Computer Scientist (Program Director)

Arlington, Virginia
Aug 01, 2017
Sep 11, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

About the Agency

Applicants wishing to apply for IPA/VSEE/Fed-Temp Appointment should see Job Announcement IIS-2017-0009.

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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  • Relocation MAY be paid contingent on the availability of funds.

  • Background investigation.
  • Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above.
  • 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.

    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.

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    NSF Program Directors have an unparalleled opportunity and responsibility to ensure NSF-funded research and development activities are at the forefront of advancing fundamental knowledge. In support of that, Program Directors are responsible for extensive interaction with academic research communities, formal and informal education organizations, industry, as well as interaction with other Federal agencies that may lead to development of interagency collaborations. Within this context, Program Directors solicit, receive and review research and education proposals, make funding recommendations, administer awards and undertake interaction with research communities in these fields. They are also responsible for service to Foundation-wide activities and initiatives that together accomplish NSF's strategic goals to 1.) Transform the Frontiers of Science and Engineering, 2.) Stimulate Innovation and Address Societal Needs through Research and Education, and 3.) Excel as a Federal Science Agency. The position requires a commitment to high standards of intellectualism and ethical conduct, a considerable breadth of interest, receptivity to new ideas, strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and high degree of personal integrity.

    Program Directors are responsible for implementing the merit review process for proposals submitted to their respective programs within IIS.

    Duties will include:

    Professional analyses of proposals received and identification of the most meritorious proposals for award; negotiation of technical and financial revisions, as required; recommendations for proposal awards or declinations based on the merit of the activities proposed and availability of resources; monitoring the progress of awards managed through the review and evaluation of project reports and site visits, where applicable; management of grants and cooperative and interagency agreements to ensure the fulfillment of commitments to NSF; and contribution to the development of new solicitations and the initiation of new programmatic thrusts.