Social Scientist (Program Director)

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Alexandria, Virginia
Jan 25, 2023
Feb 02, 2023
Full Time

SES programs cover Economics, Sociology, and Political Science topics such as Accountable Institutions and Behavior (AIB) and Security and Preparedness (SP). Interdisciplinary SES programs include: Decision, Risk and Management Sciences (DRMS); Law and Science (LS); Measurement, Methods, and Statistics (MMS); Science of Organizations (SoS); Science of Science: Discovery, Communication, and Impact (SoS:DCI); Science and Technology Studies (STS); and Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC). In addition to the core scientific programs within social and economic sciences, SES division also supports many cross-disciplinary ventures, such as Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF), Strengthening American Infrastructure (SAI), Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC), Designing Accountable Software Systems (DASS), Bioeconomy / Advanced Biotechnology and more.

The SES Division therefore welcomes applications from experts who can help shape, invigorate, and manage any of funding programs including cross-disciplinary projects in SES.

Additional details about the full suite of programs supported by the Division can be found here .

Program Directors help research activities and research communities thrive. This requires, for example: long-range planning and budget development; the administration of the merit review process and proposal recommendations; the preparation of press releases, feature articles, and other materials describing advances in the research supported; as well as coordination with related programs in NSF or in other agencies and organizations.

Every Program Director is guided by the goals of NSF's Strategic Plan: (I) enable the United States to uphold a position of world leadership in all aspects of science, mathematics, and engineering, (2) promote the discovery, integration, dissemination, and employment of new knowledge in service to society, and (3) achieve excellence in U.S. science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education at all levels. The core strategies NSF staff employ include developing intellectual capital, strengthening the physical infrastructure, integrating research and education, and promoting partnerships.


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 a Social Science, 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 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.