DEB is Recruiting!

As some of you already know, I am stepping down as Director of DEB to take on some new challenges at my home institution.  The last day of my NSF appointment will be March 19.  We are currently recruiting for the next Division Director, as well as for three permanent Program Officer positions spread across three of our programmatic clusters: Evolutionary Processes, Systematics and Biodiversity Sciences, and Ecosystem Science.  Deadlines for all of these positions are coming up fast, so please share the information widely with your networks and check out the official listings on USAJOBS, linked below, for full details and contact information.

I will write a longer post prior to my official departure, but for now I simply want to say it’s been a pleasure and an honor to serve NSF in this capacity.  Also, my departure from NSF in no way threatens the continuance of this blog pilot; support for the project has been and remains widespread throughout DEB.

Please do spread the news of these open positions, consider applying yourself if you have the interest and qualifications, and feel free to contact me or others in DEB if you have questions about a specific opening.

Alan Townsend
Director, DEB

(2/21/13 UPDATE: the Ecosystem Science Program Officer info has been updated to reflect extension of the deadline to March, 15, 2013)

Division Director, Division of Environmental Biology (DEB)
Applications for the Division Director announcement are due Friday March 22, 2013

Serves as Director of the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) and as a member of the leadership team of the Directorate for Biological Sciences. DEB contributes to NSF’s mission by supporting fundamental research on populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. The Division Director has managerial and oversight responsibilities for the effective use of division staff and resources in meeting organizational goals and objectives. This includes directing the activities of the Division of Environmental Biology, assessing needs and trends, developing breakthrough opportunities, implementing overall strategic planning, and policy setting. Supervises and provides leadership and guidance to senior executive level DEB staff, program officers, administrative and support personnel. Determines funding requirements, prepares and justifies budget estimates, balances program needs, allocates resources, and oversees the evaluation of proposals and recommendations for awards and declinations. Represents NSF to relevant external groups and fosters partnerships with other Divisions, Directorates, Federal agencies, scientific organizations and the academic community.

Biological Science Administrator (Program Director) Evolutionary Processes Cluster or Systematics and Biodiversity Sciences Cluster
Applications for the Evolutionary Processes Cluster or Systematics and Biodiversity Sciences Cluster Program Director announcement due Friday March 15, 2013

Biological Science Administrator (Program Director) Ecosystem Studies Program
Applications for the Ecosystem Studies Program Program Director announcement due Friday March 15, 2013

The responsibilities of the Program Director* include long-range planning and budget development for the areas of science represented by the program or program cluster, the administration of the peer 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.

General information about working at NSF and employee benefits can be found on the NSF website. Additional openings and alerts for future position announcements at NSF can be found at

*Program Officer and Program Director are synonymous in NSF jargon.

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