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.

NSF is relocating to Alexandria, Virginia. In late summer of 2017, NSF will begin the transition from its current location in Arlington, VA to 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. The new location is adjacent to a Metro station (Eisenhower Avenue on the Yellow Line) and there is ample parking in the area. There are several amenities nearby, such as restaurants, hotels, and shops.


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

This job is open to…

Applications 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 be considered as an IPA only.

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