Mathematical Scientist (Program Director)
National Science Foundation - Arlington, VA

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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 National Science Foundation 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 2013.

The Division of Mathematical Sciences 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 .
DUTIES: 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 include
  • 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.
  • Provide scientific expertise, evaluation and advice for other programs in NSF, including international programs, other research programs, and cross-directorate programs.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Applicants must have possess a Ph.D. or equivalent experience in the mathematics, statistics or a closely related subject, and demonstrated expertise in at least one of the fields of Analysis, Applied Mathematics, or Statistics, as evidenced by research publications. In addition, applicants must have six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the program.

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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, expertise, education, and research activities relevant to the duties of the position.
We strongly encourage you to specifically address the Quality Ranking Factors below. This will ensure that you receive full consideration in the evaluation process.

Quality Ranking Factors

  • Serving as the liaison to your scientific community on behalf of NSF and as your community's representative to the federal government.
  • Communicating with members of your scientific community about what they envision, identifying new directions and trends in your field, and writing with colleagues to help push the vision forward and shape the leading edge of science.
  • Developing ideas for new workshops and/or solicitations which take advantage of new technologies and new interdisciplinary linkages.
  • Selecting top researchers and experts for the peer review process and managing proposal review at all junctures, including orchestrating advisory panels, sending proposals out for external review, ensuring compliance with NSF regulations and procedures with potential principal investigators and award grantees.
  • Making funding decisions and recommending awards to the most worthy proposals, ensuring that those funded reflect a diverse range of scientific opportunities and strong broader impacts (e.g., advancing discovery and understanding; promoting teaching, training, and learning; broadening participation of underrepresented groups; enhancing infrastructure for research and education).
  • Participating in NSF-wide and interagency meetings, coordinating groups, conferences, special task groups, and other initiatives to collaborate with peers and experts across disciplines, Federal and state agencies, and private-sector organizations.

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    BENEFITS: A GREAT LOCATION! The National Science Foundation is conveniently located one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50, and about three miles from downtown Washington. Employees may rent parking spaces in the building garage. There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. Employees receive the Federal benefits package and NSF offers:

    • Pre-tax parking
    • Public transportation subsidy
    • Child development center on site
    • Child care subsidy
    • Flexible working hours
    • Telecommuting
    • Physical fitness facility on site
    • NSF Federal Credit Union on site
    • Health services unit on site
    • Employee assistance program

    OTHER INFORMATION: 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 will be paid subject to funds availability.

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