Staff Associate (Interdisciplinary) - DETAIL

Alexandria, Virginia
Mar 31, 2023
Apr 08, 2023
Full Time

Experience a year with us as a member of the MPS management team, where you can serve as a member of the senior scientific staff, with explicit focus on science drivers for the Directorate; work with the Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (OMA); and help improve the operations and interfaces of a complex and interesting NSF Directorate.

MPS is a complex directorate with five divisions encompassing the fields of astronomical sciences, chemistry, materials research, mathematical sciences, and physics, plus the Office of Multidisciplinary Activities. The five disciplinary areas represent the core intellectual foundation of science and engineering and, as a consequence, have connections to almost every other activity at NSF. The Directorate has responsibilities that range from its critical investment in the support of creative individuals and their students to the management of complex facilities and instrumentation that push the frontiers of science and engineering.

The detailee Staff Associate to MPS/OAD will:
  • Work closely with the Head of OMA, serving as lead for the OMA program. The Staff Associate will review requests for co-funding from inside and outside MPS and make funding recommendations to the Head of OMA. The Staff Associate will collaborate closely with the Head of OMA to interview co-funding requestors, to balance the OMA investment portfolio, etc.
  • Serve as a member of the MPS OAD Scientific Staff, with explicit focus on science drivers for the Directorate, including participating as an active member in relevant internal and external activities, task forces, working groups and providing advice and draft recommendations and reports based on the outcomes of such meetings. Maintain currency with NSF, NSB, NSTC and Presidential initiatives relevant to MPS, MPS programs and the Foundation.
  • Organize and coordinate the MPS Advisory Committee and its meetings, as well as coordinate the work of the AC's subcommittees, including Committees of Visitors for all MPS Divisions, as needed.
  • Act as the OAD liaison to the MPS Broadening Participation Working Group.
  • Support OAD by handling and reviewing, as necessary, solicitations, Dear Colleague Letters, and interagency memoranda of understanding sent to OAD for content and relevant to stated Directorate and Foundation-wide goals. Handle MPS reconsideration requests.
  • Other duties as assigned, including leading MPS engagement in one or more specific focus areas of interest to the detailee.

The detailee will be a member of the OAD staff and will attend regularly scheduled meetings including weekly stand-ups, weekly OAD staff and scientific staff meetings, weekly MPS Senior Staff meetings, and biannual OAD and MPS Senior Staff retreats.


Conditions of Employment

  • Employees must seek supervisory approval to apply for detail opportunities

It is NSF policy that NSF personnel employed at or IPAs detailed to NSF are not permitted to participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs ( Foreign Talent Definitions ). Failure to comply with this NSF policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal Service or termination of an IPA assignment and referral to the Office of Inspector General.

Applicant may be required to complete a background security investigation before being appointed into this position.

All online applicants must provide 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.

This position is in the bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 3403.

Please preview "Evaluations" section and "Qualifications" for additional requirements.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in science or engineering pertinent to NSF activities, plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.

A high level of knowledge of Federal planning and programming processes, as well as NSF business systems, is desirable. Detailee is be able to communicate and interact, on a peer basis, with senior science, engineering, and managerial personnel throughout the Foundation, in other agencies, and in the general science and engineering community. He/she is expected to know and diplomatically express the views and the goals of the Assistant Director in all contexts-both within and outside the National Science Foundation. Outstanding oral and writing skills and the capability to deal on a priority basis with a variety of materials or changing venues, often under tight deadlines are also highly desired.

Additional information

Applicants must obtain their supervisor's approval to apply for this detail opportunity.

This announcement is for a detail only. All eligible applicants will be referred for consideration.

This announcement is for a detail only. The selected candidate will remain at his/her current grade and rate of pay.

This detail is for a period up to one year. The detail may be terminated at any time during this period. Upon conclusion of the detail, you will be returned to your former office and position.

This is not a temporary promotion opportunity. The individual selected will be detailed to MPS/OAD at their current grade and salary.

Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.

This announcement is open to current NSF employees who meet citizenship and eligibility requirements.

Federal Appropriations Law requires that Non-Citizens 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.

This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.

NSF has determined that all of its positions are eligible for telework. Work suitable for telework depends on job duties; therefore, employees must receive approval from their supervisor for telework and have a telework agreement in place. Entering into a telework agreement is voluntary.

The Selected Candidate(s) may be subject to a background investigation.

Please note: NSF IPA's are not considered agency employees and are not eligible to apply.