1) Journée "Préparation aux retours d'échantillons extra-terrestres" | 26 janvier 2021 | Inscription & site web

            Date limie d'inscription: le 21 janvier 2021. Site web pour s'inscrire : https://echantillons-ht.sciencesconf.org/
La réunion se déroulera entièrement via zoom. Seuls les inscrits recevront le lien.
    Chères et chers collègues,

 Le CNES et le PNP organise une réunion d'information et de préparation pour la communauté planétologique française au retour des échantillons extra-terrestres qui vont se multiplier dans les prochaines années:

Astéroïdes: HY2, OSIRIS-REX, MMX, ZhengHe
Lune: Shang'e 5 & 6 et projets américains
Mars: Mars Sample Return
 Les objectifs de cette réunion sont

d'informer une large communauté de l'implication du CNES dans ces missions, des partenariats éventuellement signés par le CNES avec les agences nationales, et des calendriers des appels d'offre
que le communauté fasse part de ses intentions (réponse aux appels d'offre) et fasse remonter d'éventuels besoins en instrumentation analytique associés, en collaboration et aide au montage de consortium pour répondre aux AO.
Nous vous remercions d'avance pour votre contribution,

    Bien cordialement,

            Le CS du PNP.

2) ESA Academy's Training Sessions Online
In the first half of 2021, ESA Education Office  will continue delivering ESA Academy’s Training Sessions online. Two opportunities are currently open for University students application:

Online Introduction to Space Law Training Course 2021

During this five day online training course, university students will be offered an introductory overview of space law delivered by ESA and external experts: why it is necessary today to regulate space activities and how it applies practically to space missions, from the smallest of projects like a university’s CubeSat project, the most famous feats of space endeavours like human spaceflight and the International Space Station right through to forward-looking questions like planetary defence. By the end of this programme, students will appreciate the importance of law in the realisation of a space mission and they will have an overview of the international legal frameworks which governs the space activity today.
Dates: 1-5 March 2021
Open to: Bachelor, Master or PhD students in an engineering or scientific degree.
Deadline to apply: 22 January 2021

Online Earth Observation Satellite System Design Training Course 2021

During the ten online afternoon sessions, university students will be provided with insights on the entire development of an Earth Observation satellite, from the definition of the initial requirements to the final in-orbit verifications, including risks assessment and ground operations, and with an emphasis on the sizing of the Earth Observation instruments. Taught by current and former ESA experts and external experts, this course will be delivered through formal online lectures, which will be complemented by a group project, where the students will design a simple Earth Observation satellite.
Dates: 22 March-2 April 2021
Open to: Master, or PhD student in an engineering or science degree with a solid mathematics and physics background.
Deadline to apply: 8 February 2021

Please do not hesitate to contact ESA Education Office for any questions and to share this information with your colleagues or on your social media.

Best regards,

ESA Education Office

PS: Interested in ESA Academy's Training Sessions in other domains? Have a look at our portfolio on

3) vEGU 2021 Call for Abstracts | Wednesday, 20 January at 13:00 CET
PS2.1 Atmospheres and exospheres of terrestrial planets, satellites, and exoplanets

Dear colleagues,

I’m pleased to announce that the abstract submission is open for vEGU 2021, held online on 19-30 April 2021.

The deadline for the abstract submission is 20 January 2021, 13:00 CET.

I would like to draw your attention to our session: Atmospheres and exospheres of terrestrial planets, satellites, and exoplanets

"This session primarily focuses on the neutral atmospheres of terrestrial bodies other than the Earth. This includes not only Venus and Mars, but also exoplanets with comparable envelopes and satellites carrying dense atmospheres such as Titan or exospheres such as Ganymede. We welcome contributions dealing with processes affecting the atmospheres of these bodies, from the surface to the exosphere. We invite abstracts concerning observations, both from Earth or from space, modeling and theoretical studies, or laboratory work. Comparative planetology abstracts will be particularly appreciated.”

If you consider submitting an abstract in this session, you can use the following link

Hope to see you online!

Best regards,

The conveners
Arnaud Beth, Arianna Piccialli, Jan Vatant d'Ollone


Deadline for abstract submission is Jan 20, 2021, 13:00 CET.

As conveners we would like to invite researchers in the planetary space
weather community and in the planetary environments to submit
abstracts to our session of the virtual conference “vEGU21: Gather Online”

In the present session, we welcome abstracts from all planets’ upstream solar wind activities and their relation to planetary space weather, including especially magnetized bodies (like Mercury, the Earth, Saturn and Jupiter) as well as comparisons with unmagnetized bodies (Mars and Venus).
Since in these years many operative missions have among their science goals the planetary space weather, such as BepiColombo that will have soon two Venus Flybys and then six Mercury flybys, or Solar Orbiter that will have diverse Venus flybys as well, special focus of this session will be on Venus and Mercury and on the possible studies related to multi spacecraft observations.
In this frame, we welcome studies on:
• magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling dynamics (and auroras where present);
• the solar wind interaction with planets and moons
• inter-comparisons of planetary environments;
• observations of space weather effects from space probes and Earth-based instrumentation;
• theoretical modeling and simulations, especially in view of measurement analysis and interpretation;
• potential impacts of space weathering on technological space systems.

For detailed information, see:

Conveners: Philippe Garnier, Markus Franz, Anna Milillo, Zhonghua Yao

4) Postdoctoral Position in Moon-Plasma Interactions | University of Iowa
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa is searching for a postdoctoral research scientist to work with THEMIS-ARTEMIS data to study the interaction of plasma with the Earth's Moon in the solar wind and terrestrial magnetosphere. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with Prof. Jasper Halekas and other group members at the University of Iowa, as well as other researchers from the THEMIS-ARTEMIS team. More details and application instructions are available at (http://physics.uiowa.edu/~jhalekas/Moon-Plasma-Postdoc.html). Please contact Prof. Halekas (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) with any questions about the position.

5) Postdoctoral Near-field VLBI Support Scientist | JIVE, Dwingeloo, The Netherlands

JIVE, the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC, is the central organisation of the European VLBI Network (EVN). The EVN is an interferometric array of radio telescopes spread throughout Europe, extending into Asia, Africa, and Puerto Rico, and often observes in conjunction with the e-MERLIN interferometer in the UK, the East Asia VLBI Network (EAVN), the Long Baseline Network (LBA) in the Southern hemisphere, and the VLBA and other telescopes in the USA. JIVE implements the core data processing and user services that turn the network of distributed telescopes into a single scientific facility to study the radio sky at the highest possible resolution. The Institute is located in Dwingeloo, the Netherlands, and is hosted by ASTRON - the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy.
JIVE is a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) whose primary mission is to operate the EVN VLBI correlator, to provide support to the EVN users and member telescopes, and conduct advanced research in radio astronomy and synergistic science areas.
In particular, JIVE is actively developing new correlator capabilities, including real-time e-VLBI, space science applications and mm-VLBI developments (e.g. EHT consortium). The Institute is involved in collaboration with several Dutch universities, and interactions with other radio-astronomy institutes throughout Europe. For further information regarding JIVE and the EVN, refer to www.jive.eu and www.evlbi.org. This position opening also appears in the AAS Job Register and on the JIVE web site (www.jive.eu/vacancies-jive).
We invite applications for the position of JIVE Near-Field VLBI Support Scientist to become available from as early as March 2021. Since 2003 JIVE, together with its ERIC members and associated organisations, members of the EVN and other institutes develops and applies the technique of near-field VLBI (NF VLBI). This technique enables achieving high-precision estimates of state-vector of point-like sources of radio emission (spacecraft) within the Solar System by means of measuring the radial velocity and lateral celestial position of the target. The technique has been successfully demonstrated for a number of planetary and space science missions, such as the ESA's Huygens Titan Probe, SMART-1, Venus Express, Mars Express, the Russia-led RadioAstron mission and others. JIVE, as the Principal Investigator's organisation, together with the Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands) and other partners is leading the Planetary Radio Interferometry and Doppler Experiment (PRIDE) of the ESA JUICE (Jupiter and Icy Moons Explorer) mission scheduled to launch in the middle of 2022 (https://sci.esa.int/web/juice/home).
The advertised position has a split between support duties and the appointee's own research as follows:
40% - participation in the development, live tests and science exploitation of the PRIDE-JUICE:
25% - support to the EVN users in conducting near-field VLBI and other space science VLBI experiments with the EVN
35% - own scientific and other activities
Job description:
maintaining and developing the NF VLBI capabilities of the EVN network and its data processing facilities at JIVE;
 participating in JUICE mission preparatory activities at all stages of the mission covered by the current appointment of the employee;
close interaction with the Department of Astrodynamics and Space Missions of the Delft University of Technology in the development of PRIDE-JUICE;
assisting EVN users to schedule and analyse NF VLBI experiments, monitoring EVN performance in these experiments;
overseeing the data processing of the NF VLBI experiments at JIVE: data-quality review, preparation of PI/station feedback, liaison with users and network telescopes, etc.
In concurrence with the JIVE management and the partners at the TU Delft, the position might include some limited involvement in teaching and supervising activities.
The position may also involve a modest amount of other local-service collateral duties, such as visitor coordination or organizing colloquia.
Job requirements: The candidate should have earned a Ph.D. in astronomy, space science, physics or other relevant field by the time of taking up the position, and demonstrate a solid foundation in radio interferometry techniques. A good command of written and spoken English is essential, and an interest in VLBI processing software and/or interest/experience in spacecraft state estimation would be a plus.
The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement Research Institutions. We offer:
A fulltime 38 hours per week temporary appointment in the service of the Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes (NWO-I) for the duration of two years which can be extended for a total duration of three years pending good performance.
A gross monthly salary, on a full time basis, in the range of € 3,383 to € 4,452 depending on relevant experience.
A holiday allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.33% of the gross annual salary.
A solid pension scheme (ABP).
42 vacation days per year on a full time basis.
An excellent package of secondary benefits, including relocation expenses, an opportunity to participate in the collective healthcare insurance and possibility for parental leave
JIVE is an equal-opportunity employer. Applicants of any nationality/citizenship are eligible to apply.
For more information about this vacancy, please contact Erika Timmerman, HR Officer (+31 (0)521-595-100; Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.). For additional enquiries please contact Prof. L.I. Gurvits (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.), head of Space Science and Innovative Applications at JIVE.
Applications should contain a CV including a list of publications, and a description of research interests. Please forward application materials to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser., mentioning reference number JIVE2021/02. Please arrange for three letters of reference to be sent separately to the same address.
Applications reaching JIVE by 1 March 2021 will receive a full consideration.