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Job Title:  Computer Scientist (Program Director)
Agency:  National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  CNS-2013-0001

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $163,957.00 / Per Year
Monday, November 19, 2012 to Monday, December 03, 2012
Full-time. - Permanent.
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Arlington, VA, US

Applications will be accepted from current National Science Foundation (NSF) employees only.


Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For over 60 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has remained the premier Federal agency supporting basic research at the frontiers of discovery across all fields, as well as science and engineering education at all levels.

The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is seeking qualified candidates for a Program Director for the Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS) program, which is managed in the CISE Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS).  The Networking Technology and Systems program supports the exploration of innovative, and possibly radical, network architectures, protocols, and technologies for wired and/or wireless environments that are responsive to the evolving requirements of large-scale, heterogeneous networks and applications. The program enables technological advances leading to the development of a new generation of high performance networking technologies and systems, ranging from home networks with numerous "smart appliances" to enterprise, core, and applications-level networks.

The person selected will play a key role in formulation of the program's scientific objectives and priorities, including the integration of scientific, technical, and educational priorities.

For more information about CNS and its programs, please visit here.


  • Background investigation.
  • Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above.


The Program Director will be responsible for interacting with the research community to encourage the submission of innovative proposals to CISE; implementing the merit review process for proposals submitted to the Networking Technology and Systems program, as well as other programs as assigned; conducting scientific analyses of proposals received in the programs; and identifying the most meritorious proposals for award.  The Program Director will negotiate technical and financial revisions of proposals when required, and recommend proposal awards or declinations based on the merit of the activities proposed and the availability of resources.  The Program Director will monitor the progress of awards managed through the review and evaluation of project reports and site visits, where applicable.  The Program Director will manage grants, cooperative and interagency agreements to ensure the fulfillment of commitments to NSF.  The Program Director will also contribute to the development of new solicitations and to the initiation of new research and education thrusts within CISE.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent experience in computer science, computer engineering, computational science, communication, information science, or allied disciplines, and significant experience in education.  In addition, six or more years of successful research contributions in areas pertinent to the Networking Technology and Systems program are required. 

Also desirable is knowledge of the general scientific community, skill in written communication and preparation of technical reports, an ability to communicate orally, and several years of successful independent research of the kind normally expected of the academic rank of associate professor or higher. All appointees are expected to function effectively both within specific programs, as well as in a team mode, contributing to and coordinating with organizations in the Directorate, across the Foundation, and with other Federal and State government agencies and private-sector organizations.

You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

Please preview "Evaluations" section and "Qualifications" for additional requirements and Quality Ranking Factors.


You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, expertise, education, and research activities relevant to the duties of the position.

We strongly encourage you to specifically address the Quality Ranking Factors below.  This will ensure that you receive full consideration in the evaluation process.

Quality Ranking Factors 

  1. Ability to communicate effectively and work productively with the scientific community, peers, and co-workers at all levels to advocate program policies and plans and to fulfill NSF's mission.
  2. Ability to organize, implement and manage a proposal-driven grant program, allocating resources to meet a spectrum of goals, including insuring integrity and consistency in the grant award/declination management process.
  3. Knowledge of management and organizational concepts, principles, practices and techniques.
  4. Ability to work collaboratively with representatives of other programs and agencies so as to enhance interdisciplinary research and the mission of NSF.
  5. Ability to assess trends and opportunities in the field with the assistance of the advisory panel.

To preview questions please click here.


A GREAT LOCATION! The National Science Foundation is conveniently located one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50, and about three miles from downtown Washington. Employees may rent parking spaces in the building garage. There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. Employees receive the Federal benefits package and NSF offers:

  • Pre-tax parking
  • Public transportation subsidy
  • Child development center on site
  • Child care subsidy
  • Flexible working hours
  • Telecommuting
  • Physical fitness facility on site
  • NSF Federal Credit Union on site
  • Health services unit on site
  • Employee assistance program


If you do not have civil service status or reinstatement eligibility, you will not obtain civil service status if selected. If you are currently in the competitive civil service, you will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected.

This Program Director position is in the bargaining unit.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.


Your application must be submitted online and all document faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.

You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.

WARNING! Applications submitted online must have a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

If you are unable to apply electronically, please use the Contact Information below for special instructions on how to submit your application materials. Hearing impaired individuals may call TDD (703) 292-5090 for assistance.



Non-Citizens who are permanent US residents and actively seeking citizenship are required to provide documentation that confirms you are actively seeking citizenship at the time you submit your application. Non-Citizens who do not provide documentation will not be considered.

You are strongly encouraged to submit information regarding relevant awards received in the previous five years; a current performance appraisal; and/or letters(s) of recommendation. Additionally, you are strongly encouraged to submit a supplemental statement that describes how your background relates to the Quality Ranking Factors listed in the Qualifications and Evaluation Requirements section of this announcement. This information will be used in the evaluation process.

You can fax or upload your letter of recommendation(s) or the individual(s) can email the letter of recommendation(s) to (Permanent); please ask him/her to put your name and the job announcement number in the subject line.

Transcripts are not required; however, please indicate the year that each degree was obtained on your application materials.

We also ask that you complete and submit the Applicant Survey Form.  This will help NSF to ensure that our recruiting efforts are attracting a diverse candidate pool; it will be used for statistical purposes only.

All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.  If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information.  You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).


Johane Pace
Phone: 703-292-7493
Fax: 703-292-9279
TDD: 703-292-5090
Agency Information:
4201 Wilson Blvd
Room 315
Arlington, VA
Fax: 703-292-9279


Shortly after the announcement closes, you will be notified as to whether or not you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you do, you will receive further consideration and evaluation. If the position is in the bargaining unit, and your application is referred to the selecting official, you will be contacted for an interview. Interviews for positions not in the bargaining unit may be conducted at the discretion of the selecting official. All qualified applicants will receive final notification of the outcome of the job opportunity announcement.

You may check the status of your application at any time on the USAJOBS website.

Control Number: 331670700
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