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U.S. National Nanotechnology Coordination Office Seeks Next Director

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National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) in the Executive Office of the President is seeking candidates interested in serving as the Director of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO). The NNCO supports the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), the U.S. Federal Government’s interagency activity for coordinating research and development as well as enhancing communication and collaborative activities in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The NNCO acts as the primary point of contact for information on the NNI; provides technical and administrative support to the Initiative, including the preparation of multiagency planning, budget, and assessment documents; develops, updates, and maintains the NNI website; and provides public outreach on behalf of the NNI. The NNCO is currently hosted by the National Science Foundation with offices in Arlington, Virginia.

The NNCO Director oversees all aspects of the NNCO, providing executive and technical leadership, management, and oversight of the NNCO staff in order to meet the NNCO mission. The Director also leads communication and coordination on NNI issues among and between Federal agencies and external stakeholders, and serves as a national spokesperson for the NNI. As a member of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) staff, the NNCO Director provides advice to senior OSTP staff on issues relating to nanotechnology R&D, regulation, and commercialization.

Candidates interested in serving as the NNCO Director should have a doctoral degree or equivalent knowledge and experience in the physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering; be recognized as an expert in nanoscale science, engineering, and/or technology; and have a record of leadership positions with significant managerial, supervisory, and programmatic responsibilities. The candidate is expected to have knowledge of and/or experience with the NNI and its associated working groups, task forces, ad hoc subgroups, and coordinators, along with direct knowledge of Federal Government operational policies and procedures gained through either Federal employment, temporary duty at a Federal agency, or through significant, ongoing interactions with the Federal government.

The candidate must be available for two years, and will initially receive a one year assignment with a renewal for the second year upon mutual agreement.

US Citizenship is required.

Expressions of interest accompanied by a resume should be sent by April 30, 2014 to