1) Fall Recruitment: 2017 JAXA/ISAS International Top Young Fellow

Fall recruitment has begun for the 2017 JAXA International Top Young Fellow position:
JAXA is seeking talented, energetic and highly motivated employees to join the ITYF team.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) International Top Young Fellowship (ITYF) was established as a new fellowship program in 2009 with the purpose of inviting world’s top-level young researchers to work at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences (ISAS)/JAXA. ITYF fellows are expected to contribute to the following activities in ISAS/JAXA in addition to producing outstanding academic achievements in their areas of specialization.
Active interaction with researchers inside and/or outside ISAS to create new academic trends.
Active participation or initiative in planning new space science mission projects.
Active participation in developing research networks of ISAS and the related foreign institutes.
We also expect positive impact of ITYF fellow's activities on ISAS researchers and students
Eligibility: Applicants must have a Ph.D. or Doctoral degree in Natural Sciences or Engineering or equivalent or higher ability, and must have degrees earned within less than 8 years from the hire date (those expected to earn their degrees by the hire date are eligible to apply).

Application Web Page: http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/en/researchers/ityf/
Application Deadline: No later than 17:00 PM (JST)/8:00 AM (UTC) on Tuesday, October 31, 2017

General inquiries:
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JAXA International Top Young Fellowship Steering Committee

2) Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Solid Earth Modelling, Univeristy of Tasmania

Dear Colleagues

We have an opening for a postdoctoral researcher with experience in solid Earth modelling at the University of Tasmania, Australia, for a period of up to 2.3 years. This position will contribute to a funded Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project that seeks to quantify the effects of post-seismic deformation on Antarctica through extending an existing global, spherical, three-dimensional finite-element model for the purpose of simulation of post-seismic deformation of Antarctica and its effect on solid Earth deformation and the gravity field. The project involves close collaboration with geophysical modellers and geodesists at Newcastle University (Australia), Delft University of Technology and Durham University. Geophysics and Geodesy (Geomatic Engineering) research at the University of Tasmania have been ranked top or equal-top in Australia in the most recent national Excellence in Research for Australia assessment.

Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level A and will have a total remuneration package of up to $AUD101,329 comprising base salary within the range of $80,941 to $86,606 plus 17% superannuation or at Academic Level B with a total remuneration package of up to $125,486 comprising base salary within the range of $90,962 to $107,253 plus 17% superannuation

Further information is available at


Applications close September 29 for a commencement in late 2017 or early 2018. *It is critical* that the selection criteria are directly addressed in the application, along with a cover letter and CV. See http://www.utas.edu.au/jobs/applying

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

*Matt King*

Professor of Polar Geodesy | President, The Royal Society of Tasmania

3) EMPG XVI 17-21 june 2018 in Clermont-Ferrand

we are delighted to announce the Sixteenth International Symposium on Experimental Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry (*EMPG-XVI*) that will be held at *Clermont-Ferrand *(France) on *17-21 june 2018*.
Please mark the date and help us in advertising this meeting by informing your students and colleagues by displaying the *attached poster*.

*Dealdine for abstracts will be 1st of March 2018*.

Additional Information is attached in the first circular.

With kind regards,

Nathalie Bolfan-Casanova, on behalf of the Organizing Comittee.

4) A Century of Asteroid Families, a Focus Meeting at the 2018 IAU General Assembly

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 IAU General Assembly (20-31
Aug 2018 in Vienna, Austria) will feature a Focus Meeting entitled "A
Century of Asteroid Families".  This Focus Meeting will be held on
28-29 Aug 2018 and will cover a range of topics from the history of
families to the upcoming future avenues of research.  We encourage all
interested researchers to consider submitting an abstract to this
meeting, in particular students and early-career scientists.


The IAU 2018 GA occurs during the 100th anniversary of the
identification of asteroid families by Kiyotsugu Hirayama. In this
Focus Meeting, we will celebrate a century of asteroid family
research, bringing together researchers from around the globe to
review the history of the field, highlight major turning points in our
understanding of asteroid families, present new results from recent
asteroid family studies, and discuss the potential new avenues of
research that will be opened in the coming years. Our 100th
anniversary celebration will provide an excellent opportunity to
showcase the worldwide research into asteroid families and excite the
next generation of researchers who will begin the second century of
family studies.



We will cover six main topics during the two days of our Focus Meeting:

-A Look Back: The History of Asteroid Families (before Yarkovsky)
-Families in the Era of the Yarkovsky Effect
-Families as a Probe of Catastrophic Collisions
-Families beyond the Main Belt
-New Results in Asteroid Family Science
-A Look Forward: Predictions for the Future

IAU Focus Meetings compile an online Proceedings, entitled "Astronomy
in Focus", following the General Assembly which we will use to
highlight the topics presented at this Focus Meeting.



Registration and abstract submission are now open.  The early-bird
registration deadline is 31 Jan 2018, and regular registration closes
30 June 2018.  The abstract submission deadline is 28 Feb 2018.

For registration information, please visit the 2018 GA website:


For more information about our Focus Meeting, and regularly updated
status posts, please visit our meeting website:

On behalf of the SOC,
Joe Masiero

5) Les Houches doctoral school on Internal Earth , from October 16th to October 27th, 2017

Dear colleagues,

The fourth edition of Les Houches doctoral school on Internal Earth will held at the Ecole de Physique des Houches, near Chamonix, France, from October 16th to October 27th.
The 2017 edition will focus on mantle and lithosphere interactions.

The program includes four lecture series, complemented by seminars and a field excursion:

- Mineralogy-petrophysics, by Bruno Reynard, Nathalie Bolfan
- Geodynamics, by Saskia Goes, Laurent Husson, Peter Olson
- Seismology, by Yann Capdeville, Stéphanie Durand,Thomas Bodin
- Geochemistry, by Catherine Chauvel, Bruno Dhuime, Émilie Bruand

- Excursion to the high pressure rocks of the Gran Paradiso, lead by Laurent Jolivet
All lectures and seminars will be given in English.

Registration is open at https://epti.isterre.fr
The school is organised by Philippe Cardin and Stéphane Labrosse (organising comittee) / Thomas Bodin and Laurent Husson (scientific comittee)

Thomas Bodin

6) PhD Positions in Solar System Science (Goettingen, Germany)

Call for applications: IMPRS PhD Positions in Solar System Science
in Göttingen, Germany / Deadline November 15, 2017

The International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science
at the University of Göttingen in Germany (Solar System School) offers
a research-oriented doctoral programme covering the physical aspects of
Solar system science. It is jointly run by the Max Planck Institute
for Solar System Research (MPS) and the University of Göttingen.
Research at the MPS covers three main research areas: ”Sun and
Heliosphere” (director S. Solanki), ”Solar and Stellar Interiors”
(director L. Gizon) and ”Planets and Comets” (director U. Christensen).
Solar System School students collaborate with leading scientists in
these fields and graduates are awarded a doctoral degree from the
renowned University of Göttingen or, if they choose, another university.

The Solar System School is open to students from all countries and
offers an international three-year PhD programme in an exceptional
research environment with state-of-the-art facilities on the Göttingen
Campus. Successful applicants will be offered a three-year doctoral
support contract as well as postdoc wrap-up funding.

The language of the structured graduate programme is English, with
German language courses offered (optional). The programme includes an
inspiring curriculum of scientific lectures and seminars as well as
advanced training workshops and provides a relocation cost subsidy,
travel funds to attend international conferences.

Applicants to the Solar System School should have a keen interest in
Solar system science and a record of academic excellence. They must
have, or must be about to obtain, an M.Sc. degree or equivalent in
physics, earth sciences or a related field, including a written Masters
thesis, and must document a good command of the English language.

*  Applicants can register immediately at the online application portal.
*  Applications should be submitted between October 1 and November 15.
*  The School will contact the referees named by the candidate upon
  submission of the application and will ask referees to submit their
  letters through the online portal no later than November 20.

To start your application, please see the following pages:

Solar System School         http://www.solar-system-school.de
Call for Applications 2017  https://www.mps.mpg.de/phd/applynow
Frequently Asked Questions  https://www.mps.mpg.de/phd/faq
List of Open PhD Projects   https://www.mps.mpg.de/phd/open-projects
Online Application Portal   https://www.application.mps.mpg.de/

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IMPRS Scientific Coordinator


In August 2017, the European Space Agency issued a Call for Ideas for Research Opportunities on the Deep Space Gateway. Submissions received in response to this Call will be presented and discussed at a workshop to be held at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), ESA’s technical heart in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, on 5 and 6 December 2017. Registration is now open for this workshop.

Please note that places at the workshop are limited to 120 so early registration is recommended. Registration will close on 27 October, or earlier if capacity is reached.

Read more:

8) Ecole des Houches "Origin and evolution of water and associated volatile elements - carbon, nitrogen, noble gases- in the inner Solar System. Les Houches, March 11-16, 2018


We are organizing next year a winter school on volatile elements in the solar system. It will take place at the Ecole de Physique des Houches in the French Alps.

The school will focus on the origin and evolution of water and associated volatile elements  - carbon, nitrogen, noble gases - in the early solar system.

The elemental and isotopic compositions of these elements and species have been shaped by heritage from the interstellar medium and/or photon/ionizing particles - matter interactions in the disk. These elements/species have played a fundamental role in the condensation of solids, in the accretion of planets, and in the formation of their atmospheres. The analysis of extraterrestrial material (primitive meteorites, lunar and martian meteorites), as well as recent space missions, have permitted to document the compositions of the nebular gas, of asteroids, of comets and of differentiated bodies.

This is an interdisciplinary school, at the frontier between planetary science, chemistry of interstellar medium and cosmochemistry. The school is open to Ph.D. students and researchers who wish to broaden their knowledge. The lectures will be accessible to non specialists, but a background in planetary sciences, geo/cosmochemstry or astrophysics is required. All lectures will be in English.

Confirmed speakers are:

F. Albarède, C.M.O'D. Alexander, K. Altwegg, G. Avice, P. Caselli, E. Füri, S. Guilloteau, H. Lammer, Z. Leinhart, Y. Marrocchi, B. Marty, M.M.M. Meier, A. Morbidelli, F. Robert, D. Rubie, S. Tachibana, H. Yurimoto.

There will be no registration fee. The cost for one week (lodging and full board) will be around 400 Euros, plus transportation. Limited support for students, post-docs and young researchers will be considered.

The number of participants is limited to 70 (including the lecturers). Please send us an indication of interest as soon as possible.

Hoping to see you numerous in Les Houches next winter !

Evelyn Füri, Yves Marrocchi, Bernard Marty, Alessandro Morbidelli, David Bekaert, Laurette Piani

9) VESPA - Atmospheres workshop, 27-29 November 2017, Brussels

Objectives of the meeting

This 1st VESPA-Atmosphere  meeting will cover different aspects related to including atmospheric data and related tools within VESPA.

This includes

(new) atmospheric inputs for the VO,
data from models (GCM ),
tools needed to view/compare data,
on-line call to radiative codes.
The workshop will start on Monday 27 November (13:00) and finish on Wednesday 29 Nov. (17:00).

Registration and abstract submission

Registration is free of charge. If you plan to attend the workshop, please confirm your intention by filling in the attached registration form (in either Word or PDF format) and send it back to Ann C. Vandaele <Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.> before the 20th of November 2017.

If you are interested in presenting your work at the workshop in the form of an oral communication, please send a short abstract of your proposed subject, including title, author(s) and the topic(s) to which it relates the most (see objectives of the meeting) to A.C. Vandaele: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.


The workshop will be organized at the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (IASB-BIRA) in Brussels, Belgium.

Address: 3, avenue Circulaire  -  B-1180 Brussels