Volume 9, Number 8
February 22, 2015
Editor: Susan Benecchi
Co-Editors: Mark V. Sykes, Melissa Lane
Email: pen_editor at psi.edu
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1. [NASA] PDS CAN Announcement and Schedule
2. Cratering Statistics Workshop Abstract Deadline Reminder
3. Invitation to RAS Meeting on the Moon, Mercury and Asteroids
4. NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships
5. Postdoctoral Researcher: Mineralogy and Petrology of Planetary
6. Geomagnetics Postdoctoral Researcher
7. VEXAG Meeting #12
8. [NASA] EONS-14: Advanced Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
(STEM) Training and Research (ASTAR) Fellowships
9. PhD Position in Planetary Science - Muenster University
10. Post-doctoral Teaching Associate in Mineralogy - University of
11. LRO Data Users Workshop at LPSC
12. Job Announcement - NASA Astrobiology Institute Director
13. Barringer Grant Applications for 2015 Now Being Accepted
14. Planetary Meeting Calendar Additions
[NASA] PDS CAN ANNOUNCEMENT AND SCHEDULE
The Planetary Science Division intends to release a (CAN) for the
Discipline Nodes of the Planetary Data System (PDS) by March 2015.
The overall goal of this solicitation is to establish a network of
organizations to serve as Discipline Nodes. NASA is planning on
selecting one or more proposals that outline a design to create an
active and creative interface between mission providers, the science
community and the NASA Planetary Data System (PDS). Proposals may be
submitted by individual organizations or consortia of organizations
with one of the member organizations serving as the lead or primary
applicant. Consistent with the use of the PDS4 archiving standard,
consortia proposing to this CAN may define their own unique, creative,
and agile approaches to achieving the goal of the solicitation.
Proposers to the CAN are not required to replicate the existing
The time frame for the solicitation is intended to be:
* Release of CAN: March 2015 (target)
* Preproposal conference: 14 days after CAN release
* Step 1 Proposals due: No less than 30 days after CAN release
* Step 2 Proposals due: 90 days after CAN release
* Selection: July 2015 (target)
Further information will be posted at:
Dr. Thomas Morgan
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CRATERING STATISTICS WORKSHOP ABSTRACT DEADLINE REMINDER
Abstract Deadline: March 5
For details see:
INVITATION TO RAS MEETING ON THE MOON, MERCURY AND ASTEROIDS
We invite you to our Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) Specialist
Discussion Meeting titled 'Spectroscopy of Airless Bodies in
Wavelengths from the Visible to the Microwave: Orbital, Telescopic,
and/or Laboratory Measurements Relevant to Mercury, the Moon and
Asteroids' on 10th April 2015 at Burlington House in London, UK.
Airless planetary bodies like Mercury, the Moon and asteroids provide
a unique opportunity for studying the formation and evolution of
planetary surfaces, as there is no weather or liquid water altering
their surfaces. Using the individual strengths of each spectroscopic
technique, the composition of a planet's surface can be determined
through the identification of spectrally dominant minerals exposed at
the surface. Our current knowledge of surface compositions come from
the analyses of:
1) remotely sensed data from spacecraft and telescopes and
2) laboratory measurements of returned sample material or analogues.
Join us for a day of discussion on all things spectroscopic of the
A provisional schedule is now online at:
If you would like to present a poster at this meeting please email
DonaldsonHanna@atm.ox.ac.uk BEFORE 9th March 2015.
Kerri Donaldson Hanna, Neil Bowles, Simon Green and Stephen Lowry
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
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:
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER: MINERALOGY AND PETROLOGY OF PLANETARY
The Universities Space Research Association's Lunar and Planetary
Institute, invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in the
mineralogy and petrology of planetary materials.
The successful candidate will work with Dr. Allan Treiman in NASA-
funded efforts, emphasizing planetary crusts and magmas, and their
volatile constituents and on the CheMin science team of the Mars
Science Laboratory mission. The candidate will participate in
analysis and interpretation of CheMin X-ray diffraction data of Mars
surface materials; and may also participate in operations planning for
the CheMin instrument.
Applicants should have a recent Ph.D. in petrology or geochemistry;
experience with planetary materials is helpful, but not required.
The position would be for two years, with possible extension to a
third year. The candidate must be a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent
Resident, and be able to pass a detailed government background
investigation. Applicants should send a letter of interest, a
curriculum vita with a list of publications, a brief (maximum three
pages) statement of research interests, and a list of three
references to the posting at:
USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected
GEOMAGNETICS POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER
NASA-GSFC/CRESST/University of Maryland
Applications are now being accepted for a Postdoctoral Research
Associate, funded through the University of Maryland College Park
and the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and
Technology (CRESST), to work in the Planetary Geodynamics Laboratory
of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in the area of geomagnetism.
Additional details are available at:
Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree (or expect to have the degree by
the start of the appointment) in a related field of physics,
geophysics and/or applied mathematics. Applicants are expected to
have strong quantitative analysis and modeling skills - in addition
to knowledge of geomagnetic fields, satellite or ground observatory
data, geomagnetic field models, and core dynamics. Applicants also
familiar with UNIX, Fortran, and parallel computing will be preferred.
The University of Maryland is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity
Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. All
applications received by March 2, 2015 will receive full consideration.
VEXAG MEETING #12
VEXAG meeting #12 will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the
National Institute of Aerospace, just outside NASA's Langley Research
Center. This follows the 2-day Venus Science Priorities for Laboratory
Measurements and Instrument Definition Workshop also held at the
National Institute of Aerospace.
A preliminary agenda is available at VEXAG Web-Site:
Key items for this meeting will be progress reports on NASA
Headquarters and VEXAG activities as well as reports on Venus Express,
Ataksuki, and other opportunities for international collaboration.
Posters on technologies for Venus missions are invited.
A block of room has been reserved at Country Inn and Suites by
Carlson, 1551 Hardy Cash Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666.
Call 800-456-4000 to make your reservations.
Mention Group Block: "Venus Group". Room need to be reserved on/before
March 6, 2015. Rooms are available for April 6-10, 2015.
If you'll be attending in person, please enter your name on the
Meeting Registration /Intent to Attend Form on the VEXAG Web-Site:
[NASA] EONS-14: ADVANCED SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH
(STEM) TRAINING AND RESEARCH (ASTAR) FELLOWSHIPS
The NASA Office of Education Minority University Research and
Education Project (MUREP) solicits proposals from students pursuing
graduate degrees in NASA relevant STEM disciplines. NASA OE MUREP
ASTAR Fellowship seeks independently conceived fellowship proposals
from student applicants, specifically in areas of projected
deficiencies in the NASA future STEM workforce. Selected students
will perform graduate student research at their respective campuses
during the academic year as well as conduct research at a designated
NASA field Center during an annual 10 - 15 week Center based
research Experience (CBRE).
Funding is provided for a maximum of three years.
Phase I Applications are requested by May 5, 2015.
Phase II Submissions are due July 25, 2015.
Announcement ID: NNH14ZHA001N
NASA OE Fellowships Manager
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PHD POSITION IN PLANETARY SCIENCE - MUENSTER UNIVERSITY
The Institut fur Planetologie (IfP) at the Westfalische Wilhelms-
Universitat Munster, is offering a three-year PhD position focused on
the development of a database of planetary image data. Candidates need
to have completed a MSc degree in the field of planetary science,
geosciences, geoinformatics/geoinformation, geography, geology, or
similar relevant fields. Starting date is June 1, 2015. There is no
constraint on citizenship; all applications are welcome.
More information can be found at:
To apply, please send an email to Prof. Dr. Hiesinger
(email@example.com) with the subject "Vacancy DATABASE IFP".
Please provide a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact
information of three references.
If you have any questions, follow the links above, or directly
contact Prof. Dr. Hiesinger (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Dr. Erkeling (email@example.com).
Deadline for applications is March 06, 2015.
POST-DOCTORAL TEACHING ASSOCIATE IN MINERALOGY - UNIVERSITY OF
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville invites applications for a
Post-doctoral Teaching Associate position in Mineralogy starting
August 1, 2015, pending approval of funding. The position is a 9-month
appointment and includes benefits. Successful candidates will be
expected to teach mineralogy for undergraduate geology majors, physical
geology at the entry level, and possibly a specialized mineralogy or
petrology course at the upper division undergraduate or graduate level.
Candidates will also be encouraged to participate in departmental
research projects and/or work on their own research.
UT-Knoxville is the state's flagship research institution, located
near Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Great Smoky Mountains.
The EPS department comprises an energetic group of tenure-track and
research faculty, post-doctoral researchers, and ~150 graduate and
Applicants should e-mail CV, description of teaching and research
interests, and contact information for 3 references in PDF format to:
Prof. Josh Emery
Search Committee Chair
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-1410
The applicant should also arrange to have 3 letters of reference
e-mailed to the same address. Review of applications will begin
April 1, 2015.
LRO DATA USERS WORKSHOP AT LPSC
Would you like to learn how to find and use higher-level data products?
Come find out about the data available from the Lunar Reconnaissance
Orbiter (LRO) and how you can use it help revolutionize our
understanding of the Moon - join us at the LRO Data Users Workshop!
Sunday March 15, 2015, in the Shenandoah room at the LPSC Hotel
(Woodlands Marriott) from 9AM - 5PM. This will be an open-house-style
workshop; please participate when you can and stay as long as you wish.
The schedule below details the agenda for the day.
LRO team members will discuss the available data from each of our
instruments, including higher-level data products. They'll show you
how to find them, how to use them, and answer your questions about the
9:00 - Introductions
9:15 - Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector (LEND)
9:45 - Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP)
10:15 - Mini-RF (Radar)
10:45 - Break
11:00 - Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER)
11:30 - Q&A Session
12:00 - Lunch
1:00 - Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA)
1:30 - Diviner
3:00 - Break
3:15 - Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC)
4:45 - Q&A #2
5:00 - Wrap-up
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT - NASA ASTROBIOLOGY INSTITUTE DIRECTOR
NASA seeks a new Director for the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI).
The ideal candidate will be an internationally recognized scientist
with proven experience in leading or managing large interdisciplinary
research programs or projects, possessed with a vision for leading
the Institute into the future. Applicants for this position should
have a broad scientific perspective on astrobiology, experience in
conducting interdisciplinary scientific research, and demonstrated
skills needed to harness the strengths of disparate research
communities towards a greater goal. She/he should understand how
to grow a research endeavor and respond to changing budget climates
while focusing on maximizing the scientific return on NASA's
investments in astrobiology. He/she should have experience in leading
a diverse staff ranging from established scientists to support
personnel, resource planning, and executing budgets and schedules.
He/she should be comfortable with modern information technologies and
distributed research teams. NASA is particularly interested in
applicants who will find ways to infuse astrobiology into NASA flight
Interested individuals should apply directly to USAJobs at:
by May 1, 2015. In the keyword search box, type vacancy number
"AR15S0001". Select "Director, NASA Astrobiology Institute",
then click "Apply Online".
BARRINGER GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR 2015 NOW BEING ACCEPTED
Graduate students and postdocs,
This year's application deadline for grants from the Barringer Family
Fund for Meteorite Impact Research is April 3, 2015. This program
provides 3 to 5 competitive grants each year in the range of $2,500
to $5,000 USD for support of field research at known or suspected
impact sites worldwide. Grant funds may be used to assist with travel
and subsistence costs, as well as laboratory and computer analysis of
research samples and findings. Masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral
students enrolled in formal university programs are eligible. For
additional details and an application, please go to:
The Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research has been
established as a memorial to recognize the contributions of Brandon,
Moreau, Paul, and Richard Barringer to the field of meteoritics and
the Barringer family's strong interest and support over many years
in research and student education. In addition to its memorial nature,
the Fund also reflects the family's long-standing commitment to
responsible stewardship of The Barringer Meteorite Crater and the
family's steadfast resolve in maintaining the crater as a unique
scientific research and education site.
David A. Kring, Ph.D.
PLANETARY MEETING CALENDAR ADDITIONS
Posted at http://planetarynews.org/meetings.html
March 22-27, 2015
Habitability in the Universe: From the Early Earth to Exoplanets
April 9, 2015
VEXAG Meeting #12
April 10, 2015
Spectroscopy of Airless Bodies
June 8-11, 2015
2nd Planetary Data Workshop
July 19-23, 2015
2nd International Congress on Stratigraphy (STRATI 2015)
July 21-23, 2015
NASA Exploration Science Forum
Moffett Field, CA
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