Job Overview


NSF is on the leading edge of discovery in areas from astronomy to geology to zoology. In addition to funding research in traditional academic areas, the agency also supports innovative ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but become the reality of tomorrow.  NSF ensures that research is fully integrated with education so that today's revolutionary work will also be training future scientists and engineers. We are also at the forefront of federal business and operations best practices, ensuring accountability and efficacy of the work we do. More about NSF.

This position is located in the Directorate of Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS), Division of Physics (PHY). The Division of Physics is the unit of the Federal Government with primary responsibility for the health of physics research and education in the nation's colleges and universities. The mission of PHY is to support fundamental research across the intellectual frontiers of physics, to support research that has broader impacts on other fields of science and on the health, economic strength, and defense of society, to enhance education at all levels and share the excitement of science with the public through integration of education and research, and to steward the physics community so as to maintain the intellectual capital essential for future advances.


Be part of a team keeping the United States at the leading edge of scientific discovery! Program Specialists work closely with science leaders and administrative professionals at the National Science Foundation. If you are analysis oriented, are results-driven, and want to be actively involved in the administrative support for a Federal agency leading the nation's scientific discoveries, our Program Specialist positions are for you. As a Program Specialist in the Directorate of Mathematical & Physical Sciences, Division of Physics you will play a key role in monitoring program effectiveness through communication, outreach, data management, analysis, and continuous improvement activities. Specifically, you will: Assist in supporting the review and evaluation of grant proposals including panel and advisory meetings. Analyze data, and prepare statistical and narrative reports that demonstrate accomplishments, and manage information using automated systems/software. Serve as a technical expert and spokesperson for NSF on grant administration policies, procedures and processes. Assist in presenting and organizing workshops and conferences with senior scientific professionals. Establish and maintain liaison with other Foundation offices and service contractors, officials in other government agencies, and in scientific organization and institutions regarding pending proposals, peer review, project administration, project reports, and information requests. Provide the most accurate assessment of your experiences to the vacancy questions below. You and your references may be asked to provide specific examples of the answers you provide to the questions below.