General Engineer (Program Director)

Division: Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (ENG/CBET)
Directorate: Engineering (ENG)
Job Type:
Appointment Type:
Temporary / Rotator
Pay Grade/Scale:
Salary Range:
$160,889 - $206,541
This job is open to the public

Application timeline

Date Posted:
Closing date: Open until filled

Position Summary

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.

Position Description

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. 

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.

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