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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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Energy Innovation Policy Bootcamp Seeking Participants

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation is accepting applications from early career policy researchers to participate in its energy innovation “boot camp” in Washington, D.C., from May 19 to 24 of this year. Participants will engage with energy leaders from across government and business to improve their understanding of how decisions are made in these sectors. Applicants must be actively publishing research on energy innovation policy or management and have received a doctoral degree within the past decade.

February 1, 2019

APS Seeking Advocacy Associate and Policy Intern

The American Physical Society’s Office of Government Affairs is hiring a grassroots advocacy associate and a science policy intern. The advocacy associate will coordinate all of the society’s efforts to mobilize its members on policy issues that impact the physics community. Individuals that have experience with the legislative or executive branch and an understanding of professional societies are encouraged to apply. The science policy intern will support the office’s staff on a variety of projects for up to six months. A bachelor’s degree is required for the position and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Application Open for AAS Public Policy Fellowship

The American Astronomical Society is accepting applications for its John N. Bahcall Public Policy Fellowship. The position provides early career astronomers the opportunity to gain science policy experience by directly supporting the policy and advocacy activities of the society. The fellow will be responsible for developing relationships with relevant staff in Congress and the administration, authoring content for the AAS Policy Blog, and coordinating congressional briefings and visit days, among other duties.

March 1, 2019

UK Science Policy Center Hiring Director

The University of Sussex is hiring a new director for its Science Policy Research Unit, which describes itself as “one of the first interdisciplinary research centres in the field of science and technology policy and management”. The job posting notes the new director will be responsible for developing a vision for the center “at a time of significant regulatory change in British higher education.”

January 31, 2019

Astro2020 Seeking Panel Members and Science White Papers

The co-chairs of the upcoming decadal survey for astronomy and astrophysics, known as Astro2020, are seeking nominations of individuals to serve on the study committee and its associated panels. They are also welcoming input on the community’s priorities in the form of science white papers. Nominations are due Jan. 22, and white paper submissions are due Feb. 19.

January 22, 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

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