We are seeking qualified candidates for temporary rotator appointments as Program Director in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR), Directorate of Geosciences (GEO), Alexandria, VA.
EAR supports research that advances understanding of the structure, composition, and evolution of the Earth. Programs in the division support of basic research, as well as workforce and education opportunities, instrumentation and facilities, and a wide spectrum of other scientific activities. Information about EAR and its programs can be found at https://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=EAR.
Individuals interested in rotating as Temporary Program Directors in one of the following programs are encouraged to apply.
- Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry
- Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics
- Hydrologic Sciences
- Instrumentation and Facilities
- Petrology and Geochemistry
- Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology
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.
Temporary Excepted Service Appointment: Appointment to this position will be made under the Excepted Authority of the NSF Act. Candidates who do not have civil service status or reinstatement eligibility will not obtain civil service status if selected. Candidates currently in the competitive service will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected. Usual civil service benefits (retirement, health benefits and life insurance) are applicable for appointments of more than one year. Temporary appointments may not exceed three years.
Visiting Scientist, Engineer, and Educator (VSEE) Program: Appointment to this position will be made under the Excepted Authority of the NSF Act. Visiting Scientists are on non-paid leave status from their home institution and placed on the NSF payroll. NSF withholds Social Security taxes and pays the home institution's contributions to maintain retirement and fringe benefits (i.e., health benefits and life insurance), either directly to the home institution or to the carrier. Appointments are usually made for a one-year period and may be extended for an additional year by mutual agreement.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Earth Science or an appropriate field supported by programs within EAR plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.
The successful applicant will have knowledge in the appropriate scientific discipline as well as a commitment to high scientific standards, considerable breadth of scientific interest, and receptivity to new ideas. Also necessary are a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity and ethics, decisiveness, and an ability to effectively lead teams across a variety of institutional cultures within Federal and state government agencies, legislative bodies, and private sector organizations.
Individuals interested in applying for these Program Director positions should send a current CV and letter of interest to:
Dr. Dena Smith-Nufio
Division of Earth Sciences
National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22314