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Student Opportunities


Field Training and Research Program at Meteor Crater
The Field Training and Research Program at Meteor Crater is a week-long geology field class and research project based at Barringer Meteorite Crater, Arizona, more popularly known as Meteor Crater. The goal will be to introduce students to impact cratering processes and provide an opportunity to assist with a research project at the crater. Skills developed during the field camp should better prepare the students for their own thesis studies in impact cratered terrains, whether they be on Earth, the Moon, asteroids, Mars, or some other solar system planetary surface. The field camp is designed for graduate college students in geology and planetary science programs, although advanced undergraduate students will be considered if they have successfully completed a summer field geology program and have a demonstrated interest in impact cratering processes. U.S. and international students are eligible to apply. The school will run from September 3-11, 2016


Application Deadline: June 13, 2016


AGU Virtual Posters Showcase
AGU is piloting an exciting new opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to showcase their researchr. While many students conduct research with faculty in organized summer programs, as part of their course work, or as part of their degree program, they often face barriers to traveling to present that research, especially at national conferences. The virtual poster showcases will allow participation by those students who can’t travel. There are three opportunities to present in 2016 in the spring and fall.


The next opportunity to submit an abstract is Aug 8–Sept 28.


Education Aeronautics Scholarship and Advanced STEM Training and Research (AS&ASTAR) Fellowship
NASA's Office of Education is seeking proposals for a NASA Education Aeronautics Scholarship and Advanced STEM Training and Research (AS&ASTAR) Fellowship Activity. The purpose of the NASA Education AS&ASTAR Fellowship activity is to support the vitality and diversity of the STEM workforce of NASA and the United States by training and funding graduate students during their STEM academic endeavors and providing access to NASA, its content, unique facilities, and STEM experts.


Proposals are due by June 17, 2016, at 11:59pm EST.


Summer School in Software Systems for Astronomy
The University of Hawaii at Hilo Physics and Astronomy Department offers the two week course (July 25 - August 5). The course covers  software design and implementation of telescope and instrument control systems, observation planning tools, and software for analyzing and  archiving astronomical data. This is a great summer course at the foothills of Mauna Kea, location for many of the best observatories in the world. Housing is available for this special topics summer course. Please contact our housing office directly at, or phone them at 808-932-7403, a $10 application fee will be required to process the housing application.


XXVIII Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics
The XXVIII Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics, organized by the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC), focuses on Solar System Exploration. The School welcomes a maximum of 50 PhD students and young Post-Docs, and provides a unique opportunity for the participants to broaden their knowledge in this field of Astrophysics.This Winter School aims to bring together in a relaxed working atmosphere a number of the leading scientists working in this field and PhD students and recent postdocs. It will tackle many aspects of Solar System Exploration, covering the fundamentals, the hot-topics on dynamical evolution, planetary and asteroid surfaces, and planetary atmospheres, and the most recent results from space missions. This course will provide also graduate students and young researchers a training workshop on data analysis and data archiving.


Application Deadline: June 15, 2016


Conferences (2016)


Emerging Researchers in Exoplanet Science Symposium
June 13–14, 2016
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Abstract Deadline: May 2, 2016


13th International Planetary Probe Workshop
June 13–17, 2016
John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD
Abstract Deadline: March 24, 2016
Student Scholarship Deadline: March 31, 2016
This meeting also offers an associated Short Course on Venus Science, Technology, and Mission Architectures on June 11–12 


Goldschmidt 2016
June 26–July 1, 2016
Yokohama, Japan
Abstract Deadline: February 26, 2016
Early Registration Deadline: April 26, 2016
Standard Registration Deadline: May 26, 2016


Small Bodies Assessment Group 15th Meeting
June 28–30, 2016
JHU Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD
Early Career Travel Support Deadline: April 29, 2016


New Directions in Planet Formation
July 11–15, 2016
Leiden, The Netherlands
Registration deadline: March 31, 2016


Third International Conference on the Exploration of Phobos and Deimos
July 18–19, 2016
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffat Field, CA
Abstract Deadline: April 19, 2016


Lunar and Small Bodies Graduate Conference
July 19, 2016
Abstract Deadline: June 3, 2016


Microscopy & Microanalysis 2016 Meeting
July 24–28, 2016
Columbus, Ohio
Abstract Submission Deadline: February 8, 2016
Early Registration Deadline: June 13, 2016
Student Travel Award Deadline: February 8, 2016


2016 Astrobiology Graduate Conference
July 25–27 2016
Boulder, CO
Application Deadline: April 1, 2016


35th International Geological Congress
August 27–September 4, 2016
Cape Town, South Africa
Early Bird registration deadline: May 31, 2016
Regular registration deadline: June 1, 2016
Late registration deadline: August 27, 2016


Linking Exoplanet and Disk Compositions
September 12–14, 2016
Baltimore, MD
Abstract Deadline: May 12, 2016


The Seventh Moscow Solar System Symposium
October 10–14, 2016
Moscow, Russia
Abstract Deadline: August 10, 2016


Joint Division for Planetary Sciences and the European Planetary Science Conference
October 16–21, 2016
Pasadena, CA
Abstract Deadline: June 23, 2016
Late Abstract Deadline: August 2, 2016


3rd International Workshop on Instrumentation for Planetary Missions
October 24–27, 2016
Pasadena, CA
Abstract Deadline: August 9, 2016


14th Meeting of the Venus Exploration Analysis Group
November 29–December 1, 2016
NASA Headquarters, Washington DC

Travel support will be available for students and early career scientists (within 5 years of PhD)

NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships


The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) offers scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research at NASA Centers. Each NPP fellowship opportunity is designed to advance NASA research in a specific project related to space science, earth science, aeronautics, exploration systems, lunar science, astrobiology, or astrophysics. Applications are accepted three times each year: March 1, July 1, and November 1.
NASA Postdoctoral Program


Venus Opportunities


Blaustein Postdoctoral Scholar in Planetary Sciences
The Johns Hopkins University invites applications for the Morton K. Blaustein Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. They seek outstanding individuals with a recent Ph.D. in any area of Earth and Planetary sciences. Candidates with research interests in the areas of planetary geology and geophysics, with a focus on terrestrial planets, icy satellites, or Earth analogs, are particularly encouraged to apply. Information on the department and its research activities can be found at Applicants should contact faculty with whom they are interested in working. The duration of the fellowship is one year with an anticipated extension for a second year. The position carries a competitive salary and fringe benefits, includes an annual stipend for travel and research expenses, and provides eligibility to participate in the Johns Hopkins University health plans.

Consideration of applications will begin March 1, 2016. Applications can only be submitted electronically at To apply, please submit your curriculum vitae (with your email address), names and emails of three or more references, and a brief research statement.


University of Victoria School of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Funding is available for two grad students and one postdoc to start at the University of Victoria during 2016. These positions include work on a variety of projects under the umbrella of the evolution of Earth’s atmosphere and planetary atmospheres. This includes palaeoclimate, evolution of the composition of Earth’s atmosphere, comparative planetology and habitability, co-evolution of life and the environment on Earth, and related topics. More information is at Interested students should contact Dr. Colin Goldblatt at with a copy of their CV, transcripts, and a brief statement of interests. 


Postdoctoral Position at Space Telescope Science Institute
The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate to begin work in the fall of 2016. The initial appointment will be for one year, with renewals possible up to a total of three years (subject to satisfactory performance and continued funding). The successful candidate will work closely with Dr. Lewis, in coordination with Dr. Deming (University of Maryland) and collaborators, in the reduction, analysis, and interpretation of transmission spectra of exoplanet atmospheres obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope. Additional project opportunities may include reduction and analysis of complementary Spitzer Space Telescope data and observation planning for JWST. Applicants are expected to have completed a PhD in astronomy, planetary sciences, or similar field by the time of starting the position.


Postdoctoral Position at Arecibo Observatory
The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Scientist position in the Planetary Radar group at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. This position would involve observations, data processing, archiving, and modeling of near-Earth asteroids and other Solar System bodies with the Arecibo Planetary Radar system. Experience in astronomical observations of Solar System objects, small-bodies geophysics, astronomical instrumentation, and/or numerical inverse modeling is desirable. Experience with radar observations and techniques, programming languages, and Linux systems is preferred but not required. The incumbent would be expected to participate in radar observations and also carry out an independent research program. The Observatory has significant computing facilities. Conference travel and equipment support are available. This position shall be for a two year appointment with the likely renewal of one year. 


Venus and Extreme Environment In-Situ Science Investigations and Capability Development
This postdoctoral Fellowship at Glenn Research Center concentrates on in-situ Venus geophysics/atmospheric physics and chemistry studies performed in Venus-relevant environments, and exploring the capabilities of potential harsh environment instrumentation suites to provide relevant science data related to these studies. The core of this work is aimed at preparing NASA to have the relevant core scientific understanding and capabilities to conduct extended scientific investigations on Venus. Requirements are a recent Ph.D. in geophysics/ geology or atmospheric physics. Experience in experiment design or instrument/space craft system development is desirable.The position is for two years with a possible extension to three years. Apply through the NASA Postdoctoral Program website.


ELSI Research Scientist Positions
The Earth Life Science Institute (ELSI) at the Tokyo Institute of Technology invites applications for ELSI Research Scientist positions. They are offering up to 5 positions in this recruitment. ELSI aims to answer the fundamental questions of how the Earth was formed, how life originated in the environment of early Earth, and how this life evolved into complexity. ELSI pursues these questions by studying the "origin and evolution of life" and the "origin and evolution of the Earth" through an interdisciplinary collaboration between the fields of Earth, Life, and Planetary Sciences.The appointment will be for 3 years, with a possible extension to 5 based on performance and the direction of ELSI. Candidates must hold a PhD from an accredited institution in a field relevant to ELSI's research at the time of appointment (including solar system exploration). The ELSI institutional language is English.


Postdoctoral Positions at the Planetary Science Institute
The Planetary Science Institute in  collaboration with The CosmoQuest Virtual Research Facility is  interested in hiring two Postdoctoral Research Scientists with concentrations in: earth and planetary science and astrophysics and heliophysics to work closely with scientists, educators, and the general public through CosmoQuest.  CosmoQuest provides the general public and educators opportunities to learn through classes and web content, and to contribute to NASA SMD  related science in meaningful ways. These postdocs are research- focused positions. Postdocs will collaboratively work to ensure that  citizen science results can be used to advance the understanding of the universe, and will be expected to aid in or lead projects that produce peer-reviewed science publications. The position is nominally for one year with a possible extension up to five years depending in availability of funding.