General Engineer (Associate Program Director),

US Government Other Agencies and Independent Organizations
Trade, Virginia, US
Jul 29, 2021
Jul 31, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
  • Duties




The National Science Foundation announces a nationwide search for engineering professionals to fill one (1) Associate Program Director position within the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET), Directorate of Engineering, Alexandria, VA.

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The Associate Program Director will be expected to work with program directors in developing and running programs to support research at the leading edges of CBET's and the Environmental Engineering & Sustainability (EES) Cluster's programmatic areas. The Associate Program Director also will be expected to analyze and report on the portfolios of the EES Cluster's programs and to participate in cross-disciplinary systems-related NSF initiatives.

The NSF Associate Program Officer works with program officers or senior researchers to provide an integrated and responsible effort for research program or an area of a research program. The goal and core strategies of NSF's Strategic Plan set the framework for all activities. The goals are: (1) enable the United States to uphold a position of world leadership in all aspects of sciences, mathematics and engineering, (2) promote the discovery, integration, dissemination, and employment of new knowledge in service to society, and (3) achieve excellence in U.S. science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education at all levels. Within this context, Associate Program Officers may assist in soliciting, receiving and reviewing research proposals, make funding recommendations, administer awards, and undertake interaction with research communities in the applicable fields.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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0801 General Engineering
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Conditions of Employment
  • Background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.

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. Foreign Talent Definitions

You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

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This position is in the bargaining unit.

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You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a field of engineering or related science plus after award of the Ph.D., four or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position; OR a Master's degree in a field of engineering or related science plus after award of the degree, six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.

Successful candidates will have expertise in environmental engineering science, sustainability, and/or mitigating the impacts of climate change. Related science fields would include environmental science, atmospheric science, environmental chemistry, and environmental toxicology. A broad knowledge of the relevant disciplinary areas of the Division of Chemical, Biological, Environmental and Transport Systems and knowledge of the general scientific community are highly desired. A successful candidate will have skills in multidisciplinary research, experience working within a team environment, ability to function effectively both within their specific cluster and as a member of crosscutting and interactive teams, and able to perform some administrative taskings (budget, people) pertinent to the program director position.

This position is outside the competitive civil service.