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This Job Opportunity Announcement has been amended to extend the closing date to January 31, 2014.

"Monster/Hiring Management will be unavailable/offline on Sunday, January 12, 2014. You will not be able to apply for this job announcement during this time."

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 a qualified candidate to fill the position of Program Director in the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE), Marine Geology and Geophysics (MGG) Program, Arlington, VA.

The MGG Program supports research in all aspects of geology and geophysics of the ocean basins and margins, as well as the Great Lakes. The successful candidate will be the primary contact for and manage a portfolio of research pertaining to paleoceanography/paleoclimate and balance interests with other Program emphases, which include: Structure, tectonic evolution and volcanic activity of the ocean basins, the continental margins, the mid-ocean ridges, and island arc systems; processes controlling exchange of heat and chemical species between seawater and ocean rocks; genesis, chemistry, and mineralogic evolution of marine sediments; processes controlling deposition, erosion, chemical composition, and transport of marine sediments; and Interactions of continental and marine geologic processes.

The OCE supports basic research and education to further understanding of all aspects of the global oceans and their interactions with the earth and the atmosphere. 

More information about OCE and MGG and its programs can be found at


The individual selected for this position will serve as a Program Director.  The Program Director:

  • Maintains a healthy balance of support for all the needs of the research and education enterprise either through program, division, directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities.
  • Manages program resources so as to provide optimal appropriate scientific judgment to insure 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. Incorporate cross-directorate responsibilities in to program administration.
  • Pursues affirmative action and EEO goals.
  • Pursues and/or responsive to assignment on special projects and temporary functional teams from across the Foundation to solve problems, improve staff communication, and effect coordination for special programs.
  • Establishes contacts and maintains active involvement in Program and related areas through participation in professional activities. Maintains familiarity with salient current research developments. Pursues individual research as workload and travel funds permit.
  • Expand administrative capabilities through training courses or assumption of new management responsibilities.
  • Represent Ocean Sciences and Paleoceanography in interdisciplinary and cross-directorate activities, including the Paleo Perspectives in Climate Change competition.

Relocation Authorized

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