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CCF 17-001

Dear Colleague Letter: Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Division of Computing and Communications Foundations (CCF) - Employment Opportunities for Multiple Program Director Positions (Open Until Filled)

July 14, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

The Division of Computing and Communications Foundations (CCF) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) announces a nationwide search to fill multiple Program Director positions under the provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) in the following programs:

  • Algorithmic Foundations (AF) cluster. AF supports innovative research characterized by algorithmic thinking and algorithm design, accompanied by rigorous mathematical analysis. More information about CCF and the AF cluster can be found at:

  • Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) cluster. SHF supports innovative research on foundational issues in computer architecture and the key challenges in computer hardware and systems design, including, but not limited to, performance, energy efficiency, reliability, scalability, concurrency, and heterogeneity. More information about CCF and the SHF cluster can be found at:

Formal consideration of interested applicants will begin immediately upon receipt of the first application and will continue until selections are made. We are looking for someone to start by January 2018.

NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the Foundation's overall mission to support innovative, merit-evaluated fundamental research and education projects that contribute to the Nation's technological strength, security and welfare. The Program Director position requires outstanding knowledge of 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, and 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 a 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 being recruited under this announcement will be filled under an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment. Individuals eligible for IPA assignments include those from state and local governments; private and public colleges and universities; Indian Tribal governments; federally funded research and development centers; and qualified non-profit organizations involved in public management, where such assignments would be of mutual benefit to the organizations involved. Initial assignments may be made for up to two years; assignments may total four years. An IPA assignment is funded through a grant to the individual's institution as reimbursement for salary and benefits. It is NSF's policy to require 10% cost sharing of the IPA's academic-year salary and fringe benefits; strongly-justified waiver requests may be considered.

For additional information on IPA assignments at NSF, please see,


Applications should be submitted electronically and must include contact information; a current CV; a cover letter that highlights the candidate's background as it specifically relates to the appropriate program objectives and describes availability time frame; and a list of references. Please make electronic submissions to Dr. S. Rao Kosaraju, Division Director, at

NSF is relocating to Alexandria, VA. In late summer 2017, NSF will begin the transition from its current location in Arlington, VA, to 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. The new location is adjacent to a Metro station (Eisenhower Avenue on the Yellow Line) and there is ample parking in the area. There are several amenities nearby, such as restaurants, hotels, and shops.