Job: Behavioral Science

Job Posting: National Science Foundation (Arlington, VA)

Job Title:Behavioral Scientist, Linguistics Program (Program Director)

Agency:National Science Foundation

Job Announcement Number:BCS-2015-0026

SALARY RANGE:

$107,325.00 to $167,252.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 to Tuesday, October 20, 2015

SERIES & GRADE:

AD-0101-04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time. – This position will be filled as a one-or-two year VSEE, IPA, or as a Fed-Temp Appointment.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

04

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Arlington, VA View Map
Arlington, VA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications accepted from US Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law requires 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. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will be considered as an IPA only.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q – Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For over 60 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has remained the premier Federal agency supporting basic research at the frontiers of discovery across all fields, as well as science and engineering education at all levels.

The BCS Division supports research to develop and advance scientific knowledge on human cognition, language, social behavior and culture as well as research on the interactions between human societies and the physical environment. BCS programs consider proposals that fall squarely within disciplines, but they also encourage and support interdisciplinary projects. These are evaluated either through joint review among programs in BCS, joint review with programs in other Divisions, or by NSF-wide multi-disciplinary panels. All programs in BCS consider proposals for research projects, conferences, and workshops. Some programs also consider proposals for doctoral dissertation improvement grants, the acquisition of specialized research and computing equipment, group international travel, and large-scale data collection.

For more information about BCS and its Programs, please visit http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=bcs.

The Linguistics Program supports basic scientific research that focuses on human language as an object of investigation. The program supports research on the syntactic, semantic, morphological, phonetic and phonological properties of individual languages and of language in general; the psychological processes involved in the production, perception, and comprehension of language; the development of linguistic capacities in children; the acoustics of speech and the physiological and psychological processes involved in the production and perception of speech; the neurobiological bases of language in the brain; and social and cultural factors underlying language variation and change.

KEY REQUIREMENTS


DUTIES:

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The responsibilities of the NSF Program Director are constantly evolving. The Program Director is guided by the goals of NSF’s Strategic Plan: (1) transform the frontiers of science and engineering, (2) stimulate innovation and address societal needs through research and education, and (3) excel as a Federal Science Agency. The core strategies NSF staff employs include developing intellectual capital, strengthening the physical infrastructure, integrating research and education, and promoting partnerships. Responsibilities of the Program Director include, for example, long-range planning and budget development for the areas of science represented by the program or program cluster, 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 Program Director will have specific responsibilities that include the following:

  • Articulate a vision for the future of the discipline and allocate program resources to maintain a balance of support to meet the field’s needs and future development;
  • Maintain an effective merit review system and post-award action process;
  • Participate in one or more cross-cutting activities within the Foundation;
  • Work cooperatively across the Division, Directorate, and Foundation, and with other agencies to accomplish the mission of NSF;
  • Participate in interagency meetings, coordinating groups, special task groups, staff meetings, and site visits;
  • Assess trends and opportunities in the field with assistance of advisory panels;
  • Pursue affirmative action and EEO goals in selection of reviewers, panelists, and grantees;
  • Represent the program to the scientific community and the public;
  • Establish contacts and maintain active involvement in the program field through participation in meetings and conferences and by undertaking other relevant activities;
  • Pursue a personal scholarly research agenda, with results presented at professional meetings and published in academic journals, as workload permits

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Candidates must have a Ph.D. in linguistics or 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. In addition to above qualification, experience in endangered languages, cognitive neuroscience or other cross cutting activities in computational approaches, cyberinfrastructure, and cyber-capabilities are highly desired.

In addition to above qualification, the ability to organize, implement and manage a proposal-driven grant program, allocate resources to meet a spectrum of goals, and insure transparency and accountability in the grant award/declination management process is highly desired. Candidates should be able to communicate effectively and work productively with the scientific community, peers, and co-workers at all levels to advocate program policies and plans and to fulfill NSF’s mission.

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

Please preview “Evaluations” section and “Qualifications” for additional requirements.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, expertise, education, and research activities relevant to the duties of the position.
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