GEO Announces Open Positions for Program Directors

February 15, 2024

The Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) is announcing multiple Program Director positions across various disciplines within GEO. GEO seeks highly motivated and experienced individuals to fill these roles with expertise in supporting research and education in understanding and adapting to the modern changes in our atmosphere, Earth, ocean, and/or polar regions.

GEO is looking for Program Directors in the following divisions:

  • Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS): Supports research to understand the behavior of the Earth's atmosphere and its interactions with the sun. 

  • Earth Sciences (EAR): Supports research to improve understanding of the structure, composition, processes, and evolution of the Earth.

  • Ocean Sciences (OCE): Supports research on all aspects of global oceans and their interactions with the Earth and the atmosphere.

  • Office of Polar Programs (OPP): Supports world-class Arctic and Antarctic science through grants, polar facilities, and operational support.

  • Research, Innovation, Synergies and Education (RISE): Fosters transdisciplinary collaborations that engage the broader community to drive transformative discoveries, innovations in workforce development, and use-inspired solutions for urgent Earth system challenges.

These positions are rotator positions. NSF offers a chance for scientists, engineers, and educators to join us as temporary program directors - called rotators. Rotators can retain their ties to their current institution and return to it with new insights and experience for their team.

For information about appointment options, eligibility information, qualification requirements, and how to apply please visit the Interdisciplinary (Program Director) Dear Colleague Letter.

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 2023 budget of $9.5 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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