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Job Title:  Interdisciplinary Program Director (HPC)
Agency:  National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  ACI-2014-0008

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$106,263.00 to $165,596.00 / Per Year
Friday, July 25, 2014 to Friday, August 22, 2014
Full-time. - This position will be filled as a one- or two-year VSEE, IPA, or as a Fed Temp Appointment
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Arlington, VA View Map
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Applications will be accepted from US Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law require 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 for IPA only.


About the Agency

Applicants wishing to apply for a Permanent Appointment should see Job Announcement ACI-2014-0007.

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 Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is seeking qualified candidates for a Program Director for the High Performance Computing (HPC) program, which is managed in the Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI).

ACI supports cyberinfrastructure resources, tools and related services such as supercomputers, high-capacity mass-storage systems, system software suites and programming environments, scalable interactive visualizations tools, productivity software libraries and tools, large-scale data repositories and digitized scientific data management systems, networks of various reach and granularity and an array of software tools and services that hide the complexities and heterogeneity of contemporary cyberinfrastructure while seeking to provide ubiquitous access and enhanced usability.

ACI supports the preparation and training of current and future generations of researchers and educators in the use of cyberinfrastructure to further their research and education goals. ACI also supports the scientific and engineering professionals who create and maintain these IT-based resources and systems and who provide essential customer services to the national science and engineering user community.

For more information about ACI and its programs, please visit


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  • Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above.


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As a Program Director for the ACI program, the selected candidate will be responsible for:

  • Long-range planning and budget development for the areas of science represented by the Program or Program cluster.
  • Managing an effective, timely merit review, award, and declination process, and post-award management process.
  • Communicating about the program effectively and advising the community of current and future funding opportunities.
  • Advising and assisting the Division Director and Deputy Director in the development of long-range plans that ensure the Division's investments are targeted to cutting-edge challenges and opportunities in NSF research and education fields.
  • Managing the research and education portfolio to ensure that investments are made in a diverse mix of cutting-edge projects that promise to advance the frontier and contribute to the attainment of NSF's strategic goals.
  • Preparing well-written program solicitations, annual program reports, and other written material that are consistent with strategic goals of NSF and the Division and that inform the Division's stakeholders, including the Administration, Congress, the national science and engineering community, and the public, of the intent, impact, and promise of program investments.


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Candidates must have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field relevant to the work performed at NSF plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.

An appropriate field is defined as any area of biological science, engineering, physical science, mathematics, statistics and computer science.

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.


You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, expertise, education, and research activities relevant to the duties of the position.

Quality Ranking Factors

  1. Knowledge of broad range of technologies and their uses for advancing science, engineering and education research. Understanding of NSF's and ACI's mission and programmatic activities in advanced cyberinfrastructure technologies (especially emerging technologies and approaches) including research, development, operations and deployment.
  2. Experience in the high performance computing including hardware architecture and design, data storage and systems, communications and networking interconnects, benchmarks, systems evaluation, acceptance testing and facilities operations and services. Ability to manage proposal-driven grants programs in these areas.
  3. Experience in data-intensive and computational science including applications development, storage systems design and operations, software development, algorithms and parallel systems.
  4. Experience in managing large projects, multi-institutional collaborations, cooperative agreements; project management expertise including risk management and mitigation, milestones and deliverables.
  5. Experience in advanced digital services and ability to work with different agencies, especially with DOE and DARPA.
  6. Ability to cooperate and work with peers in other scientific disciplines and to advocate program plans and policies to individuals in the Foundation, other government agencies, and academic institutions.
  7. Familiarity with the full spectrum of academic research infrastructure-in particular the role of computing technologies in advancing science, engineering and education research.

To preview questions please click here.


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If you do not have civil service status or reinstatement eligibility, you will not obtain civil service status if selected. If you are currently in the competitive civil service, you will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected.

This Program Director position is in the bargaining unit.

Relocation expenses may be paid subject to funds availability.

For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.


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Your application must be submitted online and all document faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.

You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.

WARNING! Applications submitted online must have 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.

If you are unable to apply electronically, please use the Contact Information below for special instructions on how to submit your application materials. Hearing impaired individuals may call TDD (703) 292-5090 for assistance.



In order to be considered for federal appointments, Non-Citizens must affirm that they meet the Appropriations Law eligibility criteria 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 for IPA only. Non-Citizens who are exempt from the Appropriations Law requirements due to their status as officers or employees of the U.S. government on December 16, 2009 must provide a statement with their application noting their exemption with documentation of proof of status as officers or employees of the U.S. government on that date.

You are strongly encouraged to submit a current performance appraisal and/or letter(s) of recommendation and a supplemental statement that describes how your background relates to the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) listed in the Qualifications and Evaluation Requirements section of this announcement.

We also ask that you complete and submit the Applicant Survey Form. This will help NSF to ensure that our recruiting efforts are attracting a diverse candidate pool; it will be used for statistical purposes only.

You can fax or upload your letter of recommendation(s) or the individual(s) can email the letter of recommendation(s) to; please ask him/her to put your name and the job announcement number in the subject line.

Transcripts are not required; however, please indicate the year that each degree was obtained on your application materials.

All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date. If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information. You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).


Krystal Mendenhall
Phone: 703-292-4345
Fax: 703-292-9279
TDD: 703-292-5090
Agency Information:
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Rm 315
Arlington, VA
Fax: 703-292-9279


Shortly after the announcement closes, you will be notified as to whether or not you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you do, you will receive further consideration and evaluation. If the position is in the bargaining unit, and your application is referred to the selecting official, you will be contacted for an interview. Interviews for positions not in the bargaining unit may be conducted at the discretion of the selecting official. All qualified applicants will receive final notification of the outcome of the job opportunity announcement.

You may check the status of your application at any time on the USAJOBS website.

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