Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #09-05: 2009 DPS Meeting, Travel grants...

Issue 09-09, June 15th 2009

1) 2009 DPS Meeting, Puerto Rico: Update
2) Hartmann Travel Grants for the Puerto Rico DPS Meeting
3) OPAG Titan Working Group
4) Job Announcements



See for details.

1) Note that airfare to Puerto Rico is currently quite inexpensive: 
are prices that were available a couple of weeks ago

New York $244.20
LAX $381.20
Tucson $458.20
Denver $440.29
Houston $286.70

Some airlines also have frequent flier tickets available at the lowest

2) The deadline to propose workshops for the DPS meeting is approaching:
June 29th 2009.

3) Abstract deadline is July 22nd 2009



Starting with a generous contribution from William K. Hartmann,
followed by member contributions and matching funds from the DPS
Committee, a limited number of student travel grants are made
available to assist toward participating in the annual DPS meeting.

Deadline for this year's applications is July 8, 2009

for details.



At the last OPAG meeting it was proposed that a group be formed to
identify and maintain a focus on areas where progress is most needed
to ensure readiness for future exploration of Titan. Zibi Turtle and
Athena Coustenis agreed to coordinate such a group, which will serve
as a resource for both science and technical guidance. This group
will also participate in the upcoming decadal survey through
preparation of white papers. Those interested in supporting any
aspect of this Titan group should get in touch with Zibi or Athena
( or



1) Postdoctoral Research Assistant within Atmospheric,
Oceanic and Planetary Physics, University of Oxford


Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research
Assistant position in the Planetary Atmospheres Data Analysis Group
within the sub-Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic & Planetary Physics.
The successful applicant will assist in the observations of outer planet
atmospheres from Cassini/CIRS and ground-based telescopes and interpret
these data with sophisticated radiative transfer and retrieval models.
The post is available for two years in the first instance.

Contact: Pat Irwin (or email:

The application deadline is 19 June 2009

2) Fellowships for PhD students in solar system physics,
Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research


Contact: Dieter Schmitt, Max Planck Institute for Solar System
Research,, +49 5556 979 431 Announcement Content:

3) Research Associate Position Available Within CICLOPS

The Cassini Imaging Team is seeking a self-motivated, junior scientist
to participate in the analysis and interpretation of imaging and other
Cassini data on Saturn's rings and the moon Enceladus, and in the
operations of the Cassini Imaging Science experiment.

Successful candidates will work at the Space Science Institute in
Boulder with Dr. Carolyn Porco on light scattering properties of
planetary rings, analytical and numerical N-body studies of planetary
rings and their dynamical interactions with moons, and/or the jets of
Enceladus, depending on skill set. They will also be expected to
participate in the team's operations tasks, such as sequence planning
and execution of the Cassini's tour of Saturn, assistance in
engineering analysis of the camera's performance, etc. A master's
degree or higher in Planetary Science or Astronomy is a must. Working
knowledge of the UNIX/Linux environment and C++, expertise in image
data reduction, scientific analysis, theoretical/computer modeling and
interpretation, the writing of scientific publications and keen
analytical skills are critical. Familiarity with IDL (Interactive
Data Language), CCD imaging, and modern image processing techniques is

Interested individuals should send a letter of interest, resume, and
the names and contact info for 3 references to For
further information, please call Carolyn Porco at 720-974-5849.
Please note: The Space Science Institute is a non-profit, public
benefit corporation and operates as an equal opportunity employer.
This job description is general in nature and is not designed to
contain or to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all
duties, responsibilities and qualifications of the position.