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Job Title:  Engineering/Science Analyst
Agency:  National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  ENG-2013-0003

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$62,467.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Monday, September 30, 2013 to Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Full-time. - Federal Temporary Appointment not-to-exceed 13 months; with option to extend, not-to-exceed 3 years.
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Arlington, VA View Map
Arlington, VA View Map
Applications will be accepted from US Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law requires Non-Citizens to meet certain eligibility criteria to be considered. Therefore, Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered.


"Due to the government shut-down this job announcement closing date is extended to Wednesday, November 13, 2013."

Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For over 60 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has remained the premier Federal agency supporting basic research at the frontiers of discovery across all fields, as well as science and engineering education at all levels. This job announcement for an Engineering/Science Analyst position may be used to fill one or more positions in any division in the Directorate for Engineering (ENG). The NSF promotes the progress of engineering in the United States in order to enable the Nation's capacity to perform. ENG invests in research and education that enables discovery and advances fundamental scientific and engineering knowledge. These Investments aim to build our nation’s capacity for innovation that can lead over time to the creation of new shared wealth and a better quality of life. Most NSF programs in engineering are funded through the ENG, which also sponsors the NSF's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The employee in this position will report to a Division Director and will primarily provide support for activities and programs within the division. The position will encompass a wide spectrum of duties in support of the Division's mission including scientific and technical issues influencing policy and process administration. In addition, the employee will provide scientific and technical support for reports, analyses and presentations regarding the research portfolio of the Division to aid in portfolio assessment and inform decisions made by division management regarding the technical directions of its research and related activities. These activities will involve day-to-day interactions with staff throughout the Division, Directorate, other Directorates, and with other Federal Government research organizations and coordinating groups.

More information about ENG and its Programs can be found at


  • Background investigation.
  • Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above.


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The individual selected for this position will serve as an Engineering/Science Analyst. The Engineering/Science Analyst:

  • Conducts the necessary research to develop one-of-a-kind reports, studies, and analyses on scientific/engineering topics supported by the Division;
  • Assists in the creation of presentations, including talking points, speeches, or presentation slides;
  • Performs literature analysis and summarize findings of prior impact (scientific and technical, economic, or societal) of a division’s portfolio;
  • Participates in other NSF and interagency activities related to assessment and evaluation or programs in science and engineering research and education;
  • Serves as a point of contact for research result highlight development for the division;
  • Supports and provides outreach acitivities for the division, particularly to those programs at the intersections to the division’s research portfolio;
  • Assists the Division Director and Deputy Division Director in the oversight of Committee of Visitor processes, providing guidance to division and programs on results-oriented acitivities;
  • Draws on knowledge of program portfolios and results to assist in the merit review and award oversight processes as appropriate, particularly for the division’s multidisciplinary activities; and
  • Serves as the division’s interface to OAD/OLPA public relations and press-related activities concerning division’s science/engineering programs.


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Candidates must have a Ph.D. in engineering and/or science fields. In addition, candidates must have experience and in-depth knowledge in specialty areas of engineering and/or science and have familiarity with the engineering and/or science research community; OR a Master's degree in engineering and/or science fields plus after Master's degree, two or more years of experience and in-depth knowledge in specialty areas of engineering and/or science and have familiarity with the engineering and/or science research community.

You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

Please preview "Evaluations" section and "Qualifications" for additional requirements and Quality Ranking Factors.


You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, expertise, education, and research activities relevant to the duties of the position. We strongly encourage you to specifically address the Quality Ranking Factors below. This will ensure that you receive full consideration in the evaluation process.

Quality Ranking Factors

  1. In-depth knowledge and expertise in specialty areas of engineering and/or science and familiarity with the engineering and/or science research community.
  2. Knowledge of the principles, concepts, methods, and techniques of basic science, engineering research, and science policy to analyze research efforts.
  3. Knowledge of the administrative/operational aspects of Federal funding mechanisms such as grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, and other contractual arrangements to perform assigned functions.
  4. Ability to compile and evaluate technical and scientific information.
  5. Knowledge of the collection, arrangement, and organization of data to prepare tables, charts, graphs, summaries, and other materials for effective presentation of research results and for inclusion in publications.
  6. Knowledge of computer systems, methods and applications, including applicaton of commerical statistical and data management software packages for data base management, compilation and processing of data, and statistical analysis of data.
  7. Written communications skills to prepare reports, correspondence, and procedural documents.
  8. Ability to communicate orally to interact with respected engineers, scientists, and researchers in various organizations.

To preview questions please click here.


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A GREAT LOCATION!  The National Science Foundation is conveniently located one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50, and about three miles from downtown Washington. Employees may rent parking spaces in the building garage. There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. Employees receive the Federal benefits package and NSF offers:

•        Pre-tax parking
•        Public transportation subsidy
•        Child development center on site
•        Child care subsidy
•        Flexible working hours
•        Telecommuting
•        Physical fitness facility on site
•        NSF Federal Credit Union on site
•        Health services unit on site
•        Employee assistance program


If you do not have civil service status or reinstatement eligibility, you will not obtain civil service status if selected. If you are currently in the competitive civil service, you will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected.

This Engineering/Science Analyst position is in the bargaining unit.

Relocation expenses may be paid subject to funds availability.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.


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Your application must be submitted online and all document faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.

You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.

WARNING! Applications submitted online must have a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

If you are unable to apply electronically, please use the Contact Information below for special instructions on how to submit your application materials. Hearing impaired individuals may call TDD (703) 292-5090 for assistance.



In order to be considered for federal appointments, Non-Citizens must affirm that they meet the Appropriations Law eligibility criteria by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit  to their application. Non-Citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered. Non-Citizens who are exempt from the Appropriations Law requirements due to their status as officers or employees of the U.S. government on December 16, 2009 must provide a statement with their application noting their exemption with documentation of proof of status as officers or employees of the U.S. government on that date.

You are strongly encouraged to submit a current performance appraisal and/or letter(s) of recommendation and a supplemental statement that describes how your background relates to the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) listed in the Qualifications and Evaluation Requirements section of this announcement. This information will be used in the evaluation process.

You can fax or upload your letter of recommendation(s) or the individual(s) can email the letter of recommendation(s) to; please ask him/her to put your name and the job announcement number in the subject line.

Transcripts are not required; however, please indicate the year that each degree was obtained on your application materials.

We also ask that you complete and submit the Applicant Survey Form. This will help NSF to ensure that our recruiting efforts are attracting a diverse candidate pool; it will be used for statistical purposes only.

All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information.  You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).


Phone: 703-292-8781
Fax: 703-292-7478
TDD: 703-292-5090
Agency Information:
4201 Wilson Blvd
Room 315
Arlington, VA
Fax: 703-292-7478


Shortly after the announcement closes, you will be notified as to whether or not you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you do, you will receive further consideration and evaluation. Interviews for positions may be conducted at the discretion of the selecting official. All qualified applicants will receive final notification of the outcome of the job opportunity announcement.

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