Issue 18-39, September 23, 2018
- NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC) MEETING
- INPUT REQUESTED FOR SOLAR SYSTEM SCIENCE WITH ASTROPHYSICS ASSETS, DEADLINE EXTENDED
- PDS BOOTH AT DPS – INDIVIDUAL TUTORIALS (AND GROUP CLASSES) AVAILABLE
- NEW DATES FOR THE PLUTO SYSTEM AFTER NEW HORIZONS (PSANH) CONFERENCE
- 2019 JANSKY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM AT NRAO
- NASA HUBBLE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM (NHFP)
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC) MEETING
NASA’s Planetary Science Advisory Committee (PAC) will hold a meeting this
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 1:00-5:00 pm Eastern via telephone
The agenda includes: (all times Eastern)
1:00 Opening Announcements (Jonathan Rall)
1:05 PSD Status Report + Q & A (Lori Glaze)
2:00 PSD R & A Status (Jonathan Rall)
2:30 PDCO Update (Kelly Fast)
3:00 Senior Review Update (Bill Knopf)
3:30 GPRA-MA Review and Rating
4:30 Discussion and Findings
The Webex link is https://nasa.webex.com/
meeting number is 999 932 505
password is PAC@Sept26 (case sensitive)
USA toll free conference number 1-800-779-9966, passcode 5255996
Toll number, 1-517-645-6359, passcode 5255996
INPUT REQUESTED FOR SOLAR SYSTEM SCIENCE WITH ASTROPHYSICS ASSETS, DEADLINE EXTENDED
A committee has been established to determine what the capabilities are for
current/pending/future Astrophysics Assets. This effort follows a number of
Solar System working groups that were organized for JWST and WFIRST (among
others). Many lessons learned will carry over to other future missions, but
requirements or desirements for all wavelengths should be considered in the era
of the next large astrophysics mission (e.g. LUVOIR, OST, HabEX, LYNX, etc).
The goal to compile a uniform set of basic capabilities and needs to maximize
the yield of Solar System science with future Astrophysics missions while
allowing those missions to achieve their Astrophysics priorities.
Here we are seeking input from the community to be considered. All
recommendations will be considered and compiled into a report for NASA’s
Planetary Science and Astrophysics Divisions to consider.
This is the last chance to provide your input(!) so please fill this form out by
Form here: https://goo.gl/forms/U21a1LZ3v3cHtUAP2
PDS BOOTH AT DPS – INDIVIDUAL TUTORIALS (AND GROUP CLASSES) AVAILABLE
The PDS will have a booth at the DPS meeting to provide PDS support to
the scientific community. There will be both scheduled classes in selected
topics as well as signup for individual support sessions. Topics will cover
all stages of the archive process, from developing and costing a Data
Management Plan through getting data through PDS peer review. Finding
and using PDS data will also be covered.
Sign up for an individual session to get your specific questions answered,
or come to one of the scheduled group sessions: http://pds-training.psi.edu
– Finding PDS Data
– General training on PDS4 (either for missions or R&A archives)
– Data Management Plans for Proposers
– Designing Mission or Project PDS4 Dictionaries
– Archiving your data — Bring your data and we will get you started.
– Using PDS4 data — How is it different and tools to read the PDS4 labels
Contact: Eric Palmer, [email protected]
NEW DATES FOR THE PLUTO SYSTEM AFTER NEW HORIZONS (PSANH) CONFERENCE
The dates for the Pluto System After New Horizons (PSANH), an international
science conference on the Pluto system and the Kuiper Belt, have shifted by two
days to July 14–18, 2019 (Sunday through Thursday). The venue remains the
same: the conference will be held at the Johns Hopkins University Applied
Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD.
Please mark your calendars accordingly!
Further information on the PSANH Conference is available at:
2019 JANSKY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM AT NRAO
The Jansky Fellowship Program supports outstanding postdoctoral scientists
whose research is broadly related to the mission and scientific goals of the
National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), which operates two world-
class research facilities: the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array
and the Very Large Array.
As a Jansky Fellow, you will have a unique opportunity to contribute to and
learn from the development and delivery of the largest and most capable radio
telescopes in the world. Research that employs NRAO telescopes in multi-
wavelength collaborations is encouraged. Candidates with interests in radio
astronomy techniques, instrumentation, computation, and theory are encouraged
to apply. Applicants should describe how their research or technical interests
couple with NRAO telescopes or science.
Appointments may be made at either of the NRAO sites: Socorro, NM, or
Charlottesville, VA. In compelling cases, a ‘split appointment’ Jansky Fellowship
split between a university and an NRAO site, or a ‘non-resident’ Jansky Fellowship
hosted at a university within the United States may be offered. The deadline for
2019 Jansky Fellowship Program application materials, including letters of reference,
is Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 11:59 pm EDT. Award offers will be made
starting in early January 2019. Fellowships normally begin in September 2019.
For more information about the Jansky Fellowship Program and instructions on
how to apply, please visit the Jansky Fellowship website.
NASA HUBBLE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM (NHFP)
On behalf of the NASA Astrophysics Division, the Space Telescope Science
Institute (STScI) announces the second annual call for applications for
postdoctoral fellowships under the NASA Hubble Fellowship Program
(NHFP) #02904, to begin in the Fall of 2019.
The Announcement of Opportunity, which includes detailed program policies
and application instructions, is available at the website: http://nhfp.stsci.edu.
The application submission page will be open today until November 1, 2018.
Please share this employment announcement with your friends, networking
groups, mailing lists, and social connections using this link.
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) T. C. CHAMBERLIN POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
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. We encourage people with interests in
any aspect of the Earth and planetary sciences to apply. To give a sense of the
diverse interests of our Chamberlin Fellows, in recent years Fellows have
included people whose research focuses on the effect of clouds on climate,
asteroid impacts, biogeochemical cycling, and petrology/geochronology.
Start date is negotiable, with a target of October 1, 2019. 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. 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:
[email protected] Applicants should also arrange for letters
to be sent by their named references to the same address. Consideration of
complete applications (those including letters of reference) will begin
October 8, 2018, and exceptional applicants will be contacted after review to
schedule on campus interviews.
B) POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
The Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Brown
University is seeking Postdoctoral Research Associate(s) with a background
in planetary geophysics, data analyses, or applied math.
The successful applicant(s) will carry out research on a project selected to
match their expertise. Possible research topics include, but are not limited to
volcanology, hydrology, tectonics, analysis of lunar gravity data, planetary
mantle thermochemical evolution, magnetohydrodynamics, and Solar System
and lunar chronology. The research will include quantitative or qualitative
analyses of spacecraft data and/or numerical modeling. The applicant will be
expected to carry out independent research, give presentations at professional
meetings, and prepare publications on the work.
Interested individuals must have a Ph.D. in Planetary Science, Geology,
Physics/Astronomy, Mathematics, or a related field. If interested, please send
a brief statement of research interests and future research goals along with your
CV to Alex Evans at alex_evans [at] brown [dot] edu. Will be accepting
applications on a rolling basis.
For questions or more information, please contact Alex Evans at
alex_evans [at] brown [dot] edu.
C) POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI’I AT MANOA
The Reaction Dynamics Group, Department of Chemistry, University of
Hawai’i at Manoa, invites applications for postdoctoral positions in the areas
of i) gas phase reaction dynamics and combustion chemistry, ii) condensed
phase chemistry (astrochemistry), and iii) planetary sciences (water formation
on the Moon). The prime directive of the experimental gas phase studies is to
investigate the formation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in
extreme environments (combustion systems; deep space) exploiting crossed
molecular beams along with mass spectrometry (QMS; ReTOF) and ion imaging
(Hawaii) and a pyrolytic micro reactor (Advanced Light Source, Lawrence
Berkeley Laboratory). The condensed phase (ice) studies aim to untangle the
formation of complex organic molecules on interstellar nanoparticles by ionizing
radiation exploiting fragment free photoionization techniques. The planetary
science project seeks to elucidate the formation of water on the lunar surface.
For each position, the appointment period is initially for one year, but can be
renewed annually based on availability of funds and satisfactory progress. The
salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Successful applicants
should have a strong background in one or more of the following: experimental
reaction dynamics, molecular beams, combustion chemistry, UHV technology,
pulsed laser systems, low temperature chemistry. Solid communication skills in
English (written, oral), a publication record in internationally circulated, peer-
reviewed journals, and willingness to work in a team are mandatory. Only self-
motivated and energetic candidates are encouraged to apply.
Please send a letter of interest, three letters of recommendation, CV, and
publication list to Prof. Ralf I. Kaiser, Department of Chemistry, University of
Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822-2275, USA [[email protected]].
The review of applications will start October 1, 2018 and continues until the
positions are filled. A description of our current research group can be found at
D) ASSISTANT PROFESSOR – ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE
UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLOMBIA
The Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) at the
University of British Columbia invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track
faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor. Applicants will have a PhD
or equivalent experience in a related field and should be investigating processes
relating to the field of atmospheric science, with research in the Earth’s atmosphere
or planetary atmospheres. All aspects of atmospheric science are of interest, including
but not limited to, weather patterns and extreme events under climate change,
fundamental processes in coupled climate systems, or boundary layer dynamics.
The candidate will be expected to develop a strong, externally funded and
internationally recognized research program, successfully supervise graduate
students, participate in departmental activities and demonstrate the potential to
participate and collaborate in the atmospheric sciences programme. EOAS is
dedicated to practicing excellence in teaching and evidence demonstrating interest
in innovative teaching methods is desirable, along with demonstrated potential for
Research and teaching interests in EOAS, the top-ranked and largest Earth Sciences
department in Canada, span the history of the Earth and the evolution of its structure
from core to stratosphere (http://www.eoas.ubc.ca/). We seek candidates who
complement existing departmental strengths and have capacity and interest in
interacting with other research groups both within and outside the department.
Candidates should possess a strong record of research productivity commensurate
with their experience.
Applications should include: i) a cover letter, ii) a detailed curriculum vita, iii) a
one-page summary of research interests and accomplishments, iv) a one-page outline
of a potential five-year research program, v) a one-page statement of teaching philosophy,
vi) three recent publications and vii) three (3) letters of reference. Directions for how
to submit your application can be found at https://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/faculty.php
In addition, the names and contact details of three referees should be entered here:
https://www.eoas.ubc.ca/content/atscirefsub. We will contact your referees and ask
them to submit reference letters. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure their
referees submit their letters before November 1, 2019.
Review of applications will start November 1, 2018 and applications will be
accepted until the position is filled. The successful applicant is expected to start
in July 2019 or at a date of mutual agreement. This position is subject to final
Questions should be directed to the Search Committee Chair,
Professor Raymond Andersen, by email at [email protected]
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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