JOB: Investigative Scientist at NSF, Arlington, VA

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    Alicia Mazzara

    Job Title: Mathematician, Biologist, Physical, Social and/or Computer Scientist (Investigative Scientist)
    Agency: National Science Foundation
    Sub Agency: OIG
    Job Announcement Number: E20110083

    SALARY RANGE: $89,033.00 – $140,259.00 /year
    OPEN PERIOD: Monday, May 23, 2011 to Friday, May 27, 2011
    POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time Permanent
    DUTY LOCATIONS: FEW vacancies – Arlington, VA


    Applications will be accepted from US Citizens and Non-Citizens as allowed by appropriations and statute.

    Applications will also be considered for the General Engineer (AD-0801) series.


    When established by President Harry Truman in 1950, the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) budget was $150,000. Today, NSF’s budget is approximately $7 billion. Congress trusts the NSF with an ever-increasing responsibility to fund the most meritorious programs and initiatives in scientific and technological research and education, keeping the U.S. at the frontier of discovery.

    With an emphasis on advancing national health, prosperity, and welfare, NSF brings together scientific and education experts to shape the direction of national research and education in science and technology. NSF maintains a creative and collegial atmosphere and is respected in both the federal and scientific arenas for its work in promoting science, technology, education and management best practices. Come work among the best – join NSF today!

    The NSF is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Investigative Scientist within the Investigations Group, Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Arlington, VA. The Investigations’ Section is responsible for conducting investigations and completing special projects related to NSF programs and operations. As a part of OIG, it is also responsible for providing leadership and coordination and for recommending policies regarding: (1) Economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in administering NSF programs and operations; (2) Prevention and detection of fraud, waste and abuse in NSF programs and operations; and (3) Prevention, detection, and investigation of cases involving misconduct in science. More information about Investigations’ Section can be found at


    The individual selected for this position will serve as an Investigative Scientist. The Investigative Scientist’s principal responsibility is handling allegations of misconduct in science and engineering as defined at 45 CFR 689. This includes recommending deferral of necessary inquires and/or investigations as well as conducting any required inquires and/or investigations.

    * Plans, completes, and submits written reports on special studies, assignments and projects that frequently cut across disciplinary and organizational lines.

    * Contributes written materials to the IG’s Semiannual Report to the Congress. This requires some knowledge of NSF policies; activities, and procedures as adapted to the entire range of NSF programs.

    * Assists the Head of Administrative Investigations (HAI) by handling allegations of misconduct in science and engineering as well as charges of improper actions by NSF staff in the conduct of other OIG reviews, and in outreach activities.

    * Coordinates his or her activities as appropriate with NSF program officers, with those outside NSF as well as outside the federal government.

    * Engages in relevant training activities and attends and participates in professional scientific or engineering meetings as appropriate.

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