AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of December 21, 2007 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Hannah Jang-Condell & Caroline Simpson 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. The Production Rate and Employment of Ph.D. Astronomers (astro-ph) 
 
2. Position(s) at Chicago State University 
 
*** FOLLOWING POSITION WAS TAKEN FROM WIPHYS *** 
 
3. Astrophysics Faculty Position, Johns Hopkins University 
 
4. Happy Holidays from AASWOMEN 
 
5. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
6. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
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1. The Production Rate and Employment of Ph.D. Astronomers (astro-ph) 
From: Geoff Clayton (gclaytonfenway.phys.lsu.edu) 
 
 
The Production Rate and Employment of Ph.D. Astronomers 
Authors: Travis S. Metcalfe (NCAR) 
Comments: 5 pages, 4 figures, 2 tables, PASP 
Subjects: Astrophysics (astro-ph) 
 
In an effort to promote self-regulation of the astronomy job market, I 
examine the supply of, and demand for, astronomers over time. On the supply 
side, I document the production rate of Ph.D. astronomers from 1970 to 2006 
using the UMI Dissertation Abstracts database, along with data from other 
independent sources. I compare the long-term trends in Ph.D. production 
with federal astronomy research funding over the same time period, and I 
demonstrate that additional funding is correlated with higher subsequent 
Ph.D. production. On the demand side, I monitor the changing patterns of 
employment using statistics about the number and types of jobs advertised 
in the AAS Job Register from 1984 to 2006. Finally, I assess the 
sustainability of the job market by normalizing this demand by the annual 
Ph.D. production. The most recent data suggest that there are now annual 
advertisements for about one postdoctoral job, half a faculty job, and half 
a research/support position for every new domestic Ph.D. recipient in 
astronomy and astrophysics. The average new astronomer might expect to hold 
up to 3 jobs before finding a steady position. 
 
http://xxx.lanl.gov/abs/0712.2820 
 
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2. Position(s) at Chicago State University 
From: Kim Coble (cobleoddjob.uchicago.edu) 
 
The Department of Chemistry and Physics at Chicago State University 
invites applications for 2 positions: 
(1) We are seeking a full-time temporary person for the Spring 2008 
semester to teach algebra-based physics and physical science. 
(2) We are seeking someone for an assistant professor (tenure-track) 
position to start in Fall 2008. An experimentalist is preferred 
but all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply (see more info 
below). 
 
We are a diverse department committed to equal opportunity and 
empowering all people. 
 
Full ad for (2): 
 
 
Responsibilities: 
Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate lecture and laboratory 
courses for both introductory and advanced physics courses.  Other 
responsibilities include contributing to course and curriculum 
development, participating in the departmental learning assessment effort, 
participating in departmental governance and contributing to departmental 
community service and outreach.  The successful candidate will be expected 
to develop a vigorous undergraduate research program in experimental 
physics and pursue external support for their research efforts.   Areas of 
research in which we are particularly interested in include, but are not 
limited to nanotechnology, fuel cell science, solar cell science, medical 
physics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, and optics. 
The Chemistry and Physics Department seeks individuals that share our 
commitment to providing the best possible learning environment for our 
students by implementing innovative teaching practices in the classroom 
while developing a strong research program that involves undergraduates. 
Several world-class research institutions are in the Chicago area, and 
many have formed collaborations with CSU faculty. 
 
Qualifications: 
All applicants must have a doctorate in physics or related discipline at 
the time of application.  Experience in using modern teaching approaches 
that incorporate active learning is desirable.  Experience in mentoring 
undergraduate research students, teaching undergraduates, and/or working 
with students from diverse backgrounds is preferred. 
 
Deadline: 
Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2008.  Apply by January 
10, 2008 for initial consideration. Thereafter, every month applications 
will be reviewed until position is filled. Selection of candidates for 
initial interviews will occur around February 1, 2008. 
 
Application Process: 
Send a cover letter, resume, statement of teaching philosophy and 
interests, statement of research interests and list of references by 
electronic submission to Dr. David Kanis, Chairman, Department of 
Chemistry and Physics, at dkaniscsu.edu.  Do not send letters of 
reference at this time. 
 
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3. Astrophysics Faculty Position, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 
Johns Hopkins University 
From: WIPHYS December 17, 2007 
 
The Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Johns Hopkins 
University invites applications for a faculty position in astrophysics.  We 
will consider applicants in all subfields of  astrophysics. We expect that 
this appointment will be made at the level of assistant professor, but 
appointments at a higher level may be possible in exceptional cases. 
Current faculty members are active  in developing astronomical 
instrumentation (particularly for space- based platforms), observational 
astronomy across a wide range of  wavelengths, theory, and data intensive 
science.  Research interests of the current faculty members include 
planetary astrophysics, extra- solar planets, the interstellar medium, 
stellar populations, high- energy astrophysics, active galaxies, galaxy 
formation and evolution, and cosmology.  Johns Hopkins is a member of the 
Sloan Digital Sky Survey and the Pan-STARRS 1 project, owns a share of the 
Apache Point Observatory 3.5m telescope, and is the home of the WMAP, FUSE, 
and Advanced Camera for Surveys teams. We are playi! 
  ng a leading role in the National Virtual Observatory.  We cooperate 
closely with the adjacent Space Telescope Science Institute, the JHU 
Applied Physics  Laboratory, and NASA=BFs Goddard Space Flight Center. 
 
Applicants should send a CV, a publications list, a brief description 
of research interests and goals, and should have three letters of 
reference sent directly to: Astrophysics Search Committee, c/o Ms. 
Pam Carmen, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins 
University, 3400 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD USA, preferably 
before February 1, 2008.  Hopkins is an affirmative action/equal 
opportunity employer, and welcomes applications from women and 
members of underrepresented groups. 
 
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4. Happy Holidays from AASWOMEN 
From: AASWOMEN Editors 
 
We will be on vacation next week, so the next issue of AASWOMEN 
will appear on January 4, 2008.  Enjoy the holidays, and see you next year! 
 
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