Job Title: Biological Science Administrator (Program Director)Job Announcement Number: IOS-2014-0001
Agency: National Science Foundation
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/ Per Year
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 to
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
FEW vacancies in the following location:
Arlington, VA View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
Applications will be accepted from US Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law requires Non-Citizens to meet certain eligibility criteria to be considered. Therefore, Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered.
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About the Agency
This Job Announcement has been Amended to Extend the closing date to March 18, 2014.
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 Biological Sciences (BIO), Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS), Neural Systems Cluster (NSC), Arlington, VA.
The NSC supports research on the basic mechanisms underlying functions of the nervous system and its interactions with the physical and social environments. The Cluster focuses on the use of comparative species approaches to better understand how organisms perceive their environment, transduce that information in the nervous system and respond appropriately. Research supported by the NSC span multiple levels of analysis ranging from the molecular and cellular to the complex behavioral aspects of organisms functioning in their natural environments. This position is available in the Organization, Activation, or Modulation program areas within the NSC and more than one position may be filled from this announcement.
More information about NSC and its programs can be found, here.
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DUTIES:Back to top
NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the agency's overall mission to support innovative and merit-reviewed activities in basic research and education that contribute to the nation's technical strength, security, and welfare. To fulfill this responsibility requires not only knowledge in the appropriate disciplines, but also a commitment to high standards, a considerable breadth of interest and receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in an area of research in Neuroscience, Neurobiology and/or currently supported by the Neural Systems Cluster, plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research experience, research administration, and/or substantial managerial experience pertinent to the position.
NSF is particularly interested in candidates who have a strong background in neurobiology using interdisciplinary approaches.
Familiarity with NSF policies and practices, administrative experience, and recognized stature among peers are desirable.
You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.
You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of the job announcement. You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.
All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, expertise, education, and research activities relevant to the duties of the position. We strongly encourage you to specifically address the Quality Ranking Factors below. This will ensure that you receive full consideration in the evaluation process.
Quality Ranking Factors:
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- Demonstrated broad knowledge and understanding of scientific principles, theories and technologies applicable to the biological sciences in general, and neurobiology in particular.
- Research, analytical and technical writing skills, evidencing the ability to perform extensive inquiry into a wide variety of significant issues and to make recommendations and decisions based on findings.
- Ability to organize, implement and manage a proposal–driven grant program, allocating resources to meet a broad spectrum of program goals.
- Knowledge of management and organizational concepts, principles, practices and techniques, with expertise in large project management or research administration.
- Ability to interact with the scientific community and peers, and to advocate program policies and plans.
- Understanding of, and dedication to, the promotion of both intellectual merit and broader impacts of research and education activities.