Issue 19-50, November 9, 2019
- PLANETS 2020 MEETING ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOV. 11
- ICARUS NEWS: SELECTION OF NEW ASSOCIATE EDITOR
- DPS NOMINATING SUBCOMMITTEE SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE ON THE DPS COMMITTEE
- OPAG ANNOUNCEMENT
- SOFTWARE SYSTEMS FOR ASTRONOMY REGISTRATION OPEN
- PLANETARY FORMATION SESSION AT COSPAR 2020
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
PLANETS 2020 MEETING ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOV. 11
Please note that, following the recent events in Chile, the deadline for abstracts is
extended to Monday 11/November/2019 at 12UT for the Planets 2020 meeting
“Ground and space observatories: a joint venture to planetary science” being held
March 2-6, 2020 in Santiago, Chile.
Registration and abstract submission:
Please also note that the page for the payment of the registration fee is now open.
See link below. This page will remain open after the deadline.
We hope to see you next year in Santiago!
ICARUS NEWS: SELECTION OF NEW ASSOCIATE EDITOR
We are delighted to appoint Brandon Johnson as a new Associate Editor for Icarus,
as Francis Nimmo has stepped down from this role. We are very grateful to Francis
for his years of dedicated service as an Associate Editor. Brandon will be handling
papers in various areas, including geophysics and geology. Brandon is an Associate
Professors in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue
University. He received his B. S. in Physics from Michigan Technological University
and Ph.D. in Physics from Purdue University. His principal research interests are impact
cratering, planetary geophysics, and planetary surface processes. In his work he primarily
uses numerical models to simulate the formation of craters or other processes of interest.
During his postdoc at MIT he worked on GRAIL mission which sparked his interest in
planetary gravity and other geophysical observations. Recently he has been working on
understanding the formation of multiring basins and impact fragmentation. Brandon is
also interested in meteorites and what they can tell us about the early solar system,
reduction of friction in landslides and earthquakes, terrestrial bombardment history,
and ocean worlds.
Dr. Rosaly Lopes
DPS NOMINATING SUBCOMMITTEE SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE ON THE DPS COMMITTEE
Are you a student? Do you know a student?
There is a new student representative position on the DPS Committee.
Are you a student? Consider applying! Do you know a student who would bring
a fresh perspective to DPS leadership? Encourage them to apply!
We are accepting applications via this form until December 1st, 2019.
Applications are currently under-subscribed.
Carrie Nugent, Matthew Knight, and Desireé Cotto-Figueroa,
DPS Nominating Sub-Committee
OPAG Findings Fall 2019 now posted to OPAG Website, see:
SOFTWARE SYSTEMS FOR ASTRONOMY REGISTRATION OPEN
Please note that registration is now open for the summer school in Software Systems
for Astronomy (SSfA-7). The course will take place 20-Jul to 31-Jul, 2020, on the
Big Island of Hawaii. The course covers software design and implementation of
telescope and instrument control systems, observation planning tools, and software
for analyzing and archiving astronomical data.
If you are not a UHH student, use this link to register:
If you are a UHH student, use this link to register:
More information can be found here:
Interested students are encouraged to fill in this short questionnaire:
Direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
PLANETARY FORMATION SESSION AT COSPAR 2020
we wish to invite you to attend the event B0.1: "Unifying planetary system formation
out of elementary building blocks: from dust, gas and ice to our Solar System and
exoplanets" at the 43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly that will be held in Sydney,
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE is 14 FEBRUARY 2020
The assembly of planetary systems can no longer be considered a process exclusive
to mature circumstellar (i.e., protoplanetary) disks, as strings of evidence are pushing
its onset to the earliest phases of star formation. These findings require previously
separate communities to come together and to exchange expertise. This event offers
the venue for such exchange in the form of a unique interdisciplinary platform for
discussing the full evolutionary sequence of our Solar System and of exoplanetary
systems that may be analogous and different from our own. The event is open to
experts on the Solar System, its small and large bodies; exoplanets; protoplanetary
disks, embedded and prestellar phases of star formation. It will cover studies of gas,
ice, dust and larger bodies from theoretical, observational and experimental perspectives.
This science is stimulated by the increasing amount of in-situ measurements from
past missions such as Cassini and Rosetta, present missions like New Horizons, and
upcoming missions such as JUICE and Europa Clipper. Simultaneously, the field is
being revolutionized with interferometric observations from powerful facilities such
as ALMA, exoplanet demographics from transits and radial velocities (e.g., TESS,
ESPRESSO) and with experimental studies in state-of-the-art laboratories simulating
the various space environments. This event is sponsored by and coordinated with
Commissions B1, E4 and F3.
Confirmed Invited Speakers
Fred Ciesla (University of Chicago, U.S.A.)
Joanna Drążkowska (University Observatory of the Ludwig Maximilian University
of Munich, Germany)
Davide Fedele (INAF/Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Italy)
Mark Krumholz (ANU, Australia)
Jeong-Eun Lee (Kyung Hee University, South Korea)
Yamila Miguel (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
Paola Pinilla (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany)
Alessandro Sozzetti (INAF/Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino, Italy)
Frances Westall (CNRS in Orléans, France)
Makoto Yoshikawa (JAXA, Japan)
Main Scientific Organizers
Maria Drozdovskaya (CSH; Switzerland) & Diego Turrini (INAF-IAPS; Italy)
Scientific Organizing Committee
Michael Ireland, ANU, Australia;
Stavro Ivanovski, INAF-OATS, Italy;
Niels Ligterink, CSH, Switzerland;
Gianfranco Vidali, Syracuse, U.S.A.;
Eric Herbst, UVA, U.S.A.;
Martin Rubin, UniBe, Switzerland;
Trevor Ireland, ANU, Australia;
Raphael Marschall, SwRi, U.S.A.;
Sho Sasaki, Osaka, Japan;
Sean Andrews, CfA, U.S.A.
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) COSMOCHEMISTRY POSITION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, BOULDER
The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of
Colorado at Boulder invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position
to start in August 2020, in the general field of Cosmochemistry. The successful
candidate is expected to establish a vigorous program, complementary to the ongoing
research of the Institute for Modeling Plasmas, Atmospheres, and Cosmic Dust (IMPACT:
http://impact.colorado.edu), a node in NASA’s Solar System Exploration
Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI).
Areas of interest include: Analysis and interpretation of composition measurements
of cosmic dust and their significance for studies of the origins and evolution of the
solar system. Development of new laboratory experiments at the Colorado Dust
Accelerator Facility to support instrument development and data analysis. Using
dust composition measurements to model the chemical evolution of solar system
bodies: Moon, asteroids, comets, and all other planetary objects. Applicants should
have a Ph.D. in Physics, Planetary Sciences, Chemistry, or related areas completed
by March 15, 2020.
Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2020 and will continue until the
position is filled. For consideration, applications must be submitted online:
B) RESEARCH SCIENTIST AT LOCKHEED MARTIN
Lockheed Martin Space seeks a Research Scientist to join teams that design, develop,
and operate planetary missions and space-science instrumentation. The Deep Space
Exploration (DSE) directorate of Lockheed Martin has a long history of providing
spacecraft and hardware solutions for many planetary missions, including missions
to the Moon, Mars, asteroids, comets, and Jupiter. The Advanced Technology Center
(ATC) is the research lab for LM Space, and within the ATC the Space Science and
Instrumentation (SS&I) pursues fundamental space-science research and the development
of prototype flight instruments and payloads. The successful candidate will play a key
technical and leadership role in Planetary Science as part of these teams. The position
is based in the Lockheed Martin facility in Littleton, CO.
More details are available at the following link:
Please contact Tim Linn (email@example.com) and Beau Bierhaus
(firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
C) POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER WITH THE MAVEN IMAGING ULTRAVIOLET SPECTROGRAPH TEAM
Summary: The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the
University of Colorado Boulder is seeking a talented scientist to work with the
Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) team on the MAVEN mission. The
IUVS team has made important discoveries in the areas of Mars aeronomy,
atmospheric escape and evolution, aurora, nightglow, photochemistry, composition,
dynamics and cloud formation, and more discoveries are anticipated. The team
is led by Nick Schneider.
Key Responsibilities: Observational studies of the Mars atmosphere through
ultraviolet spectroscopy and imaging. Scientific analysis of data obtained,
publication of results in appropriate scientific journals and presentation at
conferences. Support for mission/instrument operations and observation planning.
Operation and enhancement of automated data processing pipelines including
retrievals of atmospheric properties. Mentoring of graduate and undergraduate
Position Requirements: Ph.D in Planetary Science, Astronomy, Atmospheric
Science, Physics or a related field. Coding proficiency in python, IDL or other
scientific computing languages.
Desired Qualifications: Skill with data analysis, image processing and statistics.
Familiarity with Mars atmospheric science, including one or more of the following:
atmospheric structure, dayglow, nightglow, aurora, photochemistry, ultraviolet
spectroscopy, atmospheric evolution, climate, waves and tides, familiarity with
General Circulation Models and numerical simulation.
Please see https://jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/jobDetail?jobId=21086 for additional
information about the University, LASP, benefits, etc. The University of Colorado
Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff,
and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We
are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with
disabilities. Review of applications begins on 15 December. Start date is negotiable.
D) POST-DOC JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
U.S. Geological Survey - Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program -
Research Opp. #18-27. Evaluating mineral resources on Mars for
exploration and colonization. Closing date: January 6, 2020. GS-12
two-year appointment. Duty station: Lakewood, Colorado, USA. Areas of
Ph.D.: Geology, planetary geology, imaging spectroscopy, and mineral
spectroscopy or related fields. The Denver Spectroscopy Group is
seeking a postdoctoral fellow to conduct research focused on creating
mineral maps of the Martian surface using orbital imaging spectrometer
and broadband data emphasizing key minerals to pinpoint sites most
favorable for habitat location. A related research topic involves
spectrally mapping relict hydrothermal deposits to answer stubborn
questions about their origin and where to focus future rover efforts to
potentially discover evidence of past life. A research proposal is the
most important part of the application package and will be evaluated by
an expert panel. Applicants are strongly urged to coordinate the
development of their proposal with the USGS research advisor (i.e.,
Gregg Swayze; email@example.com).
E) PH.D. STUDENT OPPORTUNITY
We have an opening for a Ph.D. student interested in experimentally
investigating the interaction of volcanic gas and martian surface
materials and assessing the IR spectral signature of the products
beginning Fall 2020. The student will work with Dr. Hanna Nekvasil on
experiments simulating boiling of magma and investigate the nature of
vapor-deposited salts added to martian dust as well as the alteration
of basalt by martian volcanic gas. The student will also work with Dr.
A. Deanne Rogers on assessing the IR spectral signature of the martian
fines altered by volcanic gas and how this signature is modified by
reaction during changes in relative humidity. Interested students
should contact Hanna.Nekvasil@stonybrook.edu. Stony Brook University
has a dynamic planetary science group and a long history of excellence
in experimental igneous petrology. Please pass this message on to any
student you think may be interested.
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