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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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NSF Hiring Director for Graduate Education Division

The National Science Foundation is hiring a director for the Graduate Education Division in its Directorate for Education and Human Resources. The division supports research on graduate education methods and administers the agency’s Graduate Research Fellowship, Research Traineeship, and CyberCorps programs.

January 16, 2019

Input Sought for National Quantum R&D Strategy

The National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science is accepting public comments to inform federal agency responses to policy recommendations in the “National Strategic Overview for Quantum Information Science,” which the White House released in September.

January 25, 2019

Society of Physics Students Hiring Science Policy Interns

The Society of Physics Students is seeking applications from undergraduate physics students for two summer science policy internship programs sponsored by the American Institute of Physics. The AIP Mather Public Policy Internship program places two students in congressional offices, and FYI hires one student to assist with the production of science policy newsletters.

January 15, 2019

Plasma Science Decadal Survey Issues Call for White Papers

The National Academies has issued a call for white papers from both U.S. and international researchers to inform a decadal survey of plasma science that launched in October. Known as Plasma 2020, the study will assess recent progress in the field and identify promising avenues for research in the coming ten years. The study committee anticipates the white papers will be a major source of input. 

February 15, 2019

NOAA Seeking Input on R&D Plan

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is accepting comments to inform its forthcoming R&D plan, set for release in 2019. The proposed “key vision statement areas” of the plan are “reduced societal impacts from severe weather and other environmental phenomena; sustainable use of ocean and coastal resources; and a robust and effective research, development, and transition enterprise.”The agency seeks input on the proposed vision statements and other aspects of the document’s structure. 

February 8, 2019

AGU Hiring Public Affairs Analyst

The American Geophysical Union is accepting applications for a public affairs analyst position. The analyst will engage AGU members in science policy activities, produce materials for the society’s website, and help respond to requests for information from Capitol Hill and the media. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, or a science discipline and four years of experience.

William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship

The American Geosciences Institute is accepting applications for its congressional science fellowship. The fellowship represents a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the legislative process on Capitol Hill. A Ph.D. at the time of appointment or a master's degree in engineering plus three years of professional engineering experience is required.

February 1, 2019

AGU Congressional Fellowship Application Open

The American Geophysical Union is currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Congressional Science Fellowship program. The program places highly qualified, accomplished scientists, engineers, and other professionals in the offices of either an individual member of Congress or on a committee for a one-year assignment.

January 15, 2019

Air Force Studies Board Seeking Research Assistant

The National Academies is accepting applications for an entry-level research assistant position in its Air Force Studies Board. The role primarily entails research and writing in support of board projects. Applicants that have four years of related experience and the ability to obtain a security clearance are preferred.

Student Groups Launch Science Policy Memo Competition

The National Science Policy Network and the Journal of Science Policy and Governance, both student-run organizations, have launched a policy memo writing competition for early career scientists. Memos can be submitted on any topic by teams of at least three individuals that are members of a science policy group. The top three entries will receive monetary awards that will go toward their group’s budget.

March 1, 2019