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OPP seeks Program Director, Polar Cyberinfrastructure

July 10, 2019

OPP has issued a “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) announcing a nationwide search for a Program Director in Polar Cyberinfrastructure. Formal consideration of applications will begin on July 10, 2019 and will continue until a selection is made.

NOTE: the position will be filled as an appointment under the provisions of the 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.

The program director will manage 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.

OPP seeks 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: (

Read the DCL in full here:

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