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National Science Foundation

PLR 14-001

Dear Colleague Letter - Division of Polar Programs, Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) Employment Opportunity - Program Directors (Open Until Filled)

July 7, 2014

Dear Colleague:

The Division of Polar Programs (PLR), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), announces a nationwide search for senior-level scientists to fill open Program Director positions to assist in research program management in programmatic areas of Arctic Sciences, Antarctic Sciences, and Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics. The Division reserves several Program Director positions in Arctic and Antarctic Sciences, as well as in Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics, to be filled by visiting scientists, Intergovernmental Personnel Assignments (IPAs), or Federal temporary assignments. These come available periodically as specific rotator appointments come to an end.

Formal consideration of interested applicants will begin June 1, 2014 and will continue until selections are made.

NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the agency's overall mission to support innovative, 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 incumbent will work principally with one program area but would also be expected to work with other program directors in polar sciences and across the Foundation to explore possible new areas for emphasis. The incumbent will foster ideas and actions to increase diversity in the polar science community. While the discipline area is not pre-defined, preference will be given to scientists who have broad interests and broad experience in research and teaching and whose expertise aligns with needs in the science programs of both Polar Regions. Please consult the descriptions of the research areas supported on our web site: http://www.nsf.gov/geo/plr/sitemap.jsp.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a polar science field supported by NSF, plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position. Desired attributes include, knowledge of the general scientific community, skills in written communication and preparation of technical reports, ability to effectively communicate orally, and successful independent research experience normally expected of the academic rank of assistant professor or higher. Skills in interdisciplinary research and in integrating research and education are highly desirable. The interest and ability to undertake activities to increase diversity in polar sciences is also desirable. Prior experience in polar research is useful but not required.

Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment (IPA) Act: 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.

For additional information on NSF's rotational programs, please visit: http://www.nsf.gov/about/career_opps/rotators/.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

When applying for these positions, please ensure that your application includes the documents listed below and reflects your background in terms of the qualification requirements for the position. Your application should contain the following information: citizenship, education, work experience. Please include job titles, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and phone number, number of hours worked per week, starting and ending dates (month and year), and salary information. If you have held various positions with the same employer, describe each separately. Applications should be emailed or faxed to the below contacts.

Section for Antarctic Sciences
Dr. Scott G. Borg, Section Head
Email: sborg@nsf.gov
Phone: (703) 292-7412
Fax: (703) 292-9079

Section for Arctic Sciences
Dr. Kelly K. Falkner, Director, Polar Programs
Email: kfalkner@nsf.gov
Phone: (703) 292-7424
Fax: (703) 292-9081

Section for Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics
Dr. Brian W. Stone, Section Head
Email: bstone@nsf.gov
Phone: (703) 292-7458
Fax: (703) 292-9080

NSF IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER COMMITTED TO EMPLOYING A HIGHLY
QUALIFIED STAFF THAT REFLECTS THE DIVERSITY OF OUR NATION.

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