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Job ID: 136908

Program Director
National Science Foundation

Date Posted Jan. 23, 2020
Title Program Director
University National Science Foundation
Alexandria , VA, United States
Department Social and Economic Sciences
Application Deadline Feb. 24, 2020, or until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Sociology - General
    Political Science - International
    Political Science - Comparative
    Political Science - General
    Interdisciplinary Studies
    Government - Policy/Public Affairs
    Government - National Security
    Economics - Resources
    Economics - Public Finance
    Economics - Microeconomics
    Economics - Macroeconomics
    Economics - International
    Economics - Industrial Organization
    Economics - General


For nearly 70 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has been recognized as the premier
Federal agency supporting basic research in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Mathematics), as well as STEM education at all levels. As part of a current revitalization to
address some of the world’s most pressing problems, the Social, Behavioral, and Economic
Sciences are playing a particularly compelling and exciting role. We seek qualified
candidates for Program Director positions for the Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES)
within the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE). SES programs cover
Economics, Sociology, and Political Science topics, via disciplinary programs and programs such as
Accountable Institutions and Behavior (AIB) and Security and Preparedness (SAP). Interdisciplinary
SES programs include: Decision, Risk and Management Sciences (DRMS); Ethical and Responsible
Research (ER2); Law and Science (LS); Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS); Science of
Organizations (SoS); Science and Technology Studies (STS); and Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace

The SES Division invites applications at
from experts who can help shape, invigorate, and manage the following funding programs with
openings for Program Directors.

Deadline for applications: February 24, 2020.

  • Economics: The Economics program supports research to improve understanding of economic processes
    and institutions within the U.S. and throughout the world. The program strengthens empirical,
    theoretical, and other methods of rigorous research on economic behavior and phenomena. Almost
    every area of economics is eligible for support, including econometrics, economic history,
    environmental economics, finance, industrial organization, international economics, labor
    economics, macroeconomics, mathematical economics, and public finance.
  • Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2): What constitutes responsible conduct for research (RCR),
    and which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice, and why?
    Do certain labs have a "culture of academic integrity?" What practices contribute to the
    establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred,
    extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings? To answer such questions,
    projects funded by ER2 investigate: (1) the effectiveness of methods for inculcating ethical
    procedures, practices, and environments in STEM; as well as (2) for methods found effective, ways
    of embedding them within STEM cultures.
  • Science of Organizations (SoO): How do organizations develop, form and operate? SoO
    grantees study organizations of all sorts – private and public, established and entrepreneurial,
    designed and emergent, formal and informal, profit and nonprofit – since all are critical to the
    well-being of nations and their citizens. Of particular interest is the way organizations produce
    goods and services, create value, provide jobs, and achieve social goals.
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS): This program supports research that uses historical,
    philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the STEM disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of topics including
    interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues related to the role of
    science and technology in society.
  • Security and Preparedness (SAP): Fundamental questions about global and national security
    motivate the rigorous scientific research projects funded by this project. Substantive areas
    include international relations, global and national security, human security, political violence,
    state stability, conflict processes, regime transition, emergency management, international and
    comparative political economy, as well as peace science.
  • Sociology: How do human interactions develop within and among societies, institutions, and groups? The Sociology Program encourages theoretically focused empirical investigations
    aimed at explaining fundamental social processes. Included is research on organizations and
    organizational behavior, demography and population dynamics, social movements and groups, labor
    arrangements and participation, stratification and mobility, family and social networks, race and
    gender in society, and the sociology of science and technology. The Program supports both original
    data collections as well as secondary data analyses that use the full range of quantitative and
    qualitative methodological tools. Also welcome are theoretically grounded projects that offer
    innovative methodologies for data collection and analysis.

The federal salary for program director ranges from $147,458 to $189,056 per year, and it is
possible to maintain one’s current salary if it exceeds the federal cap. In addition to current
opportunities in these specific fields, the SES Division is also interested in identifying
candidates for future rotator positions in the program areas listed above- especially individuals
planning for future academic years. Positions will be filled as a one- or two-year VSEE or IPA
rotator,, or as a one- or two-year Fed Temp
appointment, https://beta. NSF positions make it
easy for academics and other experts to be temporarily detailed to NSF on loan from their home
institutions. Applicants must specify in their submissions at least one and no more than two
programs for which they wish to be considered. Additional details about the full suite of programs
supported by the SES Division can be found at:
For more information on SBE, see:

  • NSF is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • Alan Tomkins
    Social and Economic Sciences
    National Science Foundation
    2415 Eisenhower Avenue
    Alexandria, VA 22314
  • 703.292.2690


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