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Student Opportunities


The 2nd Advanced School on Exoplanetary Science
The 2nd Advanced School on Exoplanetary Science will be held at the International Institute for Advanced Scientific Studies (IIASS) in Vietri sul Mare (Salerno), Italy from 22 to 26 May, 2017. The School — taking place in the enchanting Amalfi Coast – is aimed to provide a comprehensive, state-of-the-art picture of a variety of relevant aspects of the fast-developing, highly interdisciplinary field of exoplanets research. The Lecture topics of the 2nd year of School will be focused on the atmospheres of exoplanets. The Lectures will be delivered by four senior researchers to an audience of graduate students, Ph.D. students and young post-docs.

Registration will open on October 1, 2016.


Early Career Presenters Review at DPS 
Are you an early career scientist presenting at this year's DPS/EPSC meeting? Would you like to receive tips on how to give a great presentation? If so, come to the Early Career Presenters Review on Sunday October 16 from 1-5 pm! 

The deadline to register is October 12, 2016. 


AAS Workshop for Early Career Astronomers
The American Astronomical Society is sponsoring a skill-building workshop — and an ongoing community — to support early-career astronomers (graduate students, post-docs, recent faculty) in doing effective outreach to schools, families, and the public. Working with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and other outreach organizations, the AAS Astronomy Ambassadors program (now in its fifth year) offers you two days of hands-on training, extensive resources and pre-tested activities (plus a like-minded group of peers.) If you are a younger astronomer with an interest in spending a fraction of your time helping students or the public become more scientifically literate, this is an invitation to join the growing Ambassadors community.


Application Deadline: October 17, 2016


LPI Summer Intern Program
The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invites undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit to experience cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences. Summer interns will work one-on-one with a scientist at the LPI or at the NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in lunar and planetary science. Furthermore, they will participate in peer-reviewed research, learn from top-notch planetary scientists, and preview various careers in science. The 10-week program begins June 5, 2017, and ends on August 11, 2017. Selected students will receive a $5675.00 stipend; in addition, U.S. students will receive a $1000.00 travel stipend, and foreign nationals will receive a $1500.00 foreign travel reimbursement.


Application Deadline: January 6, 2017

Conferences (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


Stardust Final Conference on Asteroids and Space Debris
October 31–November 4, 2016
Noordwijk, The Netherlands


Comets: A new vision after Rosetta/Philae 
November 14–18, 2016
Toulouse, France 
End of early bird registration deadline: October 1, 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)


Search for Life: From Early Earth to Exoplanets
December 12–16, 2016
Quy Nhon, Vietnam
Registration deadline: September 1, 2016


2016 AGU Fall Meeting
December 12–16, 2016
San Francisco, CA
Early bird registration deadline: November 3, 2016

Conferences (2017)


229th American Astronomical Society Meeting
January 3–7
Grapevine, TX
Abstract Deadline: October 4, 2016


16th Meeting of the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group (link:
January 11–13, 2017
Tucson, AZ


Sixth International Workshop on the Mars Atmosphere: Modelling and Observations
January 17–20, 2017
Granada, Spain
Abstract submission deadline: October 14, 2016


21st International Microlensing Conference
February 1–3, 2017
Pasadena, CA
Half Day Workshop: January 31, 2017
Early Registration and Abstract submission deadline: December 1, 2017

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


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.


Postdoctoral Scientist at the Arecibo Observatory in Planetary Radar
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.


Planetary Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling Postdoctoral Scientist
The successful candidate will join a team from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), GSFC, Columbia University, and other institutions as part of the Nexus for Exoplanet System Science ( Team research addresses the habitability of past Solar System and exoplanet climates and informs exoplanet mission design. The candidate will be expected to perform original research, present results at scientific meetings, and publish first-author
peer-reviewed papers. The candidate will be resident at NASA GISS in New York City. Requirements include: a PhD in atmospheric science, chemistry, planetary science, astrobiology, or a similar field. Expertise in atmospheric chemistry and willingness to become involved in chemistry-aerosol parameterization development are required, but the broad scope of the project allows for many possible research directions and collaborations in studying atmospheric composition impacts on a variety of climates using the model. Strong mathematics and programming skills are also required. For further information contact Anthony DelGenio (


Exploration Fellowship at Arizona State University
ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration is once again offering its Exploration Fellowship: a 3-year postdoc position with a generous salary and discretionary stipend. Applicants must have a PhD by July 2017 but no earlier than 2012. Applicants whose projects create new collaborations among SESE faculty members are especially desired. The mission of the Exploration Fellowships is to foster a leading, interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellowship program in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU by attracting and supporting outstanding early-career scientists. Research areas within the School encompass theoretical and observational astronomy, cosmology, astrobiology, earth sciences, climate science, planetary sciences, exploration systems engineering, astronomical instrumentation, and science education.


Application Deadline: November 18, 2016