Job Overview


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.


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.

Relocation Authorized

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