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 National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO). The NNCO supports the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), the ~$2 billion/year R&D program in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology that now involves more than 20 Federal departments, independent agencies, and commissions participating in the NNI. The NNCO facilitates collaboration between and among NNI-participating agencies and provides technical and administrative support to the initiative. NNCO also acts as the primary point of contact for and provides public outreach on behalf of the NNI.
It is an exciting time to join the NNCO. The Director will work with the NNI departments and agencies to implement the 2021 NNI Strategic Plan. Building on the experience of the past twenty years and reflecting the current needs of the nanotechnology research and development community, this plan charts a course for the future of the NNI. Key areas of emphasis include fostering commercialization and advancing education and workforce development. The NNCO Director will facilitate the establishment of new communities of interest on priority topics within the government and in the broader nanotechnology community. Another important aspect of the new plan is the launch of National Nanotechnology Challenges to mobilize the nanotechnology community to help address critical global needs. The NNCO Director will work closely with OSTP and other Federal initiatives to establish these challenges.
The NNCO Director oversees all aspects of the office, 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. 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—would be helpful. U.S. citizenship is required.
Expressions of interest accompanied by a resume should be sent by March 15, 2022, to NNCODirectorSearch@nnco.nano.gov.