Issue 16-38, October 2, 2016
- 32nd MEPAG MEETING 2nd INFORMATION CIRCULAR
- 2017 LABORATORY ASTROPHYSICS DISSERTATION PRIZE
- NASA SMD SEEKS VOLUNTEER REVIEWERS, ESPECIALLY FOR COLD TECH
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
32ND MEPAG MEETING 2ND INFORMATION CIRCULAR
Members of the Mars community,
I cordially invite you to participate in the 32nd meeting of the Mars
Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG), scheduled as a virtual
meeting on October 6th, 2016, 8:30am-12:30pm PDT.
Adobe Connect information and current draft agenda are posted at:
http://mepag.nasa.gov/meeting/2016-10/meeting32_2nd Information Circular_v3.pdf
Key discussion topics will include:
* Reports from the Mars Exploration Program on budget, current
missions, and studies for future Mars missions;
* Updates on Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) activities;
* Report on the planetary science community-wide survey of
Participating Scientist programs;
* New membership within the MEPAG Goals and Executive Committee;
* Report from the recent conference on "Biosignature Preservation
and Detection in Mars Analog Environments";
* Upcoming MEPAG activities, including the next face-to-face
MEPAG meeting (No. 33) in early 2017.
The meeting is open to all members of the Mars science community
including our international colleagues. I look forward to your
Dr. Jeffrey R. Johnson
2017 LABORATORY ASTROPHYSICS DISSERTATION PRIZE
The Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD) of the American Astronomical
Society (AAS) invites nominations for the 2017 Laboratory Astrophysics
Dissertation Prize. The field of laboratory astrophysics encompasses
all fundamental theoretical and experimental research into the
underlying processes that drive the cosmos.
The Dissertation Prize is presented, normally on an annual basis, to
recognize an outstanding doctoral dissertation (or the equivalent) in
laboratory astrophysics. The prize will be awarded to an individual who
has completed their Ph.D. or equivalent degree in any of the three
calendar years immediately preceding the award year. The prize will
include a cash award, a citation, and an invited lecture by the
recipient at a meeting of the Division.
The recipient for 2017 will be announced in early 2017 and the
presentation made at the June 2017 LAD meeting. Any nominee not
selected will be automatically considered in the next two consecutive
years, or as long as the nominee is eligible, whichever is less.
The nomination package for the Dissertation Prize must include:
a. A three-page summary of the thesis (not to exceed 5 pages total
including figures and bibliography).
b. A nomination letter.
c. Two additional letters of recommendation.
d. A statement from the nominee’s university stating that the Ph.D. or
equivalent degree has been awarded.
e. A curriculum vitae.
f. A publication list.
Nominators, letter writers, and candidates need not be AAS or LAD
members. Self-nominations are allowed. The deadline for receipt of the
nomination package and supporting letters is Saturday 31 December 2016.
Attracting and serving a diverse and inclusive membership worldwide is a
primary goal for LAD. In calling for nominations, we wish to remind you
how important it is to give full consideration to qualified women,
members of underrepresented minority groups, and scientists from outside
the United States.
All nomination material should be sent by the deadline directly to the
LAD Secretary (email@example.com).
Additional information can be found at https://lad.aas.org/prizes
Daniel Wolf Savin
NASA SMD SEEKS VOLUNTEER REVIEWERS, ESPECIALLY FOR COLD TECH
NASA's Science Mission Directorate is seeking subject matter experts
to serve as mail-in and/or panel meeting reviewers of proposals to
ROSES and other solicitations. The landing page all of these forms
may be found at:
but potential volunteers are especially encouraged to fill out the
form for Concepts for Ocean Worlds Life Detection Technology because
that was lost in the mover to the new web page and hence was not seen
as many people. Go to:
To fill out the forms just click the boxes to indicate the topics in
which you consider yourself to be a subject matter expert. If your
skills match our needs we will contact you to discuss scheduling.
SMD Research Lead
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) TENURE-TRACK ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Department of Astronomy
Ithaca, New York
The Cornell University Astronomy Department invites applications for a
tenure-track assistant professor appointment to begin July 1, 2017. We
will consider applications from observers, experimentalists and
theorists working in any area of astronomy, but particular areas of
interest are cosmology, extragalactic astronomy, extrasolar and solar
system planetary science, and relativistic astrophysics, including
gravitational wave astronomy and astrophysics. Applicants should upload
their applications, including a CV, list of publications, statement of
research interests, and statement on teaching plans and philosophy to:
Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation
submitted to Academic Jobs Online.
Inquiries may be sent to Ira Wasserman (firstname.lastname@example.org), Chair
of the department.
We will begin reviewing applications November 1, 2016.
Cornell University is an Equal Opportunity/Armative Action Employer.
B) TENURE-TRACK ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
IN ASTRONOMY OR PLANETARY SCIENCE
Northern Arizona University
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University
is seeking excellent candidates for a tenure-track position in
astronomy and/or planetary science at the Assistant Professor level
beginning in August 2017 to help launch its new Ph.D. program
(www.physics.nau.edu/AstroPhD). The minimum qualification is an earned
doctorate in astronomy, planetary science, or a related field.
Preferred qualifications include demonstrated interest or ability to
develop a research program that involves undergraduate and graduate
students; a demonstrated record of publications and/or extramural
funding in astronomy and/or planetary science; evidence of high
quality teaching and commitment to student success at the graduate and
undergraduate levels; expertise in exoplanets, astro-informatics,
astro-chemistry, astronomical instrumentation, and/or observational
astronomy specializing in Solar System objects, exoplanets, or related
topics; and the ability to work with students, colleagues, and
community members from diverse cultures. The screening committee will
begin reviewing applications on October 24, 2016.
C) POST-DOCTORAL POSITION IN GIANT PLANET MODELLING
AT LABORATOIRE DE METEOROLOGIE DYNAMIQUE,
UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE, PARIS, FRANCE
A 15-month post-doctoral position in planetary atmospheric science is
opened at Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (LMD), starting in
early 2017. The position is opened by Centre National de la Recherche
Scientifique and hosted on the campus of Université Pierre et Marie
Curie in the heart of Paris.
More details here:
Applications and information requests should be sent via email to
Dr Aymeric SPIGA (email@example.com). The closing date is
November 8th, 2016. Late applications might be considered, until
the position is filled.
D) ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE SCIENTIST(S)
NATIONAL RADIO ASTRONOMY OBSERVATORY
The North American ALMA Regional Center (NA ARC) is
recruiting for multiple NRAO Assistant/Associate Scientist positions.
The NRAO is seeking several qualified candidates to work with
and lead teams within the NA ARC. Currently, there are four
teams within the NA ARC: Telescope Interface and Diagnostics,
ALMA Software Support & Testing, Science Community Interface
and Science Data Services and Archive. The staff scientists
recruited for these positions are expected to facilitate and
enable cutting-edge science by community members and to
work to enhance the observing capabilities for ALMA.
For consideration please apply at www.nrao.edu ,
click on the “Careers” button. Please refer to job number 3361.
Please direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
E) HIRISE SPACECRAFT OPERATIONS ENGINEER POSITIONS
HiRISE (uahirise.org) is hiring two Spacecraft Operations Engineers
to work at the HiRISE Operations Center on the University of Arizona's
Tucson campus. This is a full-time position working with HiRISE team
scientists and JPL and other MRO instrument operations staff to plan
and command high resolution images of Mars.
The successful candidates will support HiRISE personnel in carrying
out operational activities including the following: Plan observation
sequences and perform command load generation for HiRISE. Interact
and collaborate with HiRISE and MRO scientists and technicians to
choose targets and plan the observation sequences in detail, including
choosing camera settings with a detailed understanding of the MRO
mission, the HiRISE camera and Mars. Verify that the imaging carried
out during a planning cycle was properly commanded, identify potential
problems, and implement solutions.
An educational background in geosciences or remote sensing, or
experience with flight operations for remote sensing instruments is
preferred. Due to federal regulations, the position is restricted to
U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.
The University of Arizona encourages diverse candidates to apply,
including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with
(job number A21171)
F) MARS MISSION SCIENTIST AT JSC
The Astromaterials Research Office, part of the Astromaterials Research
and Exploration Science (ARES) Division of the Exploration Integration
and Science Directorate, NASA Johnson Space Center, seeks to fill a
GS-13 Planetary Scientist civil service position with expertise in
Mars-related research and mission science. This emphasis may include
studies of astromaterials and/or analogs; generation and/or
interpretation of Mars landed or remotely-sensed mission datasets;
experimental studies of martian atmospheric, surficial, and/or interior
processes; or combinations of these. The selectee will be expected to
attract funds through peer-reviewed proposals, and/or through
involvement in NASA planetary missions, especially those to Mars.
Contributions to other ARES enterprises, such as research that advances
curation knowledge for Mars sample return.
All candidates must use the USAJobs.gov website to prepare and submit
applications, and United States citizenship is required to be eligible
for this civil service position. Please go to:
to apply for this position. Applications will be accepted from
6 to 26 October 2016. Interested parties may direct informal inquiries
to Dr. David Draper, Manager, Astromaterials Research Office,
email@example.com. A how-to guide for preparing responsive
applications using the USAJobs.gov site, prepared by JSC Human
Resources, will be provided upon request.
G) POST-DOC POSITION AT INAF-IAPS
A post-doc position at INAF-IAPS is now open. The scope is to work on
spectral measurements of planetary analogues in support of EXOMARS and
For more information about the position application:
People interested in having more info can write
Maria Cristina De Sanctis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
H) ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PLANETARY MATERIALS
Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
West Lafayette, Indiana
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary (email@example.com)
To change your address email firstname.lastname@example.org.