NAS Seeks Director for Atmospheric Science and Polar Research Boards

The NAS has an immediate opening for a Director to lead the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate and the Polar Research Board.  Chris Elfring, who has directed those boards since 2001 and 1996, respectively, has accepted a new position within the National Academy of Sciences.  Chris will be leading the new program focused on human health and environmental protection in the Gulf of Mexico, which is part of the Deepwater Horizon court settlement between the federal government and BP.

The Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) is the focal point within the National Academies for activities related to the atmospheric and climate sciences, including issues related to technology, policy, applications, and services. The Board serves as a source for objective, independent advice to the federal government and others. Through its expert studies and other activities, BASC strives to advance understanding of atmospheric science, meteorology, and climate; foster application of this knowledge to benefit the public; guide US research programs; and ensure that the voice of the science community is considered in government planning and decision making.

The Polar Research Board (PRB) has a long history of distinguished service to the polar community. First established in 1958, the PRB promotes excellence in polar science and to provides independent scientific guidance to federal agencies and the nation on science issues in the Arctic, the Antarctic, and cold regions in general.

The Board Director is responsible for program development and overall financial management, staff planning and management, and oversees the assembling of committees and provides guidance to those committees in the conduct of their work. The Director is fully accountable for the performance and results of the board and has the authority to formulate, affect, interpret, or implement management policies or operating practices.

Interested parties can apply for this position at the National Academies career site.