Project Manager for Marine Autonomous Vehicles Research Infrastructure


Marine Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles (AUVs) are widely used for marine research and long term Ocean Observing Systems and increasingly by private companies of the blue economy. This sector is continuously growing thanks to the rapid evolution of marine robotics and sensing technologies, as well as the demand of services increasing both in volume and variety. Nowadays, the operation of these vehicles relies on a network of research infrastructures distributed all around Europe. The activities in the network include in-situ and remote operations at sea of a large number of AUVs for a wide variety of applications and the management of the data they collect. Such activities rely on important IT resources, R&D to improve the capacity of the vehicles and their sensors, as well as managerial and financial activities to run the infrastructures and provide access to them. In this context, starting as soon as possible, we are looking for a project manager for a European Marine Autonomous Vehicles Research Infrastructure that will strengthen the present network.


The Coordinator of the EC-H2020 funded project “Gliders For Research, Ocean Observations and Management: Infrastructure and Innovation” (GROOM II, is seeking a Project Manager to coordinate the activities of the project. GROOM II has the objective to design a European Marine Research Infrastructure (MRI) bringing this network of distributed and fragmented infrastructures to a formal and sustained organization offering a world-class service to marine research organizations, Ocean Observing Systems and the private sector. To achieve this goal, this network will mutualise the scientific and technical resources, including software resources. The GROOM II consortium consists of 14 European partners from 11 countries, including large national marine research organizations and technological platforms, universities and private companies. Being the key contact person for the GROOM II project and under the supervision of the project Scientific Coordinator, the tasks of the project manager will be:

  • Scientific and technological project management including monitoring of the project progresses, support to all members of the consortium for the project implementation, reporting towards the European Commission;
  • Project and partners support for institutional activities at the national, European and international levels;
  • Scientific presentations at workshops and conferences;
  • Event organization;
  • Direct participation to scientific or technological tasks of the project can also be considered.

Required qualifications

  • Applicants must have an advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent degree) in Oceanography, Marine Science or Engineering, or related fields including Political Sciences for Science and Environment;
  • Applicants must have a minimum 5 years of progressively responsible relevant experience in the field of ocean observations or services in institutions performing ocean observations;
  • Experience in coordinating, managing and implementing projects or programs, desirably at the European or international level, would be an advantage.

Further desirable requirements are:

  • Experience in managing staff and teams;
  • Excellent organizational, writing and communication skills;
  • Professional command of both spoken and written English, and good knowledge of French and/or another European language;
  • Knowledge of major national and EU funding instruments and experience of working for research institutions;
  • Ability to effectively interact with multiple stakeholders on national, international (and interdisciplinary) levels would be helpful;
  • Motivation to interact with researchers, administrative staff, science officers and policy makers.


The position is open for two years and located at Sorbonne Université, Paris5ème Campus. However, other locations can be proposed by the applicant according to her/his skills and motivations. Extension of the position on followup

projects is expected for continuing this activity of coordination of this new European infrastructure. ARMINES (, the coordinator of the project, will be the employer. ARMINES is an equal opportunity employer and supports gender equality.

Salary: to be negotiated according to degrees obtained and experience and according to the ARMINES salary scale.

Inquiries about the position should be addressed to Pr. Laurent Mortier.

To apply, send a resume and a cover letter to Pr. Laurent Mortier.

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