Issue 19-40, September 4, 2019
- EPSC-DPS 2019 POSTER PRINTING DEADLINE
- SIGN UP FOR THE EPSC-DPS 2019 OPEN MIC SHOW
- EARLY CAREER REVIEW FOR THE UPCOMING EPSC-DPS JOINT MEETING IN GENEVA SEPTEMBER 16 AND 17
- DPS NOMINATING SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBER ELECTION AT THE DPS 2019 MEMBERS MEETING IN GENEVA
- EPSC/DPS WOMEN IN PLANETARY SCIENCE DISCUSSION HOUR 2019 – GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
- OPAG PRIORITY SCIENCE QUESTIONS: LETTER TO DR. LORI GLAZE, NASA PSD DIRECTOR POSTED TO OPAG WEBSITE
- 2020A NASA IRTF CALL FOR PROPOSALS
- NASA HUBBLE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
EPSC-DPS 2019 MEETING POSTER PRINTING DEADLINE
The University of Geneva will offer a poster printing service for meeting attendees.
Price is CHF 15,-
Deadline for providing payment and providing your .pdf file is TOMORROW
5 September 2019 at 23:59 CEST: 6 PM Eastern, 5 PM Central, 4 PM Mountain, 3 PM Pacific Daylight Time
Ordered posters can be picked up by presenters at the conference center. Neither the
conference organizers nor members of the scientific organizing committee or the
local organizing committee will attach your poster to the dedicated poster board.
More details can be found on the EPSC-DPS 2019 meeting website:
Order and upload your poster here: https://formulaire.unige.ch/outils/limebooking3/index.php/54828?lang=en
SIGN UP FOR THE EPSC-DPS 2019 OPEN MIC SHOW
Don’t forget to sign up for the EPSC-DPS Open Mic Show at
The show will be held Wednesday, 18 September, after the banquet in the same venue.
Banquet attendance is not required to attend. See you there!
EARLY CAREER REVIEW FOR THE UPCOMING EPSC-DPS JOINT MEETING IN GENEVA SEPTEMBER 16 AND 17
Is EPSC-DPS 2019 your first conference presentation (oral or poster)? Nervous?
Would you like advice? Join others like you for this educational opportunity to get
feedback from seasoned presenters at the Early Career Review on Monday, Sep 16
& Tuesday, Sep 17, 08:30am -10:00am in the EPEC Room. Undergraduates, Graduate
Students, and new Post-Docs are all welcome. If you would like to participate in the
Early Career Presenters’ Review, please register now at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EC_2019_EPSC.
If you have any questions, or are a seasoned presenter that would like to add your
voice to the review, please contact Brian Jackson at [email protected].
DPS NOMINATING SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBER ELECTION AT THE DPS 2019 MEMBERS MEETING IN GENEVA
The DPS membership will elect a new member of the Nominating Subcommittee
at the upcoming EPSC-DPS conference. This election will occur at the DPS member
meeting at the conference. Nominations are made in person, and must be seconded.
Voting occurs directly after nominations are complete.
The Nominating Subcommittee is responsible for assembling a slate of candidates
to run for DPS vice-chair and committee. The 2020 committee includes Matthew
Knight (University of Maryland) and incoming chair Carrie Nugent (Olin College).
We thank current chair Yvonne Pendleton (NASA Ames) for her excellent leadership
We encourage nominations of outstanding members of the DPS community, and
attendance at the DPS member meeting. We look forward to welcoming our new
Please contact Carrie ([email protected]) with any questions.
EPSC/DPS WOMEN IN PLANETARY SCIENCE DISCUSSION HOUR 2019 – GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 18th, 2019
Time: 12:00-1:15 pm
Place: EPSC/DPS Conference venue, Saturn Lecture Room
Join us for the annual Women in Planetary Science event over lunch. All are welcome!
We will discuss professional development topics related to diversity and inclusion
in planetary science. The presentation/discussion schedule will be announced
on the registration page. Pre-registration at http://bit.ly/DPS_WIPS_2019 is required
to receive a lunch (available to the first ~200 registrants due the generosity of our
sponsors: AURA and Southwest Research Institute), and registration is recommended
even if you are bringing your own lunch so we can balance room size with attendance size.
**Registration deadline to receive a lunch is September 7**
More details and RSVP at: http://bit.ly/DPS_WIPS_2019
OUTER PLANETS ASSESSMENT GROUP (OPAG) PRIORITY SCIENCE QUESTIONS: LETTER TO DR. LORI GLAZE, NASA PLANETARY SCIENCE DIVISION (PSD) DIRECTOR POSTED TO OPAG WEBSITE
OPAG Priority Science Questions: Letter to Dr. Lori Glaze, NASA PSD Director
(August 27, 2019) Posted to OPAG Website, see
This letter is OPAG’s response to the request by the PSD for OPAG to identify
three Pre Decadal ‘Big Questions’ and how they relate to OPAG destinations.
2020A NASA IRTF CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The due date for the 2020A semester (February 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020) is
Tuesday, October 1, 2019. See our online submission form
http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/observing/applicationForms.php, which is available
for proposal submission from 12:00AM on September 01, 2019 until 5:00PM on
October 01, 2019 HST. Available instruments include: (1) SpeX, a 0.7 – 5.3 micron
cross-dispersed medium-resolution spectrograph (up to R=2,500) and imager;
(2) MORIS, a 512×512 pixel Andor CCD camera (60″x60″ field-of-view) mounted
at the side-facing window of the SpeX cryostat that can be used simultaneously with
SpeX; (3) iSHELL, a 1.1 – 5.3 micron cross-dispersed echelle spectrograph (up to
R=75,000) and imager; (4) MIRSI/MOC, a 5 – 20 micron camera and grism spectrograph
(available as shared risk). Information on available facility and visitor instruments and
performance can be found at: http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/instruments. Exposure time
calculators for SpeX and iSHELL are available on the respective instrument webpages.
Please see http://irtfweb.ifa.hawaii.edu/observing/callForProposals.php for the full text.
NASA HUBBLE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
On behalf of the NASA Astrophysics Division, the Space Telescope Science
Institute (STScI) announces the call for applications for postdoctoral fellowships
under the NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP) beginning in the fall of 2020.
The NHFP supports promising postdoctoral scientists performing independent
research that contributes to NASA Astrophysics (see https://science.nasa.gov/astrophysics/
for more information). The research may be theoretical, observational, and/or
instrumental. If your application is successful and you accept our offer, you will
become an Einstein, Hubble or Sagan fellow depending on the area of your research.
We are continuing the legacy of those three earlier programs in this way, and through
joint management of the program by STScI, in collaboration with the Chandra X-ray
Center and the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute.
The NHFP is open to applicants of any nationality who have earned (or will have earned)
their doctoral degree on or after January 1, 2017 in astronomy, physics or related disciplines.
The duration of the Fellowship is up to three years: an initial one-year appointment, and
two annual renewals contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of NASA
funds. Eligibility may extend to those who received their PhD as early as January 1, 2016,
if professional work was necessarily delayed by personal or family considerations.
Extended eligibility must be justified in an email to [email protected] at least 2 weeks
in advance of the application deadline.
We anticipate offering up to 24 NHFP Fellowships this year. The Fellowships are tenable
at a U.S. host institution of the fellow’s choice, subject to a maximum of two new fellows
per host institution per year, and no more than five fellows at any single host institution,
except for short periods of overlap.
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 from September 3 until November 4, 2019.
Applicants should follow the instructions given in the Announcement and also examine
the Frequently Asked Questions. Please send any further inquiries about the NHFP to [email protected].
Applications are due Monday, November 4, 2019 (7 PM EST, 4 PM PST, 24:00 UTC)
Letters of reference are due Friday, November 8, 2019.
Offers will be made in early February 2020 and new appointments should begin on or
about September 1, 2020.
NHFP Fellowships are open to English-speaking citizens of all nations. All applicants
will receive consideration without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, gender
identity or expression, sexual orientation or national origin. Women and members of
minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) EDITOR OF THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL (PSJ)
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) and the Division for Planetary
Sciences (DPS) are soliciting applications and nominations of
candidates for the position of Editor of The Planetary Science Journal
(PSJ). This is a new journal to serve the planetary science community.
The Search Committee is looking for candidates that have a record of
achievement in planetary science, experience as an author and referee
in this field, and a clear vision for the future of the PSJ. Previous
editorial experience would be useful but is not required.
Candidates for this position should submit a cover letter, CV,
bibliography, and names of two references to [email protected]
Nominations for the position may also be sent to the same address.
Selected candidates will be asked to provide evidence of institutional
support for their assuming the above editorial duties.
The cover letter should address the candidate’s qualifications, reason
for interest in the position, and ideas for the operation, management,
and future of the PSJ. Nominations submitted by September 30, 2019 will
be given full consideration.
More information can be found at:
B) FACULTY POSITION – WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
Geology Department and
Department of Physics & Astronomy
The Geology Department and the Department of Physics & Astronomy at
Western Washington University (WWU) invite applications for a tenure-track,
assistant professor position with specialty in Planetary Geology/Geophysics,
to begin Sept 16, 2020. We seek individuals who are enthusiastic about teaching,
who will establish a vigorous research program, and who will involve undergraduate
and Masters-level students in their research. Teaching assignments will be focused
in Geophysics (https://www.wwu.edu/majors/geophysics-bs), a program shared
between the departments.
The ideal candidate will enhance our existing strengths in remote sensing, planetary
geology, seismology, magnetism, tectonics and stellar astrophysics by developing
new courses and research avenues in planetary geology and/or geophysics. Areas
of interest include the role of physical processes in topics such as planet formation
and evolution, planetary interiors, surfaces, or potential fields, small bodies, solar
system dynamics, or related areas.
For details about the position, application information and instructions, go to the
WWU Employment website 497337. Review of applications begins December 20,
2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position
should be directed to the search committee chair, Jackie Caplan-Auerbach.
([email protected], 360-650-4153).
C) SPICE SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NASA’s Navigation and Ancillary Information Facility (NAIF), located at the
Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is seeking a skilled, dedicated
and highly motivated professional to help develop the “SPICE 2.0” Toolkit, a re-
implementation of the existing SPICE 1.0 Toolkit family using the C++11 language
with a multithreaded and object-oriented architecture.
SPICE is the de facto worldwide standard for computing observation geometry
used by scientists and engineers working on solar system exploration missions.
The SPICE system and NAIF functions are described within the NAIF website:
The job involves original design, thoughtful implementation, excellent code
documentation and provision of thorough testing facilities, all in keeping with
existing NAIF standards and practices. The applicant must have demonstrable
C++11 programming experience as well as skills in the areas of mathematics
and space dynamics. He or she must be willing to quickly learn SPICE technology
and capabilities in order to apply this knowledge to the SPICE 2.0 development
Applicants should have a degree in Engineering or Applied Mathematics, and
have several years of practical, related experience. This job is not in the domain
of computer science, but a strong aptitude for practical computer programming
is required. Practical knowledge of the Linux and OSX operating systems and
of additional languages such as Fortran 77, C, IDL, Matlab, Python and Java
Native Interface would be helpful. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status
Persons interested in learning more about this offering should access this URL:
D) 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/or other planetary bodies. We encourage people with interests
in any aspect of 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 planetary habitability, tropical
cyclones, asteroid impacts, and petrology/geochronology.
Start date is negotiable, with a target of October 1, 2020. 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 7, 2019.
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
USGS, Flagstaff, Arizona
The USGS Astrogeology Science Center is looking for a Photogrammetrist
(GS-11/12 Physical Scientist). We work in coordination with NASA and
other agencies to support missions to planetary objects across the
Solar System. If you are looking for a rewarding position in the
Federal workforce and have expertise in photogrammetry and software
development, we need your help! Job duties include developing software,
algorithms, and/or guidelines for mapping planetary data; developing
planetary sensor models that define the transformation between image
space and object space; producing improved geospatial knowledge of
extraterrestrial bodies and planetary datasets (e.g., spacecraft
ephemerides, digital elevation models, orthorectified images and
mosaics, metadata, and control networks); and providing guidance to
technical staff working on photogrammetric and geodetic production
tasks. Applicants must have a bachelor’s or higher degree in physical
science, engineering, or mathematics, expertise in the concepts,
theories, and principles of photogrammetry, cartography, geodesy,
and/or computer vision, and experience developing and modifying
software to apply these principles to highly varied datasets.
Applicants must be US citizens, and a background check is required.
This position is located in Flagstaff, AZ. Apply starting September 2,
2019 through USAjobs.gov announcement DEN-2019-0254.
Contact Brent Archinal with questions: ([email protected];
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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