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IDA – STPI Science Policy Fellowship Program

IDA – STPI Science Policy Fellowship Program

Institute for Defense Analyses


The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) is a congressionally chartered, federally funded research and Development center operated by the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA).

STPI provides analytical support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and other federal departments and agencies on science, technology, and innovation policy issues. The STPI Science Policy Fellowship Program provides recent bachelor’s or master’s degree recipients a unique opportunity to use their critical thinking and analytic skills to work on a diverse set of challenges in science and technology (S&T) policy areas, including energy and the environment, space sciences innovation and competitiveness, evaluation, life sciences, information technologies, national security, and STEM education.


Fellows will work with a team of researchers to support a wide variety of S&T policy-related tasks. Duties may include conducting survey-based and interview-based research, database development, use of data visualization tools, use of statistical techniques, and other qualitative and quantitative methods to perform project-driven policy analysis. Fellows will have an opportunity to work on one independent research project that will contribute to the scientific, technical, or policy literature. Over the course of the two-year program, experiences will include:

  • Training on specific analytical methods and tools
  • Mentorship from senior staff with extensive policy-related experience
  • Ongoing colloquia series on topics related to S&T policy
  • Attending and presenting at select professional society meetings

  • This program is only open to recent recipients of a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Candidates with degrees higher than a master’s degree will not be considered.
  • Candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree conferred between May 2015 and July 2017.
  • Candidates with degrees in engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, computer science, mathematical sciences or statistics, and learning sciences are encouraged to apply.
  • Candidates should possess a strong interest in science and technology policy, although previous policy experience is not required.
  • Candidates must demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, and will be asked to give a 30-minute presentation on a topic to be assigned during a group interview.
  • Ideal candidates are innovative, analytical, self-starting, and able to contribute to and support team efforts.
  • Candidates must complete a security investigation and meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
  • U.S. citizenship is required.

Application Materials:

To be considered for this opportunity, interested candidates must follow a two-step process:

  1. Apply through the IDA website at (
  2. Submit via email to the following documents:
  • Statement of purpose— explain in 1,000 words or less why you want to work in the area of science and technology policy and how your background/experience makes you a good candidate
  • Writing sample—5,000 word maximum
  • Transcripts—unofficial transcript is acceptable for consideration, but an official transcript is needed before any offer of employment will be made
  • Two letters of academic recommendations—letters must be signed by the individual rendering the reference and delivered as PDF files. Letters can also be sent directly to by the recommender.

3.  Ensure the application and supporting materials are
submitted no later than January 27, 2017.

IDA is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that is free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, genetic characteristic or any other legally protected condition or characteristic.

About Institute for Defense Analyses

 The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a not-for-profit organization that operates three think tanks supporting federal decision making: two serving the Department of Defense and one serving the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President. The IDA Centers provide objective analyses of national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise, and conduct related research on other national challenges. IDA offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package and a superior professional working environment. To the right individual, IDA offers the opportunity to have a major impact on key national programs while working on fascinating technical issues. Individuals selected for employment at IDA are subject to a security investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. U. S. citizenship is required. IDA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Paid Summer Teaching Positions for College Students

The Aspire Program at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio is a summer academic enrichment and leadership development program for middle and high school girls in grades six through nine.

Each summer, we hire twelve students from colleges and universities across the country to serve as Core Academic Teachers (CTs) in our program.

Core Academic Teachers (CTs) are college students who are interested in education. You do not have to be an education major to teach at Aspire! You simply have to have a passion for working with young people and a desire to have a positive impact on the future of education! 

Each CT teaches an academic class in one of four disciplines: Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts, and an elective workshop for five-weeks. Through the guidance and support of a mentor teacher, CTs develop their own curriculum around the given class theme as well as a curriculum for an elective workshop of their choice. Through our daily faculty meetings, young teachers will have the  opportunity to participate in professional development workshops and learn about the daily lives of teachers.

Candidates for the CT position must be available to work from June 14, 2017-July 28, 2017.  This is a paid position with a $2,000 stipend.  


Interested candidates can visit our website to download an application by clicking here.  Completed applications are due by January 17, 2017.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at Smith College invites applications for a non-tenure-track, full-time position at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry, to begin July 2017. The initial term of appointment is for two years, with the possibility of an additional reappointment for up to one year, conditional on performance and the needs of the College. The successful candidate will be prepared to offer a total of five courses per year in areas suited to the candidate’s field of expertise. Specializations may include but are not limited to: General, Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, as well as Biochemistry and Environmental Chemistry.  A Ph.D. in Chemistry is expected by the time of appointment and candidates with postdoctoral experience are encouraged to apply.

We seek a colleague engaged in learning, developing, and maintaining a dynamic curriculum that is responsive to the needs of Smith’s diverse and talented student body. The Department of Chemistry has state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation, and its faculty is dedicated to active research programs with undergraduate students. Research and mentoring of students is not required for visiting faculty, but visitors are welcome to participate. Details about the Department of Chemistry at Smith may be found at

Located in the vibrant community of Northampton, MA, Smith College is the largest independent women’s college in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The Five College Consortium, comprised of Smith, Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, provides a rich intellectual and cultural life and broad collegial opportunities.

Submit application at with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, unofficial copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and three confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2016.

Diversifying the student body, faculty, administration, staff, and curriculum is crucial to the mission and vision for the College. We are committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in the application process for individuals with disabilities and encourage applicants to request any needed accommodation(s). We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures, including, but not limited to, those based on ability, age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status.

Smith College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Job posting with RSC North America

Royal Society of Chemistry DC office job opening:

The position will be working with our materials (including Polymer Chemistry), nano, inorganic and chemical engineering journals, but we have left subject expertise open and are willing to consider someone with training in any field of chemistry or closely allied fields; the candidate would just have to be open to learning about new areas. The most important skill set would good organizational abilities and intrapersonal skills – someone who is comfortable building effective networks and interacting with the community.

You can find the link here:

The candidate must have eligibility to work in the US as we can’t sponsor visas unfortunately.

Experiential Learning

Case Western Reserve University students,

One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for our 2017 Experiential Learning Programs. We are offering 2 week Health Innovation programs in South Africa!

As an OHS Volunteer you will:

  • Gain international experience on the ground in global health initiatives.

  • Mentor students who strive to become healthcare professionals and cultivate lifelong relationships.

  • Immerse yourself in diversity through service and excursions.

  • Collaborate with groups of university students from around the world.

  • Develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills through the pursuit of social justice.

  • Broaden health care skills in real-world environments

Apply here for our Volunteer Programs: 2017 Application

Application Deadline: November 11, 2016

Learn more about our Health Program here.

Cancer research opportunity summer 2017

We invite your best students to apply for our NIH/NCI-funded (5 R25CA023944-33) Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program. The program offers a unique opportunity for pre-doctoral students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, research and clinical conferences, and a core lecture series designed specifically for them. All participants make a PowerPoint presentation on their research project and submit a report on their research project written in the style of a journal in which their faculty mentor publishes.

A primary goal of the POE program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research. Thus, we are particularly interested in highly qualified students with a serious career interest in cancer research, either as a clinical scientist or laboratory-based research scientist. The St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences was recently established to offer training in leading-edge scientific fields paired with unique mentoring in the St. Jude clinical experience. Highly motivated POE students would have opportunities to join the inaugural class of the Graduate School in August, 2017. More information about graduate education at St. Jude is at

Prior research experience is required for all POE program applicants. The POE 2016 class average undergraduate GPA was 3.85. In 2016, 68 students from 51 schools in 24 states and Puerto Rico were selected from over 500 applicants. POEs must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals, or possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States (required by the funding agency). All must have completed at least their college sophomore year by the time they participate. POE medical students spend a minimum of 10 weeks in the program. The minimum tenure requirement for all others is 11 weeks. All POE applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.40 (on a 4.0 scale) in math and science (biology,  chemistry, and physics) and at least a 3.40 overall. The subsistence allowance will be $400/per week for undergraduates, and $480/week for all others. Fully furnished group housing will be provided at no cost for non- local participants.

The POE home page contains links to the program application. The deadline for receipt of all 2017 application materials is February 1, 2017. Early application is highly recommended, since completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Members of under-represented ethnic minority groups and women are particularly encouraged to apply, since one of our major long-term program goals is to increase the diversity of persons engaged in oncology research and practice. Our NIH/NCI-funded (2 P30CA021765-37S1) Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) grant provides remuneration for additional undergraduate under-represented minority POE Program participants.