1) Postdoctoral position: Interior modeling of rocky planets and solid exoplanets, DLR Berlin
Please find here a postdoctoral position on "interior modeling of rocky planets and solid exoplanets":


This vacancy at DLR Berlin is focusing on the development of improved structural and thermal models of
rocky planets and solid exoplanets in close collaboration with experimental and theoretical research
groups studying matter under extreme conditions.

2) Conference announcement: Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets, Uppsala, Sweden, 12 - 16 June, 2017 - Deadline 31 March 2017

Abstract submission and registration for the 2017 MOP meeting in Uppsala, Sweden, is now open at https://goo.gl/forms/2J38pNwpZyF3Qshy2.

The meeting will take place in the Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala, and is hosted by the Swedish Institute for Space Physics (IRF), the Royal College of Technology (KTH), and Uppsala University.

Presentations are solicited for original research on any aspects of the magnetospheres, ionospheres, and thermospheres of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, and the interactions of their moons with these systems. We expect that particular focus will be given to recent results from Juno, and anticipation of the Cassini "Grand Finale".  Comparative studies will be welcome, provided the focus is within the scope of the conference. Deadline for abstract submission is 31 March 2017.

The conference fee will be 4500 SEK (including tax). Current PhD students registering before the deadline are offered a reduced registration fee of 3000 SEK. This fee includes lunches (Monday-Friday), coffee breaks, refreshments at poster sessions, Sunday evening icebreaker, a short excursion, and the conference banquet.

For more details on the meeting, including hotel bookings, please visit our website: http://www.irfu.se/mop2017/

We look forward to welcoming you in Uppsala for another excellent MOP meeting.

Dave Andrews and Lorenz Roth, on behalf of the Organizing Committees

3) 2017 NASA Planetary Science Summer Seminar* Applications Open

NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students, as well as engineering students within 6-9 months of completion of their masters degree (but not planning to pursue a PhD degree), for its 29th Annual Planetary Science Summer Seminar*, which will be held July 24-28, 2017 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

During the program and pre-session webinars, student teams will carry out the equivalent of an early mission concept study, prepare a proposal authorization presentation, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. By the end of the session, students will have a clearer understanding of the life cycle of a space mission; relationships between mission design, cost, and schedule; and the tradeoffs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the quality of science.

Applications are due April 3, 2017.  Partial financial support is available for a limited number of individuals. Further information is available at http://psss.jpl.nasa.gov

4) 18 months postdoc @ MNHN - numerical simulations of ISM mixing

This project associates a cosmochemist (Matthieu Gounelle - MNHN) and an astrophysicist performing numerical simulations (Patrick Hennebelle - CEA). Its goal is
to understand the context of our solar system formation and beyond that of low mass stars. It will consist in performing numerical simulations to clarify how short-lived radionuclides such as 60Fe and 26Al present in hot ISM phases such as massive stars wind and supernovae material, is mixed with dense molecular cloud material. Numerical simulations will be performed with the RAMSES code. Beyond the present project, the detailed study of ISM mixing timescales is key in understanding the chemical evolution of the Galaxy. Work will be carried at the MNHN Paris.
Anyone interested can contact Matthieu Gounelle (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) or Patrick Hennebelle (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)

5) Ecole d'été d'Alpbach « poussières de l’univers », 18 au 27 juillet 2017

le CNES lance chaque année son appel à candidatures auprès des étudiants des universités et grandes écoles françaises pour participer à l’école d’été d’Alpbach.
Cette année, elle se déroulera du 18 au 27 juillet 2017 sur le thème des « poussières de l’univers ». Les inscriptions sont ouvertes jusqu’au 31 mars 2017. Vous trouverez les modalités de candidature sur https://cnes.fr/fr/web/CNES-fr/7657-st-ecole-d-ete-d-alpbach-2015.php

6) Astrobiology 2017 in Coyhaique, Chile, November 26th-December 1st
We announce that registration is open for Astrobiology 2017. This conference will take place in beautiful Chilean Patagonia at Coyhaique (November 26th-December 1st, 2017).


The astrobiology community in the IAU has the tradition to hold a series of scientific meetings every three years.  For a truly multidisciplinary discussion, we welcome researchers at the frontier of science from the fields of astronomy, planetary and space science, chemistry, biology, geology, philosophy, sociology and ethical issues, among others.


Early Registration deadline: May 19th
Oral contribution submission deadline: July 28th
Regular registration deadline: Oct 13th
Poster contribution deadline: Oct 13th
Late registration deadline: Nov 17th
Conference starts: Nov 26th

Star and planet formation
Extrasolar planets / Habitable zones and habitable planets
Planets in the solar system / Comets and meteorites
Prebiotic molecules in the ISM and protoplanetary disks
Early Earth environments and the emergence of life
Life in extreme conditions and early life
Search for life in the Universe
Societal and ethical issues linked to astrobiology
Education in Astrobiology

Over 20 superb invited speakers have already confirmed. The updated list can be found at:  http://astrobiology2017.org/speakers/


We are also preparing a two day training school with lectures on basics of Astrobiology open to all participants.  This school will precede the conference and take place on Santiago during Friday 24th and Saturday 25th. There is no extra cost for participants of the conference but space is limited.  Interested participants of the TS should reserve a seat during registration.


We expect to be able to provide a reduced number of travel funds for students. Instructions to apply for it will be provided on the webpage during coming March.

7) Ph.D. position on the Chicxulub crater, VUB, Brussels

In April 2016, IODP-ICDP drilled a core down to 1335 m in the 200 km in size Chicxulub
crater, offshore Yucatan (see http://www.eso.ecord.org/expeditions/364/364.php). In the Fall
2016, the recovered material was described and sampled at the IODP Bremen core repository.
Samples from the KT boundary interval, impactites, and uplifted granitic basement are available
at the VUB. Building on more than 25 years at the forefront of KT research, the proposed
doctoral theses are financed by different projects focusing on the study of the material
recovered by the IODP-ICDP drilling. The goals are to i) document the cratering process, peakring
formation and melt production, ii) understand ejecta production and deposition, iii)
constrain the products injected into the atmosphere, and their effect on the mass extinction, iv)
test the proposed connection between Chixculub and Deccan trap volcanism (see Renne et al.
2015), v) learn from Chicxulub to understand the evolution of terrestrial planets… All new
ideas are welcome, so are interaction with other AMGC members working on similar topics.

The PhD funding is for a duration of max. 4 years. Starting dates are flexible, preferentially
Spring - Summer 2017. Applications will remain open until all positions are filled. Enthusiastic
and motivated scientists are encouraged to apply. The PhD salary makes it possible to live
comfortably in Brussels and includes benefits (transport, medical etc.).
For questions contact: Philippe Claeys (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) by e-mail or skype; more
info : http://we.vub.ac.be/en/analytical-environmental-and-geo-chemistry

Candidates with a master degree in Geology,
Earth Sciences or related field with a
combination of the following:
- Scientific curiosity,
- Smart, motivated & hard working
- Quick learner with creative and pragmatic
problem-solving approach
- Skill in petrography, geochemistry,
sedimentology, analytical techniques,…
- Capability to work in English, team player
We propose a great working environment,
access to a large variety of analytical
techniques, SEM/EDX/WDX, μXRF, FTIR,

Send your CV with a cover letter and the
names of three references (all in PDF) to
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8) EPSC2017 call-for-abstracts. Riga, 17–22 September 2017

European Planetary Science Congress 2017

Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija
17–22 September 2017, Riga, Latvia


Abstract deadline: 3 May 2017, 13:00 CEST.

Dear colleagues,

We invite the world-wide community of planetary scientists to submit an abstract for presentation of their recent work at the EPSC 2017 Meeting, which will
take place at Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga, Latvia, 17–22 September 2017.

The previous meeting joint meeting with DPS in Pasadena, CA, United States, was hugely successful and enjoyable.

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.
We expect a very well attended meeting, with many high quality presentations.

The meeting will consist of oral and poster sessions, as well as workshop-style sessions.
The current list of sessions is organized around the following topics:

TP Terrestrial Planets
LSE Lunar Science and Exploration
OPS Outer Planet Systems
MG Magnetospheres and Space Physics
MT Missions, Techniques and Industry
EX Exoplanets and Origins
AB Astrobiology
SB Small Bodies
LF Laboratory and Field Investigations
OEP Outreach, Education, and Policy
AM Amateur Astronomy

The scientific programme and abstract submission are accessible at:


Please browse the list of sessions and identify the session that most closely matches your area of interest; your abstract can be submitted directly to that session.  

Information on registration and social events will become available soon on the meeting web site.

9) International Symposium on Education in Astronomy and Astrobiology, Utrecht, NL, July 3-7th, 2017

This 3rd circular is to update the information about the International
Symposium on Education in Astronomy and Astrobiology,
supported by the IAU, the European Astrobiology Campus, the Instituto
de Tecnologías en Detección y Astropartúculas,the Universiteit Utrecht,
and the KNAW, Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen.

The web site http://ise2a.uu.nl/ contains the new information about different topics, but
the most important are:

1. Dates and deadlines
The conference will take place from July 3-7, 2017
We invite all the interested people to formalize the registration and
prepare the abstract according to the deadlines:
Date Description
March 15, 2017 UPDATED! Abstract deadline
April 1, 2017 UPDATED! Abstract notification
May 1, 2017 Early bird registration deadline
June 15, 2017 Online registration deadline

2. Travel Grants
There are nine travel grants available for early career scientist, i.e.
scientists less than 8 years after PhD. PhD is mandatory to qualify
for the travel grant.
If you want to apply for a travel grant, please send an email before
April 1st to the conference organization (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) with:
· proof of your PhD
· motivation for attending the conference (half a page)
· short CV showing how this conference will benefit and is related to your career.
EAC (European Astrobiology Campus: http://astrobiology-campus.eu/)
will cover the stay and travel expenses of 20 EAC members.
The symposium has two registration fees:
Professionals: 300 EUR.
Students: 200 EUR.

3. Proceedings
The Proceedings of the Symposium will be published by EDPSciences
(http://publications.edpsciences.org/ ) with EPJ Web of Conferences
(www.epj-conferences.org), part of The European Physical Journal
The Editorial Board is integrated by Kathy Eastwood, Magda Stavinschi
and Inge Loes ten Kate

4. Hotel and Venue
Utrecht has a wide range of accommodations available for a wide
range of prices. Reduced fees are available in the following hotels:
Apollo Hotel
NH Hotel Utrecht Jaarbeursplein
A new hostel, StayOkay, in the city center also offers single rooms.
The conference will be held at Cosmos Lecture Hall of the
Victor J. Koningsbergergebouw at the Uithof / Utrecht Science Park
Campus of Utrecht University.
This location is outside the City Centre but very well reachable with
public transportation (bus) from the City Centre.

For Information on public transport, including the possibility to rent a
bike, see the web site of ISE2A.

10) Brown University: Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Planetary Geological Processes.

The Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences (http://www.geo.brown.edu/ <http://www.geo.brown.edu/>), Brown University, will soon be formally inviting applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Planetary Geological Processes.  Candidates should complement our current planetary science strengths (http://www.planetary.brown.edu/) in crustal evolution, volcanism, impact cratering, and remote sensing and departmental focus areas of Climate and Environment, Geophysics, and Geochemistry. Recent and ongoing missions to Mars, the Moon, Mercury, asteroids (Ceres, Vesta, NEOs, etc.) outer planet satellites and Pluto have produced unprecedented high spatial and spectral resolution data on the nature of planetary bodies and the geological, chemical and mineralogical processes that modify them. From these emerge important new avenues of research in planetary science. Candidates with interests in the following areas will be encouraged to apply: the chemistry and mineralogy of early planetary processes, weathering and alteration processes of different environments, evolution of the Earth-Moon system, processes associated with the interaction of water and solar system materials, quantitative geomorphology of planetary processes, the geologic record of climate changes on planets, chronology and early history of the planets, astrobiological implications of planetary evolution processes, and interactions of the crust of planets with the atmosphere and space environments. The successful candidate will maintain an active, externally-funded research program and enjoy a commitment to teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Appointment is expected at the Assistant Professor level. This search will be finalized in the coming academic year.  The formal announcement with instructions on how to apply will appear in the near future.  In the meantime, please contact Professor James Head (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) with expressions of interest and any questions. Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other status.