Subject: [DPS Members] DPS Mailing #09-10: 2009 DPS Election

Issue 09-10, June 25th 2009

1) 2009 DPS Election
2) Job Announcements



The 2009 election for DPS Vice-Chair and Committee is now open, and
will close on July 27th 2009.

To vote, go to . You will need your AAS member
login ID (which defaults to your membership number), and your password.

You should vote for one of the two candidates for Vice-Chair: Athena
and Melissa McGrath. The Vice-Chair will become the the DPS Chair in

You should vote for two of the four candidates for DPS Committee: Beth
Clark, Jason Barnes, Leslie Young, and Nancy Chanover. The successful
candidates will serve on the committee for three years.

The detailed vitae and position statements for each of the candidates
follow. This information is also linked from the main election page,




Education :
Master Degree (Maitrise) in Physics (1986, P. & M. Curie,
Paris VI Univ.) and English Literature (1987, La Sorbonne,
Paris III Univ.)
Ph. D. in Astrophysics and Space Techniques (1989, Paris VII
Habilitation to Direct Research (HDR) in Astrophysics (1996,
Paris VII Univ.)

Director of Research, National Scientific Research Center
(CNRS, France. Working at the Department of Space Studies and
Instrumentation in Astrophysics (LESIA) at Paris-Meudon

Areas of Expertise:
Athena Coustenis works in the field of Planetology and Solar
System Exploration. Her research is devoted to the investigation
of planetary atmospheres and surfaces, with emphasis on Titan,
Saturn's largest satellite. She has also contributed to an
effort to uncover the nature of the atmosphere surrounding the
newly-found extrasolar planets. She has led many observational
campaigns from the ground using large telescopes (CFHT, UKIRT,
VLT, etc) and has used the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) to
conduct planetary investigations. She has worked with Voyager
infrared data for her PhD. She was involved in the science
definition of Cassini-Huygens space mission to Saturn and Titan
and is Co-Investigator of three of the instruments aboard (CIRS,
HASI, DISR). The success of the mission has led her to devote
most of her time to the analysis and interpretation of the data
recovered, using her own radiative transfer codes and other
analysis tools. She is involved to the definition of future
space missions to the Outer Planets (Jupiter and Saturn System).

Recent Service:
- President of the International Commission for Planetary Atmospheres
and Environment (ICPAE) since 2003.
- Member of the Committee of the Division of Planetary Sciences (DPS)
- President of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the European
Geophysical Union (EGU).
- Organiser/convener of Planetary sessions in the International
colloquia of EGU (since 2000), IAMAS (since 2003), AOGS
(since 2004), DPS (since 2006), EPSC (since 2006),
Goldschmidt Conference (since 2007) and IPPW (since 2006).
- Member-at-large of the Observing Program Committee for the selection
of proposals for the ESO/Very Large Telescope and chair of
Panel (2001-2003)
- Teaching : Classes at Post-Master level in Ecole Doctorale
d'Astrophysique de Paris (since 2001).
- Head Guest Editor for special issues of Planetary and Space Sciences
(since 2003).
- Member of the Editorial Board of Astronomy & Astrophys. Reviews
- Member of ESA's Exploration Science and Technology Advisory Group
- NASA consulting
- Consultant with the French Ministry of Education (MJENR).
- Member of the Council of LESIA.

- The NASA Group Achievement Award for the Cassini Programme Huygens
Atmospheric Structure Instrument (HASI)
- The NASA Group Achievement Award for the Cassini Program Descent
Imager Radiometer Spectrometer (DISR)
- The NASA Public Service Group Achievement Award for the Huygens
Atmospheric Structure Instrument (HASI)
- The NASA Public Service Group Achievement Award for the Descent
Imager Spectrometer radiometer (DISR)
- The ESA Award for making an outstanding contribution to the Huygens

Over 100 refereed publications, two books and several chapters
in books and encyclopedias. 320 presentations, of which 90
invited conferences in major international meetings.


The DPS is the largest international planetary division existing
today. It gives us the opportunity to meet annually and discuss our
recent research efforts and discoveries. We are all very fond of the
society and have at a time or another invested time or expressed ideas
and suggestions to make it work and prosper. And so it has for the
past 40 years or so, since its creation.

We have been the promoters of planetary science and exploration, quite
often the public favorites in Astronomy and Astrophysics, and have
accomplished a fabulous track in the history of planetary exploration,
while opening avenues for the future generation. This, in my mind, is
the main purpose of the DPS.

As Vice-Chair I'll strive to maintain the high level and strong image
our Society has attained, working with the Chair and DPS committee. To
this end, I'll try to create great opportunities for future assemblies
and at the same time make sure our voice is heard with the deciding
instances. We should efficiently represent the planetary community to
assure a positive future outcome to our objectives. I will also
support and facilitate collaborations among the DPS members. In my
mind this is the only constructive and fruitful way to go in the
future for science - and for Planetology in particular.

But, as the current Chair has described in his letter to the community
of May 4th, our Division is facing some challenges for the near
future, both from the financial and the conference attendance point of
view (limited travel to foreign conferences is a part of that). The
DPS committee will have to face and solve these problems, as well as
ensure that future planetary meetings do not suffer from budget or
attendance issues.

I will use my experience from the past 3 years as committee member to
work towards a positive outcome of the DPS meetings, make sure the
communities preoccupations and wishes are heard in all international
instances and ensure an impact of our suggestions and decisions for
the welfare of the planetary community.



Melissa McGrath is currently the Chief Scientist in the Science &
Mission Systems Office at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in
Huntsville, Alabama.

She received her BA in Physics & Astronomy from Mount Holyoke College,
and MA and PhD degrees in Astronomy from the University of Virginia,
after which she moved to a postdoctoral fellowship in the Johns
Hopkins University Department of Physics and Astronomy. She
subsequently moved to a science staff position at the Space Telescope
Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland where she stayed for 13
years, reaching the rank of (tenured) Full Astronomer and a senior
management position.
In 2005 she was hired as the Deputy Director of the Science and
Technology Directorate at NASA Marshall. Later that year she was
asked to serve a one year detail to NASA Headquarters, where she
served as the Deputy Director of the Science Mission Directorate's
Planetary Science Division, helping to oversee NASA's 1.5 billion
dollar solar system exploration program. In 2006 she returned to MSFC
as the Chief Scientist in the newly formed Science and Mission Systems
Melissa's research interests include imaging and spectroscopic studies
of the upper atmospheres and magnetospheres of the outer planets;
outer planet satellite atmospheres (particularly the Galilean
satellites); and the Io plasma torus. She has been the Principal
Investigator on numerous space and ground-based observing programs,
and is currently a member of the Science Definition team for the
Europa Jupiter System Mission.
Melissa has held a number of community service positions during her
career, including DPS Committee member, DPS Secretary-Treasurer,
member of the AAS Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy, and she is
currently an Associate Scientific Editor for the Astronomical Journal.


Planetary science continues to return a rich treasure trove of
fascinating results from across the solar system that receive
widespread attention and acclaim. DPS has played a key role in helping
to create and sustain that effort for over 40 years. Two of the most
important functions that our Division undertakes are conducting our
annual meeting, and representing the membership's interests to
external stakeholders such as Congress.

The next few years bring two particularly important challenges for the
DPS. First, as has been the case for much of the global economy, DPS'
finances have suffered some setbacks in the last few years. In order
to maintain our leadership role as one of the pre-eminent professional
societies for planetary sciences, we need to ensure that our financial
house is in good order. Without this solid foundation, many of the
pro-active and forward-looking activities that DPS normally undertakes
- such as student travel grants, the "Discoveries in Planetary
Science" classroom powerpoints, European meetings, and the web casting
of the Cornell meeting, to name a few - may be hindered. I am
optimistic that by taking only a somewhat more conservative approach
in a few areas we won't have to curtail our on-going efforts to
explore new avenues to serve our organization. My past service to DPS
as both a Committee member and the Secretary-Treasurer should provide
a good experience base from which to draw in ensuring that we return
our reserves to their required level, so that we can continue the
important types of activities mentioned above.

Second, DPS has a crucial leadership role to play in our discipline's
next Decadal Survey, which is now underway. We need to both facilitate
community input that is as comprehensive as possible, and - once the
survey is completed - spearhead support for and communication of the
Survey's priorities so that they are undertaken in a timely
manner. The last Decadal Survey was a tremendous success for planetary
sciences, due in large measure to the coordinated response of the
community via white papers sponsored in part by the DPS. Such white
papers have now become an integral part of the process. If elected as
DPS Vice Chair, I would be a strong advocate for facilitating input,
and for unifying the community and helping lead the communication of
the Decadal Survey results over the next few years.

Over the past 20 years as a professional scientist, DPS has become
like a second family to me. I still enjoy DPS meetings more than any
other professional meeting I attend, and I am very grateful for the
role that DPS has played in my own professional development. I welcome
the opportunity to try to help ensure that the DPS continues to play
this type of pivotal role for future generations of planetary
scientists if elected as the Vice Chair.




Current Position:
2008- Assistant Professor
Department of Physics
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho

2007-2008 NASA Postdoctoral Program fellowship at NASA Ames Research
CenterPreparing Kepler for characterization of extrasolar
planets. William J. Borucki, advisor

2004-2006 University of Arizona, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
Exploration of Titan's surface and atmosphere from
Cassini/VIMS. Robert H. Brown, advisor

2004 Ph.D. in Planetary Science, University of Arizona Department of
Planetary Sciences. Characterizing transiting extrasolar giant
planets' rings, moons, and rotation. Robert H. Brown, advisor

1998 B.S. in Astronomy, California Institute of Technology

Research Interests:
* Geology and composition of Titan's surface
* Titan's clouds, haze, atmospheric dynamics, and radiative
* Characterizing transiting extrasolar planets
* Tidal dynamics of the solar system and extrasolar systems

Service, Activities, and Awards:

* Managing Guest Editor,"Titan, Saturn, and Saturn's Magnetosphere"
special issue of Planetary and Space Science
* Manuscript reviewer for Icarus, GRL, ApJ, Nature, and Nature
* Panel member and external reviewer for NASA and NSF
* Authored Sky and Telescope article, "Titan: Earth in Deep Freeze"
(2008 Dec)
* Presentations to amateur astronomy clubs, public IYA observing
* PI for NASA OPR, Exobiology; Co-I for NASA OPR, CDAP
* Involvement with Cassini, Kepler missions
* LPL Kuiper Award Recipient, 2004


We all appreciate the work that the DPS does for the field of
planetary science, both internally and externally. Internally, the
DPS binds our community together personally and professionally through
conferences, Icarus, the Web site, and email newsletters. Externally,
DPS is the face of our field to the government, the press, and the
public, working to publicize our discoveries and to improve our
opportunities. However the DPS cannot continue to provide these
services unless it first gets its own house in order. To that end, if
elected to the DPS committee I will therefore focus on strengthening
the DPS as an organization by working to improve our financial
footing, opening access to Icarus, and developing a central jobs

Like most of you I was appalled to learn of the DPS' cratering balance
sheet. Despite the economic situation in the outside world, this is a
problem of our own making, and it is an embarrassment that the present
DPS leadership has been handed a mess that has taken so long to
develop. To address the shortfall, I support the new policy to
consider the cost of meeting venues for the future. To take this a
step further, I would like to see the cost of meeting registration
become a strong function of the venue's cost. Past efforts to keep
DPS registration costs low have provided a false economy. It is not
in the interests of NASA or the DPS membership to save $100 for one
meeting only to see the hosting organization die as a result.
Considered more broadly, the cost of meeting registration is a
relatively small fraction of the total costs of attending a meeting.
While registration costs for students and retired members ought to be
kept at a nominal level, it seems self-evident that the fees for
active scientists ought to be as high as necessary to fully cover the
costs of each meeting. Then if only we could all go back in time 3
years and give ourselves the clairvoyance to have predicted this fee
increase when we wrote our grant proposals, we would have this problem

Our present relationship with Elsevier as publisher of Icarus has
failed. A few years ago I tried to buy multiple copies of a single
issue of Icarus. I was told by Elsevier that three copies would cost
me $1260. My relatively small institution shells out thousands of
dollars each year for our access to Icarus in a time when we may have
to fire tenure-track faculty to balance our budget. Members of the
American public, whose tax dollars generously support our research, do
not have access to the fruits of their investment. Instead, the DPS
ought to move toward an open access publishing model instead of the
profit-driven model exemplified by Elsevier. Under such a model the
costs for publishing a paper would be borne by the author (with
exemptions for those without grants to pay for it). These monies
would fund the storage and electronic delivery of the paper in
perpetuity. All online access to materials should be free. While the
work involved in transitioning to the new model will be nontrivial,
and may take many years, the result would be an Icarus that that
better performs its core function: to communicate scientific results
to anyone who is interested in reading about them.

Having recently been engaged in a job search myself, I am frustrated
with the lack of a venue for the planetary science community to bring
employers and job seekers together. Ad-hoc communiqu├ęs in our weekly
email newsletters are insufficient. The DPS is the right organization
to address this problem. If elected I will work to implement a job
register for planetary sciences modeled on the AAS Job Register. This
new Planetary Jobs Register would be based on a database backend to
allow the flexibility for features like ordering jobs by date or
distance from a desired location, dynamic searches, and
auto-notification when job ads appear with specified keywords. The
resulting more efficient job searches would benefit the entire
planetary community.

I look forward to working on these ideas with the DPS Committee and
strengthening our organization so that it can better connect us to
each other and represent us to the outside world.



Ph.D. (Astronomy; Physics minor): New Mexico State University,
Las Cruces, NM, 1997
M.A. (Education): New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, 2008
M.S. (Astronomy): New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, 1994
B.A. (Physics): Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, 1991

Assistant Professor: Astronomy Department, NMSU, Aug. 2008 - present
College Assistant Professor: Astronomy Department, NMSU,
Aug. 1998 - Aug. 2008
Tombaugh Scholar: Astronomy Dept., NMSU, Aug. 2000 - Aug. 2001,
Aug. 2002 - Aug. 2003
NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate: NASA/GSFC, May 1997 - Aug. 1998

Planetary Atmospheres (Venus, Mars, giant planets, Titan)
Atmospheric Physics (Radiative Transfer, Dynamics and Structure)
Astronomical Instrumentation
Planetary Data Archives
Science Education & Public Outreach

PI on grants from NSF and NASA Planetary Astronomy, NASA/ASTID,
Co-I on grant from NASA/Planetary Atmospheres program
Deputy PI for NASA's Planetary Data System Atmospheres
Discipline Node
Participant in several worldwide ground-based observing campaigns
Several public outreach events each year, including host of
community Open House at campus observatory
Mentor for PDS College Student Intern
Supervising graduate students

NASA Planetary Atmospheres Review Panel
NASA Outer Planets Research Program Review Panel
NASA Cassini Data Analysis Program Review Panel
IRTF Time Allocation Committee
Reviewer for professional journals (Geophysical Review Letters,
Icarus, Journal of Geophysical Research)

American Astronomical Society (& Division for Planetary Sciences)
American Geophysical Union
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Association for Women in Science
Sigma Xi


The DPS has provided me with the guidance and oversight needed to
develop into a professional planetary scientist. Through its annual
meetings, networking and mentoring opportunties, dialog with funding
agencies, education and public outreach efforts, and open
communication lines with its membership, the DPS has a significant
impact on the way in which planetary science research, education, and
outreach are conducted. As a member of the DPS Committee I would work
to ensure that the diversity of our membership moves in the direction
of reflecting the changing demographics of our future workforce.
Given the recent email from our Chair regarding the financial status
of the DPS, I would also work to explore ways in which we can keep
meeting costs down and accommodate members who would like to attend
our annual meetings but cannot.

I received educational or professional training at institutions
ranging from a small women's liberal arts college to a large minority
serving institution to a NASA field center. This has provided me with
a broad understanding of the diversity of the perspectives and
priorities of DPS members. The diversity of our society membership
has increased since my first meeting in 1990, yet there is more work
to do to ensure that our profession is accessible to all. The problem
of the "leaky pipeline," determining at what career stages members of
underrepresented groups decide to leave the field, extends beyond
planetary science to all STEM fields. Nonetheless, we should examine
whether there are concrete measures that we can take as a society to
promote the participation by underrepresented groups. Possible
actions that DPS members can take include: attendance and
participation in the 2009 Women in Astronomy meeting and in the
professional development workshops at DPS meetings, the development of
targeted mentoring and outreach programs, and pushing for increased
funding for research opportunities for undergraduate students. As a
DPS Committee member I would explore these and other avenues for
broadening the participation of underrepresented groups in planetary

The annual DPS meeting is a truly enriching event, providing members
with the opportunity to share their research, develop new
collaborations, and learn about state-of-the-art work being done in a
broad range of planetary science disciplines. While attendance at
meetings has numerous advantages, in any given year some active DPS
members are unable to attend, perhaps for medical reasons, lack of
financial resources, or teaching commitments. The 2008 DPS meeting in
Ithaca experimented with webcasting, which enabled those members who
could not attend (or even those who were in attendance but could not
easily move from one hall to another) to view the talks remotely. I
would like to explore this and other options - for example, video
podcasting and other technologies currently employed for distance
education - for future meetings as a means of drawing in more
participants from off-site locations.

I would be honored to serve the DPS membership as a Committee member,
and am eager to work with the DPS officers, Committee members, and
membership at large to ensure the growth and health of our
professional society for future generations of planetary scientists.



-Ph.D. Geophysics, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 1993
-B.S. Geology, University of California at Berkeley, 1986

- Visiting Astronomer, Observatory of Paris, Meudon, France, 2009
- Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Ithaca College,
- Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Ithaca College,
- Research Associate, Astronomy Department, Cornell University,
- National Science Foundation Visiting Professor,
Univ. of Arizona, 1995-1996
- H. J. Smith Postdoctoral Fellow, McDonald Observatory,
Univ. of Texas, 1993-1995

- Multi-wavelength observations of asteroids (visible, near-IR,
mid-IR, thermal, radar)
- Asteroid spacecraft mission science

- Co-Chair, Organizing Committee, 2008 Division of Planetary
Sciences Conference, American Astronomical Society, Cornell.
- Sub-Panel Chair, NASA Data Analysis Review Panel, 2006.
- Chair, Tompkins Renewable Energy Education Alliance, 2005-2008.
- Associate Editor, Meteoritics and Planetary Science,
- Member, NASA Planetary Systems Science Management Operations
Working Group (PSS-MOWG), 1995-2004
- Member, Arecibo Observatory Telescope Time Application Review
Panel, 2004-2008.
- Member, Scientific Organizing Committee, "Asteroids III",
Piazza Italy, 2001.
- Chair, Scientific Organizing Committee, 7th International
"Asteroids, Comets, Meteors" Conference, Cornell University,
- Guest Editor, "Asteroids, Comets, Meteors?" Special Issues of
Icarus and Planetary and Space Science, 1999.
- Member, Review Panels: NSF Astronomy, NASA Planetary Astronomy, NASA
Mars Program, NASA Planetary Instrument Definition and Development
Program, NASA Near-Earth Object Program, NASA Planetary Data System
Small Bodies Node, Hubble Space Telescope Planetary Astronomy, NASA
Office of Space Science Educational Products 1994-present
- Science Advisor, Earth & Sky, Austin Texas, 1995-present.
- Reviewer, NASA Postdoctoral Program, Oak Ridge Associated

- Spectroscopy (0.3 to 3.6 microns) of asteroids, laboratory
spectroscopy of meteorites, radar observations of asteroids,
asteroid spacecraft missions, airless-body regolith development and
evolution, photometry of particulate surfaces, earth science.


As a DPS Committee member, I will take an active role as the DPS
establishes a new model for AAS/DPS meetings. This year, for the
first time, our conference will be organized by our professional
meeting planners, with minimal responsibilities assigned to the Local
Organizing Committee. There will be lessons learned, strong opinions
as to the success of the venture, and other fallout that is hard to
predict. I can offer my experience in conference organizing (ACM 1999
- 500 people, and DPS 2008 - 750 people), and help to represent the
institutional memory of the DPS as we explore new realms in meeting
with each other.

Several factors are combining that may enforce change quickly. Number
one is the fact that participation will be affected by the extent to
which we invest in web-streaming our events. Do we minimize our
expenditures in virtual meeting technologies, possibly limiting growth
in participation? Or do we maximize our exploration of these new
technologies, and pay for it with increased membership and conference
attendance fees? I believe in a balanced approach to this issue.
While I agree that there is no substitute for face-to-face encounters,
I also strongly favor increased international collaboration in all
scientific ventures. Thus, I tend to favor the responsible use of, and
experimentation with, world-wide-web-based meeting technology.

Number two is the fact that the financial and environmental costs of
fossil-fuel based travel to our meetings is becoming an increasing
concern. As planetary scientists, we have been supported by
tax-payers to study other worlds, partly as a way of better
understanding the evolution of our own. Due to the (hopefully
temporary) absence of realistic alternatives to fossil-travel, it
seems that we are tacitly participating in altering our climate (away
from the survival of bio-diversity), every time we travel to a DPS
conference. Thus, I tend to favor easier-to-reach destinations, and
the availability of virtual participation options.

Other DPS Committee members and elected officers have expertise in
budget activism and education activism. My main contribution to the
Committee would be conference activism. I have an established record
in this area, and would enjoy working hard to ensure the social,
financial, and planetary success of our future meetings.



Current Position:
Principal Scientist, Department of Space Studies,
Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, 2009-present

Past Professional Experience:
Senior Research Scientist,
Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO 2002-2009
Research Scientist,
Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO 2001-2002
Postdoctoral Researcher,
Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO 1999-2001
Senior Research Associate,
Center for Space Physics, Boston University, Boston,
MA 1998-1999
Research Associate, Center for Space Physics,
Boston University, Boston, MA 1996-1998
National Research Council Fellow,
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 1994-1996
Post-doctoral Associate,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 1994

Ph.D. in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1994
A.B. in Physics, Harvard University, 1987

Professional Societies:
American Geophysical Union, Division for Planetary Sciences,
American Astronomical Society

Scientific Interests:
Pluto and Triton
Surface-atmosphere interactions
Outer solar system mesospheres and thermospheres
Stellar occultations

Recent Service:
-Local Organizing Committee Member for 1997 DPS meeting (workshops)
-Review panel member for NASA and NSF
-Manuscript reviewer for Icarus, AJ, and others

Other Professional Experience:
New Horizons Co-I, Pluto Planning Lead, and Deputy Project


If you're looking for a political candidate, vote for someone else.
That's neither my strength not my passion. I would instead spend my
energy helping DPS help its members in scientific discovery,
scientific collaboration, and outreach that is the foundation on which
all else stands. I give two examples of changes I would try to enact.

Many DPS member's are lone astronomers within larger physics
whose libraries don't carry the astronomical journals we rely on.
Many more libraries are cutting back on subscriptions or services.
The $99 Icarus subscription for DPS members makes the primary organ of
DPS available to all its members, but I would work to extend affordable
journal access for DPS members.

While nothing can replace the many personal interactions we get at the
DPS and other meetings, many members are flying less, for financial,
ecological, or other reasons. Videos of sessions, such as done at the
2008 DPS meeting, are part of the solution. I will work to make this
something that future DPS meetings can afford to do on a regular
basis, so that virtual attendances becomes a viable option. This
could range from passive receipt of the sessions contents, as in 2008,
or "participation without the pastries," where on-line registrant can,
for example, ask questions of the speakers.

If elected, I will serve the membership to help DPS do what it can to
remove impediments to science, with an emphasis on access and the new



1) Postdoctoral researcher, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison


The Space Science and Engineering Center, Univ. of
Wisconsin-Madison, seeks a postdoctoral Research Associate in
Planetary Atmospheres, for analysis of imaging and spectroscopic
observations of the outer planets under the direction of Senior
Scientist Dr. L. A. Sromovsky. Extensive data sets to be analyzed are
from the Keck II telescope and NASA Infrared Telescope, the Hubble
Space Telescope, and from the Galileo, Cassini, and New Horizons
missions. The primary analysis targets are the cloud structures and
parent gas mixing ratios on Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune.

Applications are due by 31 July 2009.

2) Postdoctoral position in the Infrared-Group at Max-Planck-Institute
for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the
Infrared-Group of the Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics
in Garching. Preference will be given to applicants with experience
in one or both of the following areas: Transneptunian Objects
(observational or theoretical background), mid-/far-infrared
photometric observing and reduction techniques.

The successful applicant will be expected to work with Dr. Thomas
Mueller and participate in the following project: "TNOs are Cool:
A Survey of the Trans-Neptunian Region", an accepted Herschel Key
Project with almost 400 hours of granted observing time. A large
fraction of this programme will be executed with PACS, the
"Photodetector Array Camera & Spectrometer" for Herschel. An active
role in the evaluation of Herschel-PACS photometric measurements
is therefore expected. The position offers the opportunity to
closely collaborate with PACS specialist at the Instrument
Control Centre (ICC) in Garching.

Contact: Thomas Mueller (

Application deadline: 15 July 2009