Job Overview


About the Agency

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. Be part of a team keeping the United States at the leading edge of scientific discovery! Science Assistants serve a vital support function to the National Science Foundation's scientific directorates. NSF Science Assistants work at the intersection of scientific and administrative functions of the Foundation. If you are self-motivated, results-driven, like to find and implement improvements, and want to be actively involved in the work of your organization, our Science Assistant positions are for you. The National Science Foundation anticipates multiple openings for these positions. These positions are being filled under an "Application Pool" process. Certificates of eligibles are issued based on requests from the Directorates. Normally multiple positions are filled through this type of vacancy. Multidisciplinary vacancies are filled depending on an applicant's educational/work experience background. The disciplines (with their series) are as follows: 1701 Education 0401 Biology 0101 Social Science 1520 Math 1550 Computer Science 1301 Physical Science 0801 Engineering All applicants go into an "Application Pool" and referrals are based on educational and/or work experience.


In the role of a Science Assistant you will:
Conduct analyses and provide reports and related presentations of information on the Division's (or Office's) scientific programs.
Provide scientific input to relevant aspects of the merit review process, including developing solicitations; reading proposals for responsiveness to the solicitation and preliminary grouping of proposals.
Attend panel meetings and provide feedback on completeness of panel summaries and/or minutes of the scientific discussion.
Provide assistance to program officers and division management in overseeing scientific progress on awards, including working with principal investigators and program officers to collect high quality, scientifically accurate highlights and results.
Develop data and report on scientific portfolios for Committees of Visitors and other results-oriented activities.
Provide assistance to Division (or Office) management in enhancing interactions with the scientific community, including interactions with Advisory Committees.
Participate in outreach meetings, including activities with schools and interacts with relevant elements of the National Academies.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

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Applications will be accepted from US Citizens. As permitted,Non-Citizens may also be considered. Due to a recent change in Federal Appropriations Law if selected for a Federal Appointment only "US Citizens & Non-US Citizens who are permanent US residents actively seeking US citizenship" are eligible for employment. If offered employment you will be asked to provide evidence.

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