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 the program director of the Process Systems, Reaction Engineering, and Molecular Thermodynamics program and to support additional activities related to chemical process systems at the National Science Foundation.
For more information on the Process Systems, Reaction Engineering, and Molecular Thermodynamics Program, please visit Process Systems, Reaction Engineering, and Molecular Thermodynamics | NSF - National Science Foundation. For more information on the Chemical Process Systems Cluster, please see: Chemical Process Systems Cluster (CPS) | NSF - National Science Foundation
Formal consideration of applications will begin on March 28, 2023 and will continue until a selection is made.
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 the development of interagency collaborations. Within this context, Program Directors solicit, receive, and review research and education proposals, make funding recommendations, administer awards, and interact with research communities in related 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.
Qualified applicants should have a Ph.D. 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.
Successful candidates will have 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 involving budgets and people are needed. Appointees are expected to function effectively within their specific program and as members of crosscutting and interactive teams. Skills in multidisciplinary research are highly desirable.
Should you be interested in this position, please email a current CV and a cover letter that describes (1) how your background relates explicitly to the program objectives of the Process Systems, Reaction Engineering, and Molecular Thermodynamics program, (2) your availability time frame, (3) reasons for your interest in an IPA position at NSF, and (4) your prior experience working in a multi-disciplinary team environment. We also welcome your nominations of suitable candidates and ask that you share this announcement with potentially interested colleagues.
Vacancy Contact: Christy Payne, Program Director
Division of Chemical, Biological, Environmental and Transport Systems
Directorate for Engineering
National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 292-2895