Posted by Willy Franzen on April 29, 2012. Jobs updated daily.
After mentioning high school yesterday, I had a high school exam dream last night. It was a history test, and oddly enough I think I performed pretty well (though I woke up before I got a grade). If it was a Physics test, I think it might have been more of a nightmare. As much as I enjoyed AP Physics, it was definitely one of the hardest courses that I took at any level. That probably explains why I’m not a member of the American Institute of Physics, which is a College Park, MD based non-profit membership organization that promotes “the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics and its application to human welfare.” The group was founded in 1931 by “a group of American physical science societies joined forces to create an institute that would strengthen their response to the practical and philosophical uncertainties facing their field.”
The American Institute of Physics consists of ten member societies ranging from the Acoustical Society of America to The Society of Rheology. They also have at least two dozen affiliated societies including the American Nuclear Society, the Cryogenic Society of America, and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy. All of these societies and the individuals who participate team up to achieve goals in the following areas:
Supporting our Member Societies by providing efficient services and systems for essential society functions. See programs/presentations from the Assembly of Society Officers
Advancing the science of physics as publisher of leading research journals, magazines, and conference proceedings.
Tracking employment and education trends through statistical reports that have charted the progress of physics for more than six decades.
Fostering connections between science & industry by creating strong ties between corporate leaders and the larger physics community.
Preserving the past through the archival collections and outreach programs of AIP’s Center for History of Physics.
Mentoring tomorrow’s physicists through support of undergraduate physics, as well as initiatives to shape and energize science education.
Promoting science in the public realm by advocating sound science policy to Congress, and through outreach to the general public.
A significant amount of the AIP’s work is done in the realm of publishing. You can see a list of all of their publications here. If you love science and like what the American Institute of Physics is about, then take a look at their Jobs page. Right now they’re looking for a Web Production Assistant and Customer Relations Specialist (Melville, NY). Both positions look like they could be a great fit for a new or recent grad.
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