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Program Director (Behavioral Scientist)

National Science Foundation
Virginia, United States
$148,933.00 - $190,947.00
Posted Date
Dec 10, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Human Development & Family Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences, Psychology
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The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for several Behavioral Scientists (Program Director) positions specifically for the Social Psychology, Developmental Sciences, Perception, Action, Cognition (PAC), and Linguistics Programs in the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) within the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), Alexandria, VA.

The BCS Division welcomes applications from experts with experience in basic research who can help shape, invigorate, and manage the following funding programs:

Developmental Sciences: The Developmental Sciences Program supports basic research on human development across the lifespan that increases our understanding of cognitive, linguistic, social, cultural, and biological processes. Research supported by this program will add to knowledge about the underlying developmental processes that support social, cognitive, and behavioral functioning. There are two developmental science positions:

  1. General Developmental Sciences. Applicants are expected to have knowledge about developmental research, focusing on any aspect of development across the lifespan from infancy to old age.
  2. Language Development. Applicants are expected to have knowledge about research in language development. Preference will be for applicants that show familiarity with Cognitive Science and Neuroscience approaches to developmental issues.

Linguistics: The Linguistics Program supports basic science in the domain of human language, encompassing investigations of the grammatical properties of individual human languages and of natural language in general. The Linguistics program also supports projects to develop language infrastructure and advance scientific and scholarly knowledge concerning human languages. The program encourages projects that are interdisciplinary in theoretical perspective and/or methodological approach, and that address questions that cross disciplinary boundaries. Linguistics program officers also manage the Dynamic Language Infrastructure-Documenting Endangered Languages (DLI-DEL) program as part of their assigned tasks.

Perception, Action, Cognition: The Perception, Action, and Cognition (PAC) Program supports research on perception, action and cognition that is strongly grounded in theory. Research topics include vision, audition, haptics, attention, memory, reasoning, written and spoken discourse, motor control and developmental issues in all topic areas. The program encompasses a wide range of theoretical perspectives; symbolic computation, connectionism, ecological, nonlinear dynamics, complex systems, and a variety of methodologies including both experimental studies and modeling. Research involving acquired or developmental deficits and research on animals is appropriate if the results speak to basic issues of perception, action, and cognition. The program's focus is on perceptual, motor, and cognitive mechanisms of human behavior.

Social Psychology: The Social Psychology Program at NSF supports basic research on human social behavior, including cultural differences and development over the life span. Among the many research topics supported are attitude formation and change, social cognition, personality processes, interpersonal relations and group processes, the self, emotion, social comparison and social influence, and the psychological and neurophysiological bases of social behavior. The program supports research that is theoretically grounded, based on empirical observation and validation, and has the potential to significantly advance fundamental understanding of social behavior.

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