Issue 19-48, October 20, 2019
- 2020 IN SITU SCIENCE AND INSTRUMENTATION FOR EXPLORATION OF EUROPA AND OCEAN WORLDS WORKSHOP – INDICATION OF INTEREST
- CALL FOR IAG GRANTS – 7TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MARS POLAR SCIENCE AND EXPLORATION
- TRICK-OR-TREAT AND TELESCOPES
- CALL FOR VEXAG STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
- LUNAR AND PLANETARY INSTITUTE SUMMER INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS OPEN
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
2020 IN SITU SCIENCE AND INSTRUMENTATION FOR EXPLORATION OF EUROPA
AND OCEAN WORLDS WORKSHOP – INDICATION OF INTEREST
Dates of workshop: 2 days within April 28-30
Location: JPL, Pasadena, CA
The Europa Lander Mission Concept team invites you to join us for a workshop
open to all scientists and engineers interested in science and instrument concepts
for the in situ (landed) exploration of Europa and other ocean worlds. It will be an
extended, in depth version of the previous workshop held at AbSciCon 2019, with
opportunities to have focused discussions and interactions on topics of interest to the
Europa and other ocean worlds in situ exploration community. Most of the workshop
will be in the Von Karman auditorium at JPL, and we are looking into providing
tours to see some of the hardware and lab facilities at JPL.
The workshop is open to all and there will be no registration fee. For planning
purposes (reserving rooms at JPL, arranging hotel accommodations, etc.) we
need to scope interest in the workshop. Please indicate your interest by filling
out the form below (including JPL employees). Registration for the workshop
will open later this year, and there will be opportunities to sign up for contributed
talks and posters.
Indication of Interest form:
CALL FOR IAG GRANTS – 7TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MARS POLAR
SCIENCE AND EXPLORATION
I’m pleased to announce that the International Association of
Geomorphologists offers 2 grants of 500 euros to favour the
participation of Young Geomorphologists in the 7th International
Conference on Mars Polar Science and Exploration.
The call is available at the following link:
Marta Della Seta
IAG Training Officer
TRICK-OR-TREAT AND TELESCOPES
DPS is continuing its Trick-or-Treat and Telescopes Program. Put out your telescopes
during trick-or-treat time on Halloween, in your own lawn or in a neighbor’s lawn
(with permission) with better viewing (or more traffic). There is good viewing this year: a
crescent setting Moon with Jupiter right next door and Saturn nearby. The following
websites give advice and connections to resources. If you have any pictures of your
event, please send them to bonnie.buratti(at)jpl.nasa.gov
I received this wonderful note from Jane Bergstralh, the late Jay Bergstralh’s wife:
“Jay used to set up his telescope, don his tall pointed hat and cape, and let the neighborhood
children each have a turn. They loved it, and it became a very popular Halloween tradition.
A better treat than mere candy.”
CALL FOR VEXAG STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
VEXAG (Venus Exploration Analysis Group) is seeking two new volunteers
for the VEXAG Steering Committee to replace the Roadmap Focus Group
Lead and Member at Large, who have successfully completed their service
to the Venus community. New members will start in January 2020 for
terms that will run for three years.
Nominations and self-nominations are welcome, and will need a short
statement of interest and vision for Venus, and a CV. Please submit
these to Darby Dyar and Noam Izenberg, VEXAG Chair and Deputy Chair, at
[email protected], [email protected]; no later than Friday,
November 15. We will review applicants following the 17th VEXAG meeting
(November 6-8 in Boulder, CO) and extend invitations around the new
In addition to sponsoring regular and topical meetings, VEXAG
activities for the next three years are expected to focus on preparing
White Papers for the next Decadal Survey, and implementing the outcome
of the Decadal Survey. VEXAG is committed to fostering the next
generation of Venus researchers and participation in Early Career Venus
Scholars Focus Group is always welcome.
LUNAR AND PLANETARY INSTITUTE SUMMER INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS OPEN
The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) Summer Intern Program in Planetary
Science provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to perform cutting-edge,
peer-reviewed research, learn from widely respected planetary scientists, and
discover exciting careers in planetary science.
The LPI invites undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit to participate
in cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences as a summer intern. The
LPI Intern Program application deadline is January 6, 2020.
The 10-week program begins June 1, 2020 and ends August 7, 2020. Selected students
will receive a $6300.00 stipend; in addition, U.S. students receive a $1000.00 travel
stipend and foreign nationals receive a $1500.00 foreign travel reimbursement.
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) TENURE-TRACK ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN PLANETARY SCIENCE,
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, SEATTLE
The University of Washington seeks an outstanding scientist working at
the forefront of planetary research in surfaces, atmospheres, or interiors
of planets, exoplanets, or moons. The opening is for a tenure-track Assistant
Professor in the Department of Earth & Space Sciences.
The new faculty member will be specialized in one or more of the following:
geology, geomorphology, geochemistry, glaciology, or geophysics of planets
and interactions with their atmospheres and oceans. They may focus on
observations, experiments, and/or modeling. We seek a colleague who can
contribute collaboratively within the department, college, and across campus,
for example, the university’s Astrobiology Program. Current or potential
involvement in planetary exploration and/or use of remote sensing data is
desirable but not essential.
Candidates should demonstrate the potential to build an internationally recognized
research program that addresses questions of fundamental significance. Candidates
should also show potential for high quality undergraduate and graduate teaching.
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in Geophysics, Geology, Planetary
Sciences, or a related field at the time of appointment.
Preference will be given to applications received before December 1, 2019.
For full applications details, please see: https://apply.interfolio.com/69115
B) TENURE-STREAM POSITION IN ASTRONOMY AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (MSU)
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University (MSU)
invites applications for a tenure-system faculty position in astronomy. The search
is open to all fields of observational, data-intensive, or survey astronomy. The
successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to carry out forefront
research and a commitment to building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.
While we expect the appointment to be at the assistant professor level, an appointment
at the level of associate or full professor will be considered depending on the
experience of the candidate.
MSU has strong astrophysics research programs in compact objects, nuclear
astrophysics, galaxy clusters, large-scale simulations, statistical and computational
techniques, and particle astrophysics. MSU astronomers enjoy guaranteed access
to the 4.1-m SOAR Telescope, which is co-located on Cerro Pachon with the Large
Synoptic Survey Telescope. MSU is also the lead institution of the NSF’s Joint Institute
for Nuclear Astrophysics-Center for the Evolution of the Elements (JINA-CEE). MSU
astronomers run both an astrophysics undergraduate major and an astronomy and
astrophysics Ph.D. program.
For more information, please see:
C) RESEARCH SPACE SCIENTIST POSITION AT NASA GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER
The Sciences and Exploration Directorate at NASA Goddard Space Flight
Center is currently seeking interested applicants for the position of
Research Space Scientist in the Planetary Systems Lab (6930). This
position is responsible for design and development of novel infrared
and ultraviolet flight instruments for planetary science. For more
information on this opportunity please see the ad on the USA Jobs
D) SPACE PHYSICS FACULTY POSITION AT ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
Arizona State University is now advertising a Space Physics Faculty
position joint with the ASU School of Mathematical and Statistical
Sciences and the ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration:
E) RUTGERS UNIVERSITY – TENURE-TRACK FACULTY MEMBER
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Rutgers University, New
Brunswick, is looking to hire an assistant professor in the broad
fields of mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, and paleobiology, whose
work relates to the co-evolution of physical, chemical, and biological
systems of the Earth and/or other rocky planetary bodies. Interested
applicants must have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment; start date is
expected for Fall 2020.
Please see the job ad for more details:
Direct all inquiries to Kenneth Miller, chair of the search committee,
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at [email protected]
F) POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN EARLY MARS GEOCHEMISTRY
The Department of Planetology and Habitability at the Centro de
Astrobiologia (CAB) invites applications for one postdoctoral position
to support investigations on the geochemical nature of the early Mars
environments. We are seeking enthusiastic and excellent candidates to
join a planetary science team funded by the European Research Council
(ERC), working with Dr. Alberto Fairen in the Project “MarsFirstWater”
(ERC Consolidator Grant) broadening the efforts of the Project
“icyMARS” (ERC Starting Grant).
Applicants should have a recent Ph.D. in Geochemistry, and a background
in Mars research and Planetary Science.
The position, placed in Madrid, would be for two years, with possible
extension to a third year contingent upon satisfactory performance.
Benefits include working in a young enthusiastic team at the leading
Astrobiology institution in Europe, full social benefits according to
the Spanish social care system, and a very competitive salary.
Applicants should send a letter of interest, a curriculum with a list
of publications, a brief (maximum two pages) statement of research
interests, and a list of three references, no later than December 31
2019, to Alberto Fairen ([email protected]).
The starting date is negotiable, but should be no later than March 1,
G) GRADUATE STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES: PLANETARY PETROLOGY
AND GEOCHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES AT
THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
The Elardo Planetary Geochemistry Group at the University of Florida in
Gainesville has opportunities for highly motivated students seeking graduate
degrees with an emphasis in Planetary Petrology and Geochemistry. Potential
projects cover a wide range of topics in petrology and geochemistry, with
specific opportunities including stable isotopic studies of planetary formation,
differentiation, and core formation, and the origin, structure, and evolution of
the Moon’s mantle. Students would join a group that utilizes experimental
petrology in the newly established Experimental Geochemistry Lab, microbeam
studies of meteorites and Apollo samples, and non-traditional stable isotope
geochemistry to answer questions about these topics. The Department of
Geological Sciences at UF is well-equipped with a wide array of instrumentation
and resources available for these studies.
PhD and MSc positions (PhD preferred) are available as early as Fall 2020. For
more information, please contact Prof. Stephen Elardo ([email protected]) with a
C.V. and a brief description of research interests and experience. More information
about the Department of Geological Sciences and the Planetary Geochemistry
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