The Division of Materials Research (DMR) announces a nationwide search for senior-level researchers to serve as a Program Director for the Biomaterials program. Formal consideration of interested applications will begin at time of posting and will continue until a selection is made.
For the DMR mission statement and additional information about the above program, please see www.nsf.gov/materials.
The Biomaterials Program supports research and education on biological, biomimetic, bioinspired and bioenabled materials, and on synthetic materials intended for applications where they will be in contact with biological systems. Responsibilities of the Program Director include long-range planning and budget development for the areas of science represented by the program, the administration of the merit review process and proposal recommendations, the preparation of press releases, feature articles and material describing advances in the research supported, and coordination and liaison with other programs within NSF, other Federal agencies and organizations.
NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the Agency's overall mission. To fulfill this responsibility requires not only knowledge in the appropriate disciplines, but also a commitment to high standards, a considerable breadth of interest and 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 experience in the physical sciences or a closely related field, plus six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position after the award of the degree.
Candidates with effective oral and written communication skills, and familiarity with NSF programs and activities are highly desired. In addition, a successful candidate should have an appreciation for interdisciplinary research with broad knowledge and demonstrated success in the sub-disciplinary area of materials research indicated above, as well as fundamental research seeking to understand, explain, exploit the structure-property relationship of bio-inspired materials systems, including the creation and study of new biomaterials. The advancement of synthetic materials intended for applications in biological systems, materials that form functional interfaces between biotic and abiotic structures, and the processes through which biological materials are produced in nature are also of interest. Experience with biomaterials characterization in bulk and at interfaces as well as knowledge of modern molecular/synthetic biology is also highly desired.
Successful candidates are expected to work effectively both as an individual within the specific NSF program and as a member of crosscutting and interactive teams, able to work across government agencies to promote NSF activities and to leverage program funds through interagency collaborations. Should be familiar with a broad spectrum of the materials research community, as well as with the issues being addressed in the field. Accomplishments in the integration of research and education and with multidisciplinary experience and interest.
Applicants should indicate which program they are applying to within their cover letter and the subject line of the email. Please submit the curriculum vitae to email@example.com. Applications are reviewed by DMR's Division Director and Deputy Division Director. A few candidates are selected for telephone and/or NSF on-site interviews. Applicants will receive an acknowledgment of their application and a status update by email when selections occur. For more information about these openings, you may send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Alex Klironomos.
Nominations from the community are also encouraged. A nomination email can be sent to email@example.com.