Issue 18-41, October 6, 2018
- NEOCAM SCIENCE COMMUNITY DISCUSSION AT DPS
- LSST AND THE SOLAR SYSTEM WORKSHOP
- FUTURE PLUTO AND KUIPER BELT MISSIONS: THE VIEW FROM 2018
- REMINDER TO REGISTER FOR THE WOMEN IN PLANETARY SCIENCE DISCUSSION HOUR, LUNCHTIME TUESDAY OCT 23RD AT DPS, KNOXVILLE
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
NEOCAM SCIENCE COMMUNITY DISCUSSION AT DPS
The NEOCam Science Team invites the planetary science community to
join us for a discussion of NEOCam at the 50th DPS meeting in
Knoxville. We will present an overview of the mission concept,
including anticipated bandpasses, survey strategy, and data products,
as well as discuss some of the avenues of investigation that NEOCam
would enable. The discussion will consist of two one-hour blocks with
ample time for questions, so attendees may come and go as their
schedule dictates. All members of the science community, especially
early career researchers and members of historically under-represented
groups, are encouraged to attend to learn more about the project.
LSST AND THE SOLAR SYSTEM WORKSHOP
4:30-6:00pm Weds Oct 24, 2018, 50th DPS Meeting, Room 301 D-E
(Knoxville Convention Center)
This workshop serves as the annual meeting of the Large Synoptic Survey
Telescope (LSST) Solar System Science Collaboration (SSSC) and is open
to all DPS attendees. We will provide a brief status of LSST with respect to
Solar System science, provide updates on current and future activities
within the SSSC, and examine follow-up opportunities in the LSST era.
The presentation schedule is as follows:
- LSST Project & Solar System Data Status Update – Mario Jurić (University of Washington/LSST) & Siegfried Eggl (University of Washington/LSST)
- LSST Solar System Science Collaboration (SSSC) Update – Meg Schwamb (Gemini Observatory) & David Trilling (NAU)
- NOAO Data Lab Capabilities in Support of (LSST) Solar System Science – Frank Valdes (NOAO)
- Gemini Solar System Follow-up in the LSST Era – Bryan Miller (Gemini Observatory)
Contact organizers Meg Schwamb ([email protected])
and David Trilling ([email protected]) with any questions
FUTURE PLUTO AND KUIPER BELT MISSIONS: THE VIEW FROM 2018
Friday, 26 October | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Room 301 B – DPS Conference Venue, Knoxville TN
The Kuiper Belt (KB) is a scientific treasure trove consisting of comets,
planetesimals, and small planets like Pluto. Since its discovery in the early
1990s, the KB has yielded fundamental insights into planetary accretion,
the migration of planets, and the population structure of our solar system
—including the discovery that dwarf planets like Pluto are common there.
The exploration of Pluto by New Horizons in 2015, the first KB dwarf planet
to be explored, revealed a richness of geological, atmospheric, satellite, and
compositional diversity at Pluto that rivals planets like Mars. The flyby also
revealed evidence for Pluto being an actively evolving world over many
spatial and temporal scales including evidence for an interior ocean, active
glaciers, dunes, tectonics, a wide variety of terrain ages, and a complex
atmosphere. Those results, combined with the heterogeneous colors, surface
compositions, and satellite systems of other KB dwarf planets beg for an
ongoing future in Kuiper Belt exploration.
In this workshop we will survey 2018 work on (i) a return to Pluto with an
orbiter, (ii) Centaur missions to study KBOs, and (iii) flyby missions to other
KB dwarf planets. We will review community and individual scientist work
to motivate NASA to fund future studies leading to the next Decadal Survey.
REMINDER TO REGISTER FOR THE WOMEN IN PLANETARY SCIENCE
DISCUSSION HOUR, LUNCHTIME TUESDAY OCT 23RD AT DPS, KNOXVILLE
Although the initial catering deadline has passed we still have some spots/
lunches available for the Women in Planetary Science Discussion Hour at
DPS, please register if you think you might attend to so we can judge the
seating and lunch capacities correctly :). Registration and more details at:
Basic info: Join us for the annual DPS Women in Planetary Science event
over lunch. All are welcome! The main topic will be diversity and inclusion.
Pre-registration is required to receive a lunch, and recommended even if you
are bringing your own lunch due to possible room space limitations.
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN PHYSICS
The Physics Department at Berea College invites applications for a visiting
assistant professor, beginning in August 2019. The initial appointment is for
one year with the possibility of renewal for up to three years upon satisfactory
performance. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, geophysics,
or a related field at the time of appointment. We seek candidates who demonstrate
a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts context and
who are familiar with evidence-based, student-centered teaching. Candidates
with a background in planetary science and/or geophysics are particularly
encouraged to apply, although all subfields of physics will be considered.
The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in introductory
physics, contribute to our new geology/planetary science program, and
support the General Education curriculum. The department is seeking an
individual with experience working within a community of diverse students
and colleagues. Successful candidates will, by their teaching, research, or
service, demonstrate that they can contribute to the diversity and excellence
of our community. Although this is primarily a teaching position, there is
opportunity for conducting summer research with students through Berea’s
Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects Program.
Applicants should send a letter of interest, statement of teaching philosophy,
statement of scholarly interest, academic transcripts, current CV, three letters
of recommendation, and a complete Berea College application form found at
Review of applications will begin November 15 and continue until the position is filled.
B) ASSISTANT OR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN PLANETARY SCIENCE
WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA
Tenure track position(s) in Planetary Science, Purdue University
The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS),
within the College of Science at Purdue University, invites applications
for one or more tenure-track faculty positions in planetary atmospheres
and/or planetary physics. These appointments will be at the level of Assistant
or Associate Professor. Growth in planetary science is part of large-scale
interdisciplinary hiring effort across key strategic areas in the College of
Science. This position comes at a time when the College is under new
leadership and with multiple commitments of significant investment.
Candidates should be able to develop a vigorous, externally funded,
internationally recognized theoretical, experimental, and/or observational
research program that addresses research questions of fundamental importance.
Possible areas of study in planetary atmospheres could include observing
and/or modeling of the atmospheres of jovian, terrestrial, exosolar planets
or small bodies, and/or the origin of life and habitability. Possible areas of
study in planetary physics could include computer modeling of impact
processes, planetary origins, or planetary interiors.
Candidates are expected to develop a program that is complementary to
existing research within the department and teaching needs at the undergraduate
and graduate levels. The potential to develop interdisciplinary, collaborative
research that cuts across specialty areas within the department, the College
of Science, and Purdue’s research community is desirable. Candidates must
have completed their Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences or related field at the
time of employment. Within EAPS and Purdue, candidates will find
supportive colleagues, a diverse and vibrant academic community, with
ample opportunities for professional and personal growth.
Purdue University’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary
Sciences is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort,
including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should
address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their past
experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a
climate that values diversity and inclusion.
Interested applicants should visit https://hiring.science.purdue.edu, submit a
curriculum vitae, a research statement, a teaching statement, and complete
contact information for at least 3 references. Review of applications will
begin January 2, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.
Questions related to this position should be sent to David Minton
([email protected]). Applications will be accepted until the position
is filled. A background check will be required for employment in this position.
Purdue University is an ADVANCE institution.
C) ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PHYSICS OR ASTRONOMY AT ITHACA COLLEGE
The Ithaca College Department of Physics and Astronomy invites
applications for a tenure-track assistant professor to begin in August
2019. The successful candidate will embrace our commitment to
undergraduate teaching, advising, and mentorship, will establish an
active experimental physics or astrophysics research program or an
observational astronomy research program with significant
undergraduate student involvement, and will contribute to the
operation and improvement of the department, school, and college.
The successful candidate must have completed a Ph.D. in physics,
astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field by August 1, 2019.
Experience as a teacher of record or as a teaching assistant at the
undergraduate level is required.
For the complete position announcement and to submit an application,
Please upload a complete curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching
experience and philosophy, a description of research plans, and a
statement that addresses how they will contribute to a culture of
inclusion and to diversity at Ithaca College. Applicants must also
provide names and email addresses of three individuals who will be
asked to submit letters of reference. To ensure full consideration,
complete applications must be received by October 8, 2018.
D) RESEARCH ASSOCIATE IN PLANETARY SCIENCE AT CU BOULDER
The newly formed Exploration of Planetary Ices and Climates (EPIC)
group at the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and
Space Physics (LASP) is seeking to fill a research position in
planetary geophysics and remote sensing. Candidates at the levels of
RS-I and RS-II will be considered. The initial appointment is for one
year, with opportunities for future extensions.
Research duties include conducting studies of the atmospheres and
surfaces of planets and their natural satellites, including Earth’s
moon, using data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars
Reconnaissance Orbiter, and/or legacy datasets such as Cassini and
Galileo. Candidates with expertise in numerical modeling and
simulation of physical phenomena including ice/vapor transport,
dynamical processes, or impact cratering are especially encouraged to
apply. Studies of exoplanets and exomoons may also be supported.
The CU/LASP EPIC group conducts a diverse research program
encompassing data analysis, simulation, and theoretical studies to
understand the atmospheres and surfaces of icy planets and moons. The
group maintains strong involvement in both active and future NASA
planetary missions. Inquiries may be directed to Prof. Paul Hayne:
For more details and to apply:
E) GRAD STUDENT/POSTDOC OPPORTUNITIES IN
PLANETARY SURFACE PROCESSES AT UT AUSTIN
Applications are solicited for graduate students and a postdoctoral
fellow to join the newly formed UT Austin Planetary Surface Processes
Group, headed by Dr. Tim Goudge, in the Department of Geological
Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Graduate student
applications will be considered for Fall of 2019, while the start date
of the postdoctoral fellow could be as early as January 2019.
The area of focus for graduate student projects is open within the
broad field of planetary surface processes, and will be selected based
on research topics of mutual interest. Prospective students can find
out more here:
The two year postdoctoral fellow position will involve research on the
incision of paleolake outlet canyons on Mars. Prospective applicants
can find out more here:
Dr. Goudge is strongly committed to building an inclusive research
group with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Applicants from
historically underrepresented groups in STEM fields, with
non-traditional backgrounds, and/or with a demonstrated interest in
efforts to improve inclusion and diversity in STEM are especially
encouraged to apply.
Prospective applicants with questions about these opportunities can
contact Dr. Goudge at tgoudge
F) 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.
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