The John Bahcall Public Policy Fellowship is a full-year postdoctoral level position, renewable for a second year. The Fellowship is named in honor of Dr. John Bahcall, a successful advocate for astronomy and respected researcher.
The AAS is now accepting applications for this position, to begin in September 2013.
In partnership with the Director of Public Policy, the John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow will be responsible for a wide range of AAS public policy activities including:
* Direct advocacy for astronomy-related issues with Congress, the Administration, and others
* Maintaining relationships with key policy officials related to astronomy (Federal agencies, Hill staff, OMB, OSTP, NRC, etc.)
* Supporting the work of the AAS Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy
* Coordination of the AAS Congressional Visits Day in March or April each year
* Coordination of the AAS Communicating with Washington project
* Attendance at policy-related events (e.g., Congressional hearings, coalition meetings, conferences, briefings, and colloquia)
* Coordination of AAS participation in science and technology coalition events
* Speaking publicly on behalf of the Society, especially for colloquia
* Contributing to the Washington News Column in the bimonthly AAS Newsletter, a chapter in the AAAS annual R&D budget book, and AAS Action Alerts and Informational Emails
Fellowship candidates are expected to possess an excellent record of accomplishment, a strong commitment to public service, superb interpersonal and communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to multitask and work on a team.
Applications for the position are due no later than May 1, 2013. Interested applicants holding a Ph.D. in astronomy, or a closely related science, should submit a letter of intent, short resume, and contact information for three professional references. The letter of intent should not exceed two pages and should explain the applicant’s policy interest and reason for applying, scientific and professional background, and attributes and experience that would make the applicant effective in this position. Note: All degree requirements must be fulfilled prior to the start of the fellowship term.
These materials should be submitted via email directly to the AAS Director of Public Policy, Dr. Joel Parriott, at email@example.com. A single PDF file containing all of the requested materials is strongly preferred. Questions about the position and application requirements may also be directed to Joel.