1) Tenure track W2/W3 professorship in Experimental Planetology. University of Bayreuth, Germany

The University of Bayreuth is a research oriented university with internationally competitive and interdisciplinary profile fields in research and teaching. At the Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry & Geophysics (Bayerisches Geoinstitut) of the University of Bayreuth applications are invited for a

Tenure track W2/W3 professorship in Experimental Planetology.

The position will be initially filled at the associate professor level (W2) but can be converted to a full professorship (W3) upon successful demonstration of excellence in research and teaching.

The Bayerisches Geoinstitut is seeking an outstanding scientist with broad experience in the use of experimental methods to investigate aspects of planetary formation, evolution and tectonic processes. Internationally-renowned candidates are sought from the fields of experimental petrology, geochemistry and geophysics whose research interests embrace the study of the origin, composition, structure and dynamics of planets and, in particular, planetary interiors. This could include the use of observational and analytical approaches in the investigation of planets or planetary materials or the use of experimental approaches to facilitate the analysis of meteorite/planetary samples.

The successful candidate will exploit national and international funding opportunities and establish an internationally visible dynamic research group that includes early career scientists. He/she will also participate in teaching, particularly at the Master’s and Ph.D. level.

Requirements for this position (in accordance with Article 7 and Article 10 para 3 BayHSchPG) are a university degree, a doctoral degree, proven excellence in teaching and a post-doctoral qualification to teach at a professorial level (Habilitation). Alternatively evidence of equivalent scholarly achievement, for example, as a junior professor or in a non-university environment will also be considered. The ability to teach in English is expected. Only applicants who are 51 years of age or younger can be hired as civil servants (Article 10 para 3 BayHSchPG).

The University of Bayreuth seeks to increase the proportion of women involved in research and teaching (in accordance with Article 4 para 1 sentence 1 BayHSchG) and therefore particularly welcomes female applicants. All qualifications being equal, severely disabled applicants will be given priority. The University of Bayreuth strives to further increase the diversity of its academic staff. For this reason, scholars who can help make the research and teaching profile of the university more diverse are strongly encouraged to apply, as are applicants with children. The University of Bayreuth has been certified as a “family-friendly university” and offers “dual career support” for career-oriented partners of highly qualified employees. In addition, an audit conducted by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) returned a favourable review for the University of Bayreuth’s commitment to internationalization.

Please send your cover letter and supporting documents (CV outlining your education and academic career, a list of publications, a list of courses taught, your certificates, and a description of your research) to the Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences by 26.10.2016. Application documents cannot be returned to the applicant, and if unsuccessful, the files will be permanently disposed of in accordance with Data Protection Law. Please also submit an identical copy of your application as a single PDF file (up to 30 MB) to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser..

2) Journées SFE et Atelier Terre Primitive, Lyon, 22-24 Novembre


Je vous informe de la tenue des journées SFE (Societé Française d'Exobiologie) qui auront lieu à Lyon du 22 au 24 Novembre à Lyon
Les inscriptions sont ouvertes et toutes les informations se trouvent sur le site de la SFE


A la suite de ces journées se tiendront un atelier Terre Primitive à Saint Etienne les 24 et 25 novembre organisé conjointement par le Laboratoire Magma et Volcans, le Labex ClerVolc, le Labex MER et la SFE.
Vous pourrez trouver les informations concernant cet atelier sur le site de la SFE

Je vous joins la présentation de cet atelier ci dessous

Les conditions chimiques et physiques de la formation et de l’évolution précoce de la Terre restent assez mal connues à l’heure actuelle. Les archives géologiques du Précambrien sont rares, géographiquement dispersées et souvent peu préservées. De par les progrès en précision et résolution des techniques analytiques, nous sommes aujourd’hui en mesure de reconstruire l’environnement de la Terre primitive et de comprendre à la fois le partage des éléments en fonction de leurs affinités géochimiques entre les différents réservoirs lors de la différenciation planétaire, l’évolution des continents et de l’océan, le changement majeur de l’oxygénation de l’atmosphère via l’accumulation d’oxygène libre à la surface de la Terre, et l’émergence des métabolismes principaux de la vie.

Cet atelier permettra de rassembler des étudiants en thèse, des post-docs et des chercheurs de domaines de recherche variés, en géologie, géochimie, géomicrobiologie, géochronologie, géophysique et sciences planétaires afin de présenter et de faire le point sur des thèmes de recherches émergents dans l’étude de l’évolution et la formation de la Terre Primitive.

Le programme de cet atelier est centré autour de 3 axes :

Accrétion, différenciation, évolution du manteau, et géodynamique de la Terre Primitive
Composition et évolution redox de l’atmosphère et de l’océan
Traces de vie anciennes et fossilisation.
Merci beaucoup
Bien cordialement
Johanna Marin-Carbonne

3) Post-doctoral Researcher at APL on thermal and physical properties of the lunar regolith

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national
leader in scientific research and development, located midway between
Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Post-doctoral Researcher to
undertake interdisciplinary planetary science research as part of the
Space Exploration Sector's Planetary Exploration Group.

Job Summary: The successful candidate will engage in research on the
thermal and physical properties of the lunar regolith and polar regions.
Working with scientists on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, the
candidate will analyze data from the Diviner and Mini-RF instruments.
These data will be compared to other relevant data sets. A model will be
developed to interpret the results with respect to the distribution and
stability of volatiles in the lunar polar regions. A candidate who has
experience in both remote sensing data anlysis and computational modeling
is especially desired.

Duties: Supporting the Diviner and Mini-RF science investigations,
including participating in team meetings, conducting research, publishing
results, and presenting the results at one or more professional conference
yearly. Developing a thermal model of volatile stability in lunar
regolith, including conducting research, publishing the results, and
presenting the results at least one professional conference yearly. Note:
This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing
the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change
over time.

Qualifications: Qualifications include a doctorate in geology, planetary
science, or applicable science or engineering field, a strong record of
successful publication of research results, and a demonstrated ability to
manage time effectively on two or more projects. Familiarity with Diviner
or Mini-RF data sets and computational modeling is desired.


Benefits:APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal
vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational
assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and
competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more
information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics
Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that
complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well
as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion,
sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or
protected Veteran status.

Please apply to position number 12841 at
More information can be found at

4) Ateliers JWST France les 8, 9 et 10 Novembre à l’IAP.

Dans quelques mois (début 2017), l’appel à observer avec le JWST dans le cadre ‘Early Science Release’ sera lancé ; puis  ce sera au tour du premier appel ‘temps ouvert’ (Nov. 2017). Pour faire suite à l’atelier JWST France qui a eu lieu le 27 mai au CNES et pour continuer à préparer la communauté à répondre aux appels à observer avec le JWST, nous organisons 3 ateliers thématiques et un atelier « outils ».

Ces ateliers se dérouleront à l’IAP

                les 8 et 9 novembre pour l’atelier consacré aux observations des disques et exoplanètes avec le JWST (point de contact : Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)

                le 9 novembre pour l’atelier sur la physique de H2 dans l’espace avec JWST (Point de contact Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. ; voir le site :  http://www.iap.fr/vie_scientifique/ateliers/phydihjwst/2016/index.html)

                le 9 novembre aussi pour l’atelier sur les grands relevés extragalactiques avec le JWST dans le cadre du Service d’observation SO4 (point de contact :  Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)

le 10 novembre pour l’atelier sur « la familiarisation avec les outils du JWST » (point de contact : Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.).

Si vous êtes intéressés par ces ateliers, réservez dès à présent les dates. Des informations complémentaires sur le programme des journées seront diffusées d’ici peu.

5) PhD studentship @ UCL - The formation mechanism of long run-out landslides on planetary bodies

Fully funded STFC studentship @ University College London

Supervisor: Tom Mitchell, University College London,  (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.)
Co-Supervisors: Peter Grindrod (Birkbeck, University of London), Harrison Schmitt (NASA), Liran Goren, Ben-Gurion (University‫ of the Negev) and Gerald Roberts (Birkbeck, University of London)
Application deadline: Friday 14th October 2016:
Project Title: The formation mechanism of long run-out landslides on planetary bodies
Project Summary:
Landslides are not only an important landscape-forming process on solid bodies throughout the Solar System, but on Earth also represent a natural hazard to life and infrastructure. The mechanisms responsible for the onset and flow of long run-out (typically tens of km) landslides are particularly poorly understood. Numerous methods have been proposed to explain long run-out landslide formation (Legros, 2002; Pudasaini and Miller, 2013) , including, but not limited to: basal fine powders, interstitial fluids, pore fluid pressure, air pockets, steam generation and thermal pressurisation, frictional melts, lubrication, fluidization and dynamic fragmentation.
On Earth, fieldwork allows the in situ investigation of long run-out landslide deposits, which can reveal important insights into the formation mechanism. The slipping zone, or basal plane, of large landslides that accommodates much of the slip displacement is, in many cases, saturated with fluid. The amount of pore fluid pressure can lower the apparent friction of the sliding mass by carrying some of the overburden and reducing the effective stress.  Frictional heating and chemical reactions of materials in the landslide slip zone can also lead to pressurization of the pore fluid along the shear zone and reduce the frictional resistance to sliding, by decomposing or dehydrating slip zone material and produce overpressured fluids. This chemical-thermal-poro-mechanical process can lead to extremely high sliding velocity (10-100 m/sec) and can explain the anomalously large runouts.  For example, recent studies (Goren et al., 2010; Mitchell et al., 2015) showed that at the Heart Mountain landslide, the largest sub-aerial landslide on Earth, shear heating at high slip velocities could have caused thermal decomposition and the release of CO2, which allowed catastrophic slip even on a low angle detachment surface. However, investigating these deposits in the rock record on Earth can be hampered by active geological processes driven by plate tectonics. Therefore it is useful to use other planetary bodies, where deposits have been better preserved due to lower rates of  geological activity.
On Mars, there are a large number of long run-out landslides (Quantin et al., 2004; Soukhovitskaya and Manga, 2006) that suffer from a similar uncertainty in formation mechanism , but which are also important in dating key geological processes (Grindrod and Warner, 2014).  Some studies have proposed dehydration controls on the initiation and mechanics of enormous Martian landslides (Montgomery and Gillespie, 2005).  The scale of such landslides can be seen in Valles Marineris, Mars in the following NASA movie- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crsqzZNUXsY . On the Moon, a long run-out landslide, thought to be triggered by ejecta from the distant Tycho impact event, has been used as a key calibration point in age dating planetary surfaces through crater size-frequency analysis. Understanding these landslides on other planetary bodies not only expands the number of features for study, but also provides environmental constraints not necessarily known for Earth.

6) appel à proposition de stages M2 pour etudiants de u-psud

Chers collègues,

Nous sollicitons les chercheurs des équipes de planétologie pour proposer des sujets de stage de M2 à nos étudiants du Parcours, et vous remercions par avance de diffuser cette annonce dans votre entourage.

Les stages dureront 4 mois, de début mars à fin juin.

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La date limite de dépôt est fixée au vendredi 14 octobre.

Bien cordialement,

Frédéric Schmidt pour le Master Planétologie Ile de France.

7) workshop ‘Ices in the Solar System’, 23-27 January 2017 at  ESA/ESAC, Madrid

Dear colleagues,

This is the second announcement for the workshop ‘Ices in the Solar System’, organized on 21-24 January 2017 at the European Space Astronomy Center (ESA/ESAC), near Madrid, Spain. Even if you have done a pre-registration to this workshop, you need to proceed now with the official registration and abstract submission steps before the 15th of November through this web-site http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/ices-in-the-solar-system/home.

This workshop will focus on experimental and mission data relevant for the past and future exploration of volatile rich bodies in the Solar System.The pre-registration has shown a strong interest in this topic with over hundred participants expected. The topics covered by this workshop will include:

Experimental research and associated modeling (preparation of ice analogs and experimental weathering in the lab, analysis and modeling techniques to infer optical, thermal, mechanical, electrical, thermodynamical, structural and compositional properties.
Mission data revealing ices and their properties, composition, geological context and history in the Outer Solar System  (Rings, icy moons, KBOs and Kuiper Belt), Asteroid Belt, Mars (polar caps, ground ice) or well within the snow line (Mercury, Moon).
The astrobiological potential of ices and their role and transport during the Solar System evolution- including the connection to the interstellar medium, proto-solar nebulae, icy giants and planetesimals formation.
The abstract submission deadline is November 15th. The detailed session program will be published on November 29th.

Note that, if you wish to do so, there may be the possibility to include your contribution into a special workshop publication issue.

Sponsorship for students, in the form of lump sum payment, will be available, upon review of the submitted abstract
by the Science Organizing Committee (see details here http://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/ices-in-the-solar-system/students_support).

8) Call for JSPS Post-Doctoral Fellowship Applications (French system)

If you know any young French researchers who would be interested in working on the origins of planets and life at the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) in Tokyo, this JSPS fellowship program is a good opportunity. The positions in this call are specifically targeted only to young French researchers, and tends to have a higher success rate than the more general calls for application. Thus far ELSI has hosted several JSPS fellows, and we are always interested in hosting more…please ask any interested candidates get in touch with me by e-mail.

See the following link for more details: http://www.cnrs.fr/derci/spip.php?article727

Best regards

John Hernlund

9) IAU Symposium 330 Astrometry and Astrophysics in the Gaia sky 24-28 April 2017 Nice


Second announcement
The first release of the Gaia data has been made publicly available on september 14, 2016.
Besides a catalogue of 1.1 billion source positions and broad-band G-magnitudes,
this DR1 also includes the positions, G-magnitudes, parallaxes,
proper motions for 2 million stars in common between the Tycho-2
Catalogue and Gaia (TGAS). Light curves for 3194 Cepheids and RR Lyrae are also part of the
release as well as a special astrometric solution for 2152 ICRF quasars.

The goal of this IAU symposium is to ensure the world-wide sharing of
the Gaia mission results that will cover the following topics:
astrometry and reference frames, Milky Way galaxy and stellar physics
and the Solar system bodies.

This is the second call for abstract submission and early registration
to the IAU symposium.

The next close deadlines are:
November 1st: IAU grant application
December 4: Abstract submission
Registration to the symposium are open since beginning of July.
We remind you that a limited number of participants will be accepted due
to the limited capacity of the conference room.

More details are available at the conference website:

We look forward to seeing you in Nice next April.

Alejandra Recio-Blanco, Anthony Brown and Timo Prusti (for the SOC)
Patrick de Laverny (for the LOC)

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10) New Postodoctoral Position in Computational Planet Formation in Bern/Zurich

Dear Colleagues,

we are seeking an outstanding postdoctoral research candidate with a strong in hydrodynamical simulations of astrophysical disks to fill a  new post in the framework of the Swiss National Center for Competence in Research (NCCR)  "PlanetS". The position will be in collaboration  between my  group at the University of Zurich and that of Yann Alibert at the University of Bern (the formal host), and will be embedded in the NCCR which encompasses already more than 50 postdocs and PhD students working on planet formation and evolution as well as on exoplanet detection at the  Universities of Bern, Zurich and Geneva, and at ETH Zurich in both  the Astronony and Earth Science Institutes.

The description of the job can be found at:


We would value highly your opinion in suggesting candidates. The post
will be filled as soon as possible. We also kindly ask you to distribute
the add to potentially interested candidates or additional colleagues who may know some.

Best Regards,

Lucio Mayer

11) Research position at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics

The Solar System Physics and Space Technology research programme at
the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) invites applications
for a temporary research position in Space Physics, related to the
ESA Rosetta mission to comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Applications
are invited both for a 2-year post-doc position and for shorter
periods for senior guest scientists.

The advertised position is a research position for studies of the
cometary plasma environment and its interaction with the solar wind
primarily using ion data from the Ion Composition Analyzer on board
Rosetta but also using data from the other instruments that form the
Rosetta Plasma Consortium (RPC).

Previous experience of working with plasma and/or particle data from
space missions is required. The position, placed in Kiruna, is
funded by the Swedish Research Council. Post-doc candidates should
have completed a PhD during 2013 or later. Candidates planning to
obtain their PhD degree no later than January 2017 can also apply.
A post-doc candidate should not currently be an active researcher
at IRF.

Closing date is 7 October 2016.
Ref: 2.2.1-235/16

More information:


12)  "Comets: A new vision after Rosetta/Philae" November 14-18, 2016, Toulouse

The international conference on cometary science entitled "Comets: A new vision after Rosetta/Philae" will be held November 14-18, 2016, at the Abattoirs Museum in Toulouse, France. The 46th Rosetta Science Working Team technical session will be held on Friday.

The program is now available online on the conference website :
More technical details - poster size, talks format - will be soon sent to the authors.

The early registration deadline with the best rates (150 euros instead of 250 euros) is 14 October. The registration fee includes access to all sessions, coffee breaks and to a cocktail gala dinner scheduled on Tuesday (with an extra fee for accompanying persons). All needed information for venue and accomodation are provided on the above website.

If you have questions or need assistance during the registration process, please send an email to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. and reference Comets 2016 in the subject.

The Organising Committee

13) Post-doctoral position in Giant Planet Modelling at Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, Paris

A 15-month post-doctoral position in planetary atmospheric science is opened at Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (LMD), starting in early 2017. The position is opened by Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and hosted on the campus of Université Pierre et Marie Curie in the heart of Paris. The successful candidate will join the team led by Dr Aymeric Spiga funded by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) grant "HEAT" led by Pr Thomas Dubos.

The successful applicant will carry out research with the new Global Climate Model developed for giant planets at LMD. This model is based on DYNAMICO, an innovative dynamical core employing an icosahedral grid with excellent conservation and scalability properties. The model has been successfully applied on Saturn with high-resolution simulations that allowed a preliminary analysis of Saturn's atmospheric dynamics in the troposphere and the stratosphere. The successful applicant will explore through simulations with this model (and the addition of a moist convective scheme) the possibility to reproduce and understand phenomena like Saturn's equatorial oscillation, tropical super-rotating jet, hexagonal polar jet – which properties were revealed by the Cassini mission. The adaptation of this Global Climate Model to the jovian environment is also considered during the post-doctoral position, with the objective of offering perspectives to interpret measurements on board the ongoing mission Juno.

A PhD in astrophysics, planetary science, or geophysical fluid dynamics is required by the time of starting the position. The following skills will be considered in the evaluation process of the applicants :
- working knowledge in planetary science (especially giant planets' environments)
- expertise in climate modelling (including model development)
- experience with High Performance Computing environments and space missions is an asset.

The successful applicant will benefit of a dynamic and stimulating research environment, with the possibility to interact with scientists in the LMD team involved with atmospheric modeling and observations (Dr. Sandrine Guerlet, Pr. François Forget) as well as French collaborators from LESIA / Observatoire de Meudon and LAB / Université de Bordeaux.

Funding has been secured for travel to attend international conferences (at least 2 per year). Benefits include complete health insurance coverage and social security, as required by French law.

Applicants should submit in a single PDF document a curriculum vitae with a list of publications, a short review of previous works, and statement of research interest and contribution to the project. Applicants should arrange for two reference letters to be sent independently.

Applications and information requests should be sent via email to Dr Aymeric SPIGA (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.). The closing date is November 8th, 2016. Late applications might be considered, until the position is filled.

14) Atelier LUVOIR 11-12 janvier à Meudon

Le Large UV/Optical/near IR telescope - ou LUVOIR - est l’une des 4 missions de type Flagship étudée actuellement par la NASA. Le LUVOIR est un projet de nouvel observatoire spatial de grande taille (avec un miroir primaire de 8 à 12 m de diamètre) et multi-longueurs d'ondes avec des objectifs scientifiques polyvalents ambitieux. Cette mission permettra des avancées significatives dans de nombreux domaines de l'astrophysique, de l'époque de la ré-ionisation jusqu'à la formation et l'évolution des galaxies, en passant par la formation des étoiles et des planètes, et la caractérisation d'un grand domaine d’exoplanètes.

Le LUVOIR est l’une des 4 études de concept du Decadal Survey de la NASA identifiée en janvier 2016. Cette étude va durer 3 ans et sera menée par le Goddard Space Flight Center sous la houlette de la Science & Technology Definition Team (STDT). Un suite d'instruments est actuellement considérée pour le LUVOIR, y compris un imageur UV, un spectrographe ou spectropolarimètre haute-résolution UV / Visible / proche IR, un spectrographe multi-objets etc. A ce stade, la NASA invite les pays qui le souhaitent à s’associer au projet pour participer à la définition des objectifs scientifiques et proposer des contributions instrumentales. La France, notamment, a été invitée dans le STDT via un représentant du CNES.

Un atelier de prospective pour une contribution française au LUVOIR aura lieu les 11 et 12 janvier au centre international d’ateliers scientifiques de l'Observatoire de Meudon. L'objectif de cet atelier est d'informer la communauté française sur ce projet, d'initier une réflexion collective sur de possibles contributions scientifiques et/ou instrumentales, de fédérer les équipes intéressées, et d'organiser une contribution de notre communauté à l'étude de la NASA.

Inscriptions en ligne avant le 15 novembre à https://luvoir.sciencesconf.org/

Un soutien financier pour le voyage peut être accordé à quelques participants (priorité sera donnée aux participants lointains et aux étudiants). Si vous avez besoin d'un tel soutien, merci de nous contacter rapidement à : Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

Le comité d’organisation

15) Pré-évaluation demandes labellisation ANO5

Dans le cadre de la campagne de labellisation des Services Nationaux d’Observation qui sera officiellement lancée mi-novembre 2016, nous offrons la possibilité aux futurs  proposants dans le cadre de l’Action Nationale d’Observation ANO5 (Centres de traitement, d’archivage et de diffusion de données) d'envoyer en amont une lettre d'intention (1 feuille recto-verso maximum) au(x) Programme(s) National(aux) et/ou Action(s) Spécifique(s) concerné(s) ainsi qu'au Pôle Thématique National ANO5 pertinent s'il y a lieu avant le 31 octobre 2016. Cette lettre d'intention au format libre devra donner les éléments clefs permettant de juger de l'utilité du service proposé à la labellisation, en particulier la nature du service fourni, sa valeur ajoutée, son périmètre, le besoin communautaire couvert, et préciser son positionnement vis-à-vis d'outils ou de services équivalents. Le ou les instances sollicitées, après interaction éventuelle avec le proposant, évalueront ainsi en amont le projet au regard de leur politique scientifique, transmettront leur position sur son bien-fondé et pourront proposer, le cas échéant, des améliorations du dossier avant soumission officielle. Il est rappelé que les SNO proposés doivent être fonctionnels. Notez que cette pré-évaluation proposée ne revêt aucun caractère obligatoire et ne préjuge pas du résultat de l’évaluation finale par les comités d’évaluation SNO et la CSAA.

16) session “Geological Evolution of Africa and Planetary Sciences” at GSAf-GSA meeting, Adis Ababa, 13th to the 17th of March, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I am convening the theme “Geological Evolution of Africa and Planetary Sciences” at the joint GSAf (Geological Society of African) – GSA (Geological Society of America) meeting, held in Adis Ababa, from the 13th to the 17th of March, 2017 and entitled “Geological Evolution of Africa: Making and Breaking of a Continent”. I am glad to invite you to contribute to this session, as well as to the promotion of planetary sciences in Africa.

Africa's geological record extend over more than 3 billions of years and offers enlightening geological contexts to understand the crustal and climatic evolution of other rocky planets, and the interactions between the planetary interior and surface environment. The impact cratering record of this continent is also largely under-explored and it exists a great potential for new discoveries. We welcome presentations on any studies of the geological evolution of Africa that may contribute to the understanding of our neighboring planets. This includes for instance studies of planetary analogues, or analyses of potential or confirmed impact structures in Africa.

Deadline for abstract submission: 1st of December (to be confirmed)


The meeting will be the occasion of great field excursions in the East-African rift or in the Precambrian geological and associated mineralizations of Western Ethiopia.


Best regards

David Baratoux

1) Special Issue on "Space Weather at the Terrestrial Planets” in the Planetary and Space Science journal; submission deadline is October 1st 2016.

The covered topics will include all aspects of planetary plasma physics and interactions in the inner Solar System, e.g. :
(a) magnetospheres, ionospheres, auroras
(b) the solar wind interaction with planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars) and their moons, or with asteroids / comets
(c) plasma interactions with exospheres, dust and surfaces
(d) intercomparisons of planetary environments
Contributions are welcome which address previous, present, forthcoming and planned observations from space, as well as ground-based observations, theoretical modelling or simulations. Laboratory studies on planetary analogues aiming to simulate the surface-plasma interaction will be considered as well.

Regular papers are expected, and the usual refereeing process will be applied for publication in PSS. To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, it is important that authors select the name of the special issue when they upload their manuscripts: « Planetary space weather ».
Please, circulate the information to those interested.

Best regards,
A. Milillo, A. Radioti, P. Garnier and N. Ganushkina

2) infos du CNES

Bonjour à tous,
Quelques infos de rentrée, à faire suivre sans limitation.
14 septembre : 1er catalogue GAIA. Voir http://gaia.obspm.fr/ et http://sci.esa.int/gaia/58042-mark-your-calendar-gaia-data-release-set-for-14-september/  pour les détails. Conf de presse ESA de 11h30 à 13h que vous pourrez suivre ici : youtube.com/esa
30 septembre : Rosetta se pose sur Chouri. Dernières images entre 12h10 et 15h10. A suivre ici :  www.esa.int/rosetta
CoRoT a livré cet été ses courbes de lumière finales, avec les meilleures corrections instrumentales : https://corot.cnes.fr/fr/publication-des-donnees-finales-de-corot . Disponibles notamment au CDS   et à l’IAS . A cette occasion publication du CoRoT Legacy Book, disponible ici http://www.edp-open.org/component/content/article/47-books-in-english/317-the-corot-legacy-book et aussi via ADS.
Olivier LaMarle

3) Postdoctoral Position at Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, Université Paris Sud

The Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS, University Paris Sud) is seeking for a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship on the Horizon-2020 funded program PTAL (Planetary Terrestrial Analogues Library). The PTAL project aims to build and exploit a multi-instrument spectral data base and joint spectral interpretation tools using various techniques (XRD, SEM, LIBS, IR and Raman spectroscopy), in order to support current and future investigations of planetary space missions.

The main purpose of the fellowship is to characterize well-defined rock and mineral samples with flight spare models and to compare the derived compositions of samples with remote and in situ data of instruments onboard planetary space missions (Martian missions, Hayabusa2, BepiColombo). The activities of the successful applicant shall consist in 1) acquiring near-infrared spectra of XRD- and SEM-characterized rock samples (resulting from field trips and alteration experiments) using flight spare models of MicrOmega (Hayabusa-2 and ExoMars20) and NIR lab spectrometers at IAS facilities, 2) acquiring LIBS spectra of the characterized samples using the qualification model of ChemCam/Mars Science Laboratory, 3) analyzing the NIR and LIBS spectral data and document these analyses, 4) performing coordinated analyses of the Martian surface from orbital and landed platforms with the new spectral data.

The PTAL consortium (https://ptal.eu/) consists of three partners, located in Norway (Oslo Univ.), France (Paris Sud Univ.) and Spain (Valladolid Univ.). The fellowship will have also the opportunity to be in contact with other research labs (Japan, Germany, France, USA). LIBS measurements will be performed at the IRAP/Toulouse laboratory who is in charge of the LIBS instrument onboard MSL.

Applicants are requested to submit a brief cover letter and curriculum vitae.
For further information and application submission please contact Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

4)  Dust, Atmosphere and Plasma environment of the Moon and Small Bodies workshop: Boulder, Colorado, January 11th-13th, 2017

The workshop will be a forum to (i) discuss current understanding of the surface environment of the Moon, the moons of Mars, and comets and asteroids, (ii) share new results from past and ongoing missions to airless bodies and comets, and (iii) describe expectations for planned upcoming missions to airless bodies and comets. The meeting web site is hosted at http://impact.colorado.edu/dap_meeting.html where you can learn more.

DAP-2017 is a NASA/SSERVI follow up on two previous NASA/NLSI-SSERVI workshops, LDAP-2010 and DAP-2012. Contributions to LDAP-2010 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00320633/59/14 and DAP-2012 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00320633/89 were published in special issues of Planetary and Space Sciences. A similar volume is planned to report the contributions to DAP-2017.
The workshop is hosted by M. Horányi and A. Stern, and supported by NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI): Institute for Modeling Plasma, Atmospheres, and Cosmic Dust (IMPACT) http://impact.colorado.edu/, the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) http://lasp.colorado.edu/, and the Center for Integrated Plasma Studies (CIPS) of the University of Colorado http://cips.colorado.edu/.

 Planned invited talks include:

Surface Properties of Asteroids: Dan Britt/U. Central Florida and SSERVI
Rosetta Results on Cometary Plasmas: Jim Burch/SwRI
Physical Plasma Environment of the Moon: Jasper Halekas/U. Iowa
Osiris Rex: Vicky Hamilton/SwRI
Europa Dust Environment: Sascha Kempf/U. Colorado and SSERVI
Search for the Dust Torus Around Mars: Mark Showalter/SETI
Dust Environment of the Moon: Jamey Szalay/SwRI
Mars, Phobos, Deimos Dust Environment: Alexander Zakharov/ITEP Moscow

 The DAP-2017 abstract deadline is Sept. 30th, 2016; submit your abstract to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

5) doctoral training school on the solid Earth: Barcelonette (Southern French Alps) from October 16th to 28th

Dear friends and colleagues,
We are pleased to announce the opening of the registration to the third doctoral training school on the solid Earth, to be held this year* in Barcelonette (Southern French Alps) from October 16th to 28th. The focus this year is on the deep and early Earth and the program is detailed below and can be found on the website, https://epti.isterre.fr/. An announcement poster is available here: https://epti.isterre.fr/IMG/pdf/houchesannouncement2016.pdf

We would very much appreciate if you could forward this e-mail to interested M.Sc. and Ph.D. students at your department.

With kind regards,

Stephane Labrosse, Philippe Cardin

 --| School Topics |--

Last year's program was focused on the asthenosphere and lithosphere and this year will be on the deep and early Earth:

Seismic Structure of the deep Earth (Christine Thomas and Michel Campillo)
Minerals in the mantle and in the core (Daniele Antonangeli and Razvan Caracas)
Mantle Dynamics and cooling of the Earth and planets (Gabriel Tobie and Stéphane Labrosse)
Accretion, chemical composition and age of the Earth (Alexandre Sobolev and Caroline Fitoussi)
Magnetic field of the Earth and its origin (Renaud Deguen Nicolas Gillet and Philippe Cardin)

*The previous two editions took place in Les Houches but the center was not available this year because of renovation work. Classes and pictures of the previous editions can seen on the website https://epti.isterre.fr and on the FB page https://www.facebook.com/Earth-interior-at-Les-Houches-1551848575049388/

6) conference: Formation and Dynamical Evolution of Exoplanets: March 26 - 31, 2017 | Aspen, Colorado


All​ participants need to apply.
Application is open. Please follow the link:


7) special issue of Advances in Space Research (ASR) entitled "Past, Present and Future of Small Body
Science and Exploration"

Papers are invited for a special topical issue of Advances in Space Research (ASR) entitled "Past, Present and Future of Small Body
Science and Exploration" that was proposed within the 41st COSPAR 2016 Scientific Assembly.

This special issue is open to all scientists that want to share their results with the scientific community about small body science
connected to space exploration. The year 2016 has seen an incredible burst in the Space mission activities to minor bodies, leading to
tremendous or surprising results. The present special issue welcomes contributions that have a Scientific, Technical or Instrumental
focus and serves as a crossroad of recent results and future prospects of small body explorations.

Papers must be submitted electronically to: http://ees.elsevier.com/asr

To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, authors must select "Special Issue: Small
Body Exploration" when they reach the "Article Type" step in the submission process.
The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2017.

Questions can be directed to Drs. E. Palomba, D. Hestroffer or to the
Co-Editor for Special Issues, Dr. Peggy Ann Shea (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.).

8) labellisation de services en données de physique atomique et moléculaire - message du pole thematique


Dans le cadre de la nouvelle campagne de labellisation des taches de services INSU , le pôle thématique "Diffusion des données de physique atomique et moléculaire" propose de donner un avis consultatif sur les dossiers se rapportant à cette thématique. Si certains membres de vos communautés scientifiques respectives souhaitent profiter de cette possibilité merci de faire parvenir les dossiers par email (format pdf) au responsable du comité de pilotage du pôle (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) avant le 15 octobre.

Je vous remercie par avance de transmettre cette information auprès des membres de vos Programmes Nationaux respectifs.

Bien cordialement.

Franck Delahaye


1) Une nouvelle école des Houches: "LE SYSTÈME SOLAIRE EXTERNE ET SA RELATION AVEC LE MILIEU INTERSTELLAIRE", du 12 au 17 Février 2017

Le Programme National de Planétologie (PNP) et le Programme National de Physique et Chimie du Milieu Interstellaire (PCMI) organisent conjointement une nouvelle école de la série


Cette fois sur le sujet


L’école se déroulera aux Houches, du 12 au 17 Février 2017.

Cette école s'intéresse aux relations entre le système solaire externe et le milieu interstellaire et a pour objectifs de faire le point sur l’état des connaissances en planétologie en géo/cosmo-chimie, mais aussi dans le domaine de la formation des disques et des planètes et de leur évolution dynamique et physico-chimique, en insistant sur les avancées récentes, nombreuses et significatives. Le disque proto-solaire a été nourri par le milieu interstellaire encore après le début de la formation des planètes, phénomène important tant du point de vue de l'héritage préservé du MIS que des interactions entre le disque et l'environnement, que l'on commence à savoir modéliser.
Cette école est ouverte aux doctorants et aux chercheurs qui veulent élargir leur champ d'expertise. Les cours seront faits pour être compréhensibles par les non-spécialistes, afin de former les participants. Les cours peuvent être regroupés en trois sous-catégories, en accord avec la multidisciplinarité du sujet abordé : Chimie et minéralogie des grains dans le milieu interstellaire, évolution du nuage moléculaire en un disque, contraintes observationnelles (via observations des disques protoplanétaires ou des objets du système solaire).
La séance du matin se déroulera de 8h30 à 12h30, avec 3h30 de cours et un ½ heure de pause. L’après-midi nous prévoyons une pause jusque à 16h30 pour permettre les échanges informels entre participants et avec les enseignants. Elle sera suivie d’une séance de 2h30. Ainsi, en travaillant du lundi matin au vendredi midi, nous aurons 27,5 heures de cours au total.
Voici la liste des cours prévus:
-       Chimie du nuage préstellaire sombre au disque, par Pierre Hily-Blant
-       L'environnement stellaire du Soleil naissant, par Matthieu Gounelle
-       Dynamique de l'effondrement du nuage moléculaire et formation du disque proto-planétaire par Benoît Commerçon et Anaëlle Maury
-       Observation des disques, par  Anne Dutrey
-       Le point sur l'étude des grains présolaires, par Larry Litner
-       Nature des poussières interstellaires et évolution dans la nébuleuse présolaire, par Emmanuel Dartois et Hugues Leroux
-       Hétérogénéités isotopiques et chimiques dans le disque, intervenant(e) à déterminer
-       Mélange radial des grains et des précurseurs de planétésimaux, par Fred Ciesla
-       Micrométéorites super carbonnées et résultats de COSIMA, par Cécile Engrand
-       Les enseignements de Rosetta, par Dominique Bockelée-Morvan
-       Céres, par Maria Christina de Sanctis
Puisque l’école vise un public international, tous les cours seront en anglais.
Le nombre des participants est limité à 70 (y compris les intervenants).
Les frais d’inscription ne sont pas encore établis. Il n’excèderont pas 460 euros, en incluant la pension complète au centre des Houches. Si l’école a le support de la formation permanente du CNRS elle sera gratuite pour les agents CNRS. Nous cherchons actuellement des subventions pour réduire les frais d’inscription des étudiants. Le montant final des frais d’inscription seront communiqués dans une annonce ultérieure.
Si vous avez l’intention de participer à cette école, veuillez-vous vous préinscrire par email à Aurélien Crida (organisateur principal de l’école: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) avec titre “pré-inscription école des Houches 2017” avec une courte lettre de motivation. Pour les doctorants, il est demandé d’envoyer aussi une lettre du directeur de thèse qui atteste la pertinence de cette école par rapport à l’activité de recherche du candidat.  Une fois acquis les financements et arrêté le montant des frais d’inscription pour les différentes catégories du personnel, on demandera ensuite aux participants retenus de s’inscrire formellement en payant les frais.


2) Atelier sur le traitement d’images astronomiques appliqué aux observations aurorales planétaires, Neuville sur Oise, 22 septembre 2016

Lieu : Université de Cergy-Pontoise, Maison internationale de la Recherche (MIR), Site de Neuville sur Oise (RER A Neuville Université), Grand Auditorium

Résumé :
The Earth’s ‘northern’ and ‘southern lights’ are examples of auroral emission, light which shines from the polar regions of all magnetised planets in our Solar System. Studying the brightness and shape of this emission at the Earth and other planets has provided us with enormous scientific insight into the physics of how the atmosphere of a planet interacts with its surrounding space environment. For example, the bright ‘oval’ of auroral light surrounding the Earth’s magnetic pole arises from the interaction between the Earth’s magnetic field and the solar wind, a stream of charged particles continually emanating from our Sun. Jupiter’s analogous oval, on the other hand, is mainly due to the interaction between that planet’s magnetic field and the charged particles emanating not from the Sun, but from Jupiter’s volcanic moon, Io. With the advent of space missions about to re-visit the Jovian system (e.g. NASA’s JUNO, arriving in July 2016; and ESA’s JUICE, planned for launch in 2022), now is a critical time for experts in both auroral observation and image analysis and processing to congregate and plan the provision of useful data analysis tools and algorithms for the scientific communities involved in these projects. This workshop will bring together auroral experts, many of whom are involved with JUNO and / or JUICE, for this specific purpose. Invited talks will present some examples of weak auroral signatures to be searched together with software tools for processing auroral images (such as VOISE), but contributed talks on techniques and other types of observations are warmly welcome. The scientific challenge which we are aiming to meet is multifold: how to improve the current techniques in order to unambiguously detect weak auroral emissions and characterise the limit of auroral brightness detection, and explore data mining techniques available in the armoury of machine learning to classify and analyse auroral forms and features.

Inscription : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScztYFNG223zMEjcubPVCROGSpdrpTOhHP4RIN6S4LDMXBRtg/viewform?embedded=true

Organisateurs :
Aymeric Histace, ETIS, ENSEA/Univ. Cergy-Pontoise/CNRS, UMR 8051, Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.,
Patrick Guio, UCL, Astrophysics Group, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.


3) Postdoctoral Position Reaction Dynamics & Planetary Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa

The Reaction Dynamics Group, Department of Chemistry, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, invites applications for two postdoctoral positions. The appointment period is initially for one year, but can be renewed annually based on avail­a­b­ility of funds and satisfactory progress. The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Successful applicants should have a strong background in experimental reaction dynamics, UHV tech­nology, REMPI, and pulsed laser systems. The goal of the experiments is to probe the formation of water and hydroxyl radicals on the Moon via interaction of ionizing radiation (Solar Wind) with lunar (analog) silicates.

Solid communication skills in English (written, oral), a publication record in internationally circulated, peer-reviewed journals, and willingness to work in a team are man­da­to­ry. Only self-motivated and energetic candidates are encouraged to apply. Please send a letter of interest, three letters of recommendation, CV, and publication list to Prof. Ralf I. Kaiser, De­partment of Chemistry, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822-2275, USA [Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.]. Applicants must demonstrate their capability to prepare manuscripts for publications independently. The review of applications will start August 1, 2016, and continues until the position is filled. A description of our current research group can be found at http://www.chem.hawaii.edu/Bil301/welcome.html.


4) PhD position is available at Astronomy, Leiden University on chemical evolution of PAHs in an aqueous environment and the photochemical evolution of ices

A PhD position is available at Astronomy, Leiden University, under supervision of Prof. Tielens, in close collaboration with drs. ten Kate and King of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University.

Carbonaceous meteorites and comets show a varied organic composition thought to reflect, at least partly, a heritage that dates back to interstellar clouds. A variety of processes on parent asteroidal bodies and comets will have modified any inherited material. PAHs are one key component in the interstellar medium. The student will develop models for the chemical evolution of PAHs in an aqueous environment and the photochemical evolution of ices. S/he will identify chemical markers for these processes, make predictions for ALMA and JWST observations, and assess the astronomical implications by comparison to meteoritic and cometary composition. Secondments are foreseen to Heriot Watt University, Aarhus University, and Graphic Science.

The Ideal Candidate has the equivalent of a master's degree in organic chemistry, physical chemistry, astronomy, Earth sciences, or physics; experimental and computational experience preferably in: Raman and IR spectroscopy, density functional theory; a good working knowledge in English. Certain restrictions on nationality apply related to mobility requirements from the Marie Curie Program.

PhD information: http://europah.eu/Recruitment/esr%20position%204.html

Network: http://www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/jobs/586193-early-stage-researchers-in-the-europah-astrochemistry-eu-network


5) 2 years postdoctoral position in the Reactive Processes group at LOMC-UMR-6294 at University of
Le Havre

We are searching a motivated experienced candidate for a 2 years
postdoctoral position in the Reactive Processes group at Laboratoire
Ondes et Milieux Complexes (LOMC-UMR-6294) at University of
Le Havre (Normandie Université).

Please download the files with details on the research project, the official
announcement and the application form here:

1.EMoPlaF-project-abstract: project
2.EMoPlaF-International-Postdoc-AM: post-doc
3.EMoPlaF-LABEX EMC3_Application form: application

Do not hesitate to contact me in case of any problem of accessing these informations. Please forward this e-mail to anyone who may be interested in such a position.

Best regards, Ioan Schneider


6) meeting "Planet Formation and Evolution 2017"; Jena, Germany, 25 - 27 September 2017
In the tradition of the very successful workshops on "Planet Formation and Evolution", we are pleased to announce the 11th workshop in this series: "PLANET FORMATION AND EVOLUTION 2017". The workshop will take place at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena during 25 - 27 September 2017.

Following the spirit of the previous very stimulating meetings, the goal of this workshop is to provide a common platform for scientists working in the fields of star and planet formation, protoplanetary and  debris discs, exo-planets, the Solar System, astrobiology, and planetary research in general. Most importantly, this workshop is aimed at stimulating and intensifying the dialogue between researchers using various approaches - observations, theory, and laboratory studies. In particular, students and postdocs are encouraged to present their results and to use the opportunity to learn more about the main questions and most recent results in adjacent fields.

Registration and abstract submission will open in early 2017.

Please, feel free to forward this email to potentially interested colleagues.

If you have any questions please contact us at Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser..

With best regards,
Alexander Krivov, on behalf of the SOC and LOC


7) Workshop on Chondrules and the Protoplanetary Disk, London, feb. 27-28, 2017

Chondrules, one of the major components of chondritic meteorites, provide important information about conditions and processes at different times and in different regions of the protoplanetary disk, including thermal processing and radial transport of solids in the disk, duration of its accretionary stage, and accretion, structure, and thermal evolution of chondrite parent bodies. Understanding the origin of chondrules is one of the fundamental but still unsolved problems in meteoritics and cosmochemistry.

The purpose of the workshop is to discuss:

physical, chemical, and isotopic characteristics of chondrules,

possible mechanisms of chondrule formation,

relationships between chondrules and other chondritic components, and

the relationship between chondrule formation and accretion.

Please submit an Indication of Interest by Thursday, September 29, 2016 to be added to the mailing list to receive reminders and other pertinent information about this workshop.



8) Meeting "Astrobiology 2017",  November 26th - December 1st in Coyhaique, Chile

On behalf of its Scientific Organizing Committee, I would like to distribute the first annoucement of "Astrobiology 2017", held between November 26th and December 1st in Coyhaique, Chile.


Astrobiology is an interdisciplinary subject at the frontier of science. Current research in astrobiology draws researchers from the fields of astronomy, space science, chemistry, biology, geology, humanities, sociology and ethical issues.

Many astronomers in the subfields of star formation, solar system studies, astrochemistry and others, tend to gather around Astrobiology. Science goals of new generation telescopes such as ALMA, SKA, TMT, GMT, E-ELT include search for prebiotic molecules, and detection of bio-signatures in the ever growing sample of extrasolar planets, many of which reside in the habitable zones. Even dedicated flagship space missions have been commissioned, such as the wildly successful Kepler mission, which alone has discovered about 2,000 extrasolar planets, or the soon to be launched TESS and CHEOPS missions.

The IAU Commission F.3 (Astrobiology) will meet again in the beautiful town, Coyhaique, Chile in November, 2017. This key meeting fosters interdisciplinary collaborations for the advancement of Astrobiology, welcoming researchers from disciplines as diverse as astrophysics, biology, geology, humanities, and sociology, among others.

Those who are interested in Astrobiology 2017 are kindly requested to keep your schedule !

With best regards,
Masatoshi Ohishi, vice president of Comm. F.3


9) Fifth International Planetary Dune Workshop, May 16-19, 2017, St. George, Utah
The purpose of this workshop is to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of new ideas and approaches to the investigation of aeolian processes that form and maintain dune fields on Earth and other planetary bodies within the solar system.
The first announcement for the workshop is now available.
To continue receiving e-mail updates about this workshop, including deadline reminders, abstract submission details, etc., you MUST subscribe to the Indication of Interest list.  Please complete the electronic Indication of Interest form by Tuesday, April 4, 2017. If you are not on this list, you will NOT receive these important updates.


10)  Post-doctoral position for the analysis of VIRTIS/Rosetta data, LESIA, Paris

A 2-year post-doctoral position in cometary science is opened at the Observatory of Paris (LESIA, CNRS, Meudon), beginning in fall 2016.

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 Infrred Thermal Imaging Spectrometer) built at the Observatory of Paris. The project will focuss on the study of the distributions of H2O and CO2 gases, 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 25 September 2016. Late applications can be considered, until the position is filled.

The project is funded by Paris Sciences Lettres University (program IRIS OCAV).


11) Workshop: " Dust in the atmosphere of Mars and its impact on the human exploration", June 13-15, 2017, Houston

The meeting will assess the impact of Mars atmospheric dust on human exploration, e.g., human health and human surface mechanical systems such as space suits, habitats, and mobility systems.
Please submit an Indication of Interest by Thursday, February 9, 2017 to be added to the mailing list to receive reminders and other pertinent information about this meeting.