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Engineering Biology Consortium Seeking Policy Postdocs

The Engineering Biology Research Consortium and the University California, Berkeley are seeking postdoctoral scholars interested in science policy. Specific areas of interest include technical research road mapping, security and synthetic biology, and international engagement. Scholars will be offered opportunities to meet policymakers.

Research!America Seeking Science Policy Interns

Research!America, a biomedical science advocacy organization, is accepting applications for its paid science policy internship program. Applicants must be college seniors, graduate students, or recent graduates in a science, health, or related degree field.

July 17, 2020

DOD Seeking Head for Strategic Technology Protection Portfolio

The Department of Defense is hiring a director for strategic technology protection and exploitation within its Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. The incumbent serves as the “principal advisor on resilient systems, implementing technology and program protection methodologies, and mitigating system vulnerabilities and loss of critical technical information to determined adversaries.”

July 18, 2020

National Centers for Environmental Prediction Hiring Director

The National Weather Service is seeking a director for the National Centers for Environmental Prediction, which provides a range of national and international weather guidance products. The director oversees nine centers, which forecast phenomena ranging from hurricanes and climate change to space weather.

July 23, 2020

Emerging Tech Think Tank Seeking ‘Forecasters’

The Center for Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown University is seeking students, researchers, and other professionals to register as “forecasters” for a crowd-sourced pilot project that aims to inform policymakers on trends relevant to the intersection of technology and security. Participants can propose and forecast specific metrics as well as offer “world” forecasts. Among the topics of interest are the trajectories of U.S–China tensions and the artificial intelligence industry.

Science Policy Bootcamp Accepting Applications

he National Science Policy Network is accepting applications for its pilot SciPol Scholars-in-Residence Bootcamp, which will give graduate students opportunities to “practice skills needed to hold a science policy position in the immediate future.” By completing the program, NSPN members will be eligible to complete paid, remote internships with NSPN partner organizations beginning in Fall 2020.

July 10, 2020

Nature Surveying Postdoctoral Researchers

The journal Nature is seeking postdoctoral researchers in STEM fields to participate in its “first-ever survey dedicated entirely to postdocs, a crucial but often marginalized segment of the scientific workforce.” The survey examines topics related to job satisfaction, career progression, working hours, and financial compensation, among other areas, and is available in five languages.

DOE Seeking Input on Battery Material Supply Chains

The Department of Energy is seeking input on the “challenges and opportunities in the upstream and midstream critical materials battery supply chains.” The responses will inform an upcoming workshop focused on bottlenecks in the supply chain for battery cathode materials and opportunities for near and long-term R&D.

July 16, 2020

DOE Identifying ‘Grand Challenges’ for AI

The Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office at the Department of Energy is seeking input as it works to identify sector-specific “grand challenges” that would advance AI technologies. The effort stems from a 2019 executive order that directs the agencies to “drive technological breakthroughs in AI across the federal government, industry, and academia in order to promote scientific discovery, economic competitiveness and national security.”

July 10, 2020

NIH BRAIN Initiative Seeking Input on Increasing Diversity

The National Institutes of Health is seeking input on how the agency can increase participation of women and individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical workforce within its Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. Submissions are sought on topics including practices to enhance collaborations with institutions that serve underrepresented populations and promote diverse applicant pools and research teams. 

July 15, 2020