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Volume 9, Number 20
May 17, 2015

Editor: Susan Benecchi 
Co-Editors: Mark V. Sykes, Melissa Lane
Email: pen_editor at psi.edu

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1. Assistant Professor Position: Solar-System Exploration Science
2. Position Available: Imaging Processing at Caltech
3. FameLab
4. [NASA] 2015 MUREP Virtual MSI Symposium & Collaboration 
   Videoconference
5. [NASA] Changes to the ROSES-15 Summary of Solicitation
6. [NASA] Pre-proposal WebEx/Teleconference: Minority University 
   Research and Education Project (MUREP) American Indian and Alaskan 
   Native STEM Partnership (MAIANSP)
7. NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships
8. Postdoctoral Research Position: Planetary Geochronology/Instrument 
   Development
9. Postdoctoral Research in Core/Ocean Geomagnetism
10. Position Available: Planetary Radar Research Scientist at the 
    Arecibo Observatory
11. Lunar and Small Bodies Graduate Conference 2015 - Announcement 
    and Abstract Submission Deadline
12. Director, NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) Application Deadline 
    Extended
13. Training Opportunity Photogrammetric Processing of Planetary 
    Stereo Imagery using ISIS and SOCET SET
14. Planetary Meeting Calendar Additions

Commercial Announcements

C1. Polarimetry of Stars and Planetary Systems

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ASSISTANT PROFESSOR POSITION: SOLAR-SYSTEM EXPLORATION SCIENCE

The Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Graduate School of
Science, the University of Tokyo invites applications for a position as
an assistant professor in the area of Solar-System exploration science.
We seek a creative individual with leadership ability in the field of
solid planetary science based on planetary exploration and observations
including instrumental development. The successful candidate can have a
science background other than solid planetary science. The successful
candidate will be appointed at the earliest possible date after
September 1, 2015, and is expected to teach laboratory classes at both
undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A Ph.D. or equivalent
qualification at the time of appointment is required. If not already
fluent in Japanese, he or she will be expected to achieve fluency
sufficient for giving lectures and performing administrative duties
within several years.

Applications must be received by June 22, 2015 via either e-mail or
postal mail.

More information is available at:
http://www.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/open-positions/2458/


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POSITION AVAILABLE: IMAGING PROCESSING AT CALTECH

The Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at Caltech seeks an 
experienced image processing technician or scientist to run the new 
Bruce Murray Laboratory for Planetary Visualization. The Murray Lab 
is will be a focal point for innovation in the use of remote sensing 
data sets and development of image processing tools to bring geospatial 
and three-dimensional information essential for geosciences into the 
hands of students and researchers. The development of techniques for 
the processing and use of planetary and terrestrial datasets will be 
the focus of the position. For more information on the opportunity, 
please see the full listing at:

https://jobs.caltech.edu/postings/3010 

(for further inquires, contact the GPS Division Administrator 
aleen@gps.caltech.edu)


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FAMELAB

Calling all early career scientists: Passionate about science?  
Love to communicate... or want to learn how? Join us at Phoenix 
ComiCon on May 30th for the 4th regional heat of FameLab USA's 
Season 3!  

FameLab is a fun-filled day of competition, coaching, and camaraderie 
that's all about science communication. You craft a 3-minute, 
powerpoint-free talk on your research or a related topic and deliver 
it in a supportive environment to judges who give only constructive 
feedback. No slides, no charts-just the power of words and any prop 
you can hold in your hands. The heart of the whole thing is a workshop 
conducted by communication professionals to help you enrich your 
skills. Everyone wins!

All info about the Phoenix competition is here: 

http://famelab-eeb.arc.nasa.gov/competitions/season3-phx2015/

or email Daniella Scalice with any questions at:
daniella.m.scalice@nasa.gov


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[NASA] 2015 MUREP VIRTUAL MSI SYMPOSIUM & COLLABORATION VIDEOCONFERENCE

Audience: Minority Serving Institutions
Event Date: May 20, 2015
Time: 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. EDT

NASA's Office of Education will host this virtual symposium to provide 
an opportunity for Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) to receive 
in-depth information about current NASA EONS solicitations.
MSI's will have an opportunity to listen to presentations from each 
NASA Center on Center strengths, core competencies and education 
interests. 

During the event, audience members may submit typed questions via 
chat box. After the presentation, there will be a brief Q&A via 
teleconference call line to provide real time answers to participant 
questions. In order to address as many participants as possible, 
questions should be clear and concise, and limited to general 
topics only.

To join this symposium, connect to both the videoconference and 
teleconference number.

Videoconference info: 

https://paragon-tec.adobeconnect.com/msi-symposium/

Teleconference info:

Dial toll free: 1-844-467-6272
Enter participant passcode: 529064

A written transcript of this symposium will be posted to the NSPIRES
website. Questions asked during the call will also be posted.

Questions should be sent to Clarence.F.Jones@nasa.gov.

At any time, you may test your system and internet connection at: 

http://admin.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

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[NASA] CHANGES TO THE ROSES-15 SUMMARY OF SOLICITATION

A number of corrections and clarifications have been made to the 
ROSES-15 Summary of Solicitation. 

In response to comments from proposing organizations, the ROSES-2015 
Summary of Solicitation has been modified in a few ways. First, award 
dollar values are no longer required for the current and pending 
support section. Second, we have clarified the rules about the order 
of components of the Scientific/Technical section of the proposal, as 
well as the location of the Table of Personnel and Work Effort. 
Finally, new program elements previously added to ROSES via amendments 
now appear in the list of appendices.

A more detailed description of these changes and comparisons to what 
appears in the guidebook for proposers appears at: 

http://nasascience.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/
roses-2015

Proposers should also read the ROSES-2015 Summary of Solicitation.

Questions concerning these changes may be directed to: 
Max Bernstein at sara@nasa.gov


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[NASA] PRE-PROPOSAL WEBEX/TELECONFERENCE: MINORITY UNIVERSITY RESEARCH 
AND EDUCATION PROJECT (MUREP) AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKAN NATIVE 
STEM PARTNERSHIP (MAIANSP)

Pre-proposal Teleconference/Webex
Thursday, May 21, 2015
3:00 pm EDT

You are strongly advised to check the MAIANSP page in NSPIRES webpage 
before connecting for any changes.

Announcement Number: NNH14ZHA001N, Catalog of Federal Domestic 
Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008

The teleconference will provide an in-depth overview of the MAIANSP 
opportunity and proposal requirements. Please visit the MAIANSP 
page in NSPIRES for information regarding this NASA opportunity.

After the presentations, there will be a brief Q&A session. 

Connection Instructions: 

WebEx (for the visua; component)

Meeting Number: 395 781 200
Meeting Password: MAIANSP123!

https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/j.php?MTID=m661bd1635c25281
4ff5b28d893d50ed7

To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link:

https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/j.php?MTID=m3d02ab7a3671f4c
09e3427b69cd22ce6

Teleconference (for the audio component)

Call-in number: 866-844-9416
Participant passcode: 9768771

If calling from outside the US, send an email to the 
NASAMAIANSP@nasaprs.com for an out-of-country phone number.

Presentation slides and a written transcript of the teleconference 
will be posted to the NSPIRES website. Questions asked during the 
call will be part of the MAIANSP FAQ document.

Questions regarding this session should be sent to:
NASAMAIANSP@nasaprs.com

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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 research opportunity is:

https://www3.orau.gov/NPDoc/Catalog/18395

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: 

http://bit.ly/1JkwABH

For further information and to apply, visit: 

http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc/description/index.htm

Questions: nasapostdoc@orau.org


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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH POSITION: PLANETARY GEOCHRONOLOGY/INSTRUMENT 
DEVELOPMENT

https://www3.orau.gov/NPDoc/Catalog/18395

We are seeking a postdoctoral scholar to help develop our LIBS-MS 
geochronology instrument. Examples of projects that may be pursued 
include understanding how LIBS and mass spectrometry techniques can 
be used to understand planetary lithologies, comparing K-Ar and Ar-Ar 
ages of planetary samples with complex thermal histories, and/or 
investigating experimental conditions (pressure, temperature, viewing 
angle, measurement techniques, etc.) to optimize flight instrument 
workflow and hardware. Candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. 
Barbara Cohen (barbara.a.cohen@nasa.gov) directly to develop a 
research proposal. Applications are due July 1 and must be submitted 
through the NASA Postdoctoral Program web site:

http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc/

Dr. Barbara Cohen
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
256-961-7566 
Barbara.A.Cohen@nasa.gov


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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH IN CORE/OCEAN GEOMAGNETISM

NASA-GSFC/CRESST/University of Maryland

Applications are now being accepted for a Postdoctoral 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 core/ocean geomagnetism. Additional 
details are available at:

http: //www.astro.umd.edu/employment/index.html#Geomag

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, dynamical oceanography/meteorology, 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. Familiarity with UNIX OS, FORTRAN, and 
parallel computing is a strong plus.

The University of Maryland is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity 
Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. All 
applications received by May 22, 2015 will receive full consideration.


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POSITION AVAILABLE: PLANETARY RADAR RESEARCH SCIENTIST AT THE 
ARECIBO OBSERVATORY

The Arecibo Observatory has an opening for a postdoctoral or research 
scientist position in the Solar System Studies group studying near-
Earth asteroids and other Solar System bodies with the Arecibo 
Observatory Planetary Radar system and the William E. Gordon Telescope. 
This position would involve observations, data processing, archiving, 
and modeling of near-Earth asteroids and other Solar System bodies 
with the Arecibo Planetary radar system. Experience with radar 
observations and techniques is not a prerequisite. Experience and 
interest in astronomical observations of Solar System objects, 
small-bodies geophysics, astronomical instrumentation, and / or 
numerical inverse modeling are desirable. The incumbent would be 
resident in Arecibo, Puerto Rico and be an employee of Universities 
Space Research Association. The incumbent would be expected to 
participate in radar observations and also carry out an independent 
research program, and would be encouraged to apply for partial 
funding support. The Observatory and the Solar System group have 
significant computing facilities. Conference travel and equipment 
support are available.

To apply please visit:

http://tinyurl.com/lgecxmp

For further information, please contact Dr. Mike Nolan at:
nolan@naic.edu


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LUNAR AND SMALL BODIES GRADUATE CONFERENCE 2015 - ANNOUNCEMENT 
AND ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Lunar and Small Bodies 
Graduate Conference (LunGradCon 2015) to be held on Monday, July 20, 
2015 at the NASA Ames Research Center, preceding the NASA Exploration 
Science Forum (ESF). With the expanded interests of the Solar System 
Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), the scope of this 
year's LunGradCon is expanded to include both lunar and small bodies
science. LunGradCon provides an opportunity for grad students and 
early-career postdocs to present their research on lunar and small 
body science in a low-stress, friendly environment, being critiqued 
only by their peers. In addition to oral presentations, the conference 
presents opportunities for professional development and networking 
with fellow grad students and postdocs, as well as senior members of 
SSERVI. A limited amount of funding will be provided for travel and 
lodging costs. The deadline for registration and abstract submission 
is June 5th 2015, 11:59 PM PDT.

For more details, please visit:

http://impact.colorado.edu/lungradcon/2015/

or email any questions to: lungradcon@gmail.com


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DIRECTOR, NASA ASTROBIOLOGY INSTITUTE (NAI) APPLICATION DEADLINE 
EXTENDED

New deadline: July 10, 2015

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. S/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. S/he should have experience in leading 
a diverse staff ranging from established scientists to support 
personnel, resource planning, and executing budgets and schedules. 
S/he 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 
missions.

Interested individuals should apply at: 

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/393518700

or at:

https://www.usajobs.gov/

In the keyword search box, type vacancy number "AR15S0001". Select 
"Director, NASA Astrobiology Institute", then click "Apply Online".


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TRAINING OPPORTUNITY PHOTOGRAMMETRIC PROCESSING OF PLANETARY STEREO 
IMAGERY USING ISIS AND SOCET SET

The Planetary Photogrammetry Guest Facility at the Astrogeology 
Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey would like to announce 
its Call for Participation for a training opportunity on July 27-29, 
2015. This training will cover photogrammetric processing of planetary 
stereo imagery using ISIS and SOCET SET software developed by BAE 
Systems. The training is FREE to participants, and will cover end-to-
end, hands-on photogrammetric procedures for surface extraction 
(i.e., digital elevation model generation) from Mars Reconnaissance 
Orbiter HiRISE image pairs. For additional information and sign-up 
instructions, please see:

http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/facilities/photogrammetry-guest-facility


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PLANETARY MEETING CALENDAR ADDITIONS

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

October 20-22, 2015
Annual Meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group
http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/leag2015
Columbia, MD

November 2-4, 2015
Workshop on Space Weathering of Airless Bodies
http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/airlessbodies2015/
Houston, TX

[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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POLARIMETRY OF STARS AND PLANETARY SYSTEMS

Cambridge University Press is pleased to announce the publication 
of "Polarimetry of Stars and Planetary Systems" edited by Ludmilla 
Kolokolova, James Hough and Anny-Chantal Levasseur-Regourd. 
Summarising the striking advances of the last two decades, this 
introduction to astronomical polarimetry provides a comprehensive 
review of state-of-the-art techniques, models and research methods. 
Focusing on optical and near-infrared wavelengths, each chapter 
addresses a different facet of recent innovations, including new 
instrumentation, techniques and theories; new methods based on 
laboratory studies, enabling the modeling of polarimetric 
characteristics for a wide variety of objects; and emerging fields 
of polarimetric exploration, including protoplanetary and debris 
disks, icy satellites, TNOs, exoplanets, and astrobiological 
applications. With contributions from an international team of 
accomplished researchers, this is an ideal resource for researchers 
working in astrophysics, earth and planetary sciences, and remote 
sensing keen to learn more about this valuable diagnostic tool. 
The book is dedicated to the memory of renowned polarimetrist Tom 
Gehrels.

More information and sample pages are available at:

www.cambridge.org/9781107043909


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