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Program Director, Paleoclimate Program

National Science Foundation
Alexandria, Virginia
Closing date
Nov 1, 2022

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Atmospheric Sciences, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology
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Mid Career
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The Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks rotator candidates for the position of program director for the Paleoclimate (PC) program. Please refer to the Dear Colleague Letter that serves as an announcement of opportunity to become a program director through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA). IPA rotators come to NSF on temporary (1-4 year) assignments and serve in a full-time program management role alongside NSF permanent staff. The responsibilities of the NSF Program Director include long-range planning and budget development for the program, the administration of the merit review process and proposal recommendations, and coordination and partnership with other programs in NSF (such as P4CLIMATE), other Federal agencies, and organizations.

The advantage to NSF of the rotator arrangement is that it brings in new ideas and viewpoints from the scientific community, and the advantage to the rotator and home institution is that the rotator gains increased visibility and a full appreciation of the scientific landscape across the US. Rotators are also allowed Independent Research/Development (IRD) plans that provide time to maintain involvement with professional research and mentoring. IPAs remain employees of their home institution and NSF provides an award to the institution to cover the cost of the individual. The candidate would ideally start by Spring 2023. Official application materials should be submitted per the instructions in the Dear Colleague Letter (

Questions about the position can be directed to David Verardo, program director in PC ( Applications received prior to November 1, 2022, will be prioritized. NSF is an equal opportunity employer.




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