The High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) at Princeton University advances understanding of the Earth as a complex system influenced by human activities, and informs solutions to local and global challenges by conducting groundbreaking research across disciplines and by preparing future leaders in diverse fields to impact a world increasingly shaped by climate change.

The Project Coordinator provides administrative coordination and communications support for two related research activities: the Hydroframe-Machine Learning Convergence Accelerator Project and the HydroFrame Project; and also supports research activities of faculty leading the Integrated Groundwater Modelling Center.

The Hydroframe-Machine Learning Groundwater Convergence Accelerator project brings together hydrologists, data scientists, machine learning (ML) experts, software engineers and user-centered design specialists from multiple institutions to make groundwater data accessible and to improve hydrologic forecasting with ML. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation and is headquartered at Princeton University. The Hydroframe Groundwater Modeling project provides a platform to facilitate easy interaction with large computationally intensive hydrologic models and numerous simulated outputs. The tools produced through this initiative enable users to subset model inputs and outputs for any watershed in the U.S, run their own simulations and visualize and analyze existing model outputs or newly generated results. It also develops free interactive educational tools and lesson plans to teach students of all ages about groundwater and the hydrologic cycle.

Combined, both projects involve over 30 researchers from several academic and government institutions and two software companies. The Project Coordinator provides direct support to the two co-PIs, one faculty member at Princeton University, and the other at the University of Arizona. The individual also indirectly supports and interacts with contributors to both projects including faculty, researchers, graduate students, and government and software company collaborators.

This is a 50% duty time, 1 year term position with possibility of extension and increase in duty time and can be based remotely.


The projects are fast paced, involving numerous players, with tight deadlines. The position requires a mature individual with a professional demeanor who works well both independently and as a member of a larger team. The individual assuming this role is expected to be a self-starter with strong aptitude for problem solving. Creativity and flexibility to take on a variety of assignments are highly desired characteristics.

The Project Coordinator’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Track and review all communications from the project sponsor (i.e., NSF) via email, slack, NSF portal, box and determine what information needs to be shared with the project team and in what platform (google drive/calendar, slack, or email).
  • Ensure information is properly communicated.
  • Participate in multiple meetings each week; record and post action items; and follow-up as needed.
  • Maintain several project calendars, including coordinating the calendar of Project PI. Assist with scheduling and organization of meetings under the direction of Project PI and collaborators.
  • Coordinate preparation and circulation of weekly project progress reports.
  • Facilitate access to resources enabling the project including technical support as appropriate. Create, maintain and utilize numerous project-related communications software platforms (Zoom, Slack, Google drives, google and outlook calendars, Smartsheets and other project management software).


Essential Qualifications:

Minimum 3 years of related experience (may include experience as undergraduate science major or graduate work in related scientific field). Demonstrated interest in scientific research. Must be flexible and able to work autonomously. Excellent communications, both written and oral. Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to interact effectively with broad constituencies including faculty, researchers, students, administrators and the external community. Team player. Ability to take initiative, prioritize, multitask, work independently, and meet deadlines. Must be able to handle high pressure situations with tact and calm demeanor. Essential skills include proficiency in communications and project management software. Applications include Windows Vista, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google applications, Box, Slack, Zoom, Smartsheets/Trello.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in a university or corporate environment.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW


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