The Division of Materials Research (DMR) announces a nationwide search for senior-level researchers to serve as a Program Director for the Metals and Metallic Nanostructures program. Applicants should have broad expertise and demonstrated experience in understanding structure-property relationships in metallic materials from the atomic to nano- and micro-structural to bulk length scales, and also in their synthesis and characterization for desired physical, mechanical, and functional properties. Furthering recent advances in areas such as complex alloys, three and four dimensional studies and techniques used for information extraction from their necessarily large data sets is desirable. Applicants must be familiar with a broad spectrum of the materials research community, as well as with the most relevant research issues being addressed in the field currently. Applicants with accomplishments in the integration of research and education and with multidisciplinary experience and interest are desired. Formal consideration of interested applications will begin December 2, 2020, and will continue until a selection is made.
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.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in the physical sciences 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; OR a Master’s degree in the physical sciences or a closely-related field plus after award of the degree, eight or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.
Applicants with broad knowledge and demonstrated success in the sub-disciplinary area of materials research indicated above are desired. In addition, research administration and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position would be highly desirable. The incumbent should also have an appreciation for interdisciplinary research. For the DMR mission statement and additional information about the above program, please see https://www.nsf.gov/materials.
Applicants with effective oral and written communication skills, and familiarity with NSF programs and activities are also highly desirable. The incumbent is expected to work effectively both as an individual within the specific NSF program and as a member of crosscutting and interactive teams. The incumbent 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 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.