Issue 18-50, December 8, 2018
- OPAG FINDINGS FALL 2018
- FORUM FOR NEW LEADERS IN SPACE SCIENCE 2019
- NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP – APPLICATION DEADLINE MARCH 1, 2019
- SPITZER AT AGU AND AAS
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
OPAG FINDINGS FALL 2018
The Fall 2018 OPAG findings are now available on the OPAG website:
The next OPAG meeting is scheduled for February 5–6, 2019, in Washington, DC.
Additional details will be provided on the website as they become available.
FORUM FOR NEW LEADERS IN SPACE SCIENCE 2019
The National Space Science Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and
the Space Studies Board of U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering,
and Medicine to invite applications to participate in the 9th and 10th Forums for
New Leaders in Space Science. The Forums, initiated in 2014, are designed to
provide opportunities for a highly select group of young (<40 years old) space
and Earth scientists to discuss their research activities in an intimate and collegial
environment. The 9th and 10th Forums will be devoted to Earth observation from
space and planetary science (i.e., studies of the solar system’s planets, satellites,
and minor bodies) and will be held on 15-16 May 2019 (in Beijing, China) and
28-29 October 2019 (in Washington, DC). Additional details and application
information available at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/SSB/SSB_086017.
Application deadline 31 January 2019.
David H. Smith
Space Studies Board
NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP – APPLICATION DEADLINE MARCH 1, 2019
The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers US and international scientists the
opportunity to advance their research while contributing to NASA’s scientific
goals. The NPP supports fundamental science; explores the undiscovered;
promotes intellectual growth; and encourages scientific connections.
Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one-
to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA’s missions in earth
science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics
and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology.
Current NPP research opportunities in planetary science can be viewed here:
Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before beginning
the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements.
U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible for
J-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply.
Stipends start at $60,000 per year, with supplements for high cost-of-living areas
and for certain academic specialties. Financial assistance is available for relocation
and health insurance, and $10,000 per year is provided for professional travel.
Applications are accepted three times each year: March 1, July 1, and November 1.
For further information and to apply, visit: https://npp.usra.edu/
Questions: [email protected]
SPITZER AT AGU AND AAS
Spitzer at the AGU
Spitzer will be at the NASA’s Great Observatories exhibit at the American
Geophysical Union meeting next week. Come hear about Spitzer’s capabilities
for doing exoplanet science and science in our solar system.
On Thursday 13 Dec at 12:15 PM, Sean Carey will present “TRAPPIST-1 and
Other Amazing Exoplanet Tales from Spitzer Beyond” at the NASA Hyperwall.
Spitzer at the AAS
Spitzer and IRSA staff will be available to answer questions at the IPAC booth
at the AAS meeting in Seattle, Washington 6-10 January 2019. Come experience
the TRAPPIST-1 exoplanetary system and learn about the Spitzer spacecraft in
its orbit using virtual reality. There will be a special session on Spitzer as part
of the Historical Astronomy Division focusing on the process of designing and
building the observatory from the initial ideas to first light.
“The Spitzer Observatory” Sunday 6 Jan at 2:00 PM, Room 618/619
The following talks at the NASA Hyperwall will feature results from Spitzer:
“Spitzer Beyond” by Sean Carey, Wednesday 9 Jan at 9:10 AM
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) RESEARCH ASSOCIATE IN PLANETARY ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester
Salary Grade 7 – £34,189 to £39,609 per annum
Funding is available from 1 March 2019 to 31 March 2022
Closing date: 14 January 2019
The Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Leicester invites
applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) in Planetary
You will join the planetary atmospheres team led by Dr Leigh Fletcher to address
the scientific aims of a European Research Council (ERC) grant to explore time-
variable processes shaping the atmospheres of the giant planets.
The “GIANTCLIMES” programme seeks to investigate the natural cycles of
meteorology, circulation, and chemical processes shaping the environments of
the four giant planets over long spans of time. Inversions of planetary spectra,
from the ultraviolet to the microwave, will be used to reconstruct these atmospheres
in three dimensions to explore their temporal variability and the processes coupling
different atmospheric regimes. Potential sub-projects include, but are not limited to:
analysis of multi-instrument data from the Juno and Cassini spacecraft; assessments
of the chemical distributions and radiative energy budgets of the four giants;
numerical simulation of periodic and stochastic meteorological events (including
wave phenomena); spectroscopic mapping techniques from Earth-based observatories;
and assembly of data analysis pipelines to support “Guaranteed-Time” and
“Early-Release” science activities ahead of the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope.
You will be expected to carry out independent and collaborative research for
this project and disseminate the results to the international scientific community.
There will be significant opportunities to collaborate within the Leicester’s
Planetary Science team (whose existing research includes planetary magnetospheres,
ionospheres, atmospheres and surface science), and with an international team
specialising in radiative transfer and spectral inversion for planetary atmospheres.
In addition to the online application form, applicants are requested to provide:
 a CV and publication list;  two academic references;  a one-page cover
letter detailing how your prior experience and future research aims are
commensurate with the aims of the programme outlined above.
Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Dr Leigh Fletcher on
[email protected] or 0116 252 3585
B) POST DOCTORAL POSITION
SPACE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING DIVISION
SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Job code: 15-01330
Join SwRI’s Space Science and Engineering team by supporting the Lyman
Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
mission as a postdoctoral planetary scientist. Our team’s investigations include
a variety of lunar science questions using far-UV albedo maps of the lunar surface.
Topics of study include characterization of volatiles within permanently shaded
regions at the lunar poles, mapping of surface water frost and hydrates, and
identifying regional space weathering effects. The far-UV map and spectra
analyses to be performed include map data product creation and comparisons
with other LRO and lunar datasets for detailed surveys of regions of interest.
Publish results in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at professional
meetings. Lead and/or assist in new business proposals and teaching/mentoring
experience through our UTSA-SwRI graduate program in Space Physics.
Requires a PhD degree in Planetary Science, Physics, Astrophysics, Space
Science, Space Physics, Space Instrumentation, or Astronomy with 0 years
experience. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA. Requires a PhD Must have at least
3 years of related academic research. Strong computing and programming
skills with Interactive Data Language (IDL), Python, and/or ArcGIS are required.
Must have experience with imaging and/or spectroscopy from space-based
observations. A background in scientific analysis and publication of planetary
geology, volatiles, and surface reflectance spectral albedo topics is highly
This position requires passing the test.
This is a 1 year limited term assignment with possible 1 year extension.
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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