Job Overview


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 position of Program Director for Hydrologic Sciences Program (HS) is in the Surface Earth Processes (SEP) Section within the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO). EAR administers programs in support of basic research, facilities, and a wide spectrum of other scientific activities. Programs are devoted to increasing basic knowledge of the structure and evolution of the Earth, and supports research on a complex interplay of physical, chemical, geological, and biological processes. More information about EAR programs can be found here.

The Hydrologic Sciences program supports theoretical observational, and experimental research and modeling of water processes including precipitation and evapotranspiration, snow accumulation and melting, overland and channel flow/transport, subsurface (vadose zone, aquifers) flow, biogeochemical reactions and chemical fate and transport. Subfields encompassed by HS include: hydrometeorology, ecohydrology, aquatic geochemistry, erosion and sedimentation, solute flow and transport, flood analysis, low flows and drought, snow, wetlands and lakes. The program also interacts and cooperates with programs in geomorphology and land use dynamics, low temperature geochemistry, ecosystems, meteorology, atmospheric sciences, climate dynamics, environmental engineering and others on projects of mutual interest. The HS program is also active in the critical zone observatory program and a systems approach to surface Earth processes through Frontiers of Earth Systems Dynamics, Water Sustainability and Climate and the Integrated Earth Systems programs.


The Program Director is required to undertake the design, development, analysis, documentation, management and implementation of programs and activities within the Hydrologic Sciences Program and across disciplinary boundaries. The responsibilities of the Program Director will include long-range planning and budget development for the areas of science represented by the program, the administration of the merit review process and proposal recommendations, the preparation of press releases, feature articles and material describing advances in the research supported, and coordination and liaison with other programs at NSF, other Federal agencies, and organizations.

The incumbent will share these duties with other Program Directors in the Hydrologic Sciences program, and will be asked to identify emerging opportunities in the Geosciences and assess and evaluate performance of research efforts supported by the program.