The Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a nationwide search to fill a Program Director position for the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program. Formal consideration of interested applicants will begin on May 31, 2023 and will continue until July 28, 2023.
Persons wishing to apply for this position are referred to the CNS divisional webpage, http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=cns, for a description of the division and its research and education areas; to the CISE directorate webpage, http://www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?org=CISE, for a description of the directorate and its research and education areas; and to the SaTC program webpage, https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504709, for more information about the SaTC program.
The SaTC program funds a broad spectrum of innovative research that will improve the resilience of cyberspace from malicious cyber-attacks while preserving privacy and promoting usability. This cross-directorate activity, which is led by CISE, includes the participation of the Directorates for STEM Education (EDU), Engineering (ENG), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE). In CISE, SaTC supports foundational research focused on security and privacy, and draws on many different disciplines in computer science like algorithms, architectures, big data analytics, cryptography, formal methods, hardware, programming languages, networks, privacy, software, systems, and evaluation frameworks. These SaTC positions in CISE/CNS requires deep knowledge in one or more of these research areas, with particular emphasis in hardware security (1 position) and systems security (1 position).
Program Directors are responsible for specific research areas. They solicit, receive, and review research and education proposals, make funding recommendations, administer awards, 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 plan 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.
The candidate must have a Ph.D. in computer and information science and engineering, plus six 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; 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.