Opportunity: Program Officer in Information Science, Gulf Research Program


In 2013, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine established the Gulf Research Program to enhance oil system safety and the protection of human health and the environment in the Gulf of Mexico and other U.S. outer continental shelf areas.

The Program seeks to improve understanding of the region’s interconnecting human, environmental, and energy systems and fostering application of these insights to benefit Gulf communities, ecosystems, and the Nation.

The Gulf Research Program funds research and other activities that generate and disseminate knowledge. Many funded activities produce information products. Data, which include the recorded factual material commonly accepted in the scientific community as necessary to validate research findings, are one of the most common form of information products. Data curation is the active and on-going management of data through its lifecycle of interest and usefulness to scholarship, science, and education; curation activities enable data discovery and retrieval, maintain quality, add value, and provide for re-use over time. The incumbent will advise the Executive Director and Senior Staff on the development and implementation of the Program’s policies on data management (including data curation and stewardship) and activities on data mining or harvesting and manipulation. The position is inherently interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral. The incumbent also will assist in review of applications for the Program’s grants and fellowships.


1. Manages the program’s activities related to the stewardship and use of data and information collected by activities funded by the Gulf Research Program. Recommends updates and future directions to the program’s data management policy.

2. In collaboration with Senior Staff, develops program strategy to encourage and enhance the use of the wealth of data and information in the Gulf of Mexico and other Outer Continental Shelf regions. Designs and manages the program’s activities related to data mining or harvesting and manipulation (including processing and aggregation) that the Gulf Research Program could pursue as a funder.

3. Works with ITS to develop metadata standards and other digital curation activities that will enable discovery and retrieval of data and other information products generated by Program’s funds.

4. Provides guidance to grant applicants on how to prepare data management plans for their proposals.

5. Conducts workshops and/or meetings.  Develops agendas, invites presenters and participants. Participates in Gulf Program meetings and activities led by other senior staff.

6. Prepares data analyses and technical summaries.  Synthesizes technical information and determines its relevance to or how it informs program activities. 

7. Collaborates with experts and sponsors from federal, state, and local government agencies, foundations, schools, and other organizations.  Represents the program within and outside the Academies. 

8. Participates in other activities including the peer review process for grants and fellowships. Communicates with Advisory Board members, external Program contacts, and applicants.

9. May perform related additional duties, including meeting planning, and compiling research and other materials for meetings and for Advisory Board members.

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