Program Director (Geophysics Program)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Posted
Sep 22, 2017
Closes
Sep 30, 2017
Function
Executive, Director
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

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 restaurants, hotels and shops.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Program Director in the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Division of Earth Sciences’ (EAR) Geophysics (PH) Program. The PH program supports basic research in the physics of the solid earth to explore its composition, structure, and processes from the Earth's surface to its' deepest interior. Laboratory, field, theoretical, and computational studies are supported. Topics include (but are not limited to) seismicity, seismic wave propagation, and the nature and occurrence of geophysical hazards; the Earth's magnetic, gravity, and electrical fields; the Earth's thermal structure; and geodynamics. Supported research also includes geophysical studies of active deformation, including geodesy, and theoretical and experimental studies of the properties and behavior of Earth materials.

The Division of Earth Sciences supports proposals for research geared toward improving the understanding of the structure, composition, and evolution of the Earth; the life it supports; and the processes that govern the formation and behavior of the Earth's materials. The results of this research will create a better understanding of the Earth's changing environments, and the natural distribution of its mineral, water, biota, and energy resources and provide methods for predicting and mitigating the effects of geologic hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, landslides. In addition, the Division administers programs in support of education and outreach as well as basic research, facilities, and a wide spectrum of other scientific activities.

More information about EAR may be found at https://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=ear

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TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Not required


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes "Relocation MAY be paid contingent on the availability of funds".


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

    Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a discipline relevant to geophysics in addition to six or more years of successful research experience, research administration, and/or substantial managerial experience in academe, industry, or government after award of the Ph.D.

    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 currently in the competitive civil service, you will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected.

    Relocation expenses may be paid subject to funds availability.

    The Program Director position is in the bargaining unit.

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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. 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. Knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and theories relevant to geophysics as demonstrated by publications, invited talks, and other professional activities and recognition.
    2. Research, analytical, and technical writing skills that demonstrate the ability to perform extensive inquiry into a variety of significant issues, as well as the skills to make recommendations and decisions based on findings.
    3. Ability to organize, implement, and manage an externally-reviewed, proposal-driven grants program, allocating resources to meet a spectrum of program goals.
    4. Strong communication skills and demonstrated ability to interact effectively and productively with peers, co-workers, and management at all levels of NSF; members of the scientific community; related organizations; other federal agencies; and international programs to effectively present, advocate, and advance program policies, plans, and goals.

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