AAS Committee on the Status of Women  
Issue of October 31, 2008  
eds. Joan Schmelz, Hannah Jang-Condell & Caroline Simpson 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. Amelia Earhart Scholarship 
 
2. The Henry Norris Russell Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astrophyics 
 
3. Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astrophysics 
 
4. Joint Postdoctoral Fellowship Carnegie Observatories and Princeton 
   University  
 
5. Postdoctoral Position in Supernova Theory 
 
6. Postdoctoral Position in Astrophysical Plasma Theory and Simulation 
 
7. Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCSD 
 
8. Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Princeton University 
 
9. Astronomical Software Scientist, Princeton University 
 
*** FOLLOWING POSITIONS WERE TAKEN FROM WIPHYS *** 
 
10. Two Tenure-track Positions, Bucknell University   
 
11. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
12. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
 
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1. Amelia Earhart Scholarship 
From: WIPHYS October 28, 2008 
 
I am trying to get the word out to qualified female PhD students to 
apply for the Amelia Earhart scholarship.  These are amazing $10,000 
fellowships for women pursuing their PhD degrees in "aerospace-related 
science or aerospace engineering". (notice the term-"related" can be 
somewhat broadly interpreted, and I think OSU students from Botany and 
Physics have applied in the past). Successful applicants can also apply 
for a second year of support.  
 
Interesting facts about the program and application materials are available 
on-line at the Zonta website : 
http://www.zonta.org/site/PageServer?pagename=zi_issues_programs_amelia_earhart_application    
Applications will be submitted electronically and are 
due by November 15.  Thirty-five to 40 fellowships are awarded each year 
internationally.  
 
I am Chair of the local committee and I would be happy to talk to anyone 
who thinks they might like to apply but want some advice or encouragement. 
Our local Club and district office would also want to honor any local 
student who might be successful in their application so I would really like 
to be a contact person for them.  Please let me know if you can't 
access the Website. 
 
Thanks for any help you can provide. 
Nancy I. Kerkvliet 
Professor of Toxicology 
Dept. Environmental and Molecular Toxicology 
Oregon State University 
Corvallis, OR 97331 
email: nancy.kerkvlietoregonstate.edu 
 
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2. The Henry Norris Russell Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astrophyics 
From: Mindy Lipman [lipmanprinceton.edu] 
 
The Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University invites 
applications for the Henry Norris Russell Postdoctoral Fellowship in 
Astrophysics. The Russell Fellow is expected to carry out original 
research in observational astrophysics, independently or in 
collaboration with Princeton faculty, postdoctoral fellows and 
students. Exceptional candidates in all areas of astrophysics are 
encouraged to apply. The fellowship includes a substantial annual 
research fund. 
 
Department faculty and researchers include Neta Bahcall (large-scale 
structure, clusters of galaxies), Adam Burrows (supernovae, planetary 
and stellar atmospheres), Renyue Cen (cosmological simulations), 
Christopher Chyba (solar system), Bruce Draine (interstellar dust, 
interstellar medium), Jeremy Goodman (dynamics, gamma-ray bursts, 
accretion disks, scintillation), J. Richard Gott (cosmology, general 
relativity), James Gunn (cosmology, large-scale structure, astronomical 
instrumentation), Edward Jenkins (ultraviolet astronomy, interstellar 
and intergalactic medium), Gillian Knapp (stars, brown dwarfs, 
interstellar medium), Russell Kulsrud (primordial magnetic fields, 
plasma physics), Robert Lupton (data analysis, statistical methods, 
precision photometry), Jeremiah P. Ostriker (formation and evolution of 
galaxies and large-scale structure), Roman Rafikov (planet formation, 
planetary dynamics), David Spergel (CMB, particle astrophysics, 
cosmology, galaxy dynamics, planets), Anatoly Spitkovsky (neutron stars, 
relativistic MHD), James Stone (MHD, star formation), Michael Strauss 
(large-scale structure, quasars), and Edwin Turner (gravitational 
lenses, planets), as well as 15-20 postdoctoral fellows, and strong 
research groups in the Physics Department and at the nearby Institute 
for Advanced Study.  
 
Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory 
performance, for a total of up to three years. The expected starting 
date is September 1, 2009. 
 
Applicants should apply via the web at: 
www.astro.princeton.edu/postapp09.php, and arrange to have three letters 
of recommendation sent to postapp09_rec_letterastro.princeton.edu 
(references should include applicant's full name in subject) by 
December 1, 2008. Only web submissions will be considered.  All 
applications will automatically be considered for all postdoctoral 
fellowships available in the department, but please state which 
positions you are interested in. For information about voluntary 
self-identification, please link to: 
http://www.princeton.edu/dof/about_us/dof_job_openings. EEO/AAE  
 
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3. Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astrophysics 
From: Mindy Lipman [lipmanprinceton.edu]  
 
The Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, invites 
applications for the Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellowship in 
Astrophysics. The Spitzer Fellow is expected to carry out original 
research in astrophysics, independently or in collaboration with 
Princeton faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students. The fellowship is 
intended primarily to support researchers in theoretical astrophysics, 
but exceptional candidates in observational astronomy are encouraged to 
apply as well. The fellowship includes a substantial annual research 
fund.  
 
Princeton astronomers with research interests in theoretical 
astrophysics include Neta Bahcall (large-scale structure, clusters of 
galaxies), Adam Burrows (supernovae, planetary and stellar atmospheres), 
Renyue Cen (cosmological simulations), Christopher Chyba (solar system), 
Bruce Draine (interstellar dust, interstellar medium), Jeremy Goodman 
(dynamics, gamma-ray bursts, accretion disks, scintillation), J. Richard 
Gott (cosmology, general relativity), James Gunn (cosmology, large-scale 
structure), Russell Kulsrud (primordial magnetic fields, plasma 
physics), Jeremiah P. Ostriker (formation and evolution of galaxies and 
large-scale structure), Roman Rafikov (planet formation, planetary 
dynamics), David Spergel (CMB, particle astrophysics, cosmology, galaxy 
dynamics, planets), Anatoly Spitkovsky (neutron stars, relativistic 
MHD), James Stone (MHD, star formation), and 15-20 postdoctoral fellows 
and associate research scholars. There are also strong research groups 
in the Physics Department and at the nearby Institute for Advanced 
Study.  
 
Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on 
satisfactory performance, for a total of up to three years. The expected 
starting date is September 1, 2009.  
 
Applicants should apply via the web at: 
www.astro.princeton.edu/postapp09.php, and arrange to have three letters 
of recommendation sent to postapp09_rec_letterastro.princeton.edu 
(references should include applicant\u2019s full name in subject) by 
December 1, 2008. Only web submissions will be considered.  All 
applications will automatically be considered for all postdoctoral 
fellowships available in the department, but please state which 
positions you are interested in. For information about voluntary 
self-identification, please link to: 
http://www.princeton.edu/dof/about_us/dof_job_openings. EEO/AAE  
 
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4. Joint Postdoctoral Fellowship Carnegie Observatories and Princeton 
University  
From: Mindy Lipman [lipmanprinceton.edu]  
 
Applications must be submitted to BOTH Carnegie Observatories and to 
Princeton University via the web: http://www.ociw.edu/fellowships/ AND 
http://www.astro.princeton.edu/postapp09.php  
 
Letters of Recommendation should be emailed to: c-pfellowociw.edu AND 
postapp09_rec_letterastro.princeton.edu Email Inquiries: 
c-pfellowociw.edu or postapp09_at_astro.princeton.edu Application 
deadline: [12/1/2008]  
 
The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington and the 
Department of Astrophysical Sciences of Princeton University invite 
applications for a four-year postdoctoral fellowship in astronomy, to 
begin in September, 2009. The Fellow is expected to work for two years 
in Princeton and two years at the main offices of the Observatories in 
Pasadena. The timing of these stays will be negotiated by the Fellow and 
the host institutions once the position is offered. 
 
The Carnegie-Princeton Fellow is expected to carry out original research 
in any area of astronomy or astrophysics, either independently or in 
collaboration with staff, faculty or students at the host 
institutions. The principal selection criteria will be outstanding 
research accomplishments and promise of future achievement, although 
preference will be given to researchers working in those areas in which 
Carnegie and Princeton have active research interests.  
 
The Fellow will have access to all of the resources and facilities of 
both institutions. In particular, Carnegie operates the Las Campanas 
Observatory in Chile, which includes the twin 6.5-meter Magellan 
telescopes, the 2.5-meter Dupont and 1.0-meter Swope telescopes, and 
provides an excellent environment for observational astrophysics and 
cosmology. The Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton is a 
major partner in the Apache Point Observatory, the Sloan Digital Sky 
Survey, the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe and the Atacama 
Cosmology Telescope, and, together with research groups in the Physics 
Department and the nearby Institute for Advanced Study, offers an 
unparalleled environment for research in theoretical astrophysics and 
cosmology. The fellowship provides support for observing, travel, 
computing and publications, and the observing facilities will be 
accessible for the entire duration of the fellowship. 
 
Further information on the host institutions is available at 
http://www.ociw.edu/ and http://www.astro.princeton.edu. Applicants 
should send a curriculum vitae, bibliography, and research plan to BOTH 
the Observatories and to Princeton via the web at 
http://www.ociw.edu/fellowships/ AND 
http://www.astro.princeton.edu/postapp09.php by December 1, 2008.  
 
The research plan should address how the applicant intends to use the 
resources and facilities available at both host institutions. Preference 
for a starting host institution and the proposed timing of the stays at 
each institution should also be stated. Selection of the successful 
candidate will be made by a joint Carnegie-Princeton committee. All 
applicants will automatically be considered for all postdoctoral 
positions in the Astrophysical Sciences department at Princeton and for 
the Carnegie Fellowship at The Observatories; however, they should 
clearly state in the cover letter that they wish to be considered for 
the Carnegie-Princeton Fellowship.  
 
Applicants must also arrange for three letters of reference to be 
submitted to BOTH Carnegie Observatories and the Astrophysical Sciences 
department at Princeton via e-mail:  
c-pfellowociw.edu AND postapp09_rec_letter_at_astro.princeton.edu 
 
The Carnegie Institution of Washington is an Equal Opportunity 
Employer. Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative 
Action Employer.  
 
For questions or additional information, please send email to 
c-pfellowociw.edu and/or postapp09_at_astro.princeton.edu. For additional 
information on the fellowship program at Carnegie, please visit: 
http://www.ociw.edu/fellowships/fellowshipprogram. For additional 
information on positions in the Astrophysical Sciences department at 
Princeton, please visit  
http://www.astro.princeton.edu/job_opportunities/dept_jobs.htm. For 
information about voluntary self-identification, please link to: 
http://www.princeton.edu/dof/about_us/dof_job_openings.  
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5. Postdoctoral Position in Supernova Theory 
From: Mindy Lipman [lipmanprinceton.edu]   
 
The Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, invites 
applications to fill one or more postdoctoral research positions in the 
theory of supernovae, with a focus on the mechanisms of explosion, 
numerical radiation-hydrodynamics, and nuclear astrophysics. Candidates 
with a strong background in Astrophysics, Physics, Astronomy, and 
Computational Science will be seriously considered. Exceptional 
computational resources, opportunities for collaboration, and ample 
research and travel funds will be available to the successful 
candidate(s). The successful candidate(s) will work with Adam 
Burrows. Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on 
satisfactory performance and subject to funding, for a total of up to 
three years. The expected starting date is September 1, 2009, though 
earlier starting dates can be accommodated and are not discouraged. 
 
Applicants should apply via the web at: 
www.astro.princeton.edu/postapp09.php, and arrange to have three letters 
of recommendation sent by December 1, 2008 to 
postapp09_rec_letterastro.princeton.edu (references should include 
applicant's full name in the subject line). Only web submissions will be 
considered. All applications will automatically be considered for all 
postdoctoral positions available in the department, but please state 
which positions you are interested in. For further inquiries, contact 
Adam Burrows (burrowsastro.princeton.edu). For information about 
voluntary self-identification, link to:  
http://www.princeton.edu/dof/about_us/dof_job_openings. EEO/AAE 
 
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6. Postdoctoral Position in Astrophysical Plasma Theory and Simulation 
From: Mindy Lipman [lipmanprinceton.edu]   
  
The Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, invites 
applications for a postdoctoral research position in astrophysical 
plasma theory and simulation. The successful candidate will work with 
Prof. Anatoly Spitkovsky on applications of particle-in-cell plasma 
simulation methods to astrophysical problems, including the physics of 
collisionless shocks, particle acceleration and pulsar magnetospheres. A 
strong background in astrophysics, plasma physics, computational science 
and parallel computing is preferred. The successful candidate will have 
access to state-of-the-art computational facilities, opportunities for 
collaboration and a travel fund. Appointments are for one year, 
renewable annually based on satisfactory performance and subject to 
funding, for a total of up to three years. The expected starting date is 
September 1, 2009 or earlier.  
 
Applicants should apply via the web at: 
www.astro.princeton.edu/postapp09.php, and arrange to have three letters 
of recommendation sent by December 1, 2008 to 
postapp09_rec_letterastro.princeton.edu (references should include 
applicant's full name in the subject line). Only web submissions will be 
considered. All applications will automatically be considered for all 
postdoctoral positions available in the department, but please state 
which positions you are interested in. For further inquiries, contact 
Anatoly Spitkovsky (anatolyastro.princeton.edu). For information about 
voluntary self-identification, link to: 
http://www.princeton.edu/dof/about_us/dof_job_openings.  EEO/AAE  
 
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7. Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCSD 
From: Alison Coil [acoilucsd.edu] 
 
Below is information about a new independent prize postdoctoral 
fellowship at UCSD in the astrophysics center.  The AAS job register 
posting can be found at: 
http://members.aas.org/JobReg/JobDetailPage.cfm?JobID=25051  
 
UCSD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong 
institutional commitment to excellence through diversity.  
 
The Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences 
(CASS,http://casswww.ucsd.edu) at the University of California, San 
Diego invites applications for CASS Postdoctoral Fellowships. Research 
in CASS covers a broad range of issues in astronomy and astrophysics, 
including observational cosmology and extra-galactic astronomy, high 
energy astrophysics including x-ray and gamma ray astronomy, the cosmic 
microwave background and related physics, experimental gravitation 
physics, and theoretical astrophysics, including star formation, the 
evolution of structure in the universe, nuclear and particle 
astrophysics, the late stages of stellar evolution and supernovae, and 
neutrino physics and astrophysics. Applicants in these and other areas 
of both theory and observation/experiment are invited to 
apply. Researchers in CASS have access to outstanding computational and 
observational facilities (e.g., the San Diego Supercomputer Center and 
the W. M. Keck Observatory).  
 
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8. Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Department of Astrophysical 
   Sciences, Princeton University 
From: Mindy Lipman [lipmanprinceton.edu]   
  
Princeton University is searching for a tenure-track Assistant Professor 
in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, to begin in September 
2009. The primary selection criteria will be research achievement, 
promise and breadth in astrophysics. While the initial focus of this 
search is in observational and/or instrumental 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, USA. They should also 
arrange for at least three referees to send letters of recommendation to 
the same address.  
 
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of 
applications will start on December 1, 2008.  
 
Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with 
applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations. 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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9. Astronomical Software Scientist, Princeton University 
From: Mindy Lipman [lipmanprinceton.edu]   
 
The Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, expects 
to have one or more positions in the area of software development and 
support for the acquisition, reduction, analysis, and testing of 
photometric and spectroscopic data from very large surveys. The 
successful applicant will be working with a group including Drs. Jim 
Gunn, Michael Strauss, Jill Knapp, and Robert Lupton.  
       
The Department is a member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III), a 
multi-institution project which is carrying out wide-area imaging and 
spectroscopic surveys with a dedicated 2.5-meter telescope and of the 
Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) consortium, which is building a 
dedicated 8.4-meter telescope to carry out a 20,000 square degree 
multi-band and multi-epoch imaging survey. Strauss and Lupton are 
heavily involved in scientific, management, and technical aspects of the 
LSST project. The Department is also collaborating with the National 
Astronomical Observatory of Japan to carry out deep, high-resolution, 
wide-area imaging surveys to study galaxy evolution and weak lensing 
with large-format cameras on the Subaru 8.2 meter telescope on Mauna 
Kea, Hawaii.  
 
Software development and support for these projects will include work on 
algorithm development (e.g. the determination of Point Spread Functions; 
optimal processing of multi-epoch, multi-band data; and 
spectrophotometry with fiber spectrographs); design and implementation 
of application class libraries; and automated testing of software 
(examining the performance and scientific reliability of algorithms, as 
well as unit and regression testing of complex software systems).  
 
We seek persons with five or more years of experience with scientific 
computing and a PhD or Masters in astrophysics or a related field. The 
candidates should have knowledge of optical astronomy at faint levels, 
CCD data, handling of large data sets, efficient automated data 
reduction, and/or image and spectroscopic analysis. The job(s) include 
algorithm development; evaluating the scientific performance of pipeline 
code; writing robust, efficient code (primarily on Unix platforms in 
C/C++); and running and maintaining pipeline code. Experience in python, 
software engineering practices, and astronomical instrumentation is 
desirable. The appointment(s) are subject to funding, and will be made 
to the scientific or technical staff at a level and salary commensurate 
with experience, for an initial period of one year which can be renewed 
for one or more years depending on satisfactory performance and 
availability of funding.  
 
Applicants should apply via the web at: 
www.astro.princeton.edu/postapp09.php and arrange to have three letters 
of recommendation sent to postapp09_rec_letterastro.princeton.edu 
(references should include applicant's full name in subject) by December 
1, 2008. All applications received by December 1, 2008 will be fully 
considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until the 
position is filled. Only web submissions will be considered. All 
applications will automatically be considered for all postdoctoral 
fellowships available in the department, but please state which 
positions you are interested in. For information about voluntary 
self-identification, please link to: 
http://www.princeton.edu/dof/about_us/dof_job_openings. EEO/AAE  
 
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10. Two Tenure-track Positions, Department of Physics & Astronomy, 
Bucknell University 
From: WIPHYS October 28, 2008 
 
The Department of Physics & Astronomy (www.bucknell.edu/physics) seeks 
candidates for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions beginning 
in August, 2009.  Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. in physics or 
astronomy (ABD candidates will be considered); demonstrate a potential 
for excellence in teaching, with the capability of teaching at all 
levels of the curriculum; and develop and sustain a program of research. 
The Department welcomes applications from couples or partners.  Bucknell 
is a highly selective, predominately undergraduate, private university 
with approximately 3400 students enrolled in the Colleges of Arts & 
Sciences and Engineering.  Bucknell University values a diverse college 
community and is committed to excellence through diversity in its 
faculty, staff and students. 
 
The Department of Physics & Astronomy has 11 full-time permanent faculty 
members and two staff technicians that maintain an electronics and machine 
shop.  The Department also maintains a small observatory with six remotely 
controlled observing stations and a radio telescope.  The Department 
highly values the participation of undergraduates in its research program 
and maintains an active externally funded summer research program.  One of 
the two positions will be considered as entry-level (defined as no more 
than 4 years of post-doctorate full-time teaching experience at the time 
of appointment) the other as entry-level preferred. 
 
Application materials include a resumé, statements that address your 
potential as a teacher and your scholarly interests, and three letters 
of recommendation.  For additional information and to apply please go to 
www.bucknell.edu/jobs.  
Review of applications will begin December 1, 2008.   
 
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