Wanted: Non-Academic Astronomer in Texas

Someone from the American Astronomical Society ran across the Project for Non-Academic Science posts here, and is looking for someone to participate in a career panel at their upcoming meeting in Austin, TX:

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) Employment Committee is hosting a panel discussion at our annual AAS winter meeting in Austin on current issues related to the postdoc job market, with a focus on the increase in post-doc type positions without a corresponding growth in potential permanent academic positions. The session will be on Wednesday, January 11th from 10-11:30 am. They are particularly interested in including the perspective of those who have switched from the astronomy/astrophysics track into a non-academic track.

Please contact the panel organizer (Fred Rasio (rasio at northwestern dot edu)) if you have an astronomy/astrophysics PhD, held an astronomy/astrophysics postdoc position, and then went on to pursue a non-academic career route. Since there is no funding for transportation costs, likely this will be easiest for those already in the Austin area.

This is outside my area, and may be outside the area of most of my readers, but I’ll give it what signal boost I can, and maybe some of the more astronomy-focused blogs can get it in front of the right people.