AAS Committee on the Status of Women
Issue of November 03, 2006
eds. Patricia Knezek & Joan Schmelz
This week's issues:

1. Female-Friendly Physics Departments

2. Experts Meet at AAAS to Evaluate Ways to Recruit and Retain Women in S&T

3. Professional Skills Development Workshop

4. PhD fellowships: Max-Planck School on Astrophysics

5. Congressional Science Fellowships

6. Plaskett Fellowship at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics

7. Postdoc Positions at the University of Nottingham

8. Dodge Chair in Astronomy and Astrophysics at U. of Oklahoma

****** The following position was taken from WIPHYS **********

9. Faculty Position in Cosmology, Dept. of Physics, UC, Davis

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

1. Female-Friendly Physics Departments
From: WIPHYS November 2, 2006

The Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) has compiled a survey 
of graduate programs in physics that should be helpful to those interested in 
assessing the climate for women at various graduate schools. Department chairs 
(or their assignees) were asked to respond to a short questionnaire. The 
responses, for each institution, can be viewed at


Note that the responses are written by department chairs (or their assignees), 
so the APS and CSWP assume no responsibility for the accuracy of the 
information submitted. 

2. Experts Meet at AAAS to Evaluate Ways to Recruit and Retain Women in S&T
From: WIPHYS November 2, 2006

AAAS has an array of resources for women in science-related education and 
professions, but it should use them in more innovative ways to improve 
recruitment, retention and advancement of women and build global capacity 
in those fields, experts concluded at a high-level strategic planning 
meeting. The two-day session featured several dozen influential women 
(and a handful of men) from science, technology, engineering and 
mathematics (STEM) fields. They came up with a menu of novel ideas to 
guide future AAAS efforts. Read the story at 


3. Professional Skills Development Workshop
From: WIPHYS November 1, 2006

The American Physical Society will offer a one-day workshop for senior 
women physicists in industry and government labs on March 4 (Denver) 
in association with the 2007 APS annual meetings. We hope to receive 
funding for a second workshop on April 13 (Jacksonville, FL) prior to 
the APS April Meeting.

The workshop 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 will be limited in size. 

4. PhD fellowships: Max-Planck School on Astrophysics
From: Werner Becker (web1mpe.mpg.de)

For the 7th 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). 

In general, applicants should have a Masters or Diploma in Physics or 
Astronomy (or equivalent) including a corresponding thesis. Successful 
applicants will receive financial support through a Ph.D. fellowship. 

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 


The closing date for applications for the program starting in September 
2007 is December 1, 2006. Please apply by using the IMPRS application 
form available online at 


5. Congressional Science Fellowships
From: Audrey Leath [aleathaip.org]

Experience a unique year in Washington, DC! Make a personal contribution to 
U.S. policy while learning how the legislative process operates. The AIP 
Fellowship is open to qualified members of the ten AIP Member Societies; 
the APS Fellowship is open to APS members. These programs benefit the 
government, the science community, and the individual Fellows. 

Qualifications include U.S. citizenship; appropriate society membership; 
and PhD or equivalent in physics-related field, and interest or experience 
in S&T policy. All ages and career levels welcome to apply. Application 
deadline: January 15, 2007 (postmarked). For details on the AIP and APS 
Fellowships, please visit 


6. Plaskett Fellowship at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
From: Jim Hesser [James.Hessernrc-cnrc.gc.ca]

I'd like to call attention to participants in this forum of the pending 
deadline (1 December) for Plaskett Fellowship applications. These Fellowships, 
tenable at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria, B.C., are 
made to outstanding recent doctoral graduates in astrophysics or a closely 
related discipline to conduct independent research in a stimulating, 
collegial environment located in a truly spectacular area. 

In addition to highly competitive benefits and salary, Fellows receive 
support for observing and conference travel, page charges, and have access 
to professionally managed computers and the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre, 
which is home to the Canadian Virtual Observatory and data archives from, 
e.g., CFHT, CGPS, FUSE, HST, Gemini, JCMT. Fellows are eligible to apply 
for Canadian time on CFHT, FUSE, Gemini & JCMT, to use the optical and 
radio telescopes operated by NRC-HIA in Victoria and Penticton, and/or 
to apply for time on other facilities with open proposal processes. 

NRC-HIA is a leading developer of instrumentation for ground- and 
space-based telescopes (e.g., ALMA, CFHT, Gemini, JCMT, JWST, TMT), and 
Fellows are welcome to participate in development or commissioning of new 
instruments. For extensive background information and application 
information, see 


7. Postdoc Positions at the University of Nottingham
From: Meghan Gray [Meghan.Graynottingham.ac.uk]

University of Nottingham: Anne McLaren Fellowships 2006

Applications are invited for postdoctoral fellowships funded by the University 
and targeted at excellent women scientists and engineers who wish to establish 
a research career in the UK. This scheme offers a recognized first step into
 an independent research career and is designed to offer support and flexibility. 

Subjects covered: Science, Engineering and Technology

Eligibility: Applicants must have submitted their PhD and have had no more 
than 4 years full-time postdoctoral experience by 1 October 2006. Applicants 
must be eligible to live and work in the UK. 

Application procedure: For further details and an application form, please 
contact us on (0115) 84 67897 quoting reference AMF/06 or visit 


Closing date: Friday 8 December 2006

University of Nottingham: Postdoctoral Research Fellows Extragalactic 
Astronomy (Two posts)

Applications are invited for the above posts, which are funded under a rolling 
grant from PPARC that supports the research of the Astronomy Group in the 
School of Physics and Astronomy. The Group's research spans the range of 
extragalactic structure formation from individual galaxies to large scale 
structure in the Universe, drawing on the observational, theoretical and 
numerical expertise of its members. Particular interests include the dynamics 
of nearby galaxies, the morphology and dynamics of galaxies at intermediate 
and high redshifts, hydrodynamical simulations of structure formation, the 
observational study of large scale structure, and analysis of the cosmic 
microwave background. Further details are available from 


Candidates whose interests fall in any of these areas, or whose work complements 
these activities, are encouraged to apply. A relevant PhD is essential.

Salary will be within the range 24,161 - 30,606 GBP per annum, depending on 
qualifications and experience (salary can progress to 34,448 GBP per annum, 
subject to performance). These posts will be offered on a fixed-term contract 
for a period of up to two years, depending on qualifications and experience.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor M. Merrifield or Professor 
P Coles.

Candidates should send a detailed CV, a brief description of their research 
interests, and the names and addresses of two referees, to

Melanie Stretton,
School of Physics and Astronomy,
The University of Nottingham,
University Park,
Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK.
Tel: +44 (0)115 951 5183.
Fax: +44 (0)115 846 6070.
Email: Melanie.Strettonnottingham.ac.uk.

Please quote ref. SCI/81.

Closing date: 15 December 2006.

8. Dodge Chair in Astronomy and Astrophysics at U. of Oklahoma
From: Karen Leighly [leighlynhn.ou.edu]

The Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy invites applications 
for the Homer L. Dodge Endowed Chair in Astronomy and Astrophysics. This is 
the first of three endowed chairs in the department, made possible by a 
gift in honor of Homer L. Dodge, a former chair of the department, 
co-founder and first president of the American Association of Physics 
Teachers, and a principal figure in the formation of the American 
Institute of Physics. 

The department has active research groups in astronomy and astrophysics; 
atomic, molecular, and chemical physics; high energy physics; and solid 
state and applied physics. Current research interests within the astronomy 
and astrophysics group include minor objects in the solar system; 
planetary nebulae; supernovae; nucleosynthesis and chemical evolution; 
active galactic nuclei; and cosmology. Further information about the 
department can be found at 


Qualified applicants in all areas of astronomy and astrophysics are 
encouraged to apply. The appointment is expected to begin in August, 
2007, at the full or associate professor level with tenure. Salary will 
be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful 
applicant will have a Ph.D. in astronomy or physics or a related area, 
a demonstrated record of accomplishment in research as evidenced by an 
ongoing externally funded research program, and a publication record 
that provides evidence of outstanding creativity and promise of future 
research contributions. The department enjoys a friendly and supportive 
work environment, and the successful applicant is expected to 
contribute to this environment. 

The ability to collaborate with other members of the astronomy and 
astrophysics group, directly or indirectly, and to teach effectively 
at the graduate and undergraduate levels, is desired. Applications, 
consisting of a cover letter, C.V., list of publications, statement of 
research and teaching interests, and the names of three references 
(who will be contacted only with permission of the applicant) should 
be submitted electronically, preferably as a single pdf file, to 
searchnhn.ou.edu. Screening of applications will begin January 31, 
2007, and will continue until the position is filled. The University 
of Oklahoma is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

[Note: I would be happy to talk about our department, our group, 
and life in Norman with anyone interested in this position. I am on 
sabbatical this year and I am traveling frequently, so please contact 
me by email first (leighlynhn.ou.edu) - Karen Leighly]

9. Faculty Position in Cosmology, Dept. of Physics, UC, Davis
From: WIPHYS November 1, 2006

The Department of Physics at the University of California at Davis


invites applications for a faculty position in cosmology. The appointment 
will be at the tenure-track Assistant Professor or tenured Associate 
Professor level as determined by qualifications and experience. This 
is one of six new faculty positions at UC Davis associated with cosmology 
from the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) 


The successful candidate will join twelve academic and research faculty 
in our cosmology group, will have the opportunity to become involved in 
the LSST project, the Deep Lens Survey, and the campus Center for 
Computational Science and Engineering, and will have access to the Keck 
telescopes and Lick Observatory. Depending on the candidate, this position 
may be split with Computer Science, Statistics, or Mathematics.

The existing cosmology academic faculty consists of three theorists and 
five observers. The group also includes four experimentalist/ observer 
research faculty and eight postdoctoral researchers, and is very collaborative. 
Principal activities include observational and theoretical studies of 
the physics of dark matter and dark energy via 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 Ph.D. in physics or the equivalent, 
develop a world class research program, and be expected to teach at the 
undergraduate and graduate levels. The position is open until filled, but 
to assure full consideration, submit applications, including CV, statement 
of present and future research plans and teaching interests, and contact 
information for three references, no later than December 1, 2006, for a 
targeted start date of July 1, 2007. Submit applications online at 


Inquiries may be addressed to Cosmology Search Committee Chair, Department 
of Physics, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, or e-mail 


The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity 

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