Issue of June 5, 2009
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery
This week's issues:
1. The path to science is steeper for women
From: WIPHYS May 29, 2009
This article in the CERN bulletin about a European program to interest young women in science might be of interest to the wiphys subscribers:
The path to science is steeper for women http://cdsweb.cern.ch/journal/article?issue=22/2009&name=CERNBulletin&category=News%20Articles&number=1&ln=en
"The SET-Routes programme, launched in 2007 with the goal of attracting girls and young women to careers in science, came to an end in April this year. The result of a collaboration between EMBL, EMBO and CERN, the programme established a network of "ambassadors", women scientists who went out to talk about their careers in science at schools and universities across Europe."Back to top.
2. Students Head to Science Camps (Sloan Career Cornerstone News)
From: WIPHYS June 3, 2009
This summer, Exxon Mobil, in conjunction with Dr. Bernard Harris and the Harris Foundation, are expanding the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp program to thirty residential camps. The two-week camps are designed for under-privileged middle school students across the country and provide a fun-filled setting for them to gain a deeper understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and to promote exciting careers in these fields. The camps are free and all student expenses are paid for by the program. While not all summer science camps are free, or residential, they are available all across the country and provide great experiences for middle and high school students to enjoy first hand experiences in science and engineering. Links to summer STEM camps all over the country are on the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center website! http://www.careercornerstone.org/pcsumcamps.htm (From the Sloan Career Cornerstone News, June 2009)Back to top.
3. The NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program
From: Jonathan P. Gardner [Jonathan.p.gardner_at_nasa.gov]
Please forward to interested undergrads who are US citizens majoring in science or engineering.
The NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (NASA-USRP) offers undergraduate students across the United States research experiences at NASA Centers. Students may apply for a 10-week summer session or a 15-week spring or fall session.
Students will receive a $9,000 stipend for the 15-week Fall Session (8/31/09 - 12/11/09), 40 hrs/wk research experience plus one round-trip airfare or ground transportation costs to and from the NASA Center. At the completion of the research session, students must submit a paper on their NASA-USRP research experience. Students may also be asked to discuss their research in public forums and/or participate in NASA-sponsored colloquia, workshops, and technology demonstrations.
For more information about USRP, you may visit http://www.epo.usra.edu/usrp/Back to top.
4. Test Scientist - ALMA (CL00113)
From: Dee Boyd [dlboyd_at_nrao.edu]
Full job description available at https://careers.nrao.edu/ Click on International Scientist.
The Atacama Large Millimeter/sub millimeter Array (ALMA) is an international collaboration to construct and operate a large sub millimeter - millimeter wavelength interferometer array of radio telescopes at 5000m altitude in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. For more details see http://www.alma.cl/ .
ALMA construction and operations are led on behalf of North America by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), which is managed by Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) and on behalf of Europe by ESO.
ALMA is opening positions for Test Scientists to participate in system tests during the Assembly, Integration and Verification processes. These positions will develop qualification tests, analyze test results and approve reports. They support routine tests on antennas, such as holographic measurement and optical pointing, by performing data analysis, developing automated control and reduction scripts, and training operators, engineers and technicians. They also develop and execute tests to characterize integrated interferometric system behavior, including radiometric pointing, antenna and beam characterization, surface shape change with elevation, path delay, phase stability, bandpass stability changes, etc. During array commissioning, Test Scientists will work with the engineering staff to develop tests and provide the analysis needed to help resolve problems with system performance. They will also work with the commissioning team to define tests needed to validate the system.
Test Scientists are expected and encouraged to conduct active astronomical research programs.
These positions require an advanced degree in engineering, physics or astronomy at the Doctoral level; at least three years observational experience with radio astronomy, observing techniques, and data reduction; experience in techniques used in radio astronomy observations; experience in software development for astronomical applications (C++, Python); experience with and understanding of microwave and digital systems; experience with and understanding of aperture synthesis arrays; experience in techniques used in radio astronomy observations; experience working in a team environment. In addition, skills in C++, Python; a working knowledge of or willingness to learn Spanish; and a high level of communication and negotiation in English is preferred; willingness to travel to the ALMA sites near San Pedro de Atacama and abroad. Due to frequent travel requirements and work at high altitudes, a successful high altitude medical check is a necessary condition of employment for this position.
The positions are based in Santiago, Chile and will require frequent traveling to the ALMA Operational Support Facility near San Pedro Atacama.
Applicants can apply online at https://careers.nrao.edu and should include a description of relevant experience, curriculum vitae, and a cover letter. NRAO requires three letters of reference, which should be sent directly to tbrache_at_alma.cl.
Applicants applying through ESO may do so online at https://jobs.eso.org or by sending the application to the ESO Personnel Office, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2, Garching, D-85748 Germany. ESO requires three letters of reference which may be sent to vacany_at_eso.org.
Review of applicants will begin on 14 July 2009; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.Back to top.
5. Web Content Analyst/Developer - NRAO
From: Dee Boyd [dlboyd_at_nrao.edu]
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory seeks an energetic person interested in science and science communication who will collaborate with our web design and scientific staff to develop and deploy effective Internet content for users of the NRAO's 21st century research facilities: the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, Expanded Very Large Array, Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, and Very Long Baseline Array.
Applicants should apply online at https://careers.nrao.edu . A curriculum vitae and cover letter are required. The NRAO offers an excellent benefits package, including paid relocation, life insurance, a retirement plan, medical and dental insurance. Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE.Back to top.
6. Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Toledo
From: Karen Bjorkman [Karen.Bjorkman_at_utoledo.edu]
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Toledo invites applications for a visiting position at the Assistant Professor level to begin in August 2009. Pending final budgetary approval, the appointment will be for one year with the possibility of reappointment for a second year at the discretion of the university. The position will have a primary focus on introductory physics, astronomy, and natural science courses. A Masters Degree in physics, astronomy, or a related field is required; a Ph.D in related fields is strongly preferred, along with prior teaching experience. The person in this position will be expected to teach twelve credit hours of courses per semester, some of which may include laboratory or recitation sections. We particularly encourage applications from women and minority candidates. Applicants should include a current CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three reference letters. Review of the applications will begin on July 10, 2009. Applications should be sent to:
Chair, VAP Search Committee Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, MS111 University of Toledo Toledo, OH, 43606-3390
or by e-mail to Willie Brown (Willie.Brown_at_utoledo.edu).Back to top.
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