The candidate selected for this position will be directly responsible for establishing NSF’s positions on a wide range of spectrum-related issues, and will work within various national and international committees to further those positions. The successful candidate will also be responsible for making presentations at scientific conferences and advisory bodies on spectrum-related issues, and will interface with government and private-sector spectrum-using entities to coordinate frequency use.
ESMU duties related to this position may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Represent the interests of the United States’ scientific community within international and regional telecommunications communities;
• Participate in and contribute to the U.S. preparatory process for ITU Study Groups and Working Parties;
• Participate in and contribute to ITU Working Parties and Study Groups;
• Participate in ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences and Conference Preparatory Meetings; and
• Participate in and contribute to regional coordination bodies, in particular the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL).
Represent the interests of the United States’ scientific community within the national telecommunications regulatory structure:
• Represent the National Science Foundation at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Interdepartment Radio Advisory Committee and its subcommittees;
• Serve as expert advisor and technical consultant to any element of the NSF and to other governmental organizations on the use of the electromagnetic spectrum for scientific research, particularly relative to electromagnetic spectrum management policy; and
• Represent NSF's Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Unit at conferences, workshops, outreach events, and within NSF itself, to explain the value of the radio spectrum for scientific and engineering research.
Provide spectrum support for NSF-funded projects and facilities:
• Prepare applications for NTIA spectrum certification of NSF-supported radio systems;
• Obtain NTIA frequency authorizations for NSF-supported radio systems;
• Interact with NSF facility personnel and NSF-funded PIs to maintain a two-way dialog on current spectrum issues impacting NSF investments; and
• Negotiate and execute coordination agreements with third parties on behalf of NSF-funded facilities and projects.
Duties related to managing the EARS program may include:
• Maintain a healthy balance of support for all the needs of the research and education enterprise either through program, division; directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities;
• Manage program resources so as to provide optimal appropriate scientific judgment to insure integrity and consistency in the grant/declination process without conflict of interests, and with balance among appropriate sub-fields and institutions, and participation of all qualified scientists. Incorporate cross-directorate responsibilities into program administration;
• Manage an effective, timely merit review process, with attention to increasing the size and quality of the reviewer pools and insuring participation by women, minorities and disabled scientists; and
• Plan the budget for the EARS program, considering past, present and future fiscal years; allocate resources within that budget so as to distribute scarce resources among the most compelling scientific proposals, and manage post-award evaluation.