Seeking Program Manager – Global Nitrogen Innovation Center for Clean Energy and the Environment (NICCEE)

Position Description:The newly established Global Nitrogen Innovation Center for Clean Energy and the Environment NICCEE invites applications for a Program Manager (PM) to advance its mission in accelerating socioeconomic and technological innovation for sustainable and climate-smart nitrogen management. NICCEE, spearheaded by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) with key partners in the U.S., Canada, and the UK, seeks to harness the technological innovation of green ammonia production to bolster clean energy initiatives, combat climate change, and secure food supplies for the future, while minimizing risks of unintended consequences.

NICCEE will serve as an Information Hub with state-of-the-art cyberinfrastructure to monitor the lifecycle and effects of nitrogen in agriculture-food-energy systems, as an Innovation Platform to facilitate the co-development of technological and socioeconomic solutions with a broad spectrum of stakeholders, and as an Education Center to nurture the next generation of scientists and innovators championing sustainable and climate-smart nitrogen management.

Role Overview:

As the Program Manager, you will be instrumental in shaping the trajectory and impact of this global initiative. You will be immersed in a diverse environment, collaborating with multiple stakeholders ranging from academic institutions, NGOs, international organizations, governments, to private enterprises.

The Program Manager is responsible for providing administrative and programmatic leadership for the NICCEE center. The Program Manager will report to NICCEE’s Director, Dr. Xin Zhang at UMCES.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Program Management: Oversee NICCEE’s operations, including planning, budgeting, contracting, and reporting. Ensure compliance with guidelines set by the funding organizations and facilitate inter-institutional collaboration for project completion.
  • Major Event Planning: Lead the planning and execution of NICCEE’s annual meetings (i.e., Nitrogen Summer Institute) and other significant events, enhancing its visibility on the global stage.
  • Strategic Planning and Communications: Assist NICCEE’s leadership in organizing committee and team meetings. Collaborate with communications personnel to amplify NICCEE’s achievements and mission. Work with the director and the executive committee to develop business and marketing plans for sustainable growth of the Center.
  • Business Development: Cultivate partnerships with collaborators across countries, explore research and development opportunities, and support proposal writing to attract diverse funding sources.
  • Leadership: Foster relationships within and outside NICCEE, and engage with various stakeholders.
  • Internship Program: Coordinate an internship program with partners such as International Fertilizer Association and The Nature Conservancy.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Location:   UMCES Appalachian Laboratory/Hybrid


  • Master’s Degree.
  • Experience in an academic or research setting.
  • Three years of related experience.
  • Post-doctoral candidates are also welcome to apply, although they should be aware that this is more of a project management position than a research position.

Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Strong oral and written English communication skills.
  • Capacity to handle multiple managerial tasks simultaneously with competing deadlines.
  • Demonstrated management capabilities.
  • Proficiency in standard software tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and excellent presentation skills.
  • Experience with supporting grant writing, budget management, and data analytics experience is desirable but not required.
  • Basic understanding of nitrogen issues in agriculture-food-energy systems is desirable but not required.
Start Date:   December 2023 preferred, though there is flexibility. Review of applications will begin on Dec. 1, 2023, and will continue until a qualified candidate is found.

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science unleashes the power of science to transform the way society understands and manages the environment. By conducting cutting-edge research into today’s most pressing environmental problems, we are developing new ideas to help guide our state, nation, and world toward a more environmentally sustainable future through five research centers—the Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, the Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge, the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore, and the Maryland Sea Grant College in College Park.  Information about AL and UMCES can be found at:

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