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Job Title:Program Director, Cognitive Neurosciences Program

Agency:National Science Foundation

Hiring Organization:National Science Foundation

Job Announcement Number:BCS-2011-0003

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

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$105,211.00 to $163,957.00 / Per Year


Monday, October 3, 2011 to Monday, October 17, 2011




Full-time. - This position will be filled as a one- or two-year VSEE, IPA, or as a Fed Temp Appointment




few vacancies - Arlington, VAView Map


Applications will be accepted from US Citizens.  As permitted, Non-Citizens may also be considered.

Due to a recent change in Federal Appropriations Law, if selected for a Federal Appointment, only "US Citizens and non-US Citizens who are permanent US residents actively seeking US citizenship" are eligible for employment.  If offered employment, you will be asked to provide evidence of your status.


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Please DO NOT USE the APPLY ONLINE BUTTON when applying for this announcement.  Your application material should be sent to the email address indicated in the How To Apply section below.

Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise.  For over 50 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 National Science Foundation is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as a Program Director in the Cognitive Neurosciences Program, in the Division of Behavioral & Cognitive Sciences (BCS), within the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences (SBE), Arlington, VA.

NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the agency's overall mission to support innovative and merit-reviewed activities in basic research and education that contribute to the nation's technical strength, security, and welfare. Fulfilling 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 Cognitive Neuroscience Program seeks highly innovative and interdisciplinary proposals aimed at advancing a rigorous understanding of how the human brain supports thought, perception, affect, action, social processes, and other aspects of cognition and behavior, including how such processes develop and change in the brain and through time. ln keeping with this, we intend to appoint an individual with a broad view of cognitive neuroscience and knowledge of the emerging methodologies being employed by researchers.

More information about the Cognitive Neurosciences Program can be found here.

The Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences supports research to develop and advance scientific knowledge on human cognition, language, social behavior and culture as well as the interactions between human and natural systems. BCS programs consider proposals that fall squarely within disciplines, but they also encourage and support interdisciplinary projects. These are evaluated either through joint review among programs in BCS, joint review with programs in other Divisions, or by NSF-wide multi-disciplinary panels. All programs in BCS consider proposals for research projects, conferences, and workshops.

BCS participates in special initiatives and competitions on a number of topics including human-natural system interactions, children's research, cognitive neuroscience, human origins, and information technology. There is also infrastructure support to improve data resources, data archives, collaboratories, and centers.

More information about BCS programs can be found at their website.


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    This program officer will be the sole director of the Cognitive Neuroscience program, with specific responsibilities that may include the following:

    - Allocate program resources to maintain a balance of support to meet the field's needs;
    - Take action on all proposals in a timely manner; Maintain an effective merit review system and post-award action process;
    - Participate in one or more cross-cutting activities within the Foundation;
    - Work cooperatively across the Division, Directorate, and Foundation, and with other agencies to accomplish the mission of NSF;
    - Participate in interagency meetings, coordinating groups, special task groups, staff meetings, and site visits;
    - Assess trends and opportunities in the field with assistance of advisory panels;
    - Pursue affirmative action and EEO goals in selection of reviewers, panelists, and grantees;
    - Represent the program to the scientific community and the public;
    - Establish contacts and maintain active involvement in the program field through participation in meetings and conferences and by undertaking other relevant activities;
    - Pursue a personal scholarly research agenda, with results presented at professional meetings and published in academic journals, as workload permits.


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    Applicants must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent experiences in Cognitive Neuroscience or a related field and have an active research program in that field.

    In addition, six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the program are required.


    You will be evaluated to the extent and quality of your experience, expertise, education, and research activities relevant to the duties of the position.
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    Under the provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, assignees remain on the payroll of his/her home institution and the home institution will continue to administer pay and benefits.  NSF will reimburse the home institution for NSF's negotiated share of the cost of the assignment.  Individuals eligible for an IPA assignment include employees of State and local government agencies, institutions of higher education, Indian tribal governments, federally funded research and development centers, and qualified nonprofit organizations.  For more information regarding an IPA assignment, visit our website.

    For Visiting Scientist appointments, individuals are in a non-pay leave status from their home institutions and are appointed to NSF's payroll as Federal employees.  NSF withholds Social Security and provides reimbursement to the home institution for fringe benefits.  For information regarding Visiting Scientist appointments, visit our website.

    For more information regarding Federal Temporary Appointments, visit OPM's website.



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    You must submit your application so that it will be received by the closing date of the announcement.

    You may submit a resume or other application document of your choice.  Please include the vacancy announcement number and your country of citizenship.  If you are not a U.S. citizen, please indicate whether or not you are a permanent U.S. resident, and whether or not you are actively seeking U.S. citizenship.

    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.

    For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.

    NSF is an environmentally conscious Federal agency dedicated to paper reduction.  Please help support our efforts by submitting all application materials via email.  This will facilitate timely receipt and help save our environment.  Applications and other materials should be transmitted electronically no later than midnight of the closing date to  Please include the vacancy announcement number and your country of citizenship in the subject line of the email.  

    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.  



    Please review your application packet to ensure that you have submitted all documentation that you want considered.


    Courtney Starcher
    Phone: 703-292-4345
    Fax: 703-292-9185
    Agency Information:
    National Science Foundation
    4201 Wilson Blvd
    Room 315
    Arlington, VA
    22230 Fax: 703-292-9185


    Applicants will receive notice once applications are sent to the selecting official.

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