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Job Title:Biomedical Engineer (Program Director)

Agency:National Science Foundation

Job Announcement Number:CBET-2013-0002

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


Tuesday, January 22, 2013 to Friday, February 22, 2013




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




Few vacancies in the following location:
Arlington, VA, USView Map


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 for Federal appointments. 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 only be considered for the IPA program.


Applicants wishing to apply for a Permanent Appointment should see Job Opportunity Announcement CBET-2013-0001.

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 NSF is seeking qualified candidates for a Program Director position in the Directorate for Engineering (ENG), Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET).

The Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems Division (CBET) supports basic research and education in a number of rapidly evolving fields that include the transformation and/or transport of matter and energy by chemical, bio-chemical, thermal, or mechanical means.  Major areas of CBET-funded research include: Energy and Thermal Processing; Environment; Sustainability; Bioengineering and Engineering Healthcare.

CBET funds research that contributes to the knowledge base of a large number of industrial manufacturing processes and also to some natural processes that involve the transformation and transport of matter and energy.  The transformation processes may be chemical, biological, physical, or a combination of these.  The research impacts a wide range of technological pursuits and are found in areas such as aerospace, electronics, chemicals, recovery of natural resources, the environment, petroleum, bio-chemicals, materials, food, power generation, and allied activities.

CBET also supports research that involves the development of fundamental engineering principles, process control and optimization strategies, mathematical models, and experimental techniques, with an emphasis on projects that have the potential for innovation and broad application in the program areas described below.  Some of the research supported may be applied to naturally occurring systems such as rivers and lakes, coastline areas, and the atmosphere - - especially in populated areas.  A long-standing area of interest is environmentally benign chemical and material processing.

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


  • •Preview questions are the Quality Ranking Factors listed below.


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The responsibilities of the NSF Program Director are constantly evolving.  The Program Director is guided by the goals of NSF's Strategic Plan: (1) enable the United States to uphold a position of world leadership in all aspects of science, mathematics, and engineering, (2) promote the discovery, integration, dissemination, and employment of new knowledge in service to society, and (3) achieve excellence in U. S. science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education at all levels.  The core strategies NSF staff employs include developing intellectual capital, strengthening the physical infrastructure, integrating research and education, and promoting partnerships.

Responsibilities of the Program Director include:

  • 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.
  • Manage program resources so as to provide optimal appropriate scientific judgment to insure integrity and consistency in the grant/declination process without conflict-of-interests, balance among appropriate sub-fields and institutions, and participation responsibilities into program administration.
  • Manage an effective, timely peer review process, with attention to increasing the size and quality of the reviewer pools and insuring participation by women, minorities and disabled scientists.
  • Provide scientific expertise, evaluation and advice for other programs in NSF, including international programs, other research programs, and cross-directorate programs. 



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Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent experience in engineering, or field of physical or natural science plus six or more years of research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of the job announcement. You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide 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.


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. Managing cross-disciplinary research in a university/industry environment context, as an academic, industrial, or government manager of industry/university research programs.
  2. Working with the complexities of developed engineered systems, as opposed to devices or components, and understanding of the interface between research and technological innovation.
  3. Ability to work effectively with and establish leadership, rapport and relationships within and among the scientific and research communities to foster and enhance the performance of the overall mission of the program.
  4. Proven ability to communicate with and coordinate activities of people with diverse disciplinary and educational backgrounds.
  5. Strong skills in oral and written communication.

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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. Under the provisions of the IPA Act, non-citizens may be considered as long as the individual is employed at an IPA-eligible institution.   For more information regarding an IPA assignment, visit our website.

Under the provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA), non-citizens  may be considered as long as the individual is employed at an IPA-eligible institution.

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.


Relocation expenses will be paid, contingent upon availability of funds.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.


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Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and all required documents successfully faxed or uploaded before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the 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 only be considered for the IPA program.

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) or (Rotator); 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).


Krystal Mendenhall
Phone: 703-292-4345
Fax: 703-292-9185
TDD: 703-292-5090
Agency Information:
4201 Wilson Blvd
Room 315
Arlington, VA
Fax: 703-292-9185


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.  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.

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