Job Title: Biological Science Administrator (Program Director)Job Announcement Number: IOS-2013-0003
Agency: National Science Foundation
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/ Per Year
Friday, January 04, 2013 to
Friday, January 18, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Arlington, VA, USView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
Applications will be accepted from US Citizens. Due to a recent change in Federal Appropriations Law, only Non-Citizens who are permanent US residents and actively seeking citizenship can be considered. Therefore, you 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.
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 National Science Foundation’s Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS), Directorate for Biosciences (BIO) is seeking qualified candidates for a permanent Program Director responsible for plant-focused activities in its Organism-Environment Interactions (OEI) Program in the Physiology and Structural Systems Cluster (PSS). The PSS Cluster supports research aimed at furthering the understanding of organisms as integrated units of biological organization. The Cluster considers proposals focused on interacting physiological and structural Systems, their environmental and evolutionary contexts, and how these components are constrained by their integration into the whole organism. Within PSS, the OEI Program supports research on the structural and physiological traits of organisms that underlie their capacities to live in various environments. Research on organism responses, including stress responses to abiotic environmental factors and organism interactions with biotic components of their environments over time scales ranging from the short-term to evolutionary is supported. The OEI Program seeks proposals framed in explicit environmental or evolutionary contexts and focused on understanding how integrated genetic, biochemical, morphological and physiological processes result in the capacities of organisms to live in their dynamic environments. The OEI Program also particularly encourages proposals focused on using physiological traits of organisms to improve predictive models of global change.
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DUTIES:Back to top
As Program Director you are responsible for the management of research and other scientific activities primarily through Federal grants and contracts to: academic, non-profit, and non-academic institutions such as professional organizations and the private sector. You will be responsible for administration of the peer review process, making award recommendations and managing an effective, timely peer review process, ensuring broad participation of reviewers and increasing involvement of under-represented groups. You will process awards and declinations, contacting successful applicants prior to the award of the grant and unsuccessful applicants as necessary. You will also be responsible for encouraging and supporting integrative, synthetic, and interdisciplinary research involving the biological sciences. Additional duties and responsibilities include the following:
- Managing program resources so as to insure: integrity and consistency in the grant/declination process without conflict-of-interest; balance among appropriate sub-fields and institutions; and participation of all qualified scientists. You will be responsible for planning and administration of programs within the framework of legislation, agency policies, missions, objectives, and resources. You will serve as spokesperson for the program to the scientific community. You will be responsible for long-range planning and budget development for the areas of plant science within the OEI Program.
- Coordinating and serving as liaison with other programs in NSF and other Federal agencies and organizations. You will provide scientific expertise, evaluation and advice for other programs in NSF, including international programs, other research programs, and cross-directorate programs. You will maintain a healthy balance of support for all the needs of the research and education enterprise either through Program, Division, Directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities.
- Providing assistance to investigators whenever feasible. You will follow the progress of grantees through site visits, progress and fiscal reports, and correspondence.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent experience in plant biology with a focus on aspects of physiological and structural systems, their environmental and evolutionary contexts, and how these components are constrained by their integration into the whole organism. In addition you must also six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience related to the positions being filled.
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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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
Demonstrated broad knowledge and understanding of scientific principles, theories and technologies applicable to the biological sciences in general, organism-environment interactions with a focus on plants, and their environmental and evolutionary contexts.
Research, analytical and technical writing skills, evidencing the ability to perform extensive inquiry into a wide variety of significant issues and to make recommendations and decisions based on findings.
Ability to organize, implement and manage a proposal driven grant program, allocating resources to meet a broad spectrum of program goals.
Knowledge of management and organizational concepts, principles, practices and techniques, with expertise in large project management or research administration.
Ability to interact with the scientific community and peers, and to advocate program policies and plans.
Understanding of, and dedication to, the promotion of both intellectual merit and broader impacts of research and education activities.
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