National Science Foundation – Anthropologist, Biological Anthropology Program (Program Director )

NSF is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Program Director in Biological Anthropology in the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) in Arlington, VA.

BCS supports research to develop and advance scientific knowledge about humans spanning areas of inquiry including brain and behavior, language and culture, origins and evolution, and geography and the environment. In addition to the core program areas, BCS sponsors several additional crosscutting and NSF-wide funding opportunities. BCS programs consider proposals that fall squarely within disciplines, but they also encourage and support interdisciplinary projects. These are evaluated either through joint review among programs in BCS, joint review with programs in other Divisions, or by NSF-wide multi-disciplinary panels. All programs in BCS consider proposals for research projects, conferences, and workshops. BCS participates in special initiatives and competitions on a number of topics including human-natural system interactions, children’s research, cognitive neuroscience, human origins, and information technology. There is also infrastructure support to improve data resources, data archives, collaboratories, and centers.

The Biological Anthropology Program supports basic research in areas related to human evolution and contemporary human biological variation. Research areas supported by the program include, but are not limited to, human genetic variation, human and nonhuman primate ecology and adaptability, human osteology and bone biology, human and nonhuman primate paleontology, functional anatomy, and primate socioecology. In addition to the Biological Anthropology program duties, the program director will be expected to contribute to one or more cross-cutting activities within the Foundation. Priority will be given to candidates who can contribute to NSF’s efforts in forensic science.

There is one position to be filled; it is being advertised as both Rotator (temporary) and Permanent – each has has its own advertisement in USA Jobs.