JOB: Program Director for Computational Mathematics with the National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA

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    Alicia Mazzara

    Job Title: Mathematician (Program Director)
    Agency: National Science Foundation
    Sub Agency: National Science Foundation
    Job Announcement Number: DMS-2011-0005

    SALARY RANGE: $105,211.00 – $163,957.00 /year
    OPEN PERIOD: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 to Monday, July 18, 2011
    SERIES & GRADE: AD-1520-04/04
    POSITION INFORMATION: Full-time. Temporary position not to exceed 13 months with possible extensions for up to a total of 3 years.
    DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy(s) in one of the following locations: Arlington, VA
    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Applications will be accepted from current NSF employees only.

    Please DO NOT USE the APPLY ONLINE BUTTON when applying for this announcement. Your application material should be sent to the email address indicated in the How To Apply section below.

    Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For over 50 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 NSF is seeking candidate(s) for the Program Director position within in the Computational Mathematics Program, Division of Mathematical Sciences, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Arlington, VA.

    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.

    The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) supports a wide range of projects aimed at developing and exploring the properties and applications of mathematical structures. Most of these projects are those awarded to single investigators or small groups of investigators working with graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Programs such as Mathematical Sciences Infrastructure handle activities that fall outside this mode.

    The Computational Mathematics Program supports mathematical research in areas of science where computation plays a central and essential role, emphasizing design, analysis, and implementation of numerical methods and algorithms, and symbolic methods. The prominence of computation with analysis of the computational approach in the research is a hallmark of the program. Proposals ranging from single-investigator projects that develop and analyze innovative computational methods to interdisciplinary team projects that not only create and analyze new mathematical and computational techniques but also use/implement them to model, study, and solve important application problems are encouraged.

    More information about DMS and its programs can be found here.


    The responsibilities of the NSF Program Director are constantly evolving. The 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. Incorporate cross-directorate responsibilities into program administration.

    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.

    For more information, see

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