Issue 23-34, November 19, 2023
- CALL FOR NEW ASSOCIATE EDITOR FOR ICARUS
- 30TH MEETING OF THE SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP (SBAG)
- NASA SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP EARLY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
- NASA SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP (SBAG) STEERING COMMITTEE INTERNATIONAL MEMBER SOLICITATION
- ICE GIANT SYSTEMS SEMINAR SERIES
- ANNOUNCEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL SMALL-BODIES MEETING: AUGUST 6 & 8, 2024, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
- DPS EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE SEEKS NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS
- PIERAZZO INTERNATIONAL STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
- GOING TO AGU? REGISTER TO ATTEND THE PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP SCIWS10 – WIDE OPEN: COCREATING INCLUSIVE SPACES IN PLANETARY SCIENCE
- ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FOR PLANET CHARACTERIZATION WORKSHOP OPENS OCT 31ST
- PLEASE RESPOND TO THE DPS-EPSC POST-MEETING SURVEY
- CURRENT TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR ICARUS AND THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL
- JOB OPENINGS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
CALL FOR NEW ASSOCIATE EDITOR FOR ICARUS
ICARUS is looking to hire a new associate editor. Along with the Editor-in-Chief and the othe remembers of the Editorial Board of the Journal and Elsevier, the associate editor is to manage the peer review process for manuscripts submitted to the journal using the online journal system. Duties of the associate editor include: responsibility for scientific content, evaluation and selection of articles for publication, ensuring an appropriate and sufficient level of submissions of Articles for publication to meet the publication goals, and to conduct activities in accordance with generally accepted industry standards for integrity and objectivity. Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant field covered by the journal, must demonstrate broad expertise in cosmochemistry, be knowledgeable in research publishing, and work effectively in a team. Interested candidates are asked to provide a complete CV, including publication record, as well as a one-page summary of their relevant experience and area of expertise by Dec 15, 2023 and to include three references. Applications and relevant supporting documents must be sent to Christina Gifford, Publisher, [email protected]. See website for more details.
30TH MEETING OF THE SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP (SBAG)
SBAG 30 – 1st Announcement – Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2024
The 30th Meeting of the Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) will take place Tuesday through Thursday, January 30 – February 1, 2024. The meeting is hybrid with the in-person portion being held in Tucson, AZ at University of Arizona facilities. Registration information, early career opportunities, hotel block, and other logistical information will be posted when the details become available at
NASA SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP EARLY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
The upcoming NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) meeting #30 will be held Jan. 30 – Feb. 1 2024 in Tucson, AZ. There will be multiple opportunities at this meeting specifically for the early career small body community including invited early career speakers and lightning talks. Travel stipends will also be offered .
Applications for invited talks, lightning talks, and travel stipends are due via email by COB (5 pm Eastern Time) December 8, 2023. Please email applications to SBAG Early Career Secretaries Darryl Seligman ([email protected]) and Stephanie Jarmak ([email protected]), and the SBAG Chair Lori Feaga ([email protected]).
Please refer to the meeting webpage here for further details regarding the application requirements: https://www.lpi.usra.edu/sbag/meetings/
NASA SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP (SBAG) STEERING COMMITTEE INTERNATIONAL MEMBER SOLICITATION
SBAG acts as a primary bridge between the small bodies scientific community and NASA. Recent SBAG findings indicate the benefits of international perspectives and partnerships to the future landscape of small bodies science. Therefore, the SBAG Steering Committee (SC) is adding an international member and applications are open now. The SC organizes SBAG meetings, writes official SBAG findings, and takes a leadership role in activities where community input is needed. International members of the small bodies community from any career stage are welcome to apply. The term of service is three years, starting June 2024.
The application requires: 1) a two-page CV, including a description of participation in SBAG or other small bodies organizations, and 2) a short (300 words maximum) statement of interest. Criteria for selection are participation in small bodies community organizations/commissions/committees/etc., demonstrated leadership experience, and relevant research or mission experience. In support of diversity, applicants may specify any relevant information.
Send application packages to Lori Feaga ([email protected]) by December 20, 2023, 8:00 PM ET. The new SC member will be announced at SBAG #30 (Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2024).
ICE GIANT SYSTEMS SEMINAR SERIES
The Ice Giant Systems Seminar Series showcases recent developments in scientific topics covering all aspects of the ice giant systems, including atmospheres, satellites, rings, magnetic fields, interior structures, and science related to formation and evolution.
Each seminar will host a guest speaker, followed by a lively discussion and community updates & news.
Events are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 11:00 AM ET.
We have a new website! To access the virtual seminar, view the seminar schedule, and “Stay Informed”, visit the series website here: http://icegiantsseminar.jhuapl.edu
ANNOUNCEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL SMALL-BODIES MEETING: AUGUST 6 & 8, 2024, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Focus Meeting 3: Follow-up Observations of Small Bodies in the Solar System in the Era of Large Discovery Surveys (as part of the IAU General Assembly, which runs 6-15 August 2024)
Motivation: A significant increase in the rate of discoveries of small bodies in the Solar System is expected, given ongoing and anticipated data-intensive surveys. This 2-day Focus Meeting will address multiple aspects of the international response to small-body detections from surveys and their follow-up characterizations.
31 Oct. 2023 – Early registration opens
30 Nov. 2023 – Abstract submissions open
01 March 2024 – Deadline for abstracts and early registration
31 May 2024 – Deadline for normal registration
DPS EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE SEEKS NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS
The Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) is committed to enriching educational experiences for students, teachers, and the general public in the multiple disciplines of planetary science and supporting disciplines of math and technology. The DPS Education Subcommittee supports that mission through a variety of activities including public outreach programming at annual meetings, small grant programs, and early career workshops. Read more about the subcommittee here – https://dps.aas.org/leadership/education.
If you’re interested to join this subcommittee, e-mail the current chair, Prof. Brian Jackson ([email protected]).
PIERAZZO INTERNATIONAL STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
Each year, subject to receiving qualified applications, PSI bestows two awards:
The first award supports a U.S.-based Ph.D. student to attend a planetary science-related conference or workshop located outside the U.S.
The second award facilitates a non-U.S.-based Ph.D. student to attend a planetary science-related conference within the U.S. Eligible events include planetary-focused sessions at general meetings like AGU, GSA, EGU, and IAG. The event should be open to general participation by the planetary community.
Each award offers a certificate and up to $2,000 in travel support, to be presented by a PSI representative at a scientific conference or meeting. We believe these awards can foster international collaboration and broaden the horizons of aspiring planetary scientists.
For more information, go to:
GOING TO AGU? REGISTER TO ATTEND THE PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP SCIWS10 – WIDE OPEN: COCREATING INCLUSIVE SPACES IN PLANETARY SCIENCE
Sunday, December 10, 8 am – 3 pm Pacific time
Planetary scientists, astrobiologists (including students and early-career researchers) and informal educators are invited to join these activities and conversations around diversity and inclusion in engaging Black and Latinx audiences in the context of planetary science. Practice and share planetary science engagement approaches through a culturally inclusive lens, with a focus on building a shared understanding of the roles that science and cultural identities play in how we engage with diverse audiences. We will also enable participants to get to know each other, to create a supportive networking environment to support early career attendees, particularly those who are members of minoritized groups, and any who may struggle with the challenge of fitting into this large professional conference.
There will be an optional pre-workshop virtual session, to enable all participants to meet each other and to hear tips from experienced conference attendees about how to prepare for attending AGU. Stipends are available for those who attend the entire workshop.
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FOR PLANET CHARACTERIZATION WORKSHOP OPENS OCT 31ST
The Planet Characterization in the Solar System and Galaxy Workshop will take place in Houston, TX and virtually from February 21—23, 2024. We will convene to describe, discuss, and debate the various planet classification schemes. We consider the needs of both astrophysics and planetary science, geophysics, ocean worlds studies, atmospheric studies, magnetospheric studies, and more, with the goal of informed scientific debate, education, and progress toward consensus classification schemes.
PLEASE RESPOND TO THE DPS-EPSC POST-MEETING SURVEY
The DPS committee seeks your feedback on ways to improve future DPS meetings. Please look for the email from the American Astronomical Society and complete the online questionnaire for in-person and virtual participants. Your responses will help us improve future DPS meetings and assess the value of hybrid meeting structures. The survey will close on Friday, Dec 15.
CURRENT TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR ICARUS AND THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL AND
The current issues for both DPS-affiliated journals are here:
The Planetary Science Journal:
JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
Recent openings and opportunities are listed below and more are at the link above.
- Postdoctoral opportunity in hyperspectral imaging or Mars-2020 science (apps due Dec 11)
The Ehlmann laboratory at Caltech is seeking postdocs who want to innovate with imaging spectroscopy (hyperspectral imaging) on Earth and other planets and/or contribute to the science of the Perseverance rover’s mineralogy and geology investigation. For detailed description of projects and to apply, see
- Postdoctoral Fellow in Geodynamics and Geoselenic Research
The Stephen Cheeseman Geoselenic Research Project was established in 2020 to address fundamental questions about the interactions within the Earth-Moon system https://www.queensu.ca/geoselenicresearchproject/. The project will focus on the integration of multi-disciplinary research as it pertains to improving our understanding of the relevance of the Moon for Earth processes including plate tectonics, core and mantle convection/geochemistry, magnetohydrodynamics, the geodynamo and the evolution of life on Earth. The project is collaborative in nature and will give the postdoctoral fellow (PDF) opportunities to continue existing and establish new collaborations with international research groups in geodynamics and planetary sciences. The PDF is expected to conduct original research within the scope of this project and serve as an integrator of geoselenic research. Preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate a willingness to conduct integrative research to solve fundamental science questions. The research background can be theoretical, numerical or applied, but must address global scale processes
- Assistant Professor of Physics Experimental Research
The Utah State University Department of Physics invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in experimental physics. Preference will be given to candidates who will strengthen existing experimental efforts in the department. Current experimental activities include atmospheric and space physics, physics of materials in extreme environments, and nanoscale structures in electronics and photonics. A competitive package is available to support the establishment of an active research laboratory. Expectations of the position include teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, mentoring student research, establishing and maintaining a funded research program, and regularly publishing scientific results. Serious consideration will be given to applicants who show promise of excellence in these areas and who clearly describe how their research will strengthen current departmental activities. The minimum qualification is a PhD in physics or a closely related field. Review of applications will begin on Jan 8, 2024
- JWST Project Science team is hiring
The Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center plans to hire a Project Scientist specializing in JWST Data, Calibration, Pipeline, and Archive into a permanent civil servant scientist position. This Research Astrophysicist (civil service scientist) position is a GS-13 Term Hire not to exceed 2 years with the option to extend to a maximum of 6 years, with the option to be made permanent without further competition.
This will be a 2-step process. The first phase, through Nov. 22, 2023, seeks declarations of interest in this position via a submitted letter of interest and other documents (see below). The second phase will be a USAJOBS posting, anticipated for Dec. 2023. Those who respond during phase 1 will receive additional notification when the respective USAJOBS opportunity opens. Note that phase 1 is the ‘strongly encouraged’ phase and phase 2 is the ‘required’ phase.
- Two Assistant or Associate Professors positions in Astronomy/Astrophysics
The Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma (OU) invites applications for two full-time tenure-track faculty positions in the astrophysics group. Qualified applicants in all areas of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Theory, Observation, and Instrumentation) are encouraged to apply. The appointments are expected to begin in August 2024, at the rank of Assistant or Associate professor. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Applications should include: (1) a CV; (2) a list of publications; (3) a description of past research and future research plans (3-5 pages); (4) a description of past teaching and/or future plans (2 pages max); (5) a cover letter (3 pages max)—the cover letter may address examples of the candidate’s approach to teaching, inclusive excellence, research, service, graduate student mentorship, etc.; and (6) three professional reference letters sent at the time of application. For more information and to apply: http://apply.interfolio.com/134299
The review of applications will begin after December 8, 2023, and will continue until the positions are filled.
- Assistant Professor Appalachian State University
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian State University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 2024. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics, or a related field.
Candidates must have a strong commitment to excellence in education and are expected to develop a research program that, in addition to involving undergraduate and M.S. students, can attract and maintain external funding. This program should involve facilities available at the department’s Dark Sky Observatory (http://dso.appstate.edu/facilities). The department also houses a teaching observatory on campus used in the introductory astronomy courses. Responsibilities will include teaching astronomy and physics courses, advancing astronomical research, and service activities including advising. Some start-up funds will be available to the successful candidate.
To apply, submit the following application materials: a cover letter delineating your interests and qualifications, a research statement, a teaching philosophy statement, a statement of service interests and philosophy, a curriculum vitae, a list of three references, and required documents electronically at https://appstate.peopleadmin.com/postings/42361. Application review begins Dec 1, 2023 until position is filled.
Send submissions to: Denise Stephens, DPS Secretary, at this address [email protected]
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