Category: Career

Honing your Hubble Application

by Guest August 20, 2014

This is an anonymous guest post from two past members of the Hubble Fellowship committee. The Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship among the most prestigious awards in our field and is worn as a badge of honor throughout an Astronomer’s entire career. About 10–20 are awarded each year to applicants from around the world to fund a […]

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Career Profiles: Astronomer to President of a Defense Industry Company

by Laura Trouille August 14, 2014

Latest Career Profile: Eric Rubenstein, an astronomer turned President and Chief Technology Officer for Image Insight Inc., a company he created which develops software products for radiation detection. He left academia at age 37 to work in private industry. Along the way he developed an astronomy-based procedure to detect ionizing radiation threats and began to […]

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Career Profiles: Astronomer to Image Processor for STScI

by Laura Trouille July 31, 2014

Latest Career Profile: Lisa Frattare, an astronomer turned Master Astronomical Image Processor at the Space Telescope Science Institute and Coordinator for the summer student program. She is very satisfied with her work-life balance within a very family-friendly environment. If you have questions, suggestions, advice to share, etc. about this career path, please leave a comment […]

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Rumor Mill 2014-2015 Is Now Open!

by Jessica Lu July 25, 2014

I have started the new rumor mill pages for 2014-2015 (YIKES, already?!?) and I have relegated the 2013-2014 pages to the archives. All links to “Rumor Mill” will still work and point to the postdoc rumor mill page for the new year. Remember, we have a page for postdoc/term positions and a page for faculty/staff positions. Here […]

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Career Profiles: Astronomer to Financial Analyst

by Laura Trouille July 24, 2014

Latest Career Profile: an astronomer turned financial analyst. S/he went straight to finance after obtaining her/his Ph.D. Location, salary, and work environment were important factors in his/her decision to leave astronomy. If you have questions, suggestions, advice to share, etc. about this career path, please leave a comment below or on the CSWA site. The […]

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To the Other Side (or, I wonder what my friends are doing now)

by Guest July 21, 2014

Jason Steffen is a Lindheimer Fellow and Research Assistant Professor at CIERA at Northwestern University.  He works (now) primarily in the field of exoplanets, but has been known to frequent the fields of experimental cosmology, gravitation, and dark matter. Most AAS members eventually transition from astronomy to something else. Like professional athletes, most scientific careers […]

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Career Profiles: Astronomer to Full Professor of Physics at a Small Liberal Arts College

by Laura Trouille July 17, 2014

Latest Career Profile: an astronomer turned Full Professor of Physics. S/he is the only astronomer in her/his department within a small liberal arts college. In the profile below, s/he discusses the enjoyable aspects as well as the challenges of her/his position. If you have questions, suggestions, advice to share, etc. about this career path, please […]

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Career Profiles: Astronomer to Head of Bioinformatics

by Laura Trouille July 10, 2014

Latest Career Profile: Alicia Oshlack, an astronomer turned Head of Bioinformatics for Murdoch Children’s Research Institute at the Royal Children’s Hospital. She is very satisfied with her job and the family friendly environment. If you have questions, suggestions, advice to share, etc. about this career path, please leave a comment below or on the CSWA […]

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Career Profiles: Astronomer to Data Scientist

by Laura Trouille June 12, 2014

Latest Career Profile: Jessica Kirkpatrick, an astronomer turned data scientist. If you have questions, suggestions, advice to share, etc. about this career path, please leave a comment below or on the CSWA site. The AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA) and the AAS Employment Committee have compiled dozens of interviews highlighting […]

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Career Profiles: Astronomer to Data Scientist

by Laura Trouille June 12, 2014

Latest Career Profile: Jessica Kirkpatrick, an astronomer turned data scientist. She went directly from graduate school to working as a data scientist for Microsoft/Yammer and recently became the Director of Data Science at the education start-up InstaEDU. If you have questions, suggestions, advice to share, etc. about this career path, please leave a comment below […]

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