Job Title: Mathematical Scientist (Program Director)Job Announcement Number: DMS-2014-0001
Agency: National Science Foundation
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/ Per Year
Friday, April 25, 2014 to
Friday, May 09, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
FEW vacancies in the following location(s):
Arlington, VA View Map
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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
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Program Director in the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS), Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Arlington, VA. The position is full-time, permanent, with appointment starting in fall 2014.
DMS supports research at the frontiers of discovery that achieves NSF’s mission “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense.” Modes of support include awards to individual investigators and small groups, workforce training grants, and a portfolio of national mathematical sciences research institutes. The Division supports research in core areas of mathematics and statistics as well as interdisciplinary research that crosses traditional boundaries of the physical, biological, social, and engineering sciences.
More information about DMS and its programs can be found here.
DUTIES:Back to top
The NSF Program Director is guided by the goals of NSF's Strategic Plan: (1) enable the United States to uphold a position of world leadership in all aspects of science, mathematics, and engineering, (2) promote the discovery, integration, dissemination, and employment of new knowledge in service to society, and (3) achieve excellence in U. S. science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education at all levels. The core strategies NSF staff employ include developing intellectual capital, strengthening the physical infrastructure, integrating research and education, and promoting partnerships.
Responsibilities of the Program Director includes:
- Maintaining a healthy balance of support for all the needs of the research and education enterprise either through program, division, Foundation, or interagency activities.
- Managing program resources so as to provide optimal appropriate scientific judgment to insure 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.
- Managing an effective, timely merit review process, with attention to increasing the size and quality of the reviewer pools and insuring participation by women, 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.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in the mathematics, statistics or a closely related subject, and demonstrated expertise in the field of Statistics, as evidenced by research publications plus, after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the program.
You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.
Please preview "Evaluations" section and "Qualifications" for additional requirements and Quality Ranking Factors.
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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- Serving as the liaison to your scientific community on behalf of NSF and as your community's representative to the federal government.
- Communicating with members of your scientific community about what they envision, identifying new directions and trends in your field, and writing with colleagues to help push the vision forward and shape the leading edge of science.
- Developing ideas for new workshops and/or solicitations which take advantage of new technologies and new interdisciplinary linkages.
- Selecting top researchers and experts for the peer review process and managing proposal review at all junctures, including orchestrating advisory panels, sending proposals out for external review, ensuring compliance with NSF regulations and procedures with potential principal investigators and award grantees.
- Making funding decisions and recommending awards to the most worthy proposals, ensuring that those funded reflect a diverse range of scientific opportunities and strong broader impacts (e.g., advancing discovery and understanding; promoting teaching, training, and learning; broadening participation of underrepresented groups; enhancing infrastructure for research and education).
- Participating in NSF-wide and interagency meetings, coordinating groups, conferences, special task groups, and other initiatives to collaborate with peers and experts across disciplines, Federal and state agencies, and private-sector organizations.