Science Analyst, GS-0101/0110/1515/1530/1550-12/13 MP (Interdisciplinary)

Alexandria, Virginia
Jan 27, 2022
Feb 03, 2022
Full Time

This is an interdisciplinary professional position involving duties and responsibilities closely related to more than one professional occupation: 0101 (Social Science), 0110 (Economist), 1515 (Operations Research), 1530 (Statistics), or 1550 (Computer Science). As a result, the position is classifiable to any of the occupational series shown, and the nature of the work is such that persons with education and experience in any of these professions may be considered equally well qualified to do the work.


Analyze complex datasets, organize and manage statistical data, perform technical analyses and studies, and develop other analyses.

Performs data analytics, and conducts statistical analysis, modeling, and simulation.

Develops analytical approaches and analyzes data sets consisting of qualitative, quantitative, structured, and unstructured data types using advanced techniques.

Develops data projects with national impact, and is responsible for the full lifecycle of projects, from concept to final reports.

Prepares reports, presentations, outreach materials, and briefings that convey findings to NSF leadership and other stakeholders and audiences through the creation and presentation of professional documents such as PowerPoint presentations and white papers.

Communicates findings from studies, evaluations, and research projects to the public, other federal government agencies and user groups.

Plans, directs, coordinates, and writes technical publications, briefs, working papers, information graphics, other publications, and association and journal articles.


Data Wrangling

Mathematical Reasoning

Business Process/Project Management

Written Communication

Oral Communication



Conditions of Employment

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

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

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. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent.

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire and any external assessment that is included.

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.


Depending on the professional occupation that you want to be considered for, to qualify you must meet at least one of the following basic education and/or experience requirement:

GS-0101 (Social Science):

1. Degree: social, behavioral or economic sciences, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR

2. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in 1 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. OR

3. Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

GS-0110 (Economist):

1. Degree: full four year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor's degree in economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus OR

2. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major in economics, plus appropriate economics experience or additional education.

GS-1515 (Operations Research):

1. Degree: in operations research. OR

2. At least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.

GS-1530 (Statistics):

1. Degree: bachelor's degree that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in math & stats combined but with at least 6 semester hours in stats), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, engineering; or social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, or psychology. OR

2. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in 1 above, plus additional education & experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree. The experience should include professional statistical work such as sampling, collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, & applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple & multiple correlation, analysis of variance, & tests of significance.

GS-1550 (Computer Science):

1. Degree: bachelor's degree in computer science. OR

2. Bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours include a combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus.

In addition to meeting at least one of the basic education and/or experience requirements described above, you must also meet the following specialized experience.

For the GS-12 level, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: Applying principles in the fields of statistics, economics, social science, data science and/or other relevant disciplines to analyze, organize, manage, and interpret statistical data and complex datasets. Analyzing, designing, and developing data visualization, data mining and optimization tools and technologies in a variety of business functions. Preparing reports, presentations, outreach materials, and briefings that convey findings to management and various stakeholders.

For the GS-13 level, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: Applying principles in the fields of statistics, economics, social science, data science and/or other relevant disciplines to enhance statistical methods and standards, perform technical analyses and studies, and develop other analyses. Planning and conducting data analytic projects and/or studies to evaluate, design, and tabulate statistical sampling data and conduct analytical procedures and processes. Developing, recommending, and presenting findings and solutions to senior leaders and various stakeholders.


You must meet one of the basic education requirements as described in "Qualifications."

Additional information

Relocation Expenses will not be paid.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):
ICTAP and CTAP provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified you must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least "Very Good" on the questionnaire. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
Additional information regarding ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources

Veteran's Preference:
If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15.

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.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide .

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

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

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