Inspired by the success of similar programs on other missions (Dragonfly, Psyche, and Europa Clipper), the InSight team is organizing a pilot program intended to expose early career scientists to the experience of working on a mission science team. We are inviting a select number of senior graduate students and early career scientists to be “InSightSeers” to observe our next mission science team meeting in March. They will be paired with a mentor from the science team and allowed to observe the virtual science team meeting in its entirety from 8-12 March 2021. We hope that this will provide valuable insight into the work and team dynamics that take place on missions and help early career scientists make informed decisions about their career paths.
This opportunity is open to graduate students in or beyond their third year of earning their post-graduate degree (PhD or Master’s) or early career scientists within seven years of receiving their post-graduate degree. Because of ITAR concerns, at this time the opportunity is limited to U.S. citizens and green card holders. Interested candidates should fill out this form and include a short description of their background and research interests, how such an experience could be of benefit to them, and any special interests in particular areas of the InSight mission. Respondents will be selected based upon the anticipated impact to their career path and the alignment of their research interests with the scientific objectives of the mission. InSight recognizes and supports the benefits of having diverse and inclusive communities and expects that such values will be reflected in this opportunity. Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “InSightSeers”. This form indicating your interest must be filled out by Wednesday 24 February 2021: https://forms.gle/DAyvLHZR8JKMZ7Gj8