Program Director opportunity at NSF

NSF has an opening for a Program Director with expertise in Algorithms.  It is a 2-3 year IPA (or “rotator”) position.

Serving as a program director is a very important contribution to the research community, and it can be quite interesting and rewarding.

To find out more about the position, contact a member of CATCS or the CCF Division Director, Rao Kosaraju.

NSF Deadlines

NSF has extended the deadline for CCF Deputy Division Director position applications to January 10.

And here are some upcoming TCS-related NSF grant proposal deadlines:

Cybersecurity Education proposals: December 19.

Algorithmic Foundations small proposals: January 14.

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) small proposals: January 14.  

Exploiting Parallelism and Scalability exploratory and full proposals: February 24.

Expeditions in Computing preliminary proposals: March 1

Deadline for NSF CCF Deputy Division Director position

NSF is searching for a new Deputy Division Director for Computer & Communications Foundations.  The deadline to apply is in just a few days: December 6. 

See for more details, and we (CATCS) are happy to help in finding out more about the position.

NSF appointment of Rao Kosaraju as CCF Division Director

See message below from Farnam Jahanian (head of CISE at NSF).  Thanks in advance to Rao Kosaraju for taking on this very important position, and to Susanne Hambrusch for all she has done as CCF Division Director!


From: CISE Announcements [mailto:CISE-ANNOUNCE@LISTSERV.NSF.GOV] On Behalf Of Jahanian, Farnam
Sent: Thursday, August 29, 2013 4:27 PM
Subject: Appointment of Dr. Rao Kosaraju as CCF Division Director at NSF

Dear CISE Community,

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Professsor Rao Kosaraju to the position of Director of the CISE Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF), effective January 2014.

Prof. Kosaraju will be joining the National Science Foundation (NSF) from the Johns Hopkins University (JHU), where he is currently the Edward J. Schaefer Professor of Computer Science. He has been on the JHU faculty since 1969, where he has served in the departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, including as Department Chair for Computer Science. Prof. Kosaraju has made significant contributions to the design and analysis of parallel and sequential algorithms. His current research interests span a wide range of topics, from efficient pattern-matching algorithms to computational biology and immune system theory. A prolific scholar, he is a widely recognized leader in the computer science community.  His research has been supported by NSF, the U.S. Army Research Office, and the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology).

Prof. Kosaraju holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, and a B. Eng. from Andhra University. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and has been an editor for a number of journals, including the SIAM Journal on Computing. He is known for his enthusiasm for service and excellence in computing education, for which he has received numerous awards. He has served on Advisory Committees and External Review Boards for a variety of universities. From 1985-1991, he served on NSF’s Advisory Committee for Computer and Computation Research (now the CISE Advisory Committee), which he chaired from 1989-1991. We are confidant that he will successfully represent the diverse spectrum of research areas covered in CCF and that he will significantly contribute to CISE’s mission in advancing the frontiers of computing, communications and information science and engineering.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Susanne Hambrusch for her many contributions to CISE and the computing community. She served as DD from 2010 to 2013, leading CCF in its mission to support research and education projects that explore the foundations of computing and communications devices and their usage. In addition to her stewardship of the CCF core programs, Susanne successfully led the development of several crosscutting programs and initiatives at NSF including CyberSEES, the interdisciplinary Faculty Program in Quantum Information Science, eXploiting Parallelism and Scalability (XPS), and the US-Israel Collaboration in Computer Science. Furthermore, during her tenure at NSF, she worked tirelessly to increase the number of Graduate Research Fellowships for students pursuing CISE disciplines. She returns to Purdue University at the end of August 2013.  Susanne has been an invaluable member of the CISE leadership team. NSF greatly appreciates Susanne’s many contributions and her efforts on behalf of the CISE community.

On behalf of the CISE Directorate, I would like to thank the external search committee members ( for their excellent work in identifying an extraordinary pool of candidates for this important position. Their service was invaluable in helping NSF identify the right candidate for this job.

I enthusiastically welcome Prof. Kosaraju to the CISE Directorate, and look forward to working with him to advance the frontiers of knowledge in computing and communication foundations. Together, we will ensure that the CISE community continues to lead in the discovery and innovation required to meet our most pressing societal challenges.

Best regards,

Farnam Jahanian
NSF Assistant Director for CISE
National Science Foundation

tel: (703) 292-8900


AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

U.S. Citizens with PhDs in theoretical computer science (or other fields) who have an interest in policy and/or public service should consider applying for a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship.  These provide opportunities to serve for up to 3 years working with Congress or a federal agency on science-related policymaking.  In particular, there are opportunities within the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences & Engineering (CISE).

Applications are due by November 1. 

We also encourage people from the TCS community to think about proposing a session on an exciting area of research at a future AAAS Meeting.  Such a session typically would involve 3-4 speakers giving talks aimed at a general audience, and are a great way to increase the public awareness and visibility of the field.  The sessions for the February 2014 meeting are already decided, but eventually there should be an open call for proposals for the 2015 meeting.

NSF search for new CCF Division Director

As announced in the letter below from Farnam Jahaniam, NSF is looking for a new CCF Division Director to replace Susanne Hambrusch, whose term is ending.  This position is an extremely important service to the research community, and provides an opportunity to have a substantial positive impact on the field.  Please send me or other members of the search committee the names of any people who would be strong candidates. – Salil    


From: CISE Announcements [mailto:CISE-ANNOUNCE@LISTSERV.NSF.GOV] On Behalf Of Jahanian, Farnam
Sent: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 10:24 AM
Subject: NSF CISE Directorate Launches Search Committee for CCF Division Director

Dear Colleagues,

CISE is pleased to announce the formation of a search committee for the Director of the Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF). Dr. Susanne Hambrusch will be finishing her term as CCF Division Director at the end of this summer – we greatly appreciate her leadership and service to the CISE community over the last three years! 

Announcements for the search for her replacement can be found at and on USAJOBS at

Please feel free to contact any of the following search committee members to nominate candidates; self-nominations are also invited:

·      Sarita Adve, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,, Co-chair

·      Salil Vadhan, Harvard University,, Co-chair

·      Michelle Effros, California Institute of Technology,

·      Mary Jane Irwin, Pennsylvania State University,

·      Christos Papadimitriou, University of California, Berkeley,

·      Moshe Vardi, Rice University,

·      Deborah Lockhart, NSF Search Committee Liaison and Deputy Division Director of Information & Intelligent Systems,

Thank you in advance for your help in identifying candidates for this important position.  If you have any questions or comments, you are also welcome to contact me directly. 


Farnam Jahanian


Farnam Jahanian
NSF Assistant Director for CISE

tel: (703) 292-8900