Science Analyst

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Posted
Nov 07, 2019
Closes
Nov 15, 2019
Function
Analyst
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidate for a Science Analyst position in for the Division of Materials Research (DMR) within the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Alexandria, VA.

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Responsibilities

This position in the Division of Materials Research (DMR) has regional or organizational activities that extend outside of the Nationals Science Foundation (NSF) including universities, grantors, facilities, etc. that have cooperative agreements with NSF. The incumbent performs a variety of Program Analysis assignments in support of special or on-going projects in the activity to which assigned. Projects may involve end-to-end merit review and award management, administrative program reviews, cross directorate administrative activities, and organizational studies related to programs, reorganizations, resources utilization, budget portfolio management, etc., to determine appropriateness or to make recommendations impacting the efficiency of operations. The position involves experience in developing reports and data analyses in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise. The incumbent is under the supervision of a Division Management Official equivalent position.

DUTIES

The incumbent applies analytical techniques and information management skills to capture, assemble and disseminate data for assigned projects. The incumbent conducts analyses, prepares evaluations, coordinates activities, and provides advice to management in one or more of the following areas:
  • Serves as an analytical resource for scientific attributes and answers questions about how to access critical program data and analytical information.
  • Gathers raw data from multiple scientific sources, such as literature databases and scientific databases in order to design queries; and analyzes and presents findings to management.
  • The incumbent conducts moderate to very complex qualitative and quantitative analyses, using research trends and outcomes to inform proposal processing activities and policy related to scientific content.
  • Prepares analytical, comparative and statistical reports of program activities.
  • Ability to serve as the division "webmaster", oversees the highlight process, coordinates with cognizant Program Directors or division management on needed changes, and revises information while working with the directorate IT staff as necessary.
  • Plans, develops, coordinates, organizes, implements, communicates, and tracks project plans, guidelines, budgets, procedures and timetables including recommending changes in policy and management activities for these projects. Examples of assignments include: the impact on internal resources of newly funded program initiatives; making recommendations on the redistribution of resources due to budget cuts; and identifying external resources that may be available to support organizational programs; and providing analyst support for the facilities competition process including publication, evaluation, and awarding of cooperative agreements.
  • Performs management studies to evaluate and measure the progress and success of projects assigned to identify and recommend ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of cross directorate programs and activities.
  • Collects pertinent statistical data and narrative information from a variety of sources within and outside NSF. Applies various analytical techniques to data management systems in order to identify patterns and trends. Develops tracking and reporting systems to monitor activities to ensure that activities meet established guidelines and schedules.
  • The incumbent actively participates in management meetings held to make decisions with regard to modifying or initiating programs or projects. The incumbent makes suggestions for possible alternatives or options management may consider before initiating new projects.
  • Assists the Division Director and Deputy Division Director in the oversight of the Committee of Visitor processes, statistical reporting and program activities.
  • Support and provide ongoing outreach activities and partnership for research societies and universities.
  • Assists the Division Director and Deputy Division Director in preparing materials research news articles for Newsletter.
  • Draws on knowledge of program portfolios and results to assist in the merit review and award oversight processes and as needed.


Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
02

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.


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. 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. Foreign Talent Definitions

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.

Qualifications

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a STEM related field; OR a Master's degree in a STEM related field plus after award of the degree, two or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.

Expertise in preparing analytical, comparative and statistical reports, the ability to work with web based informational systems, effective project management skills and excellent communicator (orally/written) are highly desired for this position.

This position is outside the competitive civil service.

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Education

Additional information

Relocation expenses MAY be paid contingent upon the availability of funds

This announcement is open to (All US Citizens OR 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.

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, expertise, education, and research activities relevant to the duties of the position. In some cases, additional assessment processes may also be used.

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
  • Serving as an analytical resource for scientific attributes and answers questions about how to access critical program data and analytical information.
  • Communicating with members of the Materials Research community about what they envision, identifying new directions and trends, and writing with colleagues to help push the vision forward and shape the leading edge of science.
  • Developing new ideas for conducting moderate to very complex qualitative and quantitative analyses, using research trends and outcomes of proposal processing activities and policy related to scientific content.
  • Providing oversight on the committee of visitors process for continuous improvement of program assessments.
  • Tracking projects, guidelines, budgets, procedures and timetables including recommending changes in policy and management activities.
  • Participating in outreach activities, coordinating groups, conferences, special task groups, and other initiatives to collaborate with peers and experts across disciplines, Federal and state.


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    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 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 adsearch@nsf.gov ; 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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