AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of September 30, 2005 & October 7, 2005
eds. Patricia Knezek, Jim Ulvestad, & Joan Schmelz

This week's issues:

1. Confessions of an Engineering Washout

2. SMA Postdoc Fellowships

3. Leo Goldberg Fellowships

4. Professional Skills Development Workshops for Women Physicists

****** The following positions were taken from WIPHYS **********

5. APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women

6. Physicist, JILA, University of Colorado and NIST, Boulder, CO

7. One Year Physics Sabbatical Replacement Position, Gettysberg College

8. Faculty Position in Theoretical High Energy Physics, Brown University

9. Faculty Position in Observational Weak Gravitational Lens Cosmology 
Department of Physics, University of California, Davis

10. Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of 

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1. Confessions of an Engineering Washout
From: Lauretta Nagel  nagelstsci.edu 

This article provides some insight as to why undergraduates are washing out of 
science and engineering:


2. SMA Postdoc Fellowships
From: David Wilner  dwilnercfa.harvard.edu 

The Submillimeter Array, a collaborative project of the Smithsonian 
Astrophysical Observatory and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and 
Astrophysics (Taiwan), is a radio-interferometer located at an altitude of 4,000 
m near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii.  It consists of eight six-meter diameter 
antennas configurable to achieve sub arc second resolution, and is now in 
routine operation in two low-frequency atmospheric windows, centered at 220 and 
300 GHz, and a high frequency window at 650 GHz. During the coming year it will 
be equipped with receivers that will extend the low frequency coverage up to 430 
GHz; and enable enhanced polarization capability throughout the 330-350 GHz 
frequency range.

Applications are invited for two SMA postdoctoral fellowships beginning in the 
fall of 2006. Fellowships are for a period of two years, with the possibility of 
a one-year extension.  These positions are aimed chiefly at research in 
submillimeter astronomy, and the successful candidates are expected to propose 
and participate in science observations with the SMA. The current major areas of 
study include: the formation, kinematics, and chemistry of protostellar disks 
and outflows; AGN's, including the Galactic Center; circumstellar material 
around evolved stars; the structure and energetics of normal and luminous 
galaxies; and solar system studies.  It is expected that both positions will be 
based at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge to 
facilitate interaction with other scientists within the Radio division and the 
wider CfA community. However, candidates with a desire to be located at the SMA 
facility at the University of Hawaii, Hilo, are also encouraged to apply.

Applicants must have a recent Ph.D. in astronomy or a related field.  Practical 
experience in millimeter or submillimeter wavelength astronomy, radio 
interferometry, instrumentation, or experience in any applicable branch of 
astrophysical theory is desirable. Questions should be directed to dwilnercfa.harvard.edu. 
Applications, including a curriculum vita, statement of research interest, and 
three letters of recommendation should be sent to J. Barnett before 31 December 
2005 for full consideration. Note that applicants for other CfA fellowships are 
not automatically forwarded to the SMA Fellowship Selection Committee. AAE/EOE

Submission Address for Resumes/CVs:
Jennifer Barnett
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
60 Garden Street, MS 42
Cambridge, MA
United States
Email: jbarnettcfa.harvard.edu


3. Leo Goldberg Fellowships

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) will award the Leo Goldberg 
Fellowship in observational astronomy, astronomical instrumentation, or 
theoretical astrophysics, to recent Ph.D. recipients of outstanding promise. 
These Fellowships are intended to advance innovative and ground-breaking 
scientific research, to encourage long-term projects, and to engage talented 
individuals in the mission that NOAO undertakes on behalf of the community. The 
Fellow will have access to the wide range of resources at NOAO, including the 
telescopes of the International Gemini, Kitt Peak National, and Cerro Tololo 
Inter-American Observatories. In addition to engaging in any research program of 
their own choosing, the Fellow is encouraged to participate in current NOAO 
initiatives (e.g., ongoing NOAO instrumentation, survey programs, or the 
scientific and/or technical aspects of the next generation of ground-based 
facilities). These include the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), the Large Synoptic 
Survey Telescope (LSST), and the National Virtual Observatory (NVO), projects in 
which NOAO is playing an important role on behalf of the community. 

The Fellowship provides support for five years at a competitive salary, and it 
carries a benefit package and a generous research budget for travel and other 
expenses. During the first four years of the appointment, the candidate will 
reside at either NOAO/North in Tucson, Arizona, or NOAO/South in La Serena, 
Chile. Residence in Chile has an additional benefits package to further support 
and assist expatriates and their families. During the last year, the Fellow may 
reside at any US University or astronomical research institute willing to host 
the Fellow.

Applicants should submit: (1) A description of their proposed research, 
addressing in particular the timeline for the project within the five year 
duration of the Fellowship; (2) A choice of residence at NOAO/North or 
NOAO/South, including a discussion of possible interactions with on-going NOAO 
research programs and next-generation developmental programs (see 
http://www.noao.edu/dir/lrplan/2003/ for details); (3) A vita, bibliography, and 
brief description of their dissertation research; (4) Three letters of 
recommendation. Applications will be reviewed beginning November 23, 2005 and 
applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by this date to receive full 

Fellows will be selected based on (1) Their promise for an outstanding career in 
astronomy; (2) Their proposed use of Gemini, KPNO, or CTIO facilities; (3) The 
relationship of their research to and proposed interaction with NOAO programs to 
plan the next generation of community facilities, and (4) The relationship of 
their research to programs conducted by the NOAO staff. The unique 5-yr time 
span of the Goldberg Fellowship provides an opportunity to carry out ambitious, 
long-term projects, and we strongly encourage candidates to consider this aspect 
in their applications. For further information, please contact Dr. Steve Strom 
at stromnoao.edu. Information on past Fellows is available at 


4. Professional Skills Development Workshops for Women Physicists
From: WIPHYS of September 29, 2005

The American Physical Society will offer one-day workshops for tenure 
track and newly-tenured women physicists on March 12 (Baltimore) and 
April 21 (Dallas), in association with the 2006 APS annual meetings.   

The workshops will offer professional training on effective negotiation, 
communication and leadership skills, as well as a special opportunity 
for networking.  Participants may receive a stipend of up to $800 
towards hotel and travel expenses. Details are now posted on the CSWP 
website at 


along with information on how to apply.  To ensure maximum interaction, 
the workshops are limited to 30 people.  

Aihua Xie., 2005 Chair, Committee on the Status of Women in Physics 

5. APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women
From: WIPHYS of October 4, 2005

Information on the 2006 APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate 
Women is now available!  These summer internships are salaried positions 
typically 10 weeks long, and include in addition a $2,500 grant, plus the 
opportunity to work with a mentor at one of three IBM research locations.  
Applications must be submitted by January 31, 2006.  Complete details on 
the program and how to apply are available at 


6. Physicist, JILA, University of Colorado and NIST, Boulder, CO
From: WIPHYS of September 27, 2005

JILA, a premier academic research institute administered jointly by NIST 
and the University of Colorado, is searching for outstanding scientists 
preferably at the junior level. Successful applicants would be expected to 
establish an internationally-recognized research program involving graduate, 
undergraduate, and postdoctoral students, and to participate in departmental 
teaching responsibilities. We have particular interest in candidates applying 
advanced techniques to topics related to JILA's strengths in atomic, molecular 
and optical science, laser technology, and precision measurement. Target areas 
include, but are not limited to, quantum information, quantum optics, quantum 
control, high-field physics, chemical physics, nanoscience, and biophotonics. 
JILA has a number of exceptionally successful faculty from underrepresented 
groups, and especially seeks applications from women and minority researchers. 
More information about JILA can be found at http://jilawww.colorado.edu.

Interested persons should send a curriculum vitae and a detailed research 
proposal (2-3 pages), as well as arrange for three letters of recommendation 
to be sent to: Physics Search Committee, JILA, 440 UCB, University of Colorado, 
Boulder, CO 80309-0440. Application review will begin December 15, 2005, and 
will continue until January 5, 2006.

The University of Colorado at Boulder and NIST are both committed to diversity 
and equality in education and employment. For further information, contact 

Deborah Jin
Pam Leland 

From: WIPHYS of September 30, 2005

The Physics Department at Gettysburg College invites applications for a one-year 
faculty position at the assistant professor level beginning in the fall of 2006. 
Preference will be given to those candidates with previous teaching experience 
and who are able to involve undergraduates in their research. The Department of 
Physics has six full-time faculty. Current areas of active experimental research 
include nuclear physics, plasma physics, and observational astronomy, but 
applicants from all areas of experimental physics are encouraged to apply. The 
successful candidate must demonstrate enthusiasm and proficiency for teaching 
undergraduate physics, including introductory courses, laboratories, and courses 
for non-science students. 

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in physics. Interested candidates should submit a 
curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching goals, and the names and 
addresses of three references (at least one of whom can address the candidate's 
teaching ability) to Laurence A. Marschall, Chair, Department of Physics, 
Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (e-mail address: marschalgettysburg.edu). 
Consideration of applicants will begin February 1. 

Gettysburg College is a highly selective liberal arts college located within 90 
minutes of the Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area. Established in 1832, the 
College has a rich history and is situated on a 220-acre campus with an 
enrollment of 2,500 students. Gettysburg College celebrates diversity and 
especially invites applications from members of any group that has been 
historically underrepresented in the American academy. The College assures equal 
employment opportunity and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, 
national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, and disability. 

8. Faculty Position in Theoretical High Energy Physics, Brown University
From: WIPHYS of October 4, 2005

The Department of Physics at Brown University invites applications for an 
Assistant or Associate Professor position in Theoretical Particle 
Physics/Cosmology/String Theory starting in the summer of 2006.  We are looking 
for candidates with both demonstrated accomplishments in research and teaching 
and promise for future achievements.  Applicants with interests interacting with 
colleagues in other active research areas, both theoretical and experimental, 
are welcome.  We particularly encourage applications from women and minorities. 
Applications should include names, addresses (e-mail) of at least three 
referees, a statement of research and teaching plans and should be directed to 
Prof. Antal Jevicki, Chair of High Energy Theory Search Committee, Department of 
Physics, Box 1843, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912.  Review of 
applications will begin on December 15, 2005.

9. Faculty Position in Observational Weak Gravitational Lens Cosmology 
Department of Physics, University of California, Davis
From: WIPHYS of October 6, 2005

The Department of Physics at the University of California at Davis invites 
applications for a faculty position in observational weak gravitational lensing 
cosmology.  The appointment will be at the tenure-track Assistant Professor or 
tenured Associate Professor level as determined by qualifications and 
experience. The targeted starting date for appointment is July 1, 2006.  The 
candidate will be expected to emerge as a leader in the Large Synoptic Survey 
Telescope (LSST) project. This appointment is the first of six approved faculty 
positions in various UC Davis disciplines for dark energy science with the LSST 
data. The successful candidate will join twelve faculty and researchers in our 
cosmology group and will have the opportunity to become involved in the Deep 
Lens Survey, and the campus Center for Computational Science and Engineering, 
and will have access to the Keck telescopes and Lick Observatory.

The existing cosmology faculty consists of three theorists, three observers, and 
one experimentalist/observer. The group also includes five 
experimentalist/observer researchers and eight postdoctoral scholars, and is 
very collaborative. Principal activities include observational and theoretical 
studies of the physics of dark matter and dark energy via multiple gravitational 
lens techniques, galaxy clustering at high redshift, high redshift QSOs, 
microwave background, early universe cosmology, deep radio and optical wide area 
surveys, and development of LSST instrumentation and software. For more 
information see 


The successful candidate will have a PhD in physics or the equivalent and be 
expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The position is 
open until filled, but to assure full consideration, applications should be 
received no later than December 14, 2005.  To initiate the application process, 
please mail your curriculum vitae, publication list, research statement, and the 
names (including address, e-mail, fax, and phone number) of three or more 
references to:

Cosmology Search Committee
Department of Physics
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA  95616-8677

Further information about the department may be found on our website at 


The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity 

10. Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of 
From: WIPHYS of October 6, 2005

Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Chicago expects to 
have a faculty position at the Assistant Professor level beginning in Fall 2006. 
(Exceptional candidates at a more senior level could be considered).

The primary research themes in our Department are: Fundamental aspects of 
cosmology, birth and evolution of galaxies and clusters, star and planet 
formation, and multi messenger astronomy (gamma rays, cosmic rays, dark matter, 
and neutrinos). The Department has scientific efforts in a wide range of 
projects including: Auger Project, ASC/Flash Center, ARC 3.5-meter, DES, SDSS, 
SZA, SOFIA, SPT, and VERITAS. Department members play major roles in the Kavli 
Institute for Cosmological Physics at Chicago. Theorists, observers, and 
instrumentalists are encouraged to apply.

Completed applications should be received by December 1, 2005, to be given 
fullest consideration. Applicants should send a CV, list of publications, and a 
description of their research to the address below, and should arrange for three 
letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the same address:

Professor Angela Olinto, Chair
Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
The University of Chicago
5640 S. Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637-1433.

The University of Chicago is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

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