Dear Colleague Letter: NSF DRL EHR Employment Opportunity in Mathematics Education Research (Open Until Closed)

Posted by
James Bell
March 12, 2018

The NSF Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) announces a nationwide search for temporary Program Directors in Mathematics Education Research at the National Science Foundation. Formal consideration of applications will begin March 19, 2018 and will continue until selections are made.

DRL is interested in candidates with research expertise in PreK-12 mathematics learning or teaching (e.g., with expertise in preschool/elementary, elementary/middle or middle school/high school content, and the learning or teaching of this content). Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education Research or a related field, plus after award of the degree, six or more years of successful research or research administration.

The position will be filled under one of the following appointment options:

Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Assignment: Individuals eligible for an IPA assignment with a Federal agency include employees of State and local government agencies or institutions of higher education, Indian tribal governments, and other eligible organizations in instances where such assignments would be of mutual benefit to the organizations involved. Initial assignments under IPA provisions may be made for a period up to two years, with a possible extension for up to an additional two-year period. The individual remains an employee of the home institution and NSF provides the negotiated funding toward the assignee's salary and benefits. Initial IPA assignments are made for a one-year period and may be extended by mutual agreement. For additional information regarding IPA positions, please visit the NSF website at:

Visiting Scientist Appointment: Appointment to this position will be made under the Excepted Authority of the NSF Act. Visiting Scientists are on non-paid leave status from their home institutions and placed on the NSF payroll. NSF withholds Social Security taxes and pays the home institution's contributions to maintain retirement and fringe benefits (i.e., health benefits and life insurance), either directly to the home institutions or to the carrier. Appointments are usually made for a one-year period and may be extended for an additional year by mutual agreement.

Temporary Excepted Service Appointment: Appointment to this position will be made under the Excepted Authority of the NSF Act. Candidates who do not have civil service or reinstatement eligibility will not obtain civil service status if selected. Candidates currently in the competitive service will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected. Usual civil service benefits (retirement, health benefits, and life insurance) are applicable for appointments of more than one year. Temporary appointments may not exceed three years.

For additional information on NSF's rotational programs, please visit:

Applications will be accepted from U.S. Citizens and Non-Citizens.


Applicants should apply by email. Please use the header: "Mathematics education program officer vacancy" in the subject line of the email. Please submit a current CV and statement of interest to

Get more information: Applicants may request more information by directing an inquiry to