About the Agency
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.
NSF is responsible for promoting and advancing scientific progress in the United States by sponsoring scientific and engineering research and by supporting selected programs and activities in science and engineering education. The Foundation currently awards grants and contracts to more than 2,000 colleges and universities, businesses, informal science organizations and other research institutions throughout the country and accounts for about 25 percent of Federal support for basic research going to academic institutions. Each year on average, the Foundation supports about 200,000 scientists, engineers, educators and students at universities, laboratories and field sites all over the United States and throughout the world. NSF supports all fields of fundamental science and engineering, except for medical sciences. In addition to funding research in the traditional academic areas, the agency also supports “high risk, high pay off” ideas, novel collaborations, and numerous projects that allow scientists, engineers, and students to work at the frontiers of knowledge, keeping the United States at the leading edge of discovery.
NSF is establishing mechanisms for Foundation-wide leadership and coordination in program evaluation and improving directorate/office evaluation capacity. The Evaluation and Assessment Capability Section, which is located in the Office of International Activities (OIA) will coordinate the development of decision-support tools that use portfolio data to inform results and will engage those involved in research programs in a range of evaluation activities. Continuous portfolio analysis to assess the diversity and nature of NSF's portfolio of investments and rigorous evaluation of the outcomes associated with those investments over time will be used to inform programmatic decision making. These actions will allow NSF to more consistently evaluate the impacts of its investments, to make more data-driven decisions, and to establish a culture of evidence-based planning and policy-making.
As an Assistant Evaluator for Data Systems Development, the incumbent will utilize his/her professional knowledge and education in Computer Science to:
- Develop proof of concepts that demonstrate data and text centric analytic services delivering structured and unstructured information.
- Research and design potential approaches to proofs of concepts.
- Identify and leverage a wide variety of commercial and open source technologies to support challenge activities.
- Integrate, via application programming interfaces (API), the following, including but not limited to: web-services, custom wrappers, and third party applications.
- Draft technical documents and present challenge solution architectures.
- Learn and apply new technologies as the challenge portfolio evolves.
- Work with a combination of internal and external subject matter experts and Program Officers.