Interdisciplinary (Program Director)

Alexandria, Virginia
Jan 23, 2023
Jan 27, 2023
Full Time

CISE's mission is to enable the U.S. to uphold its leadership in computing, communications, and information science and engineering; promote understanding of the principles and uses of advanced computing, communications, and information systems in service to society; support advanced cyberinfrastructure that enables and accelerates discovery and innovation across all science and engineering disciplines; and contribute to universal, transparent, and affordable participation in an information-based society.

This position is located in the Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). CCF's mission is to inspire, challenge and sustain the CISE foundations research community by developing and directing funding programs that (1) support research and education on the mathematical, scientific and technological foundations of computing, information, and communications, and (2) use fair, transparent and informed project-selection mechanisms honoring both the letter and the spirit of NSF policies and guidelines.

The responsibilities of the NSF program officer are guided by the goals of NSF's Strategic Plan: to enable the United States to uphold a position of world leadership in all aspects of science, mathematics, and engineering; to promote the discovery, integration, dissemination, and employment of new knowledge in service to society; and to achieve excellence in U.S. science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education at all levels. To achieve these goals, NSF staff employ core strategies including developing intellectual capital, strengthening research infrastructure, integrating research and education, and promoting partnerships.

Specifically, we are looking for a candidate to fill the position in the following program areas:
    • Algorithmic Foundations

The Algorithmic Foundations program supports research characterized by algorithmic thinking accompanied by rigorous mathematical analysis. The goal is to understand the fundamental limits of resource-bounded computation and to obtain optimal solutions within those limits. Specifically, the time and space complexity of finding exact and approximate solutions in deterministic and randomized models of computation are the central concern of the program. Resources other than time and space, such as communication, heat, power, etc., are also of interest. In addition to the traditional, sequential computing paradigm, research on models such as the streaming, parallel, distributed, hybrid, and the quantum-computing model are welcomed. Such research includes optimizations across complex processor/memory hierarchies as well as the measurement of the performance of algorithms by correct, reproducible computational experiments. Theories that exploit algorithmic scalability and portability are especially welcome. Candidates with experience in one or more of these areas are strongly encouraged to apply.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Program Planning and Management
  • Advises and assists the Division Director in the development of long-range plans that ensure CISE investments are targeted to cutting-edge challenges and opportunities in CISE research and education fields.
  • Collaboratively oversees and manages the merit review process for assigned research, education infrastructure proposals to ensure that investments are made in a diverse, rich mix of bold, cutting-edge projects that promise to advance the frontier and contribute to the attainment of NSF' s strategic goals.
  • Manages an effective, timely review process with attention to increasing the size and quality of the reviewer pools and ensuring participation by groups long under-represented in CISE fields, such as women, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities.
  • Oversees and manages the post-award management process for awards in the program, including reviewing annual reports, conducting effective, timely site visits, and overseeing a post-award evaluation process, where necessary.

Communication, Coordination and Liaison
  • Prepares program solicitations, annual program reports, oral presentations, and other materials consistent with NSF, CISE, and CCF strategic goals and that inform internal and external stakeholders.
  • Coordinates and liaisons within NSF and with other Federal agencies, industry, the scientific community, the international community, and the public concerning assigned activities.
  • Participates in both in-reach and outreach activities that seek to broaden the participation of communities underrepresented in CCF, CISE, and NSF activities.


Conditions of Employment

  • Background investigation may be required.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.

It is NSF policy that NSF personnel employed at or IPAs detailed to NSF are not permitted to participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs ( Foreign Talent Definitions ). Failure to comply with this NSF policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal Service or termination of an IPA assignment and referral to the Office of Inspector General.
Applicant may be required to complete a background security investigation before being appointed into this position.

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This position is in the bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 3403.

Please preview "Evaluations" section and "Qualifications" for additional requirements and Quality Ranking Factors.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, or a closely related field, plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position. You must identify the date that your degree was obtained.

This position is outside the competitive civil service.

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Additional information

Relocation expenses MAY be paid contingent upon the availability of funds.

This announcement is open to (All US Citizens OR current NSF employees) who meet citizenship and eligibility requirements.

Federal Appropriations Law requires that Non-Citizens 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 not be considered.

This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.

NSF has determined that all of its positions are eligible for telework. Work suitable for telework depends on job duties; therefore, employees must receive approval from their supervisor for telework and have a telework agreement in place. Entering into a telework agreement is voluntary.

The Selected Candidate(s) may be subject to a background investigation.