The Division of Chemical, Biological, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET), within the Directorate for Engineering (ENG), at the National Science Foundation, announces a nationwide search for an engineering professional to serve as a new program director in the Transport Phenomena Cluster to support interdisciplinary research.
Formal consideration of applications will begin on January 8, 2023 and will continue until a selection is made.
This new Program Director will be responsible for initiating and guiding new inter-divisional and cross-foundation initiatives at the interface of the core programs in the Transport Phenomena cluster and high-priority areas (e.g., adaptation to, and mitigation of, climate change; clean energy technology). The Program Director will work as part of the Transport Phenomena Cluster team in proposal administration and award management as well as cluster portfolio and planning activities. The Program Director will also be engaged in collaborations outside the Directorate for Engineering and outside NSF with interagency committees.
For more information on the division, please see: Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET) | NSF - National Science Foundation. For more information on the Transport Phenomena Cluster, see: Transport Phenomena Cluster | NSF - National Science Foundation.
Program Directors have an unparalleled opportunity and responsibility to ensure NSF-funded research is at the forefront of advancing fundamental knowledge. In support of that, Program Directors are responsible for extensive interaction with academic research communities and industry, as well as interaction with other Federal agencies that may lead to development of interagency collaborations. Within this context, Program Directors solicit, receive and review research and education proposals, make funding recommendations, administer awards, and undertake interaction with research communities in these fields. They are also responsible for service to Foundation-wide activities and initiatives that together accomplish NSF’s strategic goals to: 1) Transform the Frontiers of Science and Engineering, 2) Stimulate Innovation and Address Societal Needs through Research and Education, and 3) Excel as a Federal Science Agency. The position requires a commitment to high standards of intellectualism and ethical conduct, a considerable breadth of interest, receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity.
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.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a relevant field of Engineering, plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, or managerial experience pertinent to the position.
The position requires a broad knowledge of the relevant disciplinary areas of the Division of Chemical, Biological, Environmental and Transport Systems and knowledge of the general scientific community. Experience working within a team environment and some administrative skills (budget, people) are needed. Appointees are expected to function effectively both within their specific program and as a member of crosscutting and interactive teams. Skills in multidisciplinary research are highly desirable.
Should you or your colleagues be interested in this position, or wish to nominate suitable candidates, please email a current CV accompanied by a cover letter highlighting (1) background that specifically relates to the cluster objectives, (2) vision for activities or program development within the Transport Phenomena cluster to meet the aims of supporting interdisciplinary research in priority areas, (3) availability time frame and reasons for interest in an IPA position at NSF, and (4) prior experience working in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
Vacancy Contact: Shahab Shojaei-Zadeh, Program Director
Division of Chemical, Biological, Environmental and Transport Systems
Directorate for Engineering
National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 292-8045