NSF Science Assistant

The Physical Oceanography Program at NSF is looking for someone with a Masters degree in Physical Oceanography to serve as the next Science Assistant (starting this summer).  This position is a great way to experience the NSF funding process from the inside and develop perspective on the national community.  Please apply before April 20th at:


Please also send a copy of your CV/resume to:

Patricia Engel
Physical Oceanography Science Assistant
National Science Foundation, GEO/OCE
4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230
Ph. (703) 292-8580

USA JOBS post:

Job Title:Science Assistant, AD-1 (Multi-disciplinary) Agency:National Science Foundation Sub Agency:National Science Foundation Job Announcement Number:NSF-2012-0017

SALARY RANGE: $34,075.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 to Friday, April 20, 2012


NSF is on the leading edge of discovery in areas from astronomy to geology to zoology. In addition to funding research in traditional academic areas, the agency also supports innovative ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but become the reality of tomorrow. NSF ensures that research is fully integrated with education so that today’s revolutionary work will also be training future scientists and engineers.

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.


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.


To qualify for this position, candidates must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited institution leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in the sciences, engineering, or management. Applicants must have at least a Bachelor’s degree in the sciences or engineering fields. Transcripts must be upload or faxed using a fax cover sheet prior to the closing date of the vacancy in order to be eligible for the position.  To be included on an applicant referral list you must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the date the referral list is issued.


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. Eligible employees receive:

10 paid holidays per year
13-26 days paid annual (vacation) leave per year
13 days paid sick leave per year
Pre-tax parking
Public transportation subsidy
Child Development Center on site
Child care subsidy
Flexible working hours
Physical Fitness Facility on site
NSF Federal Credit Union on site
Health Services Unit on site
Employee Assistance Program
Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early and to submit their school transcripts along with their application in order to be referred once requests are received. If transcripts are not received by the time of a request, the applicant will not be eligible for that particular request, but may be eligible for later requests (depending on when their transcripts are received.) Please note that NSF employees may receive first consideration for job openings.


Carolyn St.Hill
Phone: 703-292-8251
Fax: 703-292-7478
TDD: 703-292-5090
Email: csthill@nsf.gov


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