NSF Program Director Position Available: Polar Cyberinfrastructure

Date: 
9 July 2019

Program Director Position Available
Polar Cyberinfrastructure
National Science Foundation

Application review begins: Wednesday, 10 July 2019, but position will remain open until filled.

For more information, go to:
https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/opp19002/opp19002.jsp


The Office of Polar Programs (OPP) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a Dear Colleague Letter announcing a nationwide search for a Program Director in Polar Cyberinfrastructure. This position will be filled as an Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment (IPA) appointment.

OPP's polar cyberinfrastructure investments encompass high-performance computing, stewardship and utilization of scientific data, and development of virtual organizations critical for tackling the complex interdisciplinary issues in polar science. Example areas for emphasis include support of (i) cost-effective transfer of data from remote field locations; (ii) long-term sustainable curatorship, standardization, management and discovery of data and metadata; (iii) access and interoperability of data across scientific disciplines; (iv) visualization, manipulation, and analysis of data for enhanced understanding; (v) high performance computing to advance predictive modeling capabilities; and (vi) e-learning and educational tools. The Polar Cyberinfrastructure Program focuses on both building capacity within the polar research community as well as developing a community that is competitive in NSF-wide competitions led by the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) and the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE).

The Program Director for Polar Cyberinfrastructure manages OPP's investments to advance cyberinfrastructure related to polar science and education and has the opportunity to shape future research directions. The successful candidate will be engaged in defining and communicating cyberinfrastructure needs through interactions with the research community, related research programs within OPP, in other divisions of NSF, and in other organizations external to NSF. NSF is seeking an individual who is not only versed in cyberinfrastructure, but that also has experience in the application of cyberinfrastructure to the diverse fields of science that OPP supports. The incumbent will play an active role in developing and managing joint funding competitions with the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, and other organizations within NSF. It is also expected that the new Program Director will engage with the NSF Big Idea: Harnessing the Data Revolution (https://www.nsf.gov/cise/harnessingdata/).

Candidates must have a PhD in an appropriate field, plus after award of the PhD, six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position; OR a Master’s degree in an appropriate field plus after award of the degree, eight or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.

This position requires effective oral and written communication skills. Familiarity with NSF programs and activities is highly desirable. The candidate is expected to function effectively as a member of crosscutting and interactive teams as well as be an individual contributor. The candidate must also demonstrate a capability to promote NSF activities and to work closely with a broad spectrum of polar researchers while advancing polar cyberinfrastructure capabilities in support of discovery-based research.

This position will be filled as an IPA appointment. Individuals eligible for an IPA assignment with a Federal agency include employees of State and local government agencies or institutions of higher education, Indian tribal governments, and other eligible organizations in instances where such assignments would be of mutual benefit to the organizations involved. Initial assignments under IPA provisions may be made for a period up to two years, with a possible extension for up to an additional two-year period. The individual remains an employee of the home institution and NSF provides the negotiated funding toward the assignee's salary and benefits. Initial IPA assignments are made for a one-year period and may be extended by mutual agreement.

Applications will be accepted from U.S. Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law require Non-Citizens to meet certain eligibility criteria to be considered. Therefore, Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit (https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/forms/affidavit_eligibility_of_employment.pdf) to their application. This also applies to individuals considered for Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignments to NSF. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered eligible.

To apply, email a single PDF document that includes (i) a cover letter outlining qualifications and reason for interest in the position (ii) a curriculum vitae, (iii) and Citizenship affidavit, as applicable, to the Head of Antarctic Sciences, Dr. Alexandra Isern at aisern [at] nsf.gov.

Application review begins: Wednesday, 10 July 2019, but position will remain open until filled.

For more information, go to:
https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/opp19002/opp19002.jsp