DIVISION OF ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCES
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Program Director within the Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST), Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences.
The candidates selected for this position will have responsibility for coordination and management of elements of the AST individual investigator grants programs, including the themes within Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants, the instrumentation programs, the Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, and/or the Education and Special Programs portfolio.
The successful candidates will be involved in activities that include planning, budget development, the merit review and proposal recommendation process, the preparation of written material about the research supported by the Division, and interactions with other NSF programs, Federal agencies and organizations. Program directors are expected to bring their scientific expertise to the activities of the Division, and to serve as a liaison between the astronomical community and NSF, disseminating information about NSF and Division activities and opportunities. Candidates are expected to work with the astronomical research and education community to broaden the diversity of participants in NSF programs. Expertise in all areas and techniques of astronomy and astrophysics will be considered.
The positions will be filled on a temporary basis; two or three positions may be available. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent experience in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, or a closely related field, plus six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience beyond the Ph.D.
Announcement AST-2012-0002 Rotator (Program Director) with position requirements and application procedures is located on the NSF Home Page at http://www.nsf.gov/about/career_opps and the USAJOBS Link: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/304010500. Telephone inquiries may be referred to Meredith Berwick, at 703-292-8267 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For technical information, contact Dr. James S. Ulvestad, AST Division Director, 703-292-8820, email@example.com. (Hearing impaired individuals may call TDD 703-292-8044.)
In your application, please answer the following Quality Ranking Factors -
1. Knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and theories applicable to astronomy, astrophysics, and physics which have resulted in recognized status in the community of astronomical scientists.
2. Ability to communicate effectively and work productively with the scientific community, peers, and co-workers at all levels to advocate program policies and plans and to fulfill NSF’s mission.
3. Ability to organize, implement and manage a proposal-driven grant program, allocating resources to meet a spectrum of goals, including insuring integrity and consistency in the grant award/declination management process.
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