Volume 9, Number 35
August 30, 2015
Editor: Susan Benecchi
Co-Editors: Mark V. Sykes, Melissa Lane
Email: pen_editor at psi.edu
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1. Job Openings at Space Telescope Science Institute
2. Lowell Observatory: Tenure-Track or Tenured Astronomer
3. Mars Landing Site/Exploration Zone - Abstract Deadline Extended
4. The Lunar Initiatives
5. Planetary Evolution: Phobos and Deimos Lecture Series
6. NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships
7. 32nd IAS Meeting of Sedimentology
8. Comparative Climates Conference to be Streamed Live
9. MAVEN Public Datasets Released
10. Two Tenure-Track Assistant Professors in Astronomy & Planetary
11. Request for Proposal Posted for Mars 2020 Landing Site
12. Planetary Meeting Calendar Additions
JOB OPENINGS AT SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE INSTITUTE
The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) has multiple openings
(ranging from entry level to highly experienced) for Analysts and
Scientists in our Instruments and Operations and Engineering
Divisions. Research and Instrument Analysts (RIAs) will assist
Instrument Scientists in the operational and developmental support
for Hubble Space Telescope, James Webb Space Telescope, and Wide-Field
InfraRed Survey Telescope missions. Science Operations Analysts
support science planning and scheduling operations for the Hubble
Space Telescope and testing of the James Webb Space Telescope science
planning and scheduling ground system. Archive Analysts are responsible
for processing and archiving science and engineering data from the
Hubble Space Telescope, the Kepler spacecraft and soon the James Webb
Space Telescope. Archive Scientists provide scientific, technical,
computational expertise and support in the areas of archive operations,
data processing operations, archival research, and problem
investigation and analysis.
LOWELL OBSERVATORY: TENURE-TRACK OR TENURED ASTRONOMER
Lowell Observatory invites applications for one or more tenure-track
or tenured research positions in astronomy or planetary science. We
invite applicants at any career level who can build on current
strengths or open new areas for Lowell. A Ph.D. in astronomy,
planetary science, or a related field is required, as is an outstanding
record of research and demonstrated ability or potential to obtain
external research funding. Candidates are invited to describe how they
would make use of our observational facilities, but we will give equal
consideration to all research areas. The start date for this position
is flexible but desired by Fall 2016.
Additional position details can be found at:
To apply: Send applications electronically to
Applications should include:
(1) a cover letter and CV,
(2) a research plan of 3 pages or less, and
(3) names and mail/email addresses of three individuals who have
agreed to serve as references. Do not ask for reference letters
to be sent in advance.
Applications must be received by November 1, 2015 for full
Lowell Observatory is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative
MARS LANDING SITE/EXPLORATION ZONE - ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED
Registration applications now open, deadline October 1, 2015.
Due to growing interest in the First Landing Site (LS)/Exploration
Zone (EZ) Workshop for Human Missions to the Surface of Mars, the
organizers would like to allow those submitting Exploration Zone (EZ)
and Landing Site (LS) proposals more time to prepare their abstracts
in support of this unique and innovative effort.
The deadline for abstracts been extended until:
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 5:00 p.m. U.S. CDT
If you've already submitted an abstract and would like to replace it,
or correct the information submitted on the form, return to the
abstract submission portion of the meeting portal and click on the
"Update" link that appears next to the title of your abstract before
the new deadline.
Applications to attend are also now being accepted. Instructions
and details can be found on the workshop website.
Limited support for travel will be made available for U.S.
participants. Details will be posted on the workshop website as
soon as they become available.
NASA employees and contractors should note that this workshop is
classified as a conference and therefore NASA Conference Tracking
(NCTS) rules apply.
For more information, see:
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THE LUNAR INITIATIVES
The 5th International Workshop on LunarCubes
October 6-9, 2015
San Jose, CA
Submit your abstract now!
Deadline for abstract submission
August 31, 2015 at 5 PM EST
Get the best registration rates!
Deadline for early bird registration
August 31, 2015 at 5 PM EST
For more information send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
PLANETARY EVOLUTION: PHOBOS AND DEIMOS LECTURE SERIES
NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI)
announces the "Planetary Evolution: Phobos and Deimos" lecture series,
organized by Dan Britt and Carle Pieters.
Talks will be broadcast online every Monday at 3pm ET at:
(The same link will be used for each seminar, active 30 mins before
each talk). All talks will be archived at:
Sept 14: Introduction [discovery, physical properties, orbit...];
Sept 21: The Age and Cratering History of Phobos; N. Schmedemann
Sept 28: The Formation & Effects of Stickney Impact on Phobos;
Oct 5: The Character and Origin of Phobos' Grooves; J. Murray
Oct 12: Ambiguity of Compositional Data for Phobos and Deimos;
A. Rivkin/R. Klima
Oct 19: Geology and Geomorphology of Phobos and Deimos; S. Basilevsky
Oct 26: Origin of Phobos: Capture; J. Burns
Nov 2: Origin of Phobos: Co-accretion, Big Impact; R. Canup
Nov 9: Properties of Meteorite Analogues; C. Herd
Nov 16: Space Weathering and Regolith, Dust; C. Pieters/M. Horanyi
Nov 23: Microgravity Within Mars' Gravity Well; D. Scheeres
Nov 30: Phobos-Deimos ISRU; P. Metzer/R. Mueller
Dec 7: Phobos as an Exploration Destination and Base for Mars
Exploration; M. Gernhardt
NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS
The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) provides opportunities for
scientists and engineers to conduct research largely of their own
choosing, yet compatible with the research opportunities posted on
the NPP Web site.
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, astrophysics, planetary
science, astrobiology, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering,
human exploration and operations, and space technology.
A sample opportunity in planetary science is:
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 $53,500 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
$8,000 per year is provided for professional travel.
Applications are accepted three times each year: March 1, July 1,
and November 1.
The latest NPP Newsletter:
For further information and to apply, visit:
32ND IAS MEETING OF SEDIMENTOLOGY
May 23-25 2016
Call for Special Sessions and Short Courses
The International Association of Sedimentology and the Ibn Battuta
Centre (Marrakech), in collaboration with the Universite Cadi Ayyad,
Faculte de Sciences Semlalia (Marrakech), the Universite Mohammed
Premier, Faculte Pluridisciplinaire (Nador, Morocco) and the
International Research School of Planetary Sciences - Universita
d'Annunzio (Pescara, Italy) cordially invite you to Marrakech,
Morocco, for the 32nd IAS Meeting of Sedimentology.
The programme will include Special Sessions and Short Courses.
Subjects on planetary subjects are welcome and a Call is available
in the webpage:
Further information: Gian Gabriele Ori, email:
ggori (at) irsps.unich.it
COMPARATIVE CLIMATES CONFERENCE TO BE STREAMED LIVE
We are happy to announce livestream capabilities for the upcoming
"Comparative Climates of Terrestrial Planets II: Understanding How
Climate Systems Work" conference (CCTP2). The meeting will be streamed
live via Adobe Connect, at:
from September 8-11. The program for the meeting - with times listed
in PDT - is available at:
The first CCTP meeting, held in 2012, fostered a series of
interdisciplinary conversations on a wide range of planetary climates.
We are planning for a similar range of conversations at the CCTP2
meeting, including the effects of the Sun and other stars on the
climates of Earth and other planets in and beyond the Solar System.
We encourage you to listen to the conversations we foster at CCTP-2,
and to extend them via the Adobe Connect chat room. This meeting is
supported by NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD). For more
information and future updates on the meeting, please go to the
CCTP 2 website:
MAVEN PUBLIC DATASETS RELEASED
The MAVEN Science Data Center is pleased to announce the availability
of the following MAVEN datasets: IUVS, NGIMS, EUV, STATIC, SWIA,
SWEA, MAG, in situ Key Parameters, and ancillary data. The data
presently available were collected between the start of MAVEN's
science operations on November 15, 2014, and May 15, 2015. The SDC
also contains interactive browse plots, a form for searching and
downloading data, a list of mission events, and an IDL toolkit for
retrieving and visualizing data.
To access the SDC, please visit:
TWO TENURE-TRACK ASSISTANT PROFESSORS IN ASTRONOMY & PLANETARY SCIENCE
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University
(www.physics.nau.edu) is seeking excellent candidates for two
tenure-track positions in astronomy and/or planetary science at the
Assistant Professor level beginning in August, 2016. The minimum
qualification is an earned doctorate in astronomy, planetary science,
or a related field. Preferred qualifications include demonstrated
interest or ability to develop a research program that involves
undergraduates and graduate students; a demonstrated record of
publications and/or extramural funding in astronomy and/or planetary
science; evidence of high quality teaching and commitment to student
success; expertise in exoplanets, astro-informatics, astro-chemistry,
astronomical instrumentation, and/or observational astronomy
specializing in Solar System objects, exoplanets, or related topics;
and the ability to work with students, colleagues, and community
members from diverse cultures. The search will remain open until the
position is filled or closed; however, the screening committee will
begin reviewing applications on October 12, 2015.
for full position announcement [position number 602152]. NAU is an
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL POSTED FOR MARS 2020 LANDING SITE CHARACTERIZATION
The Mars Exploration Program has issued, in August 2015, a Request
for Proposal for round X of the Mars Critical Data Products program
This RFP provides support for landing site surface and atmosphere
characterization for the Mars 2020 rover mission. The intent is to
convert mission data and numerical simulations into products focused
on specific landing site targets (to be provided by the program) that
will be useful for reducing the risk to the Mars 2020 rover mission.
Details of this RFP are posted at:
Requested data products are for:
(1) Radar Reflectivity,
(2) Surface Thermophysical Properties,
(3) Surface Pressure Predictions, and
(4) Dust Events during Mars 2020 Entry Descent and Landing (EDL).
Proposals are due Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 3:00 PM (Pacific).
PLANETARY MEETING CALENDAR ADDITIONS
Posted at http://planetarynews.org/meetings.html
December 15-16, 2015
International Symposium on Moon 2020-2030: A New Era of Coordinated
Human and Robotic Exploration
Noordwijk, The Netherlands
December 28, 2015-January 8, 2016
Exoplanet School in Jerusalem
May 23-26, 2016
32nd IAS Meeting of Sedimentology
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