The NSF Division of Earth Sciences is honored to serve the Earth Sciences research community by welcoming proposals submitted to its core, cross-cutting, education, and instrumentation and facilities programs. Starting in 2017 we are realigning these programs into two new sections. The Disciplinary Programs Section encompasses all our core programs, including Geophysics, Petrology and Geochemistry, Tectonics, Geobiology and Low Temperature Geochemistry, Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics, Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology, and Hydrologic Sciences. The Integrated Activities Section includes all our cross-cutting activities, including Instrumentation and Facilities (and Geoinformatics), Education and Human Resources, and cross-division research programs Integrated Earth Systems, EarthScope, GeoPRISMS, Critical Zone Observatories, and Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change. This section also includes our division communications and analysis group.
Our Integrated Activities Section will be led by Section Head Dr. Jim Whitcomb, who has ably headed the Deep Earth Processes section for many years. We are seeking a Section Head for the Disciplinary Processes Section, and ask for your help in identifying strong applicants. Appointment to this Senior Executive Service position may be on a career or on a one to three-year limited-term basis. Alternatively, the incumbent may be assigned under Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) provisions. The job announcement may be found on USA Jobs at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/459469500?org=NSF
Applications are open until January 24, 2017.
With this realignment, we signal to our community that EAR values deep knowledge in core disciplines as well as integrative Earth science research. Both the Disciplinary Programs and Integrated Activities sections are composed of programs that support the entire spectrum of the Earth Sciences. But our mission is unchanged: to promote the progress of science by making awards that capitalize on new concepts in science and engineering and provide global leadership in advancing research and education.