General Engineer/Physical Scientist (Engineering/Science Analyst)

Alexandria, Virginia
Jul 17, 2019
Jul 18, 2019
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


This job announcement is for an Engineering/Science Analyst position will be used to fill a position in the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) in the Directorate for Engineering (ENG).

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The NSF promotes the progress of engineering in the United States in order to enable the Nation's capacity to perform. ENG invests in research and education that enables discovery and advances fundamental scientific and engineering knowledge. These investments aim to build our nation's capacity for innovation that can lead over time to the creation of new shared wealth and a better quality of life. Most NSF programs in engineering are funded through ENG.

The employee in this position will primarily provide analytic support for activities and programs within the CMMI Division. The position will encompass a wide spectrum of duties in support of the Division's mission, including the analysis of scientific and technical issues to provide recommendations influencing policy and process administration. In addition, the employee will provide in-depth scientific and technical analysis, documentation and writing in support of reports and presentations regarding the research portfolio of the Division to aid in portfolio evaluation and assessment and to inform decisions made by Division management regarding the technical directions of its research and related activities. The employee will also coordinate and support outreach activities for the Division. These activities will involve day-to­day interactions with staff throughout the Division, Directorate, other Directorates, other Federal Government research organizations and coordinating groups, as well as the research and small business communities.

The individual selected for this position will serve as an Engineering/Science Analyst. The Engineering/Science Analyst:

- Conducts the necessary research to develop one-of-a-kind reports, studies, and analyses on scientific/engineering topics supported by the Division;

- Assists in the creation of presentations, including talking points, speeches, or presentation slides;

- Performs literature analysis and summarize findings of prior impact (scientific and technical, economic, or societal) of a division's portfolio;

- Participates in other NSF and interagency activities related to assessment and evaluation or programs in science and engineering research and education;

- Serves as a point of contact for research result highlight development for the division;

- Supports and provides outreach activities for the division, particularly to those programs at the intersections to the division's research portfolio;

- Assists the Division Director and Deputy Division Director in the oversight of Committee of Visitor processes, providing guidance to division and programs on results-oriented activities;

- Draws on knowledge of program portfolios and results to assist in the merit review and award oversight processes as appropriate, particularly for the division's multidisciplinary activities;

- Serves as the division's interface to OAD/OLPA public relations and press-related activities concerning division's science/engineering programs;

- Supports and provides outreach activities for the division, including leveraging social and other media tools to collect and disseminate information to research and small business community;

- Responsible for performing ongoing evaluation and assessment of division business processes in order to provide recommendations for improvement;

- Works with program officers to develop logic models for program assessment and evaluation; and

- Draws on knowledge of program portfolios and results to assist in pulling data from multiple systems to compile and evaluate data to respond to portfolio-related data requests.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Background investigation.
  • Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above.

You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be 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.

Please preview "Evaluations" section and "Qualifications" for additional requirements and Quality Ranking Factors.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in mechanical, civil or industrial engineering or a related field, and practical experience in an area appropriate to the CMMI research community; OR a Master's Degree in mechanical, civil or industrial engineering or a related field plus, after award of the Master's Degree, two or more years of research, research administration, or equivalent experience.

Successful candidates must be able to provide analysis of engineering and scientific issues in support for activities and programs within the CMMI division. This includes support for policy and process decision-making, portfolio analysis and assistance with outreach activities. These activities may involve interactions with staff across the CMMI division and the ENG directorate as well as other NSF directorates.


Additional information

Relocation expenses MAY be paid contingent upon the availability of funds

This announcement is open to All US Citizens 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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and research activities relevant to the duties of the position. We strongly encourage you to specifically address the Quality Ranking Factors below. This will ensure that you receive full consideration in the evaluation process.

Quality Ranking Factors

1. In-depth knowledge and expertise in technical areas of concern to the CMMI Division, and engineering and science policy, with an ability to gather, evaluate, analyze and synthesize engineering and scientific data.

2. Ability to compile, collect, arrange and organize data and to prepare tables, charts, graphs, summaries, and other materials for effective presentation of research results and for inclusion in publications.

3. Knowledge of computer systems, methods and applications, including application of commercial statistical and data management software packages for database management, data compilation and processing, coding and statistical analysis.

4. Excellent written and oral communication skills to interact with senior engineers, scientists, and researchers.

5. Ability to present highlights of cutting edge science and engineering research in a form that is understandable by the general public.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

All applicants must submit a resume in any format, and may also submit a cover letter.

In order to be considered for federal appointments, Non-Citizens must affirm that they meet the Appropriations Law eligibility criteria by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. This also applies to individuals considered for Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignments to NSF. Non citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered. Non Citizens who are exempt from the Appropriations Law requirements due to their status as officers or employees of the U.S. government on December 16, 2009 must provide a statement with their application noting their exemption with documentation of proof of status as officers or employees of the U.S. government on that date.

You are strongly encouraged to submit a current performance appraisal and/or letter(s) of recommendation and a supplemental statement that describes how your background relates to the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) listed in the Qualifications and Evaluation Requirements section of this announcement. This information will be used in the evaluation process.

We also ask that you complete and submit the Applicant Survey . This will help NSF to ensure that our recruiting efforts are attracting a diverse candidate pool; it will be used for statistical purposes only.

You can fax or upload your letter of recommendation(s) or the individual(s) can email the letter of recommendation(s) to and ; please ask him/her to put your name and the job announcement number in the subject line.

Transcripts are not required; however, please indicate the year that each degree was obtained on your application materials.

All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date. If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information. You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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