We are initiating a national search for the National Science Foundation’s Assistant Director for Biological Sciences (BIO), and seek your assistance in the identification of candidates. Dr. John Wingfield has served in this position, with distinction, since September 2011.
The Assistant Director, BIO, manages a Directorate comprising the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB), the Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI), the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS), the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB), and the Emerging Frontiers Office (EF). Enclosed is an information sheet that summarizes the Directorate's activities and the responsibilities of the position, together with the criteria that will be used in the search. Employment may be on a temporary or permanent basis in the Federal Service or by temporary assignment under provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act.
We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Kay Gross, University Distinguished Professor of Plant Biology at Michigan State University, has agreed to head the Search Advisory Committee. Both we and the Committee seek your help in identifying candidates with the following qualifications: outstanding leadership; a deep sense of scholarship; a grasp of the issues facing the biological sciences, especially in the areas of education and research; and the ability to serve effectively as a key member of the NSF senior management team. We are especially interested in identifying women, members of minority groups, and persons with disabilities for consideration. Recommendations of individuals from any sector -- academic, industry, or government -- are welcome.
Please send your recommendations, including any supporting information which you might be able to provide, to the AD/BIO Screening Committee via e-mail () or at the following address: National Science Foundation, Office of the Director, Suite 1205, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. We would appreciate receiving your recommendations by February 15, 2014.
For detailed information about this search, please see the NSF Dear Colleague letter.