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National Science Foundation Alexandria, VA, USA
Feb 19, 2018
Full time
Summary Applicants wishing to apply for a Federal Temporary, IPA or VSEE Appointment should see Job Announcement IOS -2018-0012 . The National Science Foundation is seeking a candidate as a Biological Science Administrator (Program Director) within the Physiological Mechanisms and Biomechanics (PMB) Program in the Physiological and Structural Systems (PSS) Cluster, Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS), Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), Alexandria, VA.   The PSS Cluster supports research aimed at furthering the understanding of organisms as integrated units of biological organization. The Cluster considers proposals focused on interacting physiological and structural systems, their environmental and evolutionary contexts, and how these components are constrained by their integration into the whole organism. The PMB program supports physiological mechanism and biomechanics research across the spectrum of animal, plant, and microbial biology. We seek qualified candidates in either the areas of animal or plant physiological sciences. More information about the PSS cluster can be found   here . Learn more about this agency Responsibilities As Program Director, you are responsible for the management of research and other scientific activities primarily through Federal grants and contracts to: academic, non-profit, and non-academic institutions such as professional organizations and the private sector. You will be responsible for administration of the peer review process, making award recommendations and managing an effective, timely peer review process, ensuring broad participation of reviewers and increasing involvement of under-represented groups. You will process awards and declinations, contacting successful applicants prior to the award of the grant and unsuccessful applicants as necessary. You will also be responsible for encouraging and supporting integrative, synthetic, and interdisciplinary research involving the biological sciences. Additional duties and responsibilities include the following: Managing program resources so as to insure: integrity and consistency in the grant/declination process without conflict-of-interest; balance among appropriate sub-fields and institutions; and participation of all qualified scientists. You will be responsible for planning and administration of programs within the framework of legislation, agency policies, missions, objectives, and resources. You will serve as spokesperson for the program to the scientific community. You will be responsible for long-range planning and budget development within Physiological and Structural Systems. Coordinating and serving as liaison with other programs in NSF and other Federal agencies and organizations. You will provide scientific expertise, evaluation and advice for other programs in NSF, including international programs, other research programs, and cross-directorate programs. You will maintain a healthy balance of support for all the needs of the research and education enterprise either through Program, Division, Directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities. Providing assistance to investigators whenever feasible. You will follow the progress of grantees through site visits, progress and fiscal reports, and correspondence. Closes 03/14/2018 Remember to say you found this opportunity at