Psychologist, Cognitive Neuroscience Program (Program Director)
Human cognitive science encompasses a wide range of topics, including attention, learning, memory, decision-making, language, social cognition, and emotions. The Cognitive Neuroscience program supports highly innovative proposals that employ brain-based measurements in order to advance our understanding of the neural systems that mediate cognitive processes. Applicants are expected to be knowledgeable about the new frontiers in cognitive neuroscience research including investigations that integrate data at different spatial and temporal scales. Familiarity with recent methodological advances wherein computational cognitive models may directly inform neuroimaging results is also expected.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, 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, panelist 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.
Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience, plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position. Experience and expertise in basic research areas relevant to the goals of BCS and other programs such as Perception, Action, and Cognition would be especially beneficial. In addition to above qualifications, 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 and Quality Ranking Factors.
If you do not have civil service status or reinstatement eligibility, you will not obtain civil service status if selected. If you are currently in the competitive civil service, you will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected.This Program Director position is in the bargaining unit.Relocation expenses may be paid subject to funds availability.NSF is relocating to Alexandria, VA. In late summer of 2017, NSF will begin the transition from its current location in Arlington, VA to 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. The new location is adjacent to a Metro station (Eisenhower Avenue on the Yellow Line) and there is ample parking in the area. There are several amenities nearby, such as restaurants, hotels, and shops. For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.