Issue 19-44, September 28, 2019
- JOB OPPORTUNITY: EDITOR OF THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL (PSJ)
- DPS NOMINATING SUBCOMMITTEE SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE DPS COMMITTEE
- APPLY FOR “THE PI LAUNCHPAD: FROM SCIENCE IDEA TO NASA MISSION”
- STUDENT AND EARLY CAREER TRAVEL GRANTS FOR VEXAG MEETING #17
- INTERNATIONAL OBSERVE THE MOON NIGHT – OCTOBER 5, 2019
- A FREE WORKSHOP FOR EARLY-CAREER ASTRONOMERS WHO WANT TO DO BETTER OUTREACH WITH STUDENTS & THE PUBLIC
- APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM FOR PLANETARY RESEARCH (SUPPR) BEING ACCEPTED
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
JOB OPPORTUNITY: 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. This is a part time paid position.
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: https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/cfd23f2c
DPS NOMINATING SUBCOMMITTEE SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE DPS COMMITTEE
The DPS Nominating Subcommittee welcomes applications for the newly-created Student
Representative position of the AAS DPS Committee. The term is two years.
We are accepting applications via this form until December 1st, 2019. From these
applications, two candidates will be chosen to run for election. The DPS Membership
will then vote to determine who will fill this position. This position is unpaid.
The timeline for DPS elections is as follows. Nominations will be assembled by the
Nominating Subcommittee and announced to the DPS Membership in Spring 2020.
The DPS Membership then has 30 days to add write-in candidates by petition (with
signatures from 20 DPS Members). Once statements are collected from all candidates
(usually early to mid-June), the polls open in mid-late June and close on 31 July. The
newly elected members will begin their terms at the Spokane meeting in October 2020.
Please address any questions to Prof. Carrie Nugent, Chair of the DPS Nominating Subcommittee: [email protected].
APPLY FOR “THE PI LAUNCHPAD: FROM SCIENCE IDEA TO NASA MISSION”
NASA, the University of Arizona and the Heising-Simons Foundation are organizing
a workshop in Tucson, AZ for researchers and engineers who would like to submit a
NASA space mission proposal in the next few years but don’t know where to start.
We are interested in broadening the pool of potential NASA space mission PI’s. People
with marginalized identities are strongly encouraged to apply. There is no cost to attend
the workshop and travel, meals, and lodging for non-NASA participants will be covered
by the Heising-Simons Foundation.
Launchpad applications and instructions on how to apply are available on the
NSPIRES page for this opportunity. Applications may be submitted via NSPIRES until
11:59 pm Eastern Time on October 4th, 2019. All applications must be submitted as a
“Notice of Intent” via NSPIRES as a self-contained PDF file that includes your name,
organization, and contact information. To submit an application, an NSPIRES account
is required. To create a new account, please see the NSPIRES User Registration Page.
Additional details are below. Answers to FAQs are available at https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/pi-launchpad.
Please share this message with others who may be interested.
STUDENT AND EARLY CAREER TRAVEL GRANTS FOR VEXAG MEETING #17
Student and early career (less than 5 years from PhD) travel support
may be available for VEXAG Meeting #17, November 6-8, 2019. Selected
recipients are expected to present a poster. Stipends will be provided
at the end of the meeting. Recipients are expected to set up and pay
for their own travel.
Provide a Notice of Intent by Friday, October 3 to
[email protected] containing:
1. A one-page description of how your participation in this meeting
will benefit you professionally and contribute to NASA’s explorations
of Venus, and an overview of your poster
2. Your resume
3. An endorsement from a member of the Venus Community
For logistical reasons, also provide:
– Legal Full Name
– Date of Birth
– City/State of Birth
– Preferred Email Address and Phone Numbers
– Home Address
– Emergency Contact – Name, Relationship, and Phone Number
– Your Affiliation with Full Address and Phone Number
If you are a foreign national or permanent resident alien, also
– Country of Citizenship
– Birth Date and Birth City, State/Region and Country
– Passport Number, with Expiration Date
– Visa Type, with Effective and Expiration Dates
– Alien Registration # (if applicable)
INTERNATIONAL OBSERVE THE MOON NIGHT – OCTOBER 5, 2019
International Observe the Moon Night is a worldwide celebration of
lunar science and exploration, celestial observation, and the cultural
and personal connections we have to the Moon. Everyone, everywhere can
participate. You can join by hosting or attending an event, or
registering as a lunar observer.
In 2019, a year of important lunar anniversaries, International Observe
the Moon Night celebrates 10 years of lunar science engagement. With
the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, an international
fleet of robotic lunar explorers, and as we look forward towards
Artemis, it’s a great time to celebrate past, present, and future lunar
Learn more about International Observe the Moon Night, find program
resources and event materials, and register your participation on:
Connect with lunar enthusiasts worldwide and share your view of the
Moon through #observethemoon and the International Observe the Moon
Night Flickr group:
A FREE WORKSHOP FOR EARLY-CAREER ASTRONOMERS WHO WANT TO DO BETTER OUTREACH WITH STUDENTS & THE PUBLIC
Friday and Saturday, January 3-4, 2020, in conjunction with the 235th meeting of the
American Astronomical Society in Honolulu, HI.
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) is sponsoring a free skill-building workshop
— and an ongoing community of practice — to support early-career astronomers in providing
effective outreach to schools, families, and the public. Working with the Astronomical
Society of the Pacific, the Portal to the Public Project, and other outreach organizations,
the AAS Astronomy Ambassadors program (now in its eighth year) offers two days of
hands-on training, extensive resources, and pre-tested activities – plus the opportunity to
join a like-minded group of peers.
If you are a graduate student, postdoc, recent faculty, or advanced undergraduate committed
to a career in the astronomical sciences, and if you’re interested in spending a fraction of your
time helping students and the public become more scientifically literate, this is an invitation
to sharpen your outreach skills and join the growing AAS Astronomy Ambassadors community.
The AAS Astronomy Ambassadors workshop will be held on the Friday and Saturday before
the start of the winter AAS meeting in Honolulu. Participants will spend two active days
learning techniques, examining selected materials, and getting to know each other and an
existing community of astronomers doing outreach. There will be sessions appropriate for
those who have done outreach already and for those who are just beginners. No experience
is required. We especially want to encourage participation by members of groups underrepresented in science.
Workshop costs are being underwritten by the AAS and an NSF grant, so registration (for
the workshop only, not for the AAS meeting), materials, and two days’ lunches are free.
If necessary, we can also reimburse you for up to two nights’ lodging at one of the designated
meeting hotels if your attendance at the workshop requires you to travel to the meeting venue
earlier than you otherwise would. (Participants are expected to be members of the AAS or
to join, and to register for the AAS meeting itself. Note that significantly reduced membership
fees are available to students and to educators.)
Applications are being accepted now and must be in no later than 4 Nov 2019. However,
space is limited, and successful applicants are accepted on a rolling basis, so we urge you
to get your application in before all the spaces are gone.
For more information about the AAS Astronomy Ambassadors program, see
For more information about the workshop and a link to the online application, see
APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM FOR PLANETARY RESEARCH (SUPPR) BEING ACCEPTED
The Summer Undergraduate Program for Planetary Research, or SUPPR, is an
eight-week summer internship providing undergraduates majoring in geology and
related sciences with an opportunity to participate in NASA planetary geosciences
research. Students work under the direction of a NASA-sponsored planetary science
investigator at various science institutions.
The program is designed to help students gain educational experience in their fields
of study while contributing to NASA missions and science.
Request a summer intern:
Mentors can request an intern by submitting a research project using the online application form.
Mentors should describe the project for which the intern will apply and any necessary
skills the intern needs to have. The deadline for this request is the same as the deadline
for the undergraduate application.
- Supervise the student for 8 weeks during the summer (dates to be determined between the mentor and the intern)
- Help the student locate local and affordable housing
- Help the student develop an LPSC-style abstract at the end of the internship
For more information, visit the SUPPR website at https://www.lpi.usra.edu/suppr/.
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) JOINT CENTER FOR PLANETARY ASTRONOMY POSTDOC POSITION AT CALTECH
The Joint Center for Planetary Astronomy (JCPA) at the California
Institute of Technology solicits applications for a postdoctoral prize
fellowship associated with the center. This fellowship will be awarded
to an outstanding applicant pursuing research in any area related to
planetary astronomy either within the Solar System or beyond either
observationally, theoretically, or computationally. The JCPA provides a
collaborative and interdisciplinary environment for researchers at
Caltech with common interests spanning both astronomy and planetary
science. Fellows will also have full access to Caltech’s extensive
resources, including the Keck and Palomar Observatories and
Applicants for the position must have a Ph.D. in planetary science,
astronomy, astrophysics, geology, or an equivalent field by the date of
their appointment. Applicants must also be within four years of
receiving their Ph.D. (Ph.D. awarded after January 1, 2016). Applicants
should submit a CV, list of publications, a statement describing their
current and proposed research (4 page single spaced, 12 pt. font, not
including figures and references), and three letters of recommendation
by January 1, 2020. Offers will be made by Feb. 1, 2020. Questions
regarding the fellowship should be directed to Professor Mike Brown
B) ACADEMIC POSITION IN EXOPLANET CHARACTERISATION AT CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
Closing date: Thursday 7 November 2019
Cardiff University job reference: 9049BR
The School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University has
one of the largest astronomy groups in the UK with 26 academic
staff in astronomy-related activities including galactic
and extragalactic astrophysics, ground-based and space-borne
instrumentation development, and gravitational waves. We have
an immediate vacancy for an open-ended academic position, at
Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, or Reader level, in the field of
exoplanet science. The appointment will be made at a level
commensurate with experience.
This position is part of a long-term strategic plan for astronomy
at Cardiff to broaden current research to exoplanet science using
space and ground based facilities. We are part of the international
consortium that will provide the science payload for the European
Space Agency’s ARIEL satellite, dedicated to the systematic
characterisation of exoplanet atmospheres and scheduled for launch
in 2028. It is expected that the new appointee will become a key
member of the Cardiff ARIEL team and of the international ARIEL
For details and applicatoin process see:
(under Academic Vacancies; School of Physics and Astronomy)
Contact: Professor Matt Griffin; [email protected]
C) POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP AT LPI
The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), part of the Universities Space
Research Association, invites applications for a postdoctoral
fellowship in the petrology and mineralogy of planetary materials.
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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