Issue 17-37, September 17, 2017
- REMINDER: ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ICARUS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF POSITION
- DPS PROFESSIONAL CULTURE AND CLIMATE SUBCOMMITTEE NOMINATIONS
- OBSERVATIONS OF PLUMES ON EUROPA: SEPTEMBER 30 DEADLINE
- INTERNATIONAL VENUS CONFERENCE 2018
- JWST PROPOSAL WORKSHOPS
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
REMINDER: ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ICARUS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF POSITION
The DPS Committee, its publications subcommittee and representatives of
Editor-in-Chief. The application, consisting of a cover letter with a 5-year vision
statement and skills and experience brought to the position, Curriculum Vita and
publications list, should be submitted here.
Application deadline is October 8, 2017.
Please distribute this announcement widely among our colleagues.
DPS PROFESSIONAL CULTURE AND CLIMATE SUBCOMMITTEE (PCCS) NOMINATIONS
The DPS Professional Culture and Climate Subcommittee (PCCS) is currently
soliciting nominations (including self-nominations) for membership for a
two-year term. The purpose of the PCCS is to work towards making the
community of planetary scientists an environment in which professional merit
is the only criterion that determines each person’s success. The detailed
charge of the PCCS, along with a list of current members, is available on the
DPS web site: leadership/climate.
The PCCS is seeking new members who are interested in working on issues
that promote a broadly inclusive professional planetary science community.
Members are expected to participate in bi-monthly telecons, along with
completing individual or group tasks between our regularly scheduled calls.
Any active DPS member who is interested in participating in the PCCS should
send an expression of interest containing:
– a 2-3 sentence biographical sketch
– a 2-3 sentence description of why you wish you serve on PCCS, including
a description of any prior experience you may have in working on diversity and
Expressions of interest should be sent to the PCCS Incoming Chair, Julie
Rathbun, at [email protected]
OBSERVATIONS OF PLUMES ON EUROPA: SEPTEMBER 30 DEADLINE
STScI is also issuing a call for observing programs aimed at detecting outgassing
from Jupiter’s satellite Europa. A priority target for a NASA Flagship Mission,
observations obtained with Hubble show evidence for activity suggestive of
outgassing from the sub-crustal ocean. There is high scientific importance in
learning more about potential Europa plumes, their properties and locations.
Following the recommendations of a small advisory committee (John Clarke,
Boston University, chair; Amanda Hendrix, Planetary Science Institute; John
Spencer, Southwest Research institute), the STScI Director is making up to
50-100 orbits available for observations directed towards this purpose during the
2017/2018 Jupiter apparition. The submitted proposals must be aimed specifically
at detecting plume activity. In that context, the community’s attention is drawn
to recent observations taken with STIS (GO 15371) that are designed to measure
the level of scattered light in proximity to Jupiter.
The Europa proposals are not subject to the size and scheduling restrictions
associated with Mid-Cycle proposals. Proposals may only request time with
HST; joint proposals with other facilities (Chandra, XMM, NOAO) are not
permitted. The default proprietary period for these proposals is 6 months.
Proposal Submission and Review
Proposals should be submitted via the Astronomer’s Proposal Tool (APT) as
type GO, using the Cycle 25 template for the pdf attachment. Proposals must
be submitted by 23:59 pm on September 30, 2017. The proposals will be
distributed for review by members of the community, with the results released
by early November.
INTERNATIONAL VENUS CONFERENCE 2018
The 74th Fujihara Seminar: “Akatsuki” Novel Development of Venus Science
The Akatsuki team and community in Japan are pleased to announce the 2018
Venus conference, the successor of previous Venus conferences (La Thuile
(2007, 2008), Aussois (2010), Catania (2013), and Oxford (2016)). The
conference is intended to cover all areas of Venus science with special focus
on new results obtained from Japan’s Venus Climate Orbiter “Akatsuki”.
Results from previous missions, from ground-based observations, numerical
simulations, and theoretical works of various aspects of Venus are all welcome.
Although the dates, 11-14 September 2018, will not be skiing season, you will
be able to enjoy a beautiful and comfortable resort in Hokkaido. We hope this
conference is fruitful and will contribute to the advancement of planetary science.
Registration will open in early 2018.
JWST PROPOSAL WORKSHOPS
Two 2.5 day workshops will be held this Fall for those interested in
proposing solar system observations with the James Webb Space Telescope
(JWST). The first (Nov. 13-15, 2017) will be at the Space Telescope
Science Institute (STScI), in Baltimore Maryland. The second (Dec.
13-15, 2017) will be held at the European Space Research Technology
Center (ESTEC), in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
Each workshop will include a mixture of presentations about
the promise of JWST for solar system science, specifics on observer
planning tools and observatory capabilities, and hands-on training
and Q&A with the planning tools. Observations of solar system targets
approved for guaranteed-time observers (GTOs) and through the Early
Release Science (ERS) program will be summarized. The workshop is
timed to support JWST cycle-1 open time proposals, which will be due
early March 2018.
Registration and (optional) abstract submission is now open for both events.
Registration: https://tinyurl.com/y94onvh3 (closes Sept. 30)
See “Registration Fee” in the left navigation panel.
Registration: https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/jwst-ssws-2017/home (closes Nov. 1)
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AT SWRI (OSIRIS-REX)
The Department of Space Studies at Southwest Research Institute
(Boulder) seeks a postdoctoral researcher to support activities of the
Spectral Analysis Working Group of the OSIRIS-REx mission prior to and
during spacecraft operations at the asteroid (101955) Bennu. The
successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to carry out
independent research in the area(s) of solid surface planetary and/or
laboratory spectroscopy, and is expected to publish scientific papers
on a regular basis. This position entails regular travel (~two weeks
duration, every other month) to Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY), travel to
science team meetings (two/year, usually in Tucson AZ), and co-location
in Tucson AZ for mission-critical events, primarily in the first half
of calendar year 2019. The desired start date is 2 January 2018; the
position is for two years, with the potential to extend for a third
Applications must include a curriculum vitae, cover letter, statement
of research interests and contact information for three professional
Applications will be accepted immediately, with reviews starting 15
October, and the application deadline is 5:00 pm CDT, 30 October 2018.
For more information on desired qualifications and to submit an
application go to:
Contact: Vicky Hamilton ([email protected])
B) T.C. CHAMBERLIN POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP AVAILABLE
The Department of the Geophysical Sciences at The University of Chicago
invites applications for the T.C. Chamberlin Postdoctoral Fellowship. We
seek outstanding scientists who lead creative investigations into the nature
of Earth and other planetary bodies — their physics, biology, chemistry,
climate, and history — and who have a desire to participate in the broad
intellectual life of the Department and the University. Start date is negotiable,
with a target of October 2018. The initial term of the Fellowships will be one
year, renewable for a second year. A competitive salary will be offered, plus
benefits. Research funds are also available. Applications should be received
before 16 October 2017 to receive full consideration, and exceptional applicants
will be contacted in November to schedule on-campus interviews in January 2018.
Please email a single pdf file containing a CV, a 2-4 page research plan, and names
and contact information for at least three references, to:
The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/
Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race,
color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin,
age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic
information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information
please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination at
Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application
process should call 773-702-5671 or email [email protected]
with their request
C) TENURE TRACK POSITION IN GEOLOGY OR EARTH SCIENCE
Berea College invites applications for a tenure‐track appointment in
Geology/Earth Science (or closelyrelated field) starting fall 2018.
Teaching responsibilities will consist of core introductory geology courses
such as Physical Geology, more advanced Geology/Earth Science courses
in the applicant’s area of expertise, and eventual contributions to Berea’s
general studies program. While Berea College’sGeology program has been
inactive recently, its long history started nearly a century ago and has produced
many successful geologists. The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in
hand, help rebuild the Geology Program, and begin teaching and pursuing
undergraduate research in Berea College’s brand new Margaret A. Cargill
Natural Sciences and Health Building, slated to open in summer 2018.
Berea College is committed in its mission to provide a quality education to
high‐ability students of limited economic means, to foster interracial and
intercultural education, and to serve the Appalachian region. Berea seeks faculty
committed to excellence in teaching, invested in scholarship and their discipline,
dedicated to involving students in research, and who are also supportive of
Berea’s core mission.
Interested applicants should send a curriculum vitae, graduate and undergraduate
academic transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, research proposal,
and three letters of recommendation to [email protected]. Applicants
should also complete and send the Faculty Application available at
http://www.berea.edu/FacApp along with other materials.
Review of materials will begin November 15, 2017, and continue until the
position is filled.
Contact Email: [email protected]
D) GEOSCIENCES LABORATORY MANAGER, UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO
The Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering at the University
of Nevada, Reno seeks a full-time Lab Manager to oversee the use and
maintenance of the department’s major equipment and analytical
facilities. These facilities include two modern scanning electron
microscopes, and a Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass
Spectrometer (LA-ICP-MS). The Lab Manager is responsible for the
operation, maintenance, business development, budgeting and accounting
for the SEM and LA-ICP-MS facilities. Applications are due by October
9, 2017 and review will begin shortly after. All interested applicants
should view the application and submit their materials at:
Questions regarding the search may be addressed to the head of the
search committee, Philipp Ruprecht, [email protected]. The University
of Nevada, Reno is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Women and underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
E) ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, GEOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO
The Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering at the University
of Nevada, Reno seeks an Earth Scientist for a tenure-track faculty
position at the Assistant Professor level specializing in the general
theme of Earth Surface Dynamics. This geoscience discipline includes
the coevolution of landscapes, climate, tectonic systems, life, and the
study of Earth’s sedimentary record. The specific field of interest is
open, but preference will be given to candidates who can fortify and/or
complement our existing areas of expertise in tectonics, sedimentary
geochemistry, geomorphology, micropaleontology and paleolimnology,
geological engineering, natural hazards, economic geology, geothermal
systems, and/or planetary geology.
Applications are due by November 30, 2017, and review will begin
shortly after. For full details and to apply to the position go to:
The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes
excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged
community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and
staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.
Questions regarding the search may be addressed to the head of the
search committee, Dr. Paula Noble, at [email protected]
F) POSTDOCTORAL OPPORTUNITY IN PLANETARY SCIENCE AT
STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY
The Research Foundation of Stony Brook University seeks a Postdoctoral
Associate in the field of Planetary Science to work with Prof. Scott
McLennan in the Department of Geosciences. The successful candidate
will assist with remote operations of the Mars Science Laboratory
Curiosity rover on Mars and carry out sedimentary petrological research
using data returned from Curiosity. Further details of the position
and application procedures can be found at:
The position number is Postdoctoral Associate-1702401. The application
deadline is October 31, 2017.
G) JOB ADVERT FOR PHD STUDENT
I have an opening for a PhD student to investigate the geodynamics of
Earth-like planets. Complete details including a project description
are available here:
Location is Bern, Switzerland, and the project is fully funded (3.5
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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