Job Overview


About the Agency

Applicants wishing to apply for Social Scientist (Science Resources Analyst) AD-04 see job announcement NCSES-2014-0002.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking a candidate for a Senior Social Scientist/Science Resources Analyst within the Science and Engineering Indicators Program (SEI) in the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), Arlington, VA.

SEI produces two Congressionally mandated reports and other analyses on a broad range of topics relating to science and technology (S&T) in the United States and globally. SEI analyzes and reports data in the following areas: K-12 mathematics and science education; higher education in science and engineering (S&E); the S&E workforce; U.S. and international research and development; innovation; outputs and influence of S&E research, including analyses of scientific publication patterns (bibliometrics); economic application of S&E knowledge; international competitiveness of knowledge intensive economies; and public attitudes towards and knowledge of S&T. SEI produces quantitatively based, policy neutral, policy relevant, and balanced analyses using a broad range of indicators. S&T policy makers in the federal government and elsewhere use SEI analyses and reports to understand the U.S. S&T enterprise in its global setting and to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. S&T and innovation systems.

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As a Social Scientist (Science Resources Analyst) for the SEI program, you will be responsible for:

  • Preparing a substantial portion of the Congressionally mandated Science and Engineering Indicators report, either as lead author of a specific chapter or major contributing author to two or more chapters.
  • Preparing technical analyses and studies in one or more topic areas listed in the job summary.  This involves applying sophisticated principles and techniques drawn from the fields of statistics, economics, and other relevant social science disciplines to devise and execute analytic strategies that extract and report significant findings from large and complex databases. It also involves developing appropriate study designs and managing projects to ensure successful completion.
  • Identifying data sources and assessing their relevance and quality for illuminating patterns and trends in the U.S. and international S&T and innovation systems.
  • Cultivating and maintaining contacts with national, international, and multinational organizations with a view to developing and maintaining comparability of U.S. and international data.
  • Preparing and processing precise statements of work and other documents necessary for contract and grant competitions on topics for which you are responsible. Managing project awards in accordance with relevant regulations and policy.
  • Working in a team setting with colleagues from other disciplines, including statisticians, survey managers, and other analysts, to bring together diverse perspectives on topics in your area of responsibility, build effective analytic strategies, and create improved indicators.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses MAY be paid subject to funds availability.