Issue 20-18, April 26, 2020
- THE 2020 DPS MEMBERSHIP SURVEY IS OUT – CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER
- LPI VIRTUAL EARLY CAREER PLANETARY NETWORKING EVENT
- SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP (SBAG) STEERING COMMITTEE POSITIONS OPEN
- FIELD TRAINING AND RESEARCH PROGRAM AT METEOR CRATER
- JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
THE 2020 DPS MEMBERSHIP SURVEY IS OUT – CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER
All DPS members should have received an email (from DPS Chair Amanda Hendrix
with the subject line “2020 Study of Planetary Science”) that contains a unique link to
the DPS membership survey. This year, rather than going out to only DPS members,
the survey is being sent to additional lists to try to cover an even wider swath of the
planetary community. The purpose of the survey is to characterize broad changes (since
the last survey), including career and funding trends, and needs of the community.
Results will help to inform the Decadal Survey, via white papers.
Please fill out the survey and be represented!
If you have not received the survey, please do check your spam and junk folders as
Several people have reported finding the survey there.
LPI VIRTUAL EARLY CAREER PLANETARY NETWORKING EVENT
The Lunar and Planetary Institute continues its Virtual Early Career Planetary
Networking Event April 27-May 1. The purpose of this event is to provide early
career students and postdocs the opportunity to highlight their research experience
and skill sets for potential employers/advisors. Registration has closed for early
career students and postdocs but employers/advisors looking to hire in the next
year are invited to participate. Each presenter gives a 5 minute lightning talk;
presentations take place in the order seen in the program. At the end of each
presentation, interested advisors/employers will have a chance to join a presenter
in a separate breakout room to hold a private conversation.
The program and link to participate are available on the LPSC 2020 homepage.
Questions? Contact Andy Shaner.
SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP (SBAG) STEERING COMMITTEE POSITIONS OPEN
We are soliciting up to five positions open on the Steering Committee of the Small
Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG), with terms starting in August 2020.
The SBAG Steering Committee organizes SBAG meetings, writes the official SBAG
findings, and takes a leadership role in other activities where community input on
topics of interest is needed. The Steering Committee members should be as diverse
as the community, in terms of topical interest (asteroids, comets, meteoroids, TNOs,
KBOs, observational, experimental, computational, sample handling, etc.), demographics,
experience, type of employer (commercial, small business, academia, government),
and other parameters.
We are looking for members with expertise in the following areas:
• Human Exploration Lead – We desire an individual actively involved in, studying,
and aware of Human Exploration and the current challenges and progress in this field to
lead related SBAG activities
• At-large members (2 to 4) – Any member of the small bodies community from any
career stage is welcome to apply.
Terms are for three years. Application for Steering Committee Membership requires
a) a two-page CV, which should include a description of participation in SBAG or other
small bodies community organizations, and b) a short (one-page or equivalent) statement
of interest. Previous participation in SBAG is preferred, but not required. To indicate
your willingness to serve in any of these positions, please email Bonnie Buratti
([email protected]) by May 25, 2020, and include a two-page CV and your
statement of interest. The current Steering Committee will select new members prior to
the 23rd Meeting of SBAG, June 1-2, 2020.
Bonnie Buratti, SBAG Steering Committee Chair
FIELD TRAINING AND RESEARCH PROGRAM AT METEOR CRATER
The Field Training and Research Program at Meteor Crater is a week-long field class
and research project based at Barringer Meteorite Crater, Arizona, more popularly known
as Meteor Crater. The goal of the field camp is to introduce students to impact cratering
processes and provide an opportunity to assist with a research project at the crater. Skills
developed during the field camp should better prepare students for their own thesis studies
in impact cratered terrains, whether they be on Earth, the Moon, Mars, or some other
solar system planetary surface. The next session will take place September 26 through
October 4, 2020. The application deadline is June 8, 2020. The details of the program,
including information about how to apply, can be found on the program website.
JOBS, POSITIONS, OPPORTUNITIES
A) LECTURER OF ASTRONOMY AT NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
The Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science at Northern Arizona
University seeks a lecturer to teach and develop courses for our
growing undergraduate program in astronomy. The successful candidate is
expected to teach across a full range of classroom environments, from
large introductory lectures to small upper-division courses, and to
organize, supervise, and occasionally teach introductory astronomy
labs. Responsibilities may also include curriculum development and
Application review begins May 15, 2020. For additional information,
B) RESEARCH SCIENTIST II AT THE JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory invites applications for a Scientist who
will bring new expertise to and ensure continuity of existing
capabilities at JPL in planetary science. The successful candidate will
develop models for the chemical evolution of Europa, Enceladus, Titan,
Ganymede, and other ocean worlds in support of the Icy Worlds, Titan,
and Vital Signs teams. The candidate will investigate the detailed
chemical evolution of Europa’s interior and its ice. Perform NASA
funded research, including setting up and conducting novel experiments
to measure chemical properties and processes applicable to planetary
interiors. Investigate the metamorphic evolution of Ceres’s rocky
mantle and support mission formulation as a subject matter expert on
ocean world chemistry.
* PhD in geochemistry, planetary geophysics, or a related field.
* 3-4 years expertise in applying meteoritics, petrology, aqueous
geochemistry to problems in astrobiology.
The following qualifications are preferred:
* Knowledge of geophysical forward modeling and inverse theory,
high-pressure experimental design and implementation.
Applications are due by May 26, 2020 or until filled and should be
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Anne Verbiscer, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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