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
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
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:
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:
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
Closing date is 7 October 2016.
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:
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.
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:
To receive full consideration, applications must be submitted by
December 1, 2016.
[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
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
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.
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).
[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:
* Atmospheric Opacity
* Rover Motion Counter
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:
The following special services are provided for accessing MER data:
MER Analyst's Notebook:
Planetary Image Atlas:
To access the latest PDS Data Releases, please visit:
All available PDS data may be found at:
For further information, see the PDS Home Page:
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:
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
* 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
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:
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ASTROMETRY AND ASTROPHYSICS IN THE GAIA SKY
IAU Symposium 330
24-28 April 2017
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:
Alejandra Recio-Blanco, Anthony Brown and Timo Prusti (for the SOC)
Patrick de Laverny (for the LOC)
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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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and Tommy
Thompson, email@example.com, 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:
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.
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.
(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
firstname.lastname@example.org, addressed to the Exploration Fellowship Committee.
More information about the Exploration Fellowship can be found at:
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:
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 email@example.com.
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.
Due Date: 11:59pm EDT, November 4, 2016
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:
Please help CosmoQuest improve its programming and services related
to scientists by taking the survey.
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
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
To register, or to see more details of the workshop plans and
objectives, please see the workshop website at:
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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
April 24-28, 2017
Astrometry and Astrophysics in the Gaia Sky
May 22-26, 2017
Japan Geosciece Union Meeting
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