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This job announcement was AMENDED to update the job summary and duties and to extend the closing date to May 7, 2014.

Applicants that applied for job announcement OCE-2014-0005 you do not need to re-submit your application and/or documents, as you are automatically considered for this Permanent position; but Applicants wishing to apply for a VSEE, IPA or Federal Temporary Appointment should see Job Announcement OCE-2014-0010.

The National Science Foundation (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: the structure and tectonic evolution of the ocean crust and the associated volcanic and earthquake activity; the morphology of the seafloor and the processes that create it; subseafloor fluid flow; processes that control the exchange of heat and chemical species between seawater, abyssal ecosystems, and ocean crust; the genesis, evolution, deposition, erosion, and transport of sediments in ocean basins and on the shelf; past ocean circulation patterns and climates as deduced from the marine sedimentary record; and interactions between continental and marine geologic processes.

The OCE Division 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 and programs.

Relocation Authorized

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