AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of August 29, 2008 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Hannah Jang-Condell & Caroline Simpson 
This week's issues: 
1. Women's Lunch Session At The Ithaca DPS Meeting 
2. Postdoc, UC Berkeley Exoplanet Group 
3. Submillimeter Array Postdoctoral Fellowships 
4. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
5. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1. Women's Lunch Session at the Ithaca DPS Meeting 
From: DPS Mailing, August 25, 2008 
Monday, October 13 Noon-1:30, Yale/Princeton Rooms 
The topic of this year's session is "Gender-Based Differences in 
Communication," featuring guest speaker Mary Munter from 
Dartmouth. Ms.  Munter is the author of several highly-regarded and 
widely-used books about communication skills and she teaches several 
courses at Dartmouth in the area of effective communication. Lunch 
will be provided to participants. All are welcome, but 
pre-registration is required for this event due to space 
limitations. Please contact Dr. Amy Simon-Miller to pre-register. If 
openings are still available, there will be a sign-up list at the main 
DPS meeting registration area, as well. This event is sponsored by 
NASA and the DPS Committee. 
Other DPS workshops and lunchtime sessions are listed at 
2. Postdoc, UC Berkeley Exoplanet Group 
From: Natasha Singh [natashaastro.berkeley.edu] 
The UC Berkeley Exoplanet Group invites applications for a 
postdoctoral position starting in the summer or fall of 2009.  The 
position involves 50% time working with Geoff Marcy on two NASA 
missions, Kepler and SIM, the former due to launch in 2009 and the 
latter being actively developed. The remaining 50% time is for any 
research activities.  Successful candidates will carry out extensive 
ground-based spectroscopy, working nights at Lick and Keck 
Observatories, to assess properties of the exoplanets and host stars 
from the NASA missions.  Work will include performing spectroscopic  analysis, 
identifying eclipsing binaries, measuring Doppler shifts at 1/1000  pixel, and 
modeling the detected exoplanets.  Relevant experience includes  spectrocopic 
analysis and proficiency in Unix/Linux and IDL.  Salary is in the 
range of $45 - 50K.   Successful candidates will enjoy 
interacting with a broad range of researchers in Astrophysics and in 
Earth and Planetary Science at UC Berkeley, including the Center for 
Integrated Planetary Science.  A Ph.D. in astrophysics or a related 
field is required.  Application materials are due 1 Dec 2008 and  include a CV, 
bibliography, and statement of interests, submitted electronically at 
http://astro.berkeley.edu/exoplanetjob/ . Three letters of reference 
should be emailed to exoplanetjobastro.berkeley.edu.  UC Berkeley is 
committed to actively recruiting diverse candidates, including women 
and minorities: Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. 
3. Submillimeter Array Postdoctoral Fellowships 
From: David Wilner [dwilnercfa.harvard.edu] 
The Submillimeter Array (SMA), a collaborative project of the Smithsonian 
Astrophysical Observatory and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and 
Astrophysics (Taiwan), consists of eight movable 6 meter diameter antennas 
that together combine to make uniquely detailed images in the submillimeter 
part of the spectrum, through atmospheric windows that open up on the high, 
dry summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii. With collecting area comparable to the 
largest single dish submillimeter telescopes and baselines up to 500 meters, 
the SMA is used to study a wide range of astrophysical phenomena, including 
Solar System bodies, protoplanetary disks, star forming regions, evolved 
star envelopes, supermassive black holes, nearby galaxies, and starbursts at 
cosmological distances. Detailed information about the SMA is available at 
the SMA Observer Center, http://sma1.sma.hawaii.edu . 
Applications are invited for SMA Postdoctoral Fellowships starting in 
fall 2009.  These positions are aimed chiefly at research in submillimeter 
astronomy, and the successful candidates will propose and participate in 
science observations with the SMA. Applicants must have a recent Ph.D. in 
astronomy or a related field. Practical experience in millimeter or 
submillimeter wavelength astronomy, radio interferometry, instrumentation, or 
experience in any applicable branch of astrophysical theory is desirable. 
It is expected that the SMA Fellows will be based at the Harvard-Smithsonian 
Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA. However, candidates with a desire 
to be based at the SMA facility at the University of Hawaii, Hilo, HI, are 
also encouraged to apply.  More information and instructions for submitting 
applications can be found at 
Please direct questions to smapostdoccfa.harvard.edu . Online applications 
are due December 1, 2008. 
The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative 
Action Employer where all qualified applicants receive consideration for 
employment without regard to race, creed, color, sex or national origin. 
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