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Student Opportunities


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.


Application Deadline: August 26, 2016


Geologic Mapping Subcommittee Student Member

The Geologic Mapping Subcommittee (GEMS) of the Mapping and Planetary Spatial Infrastructure Team (MAPSIT) is seeking a Student Member to join the committee, which advises NASA on issues related to the geological mapping of planetary surfaces. We are seeking either a current Ph.D. graduate student working a geological map for eventual publication by the USGS, or a recent Ph.D. graduate (within one year of degree attainment) working a a geological map.

To apply, we request a CV and answers to these questions to GEMS Chair Dr. David A. Williams at


  1. what is your experience in planetary geologic mapping and what role in your graduate research will/does planetary geologic mapping play?
  2. are you able to attend the annual meeting of planetary geologic mappers (June) and LPSC in the next 2–3 years?
  3. why would you like to serve on GEMS?

Application Deadline: September 30, 2016. 


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

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


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.


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 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 (