Job Overview


Applicants wishing to apply for a Permanent Appointment should see Job Announcement AGS-2013-0009.

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 (NSF) Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Program Director in the Physical and Dynamic Meteorology (PDM)program. We are specifically looking for a scientist with broad expertise in physical and dynamic meteorologyinvolving numerical and field experience who could fill this position as soon as possible.

The mission of AGS is to extend intellectual frontiers in atmospheric and geospace sciences by making responsible investments in fundamental research, technology development, and education that enable discoveries, nurture a vibrant, diverse workforce, and help attain a prosperous and sustainable future.

AGS pursues its mission with the aid of Program Directors who exercise leadership across a range of scientific research expertise.

The PDM program supports research involving research into: 1) cloud physics; atmospheric electricity; radiation; boundary layer and turbulence; 2) the initiation, growth, and propagation of gravity waves; 3) all aspects of mesoscale meteorological phenomena, including their morphological, thermodynamic, and kinematic structure; 4) the development of mesoscale systems and precipitation processes; 5) the transfer of energy between scales; and 6) the development of new techniques and devices for atmospheric measurements.

Service to the community as a PDM Program Director affords you substantial opportunities for professional and personal growth and executive experience by interacting with national and international researchers, and administrators involved in a broad range of research and education across the atmospheric and related sciences, helping guide the career development of individual scientists, and shaping the future direction of scientific research, globally.

More information about AGS and its programs can be found here.


Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out AGS’s mission by developing and managing a diverse portfolio of cutting-edge research projects, nurturing the early careers of scientists, facilitating the dissemination of scientific findings to policy makers and the broader public, and contributing to oversight of research activities and facilities at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). They also lead grants programs involving cross-disciplinary and cross-NSF research and education activities. For PDM, these include activities surrounding Frontiers in Earth System Dynamics (FESD) and Science, Engineering & Education for Sustainability activity (Hazard-SEES).

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.

The day-to-day activities of a PDM Program Director include, but are not limited to: 1) conducting quality and timely merit reviews of scientific proposals using a volunteer work force of ad hoc reviewers; 2) providing advice on NSF policies, regulations, and guidelines; 3) managing the merit review of a wide range of single-investigator and multi-investigator scientific projects involving numerical, theoretical, laboratory, or field-based activities; 4) evaluating proposed instrumentation/measurement systems supported within PDM as well as those within the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) competition; 5) representing the NSF at federal agency meetings, programs, and committees; and 6) coordinating single-investigator, multi-investigator, and multi-platform field campaigns, including associated interactions with prospective and funded investigators, facility managers, and the NCAR Observing Facility Assessment Panel (OFAP).