Job Overview


Unlock secrets in deep oceans, track rapidly moving storms, operate state-of-the-art environmental satellites, chart the Nation's waterways, formulate models to forecast climate trends, protect and preserve our living marine's all in a day's work at NOAA! Join a dedicated workforce committed to a vital mission: safeguarding the public,protecting natural resources, strengthening the economy. A career that makes a world of difference!

This position is the Director, Physical Sciences Division (PSD), Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL), Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The PSD mission addresses physical science questions of short- and long-term societal and policy relevance within NOAA’s Climate and Weather Goals, while conducting the physical process research necessary so that ESRL can help provide the nation with a seamless suite of information and forecast products ranging from short-term weather forecasts to longer-term climate forecasts, assessments, and prototype services. The overarching scientific goal of this Division is to provide the observation, analysis, and diagnosis of Earth system physical processes necessary to increase understanding of Earth’s physical environment, including the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, and land; and to enable improved weather and climate predictions on global-to-local scales.


The Director, Physical Sciences Division:

1. Plans, organizes, coordinates, and evaluates the operation of the Division; provides the scientific leadership necessary to maintain the long-term viability of the Division in ESRL; determines the relative priorities of different research tasks in the context of the ESRL, OAR, and NOAA missions, strategic plans and guidance memoranda, and allocates resources accordingly; identifies and exploits new and promising lines of research and reallocates resources appropriately; works with other ESRL Divisions, OAR Laboratories and NOAA line offices to develop new research themes and programs.

2. Provides expert scientific and technical direction for the formation, evolution, and management of a balanced and effective research program that is responsive to NOAA’s needs for improved or extended weather, climate, and related applications research and services.

3. Is responsible for all operational aspects of PSD, including financial management, budget development and justification, personnel management, and contract administration. Based on review of needs and justifications prepared by program leaders, and the ESRL Director, the incumbent allocates, controls, and reprograms funds annually; and plays a vital role in leading PSD’s internal management team in securing support for PSD programs.

4. Reviews, analyzes, coordinates, and evaluates new and existing programs and proposals for research initiatives submitted from PSD to assure their compatibility with PSD, ESRL, OAR, and NOAA missions.

5. Assures the highest level of scientific integrity underlying PSD scientific output including peer-reviewed publications, reports, and assessments.

6. Serves as a spokesperson for PSD/ESRL/OAR/NOAA among top-level scientists and leadership in NOAA, other agencies, and universities. Chairs and/or serves on national level committees that greatly influence the direction of scientific research. As an internationally recognized expert in problems related to weather, climate and/or related applications, the incumbent contributes strongly toward the development of policies and programs within NOAA and, as appropriate, in collaboration with other agencies.

7. In addition to technical program management, the incumbent maintains expertise in personal research areas. The incumbent is recognized nationally and internationally as an authority and leader in the incumbent’s area of scientific expertise.