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    The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for a Social Scientist (Program Director) position for the Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES) within the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), Alexandria, VA.

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    SES programs fund basic social, behavioral, and economic sciences. Disciplinary programs include Economics, Sociology, and two areas in Political Science, as Accountable Institutions and Behavior (AIB) and Security and Preparedness (SP). Interdisciplinary SES programs include: Decision, Risk and Management Sciences (DRMS); Ethical and Responsible Research (ERR); Law and Science (LS); Measurement, Methods, and Statistics (MMS); Science of Organizations (SoS); Science and Technology Studies (STS); and Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC).

    The SES Division welcomes applications from experts with experience with basic SBE research who can help shape, invigorate, and manage the following funding programs:

    • Economics: The Economics program supports research to improve understanding of economic processes and institutions within the U.S. and throughout the world. The program strengthens empirical, theoretical, and other methods of rigorous research on economic behavior and phenomena. Almost every area of economics is eligible, including econometrics, economic history, environmental economics, finance, industrial organization, international economics, labor economics, macroeconomics, mathematical economics, and public finance.
    • Law and Science: The Law and Science program supports research to address social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules, as well as studies of how science and technology are applied in legal contexts. This program is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-methodological. Law and Science aims to fund research that advances scientific theory and understanding of the connections between human behavior and law, legal institutions, or legal processes; or the interactions of law and basic sciences, including biology, computer and information sciences, STEM education, engineering, geosciences, and math and physical sciences. Scientific studies of law often approach law as dynamic, interacting with multiple arenas, and with the participation of multiple actors.

    Program Directors help research activities and research communities thrive. This requires, for example: long-range planning and budget development; the administration of the merit review process and proposal recommendations; the preparation of press releases, feature articles, and other materials describing advances in the research supported; as well as coordination with related programs in NSF or in other agencies and organizations.

    In addition to current opportunities in these specific programs, the Division also is interested in identifying candidates for future rotator positions in our other programs—especially individuals planning for leaves in future academic years. Applicants must specify in their submissions at least one and no more than two programs for which they wish to be considered. Additional details about the full suite of programs supported by the Division can be found here.

    Every Program Director is guided by the goals of NSF's Strategic Plan: (I) 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.


    • Maintain a healthy portfolio of support for all the needs of the research and education enterprise either through program, division, directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities.
    • Manage program resources to promote integrity, consistency, and good scientific judgement in the grant/declination process while avoiding conflicts of interest, imbalances of representation, or perceptions of partiality.
    • Manage an effective and timely merit review process, with attention to increasing the size, quality, and diversity of the reviewer pools, including participation by women, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities, and those from geographically underrepresented areas in social sciences.
    • Provide scientific expertise, evaluation, and advice for other research programs in NSF, including international or other cross-directorate programs.
    • Advise and assist in the development of plans, both short and long-term, that establish compelling goals and objectives for research programs. 
    • Budget programmatic expenditures considering past, present, and future fiscal years to allocate risk and resources appropriately.
    • Maintain the rules, integrity, and reputation of NSF grantmaking.
    • Represent the Program, Division, and Foundation within the scientific community, with other NSF Divisions, with other appropriate agencies and organizations, and with the public, accurately reflecting NSF policy and positions.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - 25% or less

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0101 Social Science

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