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CBET 18-001

Dear Colleague Letter: Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET), Directorate for Engineering (ENG) - Employment Opportunity for a single Program Director Position overseeing both the Engineering of Biomedical Systems (EBMS) Program and the Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering (DARE) Program (Open Until Filled)

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December 22, 2017

Dear Colleague:

The Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET) announces a nationwide search to fill the Program Director position for the Engineering of Biomedical Systems (EBMS) and the Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering (DARE) Programs. The National Science Foundation (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 interaction with other Federal agencies, forming and guiding interagency collaborations, and for service to Foundation-wide activities. A single individual is sought to serve as Program Director for both programs.

Formal consideration of interested applications will begin January 2, 2018 and will continue until a selection is 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 a commitment to high standards of intellectualism and 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.

The Engineering of Biomedical Systems (EBMS) Program supports fundamental research to develop novel ideas into discovery-level and transformative projects that integrate engineering and life sciences in solving biomedical problems that serve humanity in the long-term. EBMS projects must be at the interface of engineering and biomedical sciences and include objectives that advance both engineering and biomedical sciences. The projects should focus on high impact transformative methods and technologies. Projects should include: methods, models and enabling tools for understanding and controlling living systems; fundamental improvements in deriving information from cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems; or new approaches to the design of systems that include both living and non-living components for eventual medical use in the long-term.

The Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering (DARE) Program supports fundamental engineering research that will improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities through: development of new technologies, devices, or software; advancement of knowledge regarding normal or pathological human motion; or understanding of injury mechanisms. Research may be supported that is directed toward the characterization, restoration, rehabilitation, and/or substitution of human functional ability or cognition, or to the interaction of persons with disabilities and their environment.

The successful candidate must demonstrate expertise, knowledge, and comfort with the broad field of biomedical engineering. This includes engineering research into biomedical systems on the organism, organ, tissue, cellular and molecular level as well as the full scope of rehabilitation engineering. Both the EBMS and DARE programs are highly interdisciplinary and participate in several cross-cutting initiatives within the National Science Foundation. Thus, the EBMS/DARE Program Director will be expected to work both independently and cooperatively as a member of a team-based program structure. Experience working in interdisciplinary teams is highly desired.

Persons wishing to apply for this position are referred to the EBMS and DARE web pages, and for descriptions of the programs. These persons are also encouraged to contact the current Program Director, who is identified on the program web page, for more information.

Qualifications of a successful candidate include a PhD. degree in an appropriate field plus, after award of the PhD, six years or more of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position. 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 programs and as a member of crosscutting and interactive teams. 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 position may be filled under one of the following appointment alternatives:

Visiting Scientist, Engineer or Educator (VSEE) Appointment: A VSEE appointment will be made under the Excepted Authority of the NSF Act. Visiting Scientists are on non-paid leave status from their home institution and placed on the NSF payroll as Federal employees. NSF withholds Social Security taxes and pays the home institution's contributions to maintain retirement and fringe benefits (i.e., health benefits and life insurance), either directly to the home institution or to the carrier. Appointments are usually made for one year and may be extended for an additional year by mutual agreement.

Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Appointment: Under an IPA appointment, a candidate's home institution receives a grant to cover the appointee's salary and benefits, and the candidate remains an employee of his/her home institution while performing duties at NSF. Persons 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 years.

For additional information on NSF's rotational programs, please visit:

Applications will be accepted from U.S. Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law require Non-Citizens to meet certain eligibility criteria to be considered. Therefore, Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. This also applies to individuals considered for Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignments to NSF. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered eligible.

Applicants should indicate in their cover letter that they are applying to the CBET program. Please submit your application to:

Christina Payne
Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems
Directorate for Engineering
National Science Foundation Alexandria, VA 22314

Electronic submissions are preferred: