[ES_JOBS_NET] NSF JOB for Permanent PO for Ecosystem Sciences Cluster (BIO/DEB)

Gyami Shrestha gshrestha at usgcrp.gov
Thu Feb 21 14:32:28 MST 2013



The position closes March 15, 2013. <

Questions can be directed to Henry Gholz, Chair of the Search Committee (
hgholz at nsf.gov), or to the other members of the committee:  Linda Deegan,
Doug Levey, Bill Zamer.





*Job Title:*Biological Science Administrator (Program Director)

*Agency:*National Science Foundation

*Job Announcement Number:*DEB-2013-0001
  SALARY RANGE:$105,211.00 to $163,957.00 / Per Year  OPEN PERIOD:Wednesday,
January 23, 2013 to Friday, March 15, 2013  SERIES & GRADE:AD-0401-04
- Permanent.  PROMOTION POTENTIAL:04  DUTY LOCATIONS:Few vacancies in the
following location:
Arlington, VA, USView Map<https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/336204100#>
 WHO MAY APPLY:Applications will be accepted from US Citizens. Due to a
recent change in Federal Appropriations Law, only Non-Citizens who are
permanent US residents and actively seeking citizenship can be considered.
 Therefore, you are required to provide documentation that confirms you are
actively seeking citizenship at the time you submit your application.
 Non-citizens who do not provide documentation will not be considered.

*This job opportunity announcement has been AMENDED to extend the closing
date to March 15, 2013.*

Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the
US science and engineering enterprise. For over 60 years, the National
Science Foundation <http://www.nsf.gov/about/> (NSF) has remained the
premier Federal agency supporting basic research at the frontiers of
discovery across all fields, as well as science and engineering education
at all levels.

The NSF is seeking candidates for Program Director in the Ecosystem Studies
Program within the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB), Directorate for
Biological Sciences (BIO) in Arlington, VA.

The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) supports fundamental research
on populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Scientific emphases
range across many evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes at all
spatial and temporal scales. Areas of research include biodiversity,
phylogenetic systematics, molecular evolution, life history evolution,
natural selection, ecology, biogeography, ecosystem services, conservation
biology, global change, and biogeochemical cycles. Research on origins,
functions, relationships, interactions, and evolutionary history may
incorporate field, laboratory, or collection-based approaches;
observational or manipulative experiments; synthesis activities; as well as
theoretical approaches involving analytical, statistical, or simulation

*The Ecosystem Studies Program (ES) *supports investigations of ecosystem
structure and function across a diversity of spatial and temporal
(including paleo) scales to advance understanding of: 1) material and
energy fluxes and transformations within and among ecosystems; 2) roles and
relationships of ecosystem components in whole-system structure and
function; 3) ecosystem dynamics, resilience, and trajectories of ecosystem
change through time; and 4) linkages among ecosystems in space, time, and
across spatial and temporal scales.

The ES program supports research on natural, managed, and disturbed
ecosystems, including those in terrestrial, freshwater, wetland, coastal
(including salt marsh and mangrove), and human-dominated environments.
Proposals may focus on areas such as: biogeochemical cycling and elemental
budgets; primary and secondary productivity; roles of species in ecosystem
functioning; stoichiometric relationships; climate-ecosystem feedbacks;
impacts of climate and global environmental change on ecosystems; energy
and radiatively active gas fluxes; ecosystem services; and landscape
dynamics. Proposals may address the cycling of non-nutrient elements, but
proposals specifically ecotoxicological in orientation, or without an
explicit link to ecosystem processes, will not be considered.
Ecosystem-oriented proposals with coastal marine, deep ocean, or Laurentian
Great Lakes study sites are reviewed by the Biological Oceanography Program
in the Division of Ocean Sciences. Studies of the structure and dynamics of
food webs are commonly co-reviewed with the Population and Community
Ecology program in the Division of Environmental Biology.

The ES program encourages a diversity of research approaches. Observational
studies and manipulative experiments in field, mesocosm, and laboratory
settings are supported, with the expectation that the research, whether
hypothesis- or discovery-driven, has a strong conceptual foundation. Inter-
and multi-disciplinary proposals that fall across traditional programmatic
boundaries are welcomed and encouraged; ES often co-reviews proposals with
other programs across the Foundation. Proposals that incorporate
quantitative or conceptual modeling efforts are encouraged, particularly
those promoting integration and synthesis or advancing ecosystem science
through either the pursuit of new theoretical paradigms or novel modeling
approaches. Proposals that, in whole or part, strive to develop new
techniques can be supported when a compelling argument exists that there is
the potential for a major advance in ecosystem science. Projects that are
potentially transformative -- that is, those that may change the conceptual
basis of ecosystem science and have broad implications for future research
-- are given particular priority. The program funds proposals submitted in
response to the CAREER, RCN, LTREB and OPUS solicitations. It also funds
conference and workshop proposals, requests for supplemental funding, and
RAPID and EAGER applications.

For more information about DEB and its Programs, please visit

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

DUTIES:Back to top <https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/TopofPage>

The responsibilities of the Program Director include long-range planning
and budget development for the areas of science represented by the program
or program cluster, the administration of the peer review process and
proposal recommendations, the preparation of press releases, feature
articles and material describing advances in the research supported, and
coordination and liaison with other programs in NSF, other Federal agencies
and organizations. Additional duties and responsibilities include the


   - Maintains a healthy balance of support for all the needs of the
   research and education enterprise through program, division, directorate,
   Foundation, or interagency activities.
   - Manages program resources to provide optimal appropriate scientific
   judgment to insure integrity and consistency in the grant/declination
   process without conflicts of interest, and with balance among appropriate
   sub-fields and institutions, and participation of all qualified scientists.
   - Manages an effective, timely merit review process, with attention to
   increasing the size and quality of the reviewer pools and insuring
   participation by women, minorities and disabled scientists.
   - Provides scientific expertise, evaluation and advice for other
   programs in NSF, including international programs, and other research
   programs, and cross-directorate programs.
   - Advises and assists in the development of short-and-long range plans,
   establishing goals and objectives for support of research programs.
   - Plans the budget for the program considering past, present and future
   fiscal years, allocates resources within the budget by distributing scarce
   resources among competitive projects, and manages post-award evaluation.
   - Controls waste, fraud and abuse.


   - Represents the Program, Division and the Foundation within the
   scientific community, with other NSF Divisions, with other appropriate
   agencies and organizations, and with the public, accurately reflecting NSF
   policy and positions.
   - Creates and maintains linkages to other NSF units and other Federal
   agencies in pursuit of the overall NSF mission.
   - Participates in staff, panel, committee and other meetings, providing
   input relevant to program area and/or Division.
   - Pursues affirmative action and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
   - Pursues and/or is responsive to assignment on special projects and
   temporary function teams across the Foundation to solve problems, improve
   staff communication, and effect coordination for special programs.
   - Contributes ideas and effort to improving the quality of policies and
   NSF's performance of the overall mission.
   - Prepares and disseminates a variety of informational documents which
   may include data on progress being made toward NSF goals, trends and
   opportunities papers, and budget plans.


   - Establishes contacts and maintains active involvement in Program and
   related areas through participation in professional activities.
   - Maintains familiarity with salient current research developments.
   - Pursues individual research as workload and travel funds permit.
   - Expands administrative capabilities through training courses or
   assumption of new management.


Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in biology or a related field with an
emphasis in ecosystem science. In addition applicants must have six or more
years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial
experience beyond the Ph.D. in this scientific area.

You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation
before you can be appointed into this position.

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements before 11:59 PM
Eastern time on the closing date of the job announcement. You must answer
all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email
address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not
receive important communication that could affect your consideration for
this position.


You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience,
expertise, education, and research activities relevant to the duties of the

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. Demonstrated broad knowledge and understanding of scientific
   principles, theories and technologies applicable to the biological sciences
   in general, ecosystem science in particular.
   2. Research, analytical and technical writing skills, evidencing the
   ability to perform extensive inquiry into a wide variety of significant
   issues and to make recommendations and decisions based on findings.
   3. Ability to organize, implement and manage a proposal-driven grant
   program, allocating resources to meet a broad spectrum of program goals.
   4. Knowledge of management and organizational concepts, principles,
   practices and techniques, with expertise in research administration.
   5. Ability to interact with the scientific community and peers, and to
   advocate program policies and plans.
   6. Understanding of, and dedication to, the promotion of both
   intellectual merit and broader impacts of research and education activities.

*To preview questions please click

BENEFITS:Back to top <https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/TopofPage>

A GREAT LOCATION!  The National Science Foundation is conveniently located
one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and
50, and about three miles from downtown Washington.  Employees may rent
parking spaces in the building garage.  There are many shops and
restaurants within easy walking distance.  Employees receive the Federal
benefits package and NSF offers:

•        Pre-tax parking
•        Public transportation subsidy
•        Child development center on site
•        Child care subsidy
•        Flexible working hours
•        Telecommuting
•        Physical fitness facility on site
•        NSF Federal Credit Union on site
•        Health services unit on site
•        Employee assistance program


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 will be paid, contingent upon availability of funds.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF
eRecruit Frequently Asked

HOW TO APPLY:Back to top<https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/TopofPage>

Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and all
required documents successfully faxed or uploaded before 11:59 PM Eastern
time on the closing date. You must answer all of the job-related questions
to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed
information, please review our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked

WARNING! Applications submitted online must have a valid email address. If
your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you
may not receive important communication that could affect your
consideration for this position.

If you are unable to apply electronically, please use the Contact
Information below for special instructions on how to submit your
application materials. Hearing impaired individuals may call TDD (703)
292-5090 for assistance

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Gholz, Henry L. <hgholz at nsf.gov>
Date: Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 1:13 PM
Subject: [CCIWG] Search for Permanent PO for Ecosystem Sciences Cluster

Please make your communities aware of this opportunity. The position closes
March 15, 2013.

Questions can be directed to Henry Gholz, Chair of the Search Committee (
hgholz at nsf.gov), or to the other members of the committee:  Linda Deegan,
Doug Levey, Bill Zamer.

Also, please let me know of any email list serves or individuals you
contact about this position so that I can keep a proper record.





GYAMI SHRESTHA, Ph.D. | Program Office Director
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