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Announcement Number AST-2014-0002 Promotion Potential AD-04
Position Title Astronomer (Program Director) Hiring Agency NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Open Period 02/13/2014 - 04/14/2014 Duty Locations Few Vacancies in Arlington, VA, US
Series/Grade AD - 1330 04 For More Info KENYA B. LYONS
703-292-8781
kblyons@nsf.gov
Salary $106263.00 - $165596.00

Who May Apply
Applications will be accepted from US Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law requires Non-Citizens to 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 job announcement was AMENDED to update qualifications and to extend the closing date to April 14, 2014.
 


Job Status
Full-time.


Security Clearance Required:

Public Trust - Background Investigation


Duration Appointment Permanent.


Marketing Statement

NSF is on the leading edge of discovery in areas from astronomy to geology to zoology. In addition to funding research in traditional academic areas, the agency also supports innovative ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but become the reality of tomorrow.

NSF ensures that research is fully integrated with education so that today's revolutionary work will also be training future scientists and engineers.

We are also at the forefront of federal business and operations best practices, ensuring accountability and efficacy of the work we do.
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Summary
Applicants wishing to apply for a VSEE or Federal Temporary Appointment should see Job Announcement AST-2014-0004.

Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For over 60 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has remained the premier Federal agency supporting basic research at the frontiers of discovery across all fields, as well as science and engineering education at all levels.

The NSF is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Program Director in the Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Unit (ESMU), which is housed within Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST), Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS).

The objective of NSF’s ESMU is to ensure the access of the scientific community to portions of the radio spectrum that are needed for research purposes. The ESMU staff accomplishes its objective by representing the interests of the NSF and the scientific community in various national and international regulatory bodies, including the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU); and by communicating with the science community about spectrum-related issues that impact scientific use of the radio spectrum. ESMU staff is also responsible for obtaining certification and frequency authorizations for radio systems operating under NSF control. ESMU provides spectrum management support for the entire NSF, including radio astronomy, remote sensing, satellite systems, oceanography, ionospheric and magnetospheric radars, and routine operational systems that require spectrum support.

Although the primary focus of this position is on electromagnetic spectrum management, the selected candidate may also be called on to assist or lead in managing portions of NSF’s “Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum” (EARS) grant program. EARS supports research into innovative ways to use and manage the electromagnetic spectrum for increased access, and is intended to be responsive to the Nation’s broadband goals. Program management of EARS may include soliciting grant proposals, interfacing with current and prospective Principal Investigators (PIs), organizing and running proposal review panels, and making funding recommendations.

For more information about AST and its programs, please visit here.


Supervisory Position: No


Relocation Authorized: Yes

Relocation MAY be paid on the availability of funds.


Travel Required: Occasional Travel

International travel is required, typically for one week at a time three to four times per year, but occasionally for durations as long as five weeks to attend World Radiocommunication Conferences approximately every four years.


Key Requirements

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




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