CEDAR email: Dear Colleague Letter: NSF/AGS, Geospace Section Program Director Search (released 7/17/2015, modified 8/27/2015)

Kozyra, Janet U JKOZYRA at nsf.gov
Fri Sep 4 15:22:14 MDT 2015

Employment Opportunity--Dear Colleague Letter
Date: July 17, 2015, modified August 27, 2015

Dear Colleague:

The Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) announces a nationwide search to fill several Program Director rotator positions within the Geospace Section.  This is a modified version of the original DCL (released July 17, 2015) to include the possibility of a broader range in types of rotator and temporary assignments considered and to indicate scientific areas that are the intended focus for the initial open positions.   Rotator positions can be either Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment (IPA)  or Visiting Scientist, Engineer, and Educator (VSEE) assignments.  For more information regarding rotator assignments and eligibility, visit our website at https://www.nsf.gov/careers/rotator/.  Fed Temp employment is also a possibility.

The current position of highest priority is Aeronomy Program Director.   However, a second program director with broad knowledge of geospace science, to enable contribution to multiple programs within the Geospace Section is also desired.  In the longer term, this letter is intended to serve as an ongoing mechanism for recruiting program directors to fill positions vacated by rotators who have returned to their home institutions.

At the National Science Foundation (NSF), Program Directors help administer specific research areas as well as research infrastructure and education programs. NSF Program Directors help solicit, receive, and review proposals, make funding recommendations, and administer awards. They are also responsible for interaction with other Federal Agencies, forming and guiding interagency collaborations, and for service to Foundation-wide activities.

NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the Foundation’s overall mission to support innovative and merit-evaluated activities in fundamental research and education that contribute to the nation’s technological strength, security and welfare. To fulfill these responsibilities in the Geospace Section requires a broad understanding of the science needs and opportunities in the Geospace Sciences; a commitment to high standards; receptivity to a breadth of new ideas; and good judgment. In this process, you will get unique opportunities to influence, and help lead, the direction of research and infrastructure investments in Geospace sciences.  In turn, the experiences this provides, and the knowledge gained in the process, will contribute to your professional development and to your understanding of best practices at the National Science Foundation and the community it serves.

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in a field of Physical Sciences pertaining to the broad area of geospace sciences plus, after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to these positions. Effective oral and written communication skills, and familiarity with NSF/AGS programs and activities is highly desirable. The incumbent is expected to function effectively, both as an individual within the Geospace section, and as a member of crosscutting and interdisciplinary teams in the AGS Division and more broadly with other parts of NSF. The incumbent must also demonstrate a capability to work across government agencies to promote NSF activities and to leverage program funds through interagency collaborations and partnerships.  For more details about the position, see the full text of the DCL at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/ags15001/ags15001.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_147 .

Formal consideration of interested applicants began August 17, 2015, as specified in an earlier version of this DCL, and will continue until selection is made.  Individuals interested in applying for this position should send a current CV and letter of interest to:

 Janet Kozyra, Acting Section Head
Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, Suite 775
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22230
Phone:  703-292-8519
Fax: 703-292-9022
Email: jkozyra at nsf.gov <mailto:vpapita at nsf.gov%20>

Those who have already applied in response to the earlier version of the DCL need not re-apply.  Questions about the positions can be directed to the above or any of the Geospace program directors:
               Therese Moretto Jorgensen, Space Weather  <tjorgens at nsf.gov>
                Ilia Roussev, Solar-Terrestrial Relations <iroussev at nsf.gov>
                Sunanda Basu, Aeronomy  <sbasu at nsf.gov>
                John Meriwether, Geospace Facilities <jmeriwet at nsf.gov>


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