Friday, December 11, 2009

AASWomen for December 11, 2009

AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of December 11, 2009
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery

This week's issues:

1. I'm planning a research sabbatical next year and by the way, we're expecting a kid

2. On-line article in SALON about careers in science

3. Nobel Prize Winning Women in Science

4. 'Tis the season

5. National Summit on Gender and the Postdoctorate

6. CSWP/DPF Networking Luncheon

7. IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women

8. Public Education Specialist, Green Bank, NRAO

9. ALMA Postdoctoral Fellow

10. Stromlo Fellow Vacancy


11. Tenure-track Position, University of New Hampshire

12. Faculty Positions in Physics, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

13. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

14. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

1. I'm planning a research sabbatical next year and by the way, we're
expecting a kid
From: Ann Hornschmeier []

[please see the entire post at ]

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2. On-line article in SALON about careers in science
From: Jill Bechtold []

Nobel laureates: Gender Balance needed by Malin Rising, AP

"The career structure is very much a career structure that has worked for men" says one winner

The two female winners of this year's Nobel Prize in medicine on Sunday urged scientific institutions to change their career structures to help more women reach top positions.

for full article, see

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3. Nobel Prize Winning Women in Science
From: Hannah Jang-Condell []

[This is related to the item, above. -- eds.]

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4. 'Tis the Season
From: AASWomen editors

This holiday season, why not give the AASWomen newsletter as a gift to a graduate student, undergraduate student or colleague whom you think might be interested? Simply cut and paste the invitation below.

"I thought you might be interested in subscribing to the Women in Astronomy newsletter. It's a weekly email compendium of topics of interest to women in astronomy and those who support them. To subscribe go to and fill out the form."

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5. National Summit on Gender and the Postdoctorate
From: WIPHYS, Dec. 11, 2009

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is hosting a National Summit on Gender and the Postdoctorate on March 10 11, 2010. The Summit will take place in Philadelphia, in conjunction with the NPA's Annual Meeting, which begins on March 12th. All those with an interest in fostering programs and initiatives to assist postdoc women in transitioning to the professoriate are invited to attend the Summit.

Postdocs are especially encouraged to come, and are invited to apply for a travel award to cover their travel expenses. Travel awards of up to $750 per person are available to cover registration, lodging, meals, and travel to the Summit. Deadline for travel and award applications: December 18, 2009.

For more information on the Summit and instructions for applying for a travel award, visit: summit .

The National Summit on Gender and the Postdoctorate is part of NPA ADVANCE, a project supported by the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE program to advance the careers of women in science and engineering.

Contact: Kathleen Flint, NPA Project Manager, kflint AT

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6. CSWP/DPF Networking Luncheon
From: WIPHYS, Dec. 9, 2009

The Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) and the Division of Particles and Fields (DPF) will co-sponsor a buffet luncheon for women in physics from 12:00-1:30 pm on Monday, February 15, 2010 at the APS meeting in Washington, DC. The speaker will be Bonnie Fleming, Yale University.

The luncheon is open to all: both men and women are welcome to attend. This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy a full buffet lunch and network with colleagues! Cost: $20. Students are $5, thanks to the generosity of DPF.

Space for this popular event is limited. Pre-registration is strongly advised by February 1, 2010 at . After that date, you must purchase tickets ON SITE at the Balances Due desk at the APS Registration Area as long as tickets are available.

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7. IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women
From: WIPHYS, Dec. 4, 2009

In 2010, IBM will offer a Summer Research Internship for Undergraduate Women. These summer internships are salaried positions typically 10 weeks long, and include the opportunity to work with a mentor at one of three IBM research locations.

Applications must be submitted by February 1, 2010. Complete details on the program and how to apply are available at

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8. Public Education Specialist, Green Bank, NRAO
From: Dee Boyd []

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in Green Bank, WV, is seeking a Public Education Specialist to collaborate with the Green Bank Education Officer, the Assistant Director for Education and Public Outreach (EPO) and all EPO staff to design, fund, implement the Observatory-wide formal and informal education program.

The Public Education Specialist designs, develops, and implements formal education, informal education, and professional development programs related to astronomy, radio astronomy and the NRAO for K-12 teachers and students; gives programs, presentations, and tours for the public, media, teachers, and students; designs, develops, and creates hardcopy and online educational materials for use by students and the general public; answers queries from educators, students and the general public about the NRAO and astronomy; actively participates as a member of the Education and Public Outreach Division, contributing to Observatory-wide short and long-term planning, program development, reporting, and performance assessment; assists in seeking external funding to further develop the NRAO EPO program; and others duties as assigned.

A minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in astronomy, physical science, science education, or a related field is required. At least five years of classroom teaching or informal instructional experience in a museum setting is also desired. Documented experience in program development and proposal writing experience in support of education and public outreach, including a record of EPO grant success with the NSF, NASA, or other funding agencies is required.

For further requirements and to apply, please visit our Careers site at . Review of applications will begin immediately. NRAO is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/D/V.

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9. ALMA Postdoctoral Fellow
From: Dee Boyd []

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is playing a leading role in the construction and operations of the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA). When inaugurated in 2012, ALMA will be the most powerful (sub)millimeter interferometer ever constructed, and will transform our understanding of topics ranging from the formation of nearby protoplanetary disks to the earliest epochs of galaxy formation.

We invite applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to work with the Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) scientific staff as it gears up for the commissioning and validation of ALMA. The initial appointment beginning in Fall 2010 will be for two years, with the possibility of extension to a third year based on mutual agreement and budget availability. These international staff positions are funded from the construction project and as such, will come to an end when construction is complete. Members of the commissioning team will, however, be in a very strong position to compete for long-term positions that may become available. The role of the ALMA Postdoctoral Fellow will be to assist the ALMA Commissioning Team in planning and executing the scientific commissioning of ALMA. As a member of the commissioning team, the successful applicant will work on preparing specific test procedures and trouble-shooting them, carrying out measurements, processing the data and producing reports. Assignments may include tasks such as measuring the properties of individual antennas, testing and calibrating the various interferometric observing modes, and moving on to verifying the quality of the scientific data that ALMA produces.

The position will be based at the Santiago, Chile, ALMA Office and will offer an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the tools needed to make the most of ALMA's scientific promise.

The successful candidate will be expected and encouraged to continue an active program of independent research. Funding to present research findings at international conferences is supported.

To be considered, applicants must have a PhD in astronomy, chemistry, physics or a related field.The successful candidates must have the following requirements: Experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment; high level of communication in English; and a working knowledge of or the willingness to learn Spanish. Experience with radio, especially millimeter, observations and related data reduction software is preferred, along with a proven track record of scientific research. Demonstrated skills in the following areas would be an advantage, but are not required: Knowledge of computing languages (python, xml, etc); development of data reduction and analysis software; and experience trouble shooting hardware in a Linux environment. The successful applicant will be required to spend a significant amount of time working at the ALMA sites at OSF (2,900m elevation) and occasionally at the Array Operations Site (5,000m elevation). A successful high altitude medical check is a necessary condition for this position.

Applicants can apply online at and should include a brief summary of past and planned independent scientific research, relevant previous experience, a curriculum vitae, and a brief cover letter. The application deadline is December 31, 2009; however, review of applications will begin immediately. Interviews may be arranged at the AAS meeting for qualified applicants whose applicant packages are received by December 31, 2009. However, all applications received by January 15, 2010, will receive consideration. Applicants should also arrange to have three reference letters sent directly to: by the December 31st deadline. Please indicate "ALMA Commissioning Postdoc" in the subject line. Questions regarding this position should be directed to Al Wootten at NRAO is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/D/V.

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10. Stromlo Fellow Vacancy
From: Michelle McWilliam []

The Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics (RSAA) of The Australian National University is seeking to appoint a distinguished early career researcher as Stromlo Fellow.

The Stromlo Fellow is expected to pursue a vigorous, full time, self-directed research program in astronomy and to provide academic leadership in their field of research. This is a five year, fixed-term appointment having a minimum salary of AU$74,447. The fellowship carries with it an annual research grant of AU$15,000 and is available from early 2010.

The School operates Siding Spring Observatory (SSO), near Coonabarabran in the central west of NSW. The primary ANU facility at SSO is a well-instrumented 2.3m telescope, which is being equipped with a new, high-efficiency optical integral field spectrograph (WiFeS). Siding Spring is also the site of ANU's new 1.3m SkyMapper telescope, which will undertake a 6-colour digital imaging survey of the entire southern sky, with additional time available for individual research projects.

The successful candidate will have access to world-class supercomputing facilities, and to Australia's national radio and optical/IR facilities. RSAA is a foundation member of the Giant Magellan Telescope consortium and is participating in the Murchison Wide-field Array consortium. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to supervise graduate students and to apply for additional research funding through the competitive grant schemes of the Australian Research Council.

Preferably candidates will have a background in one of the current research themes of the RSAA. These include: Stellar Astrophysics, Cosmology, Galactic Archaeology, Black Hole Phenomena and Planetary Science. However, we will give serious consideration to outstanding applicants in any field of astronomy and astrophysics.

We expect that the successful candidate will have demonstrated an excellent track record of independent research, and will have outlined an outstanding research program to be carried out during the term of the Fellowship. The successful candidate would typically have up to 5 years experience following their PhD.

We particularly encourage applications from women and minority groups.

Applicant enquiries can be made to Profesor Harvey Butcher at or Geoff Bicknell at

Closing date is 15th January 2010.

Applications should be made online at reference A460-09TG

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10. Faculty Positions in Physics, University of California, Berkeley and
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
From: WIPHYS, Dec. 11, 2009

The Physics Department of the University of California, Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory intend to make two joint faculty appointments effective July 1, 2010.

One position is targeted for Computational Astrophysics; this appointment will be made jointly between the Physics Department and Nuclear Sciences and/or Physics Divisions at LBNL.

A second position is targeted for Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, with an intended focus on Local Probes and/or Materials; this appointment will be made jointly between the Physics Department and the Materials Sciences Division of LBNL.

These searches will be at a junior level, though an appointment at a senior level is possible if a candidate with outstanding breadth and record is identified; both positions will be at either the tenure track (assistant professor) level or tenured (associate professor or full professor) level depending on previous record.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply, and applications from minority and women candidates are especially encouraged. A curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of research interests, and a list of at least 3 references (names and complete addresses including email) are required for consideration. UC Berkeley's Statement of Confidentiality can be found at: .

Online applications are strongly preferred. Please go to and click on the Faculty Job Listing link located in the right side bar. Follow the directions for self-registration, uploading of PDF's, and obtaining the URL for your letters of reference writers. For applicants at the assistant professor level, give this URL to at least 3 references and have them upload their letter.

For applicants who wish only to be considered at the associate or full professor level, it is sufficient to provide names and addresses in the initial application; the search committee will contact these references only after the applicant is selected for further consideration. If online application is not possible, mail curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of teaching and research interests, and names and full addresses of at least 3 references to:

Physics Department Search Committee University of California, Berkeley 366 LeConte Hall MC 7300 Berkeley, CA 94720-7300

Applications by E-mail or FAX will not be accepted. Applications should be received by Jan 12, 2010, at which time interviews will begin, but will be accepted until March 19, 2010. Applications submitted after close of business March 19, 2010 will not be considered. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

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11. Tenure-track Position, Experimental Space Physics, Univ. of New Hampshire
From: WIPHYS, Dec. 9, 2009

The Department of Physics at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the area of experimental space physics. We are currently seeking candidates who can strengthen our program in space physics and astrophysics through research using sounding rockets, balloons or small satellites (areas that are traditionally funded by NASA's Low Cost Access to Space program). The position will have half the normal teaching and service load and will be jointly appointed in the Space Science Center (part of the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space). Since the 1960s the Space Science Center has had a vigorous and internationally recognized graduate program in space research. This includes not only a long line of satellite missions (such as IBEX, STEREO, ACE, CLUSTER and CGRO), but also a series of suborbital projects using both sounding rockets and balloons. The suborbital program has strong components in auroral, upper atmosphere, solar and high-energy astrophysics research, all supported by a well-equipped machine shop, extensive environmental testing facilities and an experienced engineering staff. Successful candidates will be expected to develop externally funded research programs and to contribute significantly to the teaching mission of the Department of Physics. Information regarding research and educational programs within the Department of Physics and the Space Science Center may be found at and at, respectively.

The University actively creates and nurtures a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with a mutual respect and shared spirit of inquiry.

UNH is a Land Grant, Sea Grant and Space Grant institution with approximately 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located near the New Hampshire seacoast and is within sixty miles of Boston, MA, Portland, ME and the lakes and mountains of New Hampshire. There are numerous departments and research institutes that provide excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary research (see and

Application review will begin on February 15, 2010 and continue until the position is filled. Electronic applications are requested. Applicants should send a CV, a statement of research accomplishments and plans, a statement on teaching, and also arrange for three electronic letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Ms. Robbin Williams at Inquiries about the position should be addressed to Professor Mark McConnell at

UNH is an equal opportunity employer, and strongly committed to achieving excellence through diversity. The University actively encourages applications and nominations of women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups.

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13. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN

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