Newsletter 22-01

Issue 22-01, January 2, 2022











The DPS Nominating Sub-Committee is accepting applications via this form for the Student Representative position of the AAS DPS Committee. The term is two years.


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 have extended the deadline until February 1st, 2022. Two candidates will be chosen to run for election. The DPS membership will then vote to determine who will fill this position. This position is voluntary, and unpaid.


Please address any questions to [email protected].


Thank you,

Desireé Cotto-Figueroa (chair), Alessondra Springmann, and Morgan Cable, DPS Nominating Sub-Committee






The Extraterrestrial Materials Analysis Group (ExMAG) is a community-based, interdisciplinary group providing a forum for discussion and analysis of matters concerning the collection, curation, and analysis of extraterrestrial samples. ExMAG is seeking applications for volunteers to serve on the regular committee, Secretary, Exploration Hardware, Lunar Subcommittee, and Microparticle subcommittee. Applications are due January 14 for three-year appointments starting in early 2022. All applications will be normalized to career stage and ExMAG strives to include many voices. The full call, including position descriptions and application instructions, may be found at Questions may be directed to [email protected].






Job seekers and employers are encouraged to browse DPS’s job listings and advertise open positions. Recent openings and opportunities are listed below and more are at the link above.



A. Steve Fossett Postdoctoral Fellowship, WUSTL


The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in Saint Louis invites applications for the Steve Fossett Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Department seeks outstanding candidates who will strengthen and complement existing areas of study, including terrestrial and planetary geology, geochemistry, geophysics, geobiology, and climate science. Candidates will be encouraged to collaborate directly with faculty and students within the Department, and will be invited to lead a seminar in their area of expertise.


This competitive postdoc is awarded for a one-year period, which may be extended to a second year. The annual salary is $70,000 with additional research funds of $6,000 per year. The appointment is anticipated to begin on or around July 1, 2022.


A Ph.D. in Earth, planetary, or climate science or a related field is required at the time of appointment. The ideal candidate will have trans-disciplinary interests, and will interact scientifically with a broad spectrum of the Department’s members. Diversity and Inclusion are core values at Washington University, and strong candidates will demonstrate the ability to create an inclusive environment in which a diverse array of researchers can learn and thrive.


Application Instructions


Please include a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae (including full publication list), a two- to four-page statement of research interests, and the names and contact information for three references at Inquiries about the position should be directed to Prof. William McKinnon ([email protected]). Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled. Priority will be given to applications received by January 30, 2022.


Each year Washington University publishes a Safety and Security brochure that details what to do and whom to contact in an emergency. This report also publishes the federally required annual security and fire safety reports, containing campus crime and fire statistics as well as key university policies and procedures. You may access the Safety and Security brochure at


Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those underrepresented in their academic fields. It is the University’s policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons inall job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or genetic information.


Contact Email: [email protected]


B. Canada Research Chair (Tier-2) At York University


The Lassonde School of Engineering at York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a Canada Research Chair (Tier-2) in Science or Engineering specializing in any field that is a current or developing area of strength for the Faculty. Notably, LSE is home to the Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science (CRESS).


The Canada Research Chairs program seeks to attract outstanding researchers for careers at Canadian universities. Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., who, at the time of nomination, are within 10 years of attaining their highest degree, with consideration for career breaks) who have the acknowledged potential to lead their field of research.


LSE is committed to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all who wish to study, teach, and conduct research. For this search, only candidates who self-identify as a member of one or more of the following underrepresented groups may apply: women, Aboriginal (Indigenous), Black peoples of African Descent (for example Africans and African heritage people from the Caribbean, Americas, Europe) and persons with disabilities.


Application deadline is January 31, 2022.





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Maria Womack, DPS Secretary ([email protected])


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