Computer Scientist (Program Director)

Arlington, Virginia
Sep 12, 2017
Sep 12, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

Those wishing to apply for a permanent position should see annoucement IIS-2017-0010.

NSF is currently seeking qualified candidates for multiple Program Director positions in the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. IIS supports research and education that explores the inter-related roles of people, computers, and information. We are seeking candidates for the following programs:

  • Robust Intelligence (RI) The RI program encompasses all aspects of the computational understanding and modeling of intelligence in complex, realistic contexts. In contrast to systems that use limited reasoning strategies or address problems in narrow unchanging contexts, robust intelligence may be characterized by flexibility, resourcefulness, creativity, real-time responsiveness and long-term reflection, use of a variety of modeling or reasoning approaches, ability to learn and adapt performance at a level of intelligence seen in humans and animals, and awareness of and competence in larger natural, built, and social contexts. The RI program advances and integrates the research traditions of artificial intelligence, computer vision, human language research, robotics, machine learning, computational neuroscience, cognitive science, and related areas. IIS is especially interested in applicants with experience and expertise in robotics and autonomous systems and supporting technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.
  • Cyber-Human Systems (CHS) The CHS program explores potentially transformative and disruptive ideas, novel theories, and technological innovations in computer and information science that accelerate both the creation and understanding of the complex and increasingly coupled relationships between humans and technology with the broad goal of advancing human capabilities: perceptual and cognitive, physical and virtual, social and societal. This relationship includes traditional areas of human-computer interactions such as user interface software and technologies (including brain-machine interfaces and haptics), assistive technologies (including human-robot interaction), and social computing, and also extends to cognitive support and human augmentation. IIS is especially interested in applicants with experience and expertise in one or more of these research areas.
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    Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent experience in an IIS-related discipline. In addition, six or more years of successful research and/or research administration in an IIS-related field are required.

    This position is outside 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.

    NSF is relocation to Alexandria, VA. In late summer of 2017, NSF will begin the transition from its current location in Arlington, VA to 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. The new location is adjacent to a Metro station (Eisenhower Avenue on the Yellow Line) and there is ample parking in the area. There are several amenities nearby, such as resturants, hotels and shops.

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    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.

    Quality Ranking Factors:

    1. Ability to manage program resources and to provide appropriate judgment that ensures the quality, integrity and consistency of awards and declinations of assigned IIS programs.
    2. Ability to manage an effective, timely merit review process, with attention to increasing the size, quality and diversity of the reviewer pool.
    3. Ability to provide expertise, evaluation, and advice for other programs both with NSF and across agency, national, and sector boundaries.

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