Issue 20-15, April 2, 2020
- MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR ADAM SHOWMAN
- IN MEMORIAM: WILLIAM CASSIDY (1928-2020)
- EARLY CAREER VIRTUAL NETWORKING EVENT HOSTED BY LPI
- NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP – APPLICATION DEADLINE JULY 1, 2020
- ARECIBO OBSERVATORY QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR ADAM SHOWMAN
There will be a Zoom memorial service for Adam Showman on Saturday, April 4,
at 1 p.m. MST (4 p.m. EDT, 20:00 UTC)
Registration is at https://arizona.zoom.us/meeting/register/upUtdu2srTIoB8sXjXM3skbpetWp6bni0A,
or can be accessed through a link on the memorial page for Prof. Showman, at
IN MEMORIAM: WILLIAM CASSIDY (1928-2020)
Emeritus Professor William A. Cassidy of the Department of Geology and
Environmental Science (formerly the Geology and Planetary Science
Department) at the University of Pittsburgh passed away of a heart
attack on March 22, 2020. Bill is best known for creating the ANSMET
(Antarctic Search for Meteorites) program in 1976, serving as its PI
for nearly 20 years. The ANSMET program has recovered more than 22,000
samples its start, and Bill’s efforts helped to triple the world’s
inventory of meteorites.
Because of those efforts, the Cassidy Glacier in Antarctica was named
for him, as well as the mineral Cassidyite, and the asteroid 3382
Cassidy. In 1979, he was awarded the Antarctica Service Medal. His
efforts in Antarctica were documented in his memoir, “Meteorites, Ice,
and Antarctica: A Personal Account” published by Cambridge University
Press in 2003.
Bill had a marvelous sense of humor that rivaled his sense of
adventure, which took him to impact craters in Canada, South America,
Africa, and Australia. He will be missed by his colleagues and friends.
More information can be found here:
EARLY CAREER VIRTUAL NETWORKING EVENT HOSTED BY LPI
Early career scientists (undergraduate/graduate students and postdocs) are invited
to register to give lightning talks (5 min) on their work (i.e., research, skills) during
a virtual networking event hosted by the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI). This
virtual event is intended to provide a venue for early career scientists on the job
market to network with prospective advisors and employers in the wake of the
cancellation of the 2020 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.
Prospective advisors and employers are invited to view these presentations, which
will be scheduled into thematic sessions. The talks will also be posted online to
increase participant’s exposure opportunities.
Interested presenters are asked to register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6WSK8YR.
Registration will close at 5:00 P.M. US Central Time on April 10th. Tentatively, these
presentations will be scheduled over a span of days in the late April/early May timeframe.
Please direct questions to Andy Shaner.
NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP – APPLICATION DEADLINE JULY 1, 2020
The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers US and international scientists the opportunity
to advance their research while contributing to NASA’s scientific goals. The NPP
supports fundamental science; explores the undiscovered; promotes intellectual growth;
and encourages scientific connections.
Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-
year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA’s missions in earth science,
heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and
engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology.
Current NPP research opportunities in planetary science can be viewed here:
Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before beginning the
fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements. U.S. citizens,
Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research
Scholar may apply.
Stipends start at $60,000 per year, with supplements for high cost-of-living areas
and for certain academic specialties. Financial assistance is available for relocation
and health insurance, and $10,000 per year is provided for professional travel.
Applications are accepted three times each year: March 1, July 1, and November 1.
For further information and to apply, visit: https://npp.usra.edu/
Questions: [email protected]
ARECIBO OBSERVATORY QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE
The Spring 2020 Arecibo Observatory Newsletter is now available! Within it,
we share research highlights, updates about the telescope, and more. You can
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JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) SOLAR SYSTEM EXPLORATION POSTDOC AT THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the Department
of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University working
with the new SSERVI team Project ESPRESSO.
The Postdoctoral Fellow will be working under the supervision of Prof.
Sarah Hörst https://www.sarahhorst.com
but will include collaborations with Prof. Kevin Lewis in EPS and
ESPRESSO Team Members at other institutions. The Postdoctoral Fellow’s
primary responsibilities will include laboratory measurements of
optical constants and a candidate with experience in these types of
measurements and data analysis is preferred. Secondary responsibilities
of the Postdoctoral Fellow will include participation in fieldwork and
data analysis of geological materials using LIBS and Raman spectroscopy
under the supervision of Prof. Kevin Lewis.
Applicant must have a Ph.D. in a related field.
Applicants should submit their CV (including publications), a 1-2 page
statement of research interests, and contact information including
email addresses for 3 references. Please contact Prof. Hörst with any
questions about the position ([email protected]). Review of
applications will begin on April 15, 2020.
More information including application submission found here:
B) POST-DOCTORAL POSITION AT THE NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL IN ITALY
The National Research Council (CNR) in Italy is offering a
post-doctoral position at the Institute of Applied Mathematics and
Information Technology in Milan. The project is entitled “Co-orbital
motion and three-body regimes in the Solar System”, and the scientific
supervisor is Dr. Elisa Maria Alessi.
The aim is to analyze co-orbital motion using perturbation
methods and the restricted three-body problem and the
corresponding invariant objects. The focus will be to understand the
relationship between the two approaches and the possible transition
towards different orbital regimes. A special emphasis will be given to
apply the analysis and the results to asteroid motion.
The official call can be found here:
The duration of the position is 12 months, renewable 6 more months.
Application deadline is April 24, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 emergency,
the interview will be held remotely. In addition, the researcher may be
allowed to work from her/his place, upon agreement with the Director of
the Institute and the supervisor of the project.
For further information contact Dr. Alessi: [email protected]
C) EMIRATES MARS MISSION POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
The Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) and Khalifa University (KU) are
inviting applications for up to 5 postdoctoral research fellowships. We
seek candidates interested in spacecraft observations and models of the
Martian atmosphere relevant to EMM observations. EMM will arrive at
Mars in early 2021 and carries an imaging system with several visible
and UV bandpasses (EXI), a thermal IR spectrometer (EMIS), and a UV
imaging spectrometer (EMUS).
Postdocs will split their time between a U.S. or French host
institution affiliated with the EMM science team and KU in Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates. While at KU the postdocs will continue their EMM
research and participate in the formation of a new space science and
technology center. One or more of the postdocs may be able to
transition to a tenure-track faculty position at KU during or after the
Applicants should have met the requirements for a Ph.D. in a relevant
field by May 2020. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis,
with initial review starting May 23.
Please contact [email protected] with questions.
A complete posting with additional information can be found at:
D) JOB VACANCIES IN SHANGHAI ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORY,
CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Dr. Dali Kong is a research professor at Shanghai Astronomical Observatory,
Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is now leading a team mainly working on
planetary fluid mechanics and magnetohydrodynamics, under funding received
from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Chinese Academy of
Sciences and China Space Agency. The themes of researches include planetary
interior structure, equation of state (EOS), rotating convection and planetary dynamo.
Especially, in the vision of China’s future space exploration missions, relevant
applicational studies are also carried out. For the above reasons, the research team
is now recruiting assistant professors and/or post-doc fellows, who are supposed
to work independently on the three grounds as below outlined.
1. China is pushing forward an ambitious Solar-system exploration agenda.
Scientific expertise is critical for mission planning, scheduling and implementing.
Because of that, we are looking for a candidate who is devoted to mission-oriented
studies of planetary space, surface or interior conditions. The candidate is expected
to have a good knowledge of fluid mechanics or magnetohydrodynamics.
2. We are building an experimental apparatus conducting laboratory simulations
of precession/libration driven fluid dynamics. This mechanism is believed to be one
of possible power sources of planetary dynamo. The fluid experiment will also
be extended to study fluid-terrain coupling near planetographic boundary. We
therefore demand engineering staffs whose profession is in civil engineering,
electrics, data acquisition, controlling, mechanics or other helpful fields.
3. Geophysical and astrophysical fluid dynamics usually requires massive-scale
computations. It is not easy to develop a numerical software that can make full
use of the potential hardware power of computing facilities. We are looking for
an expert in numerical computing who can make significant progress in designing
dedicated algebraic pre-conditioners in order to achieve an ever-best scalability
of fully 3D finite-element simulations based on general non-structured polyhedral
Any queries about the salary package, working conditions or job application are
welcome to Dr. Kong directly via either email: [email protected] or
Send submissions to:
Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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