation.
  • Performs other reasonably related duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge & Skill Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in the marine sciences with a background in aquaculture production science, kelp biology, and the voluntary and compliance carbon markets.
  • Must have an in-depth knowledge of financial modeling in Microsoft Excel and R, formal academic writing and interdisciplinary research methods.

Supervisory Responsibility:

The position will have no direct supervisory responsibilities over other contractual partners. However, frequent coordination between disciplines will be needed to effectively deliver outputs.

Work Environment:

The position will be fully remote and involve only “desktop” work (i.e., no field work). The project manager will work remotely with the PI and all other members of the project team.

Work Year:

This is a full-time, 12-month, fiscal year position.

About the University:

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,900 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is a land, sea and space grant university, and maintains a leadership role as the University of Maine System's flagship institution. UMaine is the state's public research university and a Carnegie R1 top-tier research institution, dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research and service for Maine, the nation and the world. More information about UMaine is at

The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here.

Employees in the University of Maine System are required to comply with UMS COVID protocols which currently include, but are not limited to, being vaccinated, obtaining a qualified vaccination exemption, and/or participating in regular COVID testing. Further information can be found on our Together for Maine website.

To Apply:

Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" . You will need to create a profile and application; upload:

1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position

2.) a resume/curriculum vitae

3.) contact information for three professional references

You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

Search Timeline is as follows:

Review of applications to begin: April 3, 2023

Interviews to begin no earlier than: April 17, 2023

Tentative start date: May 1, 2023

For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Damian Brady at [email protected] or 201-312-8752

Appropriate background checks are required.

In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, age, disability physical or mental, genetic information, or veterans or military status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 5748 Boudreau Hall, Room 101, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207-581-1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).


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