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Tenure Track Astronomy Position at Haverford College
From: Steve Boughn [sboughn_at_haverford.edu]
September 21, 2007

Haverford College seeks to fill a tenure-track position in astronomy at the assistant professor level, beginning September 2008. Candidates must have a strong commitment to teaching and establishing a vigorous research program involving undergraduate students in astronomy.  Ph.D. required; post-doctoral experience highly desirable. The candidate will teach astronomy at all levels, contribute to the physics program, and support the observational component of our astronomy program.

Applicants should submit c.v., a list of graduate courses taken, a statement of research plans, a brief statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation to: Merleen MacDonald, Search Secretary, Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, PA 19041-1392. Questions to: Dr. Walter Smith, Chair, (wsmith_at_haverford.edu).  First priority will be given to applications received before November 15, 2007.

Haverford College (http://www.haverford.edu), a liberal arts college with a strong record of faculty and student research, is located 12 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Haverford is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and strongly encourages applications and nominations of persons of color, women, and members of other under-represented groups.

Submillimeter Array Postdoctoral Fellowships
From: David Wilner [dwilner_at_cfa.harvard.edu]
September 14, 2007

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 2008. 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 smapostdoc_at_cfa.harvard.edu. Online applications are due December 15, 2007.

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.
September 7, 2007

Michigan State University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of physics beginning fall 2008 with a joint appointment in the Lyman Briggs College (75%) and either the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Natural Science or the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (25%).

Candidates must have a PhD in physics or astronomy.  Preference will be given to applicants with postdoctoral teaching and research experience, and especially to those who are passionate about working with undergraduates.  Research in all areas of physics and astronomy will be considered.

Founded in 1967, Lyman Briggs College is a vibrant undergraduate, residential college focusing on the study of science and its impact on society.  The Lyman Briggs curriculum integrates its natural and physical sciences and mathematics courses with courses in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science. The joint appointment with the Department of Physics and Astronomy or the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory will enable the candidate to maintain an active research program.

A complete application package consists of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement and portfolio, statement of research interests, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation (sent under separate cover). Complete applications should be received by December 1, 2007; later applications may be considered.  This material should be sent to:  Physics Search Committee,  Lyman Briggs College, 28 East Holmes Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48825-1107.  For further information, contact Ms. Kathie Ellis at (517) 353-6486 or ellisk@msu.edu or visit http://www.lymanbriggs.msu.edu/employment/physics.html .

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is  committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity.  The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.
September 7, 2007

The Department of Physics at NC State University has hired six new faculty members over the last four years and continues to seek highly qualified applicants in all areas for tenure-track and tenured positions. Candidates in astrophysics, biological physics, nanoscale science, and in physics education are especially encouraged to apply at this time. Successful applicants will have strong commitments to excellence in teaching and will be expected to establish a vigorous research program. The Department has vibrant programs in astrophysics; biological physics; computational physics; nanoscale science; polymer, surface and materials physics; nuclear physics; and physics education research. We plan to hire primarily at the assistant professor level, but will also consider particularly qualified senior applicants.

Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. degree in physics or a physics-related area. To receive full consideration, applications for the Fall 2008 academic year should be received by November 30, 2007. Review of applications will begin immediately, but no final decision will be made prior to November 30, 2007. To apply, please visit https://jobs.ncsu.edu and designate position number 07-52-0712. You will be required to send a curriculum vitae, a brief summary of research and teaching goals, and a list of at least three references. The College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences welcomes the opportunity to work with candidates to identify suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners. AA/EOE. In addition, NC State University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation.

AIP Fellowship Announcement
From Audrey Leath (
August 31, 2007


Experience a unique year in Washington, DC as a Science Fellow! 

The American Institute of Physics offers two Science Fellowship programs that are open to qualified members the AIP Member Societies.  AIP State Department Fellows serve a year at the DC headquarters of the U.S. Department of State (application deadline November 1); AIP Congressional Fellows spend a year working in a congressional office or on a committee staff (application deadline January 15).  Both programs enable U.S. scientists to learn about the federal government while contributing S&T expertise to the policymaking process.  AIP Fellowship qualifications include U.S. citizenship, membership in one of the 10 AIP Member Societies, PhD or equivalent in physics-related field, and a desire to use your scientific knowledge to serve and inform U.S. domestic or foreign policy.  Please see www.aip.org/gov/fellowships.html for further information on the programs, qualifications, deadlines, and how to apply. Several AIP Member Societies (APS, AGU and OSA) also offer Congressional Fellowships for their members.  Please see www.aip.org/gov/fellowships.html for links to more information on these programs.
Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Dept. of Physics, Baylor University
August 31, 2007

Applications are invited for a research postdoctoral position available in the area of Complex Plasmas at the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics, and Engineering Research in the Physics Department at Baylor University starting in January, 2008.  Candidates with research experience in the areas of computational and/or experimental studies of the dynamics and charging of dust grains within either astrophysical or laboratory plasmas are strongly encouraged to apply.  Applicants must hold the Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field and have excellent programming skills, extensive experience in computation and algorithm development, image and data acquisition and analysis, or experience in experimental laser diagnostics (LIF, line ratio imaging), high vacuum, rf, and complex plasma systems. Successful candidates will be able to work independently and expected to become an active member of the complex plasma group, leading and organizing groups of graduate and undergraduate students.

Applications will be reviewed beginning October 1, 2007 and will be accepted until the position is filled.  To ensure full consideration, your application must be completed by November 15, 2007. Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae (including relevant publications), a summary of their research experience and five significant/relevant publications, and arrange for reference letters to be sent to Dr. Lorin Swint Matthews, One Bear Place 97316, Waco, Texas, 76798-7316. For further details about current research activities, refer to www.baylor.edu/CASPER <http://www.baylor.edu/CASPER>. 

Baylor is a Baptist university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.  As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, Baylor encourages minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply.

Assistant Scientist with ALMA
From: Fonda Bryant <fbryant_at_nrao.edu>
August 11, 2007

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is currently under construction in Northern Chile. ALMA will provide an order of magnitude, or more, improvement in observational capabilities in the millimeter/submillimeter wavelength band and can provide direct observations of many important phenomena, from proto-planetary disks to high z galaxies.  The North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC), located at the NRAO headquarters in Charlottesville, VA, is the portal for scientific and technical support of ALMA users in North America.

To build up the NRAO scientific staff at the NAASC to support ALMA users and ALMA, we invite applications for one or more Assistant Scientist positions in the NAASC.  The primary responsibility of the successful candidates initially is to participate in ALMA Commissioning and Science Verification (CSV). These positions include 25% time for independent research.  Commissioning of the first ALMA antennas in Chile will commence in 2008, in preparation for early science in 2010.  The NAASC is looking for candidates with scientific interests that are dependent on ALMA and with experience in short wavelength radio astronomy, and who can acquire the requisite expertise for long-range user and telescope support at the NAASC.

The duty station is Charlottesville, VA. However, the first few years will require substantial time spent in Chile (roughly 30% to 50%), training and functioning as part of the CSV team. Successful participation in CSV activities in Chile places the candidate in a strong position to play a leading role in user and telescope support at the NAASC once early science begins, and to capitalize on the extraordinary scientific capabilities of ALMA.  An active scientific research program is highly encouraged in these positions.  The NRAO will provide basic research support, such as computing, scientific travel (conferences and observing) and page charges.

The initial term of the appointment is 3 years, starting in the spring of 2008.  If renewed after the initial term, the positions are expected to be long-term, following the NRAO scientific staff policy. Renewal is based on the performance reviews and the availability of funds.  The NRAO benefits include vacation accrual, medical insurance, retirement benefits, and a moving allowance (see http://www.nrao.edu/administration/personnel_office/employeebenefits.pdf).

For exceptional applicants, these appointments may be made at the Associate Scientist or Scientist level.

Candidates should have a PhD in astronomy, physics, or a related field, and should have a strong plan of independent research.

Applications should include a statement of planned research, a description of any software, instrumentation, or telescope commissioning experience, a curriculum vitae including a publication list, and the names of three scientists who have agreed to provide letters of reference upon request. All material should be submitted as a single PDF file of the form
"LastNameFirstInitial.AssistantScientist.pdf" via email to: resumes_at_nrao.edu.  Please reference "Assistant Scientist Position
CV 3463" in the subject line. All applications received by November 31, 2007, will be given full consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the positions are filled.  Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.
Jansky Fellowships 2008
From: Fonda Bryant <fbryant_at_nrao.edu>

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) announces the 2008 postdoctoral Jansky Fellowship program that provides outstanding opportunities for research in astronomy.  Jansky Fellows formulate and carry out investigations either independently or in collaboration with others within the wide framework of interests of the Observatory. Prior radio experience is not required and multi-wavelength projects leading to a synergy with NRAO instruments are encouraged.  The NRAO also encourages applications from candidates with interest in radio astronomy instrumentation, computation, and theory.

Up to three appointments will be made for positions at any of the NRAO sites (Socorro, NM; Green Bank, WV; and Charlottesville, VA).  In the coming years, as ALMA commissioning activities get underway, we expect that there will also be positions available in Chile.  Jansky Fellows are encouraged to spend time at universities working with collaborators during the course of their fellowship.  In addition to appointments at NRAO sites, up to three non-resident Jansky Fellowship appointments will be offered for positions that may be located at a U.S. university.  Frequent and/or long term visits to NRAO sites are encouraged.  Split Fellowships with time spent at NRAO and at a U.S. university are allowed.

The starting salary will be $56,000 per year with an appointment duration of two years and possible renewal for a third year.  There is a research budget of up to $10,000 provided per year for travel and computing requirements. Fellows are eligible for page charge support, vacation accrual, health insurance coverage, and a moving allowance. In addition, up to $3,000 per year is provided to defray local institutional costs for non-resident Jansky Fellows.

The NRAO web site provides a description of the application process and other relevant details:
Candidates must receive their PhD prior to beginning a Jansky Fellowship appointment.

The deadline for BOTH applications and letters of recommendation is November 16, 2007.  The NRAO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/H/V).

Award offers will be made by February 15, 2008, with the Fellowships expected to begin in September 2008.
Assistant Professor - Experimental High Energy Astrophysics -
The University of Iowa
From: Cornelia C Lang <cornelia-lang_at_uiowa.edu>

The Department of Physics and Astronomy (http://www.physics.uiowa.edu/) at the University of Iowa is seeking a tenure-track assistant professor to begin Fall 2008.  We invite applications from persons experienced in space-based high energy astrophysics, specifically in the development of instrumentation and the analysis and interpretation of observations. Duties of the position will consist of teaching courses at all levels, establishment of an active research program, and pursuit of external funding.  A Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or a related discipline is required and post-doctoral research experience is desirable.  Iowa has a long history in building space-based instrumentation with instruments currently on Cassini and Mars Express and in development for Juno and the Radiation Belt Storm Probes.  This hire is intended to strengthen the Department's new program in space-based high energy astrophysics.

Interested applicants should send a CV, statements of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact information of three references to:

Chair, Astrophysics Search Committee
Department of Physics and Astronomy
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1479

Applications should arrive prior to November 15, 2007 to receive full consideration.  Electronic applications in pdf format are acceptable and can be sent to christine-stevens_at_uiowa.edu.

The Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are strongly committed to gender and ethnic diversity; the strategic plans of the University, College, and Department reflect this commitment.  Women and members of underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply.  The University of Iowa is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Tenure-Track Faculty Position - Plasma Theory - The University of Iowa
From: Cornelia C Lang <cornelia-lang_at_uiowa.edu>

The Department of Physics and Astronomy (http://www.physics.uiowa.edu) at The University of Iowa invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor to begin Fall 2008.  All areas of theoretical plasma physics will be considered.  Current research in the department includes plasma kinetics and transport, waves in shear flows, linear and nonlinear wave interactions, dusty plasmas, strongly-coupled plasmas, plasma sources, atmospheric-density plasmas, biomedical applications and other topics. Closely related efforts within the Department include space plasma physics, physics of the solar corona, and plasma astrophysics.

Please send a CV, statements of research and teaching interests, and have letters from three references (include names on the CV) sent to Chair, Plasma Faculty Search Committee, Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1479.  Electronic applications in pdf format are acceptable and can be sent to christine-stevens_at_uiowa.edu.

A Ph.D. is required by the time of appointment. For full consideration application materials should arrive by December 15, 2007.

The Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are strongly committed to gender and ethnic diversity; the strategic plans of the University, College, and Department reflect this commitment.  Women and members of underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply.  The University of Iowa is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
KICP Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Rank of Research Associate (Instructor)
From: Helen Pates <hpates_at_kicp.uchicago.edu>

The KICP invites applications for one or more NSF Funded Postdoctoral Research Fellows (at the rank of Research Associate (Instructor)) from scientists of exceptional ability and promise with a PhD. in Physics, Astrophysics or related fields between September 2004 and September 2008. There are no teaching responsibilities with this position.  The appointee(s) will be expected to conduct original research in experimental, numerical or theoretical cosmology in an interdisciplinary environment. Research Associate (Instructors) are appointed to renewable one-year terms and may be considered for promotion.  Research Associate (Instructors) may hold this rank for no more than four years. Our positions at this rank carry a competitive salary and benefits package. Institute Fellows have the freedom to work on any of the efforts in our Institute.

Research at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP), based at the University of Chicago, is focused on interdisciplinary topics in cosmological physics: characterizing the Dark Energy, studying the inflationary era, understanding the formation of galaxies and structure in the Universe and understanding the highest energy gamma and cosmic rays. Experimental studies of the CMB (polarization anisotropy and the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect) and Cosmic Infrared Background; analysis of cosmological data including CMB data and large-scale structure survey data; analysis of Sloan Digital Sky Survey data; high energy astrophysics with photons and cosmic rays; direct detection of Dark Matter particles and numerous topics in theoretical cosmology constitute the current slate of activities.  The KICP is seeking to expand the fellowship program to include researchers working on innovative data analysis techniques for large-scale structure, CMB, and other cosmological data. The KICP also has active visitors, symposia, and education/outreach programs. Information about the KICP can be found at http://kicp.uchicago.edu/.

An application consisting of a Curriculum Vitae, a statement of research interests, and at least three letters of recommendation should be sent to centerfellow2007_at_kicp.uchicago.edu or to Stephan Meyer, Director, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, 5640 S.  Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.  All recommendation letters should be sent via email from the recommender to the email above.  Electronic submission (pdf or Ghostscript files) of all application documents is greatly preferred.

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2007 for positions that will begin in the Summer or Fall of 2008.  The position will remain open until filled.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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