AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of October 14, 2005
eds. Patricia Knezek, Jim Ulvestad, & Joan Schmelz
 
This week's issue:

1. International Max-Planck Research School on Astrophysics - IMPRS

2. Possible Joint Hire, University of Colorado

3. Faculty Position in Extrasolar Planets

4. Tenure Track Position in Physics and Astronomy, Dickinson College

*** FOLLOWING POSITIONS WERE TAKEN FROM WIPHYS ***

5. Tenure Track Faculty Position in Physics, Harvey Mudd College

6. Faculty Position in Cosmology/Astrophysics Theory, Univ. of Pittsburgh

7. Observational Cosmology and Gravitational Wave Physics, Syracuse Univ.

8. Tenure Track Faculty Position, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

9. How to submit, subscribe, or unsubscribe to AASWOMEN

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1. International Max-Planck Research School on Astrophysics - IMPRS
From: Christa Ingram  ingramo22.xray.mpe.mpg.de 

Dear Colleagues,

For the 6th time, the International Max-Planck Research School on
Astrophysics (IMPRS) is soliciting applications for its PhD program.
Located in the beautiful Munich-Garching area in southern Bavaria
(Germany), the school offers a unique environment for graduate
students due to the presence of four internationally renowned
institutes which form the school:

* The Max-Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics (MPE)
* The Observatory of the University of Munich (LMU/USM)
* The Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA)
* The European Southern Observatory (ESO)

In addition, Astro-particle physics groups at the Technical University
of Munich are participating as associated partners.

IMPRS offers a highly competitive PhD program, including lectures,
seminars, and a research project supervised by scientists at one of the
participating institutions. Since June 2004, the IMPRS on Astrophysics
at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich is supported by the European
Commission and is a Marie-Curie early stage training site. Course language
is English. Students have access to ground and spaced based observatories 
and instrumentation operated by the participating institutes as well as
supercomputers for advanced numerical simulations and theoretical studies.
Successful completion of the IMPRS program will be honored with an IMPRS
certificate which supplements the doctoral degree (PhD) document awarded
by the Ludwig-Maximilians University (or another university to be agreed
upon before enrollment).

Applications for the program are open to students from all countries.
More details on the IMPRS program and the admission requirements can be
found at the IMPRS website http://www.imprs-astro.mpg.de/

The closing date for applications for the program starting in September
2006 is December 1, 2005. Please apply by using the IMPRS application
form available online at http://www.imprs-astro.mpg.de/admission.html

Many thanks for your support.

Dr. Werner Becker 

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2. Possible Joint Hire, University of Colorado
From: WIPHYS of October 13, 2005

The women's studies department and the physics department at the University 
of Colorado, Colorado Springs are considering making a joint hire who would 
be rostered in both departments. I'd be interested in comments from readers 
about how attractive they would find such a position, and suggestions for 
courses that could be taught. People should feel free to email me
(Patricia.Rankincolorado.edu) if they would prefer that to replying 
directly to this post, Thanks, Patricia Rankin, Associate Dean for Natural 
Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder.
Patricia Rankin
Assoc. Dean for the Natural Sciences.               
Old Main CB 275
303 492 8571
Patricia.Rankincolorado.edu 
http://advance.colorado.edu 

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3. Faculty Position in Extrasolar Planets, MIT
From: Richard Binzel  rpbmit.edu 

The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at MIT is
seeking to fill tenure-track faculty positions in one or more of the
following areas:
- geobiology, especially the use of molecular or isotopic methods in
environmental microbiology or paleobiology;
- theoretical geophysics, with emphasis on fundamental research that 
addresses the physical phenomena underlying the origin, exploration, 
utilization, and protection of natural resources;
- extrasolar planets, particularly the measurement and modeling of their
physical properties; and
- climate, especially theoretical, modeling, or data analysis, in the 
areas of paleoclimate, cryosphere, biogeochemical cycles, or 
ecosystem-climate interactions.

The department seeks outstanding scientists with potential for innovation
and leadership in research and teaching.  The department encourages
interaction with existing research programs covering the full spectrum of
the Earth and planetary sciences.

Interested individuals should send a curriculum vitae, a one page
description of research plans, and the names of three potential 
professional referees to: Prof. Maria T. Zuber, Head, Attention: 
Faculty Search, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 54-918, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, 
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307; or by e-mail to mtzmit.edu; or by fax to 
(617) 253-7651.

MIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Applications from
women and underrepresented minority candidates are encouraged.  MIT is a
nonsmoking environment.

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4. Tenure Track Position in Physics and Astronomy, Dickinson College
From: Dickinson College Physics Dept.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy of Dickinson College invites
applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position beginning 
August 2006. Dickinson is a highly selective four-year liberal arts college 
with an active and innovative science program. The Department is housed in 
a new state-of-the-art building, equipped with smart classrooms, research 
labs, a planetarium and observatory.

The physics major curriculum features a project-centered hands-on approach
beginning with the internationally known "Workshop PhysicsTM," an
activity-based introductory course developed here at Dickinson College. 
Every senior major completes a yearlong research project in collaboration 
with a faculty advisor and other students. The Department offers a strong 
astronomy minor; faculty members also teach introductory science courses 
for non-majors as well as first-year seminars, interdisciplinary and 
cross-disciplinary courses. The Department graduates approximately ten 
majors per year, 40% of whom are women, a reflection of the College's 
commitment to diversity.  

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physics or astronomy and be able to develop 
a research program that actively engages undergraduate students. Interest 
in teaching introductory astronomy, interdisciplinary courses involving 
science and culture, or cross-disciplinary courses involving applications 
of physics to other sciences is highly desirable.

Applications should be sent to Dr. Robert J. Boyle, Chair, Dept. of Physics 
& Astronomy, Dickinson College, P.O. Box. 1773, Carlisle, PA 17013-2896. 
Please include with your cover letter a CV and a statement of your teaching 
and research interests and aspirations, and a list of 3 to 5 references. 
Please DO NOT send letters of recommendation at this time. We will begin 
reviewing applications by December 1, 2005 but applications will be accepted 
until the position is filled. Dickinson College is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity Employer. Women and Minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

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5. Tenure Track Faculty Position in Physics, Harvey Mudd College
From: WIPHYS of October 10, 2005

The Department of Physics of Harvey Mudd College, one of the Claremont
Colleges, has an opening for a tenure-track appointment at  the assistant
professor level, beginning September 2006.  The department
(http://www.physics.hmc.edu) has twelve full-time members; we graduate 
about twenty physics majors each year.  We seek a  physicist with broad 
intellectual interests who can excel at teaching  exceptional undergraduates, 
in lecture and in laboratory courses.  The successful candidate must be 
able to involve undergraduates in an active research program.  Areas of 
particular interest include AMO physics/quantum optics, experimental soft 
condensed matter physics,  and environmental physics.  For full 
consideration, applications should be received by December 10, 2005, but 
applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  On-campus 
interviews will include both teaching a physics class and presenting a 
research colloquium.  Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a statement  
of teaching experience and interests, a statement of research interests 
that includes detailed examples of how undergraduates could be involved in 
this research, and the names and addresses (including  email) of three 
references to Professor John S. Townsend, Chair, Department of Physics, 
Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA 91711.  Harvey Mudd College is an 
Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from individuals who 
are members of groups normally underrepresented in physics.

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6. Faculty Position in Cosmology/Astrophysics Theory, Univ. of Pittsburgh
From: WIPHYS of October 10, 2005

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is initiating a search for a
theory-oriented cosmologist or astrophysicist with a strong physics
background.  This tenure stream faculty position, which will be at the
Assistant Professor level, will start on or after September 1, 2006, 
subject to budgetary approval.

We are seeking a candidate who will complement current strengths in
extragalactic observation and early-universe theory. Areas of interest
include, but are not limited to, gravitational lensing, dynamics of 
galaxies and galaxy clusters, formation of large-scale structure, and 
properties of dark matter and dark energy.  The successful candidate must 
have the ability to lead a visible and significant research program and 
to attract the external funding required for such a program.  In addition, 
a high degree of teaching effectiveness is expected at both the graduate 
and undergraduate levels.  

Please send a curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of research 
interests, and a list of at least three references to Cosmology Search 
Committee, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 100 Allen Hall, University 
of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.  Applications should be received 
before November 30, 2005 to ensure full consideration.  The University of 
Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women 
and members of minority groups under-represented in academia are especially 
encouraged to apply.

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7. Observational Cosmology and Gravitational Wave Physics, Syracuse Univ.
From: WIPHYS of October 13, 2005

[Note: No contact information was given in this WIPHYS posting.  For
information about the Syracuse theoretical cosmology group, see
http://physics.syr.edu/FTGHome.htm .  We were unable to find an obvious
posting for this position on the Syracuse web site. --eds.]

In the first phase of an anticipated significant growth in this area, 
building on our established strengths in gravitational wave physics and 
theoretical cosmology, we invite applications for assistant professorships 
in experimental gravitational wave physics, and in experimental or 
observational cosmology.  Candidates for the gravitational wave positions 
may be specialists in data analysis or in hardware development. Strong 
applicants from any area of observational cosmology will be considered, 
particularly those with connections to ongoing theoretical efforts in the 
department. The gravitational wave effort at Syracuse is headed by 
Prof. Peter Saulson, Spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. 
The theoretical cosmology group consists of Professors Mark Trodden, 
Cristian Armendariz-Picon, and Kaustubh Agashe, with strong ties to the 
theoretical high energy physics and gravity groups. Successful candidates 
will join an energetic and growing group focused on multi-messenger 
cosmology.

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8. Tenure Track Faculty Position, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
From: WIPHYS of October 10, 2005

The Department of Physics announces a tenure-track faculty position starting
in August, 2006.  A Ph.D. in Physics or related area is required.  We are
looking for an experimentalist who will enhance our department's research
strengths in biophysics, photonics, and semiconductor nanostructures,
establish excellence in teaching both at undergraduate and graduate levels,
supervise students in a Ph.D. program, attract external funding, and lead an
innovative, high-profile research program. Individuals with experience and
interest in research directions related to biophysics at nanoscales will be
given special consideration. 

Candidates should send an application including a cover letter, curriculum
vitae, brief statement of research interests, teaching interests, and the
names and contact information for at least three references to:  Chair of the
Search Committee, Department of Physics, PHYS 226, University of Arkansas,
Fayetteville, AR 72701.

Evaluation of candidates will begin on January 15, 2006 and the search will
continue until the position is filled.  For additional information please
visit our web page at www.uark.edu/depts/physics.  Women and minorities are
especially encouraged to apply. 

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity/affirmative action
institution.

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