Physical Scientist (Program Director)
NSF Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR)
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The Integrative Programs Section within the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) in the Directorate of Geosciences (GEO) announces a nationwide search for a Program Director (Rotator) with experience and expertise in the general fields of marine geology, marine geophysics, paleoceanography, marine geochemistry, marine geobiology, or scientific ocean drilling.
The Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) provides oversight of the award supporting operations of the JOIDES Resolution drillship facility, the primary U.S. contribution to the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). Oversight is also provided for awards supporting U.S. scientist participation in the IODP and supporting the IODP proposal peer-review process. In addition, the ODP Program works in partnership with other international funding agencies in providing leadership for IODP. Finally, it supports planning for future scientific ocean drilling activities and preserving legacy samples and data products. The Program Director's core duties and responsibilities will be assisting in administering the current ODP awards and in assisting the provision of leadership and coordination in IODP and other U.S. and international scientific ocean drilling efforts, as well as in coordinating and working with other programs in NSF and other Federal agencies and organizations.
NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the agency's overall mission to support innovative science and merit-reviewed activities in basic research and education that contribute to the nation's technical strength, security, and welfare. This responsibility requires the appropriate scientific expertise and breadth of knowledge, a commitment to high standards, receptivity to new ideas, and a high degree of personal integrity.
The position recruited under this announcement will be filled under the following appointment option(s):
Visiting Scientist, Engineer, and Educator (VSEE) Program: Appointment to this position will be made under the Excepted Authority of the NSF Act. Visiting Scientists are on non-paid leave status from their home institution and placed on the NSF payroll. NSF withholds Social Security taxes and pays the home institution's contributions to maintain retirement and fringe benefits (i.e., health benefits and life insurance), either directly to the home institution or to the carrier. Appointments are usually made for a one-year period and may be extended for an additional year by mutual agreement.
It is NSF policy that NSF personnel employed at or IPAs detailed to NSF are not permitted to participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs. Failure to comply with this NSF policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal Service or termination of an IPA assignment and referral to the Office of Inspector General. https://www.nsf.gov/careers/Definition-of-Foreign-Talent-HRM.pdf.
Applications will be accepted from U.S. Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law require Non-Citizens to meet certain eligibility criteria to be considered. Therefore, Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. Non-Citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered eligible. Non-Citizens are not eligible for positions requiring a security clearance.
To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position; OR a Master’s degree in an appropriate field plus after award of the degree, eight or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position. Appropriate fields include marine geology, marine geophysics, paleoceanography, marine geochemistry, marine geobiology, or scientific ocean drilling
Applications of interest should be submitted electronically and must include contact information, a current CV, and a statement briefly describing the candidate's background related to the position duties and requirements. Applicants may also wish to include their time frame of availability and a list of references.
Ocean Drilling Program