National Science Foundation
$123,223.00 to $174,569.00
Open & closing dates
$123,223 to $174,569 per year
Pay scale & grade
Full-Time - Full-time.
Temporary - This position will be filled as a one- or two-year VSEE, IPA, or as a Fed Temp Appointment.
Relocation expenses reimbursed
Relocation MAY be paid contingent on the availability of funds.
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
Applicants wishing to apply for a Federal Temporary, IPA or VSEE Appointment should see Job Announcement IOS-2018-0012.
The National Science Foundation is seeking a candidate as a Biological Science Administrator (Program Director) within the Physiological Mechanisms and Biomechanics (PMB) Program in the Physiological and Structural Systems (PSS) Cluster, Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS), Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), Alexandria, VA.
The PSS Cluster supports research aimed at furthering the understanding of organisms as integrated units of biological organization. The Cluster considers proposals focused on interacting physiological and structural systems, their environmental and evolutionary contexts, and how these components are constrained by their integration into the whole organism.
The PMB program supports physiological mechanism and biomechanics research across the spectrum of animal, plant, and microbial biology. We seek qualified candidates in either the areas of animal or plant physiological sciences.
More information about the PSS cluster can be found here
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As Program Director, you are responsible for the management of research and other scientific activities primarily through Federal grants and contracts to: academic, non-profit, and non-academic institutions such as professional organizations and the private sector. You will be responsible for administration of the peer review process, making award recommendations and managing an effective, timely peer review process, ensuring broad participation of reviewers and increasing involvement of under-represented groups. You will process awards and declinations, contacting successful applicants prior to the award of the grant and unsuccessful applicants as necessary. You will also be responsible for encouraging and supporting integrative, synthetic, and interdisciplinary research involving the biological sciences. Additional duties and responsibilities include the following:
Managing program resources so as to insure: integrity and consistency in the grant/declination process without conflict-of-interest; balance among appropriate sub-fields and institutions; and participation of all qualified scientists. You will be responsible for planning and administration of programs within the framework of legislation, agency policies, missions, objectives, and resources. You will serve as spokesperson for the program to the scientific community. You will be responsible for long-range planning and budget development within Physiological and Structural Systems.
Coordinating and serving as liaison with other programs in NSF and other Federal agencies and organizations. You will provide scientific expertise, evaluation and advice for other programs in NSF, including international programs, other research programs, and cross-directorate programs. You will maintain a healthy balance of support for all the needs of the research and education enterprise either through Program, Division, Directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities.
Providing assistance to investigators whenever feasible. You will follow the progress of grantees through site visits, progress and fiscal reports, and correspondence.
Who May Apply
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Applications accepted from U.S. Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law requires 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. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will be considered as an IPA only.
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0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences
Conditions of Employment
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You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.
Please preview Evaluations section and Qualifications for additional requirements and Quality Ranking Factors.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in either biology, plant or animal physiology, or another area related to organismal physiology that is currently supported by the Physiological and Structural Systems Cluster, plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research experience, research administration, and/or substantial managerial experience pertinent to the position. Individuals with expertise in areas supported by PMB are particularly encouraged to apply.
NSF is particularly interested in candidates who have a strong background using interdisciplinary approaches.
Familiarity with NSF policies and practices, administrative experience, and recognized stature among peers are desirable.
This position is outside of the competitive civil service.
If you do not have civil service status or reinstatement eligibility, you will not obtain civil service status if selected.
If you are currently in the competitive civil service, you will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected.
This Program Director position is in the bargaining unit.
Relocation expenses may be paid subject to funds availability.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, expertise, education, and research activities relevant to the duties of the position.
We strongly encourage you to specifically address the Quality Ranking Factors below. This will ensure that you receive full consideration in the evaluation process.
Quality Ranking Factors
1. Demonstrated broad knowledge and understanding of scientific principles, theories and technologies applicable to the biological sciences in general, and animal or plant physiological mechanisms in particular.
2. Research, analytical and technical writing skills, evidencing the ability to perform extensive inquiry into a wide variety of significant issues and to make recommendations and decisions based on findings.
3. Ability to organize, implement and manage a proposal–driven grant program, allocating resources to meet a broad spectrum of program goals.
4. Knowledge of management and organizational concepts, principles, practices and techniques, with expertise in large project management or research administration.
5. Ability to interact with the scientific community and peers, and to advocate program policies and plans.
6. Understanding of, and dedication to, the promotion of both intellectual merit and broader impacts of research and education activities.
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In order to be considered for federal appointments, Non-Citizens
must affirm that they meet the Appropriations Law eligibility criteria by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit
to their application. Non-Citizens
who do not provide this affidavit will only be considered for the IPA Program. Non-Citizens
who are exempt from the Appropriations Law requirements due to their status as officers or employees of the U.S. government on December 16, 2009 must provide a statement with their application noting their exemption with documentation of proof of status as officers or employees of the U.S. government on that date.
You are strongly encouraged to submit a current performance appraisal and/or letter(s) of recommendation and a supplemental statement that describes how your background relates to the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) listed in the Qualifications and Evaluation Requirements section of this announcement. This information will be used in the evaluation process.
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. This will help NSF to ensure that our recruiting efforts are attracting a diverse candidate pool; it will be used for statistical purposes only.
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Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
Your application must be submitted online and all document faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date. You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions
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