Issue 19-58, December 21, 2019
- THE DPS DECADAL SURVEY INFORMATION HUB IS NOW OPEN
- THE DPS ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE – MEMBERSHIP NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS
- ARECIBO OBSERVATORY NEWSLETTER
- SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP (SBAG) MEETING 22 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
- EARLY CAREER SUPPORT FOR OPAG MEETING
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
THE DPS DECADAL SURVEY INFORMATION HUB IS NOW OPEN!
To help the DPS membership participate in, and navigate through, the Decadal
Survey process, the DPS Committee has created a “hub” for Decadal Survey
Information (see link below). Members can find links to white paper sign-ups,
and more information will be added when it is available from the National Academies.
THE DPS ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE – MEMBERSHIP NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS!
The DPS is proud to announce the establishment of the DPS Environmental
Affairs Subcommittee, to be chaired by Anne Virkki (Arecibo). The purpose
of the Subcommittee will be to provide inputs to the DPS Committee and
membership on environmentally sustainable actions throughout the year and
at the annual DPS meeting. We are looking to fill ~10 membership positions
on the Subcommittee. If interested in joining, please send an email to
[email protected] indicating your name, field of planetary science,
career stage, and 1-2 paragraphs if you have thoughts on bringing environmentally
sustainable ideas to the DPS and DPS meetings. Please send submissions no
later than 31 January 2020.
ARECIBO OBSERVATORY NEWSLETTER
The Arecibo Observatory is excited to share with the science community all recent
updates about the telescope, science results, and more through our quarterly newsletter!
You can read the first one here: 2019 Fall AO Newsletter. You can subscribe to
receive this newsletter in the future here: Join AO Newsletter list. Be sure to whitelist
the email [email protected] to avoid the newsletter being filtered to spam.
SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP (SBAG) MEETING 22 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Dear SBAG Community,
If you are planning to attend SBAG 22 next month please register with the link below:
Hannah Susorney and Terik Daly
SBAG Early Career Secretaries
EARLY CAREER SUPPORT FOR OPAG MEETING
The next Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) meeting will be held on
February 3-4, 2020 at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in
Houston, TX. NASA will provide travel grants for a limited number of
Early Career participants to attend this OPAG meeting. OPAG plays a key
role in sculpting the planetary science community’s input into NASA
activities for outer planets science and exploration. Thus it is
critical for Early Career scientists to attend these meetings both to
learn how NASA and Planetary Science programs operate and to represent
the community that will work on OPAG-relevant projects in the coming
decade. Selection preference will be given to U.S. citizens or lawful
permanent residents (green card holders), or those in residence at U.S.
institutions. Selected individuals will present a poster at the meeting
the evening of February 3 on a topic of their choosing. Interested
graduate students, postdocs, and other Early Career scientists (within
5 years of PhD/MS/BS) should submit a short letter of interest and a CV
to [email protected] by December 30, 2019. Please include
“OPAG Early Career Travel Grant” in the subject line. Recipients will
be notified by January 6, 2020.
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) POSTDOCTORAL POSITION PROCESSING AMINO ACIDS FROM ICE RADIATION EXPERIMENTS AT NASA/GSFC
The Cosmic Ice Lab at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD) is
seeking candidates for a postdoc position in the field of astrochemistry. This
research will involve a systematic study of the formation of prebiotic molecules
through a combination of experimental ice radiation and aqueous chemistry. The
successful candidate will perform high-vacuum ice irradiation experiments, aqueous
chemistry in high pressure reaction cells, and will analyze the results using liquid
chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry.
This research will focus on organic compounds of astrobiological interest formed
by ice radiation chemistry. Additionally, it will examine the role of hydrothermal
processing in modifying these organics, comparing the findings to organic materials
previously detected in extraterrestrial samples (e.g., meteorites).
The applicants should have a PhD in chemistry or a related field at the start of the
position and must be within five years of the receipt of their doctoral degree. Ideally,
candidates will have experience with some or all of the following:
- cryo-vacuum apparatus
- radiation chemistry
- infrared spectroscopy
- ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography with UV fluorescence and time of
flight mass spectrometry detection (LC-FD/ToF-MS)
- high-pressure reaction cells
Applicants should provide a cover letter, CV, a 3-page statement of research
interests, publication list, and arrange to have one to three letters of recommendation
submitted. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2020. Late applications will be
considered at the discretion of the committee. To apply send all documents to:
Katherine McKee, CRESST II Program Coordinator
(301) 286-3063 Mail Code 660.8 NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD 20771
Salary and benefits are competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications.
A start date around May 2020 is preferred; later start dates may be negotiated. For
more information about the proposed research, contact Dr. Christopher Materese
([email protected]). For information on CRESST II or Howard
University, contact Dr. Marcus Alfred ([email protected]). We are committed
to building a diverse group and encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic
minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Howard University is an
Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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