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A digest of the latest opportunities in science policy from around the web, such as open positions on advisory committees, calls for information, fellowships, jobs, and internships.

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Commerce Department Seeking Members for Export Control Advisory Panels

The Department of Commerce is recruiting candidates to serve on its seven Technical Advisory Committees that inform its development and administration of export controls for dual-use technologies. The department is currently developing new export controls for “emerging” and “foundational” technologies.

June 15, 2019

New AAAS Science Policy Center Hiring Intern

The recently launched Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues (EPI Center) at the American Association for the Advancement of Science is accepting applications for a 12-week paid internship. The intern will support the center’s communication’s director. 

June 7, 2019

AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is seeking participants for its IF/THEN Ambassadors program, which aims to give women in STEM careers the opportunity to share their stories and serve as high-profile role models for middle school girls. The program plans to select 100 U.S.-based women representing a diversity of STEM professions for its inaugural class.

July 21, 2019

Professional Societies Sponsoring ‘Civic Science’ Fellow

Several scientific societies are partnering to sponsor a Kavli Civic Science Fellow who will work across societies to identify opportunities for supporting civic engagement activities by their members. The goal of the effort is to “lay the groundwork for a more cohesive whole among societies, as they work towards influencing long-term culture change within the scientific enterprise to increase value and support for meaningful civic science engagement.”

CRS Hiring S&T Policy Section Manager

The Congressional Research Service is hiring a research manager to lead the Science and Technology Policy Section of its Resources, Science, and Industry Division. The section produces objective policy analysis for congressional staff on a variety of S&T topics, such as the distribution of R&D funding across agencies, the role of science in supporting national security, and the development of telecommunications policy.

June 10, 2019

AIP Hosting ComSciCon Conference

The American Institute of Physics is accepting applications for ComSciCon-AIP, a science communication conference for graduate students, organized by graduate students. The workshop will be held at AIP in College Park, Maryland, on September 23 to 24 and will feature panel discussions on media engagement, policymaking, and storytelling. Attendees must be recent or current U.S. graduate students and be members of an AIP Member Society or Affiliated Society

May 31, 2019

APLU Hiring for Federal Affairs Positions

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities is recruiting for two positions in its Office of Congressional and Governmental Affairs. The assistant director will help develop science policy and budget priorities for the association, and the director will focus on higher education policy. Applications will be accepted until each position is filled.

National Science Board Seeking Nominees

The National Science Board is accepting nominations for its 2020-2026 class. The board oversees the National Science Foundation and advises the federal government on science, engineering, and education policy. A “Dear Colleague” letter issued by NSB Chair Diane Souvaine includes additional information on the nomination process and lists particular areas for which the board is seeking expertise. 

May 31, 2019

Optical Society Hiring Chief Scientist

The Optical Society is accepting applications for its chief scientist position. The chief scientist provides technical advice to the society’s chief executive officer and develops relationships with funding agencies, among other responsibilities. Applicants must have a degree in applied physics or engineering and 15 years of senior management experience.

NSF Seeking Advisory Committee Members

The National Science Foundation is accepting recommendations of members for its advisory committees. NSF maintains advisory committees for each of its directorates as well as more specialized committees on astronomy and astrophysics; environmental research and education; equal opportunities in science and engineering; cyberinfrastructure; international science and engineering; and business and operations. Recommendations will be accepted on an ongoing basis.