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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 in the Directorate for Engineering (ENG), Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Division, Nanomanufacturing (NM) Program, Arlington, VA.

The NM program is the production of useful nano-scale materials, structures, devices and systems in an economically viable manner. The NSF NM Program supports fundamental research in novel methods and techniques for batch and continuous processes, top-down (addition/subtraction) and bottom-up (directed self-assembly) processes leading to the formation of complex heterogeneous nanosystems. The program supports basic research in nanostructure and process design principles, integration across length-scales, and system-level integration. The Program leverages advances in the understanding of nano-scale phenomena and processes (physical, chemical, electrical, thermal, mechanical and biological), nanomaterials discovery, novel nanostructure architectures, and new nanodevice and nanosystem concepts. It seeks to address quality, efficiency, scalability, reliability, safety and affordability issues that are relevant to manufacturing. To address these issues, the Program encourages research on processes and production systems based on computation, modeling and simulation, use of process metrology, sensing, monitoring, and control, and assessment of product (nanomaterial, nanostructure, nanodevice or nanosystem) quality and performance.

The program supports education of the next generation of researchers, and encourages building a workforce trained in nanomanufacturing systems. It is also interested in understanding long-term environmental, health and societal (EHS) implications of large-scale production and use of nano-scale materials, devices and systems.

More information about CMMI and its programs can be found, here.

Duties

The responsibilities of NSF Program Directors are constantly evolving. Program Directors are guided by the goals of NSF’s Strategic Plan: (1) Transform the frontiers, (2) Innovate for society, and (3) Perform as a model organization. NSF fulfills its mission through: visionary, dedicated to excellence, learning, growing, and broadly inclusive core strategies. Responsibilities of the Program Director include:

  • Maintaining a healthy balance of support for the needs of the research and education enterprise through program, division, directorate, Foundation, and interagency activities.
  • Managing program resources so as to provide optimal appropriate scientific judgment to ensure integrity and consistency in the grant/declination process without conflict of interests, and with balance among appropriate sub-fields and institutions, and participation of all qualified scientists. Incorporating cross-directorcate responsibilities into program administration.
  • Managing an effective and timely peer review process with attention given to increasing the size and quality of the reviewer pools and ensuring participation by woman, minorities and disabled scientists.
  • Providing scientific expertise, evaluation and advice for other programs in NSF, including international programs, other research programs and cross-directorate programs.
  • Advising and assisting in the development of short range and long range plans, establishing goals and objectives for research programs. Planning the budget for the program/programs considering past, present and future fiscal years, allocate resources within the budget distributing scarce resources among major competitive programs and manage post-award evaluation.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses MAY be paid subject to funds availability.