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Sigma Pi Sigma Program Assistant - TEMP Position
Title:Sigma Pi Sigma Program Assistant - TEMP Position
Job Type:Non-exempt (hourly)
Posting Date:03/30/2023
Location:College Park, MD


The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is a federation of 10 Member Societies which in turn have more than 130,000 members across the globe. AIP was founded in 1931 in an effort to alleviate societal and economic turmoil and to better humanity through science. Today, almost 100 years later, we further out positive impact through our mission: to advance, promote, and serve the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity. We want you to become a part of this mission!

AIP is seeking a Temporary Program Assistant to support the Society of Physics Students (SPS) programs. SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma are chapter-based societies that support the physics and astronomy higher education community with a focus on undergraduate students and physics faculty. As the Sigma Pi Sigma Program Assistant, you will work under the supervision of the Sigma Pi Sigma Assistant Director and will be responsible for supporting SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma programs. This includes processing member communication, mailings, student notifications, maintaining member databases, society news support, and chapter communications. 

This is a Temporary position with an expected length of one (1) year. AIP offers a flexible/hybrid working schedule with both remote work and on-site work available. There is an expectation that candidates can report to the office when necessary. AIP is headquartered in College Park, MD



  • Process member communications, i.e. mailings, student notifications;
  • Provide general member and student support;
  • Maintain member databases;
  • Provide support processing chapter communications;
  • Assemble exhibit display components


  • Candidate must have completed at least one year of undergraduate studies with a focus in science, communications, or education



  • Demonstrated attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively (written and orally);
  • Expertise in Microsoft Applications Suite; i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) was founded in 1931. At the urging of a report from the American Physical Society and with initial funding from the Chemical Foundation, leaders of American physics formed a corporation for the “advancement and diffusion of knowledge of the science of physics and its application to human welfare,” especially by achieving economies in the publishing of journals and the maintenance of membership lists. This new federation of societies was also formed to provide a common organizational home for the emerging new physics-associated scientific societies that were being formed at the time. At the time of its formal incorporation in 1932, AIP comprised five such societies with a total membership of 4,000 individuals.
From the outset, AIP published journals on behalf of its Member Societies, as well as publishing journals owned by the Institute. Starting around 1950, the revenue generated from publications enabled the Institute to hire staff dedicated to programs that served more broadly the Member Societies, individual physicists, and the public at large. Several programs were added in the areas of education and careers, statistics, industry outreach and history. Other programs were developed in the coming decades in the areas of science news, media, and government relations.

Since 2013, AIP Publishing—a wholly-owned but independently operated subsidiary LLC—continues to publish AIP journals and journals of five of AIP Member Societies. In addition, in 2019 AIP Foundation was added to the AIP family of organizations. Since AIP is the parent organization, and noting that each of AIP Publishing and AIP Foundation have their own Boards, the financials of all three organizations are consolidated into AIP’s financial reports annually.

Through their partnership in AIP, all 10 Member Societies broaden their impact and achieve results beyond their individual missions and mandates. AIP also acts as an independent institute where research in social science, policy, and history advances the discipline of the physical sciences. Together, AIP and its 10 Member Societies convey a unifying message for stakeholders in government, academia, the nonprofit and private sectors, the student and teacher communities, and the general public.

Why Work for AIP?

AIP wants you to be safe!

During the COVID-19 pandemic AIP took appropriate steps to ensure the safety of all AIP staff by providing a flexible approach to remote work that ensured a safe and productive workforce could continue to pursue our mission and provide continued value to our stakeholders. The safety, health, and wellbeing of our staff are of the utmost importance to our Institute.

In addition to your safety, AIP wants you to love working at the Institute, and we have a workplace culture that supports that goal. With our commitment to community service, institute-wide social opportunities, and ongoing Learning and Development, we work hard to make sure AIP is a rewarding place to work. Did we mention that you will work with amazingly talented colleagues in a variety of departments? The American Institute of Physics offers excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, retirement, tuition assistance, on-site fitness center, and metro access.  Learn more at 

Diversity Welcome!

We encourage and invite people from diverse backgrounds to apply and join our team. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, creed, marital status, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, personal appearance, national origin, ancestry, protected veteran status, physical or mental disability

AIP is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer  
EOE, including disability/Vets
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