Job Opportunities at AIP

The American Institute of Physics provides a wide variety of services for science societies, the physics community, students and the general public, as well as for over 100,000 people who comprise AIP’s Member Societies.

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The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is seeking an experienced nonprofit manager committed to the next generation of physicists.  AIP is looking for an Assistant Director to provide day to day operational management of the Society of Physics Students (SPS), Sigma Pi Sigma (the Physics Honor Society), and other education programs.   Responsibilities will include working with the Director to assess and evaluate programs and staff, conduct long-range planning, promote student programs, and provide membership management for these programs. 
 
This hands-on management position will work with colleagues, staff, and key volunteers to develop new education and membership activities to advance AIP’s presence in the physical sciences/physics arena for undergraduates. 
 
Our ideal candidate will have experience as a program director or deputy executive director of scientific or higher education related association.  This person will enjoy collaborating with and working with a diverse and energetic staff committed to improving physics education at the undergraduate level. 
 
Located in College Park, Maryland, AIP serves as a federation of societies committed to the advances, promotion and serving the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity.
 
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
 
Program Management
·         Assist with initiatives for programmatic and website enhancements for SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma programs.
·         Develop metrics for effectiveness of programs.
·         Help develop, monitor, and manage annual budget.
·         Contribute to policy development and long-range planning for the division.
·         Participate in grant proposal writing for new initiatives as appropriate.
 
Undergraduate Physics Outreach
·         Work with SPS Director to further develop and implement projects that address the undergraduate physics’ experience.
·         Work with SPS Director to develop and implement projects to advance career pathways of undergraduates. 
 
Membership Management
·         Oversee member engagement and data management for the division.
·         Manage all efforts related to serving the membership of SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma. 
·         Develop strategies for engaging alumni members of Sigma Pi Sigma. 
·         Assist the Director with support of the SPS Council and Executive Committee, SPS Chapters, Physics Departments, Member Societies, and the public.
 
Chapter & Conference Leadership
·         Represent AIP education programs at meetings of professional societies and other related conferences and meetings.
·         Work with the communications team to effectively communicate with members, volunteer leaders, and other stakeholders.
 
Staff Development
·         Supervise staff and daily operations to ensure effective and efficient functioning of education related programs.
·         Provide guidance, coaching, and direction for program staff to improve student chapter participation and engagement.
·         Administer and manage policies, standards, and practices to ensure fair, consistent, and effective operations.
 

 

The American Institute of Physics is seeking a full-time IT/Helpdesk Manager to take charge of our Help Desk operations and ensure top-notch technical support for AIP end-users. The successful candidate will have hands-on technical expertise coupled with excellent communication skills. You will have experience running the IT service desk function, prioritizing and managing support requests, analyzing service desk metrics, and knowing how to help the organization work smarter and more efficiently. You’ll assist in developing and enforcing IT policies and procedures and will be an experienced technical troubleshooter.

The Niels Bohr Library & Archives, a special collection in the history of modern physics, astronomy, and allied sciences at the American Institute of Physics, seeks an Assistant Photo Librarian to be responsible for administering the print and digital photograph collections held in the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives.  This position is responsible for managing and overseeing all aspects of the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, including access, preservation, copyright, and promotion of the photograph collection. Duties include acquisitions, cataloging, preservation, database maintenance, providing reference services, overseeing digitization and other related activities. The successful candidate will work to improve access to the photograph collections, supervise part-time assistants and student interns, and assist in the daily operations of the Niels Bohr Library as needed.

Are you passionate about science and talented with your command of the written word?

The news and media services team seeks a Physics News Writer and Editor who will be responsible for writing about cutting-edge research in the field of physics. The successful candidate will also help to edit freelance contributions and will curate a section of a redesigned insidescience.org  web site, which is scheduled to launch later this year. The writer will have the opportunity to write stories on additional topics as available, and will contribute to the department's editing needs as well.

Inside Science produces general audience news and feature articles, essays, videos, opinion pieces, infographs and blog entries about cutting-edge scientific discoveries and the science behind every day phenomena. Our work appears online and in syndication in mainstream media outlets, including the Washington Post, Business Insider, FoxNews.com, the Christian Science Monitor and SFGate.

The American Institute of Physics is offering a paid internship opportunity under the direction of the News & Media Services team. This position is expected to last for twelve weeks. The successful candidate will be responsible for pitching, writing and editing content for the Inside Science line of news products, which include: Inside Science News Service (AP-style wire service for science news), Inside Science Currents (blog), and the online content for the Inside Science TV website. Course credit for internship requirement will be certified where applicable. Our office is located close to College Park Metro and University of Maryland, College Park.

The American Institute of Physics is seeking a Director to take the lead of the Niels Bohr Library & Archives.  The Niels Bohr Library & Archives is a repository and clearinghouse for information in the history of physics, astronomy, geophysics and allied fields. In-house holdings include an outstanding collection of textbooks, monographs and related publications; over 30,000 photographs and other images; over 1,500 oral histories with many of the outstanding figures in the fields that we cover; and archival records of AIP and its Member Societies along with other archival records and personal papers of a select number of scientists. Many of these holdings are stored and available digitally for an international audience.

The successful candidate will supervise work on the preservation of scientific papers, records from science institutions, and records of collaborative research projects worldwide.  She/he will work directly with scientists, science administrators, archivists, historians, and social scientists.

The successful candidate will design and carry out projects in preservation of and access to historical materials in the physical sciences.  A focus of the position will be to write proposals for outside funding of projects; assist in development work for annual donations and endowment campaigns, oversee grants for the archives program. She/he will disseminate archival knowledge and expertise of the AIP History Programs through oral presentations, papers, and reports.  This individual will help plan, write, and publish the History Programs Newsletter and other publications.  The incumbent will work within professional organizations, domestic and international, and committees to preserve and make known the history of the physical sciences.

In addition, she/he will develop policy, conduct operational and strategic planning for the division; as well as, oversee the annual budget, supervise the staff of 6-10 while monitoring schedules, preparing annual evaluations, and all other duties as assigned.

 

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) Government Relations Division is seeking a Science Policy Analyst. The primary responsibility of this position is policy writing and analysis. The successful candidate will monitor, analyze, and disseminate written information on federal science legislation, budget, policy, leadership, and related matters. As a member of the Government Relations team, she/he will support AIP and Member Societies in their interactions with Congress and other policy makers.

AIP provides policy information through FYI, a growing suite of information products and services that includes the FYI Science Policy Bulletin, is a well-regarded, objective, authoritative digest of science policy developments in Washington impacting the physical sciences community. Its readers include senior officials in federal R&D agencies, the White House, congressional offices, the news media, professional scientific organizations, universities, corporations, and national laboratories. With the guidance of the Director of Science Policy, the Science Policy Analyst will be one of the primary writers and analysts for the FYI Science Policy Bulletin and also make major contributions to a growing suite of other FYI products. He/she will provide relevant information to AIP staff and Member Societies, update the FYI section of the AIP website, and work to grow the visibility and readership of FYI in the physical sciences community and in Washington, D.C. The incumbent may also participate in the Coalition for National Science Funding, Energy Sciences Coalition, Coalition for National Security Research, Coalition for Aerospace and Science, and Climate Science Working Group, among others, on behalf of AIP.

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma is seeking a Manager, Society of Physics Students (SPS) and Sigma Pi Sigma Programs.  The ideal candidate will take full responsibility for ongoing SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma programs, including scholarships and a variety of award programs, and will seek out new programs and projects as appropriate. This will include continuous evaluation and revision of existing programs and development of innovative new programs and also include the oversight of programs and projects from inception through execution. She/he will serve in a supervisory capacity for associated staff and take responsibility for all logistics of programs and projects, including consulting with the Director for budgetary considerations.

The successful candidate will work on special projects, outreach and connections with AIP Member Societies.  She/he will oversee SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma participation in a variety of special projects aimed and driving forward the SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma missions, to include working with the Membership & Leadership Manager to initiate and develop innovative programs to serve SPS members and volunteer leadership and to expand support of AIP Member Societies.  Will work cooperatively and collaboratively with the Communications team to develop and carry out effective communication with all members and volunteer leadership to best market SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma initiatives.