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Category: Scientists, Engineers, Science
Educators and Mathematicians
Appointments are usually made under the NSF Act hiring authority.
Temporary and permanent personnel are appointed at the AD-1
to AD-5 salary range.
Candidates must have a bachelor's degree or higher in an appropriate
field of science, mathematics or engineering.
A Ph.D., or equivalent experience, and successful research,
research administration and/or managerial experience pertinent
to the position are required for higher level positions.
A candidate must be a citizen or national of the United States
or be a citizen of a country with mutual security alliances with
the United States.
Category: Consultants and Experts
Consultants are appointed to provide advice, views, opinions,
alternatives or recommendations on issues, problems or questions
Expert positions require the services of a specialist with skills
superior to those of others in the same profession, occupation,
or activity to perform the work.
Work is performed on a temporary and/or intermittent basis.
Appointments to non-scientific positions are made in the competitive
service under Title 5 of the U.S.Code of Federal Regulations.
Appointments to scientific positions are made in the excepted
service under the NSF Act hiring authority.
Pay is on a daily rate and is set commensurate with the level
and difficulty of the work to be performed. Pay may not exceed
the maximum amount allowable for the appointing authority.
Candidates must meet qualification requirements.
Consultants must have a high degree of broad administrative,
professional, or technical knowledge or experience in a particular
field or program in order to provide useful views from personal
An expert is recognized as an authority in the field or as a
practitioner of unusual competence and skill in a professional,
scientific, technical or other activity.
For competitive service positions, a candidate must be a citizen
or national of the United States. For excepted service positions,
a candidate must be a United States citizen or national, or be
a citizen of a country with mutual security alliances with the