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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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New AAAS Education and Workforce Center Seeking Director

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is accepting applications for director of its new Center for Education and Workforce Programs. The goal of the center is to unite STEM education, diversity, and inclusion programs across AAAS. Interested individuals with an advanced degree and extensive experience in STEM education and workforce issues are encouraged to apply.

September 28, 2018

NSF Seeking Legislative Specialist

The National Science Foundation is accepting applications for a legislative specialist within its Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. Position duties include assisting in the preparation for congressional hearings and developing NSF’s legislative strategy, among other duties. Individuals with at least one year of related experience in legislative affairs are encouraged to apply.

August 27, 2018

NASA Seeking Deputy Chief Scientist

NASA is accepting applications for deputy chief scientist at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. Position responsibilities include coordinating science activities across NASA programs and representing the chief scientist to external stakeholders, among other duties. Individuals must have substantial training in physical science and senior executive-level science policy leadership experience. 

September 5, 2018

Lewis-Burke Seeking Legislative Research Assistant

Lewis-Burke Associates, a D.C.-based lobbying firm that represents many federal funded research organizations, is accepting applications for a legislative research assistant. The position involves monitoring science and higher education policy developments as well as attending congressional hearings and briefings, among other duties. Individuals must have a science or policy-related college degree, and previous policy or legislative affairs experience is preferred.

September 4, 2018

NOAA Seeking Public Comment on Strategic Plan

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is holding a number of public listening sessions to support the Department of Commerce’s strategic plan for 2018 to 2022. One focal area NOAA is seeking feedback on is the implementation of the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act, including the development of a community-based weather model. Other focal areas include reducing the seafood trade deficit and supporting maritime commerce, fisheries, recreation, and tourism.

November 9, 2018

AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship Application Now Open

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is accepting applications for 2019-2020 S&T Policy Fellowship. Fellows spend a year at a federal agency or congressional office in Washington, D.C., gaining experience in the policymaking process. Interested applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent-level degree or a M.S. in engineering with three years of engineering experience in order to qualify. 

November 1, 2018

FASEB Seeking Science Policy Analyst

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, a non-profit organization representing 30 scientific societies, is acceptingapplications for a science policy analyst. Position responsibilities include analyzing proposed policies, coordinating science policy committees and task forces, and contributing to communications and advocacy materials, among other duties. Individuals with a master’s degree in science or public policy and one to three years of relevant experience are encouraged to apply.

August 17, 2018

National Science Board Accepting Nominations for Honorary Awards

The National Science Board is seeking nominations for the 2019 Vannevar Bush and NSB Public Service Awards. The Vannevar Bush Award is given to individuals who have made significant contributions through public service in science, technology, and policy, while the Public Service Award is given to individuals who have made contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering. 

September 28, 2018

World Climate Research Programme Seeking Input on Strategic Plan

The World Climate Research Programme, a network of international climate research projects, is accepting public comment on its draft 10-year strategic plan, set to be implemented from 2019 to 2029. The plan’s overarching objectives include improving fundamental understanding of the climate system, advancing predictive skill on timescales of up to a decade, and connecting climate science with policy and services. The National Science Foundation is hosting a lecture on July 17 about the future directions of the program.

August 31, 2018

International Science Council Seeks Participants for Global Survey of Scientists

The AIP Statistical Research Center, on behalf of the International Science Council, is seeking scientists around the world to participate in a survey to study social dynamics in astronomy, biology, chemistry, computing, mathematics, physics, and the history and philosophy of science and technology. The survey seeks to better understand scientists’ and practitioners’ experiences, challenges, and interests across regions, countries, disciplines, sector of employment, and career stage to help inform the International Science Council and its member unions to increase participation of all people in STEM fields.

October 31, 2018