AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of March 10, 2006
eds. Patricia Knezek, Jim Ulvestad, & Joan Schmelz
 
This week's issues:

1. Controversial Article (more follow-up)

2. NOAO/NSO Recruitment Notices

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

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1. Controversial Article (more follow-up)
From: Meg Urry (meg.urryyale.edu)

[Further follow-up on the article "Men, Women, and Ghosts in Science," 
following thread in last 2 issues of AASWOMEN --eds.]

Unfortunately, this article did not do a careful job of referencing the
relevant sociological literature, and was better suited to being a letter to
the editor (i.e., an opinion piece) than a scholarly work. There is no
comparison to the work of Virginia Valian or to scholars whose research is on
women in science. It seems to me Science made the right call (although they
may have given specious reasons, I don't know).

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2. NOAO/NSO Recruitment Notices
From: Patricia Knezek (pknezeknoao.edu)

To apply for NOAO positions in Tucson, please send electronic resume to: 
hrnoaonoao.edu .
(In the subject line, please reference Position Title and Job #)

Mailing address:
Human Resources Manager
National Optical Astronomy Observatory
(Include Position Title and Job #)
P.O. Box 26732
Tucson, AZ 85726-6732

Observing Assistant Job #775                      Tucson, Arizona
The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) seeks an Observing
Assistant (OA) for the Kitt Peak National Observatory. The primary
responsibilities for this position are to operate telescopes and
assist observers in the use of telescopes and associated scientific
instruments.  Candidates must be able to work without close
supervision and to make scientific and technical decisions that
maximize the scientific output of the Kitt Peak telescopes. As an
integral part of the wider observing support team, OA's are also
expected to provide general support services for the nighttime
operation of the observatory including assisting observers with basic
data reduction issues and assisting maintenance personnel with
trouble-shooting equipment problems. The OA will occasionally
participate in daytime support activities, including mounting and
checkout of instruments on the telescopes, checkout of new observers,
and monitoring system operations. OA's are also encouraged to assist
in special projects and to participate in service observing.

Requirements include knowledge of basic scientific principles and problem
solving skills normally obtained through completion of a bachelor's
degree in science or engineering and an aptitude in optics, mechanics,
electronics and/or computers. Equivalent experience may substitute for a
bachelor's degree. A basic knowledge of astronomy and experience with
astronomical instrumentation, observing, and data reduction techniques
is desirable. The successful candidate will be physically capable of
working at altitudes of 7000 feet above sea level and of performing
tasks on and around the telescope and the dome.

The position is based on Kitt Peak Mountain, 56 miles southwest of
Tucson, AZ.  Transportation, lodging and meals are available while on duty.

Junior Programmer  Job #783                     Tucson, Arizona
The National Solar Observatory is seeking motivated upper division
undergraduate or graduate student to assist with software development for
a new solar observatory. The position is part-time (up to 30 hours per
week) during the summer. Programming expertise is required in Java and
C/C++, and experience with Linux is highly desirable. No previous
experience with solar observatories is required, but knowledge in one or
more of the following areas is advantageous: solar physics, astronomy,
ICE, CORBA, PostgreSQL.

Postdoctoral Fellow/Visiting Scientist  Job #782     Sunspot, New Mexico
The National Solar Observatory (NSO) is a world-class research institution
with operations around the world including the mountains of southern New
Mexico (Sacramento Peak) and southern Arizona (Kitt Peak) and a network
of telescopes circling the globe (GONG).  Recently, in collaboration with
several universities and other institutions, NSO has embarked on the
development of a 4 meter class Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST)
that will greatly enhance our ability to study the sun.

As part of its project to develop the ATST and capitalize on the science
opportunities it will offer, NSO has openings for postdoctoral research
fellows and/or visiting scientist positions for faculty interested in
research related to the ATST. In addition, support is available for
graduate students wishing to work on a thesis in solar instrumentation
or science related to ATST capabilities. The primary emphasis for the
postdoctoral or visiting scientist position is for high-resolution studies
of the solar magnetic field at all heights in the solar atmosphere.
Goals of the program include advancing our understanding of solar
magnetism and activity using the new high-order adaptive optics systems
and polarimeters to study magnetoconvection, using IR capabilities to
study coronal magnetic fields, participation in instrument design and
development for the ATST, and/or modeling in support of ATST science
goals. Initial appointments are for two (2) years for postdoctoral
research fellows and one (1) year for visiting scientist positions and
are renewable depending on ATST funding. Studentships are intended to
provide full support for completion of a Ph.D. and the student is
expected to spend a significant fraction of her/his time at the NSO.
Persons applying for a visiting science position may also propose their
own graduate student.

The 4m ATST will be the largest solar telescope in the world. The ATST
program and its science goals can be viewed at http://atst.nso.edu.
Current NSO facilities and activities are described at http://www.nso.edu .
For more information please contact Thomas Rimmele, ATST Project
Scientist: rimmelenso.edu.  Applications for the postdoctoral
research fellows or visiting scientist positions should include a cover
letter stating the candidate's research interests and plans, CV, and the
names and addresses of three (3) references. Application should be sent to:

Rex Hunter, Administrative Manager
AURA/National Solar Observatory
P. O. Box 62
Sunspot, NM  88349-0062
rhunternso.edu

Applicants for the Studentships are encouraged to contact the ATST
Project Scientist for details of the program before sending a formal
application.

Assistant or Associate Scientist Job #781         Sunspot, New Mexico
The National Solar Observatory (NSO) invites applications for an appointment
on its scientific staff at the level of assistant or associate scientist
(non-tenure track), depending on the qualifications of the candidate.
The position is located in Sunspot, New Mexico, associated with the
Sacramento Peak site of the NSO.

The NSO is especially interested in candidates qualified to support
solar and heliospheric research and instrumentation programs conducted
jointly with the Air Force Research Laboratory's detachment at Sac Peak.
These include, in particular, (1) the AF's OSPaN (Optical Solar Patrol
Network, formerly ISOON) full-disk solar imaging telescope facility at Sac
Peak, with its virtual link to the NSO's SOLIS (Synoptic Optical Long-term
Investigations of the Sun) Vector Spectro-magnetograph (VSM) instrument
on Kitt Peak, and (2) the SMEI (Solar Mass Ejection Imager) space
experiment. Duties include participation in instrumentation projects,
software development for operating and monitoring the performance of
ground and space instruments as well as for data reduction and analysis,
collaboration with NSO and AF scientific staff in the formulation and
development of new and ongoing instrument projects, and collaborative
research. Candidates for scientist-track positions are expected to
communicate effectively, through oral and written presentations, with
the scientific and technical staffs to ensure quality and achievement
of objectives.

The NSO operates forefront facilities for ground-based observational
research by the scientific community on Sacramento Peak, New Mexico, Kitt
Peak, Arizona, and at six GONG sites around the world. On Sacramento Peak,
NSO operates the 76-cm R. B. Dunn Solar Telescope with an adaptive optics
system that provides state-of-the-art imaging of the Sun. A 40-cm
coronagraph and the SPaN (OSPaN and the radio component, RSPaN)
facilities are also located there. The Kitt Peak site features the 1.5-m
McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope Facility and the new SOLIS (Synoptic Optical
Long-term Investigations of the Sun) suite of instruments. The primary
instrument of SOLIS is the Vector Spectromagnetograph (VSM), which is
producing full-disk magnetograms of the Sun at unprecedented sensitivities
that will be critical input to space weather forecasting activities. The
worldwide Global Oscillation Network Group (GONG) is carrying out
forefront investigations in both local and global helioseismology, and now
continuous high-sensitivity magnetograms. Detailed information about NSO
facilities and projects is available at www.nso.edu .

At least two years, and preferably more, of postdoctoral research and
experience with astronomical or space instrumentation is required. System
level experience with UNIX or LINUX and with IDL-based applications is
desirable. This is a renewable term appointment for which there is no
requirement to compete or to qualify for tenure. The appointment will be
for an initial period of three years, with annual renewals and
continuation past the initial three-year appointment depending on
performance and funding.

To apply, send a letter of application with CV and the names and
addresses of three professional references via email (rhunternso.edu),
or mail to the address below. Review of applications will begin March 15,
2006, and will continue until the position is filled.

Rex Hunter
National Solar Observatory
ATTN: NSO Assistant/Associate Scientist Position
POB 62
Sunspot, NM  88349
FAX: 505-434-7079
rhunternso.edu

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