Penn State University Postdoc Positions

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Penn State University has partnered with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency to provide postdoctoral positions within the Department of Defense. The Scholars Program is designed to bring the expertise of highly qualified recent Ph.D. graduates to bear on the challenging, but highly rewarding problem of combating and responding to weapons of mass destruction proliferation and use.  These are not lab or bench research positions, but rather an opportunity to research and develop grant topics,  manage grant activities, and sit on inter-agency councils and working groups. Come be on the other side of research: the policy side!! There are currently three open positions; all require US Citizenship to apply.

Life Sciences Postdoctoral Scholar Position

Candidates should have a strong research background and a Ph.D. in one or more of the biologically-oriented physical or computational sciences such as biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, analytical chemistry, environmental sciences, radiation biology, bioinformatics, or systems biology inter alia. Please apply at https://psu.jobs/job/71667 .

Network Sciences and Nuclear Effects Postdoctoral Scholar Position

Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in mathematics, theoretical physics, network engineering, or a related field. Preferred skills include computational and analytical modeling and simulation.

Proficiency in the following areas are of interest:  graph theoretical concepts, network analysis, HPC programming, PDE/ODE, optimization, NP computational complexity algorithms, queuing, transportation, routing. Please apply at https://psu.jobs/job/72130 .

Computational Mathematical Scientist Postdoctoral Scholar Position

The position will support research activities to improve methods for understanding the modeling of critical infrastructure networks. Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in mathematics, theoretical physics, network engineering, or a related field. Preferred skills include computational and analytical modeling and simulation. Proficiency in the following areas are of interest: graph theoretical concepts, network analysis, HPC programming, PDE/ODE, optimization, NP computational complexity algorithms, queuing, transportation, routing. Please apply at https://psu.jobs/job/71300 .

PostDoc Opportunities through PathwaysToScience

PathwaysToScience.org has 167 different postdoc and early career opportunities posted on the site, including postdoctoral fellowships, grants, travel awards, mentoring opportunities, and more.

Browse the full list of opportunities here:
http://pathwaystoscience.org/programs.aspx?u=Postdocs_Postdoc+%26+Early+Career&submit=y&all=all

Or use our advanced search page to narrow your results:
http://pathwaystoscience.org/programs.aspx?adv=adv

Newsletter – 23 August 2016

Hello Grad Community!

We16 is about two months away! This week’s newsletter details two way to get involved at We16 and within the SWE Grad Community. Check it out below. If you ever have any comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact myself and the rest of the SWE Grad Community Leadership team by emailing grad-coordinator@swe.org.

Please be sure to forward this to other graduate students, or those who are supportive of women getting advanced STEM degrees!

In this newsletter:
1. We16: Rapid Fire Sessions (Now OPEN!)
2. We16: Member Survey
3. New GradSWE Mentoring Program
4. Postdoc Opportunities at Penn State
5. Survey on Graduate Studies Funding
6. Grad Community Spotlights
7. Book your WE16 room now!
8. Follow us on Social Media!

(1) Rapid Fire Sessions
Year after year, Rapid Fire presentation prove to be a very beneficial way for SWE grads to practice presenting their research in front of their peers and a panel of judges. The call for applications is officially open and due on Monday, September 26th at 11:59 pm EST. Please fill out the application here. <LINK>

Master’s and PhD students are highly encouraged to apply.

(2) GradSWE Member Survey

Does your university have a GradSWE committee? If so, we would love to have your input! Each GradSWE committee arranges their funding and committee structures in a slightly different way. We are planning to devote time to discussing this at WE16. Ultimately, these efforts will create a reference of “best practices” as GradSWE committees become more prevalent across the country. We greatly appreciate your input! Please fill our the survey here <LINK>

(3) New GradSWE Student Mentoring Program

GMC-elect, Genevieve Kane, is organizing a mentoring program for the GradSWE Community. This is a great opportunity to ask/answer questions and connect with your fellow SWE members.

Learn More: https://swegrad.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/new-gradswe-student-mentoring-program/

Survey: https://goo.gl/forms/C1yZQXIAfrtfVPGn1

(4) Postdoc Opportunities at Penn State

The College of Information Sciences and Technology and The Applied Research Laboratory at The Pennsylvania State University are currently seeking US Citizen candidates for three (3) postdoctoral scholarship positions. The job locations are in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area. The Scholars Program was designed to utilize mission-critical expertise possessed by highly qualified subject matter experts in The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) mission to combat and respond to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation and use. Recent graduates and aspiring 2016/2017 graduates are encouraged to apply.

(1)   The first position seeks candidates with a Ph.D. or equivalent in computational sociology, computational social science, or a related field. Skills required include computational modeling and simulation (agent-based modeling, social network analysis, Monte Carlo methods, uncertainty quantification, etc.) and proficiency in HPC computer programming as well as a deep understanding of social sciences. Emphasis on human behavior during crisis and disaster scenarios is beneficial.  Please see the full posting athttps://psu.jobs/job/64230.

(2)   The second positions seeks candidates with a Ph.D. or equivalent in physical science or engineering, such as applied physics, nuclear science or engineering, physics, or a related field. Skills required include knowledge of nuclear physics and a general understanding of radiation detection methods. Training or experience in additional nuclear science & engineering areas is beneficial. Experimental or theoretical specialties are welcome, but candidates need to be willing and flexible at learning and reviewing concepts beyond their specialty. Please see the full posting at https://psu.jobs/job/64229 .

(3)   The third position will support research activities to improve methods for understanding nuclear explosion monitoring with an emphasis on seismic methods. Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in physical science or engineering, such as applied physics, geology, geophysics or other geosciences, physics, or a related field. Skills and knowledge required include properties of geological media, and an understanding of scientific analysis methods in detecting and characterizing earthquakes and other seismic phenomena. Please see the full posting at https://psu.jobs/job/64469 .

All candidates should have an interdisciplinary background and be willing and flexible at learning and reviewing concepts beyond their specialty. This is not a bench research position within a lab; it is focused on support of basic research and program management. The successful applicants must be US citizens capable of obtaining a security clearance. The appointment will be for a one-year period with a strong possibility of renewal.  Applications are being received now.

Please contact Jan Mahar Sturdevant at jmahar@ist.psu.edu for more information!

(5) Survey on Graduate Studies Funding

Grad students from Georgia Tech are looking to get in touch with people who have “nontraditional” funding sources for their graduate program (e.g. NOT a research assistant, teaching assistant or well-known fellowship). If you fit this criteria or know someone who does, please forward this to them! They are looking to profile them for a We16 talk on funding your graduate degree! Link to the form is here: <LINK>

(6) Grad Community Spotlights

Did you see the most recent Spotlight?

Jordan Rutledge (8 August 2016):
https://swegrad.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/grad-member-spotlight-Jordan-Rutledge

Ana Ramekar (22 August 2016):
https://swegrad.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/grad-member-spotlight-ana-ramekar

Do you know someone (or yourself) or a Grad Group who deserves recognition? Submit their name here: http://goo.gl/51Oh1H

(7) Book your WE16 room now!

Now is the time to start thinking about your plans for WE16.  You can book your hotel, sign up to be notified when conference registration is live, and more at http://we16.swe.org/.

Sign up to volunteer for WE16! It’s a great way to give back to the conference that gives so much, and you get a discounted registration rate!  More at http://we16.swe.org/.

(8) Follow us on social media!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SWE_grad

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SWEGrad

Blog: https://swegrad.wordpress.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=8412361

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at grad-coordinator@swe.org!

 

Sincerely,

Liz Dreyer
FY 17 SWE Grad Member Coordinator

Funding Opportunity – AAUW International Fellowships

The application period for the American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship opened on August 1st! Applications for this fellowship are due December 1st.

The International Fellowship program provides support for women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Fellowship amounts are:

Master’s/first professional degree: $18,000
Doctoral: $20,000
Postdoctoral: $30,000

Click here for more information.

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Penn State Postdoctoral Position

For those looking for a postdoctoral position, see the announcement below!

SWE Community,

We are looking for a U.S. citizen with specific technical expertise in the area of protecting personnel, electronics, and infrastructure from Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), with a specific emphasis on radiological and nuclear threats, to place them at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, or DTRA, located in Fort Belvoir, Virginia within the next few months. Candidates must be able to obtain a security clearance.

Postdoctoral Research Scholar Program

The Postdoctoral Research Scholar Program was established by Penn State University to develop and execute a program to address critical scientific, technology, and engineering needs for reducing the threat from Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).  This project enables DTRA to utilize mission-critical expertise possessed by highly qualified faculty and graduate students (nearing completion of their degree) who hold doctoral or terminal professional degrees in relevant scientific, technical and engineering disciplines. Postdoctoral Fellows will be selected based upon their responsive ability to enhance DTRA’s mission requirements.

At this time we are specifically looking for a candidate to fill a position in Thrust Area 3: Science for Protection.

Qualifications:

Strong quantitative abilities and communication skills are sought. The candidate should have a Ph.D. in physical science or engineering, such as electrical engineering, materials science, nuclear physics or engineering, physics, chemistry, or a related field. A multidisciplinary background is preferred.  Exposure to, or experience in, nuclear physics, electronics fabrication, modeling and simulation, optoelectronics, or radiation effects in materials is beneficial.

Work Description:

This position is located on-site at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and is not a lab research position, incorporating neither laboratory time nor academic research.

The successful candidate will be expected to assist in the development of research topics and management of grants that improve the understanding of science with the objective of protection from Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).  Science for Protection involves fundamental investigations to advance the knowledge of physical, biological, chemical, and engineering sciences to protect personnel, sensitive electronic systems, and infrastructure from the effects of weapons of mass destruction. Protection includes both passive and active defense against threats.

http://www.dtra.mil/Research/BasicandAppliedScienceDepartment/ProtectionSciences.aspx

Further Detail

For a qualified candidate, this opportunity would provide the following:

$83,664 annual salary which includes a $1,000 monthly living allowance

$6,000 Domestic Travel allowance

Reminder: applicants must be a U.S. citizen, capable of obtaining a security clearance at the Secret level.  Postdoctoral scholars will spend one year with the possibility of renewal for up to three years, working at DTRA (Fort Belvior, VA) as employees of The Pennsylvania State University.

Applications are accepted online at https://psu.jobs/job/60908

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The target start date is Spring 2016 or earlier.  Please email jbm18@psu.edu for more information.

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Looking forward to you sharing this opportunity,

Jan Mahar Sturdevant

Professor of Practice

College of Information Science and Technology

Penn State University

SWE Magazine must-reads

How many of us actually read the SWE magazine? In full disclosure, I used to skim through it and then toss it on my pile of magazines.  Recently though, because my husband and I are about to move across the country and we’re going through all our stuff to determine what gets tossed in the garbage/recycling and what comes with us, I have been going through my SWE magazines and actually reading the articles. I can’t believe I’ve missed out all these years! So, whether you’re looking for something to read while on the treadmill or elliptical, or looking for some light before-bed reading (the two ways I’ve been reading the magazine), there are several articles in the 3 most recent SWE magazines that I think the Grad Community would appreciate. If you’ve already recycled your magazines, never fear, you can access the archives here:

http://www.nxtbook.com/fx/archives/view.php?id=d035e80cba863528e4d245b4d8a3e1c6

 

Spring 2015 issue:

  • Page 10 – “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” – inspirational short descriptions of women you’ve probably never heard of.
  • Page 18 – Policy Aims and the Federal Budget – as all grad students know, funding dictates everything. This article talks about STEM funding from a National perspective, and how SWE and its members may be affected.
  • Page 20 – Compelling Encouragement for Women Engineers – another inspirational story of a woman who accomplished so much throughout her life, Mildred Dresselhaus, PhD.
  • Page 29 – SWE at 65 Women Engineers You Should Know – more inspirational stories!
  • Page 36 – Bullying at Work – learning how to identify and deal with bullies in the workplace.
  • Page 40 – Women in Engineering: A Review of 2014 Literature – I found this very interesting in terms of what the experts are saying about women and their role in engineering, including statistical analysis of degrees and faculty positions.
  • Pages 60-63 – Career Toolbox and Life & Work – tips on how to succeed at work and find balance in your life.

 

Winter 2015 issue:

  • Page 12 – Behind the Headlines: How Women Candidates Did in the 2014 Elections – interesting assessment on how many female representatives we have in the legislature.
  • Page 14 – Women Engineers Share Their Stories on a New Wiki – SOOOO COOL! There is a new wiki that is a joint effort between many different professional organizations to share lessons and stories of life from many different disciplines. You can find the specific engineering one here: http://ethw.org/Category:Engineering_and_society
  • Page 26 – Wanted: Diverse Cybersecuirty Work Force – the importance of cybersecurity and of attracting and retaining women in this field.
  • Page 38 – 2014 Achievement Award Address – Frances Mazze Hurwitz, PhD gives a memorable and inspirational address when receiving the 2014 Achievement Award at WE14.
  • Page 50 – On-Ramping and Off-Ramping – the challenges women face as they start a family and the decision to stay at work or not.

 

Fall 2014 issue:

  • Page 12 – Bridging the Gap for Girls in STEM – the story of the Girls Scouts Troop 2612 who participated in The 2014 White House Science Fair.
  • Page 22 – A Pioneer in Equal Rights and Earthquake Safety – the inspirational story of Ruth Gordon Schnapp, P.E. and her battle with equal rights in society and in the work place.
  • Page 44 – Women Engineering Leaders in Academe 2014 – a discussion on women succeeding in academia.
  • Page 80 – Should I Do a Postdoc? – a question many in the Grad Community face!

 

Enjoy!

Welcome to New School Year

Welcome to a new school year continuing grad students, post-docs, and beginning 1st year graduate students!  I want to invite all of you full-time and part-time graduate students to connect into the graduate community in the Society of Women Engineers. We maintain this blog: swegrad.wordpress.com and have an interactive Facebook group SWE Graduate Members.

Instructions for how to join the Facebook group:

1. Search SWE Graduate Members in Facebook.

2. Request to join the group.

Our Facebook group is a great way to interact with other members from around the globe and share information about jobs, workshops, travel funding, competitions, volunteer outreach opportunities, and other topics of interest to the community. Please invite other women in engineering/STEM labmates (post-docs and graduate students) and classmates to join as well.  We are an inclusive organization and welcome people from all backgrounds.