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Research Assistant - DEPS Executive Office

Location: Washington, D.C.
Department: Div on Engineering & Physical Sciences
Job Req #: 180053-8
Basic Requirements: High School Diploma, GED or Equivalent knowledge, and four years of related experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelors degree in the physical sciences or engineering.


**Candidate must be willing and able to obtain a security clearance.**


The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Medicine work together as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The National Academies also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding in matters of science, engineering, and medicine.


The mission of the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS) is to provide independent and authoritative science, technology, engineering and related policy advice to the federal government and to the nation and to promote communications between the science and technology community, the federal government, and the interested public.


DEPS seeks to assess the role of science and technology in important public policy issues and to advance science and engineering, identifying needed research as well as improvements in data and research methods. In these ways, it fosters better science and technology and their use to support decisions on public policies and programs.


DEPS’ work is organized around four broad areas:  unique government missions in defense, space, and aerospace; national infrastructure challenges such as energy and environmental systems, information and telecommunications, manufacturing and engineering design, civil engineering, and the constructed environment; science and engineering disciplines such as physics, astronomy, computer science and engineering, materials science and engineering, and the mathematical sciences and their applications; continuing assessments of federal government laboratories and research programs.




The Research Assistant performs a number of research functions and activities that facilitate the efforts of staff.  Conducts searches and compiles information or data and may assist in analyzing basic research results.  Task may include data entry and extraction, data conversion, manipulation, retrieval, editing, documentation, and formatting charts, graphic displays, and tables.  Updates and maintains databases. Assists with administrative duties related to programs/projects.


Under the guidance of the Senior Reports Officer and Senior Administrative Officer, this entry level research job performs basic program research and writing in support of assigned program(s)/project(s). Some tasks may be complex, but most decision making can be made with pre-determined approaches.  May perform related administrative tasks, but the primary focus of the job is providing research support.




The research assistant updates and maintains databases and files pertaining to report review.  Maintains e-mail distribution lists.


Researches and organizes information about potential Division Committee member candidates and reviewers.  Attends meetings (2 per year).


May perform fact and reference checking for reports. Performs administrative duties including FACA Section 15 compliance certification, meeting planning, coordinating travel arrangements, organizing materials for meetings, and corresponding with Division Committee members.




Ability to solve intellectual problems through selection and application of commonly used rules, procedures, and precedents. Ability to work successfully in a team environment. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers and employees in other National Academies' departments through effective communication. Good communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees.

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