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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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Senior Science and Innovation Officer, British Consulate-General

The British Consulate-General in Boston is accepting applications for a senior science and innovation officer to be part of the UK's global network of science and innovation (S&I) officers. The position will represent the UK's S&I interests in the Boston area, and manages S&I projects, develops reports for senior UK stakeholders, as well as supervises the S&I Internship Program. Individuals with a bachelor's degree in science or a related field and at least six to eight years of experience in R&D should apply.

February 27, 2018

Project Director, Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, led by former Defense Secretary Ash Carter, is acceptingapplications for the director of a new Technology and Public Purpose Project, which will study how rapid, technology-driven change can best serve the public good. The director will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations and fundraising for the project. Individuals with at least a bachelor’s degree and five years of experience in the technology industry or a related field are encouraged to apply. 

March 15, 2018

Request for White Papers, National Academies Exoplanet Committee

The Space Studies Board Exoplanet Science Strategy Committee is currently accepting white papers from the community to help it formulate a strategy on exoplanet science. Suggested paper topics include identifying areas of significant scientific progress since the publication of the 2010 astronomy and astrophysics decadal survey, key obstacles and opportunities, potential partnerships, and cross-disciplinary topics and initiatives. The committee will hold its kickoff meeting March 6 and 7 in Washington, D.C.

March 9, 2018

Research Analyst, Science and Technology Policy Institute

The Science and Technology Policy Institute is seeking applicants for a research analyst position. The position involves analyzing R&D programs for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and other federal science agencies. Individuals with a Ph.D. in a natural or social science discipline and relevant experience in conducting program evaluations and portfolio analyses should apply.

March 5, 2018

Policy Internship, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently seeking applicants for its policy internship program this summer. Interns will work with policy advisors on the administration’s S&T priorities. Interested students who are enrolled at least half-time in a post-secondary academic program should apply.

March 19, 2018

Senior Board Director, National Academies Space Studies Board and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board

The National Academies is currently accepting applications for Senior Board Director of the Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. The position will be responsible for overall leadership of the two boards, including developing budgets, directing work programs, and representing the boards to stakeholders, among other duties. Individuals with a Ph.D. in fields related to space science, physics, or aeronautics, and with at least 12 years of related experience with six in a supervisory role are encouraged to apply.

March 15, 2018

2018 Duke Science Policy Summer Institute

Duke University is currently accepting applications for individuals to attend the 2018 Duke Science Policy Summer Institute in Durham, NC. Participants in the four-week program will receive training in producing policy materials and opportunities to interact with legislators in the state. The program also offers an optional six-week practicum that provides hands-on science policy experience in the Duke Science and Society Office. Interested students, postdocs, and researchers are encouraged to apply.

March 1, 2018

Request for Information: Advanced Manufacturing Strategic Plan

On behalf of the National Science and Technology Council, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking public input on the development of a National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing. As part of the amended America COMPETES Reauthorization Act, Congress directed NSTC to produce a plan to improve coordination and guidance of federal programs that support manufacturing competitiveness and advanced manufacturing R&D. Of note, OSTP is requesting specific feedback on short and long-term manufacturing R&D objectives, as well as the role of agencies and federally funded R&D centers in fostering technology transfer for manufacturing, developing the manufacturing workforce, and assisting small and medium-sized businesses.

March 7, 2018

Public Comment Requested on European Commission Post-2020 S&T Funding Priorities

The European Commission is requesting public participation in a survey on policy challenges and best practices that the European Union’s post-2020 budget should address. Among the preliminary policy challenges identified for comment, several have direct implications for EU S&T policy, such as “foster research and innovation across the EU” and “transition to low carbon and circular economy and resilience to climate change.” 

March 8, 2018

AIP/AAPT Master Teacher Policy Fellowship

The American Association of Physics Teachers and AIP are seeking applicants for the new Master Teacher Policy Fellowship program. Fellows will participate in a 13-month program that trains teachers to become advocates at the state and district level for policies that support the teaching and learning of physics. Interested K-12 educators with at least five years of physical sciences teaching experience should apply. 

February 28, 2018