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Spring Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote online session:

  • New York City
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Seattle
  • Boston
  • Washington, DC.

Dates: All sections will be from 2018-03-26 to 2018-05-18.

Apply here.

[posted December 14, 2017]

Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, STEM Specialist - Amherst College

The Amherst College Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) seeks an experienced, thoughtful, and inspiring educational developer to join a growing team to build and sustain a vibrant and inclusive learning community at a small, highly selective private liberal arts institution. The assistant director/STEM specialist is a full-time, year-round position, with a job group and level of RI-4.

Reporting to the director of the CTL, the assistant director/STEM specialist collaborates with individuals and departments to promote effective teaching and learning strategies and to help foster inclusive classroom environments. This work is profoundly important because Amherst College has transformed its student body so that today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst's students are Pell Grant recipients, 45 percent of our students identify as domestic students of color and over ten percent are international students. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

The individual in this role will collaborate with colleagues at local, regional, and national levels to promote excellence in education at Amherst College. The successful candidate will work on initiatives and programming focused on science and quantitative education and will play a key role within the CTL staff. The assistant director/STEM specialist contributes to program development, evaluation, communication, and administration of a growing educational development program.

Review of applications will begin December 8th and will continue until the position is filled.

[posted November 28, 2017]

Assistant Curator in Computational Astrophysics - American Museum of Natural History in New York City

The Department of Astrophysics of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) seeks a tenure-track Assistant Curator and Professor in astrophysical computation or data science, to start on or after July 1, 2018. The position will begin with a three-year 50% joint appointment as an Associate Research Scientist with the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) at the Flatiron Institute, renewable for up to three more years, and followed by a full-time appointment at the Museum. Tenure and promotion evaluations will follow standard AMNH practices during or after the joint appointment as appropriate.

The primary responsibility of curators at the Museum is to perform and supervise original scientific research, as well as to curate any relevant collections. They are also expected to provide service to the Museum. This can include advising programs in exhibition, including Hayden Planetarium Space Shows, education, including participation in the Richard Gilder Graduate School, or other forms of public outreach. An Associate Research Scientist at the CCA is expected to carry out research and to interact with the other members of the CCA staff and the broader NYC astrophysics community, and will have full access to the Flatiron Institute’s facilities.

Applicants are required to have a PhD or equivalent, and to have demonstrated scientific creativity and the potential to build and sustain an innovative research program. We are particularly interested in applicants working in planet formation or exoplanetary science, and related fields, but applications will be considered in all fields of computational research overlapping departmental interests, including: planet formation (including meteoritics); star formation; the interstellar medium; galaxy formation; comparative exoplanetary science; planet and brown dwarf atmospheres and dynamics; star cluster origins and dynamics; and the final stages of single and multiple stellar evolution.

All materials should be submitted to Evaluation of applications will begin on 15 December 2017.

[posted November 26, 2017]

Teaching Faculty Position - Virginia Tech

The College of Science at Virginia Tech and the Academy of Integrated Science, through its Division of Nanoscience, are placing strong emphasis on teaching in the area of nanoscale science and quantum phenomena. As part of this initiative, Virginia Tech has one non-tenure track faculty position in the Department of Physics to start in Fall 2018. The appointment will be at the rank of Collegiate Assistant Professor with an initial 3-year appointment and the possibility of multi-year renewal upon successful review. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty across the university on the "Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities" Destination Area. We seek candidates who are passionate about teaching undergraduate students. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses and laboratories related to nanoscale science, where successful candidates will:

  • Make significant contributions to our instruction in nanoscience; coordinate laboratory and in major courses, work closely with our undergraduate students, and lead efforts in curriculum enhancements and innovative pedagogy;
  • Continue to develop professional capabilities and participate in scholarly activities, including travel to and participation in professional conferences and societies; and participate in department, college, and university service and governance, as well as professional service.

The review of applications will begin on December 30, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

[posted November 26, 2017]

 Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Rockefeller University

The Center for Studies in Physics and Biology expects to have a small number of postdoctoral fellowships available for appointments in September 2018. We are seeking theoretical physicists, mathematicians and computer scientists with a demonstrable interest in the interface between their discipline and biology. The Fellows are to be at that stage of career as to function as independent members of the Center, free to work alone or in collaboration with any members of The Rockefeller University faculty. The appointment is nominally for two years, with a third year implicit, but based on mutual satisfaction.

The contents of all letters should be addressed to:
Center for Studies in Physics and Biology
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue, Box 75
New York, NY 10065-6399

Applications should be e-mailed in PDF format to:

Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, a research statement and three letters of recommendation by December 31, 2017. Consideration will be given to late received applications.

[posted October 23, 2017]

Open rank position in STEM - Bates College

Bates College invites applications for an open rank faculty position, broadly defined, to encompass any STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) discipline at Bates. The successful candidate will demonstrate expertise in supporting the success of students from underrepresented groups, in addition to commitment to excellence and innovation in both teaching and scholarship.

Bates College is a small residential liberal arts college that offers majors in the STEM departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geology, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy, as well as the interdisciplinary programs of Environmental Studies and Neuroscience. The position is open to applicants at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor rank. The candidate will teach in the department or program of appointment, develop a strong research program, mentor undergraduate thesis students, and participate in our work to strengthen the success of students in sciences, and mathematics, acknowledging barriers connected to identities of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, first generation to college, and all possible intersections thereof. The committee welcomes candidates with any research focus, including applications from scholars who study the efficacy of undergraduate science and math education.

Review of applications begins January 10, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. A PhD in a STEM field is expected.

[posted November 26, 2017]

Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor - Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University's Physics Department is seeking candidates to fill two teaching positions as Assistant or Associate Professor of the Practice beginning July 1, 2018. The department has an ongoing initiative to address the growing and increasingly diverse population of students in our introductory sequences. These candidates will work together with the department to build an innovative curriculum that incorporates validated best practices from physics education research.

The successful candidate will teach five courses during an academic year. Four of these will be laboratory and lecture courses associated with one of our two introductory sequences. The fifth course will be an upper level or introductory physics course. Collaboration with a current faculty member in ongoing physics education research is also possible. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Physics or related field in hand by the time of appointment to be hired as an Assistant Professor of the Practice; a successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but will complete the Ph.D. in Physics or related field within one year of hire. The ideal candidates will have teaching experience. The initial appointments will be for 3 years. Additional duties include advising and mentoring students, and participating in faculty governance at the departmental and university level. Wesleyan is a highly selective liberal arts college that values both scholarship and teaching very highly, has a strong, diverse undergraduate student body, and offers competitive salaries and benefits.

Evaluation of applications will begin on January 15, 2018.

[posted November 26, 2017]

AIP Congressional Science Fellow

The American Institute of Physics annually sponsors a scientist to spend a year providing analytical expertise and scientific advice to Congress. The program enables scientists to broaden their experience through direct involvement with the legislative and policy processes. Fellows gain a perspective which, ideally, will enhance not only their own careers but also the physics community’s ability to more effectively communicate with its representatives in Congress.

Find out more and apply at Applications close January 15, 2018.

[posted November 26, 2017]

Internship Opportunities at Modern Electron

Modern Electron is a Seattle-based startup dedicated to developing breakthrough energy technologies. Our team is developing highly efficient, compact, and scalable solid-state thermionic generators, with the ultimate goal of making electricity cheaper and far more universally available for everyone. Our technology is supported by over $10MM in venture capital funding and by 14 issued patents, with 20+ more patents pending in the US and internationally.

Modern Electron is looking for talented graduate student interns in the physical sciences and engineering with a passion for energy technology. As a member of our R&D team, you will join an interdisciplinary group of nanofabrication and mechanical engineers, computational and experimental physicists, and material scientists, working collaboratively on team-based technology development projects. We are a tight-knit and data-driven organization, and our interns regularly spearhead projects and co-author patents.

Visit our website to learn more about our team and what we do. If you're interested in joining us for an internship, please apply here. If you are instead interested in a full time role, check out our several open positions here.

[posted October 31, 2017]

 Tenure Track Assistant Professor, NYU

The Center for Quantum Phenomena is the newly established Center within the NYU Physics Department. After the highly anticipated inaugural opening in June the Center is ambitiously pursuing the plans for future significant growth, and is committed to further the development and advancement in the field of quantum phenomena. Currently, the Center has 28 members, including faculty, postdocs and graduate students.

Successful candidates for this position should demonstrate the strong ability of establishing a leading research program in his/her field, as well as the essential qualities in becoming excellent teachers at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The interested applicants must provide a letter describing current and planned research and teaching activities, a curriculum vitae, list of publications, and the names of at least three references. The closing date for applications for this position is Wednesday, January 31, 2018. The position can begin as early as September 1, 2018. For further information about this search and the submission of the applications, please visit the webpage.

The applications from women, racial and ethic minorities, and other individuals who are under-represented in the profession, across color, creed, race, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, gender and sexual identity are strongly encouraged.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2018

[posted September 22, 2017]