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Research Project Manager Position - KernzaCAP - Minnesota

Now hiring - KernzaCAP Research Project Manager Position
Classification: University of Minnesota Research Professional 4


The University of Minnesota’s Dept. of Agronomy and Plant Genetics and Green Lands Blue Waters seek to hire a Research Project Manager for an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional research, education, and extension project. This is a 1.0 FTE term position with funding for 5 years with potential for extension. A single 1.0 FTE position is preferred but the position could be filled by two candidates working less than 1.0 FTE each. Candidates who can work in the Twin Cities are preferred. However, if working remotely, intermittent travel for COVID-safe team meetings may be required and regular travel will be expected post-COVID.


This position is funded by a USDA Coordinated Agricultural Project grant to integrate nation-wide activities to launch the enterprise of the world’s first large-scale perennial grain crop called Kernza®. This highly interdisciplinary project is based at the University of Minnesota and includes six other universities and numerous other organizations and individuals representing a broad range of stakeholder groups including nonprofits, farmers, businesses and policy makers. The project includes research, education, and outreach/extension activities that fall within six core objectives: 1) advance germplasm and trait evaluation, 2) enhance agronomic and on-farm knowledge, 3) improve environmental quality, 4) engage education, extension and policy, 5) develop supply chains and economic drivers, and 6) activate transformative change through intentional integration. Further information is available on the project website,  The person in this position will lead and collaborate on central tasks necessary for the full project’s successful operation and will coordinate across all objectives and stakeholders. This position will be supervised by and will work closely with the management team on the following areas (with % time distributed approximately equally among them): Project Management, Network Weaving/ Coordination of Collaborators, Internal and External Communications, Research Roles, Data Management and Evaluation and Synthesis.   


  • BA/BS and 5 years of experience in agricultural system  
  • Proven track record working with interdisciplinary, cross-sector teams
  • Experience with complex projects Experience with holistic, high-level systems thinking 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (seeking a person with at least some of the following): 

  • PhD, or MA/MS with 5 years experience in a field related to agricultural systems  
  • Demonstrated leadership success managing interdisciplinary teams and complex projects Documented record of diversity work and an understanding of the barriers to success of minorities in the fields of higher education and agriculture  
  • Record of scientific publications 

SALARY AND BENEFITS  Salary is in the $60-65,000 range (1.0 full time equivalent salary) and competitive UMN benefits are available. 

HOW TO APPLY Apply online at

Applications must be submitted online using position number: 337940.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  

Review of applications will begin December 1st, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Direct inquiries to: Dr. Jacob Jungers,

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University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States
Contact Name: 
Dr. Jacob Jungers
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Friday, November 20, 2020 - 9:00am