AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of October 20, 2009 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
This week's issues: 
1. What Can I Do? Inspirations from Women in Astronomy III  
2. Follow-up: What Can You Negotiate in Your Job Offer? 
3. Article from Science: One version of the "Academic Caste System" 
4. Staying Competitive: Patching America's Leaky Pipeline in the Sciences 
5. Women in Astronomy on GEMS 
6. Mildred Cohn, Biochemist 
7. Tenure-Track Faculty Position, New Mexico State University 
8. Tenure-Track Faculty Position, The Ohio State University  
9. Telescope Operator position, GBT, NRAO 
10. IBM Research Internship For Undergraduate Women 
11. Two Assistant/Associate Professor Tenure-Track Positions, Dept of Physics And Astronomy, University Of Denver  
12. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
13. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1. What Can I Do? Inspirations from Women in Astronomy III  
From: JoanWomen_in_Astronomy_Blog, Nov 11, 2009 
Here is a list of 10 suggestions for postdocs and graduate students who 
would like to do something to promote women in astronomy and help create 
a female-friendly workplace:  
Number 10 reads, "Make a suggestion to add to this list." Post your 
contributions on the blog site or send them to 
AASWOMENaas.org. We'll compile them and add the list to the Advice 
section of our web page.  
This list is available in a brochure format. Check out the "What's New" 
section of the CSWA home page for the link ("What Can I Do?"):  
2. Follow-up: What Can You Negotiate in Your Job Offer? 
From: AASWomen editors 
In last week's issue of AASWomen (Issue of November 13, 2009), we listed 
some items that women can negotiate in their job offer.  What we did not 
address is who should ask for what that depends on which job.  For 
example, what should graduate students negotiate in their job offer for 
a post-doc position?  What should post-docs negotiate in their job offer 
for faculty positions?  What should someone negotiate in a job offer at 
a planetarium, for an outreach position, at a museum, at a laboratory, 
at a telescope, for a government position, for a policy position, for a 
teaching position, etc? We asked for suggestions, and several of you 
responded with some excellent ideas, which we have compiled and posted 
on the Women in Astronomy blog (http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/). 
We'll be adding these suggestions to the CSWA Advice webpage 
(http://www.aas.org/cswa/advice.html); where you can already find advice 
for postdocs applying for tenure-track positions. 
3. Article from Science: One version of the "Academic Caste System" 
From: AAWomen editors 
If you are applying for a faculty position, then 
you might want to read a fantastic article in Science Careers, "Taken 
for Granted: Shocked, Shocked! to Find Disappointment on Campus" 
This article provides good insight into the happiness of faculty at 
different types of colleges and universities.  Bottom line is that your 
happiness is what you make of it in your position.  However, 
negotiating the job offer can ease some stressors.  
Thanks to Wallace Sargent for sending us this timely link. 
4. Staying Competitive: Patching America's Leaky Pipeline in the Sciences 
From: Kathleen Flint [kflintnationalpostdoc.org] 
Here is a recently released study from Goulden, Frasch and Mason and the 
Center for American Progress  
http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/11/women_and_sciences.html . 
Their latest data examine the "leaky" pipeline for women and lack of 
advancement into tenure positions compared with men.  They find the 
biggest differences for married women with children, and suggest that 
the lack of family-friendly policies is one of the biggest hurdles for 
graduate students and postdocs to advance in their careers. 
5. Women in Astronomy on GEMS 
From: Don Kniffen [dkniffenusra.edu] 
She's an Astronomer: GEMS Leadership 
The Gravity and Extreme Magnetism SMEX (GEMS) mission, which was 
selected competitively as a Small Explorer mission by NASA in July 2009. 
This mission, selected in the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 
2009, will not only produce cutting edge science, but is a historic 
first for NASA space science in having an all female and ethnically 
diverse leadership team.  Dr. Jean Swank (Goddard Space Flight Center), 
is the Principal Investigator, Ms. Sandra Cauffman, Project Manager, 
Ms. Aprille Ericsson, Integration Manager, Dr. Joaanne Hill, Polarimeter 
Systems Scientist, and Dr. Helen Hwang, Observatory Manager.  NASA 
Headquarters oversight is provided by Ms. Lia Lapiana, Program 
Executive, and Dr. Hashima Hasan, Program Scientist.  GEMS will lead to 
a major advance in our understanding of extreme conditions and physics 
of black holes, magnetars and supernova remnants.  
The GEMS Leadership Team has been chosen by the IYA She's an Astronomer 
cornerstone project for the Picture of the Day posting on the IAU IYA 
6. Mildred Cohn, Biochemist 
From: Jay Pasachoff [jay.m.pasachoffwilliams.edu] 
I think many of your readers would be interested in the tribulations 
and successes of biochemist Dr. Mildred Cohn, as shown in this New 
York Times article. 
SCIENCE | November 11, 2009 
Mildred Cohn, Biochemist, Is Dead at 96 
Dr. Cohn was a leading researcher whose work contributed to the 
development of medical technologies like M.R.I.'s. 
7. Tenure-Track Faculty Position, New Mexico State University 
From: Ofelia Ruiz [oruiznmsu.edu] 
The New Mexico State University (NMSU) Department of Astronomy invites 
applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Solar/Stellar 
astrophysics beginning August 2010. We expect that this appointment will 
be filled at the level of Assistant Professor, but appointment at the 
Associate Professor level may be possible in exceptional cases.   
Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics, 
physics, or a closely related field. Candidates with a demonstrable 
research record in fields associated with work done at the National 
Solar Observatory (NSO) are encouraged to apply. Example fields include 
solar/stellar structure and dynamics, solar activity, space weather, 
spectropolarimetry, MHD, and the solar-stellar connection. See the NSO 
Long Range Plan FY2009-2013 available on the NSO web site for further 
details. Of particular interest are candidates with expertise in solar 
or stellar pulsations and also high-resolution solar observations and 
their interpretation. The successful candidate will ideally provide 
evidence of their ability to deliver high quality instruction at the 
graduate and undergraduate levels, a sustained external research funding 
record, and experience as an advisor to MS and PhD students.  
The Department is involved in a wide range of astronomical research. We 
also benefit from membership in the Astrophysical Research Consortium 
(ARC) and its Apache Point Observatory (APO) 3.5-meter telescope. The 
Department operates its own 1-meter telescope at APO, is a member of the 
Sloan III project, and is a user of numerous ground based observatories 
and NASA scientific satellites. Additional Department information can be 
found at http://astronomy.nmsu.edu.   
NMSU serves a diverse undergraduate and graduate population of 18,500 
students. Located in Las Cruces (the state's second largest city), NMSU 
is within driving distance of: the Apache Point Observatory, the 
National Solar Observatory, the NRAO Very Large Array, the McDonald 
Observatory, and Kitt Peak National Observatory.  
To be considered for this position, send a cover letter, a brief 
statement of research interests and plans (including a discussion of 
anticipated research directions over the next five years), a brief 
description of teaching experience and philosophy, unofficial 
transcripts of PhD and a curriculum vitae to:  
Dr. Bernard McNamara 
Chair, Faculty Search Committee  
Department of Astronomy 
New Mexico State University, MSC 4500 
1320 Frenger St. 
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001 
Applicants should arrange for three confidential letters of 
recommendation to be sent to the above address. Review of completed 
applications will begin January 1, 2010 and will continue until the 
position is filled or closed. Questions can be addressed to: 
astfacultynmsu.edu or (575) 646-4438.  
New Mexico State University is an EEO/AA Employer.   Offer of employment 
contingent upon verification of individual's eligibility for employment 
in the United States.  All offers of employment, oral and written are 
contingent on the university's verification of credentials and other 
information required by federal law, state law, and NMSU 
policies/procedures, and will include the completion of a criminal 
history check.  
8. Tenure-Track Faculty Position, The Ohio State University 
From: WIPHYS, November 19, 2009 
Faculty Position in Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, Department of 
Physics, The Ohio State University  
The Department of Physics at The Ohio State University anticipates a 
tenure track faculty appointment effective Fall Quarter 2010. Highly 
qualified candidates in all areas of particle astrophysics and cosmology 
are invited to apply. While we are primarily searching for a junior 
experimentalist, exceptionally well-qualified candidates at all levels 
in either theory or experiment will be considered. The position is 
affiliated with the Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics, a 
joint venture between the Departments of Physics and Astronomy, and a 
joint appointment in the Department of Astronomy is possible. Additional 
information about CCAPP can be found at http://ccapp.osu.edu. Applicants 
should have a Ph.D. and an outstanding research record. A commitment to 
excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels is 
The Department currently has 55 faculty and approximately 60 
postdoctoral researchers and research scientists, 160 graduate students, 
and 250 undergraduate majors. Our expanding research operation is 
located in the new Physics Research Building, which contains 
state-of-the-art office, meeting and laboratory space. Additional 
information about the department may be found at 
All applications should be submitted electronically at 
Candidates should submit a letter of application, a complete curriculum 
vitae including a list of publications, a brief description of research 
plans, and a teaching statement. Senior applicants should provide 
contact information for at least four people from whom letters of 
reference may be requested. Junior applicants should arrange for at 
least four letters of reference to be sent to one of the addresses 
astrosearch09mps.ohio-state.edu (Please note applicant's name in 
subject line.)  
Astrophysics Search Committee 
Department of Physics 
The Ohio State University 
191 West Woodruff Avenue 
Columbus, OH 43210 
Applications received by 1 December 2009 are assured of full 
consideration. Job application assistance is available for dual career 
To build a diverse workforce, Ohio State encourages applications from 
women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Flexible 
work options are available. Ohio State is an NSF ADVANCE Institution, 
EEO/AA employer.  
9. Telescope Operator position, GBT, NRAO 
From: Dee Boyd [dlboydnrao.edu] 
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory Robert C. Byrd Green Bank 
Telescope (GBT) in Green Bank, WV, is seeking a Telescope Operator to 
safely and efficiently monitor and operate one or more telescopes, 
monitor the performance of telescope systems, and assist engineers and 
technicians in diagnosing telescope equipment failures.  This position 
may be filled at the Telescope Operator III entry level depending on 
The Telescope Operator will work on a 24/7 rotating shift pattern 
(consisting of day and night shifts) operating and monitoring one or 
more telescopes and supporting equipment.  Additional duties include 
receiving a schedule of observation programs or technical activities; 
reviewing the objectives and requirements; enabling required equipment, 
and then initiating and ending the observations; communicating with 
on-site or remote observers, receiving observing instructions from other 
observers, executing their programs, monitoring their data collection; 
and making changes and adjustments as needed.  
The successful candidate must be able to operate a computer using 
process control software applications, and be able to use a Windows 
computer and word processing and spreadsheet software.  Other 
requirements include experience with, or the ability to learn, a Unix 
operating environment; demonstrated ability to read and interpret 
documents such as schematics, operating and maintenance instructions, 
and procedure manuals; ability to work safely near moving mechanical 
parts and around electrical equipment; ability to follow procedures and 
policies; calmly handle emergencies; communicate clearly both verbally 
and in writing; be attentive to detail; and be able to work well with 
others, sometimes in stressful situations.  
A minimum of an Associate's degree or equivalent from an accredited 
two-year college or technical school with training in math, physics, 
science or a related technical field is required.   
For further requirements and to apply, please visit our Careers site at 
https://careers.nrao.edu.  Include a resume.  Review of applications 
will begin immediately; however, applications will be accepted until the 
position is filled.  NRAO is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.  
10. IBM Research Internship For Undergraduate Women 
From: WIPHYS, Nov. 13, 2009 
In 2010, IBM will offer a Summer Research Internship for Undergraduate 
Women.  These summer internships are salaried positions typically 10 
weeks long, and include the opportunity to work with a mentor at one of 
three IBM research locations.  Applications must be submitted by 
February 1, 2010.  Complete details on the program and how to apply are 
available at http://www.aps.org/programs/women/scholarships/index.cfm  
11. Two Assistant/Associate Professor Tenure-Track Positions, Dept of 
Physics And Astronomy, University Of Denver   
From: WIPHYS November 16, 2009 
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Denver 
underwent strong expansion with six new Assistant Professor positions 
filled in the last three years. New positions were filled in condensed 
matter physics, astrophysics, and biophysics. This announcement invites 
applications for two positions: (1) a tenure-track assistant 
professorship in experimental condensed matter physics; (2) a 
tenure-track assistant or associate professorship in computational or 
theoretical condensed matter physics. For the second position, we will 
also consider exceptional candidates in astrophysics with overlapping 
interests in nanophysics or biophysics who can participate in the 
interdisciplinary initiatives mentioned below.  
Both positions will begin in September 2010. We are especially 
interested in candidates with research relevant to our involvement in 
the university's new interdisciplinary initiatives, the Center for 
Nanoscale Science and Engineering and the Molecular Life Science and 
Biophysics Program.  
The successful candidate will have a BS in physics and PhD in physics or 
related discipline, will develop an extramurally funded research 
program, will supervise undergraduate and graduate research, and will 
teach undergraduate and graduate courses. Individuals with postdoctoral 
experience are particularly encouraged to apply. More information about 
the department can be found at http://www.physics.du.edu. The Department 
offers degrees through the PhD.  
Applicants must apply through the website: https://www.dujobs.org. The 
application should include: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements 
of teaching philosophy, proposed research program, and names of at least 
three references. The selection process will begin on January 15, 2010, 
and continue until the positions are filled.  
The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its 
faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, 
people with disabilities, and veterans. DU is an Equal Employment 
Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.   
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