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Job Opportunity: OPP seeks Section Head for Antarctic Sciences


December 10, 2020

The Section Head, Antarctic Sciences Section, a senior member of the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) management team, is responsible to the Office Director for the overall planning, management, and commitment of budgeted program funds for the Section. Responsibilities include:

  • Providing leadership to the Section, which supports the discipline-based programs Antarctic glaciology, astrophysics, and geospace sciences, ocean and atmospheric sciences, earth sciences, and organisms and ecosystems, as well as programs for Antarctic integrated system science, instrumentation and research facilities, and cyberinfrastructure. 
  • Guiding the Section in formulating and implementing its research objectives and manages its administrative, fiscal, and personnel aspects. 
  • Working closely with the Section Head for Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics and with the OPP Front Office Integration Team on matters concerning the environment, safety, health, communications, budget and policy in implementing research objectives requiring an Antarctic presence, and with the Section Head for Arctic Sciences in supporting research activities occurring at both poles.

This is a Senior Executive Service (SES) position. For more information, see the announcement on USAJOBS: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/586654000.

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2021 budget of $8.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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