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Job Title:  Interdisciplinary Science Advisor
Agency:  National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  ACI-2014-0006

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$106,263.00 to $165,596.00 / Per Year
Friday, July 11, 2014 to Friday, August 8, 2014
Full-time. - Permanent.
FEW vacancies in the following location:
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.


About the Agency

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking qualified candidates for an Interdisciplinary Science Advisor position in the Integrative Activities Program, within the Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI), Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Arlington, VA.

The ACI Division supports and coordinates the development, acquisition, and provision of state-of-the-art cyberinfrastructure resources, tools, and services essential to the advancement and transformation of science and engineering. ACI also supports forward-looking research and education to expand the future capabilities of cyberinfrastructure. By fostering a vibrant ecosystem of technologies and a skilled workforce of developers, researchers, staff, and users, ACI serves the growing community of scientists and engineers, across all disciplines, whose work relies on the power of advanced computation, data-handling, and networking.

In pursuit of this mission, ACI supports a wide range of cyberinfrastructure technologies within a collaborative ecosystem, including: advanced computing environments; innovative and sustainable data-intensive cyberinfratructure; robust community software suites, tools, libraries and programming environments at the frontiers of computational science for discovery; and secure digital research networks of various reach and granularity. ACI also supports comprehensive education and workforce development programs, scholarly exchanges, and virtual organizations to enable the productive use, sustainable maintenance, and effective governance of the infrastructure it supports. In these efforts, ACI collaborates with all NSF Offices and Directorates to develop models, prototypes, and common approaches to cyberinfrastructure that open new frontiers for discovery, furthering the mission of the National Science Foundation and national science and engineering priorities.

ACIs divisional activities are managed by staff highly qualified in the appropriate domains (Software, Data, High Performance Computing, etc.). There is a clear need in todays research environment for a cohesive cyberinfrastructure that promotes scientific advances through collaborative efforts across these domains as well as other cyberinfrastructure-rich environments such as scientific facilities and instruments.

For more information about ACI, please visit


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  • Relocation MAY be paid contingent on the availability of funds.


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


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ACI is seeking a Science Advisor to foster increased cohesion and alignment of activities across the Division as well as to promote collaborative cyberinfrastructure activities with facilities and instruments. The incumbent will also proactively engage with the other Divisions in CISE, with the other Directorates in NSF, and with other federal agencies and international entities.

As a Science Advisor for Integrative Activities in ACI, the selected candidate will be responsible for:

  • Working with ACI leadership and staff to identify strategic opportunities for additional cohesion and alignment of ACI programs and communities;
  • Working with ACI leadership and staff to foster expanded strategic alignment of ACIs activities with other NSF cyberinfrastructure activities;
  • Communicating effectively with the PI community about current and future funding opportunities;
  • Advising and assisting the Division Director and Deputy Division Director in the development of long-range plans that ensure the Divisions investments are sustainable, innovative and targeted to cutting-edge challenges and opportunities in all NSF research and education fields;
  • Preparing well-written materials that are consistent with strategic goals of NSF and the Division and that inform the Divisions stakeholders, including the Administration, Congress, the national science and engineering community, and the public of the intent, impact, and promise of program investments.
  • Providing administrative direction through broadly defined goals. The Division Director and Deputy Division Director are kept informed of significant achievements, developments and trends in the field. Supervision is nominal. Work results are considered technically authoritative. Work is reviewed in terms of fulfillment of broad program objectives and adherence to NSF policies and goals.


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Candidates must have a Ph.D. in any field relevant to the work performed at NSF, plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.

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. Knowledge of NSF's and ACI's mission and research, development, operations, and deployment activities in support of advanced cyberinfrastructure.
  2. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse sets of researchers across disciplines and organizations at varying scales.
  3. Knowledge of the federal government and experience working with multiple federal agencies and/or international entities.
  4. Demonstrated ability in building coalitions.
  5. Ability to cooperate and work with peers in other scientific disciplines and to advocate program plans and policies to individuals in the Foundation, other government agencies, and academic institutions.

To preview questions please click here.


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You can review our benefits at:

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 Science Advisor 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.

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.

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.

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).


Meredith Berwick
Phone: 703-292-8326
Fax: 703-292-9279
TDD: 703-292-5090
Agency Information:
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Rm 315
Arlington, VA
Fax: 703-292-9279


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. If the position is in the bargaining unit, and your application is referred to the selecting official, you will be contacted for an interview. Interviews for positions not in the bargaining unit 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.

You may check the status of your application at any time on the USAJOBS website.

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