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IIS 15-001

Dear Colleague Letter: Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Division of Information & Intelligent Systems (IIS), Multiple Program Directors - Employment Opportunity (Open Until Filled)

March 18, 2015

Dear Colleague:

The Division of Information & Intelligent Systems (IIS), within the Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) announces a nationwide search to fill multiple Program Director positions in the following programs under the provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act:

  • Information†Integration and Informatics (III) core program: particular areas of desired expertise¬†include data mining and machine learning for large-scale analytics (with strong mathematical/statistical background), graph mining, databases, graph databases, data privacy and security, and information/knowledge representation and integration;
  • Cyber-Human Systems (CHS) core program: particular areas of desired expertise include new user interface software and technologies (including brain-machine interfaces†and haptics), assistive technologies (including human-robot interaction), computer-supported cooperative work, and social computing;
  • National Robotics Initiative (NRI) program and Robust Intelligence (RI) core program: particular areas of desired expertise include robotics and autonomous systems; and
  • Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (CFLT) program: particular areas of desired expertise include topics of overlap between computer science and the learning sciences, such as AI in education, HCI for learning, educational informatics, learner experience design, sociotechnical systems research for learning, etc.

NSF Program Directors are in charge of specific research areas. They solicit, receive and review research and education proposals, make funding recommendations and administer awards. They are also responsible for the expansion and evolution of the program, interaction with other Federal agencies, forming and guiding interagency collaborations, and for service to Foundation-wide activities.

Formal consideration of interested applications will begin April 15, 2015 and will continue until selections are made.

NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the Foundation's overall mission to support innovative and merit-evaluated activities in fundamental research and education that contribute to the nation's technological strength, security and welfare. The positions require outstanding knowledge of the research topics and communities, a commitment to high standards of ethical conduct, a considerable breadth of interest, receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity.

Qualification requirements for the position are a Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience in the relevant discipline in science or engineering, plus six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience in academe, industry, or government. The position requires effective oral and written communication skills; familiarity with NSF programs and activities is highly desirable. The incumbent is expected to function effectively both as an individual within the specific NSF program and as a member of crosscutting and interactive team. The incumbent must also demonstrate a capability to work across government agencies to promote NSF activities and to leverage program funds through interagency collaborations.

The positions recruited under this announcement will be filled under the following appointment option:

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.

Persons wishing to apply for this position are referred to the Divisional web page, http:/ /, for a description of the relevant programs. These persons are also encouraged to contact current Program Directors, who are identified on the program web pages, for more information.

For additional information on Intergovernmental Personnel Act assignments at NSF, please see

Applications of interest should be submitted electronically and must include contact information, a current CV, a letter briefly describing the candidate's background that specifically relates to the appropriate program objectives, availability time frame, and a list of references.

Please make electronic submissions to

Dr. Lynne Parker
Division Director
Division of Information & Intelligent Systems
Directorate for Computing & Information Science & Engineering
National Science Foundation
Arlington, VA 22230