Job Overview

Summary

About the Agency

Applicants wishing to apply for a Federal Temporary, IPA or VSEE Appointment should see Job Announcement PLR-2017-0002.

NSF is relocating to Alexandria, Virginia. In late summer of 2017, NSF will begin the transition from its current location in Arlington, VA to 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. The new location is adjacent to a Metro station (Eisenhower Avenue on the Yellow Line) and there is ample parking in the area. There are several amenities nearby, such as restaurants, hotels, and shops.

The NSF is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Program Director for the Antarctic Integrated System Science (AISS) Program in the Division of Polar Programs (PLR), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) in Arlington, VA. The Division of Polar Programs is responsible for planning, funding, and implementing scientific research programs in both Polar Regions. Its management activities extend to both Arctic and Antarctic research, meeting its objectives through award of merit-reviewed research grants, interagency and cooperative agreements, contracts for operational and logistical support and international agreements. More information about PLR and its programs can be found at https://www.nsf.gov/geo/plr/about.jsp.

The discoveries of disciplinary science increasingly highlight the need for integrative approaches to forge new understanding of the complex interactions that govern Antarctica and its past, present and future roles in the earth system. To respond to this need and foster progress on some of societies’ most pressing issues on a planet subject to potentially accelerated change, the Antarctic Integrated System Science (AISS) program was established in 2007. The AISS program portfolio includes interdisciplinary science involving glaciology, geology, biology, atmospheric, and ocean sciences. More information regarding the AISS program can be found at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503240&org=PLR&from=home.

Duties

As Program Director for the AISS Program, you will be responsible for:

  • Managing the merit review process (e.g. selection of reviewers and panelists) for the AISS program in accordance with NSF policies and develops recommendations for award based on reviewer advice, their knowledge of the scientific problems and work proposed, as well as appropriate regard for program balance.
  • Managing two Antarctic Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program awards, one for a terrestrial site in the McMurdo Dry Valleys and the other for a marine site in the vicinity of Palmer Station.
  • Working with his/her counterparts in the Division of Polar Programs to assure appropriate integration of research projects with Antarctic science support infrastructure.
  • Evaluating the utilization of scientific and logistical resources for AISS research. Functions as an agent for change when improvement, innovation, or redirection of activity is warranted.
  • Managing AISS Program resources. Convenes external oversight and management reviews as necessary.
  • Serving as the Division representative or liaison officer with national and international scientific committees having purview of related scientific activity.
  • Promotes diversity and broader impacts of the AISS program.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation MAY be paid contingent on the availability of funds.