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Associate Program Officer

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National Science Foundation Alexandria , VA 22301

Posted 4 months ago



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

More information about CBET programs can be found at their .


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.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

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Preview questions are the Quality Ranking Factors listed below.

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

All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This position is in the bargaining unit.

Please preview "Evaluations" section and "Qualifications" for additional requirements and Quality Ranking Factors.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent training in a field of engineering or science aligned with the cluster described below, plus after award of the Ph.D., four or more years of successful independent research or research administration. The position requires 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.

Experience working within a team environment and some administrative skills (budget, people) are needed. Appointees are expected to function effectively both within their specific cluster and as a member of crosscutting and interactive teams. Skills in multidisciplinary research are highly desirable.

The Division of Chemical, Biological, Environmental and Transport Systems seeks applicants for the following cluster:

Chemical Process Systems Cluster (CPS): Chemical processes are critical in the production of chemicals, materials, clean water, energy, pharmaceuticals, and other commodities. The Chemical Process Systems (CPS) Cluster has four programs that support fundamental science and engineering research for the development of novel materials, mechanisms, and/or tools to improve the efficiency, resource utilization, and/or intensification of chemical processes. This cluster supports research seeking innovations in catalytic design, reaction engineering, multiphase chemical separations processes, molecular thermodynamics, process control and design, and sustainable energy conversion. The overarching goal of the CPS programs is to support basic research that improves the overall efficiency and product yields of chemical processes while reducing the size and complexity of process equipment and minimizing emissions.
This position is outside the competitive civil service.


Additional information

Relocation expenses may be paid contingent upon the availability of funds.

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.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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

We strongly encourage you to specifically address the Quality Ranking Factors below. This will ensure that you receive full consideration in the evaluation process.

Quality Ranking Factors
1.Ability 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 NSFs mission.

2.Ability to organize, implement and manage a proposal-driven grant program, allocating resources to meet a spectrum of goals, including insuring integrity and consistency in the grant award/declination management process.

3.Knowledge of management and organizational concepts, principles, practices and techniques with expertise in large project management and/or research administration.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required


Required Documents

In order to be considered for federal appointments, must affirm that they meet the Appropriations Law eligibility criteria by signing and attaching this to their application. This also applies to individuals considered for Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignments to NSF.

Non citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered. Non Citizens who are exempt from the Appropriations Law requirements due to their status as officers or employees of the U.S. government on December 16, 2009 must provide a statement with their application noting their exemption with documentation of proof of status as officers or employees of the U.S. government on that date.

You are strongly encouraged to submit a current performance appraisal and/or letter(s) of recommendation and a supplemental statement that describes how your background relates to the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) listed in the Qualifications and Evaluation Requirements section of this announcement. This information will be used in the evaluation process.

We also ask that you complete and submit the . This will help NSF to ensure that our recruiting efforts are attracting a diverse candidate pool; it will be used for statistical purposes only.

You can fax or upload your letter of recommendation(s) or the individual(s) can email the letter of recommendation(s) to and ; please ask him/her to put your name and the job announcement number in the subject line.

Transcripts are not required; however, please indicate the year that each degree was obtained on your application materials.

All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date. If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information. You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

This job originated on . For the full announcement and to apply, visit . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

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Associate Program Officer

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