AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of October 20, 2006
eds. Patricia Knezek & Joan Schmelz
 
This week's issues:

1. New Book on Women in Physics

2. Postdoctoral Research Position in Extraglactic Astronomy

3. 2 Openings at the Institute for Astronomy in Honolulu, Hawaii 

4. Tenure-Track Astronomer Positions at NRAO

5. Assistant Professor at UC Santa Cruz

6. Faculty position at Princeton University

7. Tenure-Track & Scientist-Track Astronomers at STScI

8. Faculty Position in Planetary Science, UC, Berkeley

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

9. Faculty Position in Observational Astronomy, UNC at Chapel Hill

10. Physical Scientist, JILA, Boulder, CO

11. Faculty Position in Theoretical Cosmology, Columbia U.

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

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1. New Book on Women in Physics
From: Sarah Stevens-Rayburn [librarystsci.edu]

"Out of the Shadows: Contributions of Twentieth-Century Women to Physics," 
edited by Nina Byers and Gary Williams, is an important contribution to the 
history of science. It is forty stories of women who made major contributions 
to twentieth century physics, written by distinguished scientists who are 
themselves actively engaged in the areas of physics about which they write. 
Cambridge University Press, produced a beautiful 500-page volume, and the 
Sloan Foundation provided a grant that reduced the list price to $35. It 
cannot be read without a sense of regret at what the world lost by not having 
greater involvement of women in science. Even today, my freshman physics class 
averages only 10% women.

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2. Postdoctoral Research Position in Extraglactic Astronomy
From: Gerhardt R. Meurer [meurerpha.jhu.edu]

We announce the immediate opening of a postdoctoral research position to study 
the star formation properties of HI selected galaxies. The successful candidate 
will obtain and analyze multi-wavelength data and assume the lead in research on 
topics which could include the cosmic star formation rate density, the star 
formation law, local and global reddening laws, the IMF, and star formation 
feedback. Much of the data will come from two on-going surveys: the Survey of 
Ionization in Neutral Gas Galaxies (SINGG), consisting of terrestrial H-alpha 
and R band imaging and the Survey of Ultraviolet emission in Neutral Gas 
Galaxies (SUNGG), consisting of GALEX near- and far-ultraviolet images.

Additional new and archival data may also be obtained and analyzed as part of 
the research effort. The successful candidate will continue the development of 
the SINGG and SUNGG databases, including populating them with properties 
measured from other large scale surveys.

The position requires a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics or a related field, and 
extragalactic astronomy research experience. We are especially interested in 
candidates that have skills in one or more of the following areas:

* scientific computing: data reduction, analysis, model fitting

* manipulating and analyzing multi-wavelength astronomical data, particularly 
imaging and/or 3D data.

* experience in database development and maintenance, analysis of data from 
databases.

The position is expected to last two years (contingent on funding), with a 
possible extension to a third year. Applications should consist of a curriculum 
vitae, the names and contact details of three referees, and a brief statement of 
the candidate's interests in the project.

Applications should be sent electronically to Senior Budget Analyst, Tom 
Rhatigan (rhatiganpha.jhu.edu) by Dec 1, 2006.

More information on the SINGG and SUNGG surveys can be found at

http://sungg.pha.jhu.edu/ 

Further information on the position can be obtained from Dr. Gerhardt Meurer 
(meurerpha.jhu.edu).

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3. 2 Openings at the Institute for Astronomy in Honolulu, Hawaii 
From: Shadia R Habbal [shadiaifa.hawaii.edu]

Beatrice Watson Parrent Postdoctoral Fellow 
Closing Date: December 31, 2006 

The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Hawaii (UH) invites 
applications for the Beatrice Watson Parrent Postdoctoral Fellowship. We seek 
researchers displaying significant promise in any field of astrophysics, 
including observation, theory, and instrumentation. The term of the fellowship 
is for up to 3 years, starting around Fall 2007. The IfA has strong research 
groups in nearly all areas of astrophysics and has guaranteed access to the 
entire suite of observational facilities on the summits of Mauna Kea and 
Haleakala. More information is available at http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu. The 
Fellow will be provided an annual research budget of $15,000 and may apply for 
UH telescope time. 

The candidate will undertake a program of independent research in astrophysics 
and participate in the academic and scientific life of the IfA. Applicants 
should have a Ph.D. in Astronomy or Physics, and outstanding promise as a 
researcher as demonstrated by research and letters of recommendation. (Ph.D. 
candidates may apply but must submit evidence of Ph.D. completion upon hire). 
The annual salary will be $52,800. 

For information on how to apply for the position, please see 

http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/position-vacancies/Parrent-26485.html 

Assistant Astronomer (Tenure-Track) 
Closing date: December 31, 2006 

The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Hawaii invites 
applications for a faculty position at the Assistant Astronomer (tenure-track) 
level. This is a professorial type position with both research and reduced 
teaching responsibilities, beginning around Fall 2007. We seek applicants in any 
field of astrophysics, including observation, theory, and instrumentation. 
Applicants should have an outstanding research record, an ability to lead and 
support a research program involving students and postdocs, and an ability to 
teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The IfA has strong 
research groups in nearly all areas of astrophysics and has guaranteed access to 
the entire suite of observational facilities on the summit of Mauna Kea and 
Haleakala. More information is available at 

http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu

Duties include undertaking a program of independent research in astronomy, 
teaching an average of one graduate or undergraduate course per year, and 
participating in the academic and scientific life of the IFA. Applicants should 
have a Ph.D. in Astronomy or Physics and successful experience as a researcher 
as demonstrated by publications and letters of recommendation. Prior teaching 
experience and at least two years of post-doctoral research are desirable but 
not essential. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

For information on how to apply for the position, please see 

http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/position-vacancies/AssistAstron-061231.html 

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4. Tenure-Track Astronomer Positions at NRAO
From: Fonda Bryant [fbryantnrao.edu]

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) invites outstanding applicants 
for tenure-track astronomer positions. Candidates will be selected primarily on 
the basis of excellence in observational, instrumental, computational or 
theoretical research in astrophysics and on their ability to further the mission 
of the Observatory.

The NRAO currently operates the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), the Green Bank 
Telescope (GBT), and the Very Large Array. It is also the North American lead in 
the construction of the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), and is building 
the Expanded Very Large Array (EVLA). When completed, around the beginning of 
the next decade, the EVLA and ALMA will be the forefront facilities for studies 
of the non-thermal and thermal universe. Beyond this, NRAO is increasingly 
involved in the planning of the next generation of facilities including the 
Square Kilometer Array (SKA).

Tenure-track astronomers spend 50% of their time on independent research and 50% 
in support of the science mission of the Observatory. The Observatory supports 
research travel, computing and publication costs, workshops and science 
meetings, and has undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral and visitor programs. 
Appointments will be considered for Charlottesville, VA, where the North 
American ALMA Science Center is located on the campus of the University of 
Virginia; for Green Bank, WV, site of the 100-m GBT; and for Socorro, NM, the 
Operations Center for the Very Large Array (eventually EVLA) and the Very Long 
Baseline Array.

The candidates must have a PhD in astronomy, physics, or a related field, and an 
established record of active independent research. Women and minorities are 
especially encouraged to apply. The appointment is for an initial period of 
three years, renewable and with the possibility of eventual tenure, in a system 
parallel to that in a research university. In exceptional cases, a more senior 
appointment can be considered.

Applications should include a statement of research interests and plans, a 
curriculum vitae including a publication list, and the names of three scientists 
who have agreed to send in letters of reference. All material should be 
submitted as a single PDF file of the form "LastNameFirstInitial.tenure.pdf" via 
email to the Director's Office (tenurenrao.edu). Letters 
of reference should be sent separately to the same email address. For full 
consideration, applications should be received by February 16, 2007. For further 
inquiries email Dale Frail (dfrailnrao.edu).

The NRAO is operated by Associated Universities Inc. (AUI) under cooperative 
agreement with the National Science Foundation. The NRAO is an equal opportunity 
employer.

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5. Assistant Professor at UC Santa Cruz
From: Sissy Madden

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California, 
Santa Cruz invites applications for a faculty position at the Assistant 
Professor (tenure-track) level. We particularly seek qualified applicants with 
expertise theoretical astrophysics, star formation, planetary astrophysics, and, 
long-wavelength observational astronomy (infrared, millimeter, and 
submillimeter).

The present faculty has strengths in optical and near-IR observations, theory, 
and instrumentation with special concentrations in cosmology and galaxy 
formation, Galactic structure, high-energy astrophysics, and star and planet 
formation. Relevant programs include the newly formed Center for the Origin, 
Dynamics and Evolution of Planets (CODEP) within the Institute of Geophysics and 
Planetary Physics, the Center for Computational Astrophysics, and the Santa Cruz 
Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP). We seek candidates who will mesh well 
with these programs and at the same time broaden the scope of our faculty in 
theory, observations, or both.

UCSC attracts excellent graduate students and is the home of the University of 
California/Lick Observatories and the Center for Adaptive Optics. The successful 
candidate is expected to develop a first-class research program, teach in the 
department's undergraduate and graduate programs, and supervise graduate and 
undergraduate student research. For additional information on the department 
please see the departmental website 

http://www.astro.ucsc.edu/index.html

The campus is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the 
diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, 
teaching, and/or service.

RANK: Assistant Professor, (9 month basis; salary commensurate with 
qualifications and experience).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or equivalent in Astronomy, Physics, Planetary 
Sciences, or related field by July 1, 2007; demonstrated record of research 
excellence and potential to obtain external funding, and a commitment to and 
talent for teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels.

POSITION AVAILABLE: July 1, 2007. Fall quarter instruction begins September 17, 
2007.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a brief summary of research and 
teaching interests, and at least three letters of recommendation. Letters of 
recommendation will be treated as confidential documents. Please direct letter 
writers to the UCSC Confidentiality Statement at 

http://www2.ucsc.edu/ahr/policies/confstm.htm

It is the responsibility of the applicant to see that all materials, including 
letters, be sent to:

Faculty Search Committee
Astronomy and Astrophysics Department 
University of California
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Please refer to search #673-07 in your reply.

CLOSING DATE: Applications received before November 15, 2006 will receive full 
consideration.

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6. Faculty position at Princeton University
From: Jill Knapp [gkastro.princeton.edu]

Princeton University is searching for a tenured/tenure-track Professor in the 
Department of Astrophysical Sciences, to begin in September 2007. The primary 
selection criteria will be research achievement, promise and breadth in 
astrophysics. While the initial focus of this search is in theoretical 
astrophysics, outstanding candidates in all fields of astrophysics are 
encouraged to apply for the position. The ability to teach a broad range of 
courses and to supervise student research programs are also important criteria.

Information on departmental resources and research programs can be found at

http://www.astro.princeton.edu

or by directly contacting departmental faculty.

Candidates should send their curriculum vitae, bibliography, and a three-page 
description of past research and future plans to Professor D. Spergel, Chair, 
Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, Peyton Hall, 
Princeton NJ 08544-1011 USA. They should also arrange for at least three 
references to send letters of recommendation to the same address.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but no later than 
December 1, 2006.

PU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. For information about 
applying to Princeton and how to self-identify, please link to 

http://web.princeton.edu/sites/dof/ApplicantsInfo.htm

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7. Tenure-Track & Scientist-Track Astronomers at STScI
From: Robert Williams [wmsstsci.edu]

STScI is seeking to fill two positions on the scientific staff. Information 
about the positions and application procedure can be found at:

http://www.stsci.edu/institute/brc/hr/co/external/Req530.html

and

http://www.stsci.edu/institute/brc/hr/co/external/Req531.html

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8. Faculty Position in Planetary Science, UC, Berkeley
From: Imke de Pater (imkeastro.berkeley.edu)

Pending budgetary approval, the Departments of Earth and Planetary Science, 
Astronomy, and Physics at UC Berkeley invite applications for a faculty position 
in Planetary Science. We seek an individual to complement our existing strengths 
in all three departments and interact effectively with the Space Sciences 
Laboratory (SSL) and the Center for Integrative Planetary Sciences (CIPS). 
Candidates from all fields of planetary science are invited to apply.

The level of appointment will be commensurate with experience. We 
enthusiastically invite applications from qualified women and underrepresented 
minority scientists, since we view diversity as an important component of the 
overall strength of the Campus. Please send a curriculum vitae, bibliography, 
statement of teaching and research interests, and a list of the names and 
addresses (email and postal) of at least 3 references to:

Chair, Faculty Search Committee
University of California- Berkeley
601 Campbell Hall MS 3411, Berkeley, CA 94720-3411

Applications should be postmarked by January 31, 2007; late applications will 
not be considered. Fax or email applications will not be accepted.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Affirmative Action  
Employer/Equal Opportunity Employer

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9. Faculty Position in Observational Astronomy, UNC at Chapel Hill
From: WIPHYS October 12, 2006 

We invite applications for a tenure track faculty appointment in Observational 
Astronomy. We are searching for an outstanding candidate who can fully exploit 
the exceptional observational resources now available to UNC-CH in the Southern 
Hemisphere. These include the 4.1-meter SOAR Telescope and the PROMPT telescope 
array in Chile, the 11-meter SALT Telescope in South Africa and the Goodman 
Laboratory for Astronomical Instrumentation in Chapel Hill. The successful 
candidate should have an outstanding research record demonstrating high 
achievement and broad interests in observational astronomy and will be expected 
to actively participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching. For a summary of 
current fields of interest in the department see 

http://www.physics.unc.edu/research/astro. 
 
Interested applicants should submit a CV, statements of research and teaching 
interests and arrange to have at least four letters of reference sent to 
Professor Wayne Christiansen, Chair, Astronomy Search Committee. Electronic 
versions are preferred and should be sent as email attachments in either MS-Word 
or PDF format to AstroObsSearchphysics.unc.edu. 
Hardcopy versions may be addressed to Astronomy Search Committee, Department of 
Physics and Astronomy, CB# 3255, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3255. Review of applications will begin January 10, 2007 
and continue until the position is filled. Women and Minorities are encouraged 
to apply. UNC-CH is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 

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10. Physical Scientist, JILA, Boulder, CO
From: WIPHYS October 18, 2006

JILA, a premier academic research institute administered jointly by NIST and the 
University of Colorado, is searching for an outstanding theoretical or 
experimental scientist to fill a principal investigator-level position at JILA. 
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, biophotonics, and instrumental astrophysics. 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 which includes research and 
teaching experience, and a research proposal (1-2 pages), as well as arrange for 
three letters of recommendation to be sent to: JILA Search Committee, JILA, 440 
UCB, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0440. Application review will 
begin December 1, 2006.

The University of Colorado at Boulder and NIST are both committed to diversity 
and equality in education and employment. For further information, contact John 
Bohn at bohnmurphy.colorado.edu, 303-492-5426 or Pam Leland 
at lelandjila.colorado.edu, 
303-492-4763.

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11. Faculty Position in Theoretical Cosmology, Columbia U.
From: WIPHYS October 18, 2006

Department of Physics at Columbia University intends to make a faculty 
appointment at the assistant professor level in the area of theoretical 
cosmology. The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. and will have already 
demonstrated an outstanding record of research. It is expected that the 
successful candidate will develop a vigorous research program and teach in the 
undergraduate and graduate programs. 

Applicants should submit to the address below a curriculum vitae, a publication 
list and a statement of research interests and plans, and should also arrange to 
have three letters of reference sent to the same address.

For full consideration completed applications should be received by January 1, 
2007, after which screening of applications will begin. Columbia University is 
an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities and women are 
encouraged to apply.

Applications should be sent to:
Theoretical Cosmology Search,
Columbia Physics Department
538 West 120th Street, Mail Code 5255
New York, NY 10027, U.S.A.

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