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Volume 10, Number 40
September 24, 2016

Editor: Susan Benecchi 
Co-Editors: Mark V. Sykes, Karen R. Stockstill-Cahill
Email: pen_editor at psi.edu

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1. NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships
2. Research Position at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics
3. Assistant or Associate Professor - Experimental Space Physics at 
   the University of Iowa
4. Assistant Professor of Astronomy, University of Maryland
5. [NASA] PDS: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Data Release 27
6. [NASA] PDS: Mars Exploration Rovers Data Release 49
7. Ices in the Solar System Workshop 
8. Astrometry and Astrophysics in the Gaia Sky
9. VEXAG Meeting #14 - Call for Presentations and Registration
10. Important Updates to NSF Grant Programs
11. 2017 Exploration Postdoctoral Fellowship in Earth and Space Science
12. DPS 48/EPSC 11 Early Career Presenter's Review
13. CosmoQuest Research Grants and Surveys
14. CosmoQuest User Surveys
15. Arizona-JAXA workshop
16. Planetary Meeting Calendar Additions

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NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

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 research opportunities in planetary science can be viewed at:

https://npp.usra.edu/opportunities/?filter_keywords=&filter_fields=145

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.

For further information and to apply, visit:

https://npp.usra.edu/

Questions: npphelp@usra.edu


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RESEARCH POSITION AT THE SWEDISH INSTITUTE OF SPACE PHYSICS

The Solar System Physics and Space Technology research programme at 
the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) invites applications 
for a temporary research position in Space Physics, related to the 
ESA Rosetta mission to comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Applications 
are invited both for a 2-year post-doc position and for shorter 
periods for senior guest scientists.

The advertised position is a research position for studies of the 
cometary plasma environment and its interaction with the solar wind 
primarily using ion data from the Ion Composition Analyzer on board 
Rosetta but also using data from the other instruments that form the 
Rosetta Plasma Consortium (RPC).

Previous experience of working with plasma and/or particle data from 
space missions is required. The position, placed in Kiruna, is 
funded by the Swedish Research Council. Post-doc candidates should 
have completed a PhD during 2013 or later. Candidates planning to 
obtain their PhD degree no later than January 2017 can also apply. 
A post-doc candidate should not currently be an active researcher 
at IRF.

Closing date is 7 October 2016.
Ref: 2.2.1-235/16

More information: 

http://www.irf.se/Topical/Vacancies/?group=P3&vacid=22


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ASSISTANT OR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR - EXPERIMENTAL SPACE PHYSICS AT 
THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

The Department of Physics and Astronomy (http://www.physics.uiowa.edu/)
at the University of Iowa seeks a space physics experimentalist with a 
record of involvement in spaceflight hardware.

Interested applicants should apply at:

http://jobs.uiowa.edu/ 

and refer to requisition #69613. The Department and the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences are strongly committed to diversity; the
strategic plans of the University and College reflect this commitment. 
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive 
consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of 
race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual 
orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, 
associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a 
disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa 
is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


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ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ASTRONOMY, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Maryland (located in 
College Park, MD) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty 
position. Accomplished candidates in any area of astronomy, 
astrophysics, or planetary science are encouraged to apply. We are 
searching for candidates at the Assistant Professor (tenure-track) 
level, but will consider applications for tenured ranks in exceptional 
cases. A PhD in astronomy, physics, planetary science, or a related 
discipline is required, and the successful candidate must have an 
established record of research excellence. Candidates are expected 
to have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and 
mentorship at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

For more details and to apply, visit:

www.astro.umd.edu/employment  

To receive full consideration, applications must be submitted by 
December 1, 2016.


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[NASA] PDS: LUNAR RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER DATA RELEASE 27

The NASA Planetary Data System is pleased to announce a new delivery 
of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) data for the following 
instruments: 

* CRaTER
* DLRE
* LAMP
* LEND
* LOLA
* LROC
* RSS 

This release includes a complete revision of LEND RSCI data products. 
In general, LRO Release 27 includes data collected between March 15, 
2016 and June 14, 2016. To access the above data, please visit the 
following link:  

http://pds.nasa.gov/tools/subscription_service/SS-20160915.shtml

PDS offers two services for searching the LRO archives:
The Planetary Image Atlas at the Imaging Node allows selection of 
LRO data by specific search criteria. 

http://pds-imaging.jpl.nasa.gov/search/

The Lunar Orbital Data Explorer at the Geosciences Node allows 
searching and downloading of LRO data and other lunar orbital 
data sets (Clementine and Lunar Prospector).    

http://ode.rsl.wustl.edu/moon/


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[NASA] PDS: MARS EXPLORATION ROVERS DATA RELEASE 49

The Planetary Data System (PDS) is pleased to announce Release 49 of
Mars Exploration Rover data. This release includes data primarily 
from Sols 4231 through 4320, rover Opportunity (MER1/B), instruments:

* APXS
* Atmospheric Opacity
* HAZCAM
* NAVCAM
* MI
* PANCAM
* RAT
* Rover Motion Counter
* SPICE

This delivery includes APXS Oxide Abundance data for Opportunity 
sols 1 through 4000, updating the previous delivery from 2012. 
There is no Radio Science data in this release,and no more Mini-TES 
or Moessbauer data is expected.

To access the above data, please visit:

https://pds.nasa.gov/tools/subscription_service/SS-20160919.shtml

The following special services are provided for accessing MER data:

MER Analyst's Notebook: 

http://an.rsl.wustl.edu/mer

Planetary Image Atlas:  

http://pds-imaging.jpl.nasa.gov/search/mer-opportunity

To access the latest PDS Data Releases, please visit:

https://pds.nasa.gov/tools/subscription_service/SS-Release.shtml

All available PDS data may be found at:

http://pds.jpl.nasa.gov/tools/data-search/

For further information, see the PDS Home Page:

http://pds.nasa.gov/


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ICES IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM WORKSHOP 

23-27 January 2017 at the European Space Astronomy Center (ESA/ESAC), 
near Madrid, Spain. Even if you have done a pre-registration to this 
workshop, you need officially register at: 

http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/ices-in-the-solar-system/home
 
The topics will include: 

* Experimental research and associated modeling (preparation of 
ice analogs and experimental weathering in the lab, analysis and 
modeling techniques to infer optical, thermal, mechanical, 
electrical, thermodynamical, structural and compositional 
properties.

* Mission data revealing ices and their properties, composition, 
geological context and history in the Outer Solar System (Rings, 
icy moons, KBOs and Kuiper Belt), Asteroid Belt, Mars (polar 
caps, ground ice) or well within the snow line (Mercury, Moon).

* The astrobiological potential of ices and their role and transport 
during the Solar System evolution- including the connection to the 
interstellar medium, proto-solar nebulae, icy giants and 
planetesimals formation. 

Abstract submission deadline: November 15th 
Session program available: November 29th

Note that there may be the possibility to include your contribution 
into a special workshop publication issue.

Sponsorship for students, in the form of lump sum payment, 
will be available, upon review of the submitted abstract 
by the Science Organizing Committee. See details at:

http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/ices-in-the-solar-system/
students_support 

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ASTROMETRY AND ASTROPHYSICS IN THE GAIA SKY

IAU Symposium 330
24-28 April 2017
Nice, France

http://iaus330.sciencesconf.org/

The first release of the Gaia data has been made publicly available 
on September 14, 2016. Besides a catalogue of 1.1 billion source 
positions and broad-band G-magnitudes, this DR1 also includes the 
positions, G-magnitudes, parallaxes, proper motions for 2 million 
stars in common between the Tycho-2 Catalogue and Gaia (TGAS). Light 
curves for 3194 Cepheids and RR Lyrae are also part of the release 
as well as a special astrometric solution for 2152 ICRF quasars.

The goal of this IAU symposium is to ensure the world-wide sharing of
the Gaia mission results that will cover the following topics:
astrometry and reference frames, Milky Way galaxy and stellar physics
and the Solar system bodies. 

The next close deadlines are:

November 1st: IAU grant application
December 4: Abstract submission

Registration to the symposium is open. Space is limited.

More details are available at the conference website: 

http://iaus330.sciencesconf.org/

Alejandra Recio-Blanco, Anthony Brown and Timo Prusti (for the SOC)
Patrick de Laverny (for the LOC)

Contact: iaus330@oca.eu

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VEXAG MEETING #14 - Call FOR PRESENTATIONS AND REGISTRATION
	
Venus Exploration Analysis Group (VEXAG) Meeting #14 will be held 
on Tuesday-Thursday, November 29 - December 1, 2016 at NASA 
Headquarters, James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium, 300 E Street SW, 
Washington, DC.

Current plans are:
November 29, 2016 (Tuesday) - NASA and Mission reports 
                              Poster/Social Event (PM)
November 30, 2016 (Wednesday) - Venus Science and Technology reports
December 1, 2016 (Thursday) - VEXAG activities (adjourn at mid-day)

Presentations on all aspects of Venus science and technology are 
solicited. Presentations on upcoming Venus mission opportunities 
and high-temperature operations are of particular interest. Please 
email your title, a short summary, preference for oral or poster 
presentation to Bob Grimm grimm@boulder.swri.edu, and Tommy 
Thompson, twthompson@jpl.nasa.gov, by October 28th. Posting of the 
full program is anticipated in early November.

If you'll be attending in person and haven't done so already, please 
enter your name on the Meeting Registration/Intent to Attend Form 
on the VEXAG Web-Site:

https://www.hou.usra.edu/meeting_portal/registration/index.cfm
?mtg=vexag2016


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IMPORTANT UPDATES TO NSF GRANT PROGRAMS

James S. Ulvestad, Division Director, NSF Division of Astronomical 
Sciences NSF's Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST) provides the 
following information regarding current funding opportunities. AST is 
beginning a pilot 'no-deadline' program for proposals in 
solar and planetary astronomy. Proposals that address topics related 
to planetary systems - including exoplanets, our own solar system, 
and solar physics - should be submitted in response to the new Solar
and Planetary Research Grants (SPG) solicitation NSF 16-602. These 
proposals may be submitted at any time. Previously, these proposals 
were submitted to the Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (AAG)
program (new solicitation NSF 16-574). Although SPG proposals may be 
submitted any time throughout the year, proposals submitted to SPG 
after 15 November 2016, but judged to be more appropriate for the
AAG program, may be returned without review. If you are unsure 
whether your proposed research fits into SPG, please contact one of 
the program officers listed in the SPG solicitation. For all 
programs, prospective proposers should pay close attention to the 
changes this year in the Grant Proposal Guide, NSF 16-1, which 
describes all requirements except for those superseded specifically 
in an individual solicitation.


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2017 EXPLORATION POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE

The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State 
University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate 
who will serve as an Exploration Fellow. The mission of the 
postdoctoral Fellowship is to foster SESE's interdisciplinary 
research program by attracting and supporting outstanding early-career 
scientists and engineers to pursue independent research in 
collaboration with SESE faculty. Research areas within SESE encompass 
astrobiology, astrophysics, cosmology, Earth and planetary science, 
instrumentation and systems engineering, and science education.

Anticipated start date for the position is July 2017. The expected 
duration of the Fellowship is three years. 

Desired Qualifications: 
(1) research proposal that demonstrates relevance, interdisciplinary 
merit, and/or potential impact of the proposed research activities 
to the overarching "big picture" research questions in the field 
and to the mission of SESE,
(2) a record of prior achievement and experience demonstrating 
the potential to accomplish proposed research objectives, and 
(3) evidence of strong verbal and written communication skills.

Application materials/questions should be submitted by email to 
exppd@asu.edu, addressed to the Exploration Fellowship Committee. 

More information about the Exploration Fellowship can be found at:

http://sese.asu.edu/exploration-fellowship

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an 
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 

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DPS 48/EPSC 11 EARLY CAREER PRESENTER'S REVIEW

Are you an early career scientist preparing to present your research 
at the DPS 48/EPSC 11 meeting? Are you nervous? Are you looking for 
advice? Join others like you to receive feedback from seasoned 
presenters! Participants in the Early Career Presenters Review have 
the opportunity to present their DPS 48/EPSC 11 oral or poster 
presentation and receive feedback before presenting during the 
regular meeting. In addition to presenting their research, 
participants have the opportunity to network with their peers and 
future colleagues. The review will be held Sunday, October 16 
from 1-5pm in Conference Building C107. Register at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/dps2016_early_career. 

The deadline to register is 5:00pm Central Time, October 12, 2016. 
Registration is limited to 20 presenters. Scientists wishing to 
participate by providing feedback to the early career presenters 
should contact Andy Shaner at shaner@lpi.usra.edu.


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COSMOQUEST RESEARCH GRANTS AND SURVEYS

CosmoQuest Cycle 1 Call for Proposals

The CosmoQuest (CQ) Virtual Research Facility announces the release 
of its first request for proposals (RFP) from scientists to conduct 
research using the Facility's innovative Citizen Science Builder 
software. The RFP supports science from all four areas of NASA SMD 
(Science Mission Directorate) research. Recipients will be awarded 
up to $55K a year for two years to team with CosmoQuest staff to 
create a custom citizen science portal, and all related materials, 
for their research project. CosmoQuest anticipates making up to 
three awards this cycle, with an emphasis on a heliophysics project 
to highlight the upcoming solar eclipse. Recipients will work with 
the CQ science team to analyze and disseminate their results, and 
they will work with CQ educators and outreach programs to broaden 
the impact of their research study.

Solicitation: 

http://bit.ly/CQcycle1-rfp

Application: 

http://bit.ly/CQcycle1-app

Due Date: 11:59pm EDT, November 4, 2016


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COSMOQUEST USER SURVEYS

The CosmoQuest Virtual Research Facility is expanding and improving.  
As part of these efforts, CosmoQuest will be offering training and 
a variety of opportunities for scientists to get involved. A survey 
has been posted to collect information from scientists about their 
needs. Details can be found at:  

http://cosmoquest.org/x/blog/2016/08/help-us-improve-cosmoquest/  

Please help CosmoQuest improve its programming and services related 
to scientists by taking the survey.


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ARIZONA-JAXA WORKSHOP

The Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of the Japan 
Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Lunar and Planetary 
Laboratory (LPL) of the University of Arizona will hold a workshop 
dedicated to planetary science enabled by missions launched by the 
Epsilon launcher of JAXA on November 15 and 16, 2016, at LPL in 
Tucson, Arizona. 

Given the nature of the workshop described below, participation 
will be limited to the first 50 registrants. 

ISAS has defined three mission classes by which space science 
will be pursued systematically. 
(A) ISAS strategic L-class missions to be launched by the H-IIA/III 
launcher (such as the Martian Moons eXplorer (MMX), the mission under 
consideration to return samples from Phobos);
(B) ISAS competitive M-class missions to be launched by the Epsilon 
launcher (the topic of this workshop); and
(C) Participation in large-class missions to be led by foreign 
agencies.

To register, or to see more details of the workshop plans and 
objectives, please see the workshop website at:

jaxaworkshop2016.lpl.arizona.edu

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PLANETARY MEETING CALENDAR ADDITIONS

Posted at http://planetarynews.org/meetings.html

November 10-11, 2016
Future Large Optical-Infrared Facilities in China
http://kiaa.pku.edu.cn/astroforum16/
Beijing, China

April 24-28, 2017
Astrometry and Astrophysics in the Gaia Sky
http://iaus330.sciencesconf.org/
Nice, France

May 22-26, 2017
Japan Geosciece Union Meeting
http://www.jpgu.org/meeting_e2016/greeting.html
Chiba, Japan

[Editor Note: If there is a planetary-related meeting, conference or
workshop of which your colleagues should be aware, please send the 
date, title, URL and location to pen_editor at psi.edu.]


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