JOB: Program Director, Arlington, VA, at NSF’s Office of Polar Programs

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    Alicia Mazzara

    Job Title: Physical and/or Biological Science (Program Director)
    Agency: National Science Foundation
    Sub Agency: OPP/ANT/AISS
    Job Announcement Number: E20110079

    SALARY RANGE: $105,211.00 – $163,957.00 /year
    OPEN PERIOD: Monday, May 16, 2011 to Thursday, June 16, 2011
    SERIES & GRADE: AD-1350, 1313, 1310, 1360, 0401-04/04
    POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time Permanent. Applicants wishing to apply for a Federal Temporary, IPA or VSEE Appointment should see Job Announcement E20110080.
    DUTY LOCATIONS: FEW vacancies – Arlington, VA
    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Applications will be accepted from US Citizens. As permitted, Non-Citizens will be considered.


    Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For over 50 years, 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.

    NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the agency’s overall mission to support innovative and merit-reviewed activities in basic research and education that contribute to the nation’s technical strength, security, and welfare. To fulfill this responsibility requires not only knowledge in the appropriate disciplines, but also a commitment to high standards, a considerable breadth of interest and receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity.

    NSF’s Office of Polar Programs (OPP) is seeking candidates for an Antarctic Integrated System Science (AISS) Program Director in the Division of Antarctic Sciences (ANT). ANT encompasses six core Antarctic research programs (Astrophysics and Geospace Sciences, Earth Sciences, Glaciology, Integrated System Science, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, and Organisms and Ecosystems). Approximately $70M in research funding is awarded annually in response to competitively reviewed proposals. Research projects requiring fieldwork in Antarctica are supported by the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) research infrastructure, managed by the Division of Antarctic Infrastructure & Logistics (AIL), that includes three permanent stations and associated laboratories, capabilities to support short- and long-term research at remote sites in Antarctica, two well-equipped research vessels, aircraft and helicopters. The annual budget for these support activities is approximately $270M. More information about the ANT and its program is available at:


    As a Program Director for the Antarctic Integrated System Science (AISS) Program, you will be responsible for:

    1. Managing a dynamic proposal driven research grants program.

    2. Coordinating closely with directors of the other Antarctic Science Programs (Astrophysics & Geospace Sciences, Atmosphere & Ocean Sciences, Earth Science, Glaciology or Organisms & Ecosystems) to assure that AISS research addresses questions about the Antarctic as a system that transcend disciplinary boundaries and are highly integrated and broader in scope than typically addressed by the other programs.

    3. Coordinating with AIL, other programs in OPP and throughout NSF, other funding agencies and international partners to achieve program goals.

    4. Shaping future directions for the program through interactions with the community and related research programs within ANT, in other divisions of NSF, or in other organizations.

    5. Deploying to Antarctica to review programs in the field as needed and to evaluate existing support modes, practices and methodologies with the goal of improving science support infrastructure for research and serve as NSF Science Representative.

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