1) post-doc position in computational astrophysics at Luth (Meudon)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the area of computational astrophysics and numerical cosmology at the Laboratoire Univers et Theories (LUTH). The laboratory is one of the departments of the Astronomical Observatory of Paris with expertise in the field of theoretical and numerical astrophysics. We are seeking candidates with a strong background in computational hydrodynamics, although candidates with expertise from all area of numerical astrophysics will be considered.
The succesful candidate will work in collaboration with the computer science group and other members of the laboratory to the development of a new Adaptive Mesh Refinement hydrodynamics code for applications in astrophysics and cosmology. Candidates are expected to have a solid experience in computational physics.

The position is jointly funded by the ERC-StG "EDECS" and LUTH. The appointment will be for two years starting in September 2018, though a later starting date is negotiable. Candidates must hold a PhD by the date of appointment.

Interested candidates should send applications consisting of a CV, publication list and a short statement of research interest should be sent to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.
Inquiries about the position can be sent to the same address. Applicants should arrange for a minimum of two letters of recommendation to be sent to the same address. Applications received by 20 January 2018 will receive full consideration, although later applications may be considered.

2) Final Cassini Science Symposium: Aug. 12-17, 2018, Boulder, Co.

The Cassini Project will host a five-day Cassini Science Symposium August 12-17, including a reception Sunday evening before the sessions. Poster attached.
The sessions will be held at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Invited and contributed talks will include the latest Cassini findings on the Saturn system, including the interpretation and synthesis of results.  Sessions will cover the following disciplines:  Rings, Titan, Icy Satellites, Magnetospheres and Saturn. This Symposium can serve as a springboard for future studies and space missions. Future mission posters are possible.

The symposium website can be found at  http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/2018-cassini-science-symposium/
Details, including key dates, registration and hotel information, and abstract instructions  be added to the website as known and will be sent in future announcements. Abstracts will be due 16 April, 2018. But for now, please save the dates.

If this announcement was forwarded to you and you would like us to add your email address to the contact list for future information, please contact Laura Bloom (see below).

We hope to see you there.

Larry W. Esposito
Chair, Symposium Organizing Committee

3) post-doc position in planetary/spacecraft dynamics in the Sao Paolo region

The Group of Orbital Dynamics & Planetology invites applications
for post-doc positions. There are 5 positions that will be funded by
FAPESP (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo). The
candidates must have experience on Planetary Dynamics and/or Spacecraft
Dynamics. The projects to be developed are in the following subjects:
- Orbits of satellites and planetary rings derived from space missions data;
- Attitude and orbit analysis for a mission to a triple asteroid system;
- Spin-orbit coupling in solar system dynamics;
- Dynamics involving small bodies under gravitational close approaches;
- Planetary Formation.

The projects will be developed in one of the following institutions:
I) São Paulo State University – UNESP in Guaratinguetá;
II) National Institute for Space Research – INPE in São José dos Campos;

Applicants should send a statement of research interest and a
curriculum vitae with a list of publications to:

Prof. Silvia Giuliatti Winter (email: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) Deadline of Applications: March 3, 2018

4) Upcoming short courses and field schools in planetary science (US/Canada)

Cosmochemistry - Origin and formation of the Solar System and planets
When: February 20 – February 25, 2018 in class, and April 4th 2018 for presentations (in class or remote)
Where: University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada
Instructor: Dr. Audrey Bouvier (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)
Course webpage: http://cpsx.uwo.ca/training/graduate_student/courses/cosmochemistry_glps_9510.html

Planetary Surface Processes Field School
When: May 6 – 17, 2018
Where: Arizona and Utah, USA
Instructor: Dr. Gordon Osinski (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)
Course webpage: http://cpsx.uwo.ca/training/graduate_student/courses/planetary_surface_processes_field_school_planetsc_9605l.html

Remote Sensing and Image Analysis for Earth and Planetary Science
When: June 25 – 30, 2018
Where: University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada
Instructors: Dr. Catherine Neish Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) and Dr. Livio Tornabene (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)
Course webpage: http://cpsx.uwo.ca/training/graduate_student/courses/remote_sensing_short_course.html

5) Online Courses in Astrobiology

Online Courses in Astrobiology is the first platform of online courses in astrobiology. It presents quality lectures in different disciplines related to
the search for the origin of life, and has been designed for upper level graduate students and recent postdocs, as well as interested and curious public. Lectures are presented by international experts and are available in French, English and Spanish (additional languages may be added later). Current courses can be found at  and are http://astrobiovideo.com/
and are continuously updated.

All lectures of the IAU Astrobiology 2017 conference held in Coyhaique in december, can be found there.

6) Summer School: Basics of Astrobiology: Vienna, Austria, 17-18 August 2018
Just before the IAU General Assembly 2018 in Vienna, a summer school on the topic of ”Basics of Astrobiology” will be organized at the Observatory of the University of Vienna. The school is associated with the IAU Symposium 345 ”ORIGINS: From the Protosun to the First Steps of Life” (scheduled for 20-23 August). The training school will cover the bascis of astrobiology, from the formation of stars and planetary systems to the early conditions of life on planets, including atmospheres and planetary interiors, and the formation and early evolution of life itself.

The school is open to all interested students and professionals, with an emphasis on graduate students, postdocs and young scientists. Registration is open and there is no registration fee for this Training School! To register, please send a short e-mail containing your name, institute/university affiliation, and dietary constraints to: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.. Acceptance is on a ”first come first served basis”. Space is limited, so register soon to secure a seat. Lunch (including a vegetarian option) and coffee breaks will be offered free of charge at the venue.

Please find additional info at:

Website: http://ninlil.elte.hu/boa/

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We look forward to welcoming you in Vienna!

For the SOC:

M. Güdel, T. Lüftinger (Vienna)
M. Gargaud (Bordeaux)
B. Elmegreen (IBM, NY)
N. Haghighipour (Hawaii)
V. Toth (Budapest)

7) EPSC 2018 Berlin, Germany *** Call-for-sessions

Dear colleagues,

The 13th European Planetary Science Congress will take place at the
Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany, from 16–21 September 2018.

We thank you for making last year's EPSC in Riga, Latvia, a great success.

As with the previous highly successful EPSC meetings, EPSC2018 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 TU Berlin is located in the City West. Berlin is an attractive
capital city in the heart of Europe with lots of interesting historical

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 01 February 2018:


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 Berlin.

Best regards,

Maria Cristina De Sanctis
Scientific Organizing Committee Chair

8) Ph-D position in Louvain (Belgium) on « Evolution and Tracers of the Habitability Of Mars and Earth »

Thanks to a significant funding from the French-speaking and Dutch-speaking Communities, several universities in the North and South of the country have obtained funding to work on the project ET-HOME which is interested in understanding the habitability of the planets, and of the Earth and Mars in particular.

The contract for UCL is four years to carry out a doctoral thesis on the subject, and in particular, for the "Work Packages" which are the responsibility of UCL. For internal reasons, we first open the job for one year.

The scientist will have to work on the evolution of Mars' atmosphere, its greenhouse effect, transport in this atmosphere, meteorite impact erosion and the effects of volcanic degassing. The contract will start as soon as possible. Enthusiastic and motivated scientists are encouraged to apply.

The salary will follow the pay scales of UCL PhD students, which allows them to live comfortably.

The ideal candidate has a master's degree in science or engineering and combines many of the following characteristics:
-        Scientific curiosity
-        Strong interest in the field of space research and planetology
-        Learning fast, being creative, and having a pragmatic approach to problem solving
-        Experience in numerical modeling
-        Good knowledge of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, transport phenomenon (diffusion, advection, convection, ...)
-        Experience in the use and development of GCM (General Circulation Model) of Mars’ atmosphere or of any other body in the solar system that has an atmosphere would be an advantage
-        Ability to work in English.
Send a CV (include the grades) with a letter of motivation (all in PDF format) and if possible two or three references before January 28, 2018 to Veronique Dehant, Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser., Professor at UCL, with copy to Özgur Karatekin, Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser., scientist at the Royal Observatory of Belgium.
Start of employment: February 1st or March 1st, 2018.

9) COSPAR 2018 Pasadena July 14-22.

Please consider submitting a paper for the 42nd Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), to be held in Pasadena,  on 14-22 July 2018.
The deadline for submitting abstracts is 9 February 2018.  Among a very rich COSPAR space research programme, we call in particular your attention and invite you to submit abstracts for sessions:

Lunar science and exploration are having a renaissance with as many as twelve missions (and 18 vehicles) sent to Moon during the last "International Lunar decade". This session is aimed at discussing new progress in lunar science from recent missions, latest science results, newer insights into our understanding of Moon, modelling and synthesis of different scientific data, future missions, and science questions. It will include invited, contributed, and poster papers. Papers on new lunar mission concepts, instrumentation for the future missions, the upcoming lunar decade of landers and lunar robotic village, and preparations for human lunar exploration are also welcome in this session.

Results from Recent Lunar Missions
Upcoming missions towards lunar robotic village
Concepts, studies, technology and support research towards future lunar exploration
Exploration interactive workshop

COSPAR-18-PEX.2: "Human Exploration on the Moon, Mars and NEOs"
The session COSPAR-18-PEX.2: "Human Exploration on the Moon, Mars and NEOs", co-sponsored by COSPAR Exploration Panel and Commissions B, F will include solicited and contributed talks and poster/interactive presentations.  It will address various themes and COSPAR communities: Sciences (of, on, from) the Moon enabled by humans; Research from cislunar and libration points; From robotic villages to international lunar bases; Research from Mars & NEOs outposts; Humans to Phobos/Deimos, Mars and NEOs; Challenges and preparatory technologies, field research operations; Human and robotic partnerships and precursor missions; Resource utilisation, life support and sustainable exploration; Stakeholders for human exploration. One half-day session will be dedicated to a workshop format and meetings/reports of task groups: Science, Technology, Agencies, Robotic village, Human bases, Moon & Mars Villages, Society & Commerce, Outreach, Young Explorers. COSPAR has provided through Commissions, Panels and Working Groups (such as ILEWG, IMEWG) an international forum for supporting and promoting the robotic and human exploration of the Moon, Mars and NEOS.

Sciences (of, on, from) the Moon, Mars & NEOs enabled by Humans
Technologies, field research operations; Human and robotic partnerships; Resource utilisation, life support
Stakeholders for sustainable MoonMars/Neos Villages: reports from task groups: Science, Technology, Agencies, Robotic village, Human bases, Habitats design, Society & Commerce, Outreach, Young Explorers

 COSPAR-18-B3.1 and COSPAR-18-PEX.2 will also serve as 13th International Conference on Exploration and Utilisation of the Moon (ICEUM13) from the ILEWG ICEUM series started in 1994.   

All information concerning the scientific program may be found at:


10) postdoctoral research position in planetary remote sensing in Beijing
The Planetary Remote Sensing Laboratory of Peking University (PKU) invites applicants for a postdoctoral research position in planetary remote sensing that is fully funded by the PKU Boya postdoc scheme.
The successful applicant will join a research group of planetary remote sensing that is led by Prof. Wenzhe Fa. Potential research topics include: 1) Near-surface properties of the Moon from radar observations. Radar scattering models from the lunar surface will be developed/updated and used to study polar craters for ice deposits, dark halo craters, and maria basalts thickness from recent lunar radar data (e.g., Earth-based Arecibo radar, Miniature Radio Frequency radar, Kaguya Lunar Radar Sounder, and Chang’E-3 Lunar Penetrating Radar). 2) Thermal properties of the lunar regolith. Using heat conduction equation and microwave radiative transfer equation, Chang’E-1/2 microwave radiometer and Diviner infrared radiometer data will be analyzed to investigate physical temperature and thermal properties of the lunar regolith. 3) Evolution of the lunar regolith. Using the recent high-resolution optical images of the Moon, thickness of regolith will be estimated based on crater morphology method and evolution of lunar regolith will be studied using a Monte Carlo simulation model. If the applicant has her/his own idea for any other project in the broad field of planetary remote sensing, I will be glad to support the application as well.  
- Major in Remote Sensing, Geophysics, Geology, or a closely related field;
- Hold a doctoral degree for less than three years at the time of application;
- Strong programming skills with Matlab, C++/Fortran;
- Basic knowledge of remote sensing software;

- Good communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.
The postdoc position is awarded for two years, and the annual salary is 270,000 RMB (1 RMB = 0.156$) including basic salary, housing allowance, and assurance. Travel expenses to international conferences will be provided by the lab. For details about this position and living in Beijing, please contact Prof. Wenzhe Fa.
To apply, please send a CV, publication list, and a 2-page statement of research interests by email to Prof. Wenzhe Fa (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) before February 20, 2018.  

11) 16th International Symposium on Experimental Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, Clermont-Ferrand, 17-21 june 2018
we are delighted to announce that the website is open for *Abstract **submission* and Registrationto the the Sixteenth International Symposium on Experimental Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry (*EMPG 16*) 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 second circular.

With kind regards,

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

PS: My apologies for the multiple posting.

_Organizing Comittee:_
Nathalie Bolfan-Casanova
Ali Bouhifd
Maud Boyet
Tahar Hammouda
Ken Koga
Didier Laporte
Muriel Laubier
Geeth Manthilake
Julien Monteux
Anne-Magali Seydoux-Guillaume

12) ESA Research Fellowship in In Situ Resource Utilisation

ESA have opened a Research Fellowship position to support preparations for the future utilisation of lunar resources.


 An emphasis is placed on the potential utilisation of cold trapped lunar volatiles, including water ice, and the chemical reduction of lunar minerals.  The research to be performed should be related to one or more of the following:
•             lunar resource prospecting through in-situ measurements and remote sensing
•             laboratory analysis of lunar materials
•             lunar regolith excavation, handling and beneficiation
•             handling and preservation of ices in the lunar environment
•             resource extraction or processing
The Research Fellow will be based at ESA ESTEC ( http://www.esa.int/About_Us/ESTEC ), and will work closely with the both Lunar Lander Team and Strategy and Innovation Team in the Directorate of Human and Robotic Exploration. The role of the Fellowship and research performed is to support In-Situ Resource Utilisation aspects of ESA’s exploration activities, including the PROSPECT resource analysis package on Luna-27 (http://exploration.esa.int/moon/59102-about-prospect/) and future mission studies and technology developments. The research will be targeted at work that supports the integration of these activities into an overall strategy for ISRU. This is likely to involve working closely with different groups within ESA, science and technology research communities in academia and the private sector.
Where needed, access to laboratories or research facilities, in particular those existing within ESA-ESTEC, and resources needed to support research activities may be agreed on a case by case basis.

13) Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference in Baltimore, MD from August 5-9, 2018
We invite you to submit an abstract to the upcoming session entitled “Planetary Building Blocks and the Techniques Needed to Analyze Them” at the Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference in Baltimore, MD from August 5-9, 2018. The abstract submission deadline is February 15, 2018.

Symposium Description:

After successful missions to collect solar wind (NASA Genesis), cometary dust (NASA Stardust), and asteroidal regolith (JAXA Hayabusa) and with the successful launches of the JAXA Hayabusa2 and NASA OSIRIS-REx missions, the planetary-materials community is firmly within the era of sample return. The proposed symposium solicits papers that use microscopy and related techniques to explore the origins of planetary materials. We welcome contributions that discuss a range of topics including but not limited to: current analytical approaches, developments in new characterization strategies, developments in spatial and spectral resolution for pushing spectroscopic detection sensitivity and precision, and new protocols for sample handling.

Please find the template and submission instructions here:


Thank you,

Tom Zega, University of Arizona

Michelle Thompson, NASA Johnson Space Center

Emma Bullock, Carnegie Institution for Science

14) workshop: "High Resolution Spectroscopy for Exoplanet atmospheres workshop - Nice, 1-5 October 2018"

Dear colleagues,

We are glad to annonce the "High Resolution Spectroscopy for Exoplanet atmospheres (HoRSE)” workshop that will
be held in Nice at the Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur from 1 to 5 October 2018.
Website: http://horse.sciencesconf.org

The registration is 120 euros and includes lunch and coffe breaks. The social dinner costs 36 euros: https://horse.sciencesconf.org/resource/page/id/5
We encourage everybody, and in particular PhD and Postdoc, to apply and to submit a contribution: https://horse.sciencesconf.org/submission/submit
We provide some financial support for young researchers, please apply before April 30th 2018: https://horse.sciencesconf.org/resource/page/id/1

January, 2018: First announcement. Registration is OPEN
April 30th, 2018: Deadline for financial support request check here for information
June 30th, 2018: Deadline for registration and abstract submission
October 1st, 2018: The workshop starts

Looking forward to see you in Nice in October,
Andrea Chiavassa and Matteo Brogi on behalf of the SOC

15) Summer school on "sample return from small solar system bodies", Alpbach (Austria), July 17-26

This year, sixty European engineering and science students will be chosen to participate in the 42nd edition of the Summer School Alpbach, a ten-day learning opportunity held in the beautiful Austrian Alps. Participants will be engaged in an in-depth learning experience, attending stimulating lectures on various aspects of space science and engineering, and working intensely within smaller groups to define and design a space mission under the supervision of noted scientific and engineering experts within the field.

The topic of the Summer School Alpbach 2018 is “Sample return from small solar system bodies“. Students at the Alpbach Summer School 2018 will be informed about past achievements and current issues, and will be invited to propose ideas to study the solar system’s small bodies directly in situ with spacecraft and, ideally, returning samples to Earth in order to develop a much wider understanding of these small bodies, their properties, and what they can tell us about the evolution of the solar system.

Four student teams will define the scientific objectives of a space mission and will provide a preliminary end-to-end design of spacecraft, scientific instruments as well as mission and science operations that will meet their stated objectives. You and your team will be responsible for selecting and researching the problem to be addressed by your space mission, for cooperatively working with team members to meet difficult deadlines, and for developing your own working style.
For more info, visit https://www.summerschoolalpbach.at/

application deadline March 31, 2018