Associate Education Research Scientist, AD-1730-00, (Term NTE 3 Years) (Remote Eligible)

Wallops Island, Virginia
Jun 06, 2023
Jun 13, 2023
Analyst, Research
Full Time

We encourage you to read this entire vacancy announcement prior to submitting your application.

As an Associate Education Research Scientist, AD-1730-00, you will be responsible for:

  • Assist with developing, implementing, and managing rigorous education research (including education statistics and large-scale assessment) using advanced quantitative methods that addresses significant questions of education science, policy, or practice.
  • Assist in implementing large-scale statistical studies or conducting scientific reviews of: (1) plans for conducting rigorous education research, evaluation, and statistics; (2) plans for analyzing data arising from those activities; and (3) scholarly publications and related products based on those analyses.
  • Assist with the preparation of written products arising from rigorous, quantitative studies to convey study findings to a variety of audiences, engaging in dissemination and outreach activities, such as publishing scholarly work and attending scientific conferences, and consulting with staff across the Department on issues related to research, evaluation, and statistics.
  • Assist with monitoring federal grants and contracts that support education research, evaluation, data collection, large scale assessments, or statistics; managing national or international data collection, analysis, and reporting contracts; or managing the scientific peer review of research grant competitions.


Conditions of Employment

  • Relocation will not be paid.
  • You may be subject to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • Males 18 and over must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • You must successfully complete a background security investigation.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. We will consider all qualifying experience, including any volunteer experience.

REMOTE WORK: If selected for a remote work position, you must have access to high speed internet and cell phone service meeting current Agency policy from the approved work location anywhere in the United States or US territories. Participation must be requested and approved by the supervisor and there must be a signed remote work agreement.


Minimum Qualification Requirements
You may meet the minimum qualifications for the Associate Education Research Scientist, AD-1730-00, if you possess the specialized experience below:

Specialized Experience

Specialized Experience for the Associate Education Research Scientist, AD-1730-00
One year of experience in either federal or non-federal service that is equivalent to at least a GS-09 performing two (2) of the three (3) requirements:

(1) Experience conducting rigorous research-suitable for publication in an academic journal or by a social science research firm, or equivalent-that uses quantitative statistical methods to examine questions relevant to education and the education sciences (e.g., instruction, education policy, educational outcomes of historically underserved populations, program evaluation, national or international assessment of academic proficiency, statistical methods).

(2) Experience applying rigorous quantitative methodologies and statistical approaches (e.g., correlational methods with statistical controls for selection bias, experimental or quasi-experimental methods, analysis of complex survey data) to questions in the education sciences.

(3) Experience preparing and planning materials and events to convey research practices, procedures, and findings to audiences, such as through writing blogs or organizing in person or virtual conferences.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
The quality of your experience will be measured by the extent to which you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). You do not need to provide separate narrative responses to these KSAs, as they will be measured by your responses to the occupational questionnaire (you may preview the occupational questionnaire by clicking the link at the end of the Evaluations section of this vacancy announcement).

1. Knowledge of contemporary issues in education policy and practice; awareness of the federal, state, or local role in education policy, practice; and knowledge of what it takes to develop, implement and manage rigorous research or large-scale assessments.
2. Skill in the use of education research methods that yield internally and externally valid conclusions and/or statistical methods appropriate for the analysis of large complex sample survey, assessment, correlational, experimental, or quasi-experimental data.
3. Ability to effectively communicate scientific information in plain language, both orally and in writing, and to effectively consult, mentor, or guide the design, conduct, or use of rigorous education research or statistics.
4. Ability to effectively hold self and others accountable to rigorous standards of statistical practice consistent with those used by federal science agencies and standard operating procedures defined in law, regulation, guidance, or equivalent.


Applicants must meet both the Basic Requirements A or B listed below and the specialized experience requirements.

Basic Requirements:

Degree: that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in a field related to the work of the position to be filled, of which at least one course was in research methods and at least two courses were in statistics.


Combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester hours in a field related to the work of the position to be filled, including at least one course in research methods and two courses in statistics, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience must have demonstrated (1) a thorough knowledge of the principles underlying the work of this series, and (2) understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the methods and techniques applied in performing work in this series.

Foreign Education:

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must submit a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, please click Foreign Education .

Additional information

Veterans' Career Counseling: If you are a veteran interested in receiving tips on preparing a Federal resume and/or how to prepare for an interview, you may email to schedule a session with a career counselor ("Veterans Counseling Session" should be placed in the subject line of the email).

Student Loan Default: If selected for this position, we will verify that you have not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are found to be in default, we will contact you to make arrangements for repayment prior to making an official offer of employment.

Suitability and Investigation: If selected for this position, you will be required to complete the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for federal employment and successfully complete a pre-appointment investigation/background check.

Essential/Non-Essential: This position is considered non-essential for purposes of reporting to work during federal government closures.

Financial Disclosure: This position does not require financial disclosure.

Telework: This position is telework eligible. Telework must be requested and approved by the supervisor.

Bargaining Unit: This position is included in the bargaining unit.

Selections: Agencies have broad authority under law to hire from any appropriate source of eligibles and may fill a vacancy in the competitive service by any method authorized. We may make additional selections from this vacancy announcement within 90 days from the date the selection certificates are issued, should vacancies occur. We may also share selection certificates amongst program offices across the agency.