The Division of Chemistry (CHE) announces a nationwide search for senior-level researchers to serve as rotating Program Directors. We are seeking applicants for Program Director positions in all CHE Programs, especially individuals with broad expertise in synthesis and catalysis, sustainable chemistry and materials, clean energy and climate-related chemistry, biotechnology and chemical biology, AI-driven chemical research, and quantum information science. Formal consideration of interested applications will begin at time of posting until selections are made.
NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the agency's overall mission to support innovative and merit-reviewed activities in basic research and education that contribute to the nation's technical strength, security, and welfare. To fulfill this responsibility requires not only knowledge in the appropriate disciplines, but also a commitment to high standards, a considerable breadth of interest and receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity.
The responsibilities of the NSF Program Director include, for example, long-range planning and budget development for the program, the administration of the merit 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.
The position recruited under this announcement will be filled under the following appointment option(s):
Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Assignment: Individuals eligible for an IPA assignment with a Federal agency include employees of State and local government agencies or institutions of higher education, Indian tribal governments, and other eligible organizations in instances where such assignments would be of mutual benefit to the organizations involved. Initial assignments under IPA provisions may be made for a period up to two years, with a possible extension for up to an additional two-year period. The individual remains an employee of the home institution and NSF provides the negotiated funding toward the assignee's salary and benefits. Initial IPA assignments are made for a one-year period and may be extended by mutual agreement.
Temporary Excepted Service Appointment: Appointment to this position will be made under the Excepted Authority of the NSF Act. Candidates who do not have civil service status or reinstatement eligibility will not obtain civil service status if selected. Candidates currently in the competitive service will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected. Usual civil service benefits (retirement, health benefits and life insurance) are applicable for appointments of more than one year. Temporary appointments may not exceed three years.
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.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in the chemical sciences or a closely-related 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.
Familiarity with a broad spectrum of the chemistry community, as well as with the issues being addressed in the field and accomplishments in the integration of research and education and with multidisciplinary experience and interest are desired. Effective oral and written communication skills , familiarity with NSF programs and activities are also highly desirable. The applicant is expected to work effectively both as an individual within the specific NSF program, and as a member of crosscutting and interactive teams. The applicant should also demonstrate a capability to work across government agencies to promote NSF activities and to leverage program funds through interagency collaborations.
Applicants should indicate the Program to which they are applying within their cover letter and subject line of the email. Please submit a curriculum vitae and Citizen Affidavit (if applicable) to CHEfirstname.lastname@example.org.