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The Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences is pleased to announce several openings for Program Officers. Specifics and application procedures can be found at the site identified below. NSF offers the rare opportunity for scientists to join us as temporary program officers for up to three years. Information about our rotator program can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/about/career_opps/rotators/microsite/.
We are initiating a national search for the National Science Foundation's Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE), and seek your assistance in the identification of candidates. Dr. Myron Gutmann has served in this position, with distinction, since November 2009.
The Assistant Director, SBE, manages a Directorate comprising the division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), the division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES), the SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA), and the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). Attached is a PDF version of this letter, which includes an information sheet summarizing the Directorate's activities and the responsibilities of the position, together with the criteria that will be used in the search. Employment may be on a temporary or permanent basis in the Federal Service or by temporary assignment under provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act.
We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Gary D. Sandefur, Professor of Sociology and Dean of the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, has agreed to head the Search Advisory Committee. Both we and the Committee seek your help in identifying candidates with the following qualifications: outstanding leadership; a deep sense of scholarship; a grasp of the issues facing the social, behavioral, and economic science communities, especially in the areas of education and research; expertise with the production, analysis and dissemination of public data and statistics; and the ability to serve effectively as a key member of the NSF senior management team. We are especially interested in identifying women, members of minority groups, and persons with disabilities for consideration. Recommendations of individuals from any sector -- academic, industry, or government -- are welcome.
Please send your recommendations, including any supporting information which you might be able to provide, to the AD/SBE Screening Committee via e-mail (email@example.com) or at the following address: National Science Foundation, Office of the Director, Suite 1205, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. We would appreciate receiving your recommendations by January 18, 2012.
Your assistance in this very important task is appreciated.
Dear Colleague Letter - Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) Employment Opportunity
The Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) announces a nationwide search for a Program Director in Environmental Behavioral and Social Science. Formal consideration of applications will begin Nov. 9 and will continue until a selection is made.
We are interested in an expert with broad expertise and experience in environmental behavioral and social science, to start as early as possible in 2013 and by September at the latest. Candidates from all specializations within the behavioral and social sciences will be considered, but to be eligible, candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience in the relevant discipline, plus six or more years of successful research, research administration and/or substantial managerial experience in academe, industry, or government.
NSF and SBE actively support interdisciplinary scientific activities in the area of the environment, primarily through special programs and competitions such as the Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) and Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES). Primary responsibilities for this Program Director will be to participate in, coordinate, and, when appropriate, take primary responsibility for environmental behavioral and social science activities. S/he will assist the efforts of other SBE Program Directors in advancing basic, fundamental behavioral and social science research as well as its integration with research from other fields to address issues related to the preservation and enhancement of environmental quality and the sustainability of natural systems, economic activity, and social well-being. The Program Director also will assist in the management of a standing program within the BCS division on a limited basis and as appropriate for his/her expertise. The Program Director would report to the BCS Division Director.
Specific responsibilities for this position may include the following:
Applicants must be familiar with a broad spectrum of the behavioral and social sciences research community, as well as with the issues being addressed in the field of environmental science. The position requires effective oral and written communication skills, and familiarity with NSF programs and activities is desirable. The incumbent is expected to work effectively both individually within specific NSF programs and as a member of crosscutting and interdisciplinary teams. The incumbent must also demonstrate a capability to work across government agencies to promote NSF activities and to leverage program funds through interagency collaborations.
The position may be filled with one of the following appointment alternatives:
Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment (IPA) Act: 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 IPA assignments are generally made for a one-year period and may be extended by mutual agreement for up to an additional three-year period. The individual remains an employee of the home institution and NSF provides the negotiated funding toward the assignee's salary and benefits.
Visiting Scientist Appointment: Visiting Scientist Appointments are 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.
Temporary Excepted Service Appointment: Temporary Excepted Service Appointments are made under the Excepted Authority of the NSF Act. Candidates who do not have civil service 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.
For additional information on NSF's rotational programs please visit: https://www.nsf.gov/about/career_opps/rotators/
Applications will be accepted from US Citizens. Due to a recent change in Federal Appropriations Law, only Non-Citizens who are permanent US residents and actively seeking citizenship can be considered for Federal appointments (i.e., Visiting Scientists, Engineers and Educators (VSEE) program, Temporary Excepted Service). Therefore, you are required to provide documentation that confirms you are actively seeking citizenship at the time you submit your application. Non-citizens who do not provide documentation will be considered only for the IPA program.
How to Apply: Applicants should indicate within their cover letter and subject line of the email that they are applying for the position of Program Director in Environmental Behavioral and Social Sciences. Please submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Dr. Amber Story at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSF IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER COMMITTED TO EMPLOYING A HIGHLY QUALIFIED STAFF THAT REFLECTS THE DIVERSITY OF OUR NATION
The Cognitive Neuroscience program at the National Science Foundation is seeking a Program Officer for a “rotator” position. The position description has been posted on USAjobs at http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/2410500?org=SBE
For people unfamiliar with the NSF Rotator Program, it allows an academic at any rank or advanced Research Scientist to come to Washington for a year or two and assume the role and responsibilities of a program officer. They are both Program and Review (in NIH terms), run the review meetings ("Panels" at NSF), and make funding decisions. One year is a bit too short to do anything truly innovative, such as start a new program, but with a two-year stint you can have a permanent effect in shaping the field.
That is how many people start in science administration. Others go back to their university much better informed about funding opportunities and about how NSF works.
Important note: You don't have to 'waste' a sabbatical to do it, as most institutions will allow you to take a leave of absence (the NSF pays your full salary, annualized for 12 months, either through your university or as a federal employee). You will learn a lot about how the grants process works, and get to enjoy all that Washington has to offer.
Please forward this announcement to anyone you think might be interested.
Kessler Foundation, West Orange, New Jersey
Kessler Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with physical disabilities, is seeking PhD-level candidates for a newly created position in our Research Center focusing on translational cognitive neurorehabilitation.
Directed by Anna M. Barrett, MD, the Stroke Rehabilitation Research Laboratory translates cognitive neuroscience concepts for novel treatment of hidden poststroke disabilities and emphasizes translational spatial cognitive research on visual-motor disabilities after right hemisphere stroke. Funded continuously by the NIH since 1999, the lab’s research includes basic, clinical, and explicitly translational experiments; additional funded studies examine language, cognitive, and other hidden disabilities.
The laboratory uses some of the best video spatial bias assessment techniques available internationally and partners with Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation, consistently rated in the top 3 U.S. rehabilitation clinical providers. With a recruitment pool of over 100 stroke survivors admitted monthly for inpatient rehabilitation care, our research process yields hundreds of enrolled study subjects annually, resulting in an outstanding capacity for mindful research growth.
The Assistant Director will oversee and assist in implementing scientific activities. Additional responsibilities will include project and staff management, grant writing, study coordination, data management/analyses, and preparation of presentations and publications.
Qualifications include a graduate degree and postdoctoral experience in research relevant to translational visuo-spatial neurorehabilitation; a developed research area complementing the lab’s strengths and mission; demonstrated publication record, grant-writing ability, and leadership skills; and statistical, data management, communication, and management skills. The ideal scientist candidate is a demonstrated team leader and excellent manager, who wishes to see his or her initial success in grant-funded research develop rapidly within a synergistic, collaborative program. Relevant fields include (but are not limited to) allied health professions and rehabilitation, psychology, biological sciences, education, neurology, neuroscience and medicine, and engineering. A history of multiyear external grant funding, specific experience with grant budget administration, and exceptional writing skills are preferred.
The successful candidate will be recommended for faculty appointment at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-NJ Medical School, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and will participate in other interinstitutional collaborations.
We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. To apply, submit a letter outlining career goals and interests, CV, three letters of recommendation, and sample reprints to career@KesslerFoundation.org. For further information, contact Anna M. Barrett, MD at abarrett@KesslerFoundation.org.
Kessler Foundation is committed to creating a diverse, cooperative work environment. Individuals with disabilities, women, and members of under-represented minority groups and are encouraged to apply. EEO/M/F/D/V. Please visit our Web site: www.KesslerFoundation.org