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Job Opportunity: Program Officer, Arctic Sciences Section

June 30, 2021

The Arctic Sciences Section at the National Science Foundation is recruiting a Program Officer under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA). These are one year appointments not to exceed 4 years. Program officers are expected to have a PhD plus six years of experience in a field of science related to arctic research. Duties include administering the NSF peer review process for scientific proposals. More details are available in this Dear Colleague Letter that provides general information about the position. 

Specifically, the Arctic Sciences Section is seeking a program officer who, in addition to having a scientific background in a research field relevant to the Arctic, has expertise in building collaborations between western researchers and Indigenous communities. Desirable candidates will have demonstrated success in effective communication that bridges western and Indigenous ways of knowing and will understand the cultural diversity within Alaska and across the Arctic. Among other program management responsibilities, the program officer will conduct outreach and manage proposals in response to the Dear Colleague Letter: Potential Support for Community Hubs for Collaborations between NSF-funded Researchers and Arctic Residents.   

Applicants should provide their CV to Renee Crain by July 15, 2021 for earliest consideration. CVs will be accepted until the position is filled. CVs and questions should be directed to Renee Crain at

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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