Open Position: Project Manager-Urban Adaptation Assessment (Limited Term)

The Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN) works to enhance the world’s understanding of climate change adaptation and to facilitate public and private investments in vulnerable communities. With recent funding, the ND-GAIN team will scale up the Urban Adaptation Assessment (UAA)(gain.org/uaa) which will explore the intersection of social equity and adaptation resiliency at the urban level.

ND-GAIN is seeking a project manager to oversee the execution and implementation of the UAA project. The project manager will work as part of a team, but will ultimately be responsible for project deliverables, including the successful convenings of the project advisory committee. This includes identifying potential members, cultivating relationships with the advisory board members, and developing meeting content in order to reach committee consensus. The project manager will research and screen data and other information to help identify potential urban adaptation indicators and methodologies related to measurement of those indicators. The project manager will be responsible for drafting required grant reports and creating materials for outreach and education. The project manager will be the primary lead for communicating important outcomes and outputs to sponsors, stakeholders and to the media, as well as the ND community.

In addition, the project manager will develop and implement strategies for further outreach in support of growing the project from a domestic phase to global implementation. These strategies could include hosting workshops, identifying new partners or sponsors, identifying key opportunities for seminars or talks, or identifying new opportunities to sustain and expand UAA activities through proposal writing, particularly relevant to foundations.

The incumbent will work with leaders in the climate adaptation field and will represent the face of the project to many other high level administrators both internally and externally.

ND-GAIN is a part of the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI). This position is a 1.5 year limited term position with the possibility for continuation depending on funding success. A Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree (+ 5 years experience) or advanced certification beyond Bachelor’s Environmental or other science or other degree with combined relevant experience in related fields is required.

The ideal applicant would have a passion for and background in climate change adaptation as well as experience in project management, meeting facilitation and collaborating with diverse teams. Other qualifications include exceptional oral and written communication skills and ability to multitask. 

To apply, please visit jobs.nd.edu.


The Environmental Change Initiative provides faculty with several opportunities to seed research and promote new, or strengthen existing collaborations in order to extend ND-ECI’s research vision.

Annual ECI Call for Proposals:

  • Up to $80,000 available for seeding research & collaborations
  • Forthcoming details with RFP in Spring Semester 2017

ND-GAIN Faculty Involvement Grants:

  • Up to $100,000 for seeding climate adaptation research & collaboration
  • Competitive proposals model the social or physical consequences from climate change under differing conditions of human social adaptation
  • RFP closed for 2016 - Stay tuned for future RFP details
  •  Fall 2016 Receipients: Debra Javeline & Tracy Kijewski-Correa "Coastal Homeowner Adaptation to a Changing Climate: A Study of Risk Awareness, Risk Reduction, and Resilience"


ND-ECI also provides opportunities for postdoctoral researchers, graduate students and undergraduate students through fellowships, stipends, research support, and academic credit.

Postdoctoral Researchers

There are no Post-Doc opportunities at this time. Please check back soon! 


ND-LEEF Graduate Student Research Grants: 

  • $1,500 to support research at ND-LEEF (aquatic or terrestrial)
  • Research proposals for the 2017 field season are due Friday, March 3rd. View RFP
  • For questions about research and funding at ND-LEEF, contact Brett Peters.

REACT Program: 

The REACT (Rapid Exposure to Advanced Computational Training) Program is designed to support PhD students hoping to gain external training in computational tools and techniques.

  • Up to $1,500 to cover student tuition, registration, room and board to attend nationally-recognized workshops that provide the training in the latest computational approaches. REACT does not cover research expenses or travel costs 
  • The student's advisor/PI must be a member in good standing with either ND-ECI, the Eck Institute for Global Health, or Notre Dame’s Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility. Students should check with their advisors if they are unsure
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis and funds will be dispersed until they run out

For more information, visit the REACT website.

ND-ECI Undergraduate Fellowships: 

  • Up to $1,000 for stipend or supplies to support undergraduate environmental change research (land use, climate, biodiversity, hydrology, etc.)

  • Projects much be developed and executed under ther mentorship of a Notre Dame graduate student, postdoc or faculty member from any department

  • Project ideas can be submitted throughout the 16-17 academic year. Please email Joanna McNulty with a paragraph description of the project

University of Notre Dame undergraduates are able to participate in research with ECI faculty from a variety of different disciplines for academic credit. Undergraduates interested in participating in research with ECI affiliated faculty should contact the individual faculty member.

Additional environmental student research opportunities:

Associate Professor Nitesh Chawla works with a student