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This job opportunity announcement has been amended to extend the closing date to September 29, 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 Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) supports proposals for research geared toward improving the understanding of the structure, composition, and evolution of the Earth, the life it supports, and the processes that govern the formation and behavior of the Earth's materials. The results of this research will create a better understanding of the Earth's changing environments and the natural distribution of its mineral, water, biota, and energy resources and provide methods for predicting and mitigating the effects of geologic hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, and landslides. More information about EAR programs can be found here.

NSF is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Program Director for the Geophysics Program within the Deep Earth Processes (DEP) Section within the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO). The Geophysics Program supports basic research in the physics of the solid earth to explore its composition, structure, and processes from the Earth's surface to its deepest interior. Laboratory, field, theoretical, and computational studies are supported. Topics include seismicity, seismic wave propagation, and the nature and occurrence of geophysical hazards; the Earth's magnetic, gravity, and electrical fields; the Earth's thermal structure; and geodynamics. Supported research also includes geophysical studies of active deformation, including geodesy, and theoretical and experimental studies of the properties and behavior of Earth materials.


The Program Director will be responsible for implementing the proposal review and evaluation process for the programs. Conducts scientific/technical analyses of proposals received in the section. Contributes, consistent with NSF directives, to the establishment or modification of the system of selection of ad hoc reviewers to meet NSF objectives and program needs. Selects individuals to provide objective reviews of proposals either as experts or as members of a panel. Conducts programmatic reviews, determines funds availability, and evaluates similar or related projects, including internal and external liaison. Negotiates technical and financial revisions of proposals as required. Conducts final review of proposals and evaluations and recommends awards or declinations based on knowledge or resources availability and program goals and peer reviewer comments. Evaluates projects and activities that are proposed or funded by conducting site visits and reviewing interim and final reports. Negotiates interagency agreements with other Federal agencies for transfer of funds to assist in the support of research and education.

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Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

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Applications 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 be considered as an IPA only.

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