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Volume 9, Number 26
June 28, 2015

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

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1. Post-doc Position on Modelling and Observations of CO2 Ice Clouds 
   on Mars at LATMOS (France) 
2. Director, NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI)
3. [NASA] Notification of an Invitation to Membership on the 
   Formulation Assessment and Support Team (FAST) for the Asteroid 
   Redirect Mission
4. NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships
5. AGU Session P013 - Jove You Inside Out: Giant Planet Interiors, 
   Atmospheres, Aurorae, and Ionospheres
6. NASA Mars Landing Site/Exploration Zone Workshop
7. G. K. Gilbert Award Session at GSA 2015
8. Small Bodies Assessment Group 13th Meeting: Remote Participation 
   Information
9. Student Travel Grants for VEXAG Meeting #13 - Washington, DC
10. Planetary Meeting Calendar Additions

Commercial Announcement:

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POST-DOC POSITION ON MODELLING AND OBSERVATIONS OF CO2 ICE CLOUDS ON 
MARS AT LATMOS (FRANCE)

We are currently accepting applications for a fixed-term post-doc 
position (1 year + 1 additional year based on performance + a possible 
extension) on studying CO2 ice clouds on Mars. 

More information on the project and the importance of the CO2 ice 
clouds for Mars' climate can be found at:

http://www.latmos.ipsl.fr/index.php/fr/stages-theses/posting/77/
Post-doc%20position%20on%20modelling%20and%20observations%20of%
20CO2%20ice%20clouds%20on%20Mars%20

We welcome applications from interested scientists with a PhD in 
planetology, astronomy, meteorology, atmospheric sciences, or related 
fields. The applicants should have finished their PhD or provide 
evidence that they will obtain the PhD degree by the time the post-doc 
contract begins. Experience in atmospheric modelling, limb observation 
analysis, and/or radiative transfer modelling are recommended. Fluency 
in using unix/linux environments and Fortran programming will be 
appreciated. The gross salary is minimum 2500 EUR/month and depends on 
experience.

Applications (in English or in French) consisting in a CV, a 
publication list, at least one recommendation letter, and a motivation 
letter should be sent via email to Dr. Anni Maattanen  
(anni.maattanen@latmos.ipsl.fr) by August 15, 2015.


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DIRECTOR, NASA ASTROBIOLOGY INSTITUTE (NAI)

Application Deadline Extended to 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.

Apply at: 

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

You can also go to USAJobs 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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[NASA] NOTIFICATION OF AN INVITATION TO MEMBERSHIP ON THE FORMULATION 
ASSESSMENT AND SUPPORT TEAM (FAST) FOR THE ASTEROID REDIRECT MISSION

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) intends to 
release a letter of invitation for membership on the Formulation 
Assessment and Support Team (FAST) for the Asteroid Redirect Mission 
(ARM). ARM is part of NASA's plan to advance the new technologies and 
spaceflight capabilities needed for a human mission to the Martian 
system in the 2030s, as well as other future human and robotic 
missions. ARM includes the Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission (ARRM) 
and the Asteroid Redirect Crewed Mission (ARCM), along with leveraging 
the global asteroid-observation community's efforts to detect, track 
and characterize candidate asteroids. For additional information on 
how to apply for FAST membership, go to the NASA NSPIRES website at:

http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method
=init&solId={A680142F-8F79-93C8-CED4-644C30C5F31A}&path=open


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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 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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AGU SESSION P013 - JOVE YOU INSIDE OUT: GIANT PLANET INTERIORS, 
ATMOSPHERES, AURORAE, AND IONOSPHERES

We solicit new research findings about the magnetospheres, ionospheres, 
aurorae, neutral atmospheres and deep interiors of Jupiter, Saturn, 
Uranus, and Neptune. We especially encourage presentations about 
studies in anticipation of Juno's arrival at Jupiter, and the final 
phase of Cassini mission to Saturn, as both spacecraft will begin a 
critical phase of their missions in 2016; Juno will enter its orbit 
around Jupiter, and Cassini will go into the "Grand Finale" orbit 
which will take it inside the inner-most rings of Saturn. Other 
sources of data to be covered in our session include the continuing 
observation of Saturn by the Cassini spacecraft, and other recent 
space- and ground-based observation. We solicit results of long-term 
monitoring of all giant planets using ground- and space-based 
telescopes. We also encourage reports of recent activities at Uranus 
and Neptune. In addition, we solicit modeling and theoretical 
presentations that address these observational findings.

Deadline to submit an abstract: 5 August 2015, 11:59 P.M. EDT

To submit abstracts to this session, visit:

https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm15/preliminaryview.cgi/start.html

Conveners:
Kunio M Sayanagi, Hampton University
Ulyana Dyudina, Caltech
Scott G Edgington, JPL
Padma Yanamandra-Fisher, SSI


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NASA MARS LANDING SITE/EXPLORATION ZONE WORKSHOP

The First Landing Site/Exploration Zone Workshop for Human Missions to 
the Surface of Mars will be held October 27 to 30, 2015, at the Lunar 
Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston, TX. The purpose of this workshop 
is to identify and discuss candidate locations where humans could land, 
live and work on the martian surface.

NASA hopes to engage scientists, technologists and experts in human 
exploration during the conference, fostering collaboration among the 
teams that will enable humans to explore Mars in the coming decades.

Potential "Exploration Zones" will need to offer compelling science 
research while also providing resources that our astronauts can take 
advantage of during their pioneering of the Red Planet. First 
explorers will be limited to about 60 miles (100 km) of travel from 
their landing site due to life support and exploration technology 
requirements.

For More Information: 

http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/first-landing
-site-announcement.pdf


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G. K. GILBERT AWARD SESSION AT GSA 2015

The G. K. Gilbert award session at this year's GSA Annual Meeting, to 
take place in Baltimore, MD, Nov 1-4, is on the topic of "Understanding 
Mars' geology, from orbiter to rover-based exploration." This year's 
G. K. Gilbert awardee is Dr. Matt Golombek, from the Jet Propulsion 
Laboratory. The session is focused on the expanded view of Martian 
surface geology afforded by mobile robotic platforms, including the 
Mars Pathfinder, Mars Exploration Rovers, and the Mars Science 
Laboratory missions.
 
The GSA website is open until August 11 for abstract submissions, and 
abstracts are welcome for the G. K. Gilbert session. To submit to this 
session, please submit abstracts to the discipline pool and email the 
session co-chairs (Debra Buczkowski and Devon Burr) to let us know of 
your desire to present in the Gilbert session.
 
We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore in November!
 
Debra Buczkowski and Devon Burr
 

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SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP 13TH MEETING: REMOTE PARTICIPATION 
INFORMATION

The 13th meeting of the Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) will be 
held Monday, June 29 to midday July 1 in Washington, DC. Remote 
participation via Adobe Connect will be available from this link:

https://ac.arc.nasa.gov/sbag2015

The meeting agenda and other items are available on the SBAG website:

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/sbag/

We are looking forward to a productive meeting, starting on Monday!


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STUDENT TRAVEL GRANTS FOR VEXAG MEETING #13 - WASHINGTON, DC

Limited student travel support may be available for VEXAG Meeting 
#13, October 27-29, 2015, Washington DC. Selected students will have 
a 5-10 minutes to present.

Step (1) - Provide a Notice of Intent by Friday, July 10, 2015 to 
twthompson@jpl.nasa.gov containing:

- Legal Full Name
- Date of Birth and City/State of Birth
- Preferred Email Address + Phone Numbers
- Home Address
- Emergency Contact – Name, Relationship, and Phone Number
- Your Affiliation with Full Address and Phone Number
- Gender

If you are a foreign national or permanent resident alien, also 
provide:

- Country of Citizenship
- Birth Date and Birth City, State/Region and Country
- Passport Number, with Expiration Date
- Visa Type, with Effective and Expiration Dates
- Alien Registration # (if applicable)

Step (2) - Verify your request for by submitting by Friday, 
September 18, 2015 to twthompson@jpl.nasa.gov:

1) A one-page description of how your participation in this meeting 
   will benefit you professionally and contribute to NASA's 
   explorations of Venus. 
2) A short abstract for a 5-10 minute talk;
3) Your resume;
4) An endorsement from a faculty member.
 

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PLANETARY MEETING CALENDAR ADDITIONS

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

October 27-30, 2015
NASA Mars Landing Site/Exploration Zone Workshop
http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/first-landing-site-announcement.pdf
Houston, TX

May 29 - June 24, 2016
Water in the Solar System ad Beyond
http://www.vaticanobservatory.va/content/specolavaticana/en/summer-schools--voss-/voss2016.html
Castel Gandolfo, Vatican City State

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