The Division of Materials Research (DMR) announces a nationwide search for a senior-level researcher to serve as Program Director at the intersection of the Polymers Program (POL) with closely relevant areas such as biomaterials, sustainability, soft condensed matter physics, or materials chemistry. Applicants must be familiar with a broad spectrum of the polymers and materials research communities, as well as with the issues being addressed in the field. Applicants with substantial accomplishments in the integration of research and education and with multidisciplinary experience and interests are desired. Close interactions are anticipated with other DMR programs in areas such as sustainability, biomaterials, soft condensed matter, and materials chemistry. Formal consideration of interested applications will begin April 6, 2020, and will continue until a selection is made.
The position requires an individual with broad knowledge and demonstrated experience in fundamental polymer science. While interdisciplinarity is stressed, a central goal includes developing and advancing the foundations of polymer science across the wide horizon of the polymer field through innovative research and education projects. Polymers are studied from the molecular level through the nano-to-macro continuum using fundamental materials-focused scientific approaches. Such approaches are experimental but may also partly integrate theoretical, modeling, or computational aspects. Broad areas addressed include materials design and preparation, characterization, phase behavior, structure, morphology, and properties. Particular focus is on transformative approaches to novel materials with superior properties, on advancing polymer fundamentals and optimizing structure-property relationships, as well as on basic polymer research addressing major societal challenges.
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.
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. This also applies to individuals considered for IPA assignments to NSF. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered eligible.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in the physical sciences or a related field plus six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position after the award of the degree, or a masters degree in an appropriate field plus eight or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position after the award of the degree.
The ideal candidate should also have an appreciation for interdisciplinary research. For the DMR mission statement and additional information about the above programs, please see https://www.nsf.gov/materials. The position requires effective oral and written communication skills; familiarity with NSF programs and activities is highly desirable. The incumbent is expected to work effectively both as an individual within the specific NSF program as well as a member of crosscutting and interactive teams. The incumbent must also demonstrate capability to work across government agencies to promote NSF activities and to leverage program funds through interagency collaborations.
Applicants should indicate which program they are applying to within their cover letter and the subject line of the email. Please submit the curriculum vitae to email@example.com. Applications are reviewed by DMR's Division Director and Deputy Division Director. A few candidates are selected for telephone and/or NSF on-site interviews. Applicants will receive an acknowledgment of their application and a status update by email when selections occur. For more information about these openings, you may send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Alex Klironomos.
Nominations from the community are also encouraged. A nomination email can be sent to email@example.com.