Research Project Manager - ESRI

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General – Green Earth – Safer World

At UL, we know why we come to work.

Underwriters Laboratories Electrochemical Safety Research Institute  (ESRI) is seeking a Research Project Manager. The Research Project Manager oversees research portfolios of the ESRI that includes research objectives, timelines, budgets, participants, and outcomes to keep projects on track and on time.  The Research Project Manager will work closely with other leaders, researchers, and colleagues across the research organization to advance research excellence.


At UL Research Institutes, we wake up every day with a common purpose: to make the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place. Science is in our DNA; we are endlessly curious and passionate about seeking and speaking the truth. We take delight in knowing that our work makes a meaningful contribution to society, and we are proud that our culture is centered on integrity, collaboration, inclusion and excellence. UL Research Institutes stands at the forefront of technological advancement, and we are continually challenged to find new ways to foster innovation and positive change. Satisfying? Yes. Exciting? Absolutely!


UL Research Institutes has COVID-19 protocols and policies in place to ensure the safety of our employees, customers and clients. Effective November 1, 2021, the company mandates that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment (except where prohibited by law), subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.

What you’ll learn & achieve:

  • Track all research initiatives as to objectives, timelines, budgets, participants, and data outcomes and keep current. 
  • Track all scientific publications, presentations and external events associated with research, support development and delivery.
  • Conduct external research on topics for supporting information. 
  • Works with the communications team to expand technical and subject matter presence through the development of internal and external materials via reports, blogs, presentations, web materials and supporting researchers on journal articles, data presentations, and research documentation. 
  • Coordinate between technical team, leadership and communications team to track and provide quarterly and annual reports on research initiatives. 
  • Manages internal and external relationships and resources to achieve project deliverables.  

What makes you a great fit:

  • Expert knowledge in research project management and reporting.
  • Background in science and engineering.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage research objectives, staffing and budgets.
  • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills, especially with time-sensitive work.
  • Demonstrated technical writing skills to compose reports, presentations, and written communication in an organized, logical, and concise manner.
  • Must be a self-starter and possess excellent leadership skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively on a team and with diverse external partners.
  • Translating research knowledge into actional steps and materials to bring positive change.
  • Drives for results, is proactive, balancing analysis vs doing and commits to organizational goals and timelines.

Experience and Education Requirements

  • Advanced degree in Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or related field, Project Management Certification, preferred
  • 4 years’ experience managing research projects.

What you’ll experience working at UL:

  • Mission: For UL, corporate and social responsibility isn’t new. Making the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place has been our business model for the last 128 years and is deeply ingrained in everything we do.
  • People: Ask any UL employee what they love most about working here, and you’ll almost always hear, “the people.” Going beyond what is possible is the standard at UL. We’re able to deliver the best because we employ the best.
  • Interesting work: Every day is different for us here as we eagerly anticipate the next innovation that our customers’ create. We’re inspired to take on the challenge that will transform how people live, work and play.
  • Grow & achieve: We learn, work and grow together with targeted development, reward and recognition programs as well as our very own UL University that offers extensive training programs for employees at all stages, including a technical training track for applicable roles.

Learn More:

UL Research Institutes is an affiliated nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing safety science research through the discovery and application of scientific knowledge. We conduct rigorous independent research and analyze safety data, convene experts worldwide to address risks, share knowledge through safety education and public outreach initiatives, and develop standards to guide safe commercialization of evolving technologies. We foster communities of safety, from grassroots initiatives for neighborhoods to summits of world leaders. Our organization employs collaborative and scientific approaches with partners and stakeholders to drive innovation and progress toward improving safety, security, and sustainability, ultimately enhancing societal well-being.


Our wholly owned subsidiary, UL Inc., advances our shared public safety mission. We fund our work through grants, the licensing of standards documents and the business activities of UL Inc., which conducts testing, verification and certification, and provides training and advisory services, along with data-driven reporting and decision-making tools for customers around the world.


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