AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
 
Issue of July 6 & 13, 2007 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Geoffrey Clayton, & Hannah Jang-Condell 
 
  
 
This week's issues: 
 
  
 
1. New Webmaster for CSWA 
2. Do Women Really Talk More than Men? 
3. NOAO jobs 
4. How to submit, subscribe, or unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
  
 
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1. New Webmaster for CSWA 
 
From: John Feldmeier [jjfeldmeierysu.edu] 
 
  
 
Hello Everyone, 
 
My name is John Feldmeier, and I'm a committee member of the CSWA. I'm 
taking over the duty of webmaster for the CSWA web page from Amy 
Simon-Miller. This email is mostly for you to know that I exist, and who 
to hassle if there are problems with the web page. Amy is now officially 
free of it! I had the following short announcements: 
 
1) If you notice any problems with the webpages, please let me know 
immediately. There have been difficulties over the past few months, due 
to the overall AAS web page migration, but these appear to be 
straightened out now. 
 
2) I would like to encourage everyone to submit links to material that 
would be of interest to other people interested in CSWA-issues. In 
particular, if you have content that could be added to the Pasadena 
Recommendations:  

http://www.aas.org/cswa/pasadenarecs.html 
 
suggestions for implementation) that would be extremely helpful. I will 
try to add the links as quickly as possible. 
 
3) I would also encourage astronomers to either add or update their 
contact information in the Women in Astronomy Database (which can be 
found at the main CSWA page. Since the job searching season will start 
up again in a few months, this is an ideal time to do this. 

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, comments, 
or concerns about the CSWA web pages. 
 
Clear Skies, 
 
John Feldmeier 
 
  
 
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2. Do Women Really Talk More than Men? 
 
From: Patricia Knezek [knezeknoao.edu] 
 
  
 
Do Women Really Talk More than Men? Research Refutes Popular Beliefs. 
 
  
 
Refuting the popular stereotype that females talk more than men, 
researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have found women and 
men both use an average of 16,000 words each day. 
 
http://www.utexas.edu/opa/news/2007/07/psychology05.html 
 
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3. NOAO jobs 
 
From: Patricia Knezek [knezeknoao.edu] 
 
  
 
Director - National Optical Astronomy Observatory 
 
The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) 
seeks a new Director of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory 
(NOAO). We are seeking an individual with an outstanding scientific 
background, with vision, and with demonstrated leadership and talent for 
administration in a complex and evolving environment. The director is 
responsible for all of NOAO including operations and development.  
 
The coming decade will present both outstanding opportunities and 
significant challenges for NOAO, and for its next director. The recent 
NSF Senior Review has underscored the crucial role of NOAO in serving 
the community, and budget increments to upgrade NOAO facilities are 
already beginning. The new director will have the opportunity and 
responsibility to work with the community and the NOAO staff to shape 
the future of the National Observatory in the years ahead.  
 
The Search Committee will begin evaluating applications on October 1, 
2007. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 
Applications should include scientific and management experience, 
relevant accomplishments, a resume, bibliography, a list of three 
references, and the individual's written view of the future role of NOAO 
in the U. S. and international astronomy communities. Applications will 
be kept confidential, and should be sent to:  
 
Dr. Patrick Osmer, Chair, NOAO Director Search Committee c/o AURA, Suite 
450, 1212 New York Avenue N.W., Washington, DC 20005  
 
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. AURA is an EOE/AA/F/D/V 
employer. 
 
Questions related to this search should be directed to Dr. Patrick 
Osmer, osmer.1osu.edu  
 
Information and updates regarding this search are available on  
 
www.aura-astronomy.org  
 
 
Senior Electrical Engineer - Job #844 
 
Tucson, AZ 06/11/2007 
 
NOAO Major Instrumentation Program is actively searching for a senior 
level Electronic Engineer for development of new designs for the MONSOON 
project. The MONSOON project is a controller for mosaics of detectors, 
either in the visible or at infrared wavelengths. Many of these 
controllers are destined for instruments on 4M class telescopes on Kitt 
Peak and Cerro Tololo. For more information, please see:  
 
http://www.noao.edu/ets/new_monsoon  
 
We are embarking on a new design for a detector (CCD or IR) controller 
that emphasizes small size and low power. The successful applicant will 
have a skill set which includes Low Noise Analog design and Synchronous 
Switching Power Supply design as well as significant hands on hardware 
experience. Duties will include the design, fabrication and 
implementation, including peer reviewed Design Reviews, of a compact 
next generation detector controller, following on the MONSOON first 
generation focal plane controller.  
 
Occasional travel is expected, including international travel. 
 
Position Requirements: 
 
Must have at least a BS Degree in Electrical Engineering and at least 5 
years of progressively responsible work experience in theory and 
applications involving:  
 
- Power Supply design 
 
- Grounding concepts for low noise Analog applications 
 
- Familiarity with high density PCB layout requirements 
 
- Familiarity with Low Noise Analog Design 
 
- Writing for and presenting at peer reviewed Design Reviews 
 
- Creation and editing of VHDL firmware a plus 
 
This position also requires occasional work on Kitt Peak National 
Observatory (KPNO) in Tucson and Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory 
(CTIO) in Chile at an elevation of 7000 feet (2200 meters).  
 
Hiring preference will be given to qualified Native Americans living on 
or near the Tohono O'Odham reservation. 
 
NOAO/NSO foster a diverse research environment. Women and candidates 
from under represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. 
We are an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Employer 
 
To apply, please send electronic resume to: hrnoaonoao.edu (In the 
subject line, please reference Position Title and Job #) 
 
  
 
Mailing address: 
 
Human Resources Office 
 
National Optical Astronomy Observatory 
 
(Include Position Title and Job #) 
 
P.O. Box 26732 
 
Tucson, AZ 85726-6732 
 
 
Assistant to the KPNO Director - Job #843 
 
Tucson, AZ 06/11/2007 
 
Kitt Peak National Observatory has an immediate opening for the position 
of Assistant to the Director. The Assistant to the Director will work 
with the Director in the development and management of the Observatory. 
The responsibilities of this position will evolve with time as the needs 
of the observatory evolve, and include, but are not limited to the 
following:  
 
- Work with the Director and the KPNO Program Manager to develop the 
long-range plan for the Observatory.  
 
- Work with the KPNO and NOAO Directors to develop the role of KPNO as 
part of the U.S. "System" of observing capabilities.  
 
- Coordinate with various units as assigned by the KPNO Director (e.g., 
collaborate with the NOAO/PAEO office regarding the KPNO public outreach 
activities).  
 
- Work with the Director, surrounding communities, and government 
agencies to promote the importance of protecting the dark skies 
necessary to southern Arizona observatories.  
 
- Manage administrative matters relating to the overall functioning of 
the KPNO Director's Office. 
 
- Direct special projects (e.g., 50th Anniversary of the Observatory) as 
assigned by the Director.  
 
  
 
Requirements:  
 
- Bachelor's degree in a science or engineering field. Astronomy or 
physics degree preferred.  
 
- At least 10 years work experience in astronomy (or related field), 
more experience preferred.  
 
- Participation in a research environment in astronomy and observing 
(professional telescope) experience preferred.  
 
- Organizational development experience, including long-range planning.  
 
- Demonstrated success planning, managing, and directing projects, 
including responsibility for developing and managing budgets, and 
personnel management/supervisory experience.  
 
- Demonstrated ability for self-directed work, multi-tasking while 
maintaining priorities, and establishing and meeting goals.  
 
- Demonstrated ability to serve as a professional, effective 
representative for programs or organizations, especially in 
international settings and among diverse groups.  
 
- Experience working with diverse cultures. Some foreign language skills 
preferred.  
 
- Demonstrated skills in effective and diplomatic communication, both 
written and oral, including formal proposals and presentations.  
 
- Experience dealing with groups, organizing meetings, working with and 
reporting to Boards.  
 
- Experience generating electronic presentations and documents, and 
working with databases.  
 
- Experience using a variety of computer operating systems. Proficiency 
using Windows, Microsoft Office, internet browsers, and email. Some 
programming experience preferred.  
 
Applicants should send a CV and the names and contact information for 
two references. Review of applications will begin on June 21, 2007. 
Resumes are accepted until the position is filled. 
 
Hiring preference will be given to qualified Native Americans living on 
or near the Tohono O'Odham reservation. 
 
NOAO/NSO foster a diverse research environment. Women and candidates 
from under represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. 
We are an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Employer 
 
To apply, please send electronic resume to: hrnoaonoao.edu (In the 
subject line, please reference Position Title and Job #) 
 
  
 
Mailing address: 
 
Human Resources Office 
 
National Optical Astronomy Observatory 
 
(Include Position Title and Job #) 
 
P.O. Box 26732 
 
Tucson, AZ 85726-6732 
 
  
 
  
 
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Job #842 
 
Tucson, AZ 06/11/2007 
 
  
 
We invite applicants for a postdoctoral position in turbulence 
characterization techniques at the National Optical Astronomy 
Observatory (NOAO) South in La Serena, Chile, to work with Dr. Andrei 
Tokovinin. The successful candidate will work on development and 
implementation of new methods of optical turbulence measurements to 
support adaptive-optics and classical astronomical observations, and 
also will have time to carry out personal research. Candidates with 
prior experience in related instrumentation and theory and an interest 
to continue their career in the field of turbulence characterization and 
adaptive optics are encouraged to apply. 
 
  
 
The position is offered for an initial appointment of 1 year, starting 
October 1, 2007, renewable for another 2 years subject to funds 
availability. Applicants should send electronically (preferred) a 
curriculum vitae, bibliography, short summary of research interests, and 
names of three references. Questions about the position are encouraged 
and can be addressed to Dr. Tokovinin at atokovininctio.noao.edu. 
Application may also be mailed to the address above. 
 
The position is based at the AURA campus in La Serena, Chile, which 
includes the offices of CTIO, SOAR and Gemini-South, with the offices of 
Las Campanas Observatory next door. Several adaptive-optics instruments 
are currently being developed for SOAR and Gemini-South telescopes, 
offering a good opportunity to interact with their teams. NOAO is 
actively involved in the programs of site characterization for extremely 
large telescopes of the next generation. The working language is 
English. Staff members have excellent benefits and living conditions, an 
overseas allowance, support for Spanish lessons, an educational stipend 
for dependent children, international health care benefits, and annual 
travel to the point of hire. Bilingual education for children is 
available at the International School of La Serena, which was co-founded 
by and still supported by AURA. The city of La Serena is a major seaside 
tourist destination in South America, with a climate very similar to San 
Diego, California.  
 
Applications received prior to September 1, 2007 are assured full 
consideration. However, the position is open until filled. 
 
Hiring preference will be given to qualified Native Americans living on 
or near the Tohono O'Odham reservation. 
 
NOAO/NSO foster a diverse research environment. Women and candidates 
from under represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. 
We are an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Employer 
 
To apply, please send electronic resume to: hrnoaonoao.edu (In the 
subject line, please reference Position Title and Job #) 
 
  
 
Mailing address: 
 
Human Resources Office 
 
National Optical Astronomy Observatory 
 
(Include Position Title and Job #) 
 
P.O. Box 26732 
 
Tucson, AZ 85726-6732 
 
  
 
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