1) Décès de Wojciech Markiewicz

C'est avec tristesse que nous avons appris le décès récent de Wojciech Markiewicz. Wojciech a contribué depuis de nombreuses années à l’amélioration de notre connaissance des atmosphères telluriques, et fut très actif au cours des années pionnières de l’exploration martienne à la fin des années 90. Wojciech a par la suite pris la responsabilité scientifique de l’imageur Venus Monitoring Camera sur la sonde de l’ESA Venus Express. Grâce à son instrument et l’analyse des données qu’il en a tirée, Wojtek a contribué de façon majeure à la résolution d’énigmes entourant les épais nuages vénusiens.

Homme passionné, connu pour sa rigueur et l’élégance de ses raisonnements, Wojciech travaillait depuis plus d’une décennie au Max Planck Institute à Lindau. Il nous laisse à 61 ans orphelins d’un collègue mais aussi d’un ami.

Écrit par Franck Montmessin pour le PNP

2) Postdoc and graduate student opportunities at UC Davis

Dear colleagues,

I am seeking postdocs and graduate students for a range of research opportunities in planet formation, collisional processes, and material properties at high pressures and temperatures.  Please pass along this information to potential students and postdocs.

The U. California has funded a new Center for Frontiers in High Energy Density Science (beginning March 2017). The Center is a collaboration between 5 UC campuses, LLNL, and LANL that supports research and education on a variety of topics, including studies of materials at high pressures with applications to planetary sciences.

In addition, the new Shock Compression Laboratory at UC Davis is celebrating our opening this month. The lab has a single stage and a two-stage light gas gun and research projects on the equation of state and dynamic deformation of planetary materials.

Interested students and postdocs should contact me (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) to discuss the research opportunities with this new Center and other funded projects.

**** Note that our graduate application deadline has been moved to December 15. ****
(but late applications will be considered)

Postdoctoral positions may commence as soon as early 2017.

More information about current research topics is available at sarahtstewart.net

Best regards,

3) Post-doctoral position for the analysis of VIRTIS/Rosetta data

A 2-year post-doctoral position in cometary science is opened at the Observatory of Paris (LESIA, CNRS, Meudon). Successful candidates will be expected to start their fellowship before October 2017.
  The successfull applicant will analyse infrared spectra of the atmosphere of comet 67P/Churyomov-Gerasimenko obtained with the high-spectral resolution channel of the VIRTIS/Rosetta instrument (Visible Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer) built at the Observatory of Paris. The project will focuss on the study of the distributions of H2O, CO2 gases and organics, and their seasonal, diurnal, and regional variations to understand the processes which control cometary activity. Other topics of interest could be considered. The applicant will benefit of a dynamic research environment, with the possibility to interact with scientists involved in several Rosetta instruments. Conference travel and equipment support will be provided.
  A PhD in astrophysics is required. The following skills will be considered in the evaluation process of the applicants :
  - working knowledge in planetary science, and comets
  - expertise in the reduction of infrared spectroscopic observations
  - knowledge in radiative transfer
  - previous experience in space missions, in particular Rosetta, is an asset.
  Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, a short review of previous works and statement of research interest. They should arrange for two reference letters. Applications should be sent via email to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.. The closing date is 28 February 2017.  

4) Info sur la mission Hera, candidate M5.

Une proposition de sonde de rentrée dans l'atmosphère de Saturne, d'initiative Française, a été soumise à l'appel M5 de l'ESA, avec pour but de mesurer in situ la composition de la planète géante jusqu'à une profondeur de 20 bars. Cette proposition est basée sur une collaboration Europe-USA au sein de laquelle l'ESA construirait la sonde qui serait portée vers Saturne à bord d'un vaisseau NASA (mission New Frontier ou Flagship). Ce scénario permet au budget d'une sonde de rentrée dans l'atmosphère de Saturne d'être largement contenu dans l'enveloppe M5.
La proposition Hera peut être téléchargée sur: http://hera.lam.fr/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Hera_M5.pdf
Contact: Olivier Mousis (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)

5) PostDoc position on Cassini (planetary space physics) available in Sweden - deadline 26 January 2017

The Swedish Institute of Space Physics, IRF, is a governmental institute that does basic
research and education in space physics, atmospheric physics and space technology. Many of
the projects within IRF are large international projects in collaboration with other research
institutes and space related organisations. IRF has about one hundred employees at four
locations; Kiruna, Uppsala, Umeå and Lund. More information about IRF: www.irf.se.
Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden, is seeking candidates for a position as
Post-doctoral scientist with interests in planetary space physics
The specific aim of this project is to investigate the structure and dynamics of Saturn’s
ionosphere and its interaction with the charged dust and plasma near its rings. The Cassini
mission will end in 2017 in a spectacular fashion, with close orbits through the ring systems,
as well as passages through the upper atmosphere and ionosphere of Saturn. The Radio &
Plasma Wave Science (RPWS) instrument package on board Cassini includes a Langmuir
probe (LP), designed, built and operated by IRF in Uppsala. Data from this instrument will be
analysed during the grande finale, in order to study the ring dust and plasma and make the
first ever detailed in-situ measurements of the ionosphere of the gas giant. Specific topics to
address include:
• Characterisation of dust and plasma close to and within the rings.
• Characterisation of Saturn’s ionosphere at the lowest encountered altitudes.
• Investigate the coupling between the rings and the ionosphere, and possible effects on
the latitudinal structure of Saturn’s upper atmosphere.
• Characterisation of the north and south auroral topside ionosphere.
• Investigation of whether Saturn lightning storms interact electro-dynamically with the
Candidates should have completed (or expect to complete) a PhD in space physics or a related
field during 2013 or later. Candidates planning to obtain their PhD degree before April 2017
may apply for this position. If the candidate has an older degree and wants to refer to special
circumstances, such as parental leave, this should be clearly stated. Candidates should
demonstrate experience in spacecraft data analysis, as part of national and international
collaborations. Experience with theoretical modelling is an advantage. Interest and experience
in development of instrumental techniques and methods will be positively valued, as will
experience in coordination of scientific activities. The candidate should not currently be an
active researcher at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Uppsala or the Department of
Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University, Sweden.
Applications should include a CV, a short introduction letter stating the applicant’s research
interests and relevant experience, a letter from the supervisor stating when the PhD degree is
expected (if the PhD degree has not yet been achieved), description and proof of previous
post-doctoral positions and/or similar relevant research work (if available), names and contact
information for two professional references, and reprints of not more than 4 selected
publications. The position is available at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, located at the
Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden, from the first half of 2017, for a period of 2 years.
Closing date for applications is January 26, 2017.

Further information can be given by:
Associate Professor Jan-Erik Wahlund, +46-18-4715946, Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.
Dr. David Andrews, Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.
Dr. Michiko Morooka, Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

Applications are accepted, preferably by email to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser., or by post to
Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF)
Box 812,
981 28 Kiruna,
Give Reference number: Dnr 2.2.1-312/16
If your application is sent by e-mail you should get a confirmation that we have received it. If
you do not get the confirmation within three days, please contact the registrar: tel. +46-980-
790 00.

6) Theoretical astrophysics postdoc (exoplanets, disks and compact objects),  Cornell University

Email Inquires: Prof. Dong Lai (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)
Applications: Submitted online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo?job-2510-7908.

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position at Cornell University. We are interested in candidates with prior experience in theoretical/ computational astrophysics. The successful applicant will work with Prof. Dong Lai on various theoretical astrophysics problems, focusing on astrophysical (particle and fluid/MHD) dynamics, with applications to exoplanets, accretion disks and compact objects (black holes, neutron stars and white dwarfs).

The successful applicant will join the research group of Prof. Dong Lai (see http://astro.cornell.edu/~dong/research.html) at the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science, housed in the Academic Department of Astronomy.
He/she will also have opportunity to interact with other theoretical astrophysicists and planetary scientists at Cornell, as well as opportunity to carry out independent research.

The position is for one year, renewable to up to a total of 3 years contingent on funding and performance. The nominal starting date is September 1, 2017 but an earlier date is possible.

Inquiries may be addressed to Prof. Dong Lai (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.).
Applicants should submit a CV (including a list of publications) and a brief (1-3 pages) description of research interests, all in a single pdf file, https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo?job-2510-7908.
They should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted to the same site. (Please note the applicant's name, followed by "Research Associate Position of Prof. Dong Lai" in the subject heading).  All materials should be received by December 20, 2016. Later applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Cornell University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Woman and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

7) Troisième atélier Plato/France

Le troisième atelier annuel pour la communauté française sur la mission spatiale PLATO aura lieu les 24 et 25 janvier 2017 à Montpellier.
Ce troisième atelier PLATO-France sera ainsi dédié à l'activité stellaire, son origine, sa variabilité et sa dépendance aux paramètres physiques (masse, âge, rotation, métallicité, ...), et aux moyens de préparer la communauté à l'analyse et à la modélisation des futures données PLATO.

Toutes les informations pratiques sont disponibles sur le site web de  l'atelier  : https://plato-france3.sciencesconf.org/

L'inscription à cet atelier PLATO est sans frais mais reste obligatoire sur le site web, avant le 13 Janvier.

Nous vous invitons également à déposer vos propositions de contributions orales sur le site avant le 22 Décembre 2016.

Pour tout contact : Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

Information transmise par Magali Deleuil, Agnès Lèbre et Ana Palacios

8) LAST CALL - EGU Abstracts for PS6.1 Exoplanets: Observations and modeling
We would like to draw your attention to the following session to be held at the EGU General Assembly in Vienna, 23-28 April 2017:   

    PS6.1 Exoplanets: Observations and modeling

    Convened by Lena Noack, James Cho, Daniel Winterhalter, Yann Alibert and John Lee Grenfell

A main goal of this session is to discuss the observations, formation and interior/atmosphere dynamics of exoplanets. This includes recent observations of exoplanets from spacecraft and from ground-based observatories as well as papers discussing the status of, and/or plans for, future observations.

Further, theoretical and numerical models, in particular those that interpret or provide support for present and future observations, will be of strong interest.

Another topic of high interest pertains the availability and observation of organic matter in planetary systems.


Submit at:    http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2017/abstractsubmission/23175

We would highly welcome your abstract in our session!   

 We look forward to seeing you in Vienna,

- The conveners of PS6.1

9) LAST CALL - EGU Abstracts for PS5.1/ST2.7 Planetary Plasma Physics and Interactions in the Solar System

Please consider submitting an abstract to the session PS5.1/ST2.7
Planetary Plasma Physics and Interactions in the Solar System of the EGU
General Assembly to be held 23-­28 April 2017, in Vienna, Austria:


The abstract submission deadline is 11 January 2017, 13:00 CET. Please
note that this year late abstracts can only be accepted after approval by
the Programme Committee; it also will entail a late abstract fee of 80

The emphasis of the session is on all aspects of planetary plasma physics
and interactions in the Solar System, including :
(a) magnetospheres, ionospheres, auroras
(b) the solar wind interaction with planets, moons, asteroids and comets
(c) plasma interactions with exospheres, dust and surfaces (e.g. at
Mercury, Europa, Ganymede, our Moon, etc.)
(d) intercomparisons of planetary environments

Contributions are welcome which address previous (e.g. CHANDRAYAAN-1,
EXPRESS, MAVEN, CHANG'E 2,JUNO), forthcoming (e.g. BEPI COLOMBO) and
planned (e.g. JUICE) observations from space. Analyses of ground-based
observations of neutral and ionized environments are welcome. Theoretical
modelling and simulations are also strongly encouraged, both in themselves
and as a basis for intercomparisons and interpretation of measurements.
Laboratory studies on planetary analogues aiming to simulate the
surface-plasma interaction are considered as well.

Hope to see you in Vienna!

With best regards,
The conveners
Anna Milillo, Aikaterina Radioti, Natalia Ganushkina and Philippe Garnier

10) Research Fellowship position in Mars Atmosphere Modeling / ESA (ESOC) / Deadline 12 Jan 2017

A position advertised, for ESA-ESOC (Germany):


"The research fellow will be part of the orbit determination team that is in charge of performing TGO (Exomars orbiter) orbit determination and predictions during the aerobraking campaign and that will have to provide a reliable prediction of key Martian atmosphere parameters to other Flight Dynamics systems."

"Applicants must have recently completed their PhD studies in the field of engineering, physics or mathematics. Experience in atmospheric science is an advantage."

Deadline 12 Jan 2017


11) workshop "Formation of the Solar System and the Origin of Life", Leiden, February 20--24, 2017

we are happy to announce the workshop "Formation of the Solar System
and the Origin of Life" that will take place at the Lorentz Center in
Leiden, the Netherlands, February 20--24, 2017:


With the discovery of more than 3500 exoplanets, the question of how
our Solar System formed and how life developed naturally arises. The
workshop aims to address this main scientific question, which requires
interdisciplinary efforts, using knowledge from a wide range of
disciplines including planetary science, geology, chemistry, biology,
and astronomy. We want to trigger communication among international
researchers from these different disciplines, allowing the puzzle
pieces of solar system formation history to form a complete picture.

The registration is now open. The capacity of the workshop is 55
participants and we aim at an interdisciplinary audience. The first
registration round is open until December 19, 2016 and we will confirm
participation in early January. We encourage early-career researchers
to register (there is no conference fee). We are in the process of
securing additional funding which we will use to financially support
PhD students and postdoc participants.

Best wishes from the organizing committee,
Maxwell Cai
Lucie Jilkova
Susanne Pfalzner
Simon Portegies Zwart

12) Conference Early Earth and ExoEarths: origin and evolution of life, Warsaw, Poland | 3-7 April, 2017
The meeting will cover a multitude of scientific subjects ranging from star and planet formation until the early evolution of life on Earth. It aims to bring together astronomers, physicists, chemists, geologists and biologists as well as academics and students from humanities to discuss the most important questions and newest findings in all related disciplines.


13) EPSC2017 - First announcement and call-for-sessions

The 12th European Planetary Science Congress will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga, Latvia, from 17–22 September 2017.

We thank you for making this year’s joint meeting with DPS in Pasadena, United States, a great success.
The EPSC2017 will revert to the traditional EPSC structure, with sessions for industry and amateurs and this year’s outreach theme will be enlarging our community.

As with the previous highly successful EPSC meetings, EPSC2017 provides an attractive platform to exchange and present results, develop new ideas and to network the planetary science community in Europe. A forum you might say! It will have a distinctively interactive style, with a mix of talks, workshops and posters, intended to provide a stimulating environment for the community to meet.

The modern congress hotel is very close to the Old Town of Riga, a vibrant, attractive Baltic city with lots of interesting historical sites.

The success of EPSC is founded on the excellence of its sessions and conveners. So we encourage you to make session or workshop proposals on the conference website before 25 January 2017:


The meeting will cover the whole scope of planetary science with typically 50 sessions of different types.

We look forward to many proposals for exciting sessions and look forward to seeing you in Riga.

Best regards,

Manuel Grande and Maria Teresa Capria
Scientific Organizing Committee Chairs

Amara Graps
Local Organizing Committee Chair

Mario Ebel
Copernicus Meetings

14) poste MCF `a Lyon 1 sur Composition des surfaces planétaires à partir des données spatiales

ENSEIGNEMENT: Systèmes d'Informations Géographiques
La cartographie numérique, la télédétection et les systèmes d'informations géographiques (SIGs)
sont des compétences indispensables aux professionnels des sciences de l’environnement. Ces disciplines font
partie intégrante des cursus de sciences de la Terre, de biologie (biodiversité), de physique (risques
atmosphériques), ou d’environnement (ex : Institut du Génie d'l'environnement et de l'écodéveloppement) mais
ont aussi un fort potentiel dans d'autres disciplines de Lyon1 comme l'épidémiologie. Le/la MdC interviendra en
Licence et Master essentiellement dans les parcours professionnalisant où l'expertise des SIGs est indispensable.
Le/la MdC aura la charge de proposer en premier cycle une UE transversale en SIGs pour que cette
compétence transdisciplinaire (parmi le top10 des emplois de demain) puissent être proposée à un large spectre
d'étudiants. Le/la MdC saura aussi s'investir dans la formation continue de ces techniques qui a un très fort
Contact enseignement :
Pascal Allemand, Pr, Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser., 0472448441

RECHERCHE: Composition des surfaces planétaires à partir des données spatiales
L’étude des surfaces planétaires par imagerie hyperspectrale depuis l'orbite ou par spectroscopie in
situ a permis des avancées scientifiques majeures notamment sur la planète Mars. Le laboratoire de Géologie de
Lyon dans le cadre de l'émergence d'une thématique souhaite renforcer son expertise en planétologie par le
recrutement d’un(e) spécialiste de la composition des surfaces planétaires. Le/la MdC saura analyser les
données orbitales ou in situ des missions en cours ou à venir en terme de composition. Le/la Mcf pourra coupler
l'analyse de données avec des approches expérimentales et/ou des modélisations physico-chimiques. Il/elle
développera des problématiques scientifiques sur l’évolution crustale des corps planétaires (Mars, Lune,
Mercure, astéroïdes...) et/ou la caractérisation des sites potentiellement habitables dans le système solaire et/ou
la dynamique des échanges surface/atmosphère. Il/elle développera des méthodes de traitement pour
contraindre les abondances minéralogiques ou des méthodes de combinaison de données d'imagerie via des
systèmes d'informations géographiques. Il/elle prendra une part active aux futures missions spatiales dans
lesquelles le laboratoire souhaite s' impliquer (ExoMars, Mars2020, Bepicolumbo...).
Contact recherche : Cathy Quantin-Nataf, Pr, Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser., 04 72 43 13 55