Computer Scientist (Program Director)

Division: Computing and Communication Foundations (CISE/CCF)
Directorate: Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)
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Appointment Type:
Temporary / Rotator
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This job is open to the public

Application timeline

Date Posted:
Closing date: Open until filled

Position Summary

The Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering announces a nationwide search to fill a Program Director position(s) whose expertise would cover topics within Education and Workforce Development (EWF) in computing-related fields. 

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This position is in the Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). CCF supports research and education activities in the mathematical, scientific and technological foundations of computing, communication, hardware, software and emerging technologies such as quantum information science and bio-inspired systems. CCF seeks to foster innovative and transformative research that contributes to the development of future computing and communication technologies. CCF also coordinates cross-divisional activities that foster the integration of research, education, and workforce development.

The Education and Workforce (EWF) program mission is to transform computing education at all levels and on a national scale to meet the challenges and opportunities of a world where computing is increasingly essential to all sectors of society and overturn the longstanding underrepresentation in computing. Ultimately, EWF envisions the development of a diverse workforce well prepared for careers in computing-related fields.


Position Description

The responsibilities of the positions will be in support of CISE education programs (Education and Workforce Development) and would also include support for other NSF-wide programs involving computing R&D components. The range of EWF activities are described at That page includes links to program pages with listings of current NSF Program Education Workforce Development Program Directors, who may be contacted for additional information regarding this employment opportunity.

Specifically, we are looking for a candidate to fill the position in the following program area:

  • Education and Workforce (EWF)

The programs covered by EWF are:

  • Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) 
  • Computer Science for All (CSforAll: Research and RPPs) 
  • CISE Graduate Fellowships (CSGrad4US)
  • CISE Research Expansion Program (CISE-MSI)
  • Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Computing in Undergraduate Education (IUSE: CUE)
  • Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Sites
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Sites

Formal consideration of applications begins immediately and will continue until selections are made against all open vacancies.

Program Directors are responsible for specific research areas. They solicit, receive, and review research and education proposals; make funding recommendations; administer awards; use data to monitor and improve the impact of programs, and interact with relevant research and education communities. They also provide service to NSF-wide activities and often work across government agencies to enable interagency collaborations. Program Directors contribute to the accomplishment of NSF's strategic goals to (1) Expand knowledge in science, engineering, and learning; (2) Advance the capability of the Nation to meet current and future challenges; and (3) Enhance NSF's performance of its mission.

The position recruited under this announcement will be filled under the following appointment option(s):

Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Assignment: Individuals eligible for an IPA assignment with a Federal agency include employees of State and local government agencies or institutions of higher education, Indian tribal governments, and other eligible organizations in instances where such assignments would be of mutual benefit to the organizations involved. Initial assignments under IPA provisions may be made for a period up to two years, with a possible extension for up to an additional two-year period. The individual remains an employee of the home institution and NSF provides the negotiated funding toward the assignee's salary and benefits. Initial IPA assignments are made for a one-year period and may be extended by mutual agreement. 

It is NSF policy that NSF personnel employed at or IPAs detailed to NSF are not permitted to participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs.  Failure to comply with this NSF policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal Service or termination of an IPA assignment and referral to the Office of Inspector General.

Applications will be accepted from U.S. Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law require Non-Citizens to meet certain eligibility criteria to be considered. Therefore, Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. Non-Citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered eligible. Non-Citizens are not eligible for positions requiring a security clearance.

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in computer science, computer engineering, computing education, or a related discipline plus, after the award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position OR a Master’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, computing education, or a related discipline plus after award of the degree, eight or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position. 

Outstanding knowledge of the relevant research area and related areas, a commitment to fairness, ethical conduct, and personal integrity, receptivity to new ideas, a strong work ethic and initiative, excellent interpersonal skills, expert communication ability, and familiarity with NSF activities are highly desirable.

Applications should be submitted electronically and must include contact information, a current CV, a letter briefly describing the candidate's background that specifically relates to the appropriate program objectives, availability time frame, and a list of references.

Please make electronic submissions to the Division of Computing and Communication Foundations, at with “EWF Program Director Position” in the subject line.

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