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Open Rank Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured faculty position at the assistant, associate, or full professor rank, commensurate with experience, in the field of planetary science. The candidate is expected to perform research in the broad area of planetary surfaces and processes, have or seek active involvement in planetary science missions, and eventually assume leadership of the NASA Planetary Data System Geosciences Node at Washington University. The ideal candidate will employ quantitative tools and will integrate computational approaches with remotely sensed observations.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in planetary science or a related field at the time of appointment. In addition, candidates at the associate or full professor rank must have an advanced record of research, publication, and teaching warranting tenure. Complete applications include cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research interests, and names and contact information of at least four references, submitted via Interfolio:
https://apply.interfolio.com/66099

Applications must be received by October 31, 2019 to ensure consideration.

An extended job description and application procedure is at:
https://apply.interfolio.com/66099

Contact planetarysearch@epsc.wustl.edu with questions.

Photogrammetrist
The USGS Astrogeology Science Center is looking for a Photogrammetrist
(GS-11/12 Physical Scientist). We work in coordination with NASA and other agencies to support missions to planetary objects across the Solar System. If you are looking for a rewarding position in the Federal workforce and have expertise in photogrammetry and software development, we need your help! Job duties include developing software, algorithms, and/or guidelines for mapping planetary data; developing planetary sensor models that define the transformation between image space and object space; producing improved geospatial knowledge of extraterrestrial bodies and planetary datasets (e.g., spacecraft ephemerides, digital elevation models, orthorectified images and mosaics, metadata, and control networks); and providing guidance to technical staff working on photogrammetric and geodetic production tasks. Applicants must have a bachelors or higher degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics, expertise in the concepts, theories, and principles of photogrammetry, cartography, geodesy, and/or computer vision, and experience developing and modifying software to apply these principles to highly varied datasets. Applicants must be US citizens, and a background check is required.
This position is located in Flagstaff, AZ. Apply starting September 2,
2019 through USAjobs.gov announcement DEN-2019-0254:

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Contact Brent Archinal with questions: (barchinal@usgs.gov; (928)
556-7083).

Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Joint Center for Planetary Astronomy
The Joint Center for Planetary Astronomy (JCPA) at the California Institute of Technology solicits applications for a postdoctoral prize fellowship associated with the center. This fellowship will be awarded to an outstanding applicant pursuing research in any area related to planetary astronomy either within the solar system or beyond either observationally, theoretically, or computationally. The JCPA provides a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment for researchers at Caltech with common interests spanning both astronomy and planetary science. Fellows will also have full access to Caltech’s extensive resources, including the Keck and Palomar Observatories and computational facilities. The Fellowship will commence in the fall of 2020 with an annual stipend of $67,500 and an additional research fund of $15,000 per year in direct costs. The JCPA will also provide funds for relocation expenses and other benefits including health care.

Applicants for the position must have a PhD in planetary science, astronomy, astrophysics, geology, or an equivalent field by the date of their appointment. Applicants must also be within four years of receiving their PhD (PhD awarded after January 1, 2016). Applicants should submit a CV, list of publications, a statement describing their current and proposed research (4 page single spaced, 12 pt. font, not including figures and references), and three letters of recommendation by January 1, 2020. Offers will be made by Feb. 1, 2020. Questions regarding the fellowship should be directed to Professor Mike Brown
(mbrown@caltech.edu).

Academic Position in Exoplanet Characterization at Cardiff University
The School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University has one of the largest astronomy groups in the UK with 26 academic staff in astronomy-related activities including galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, ground-based and space-borne instrumentation development, and gravitational waves. We have an immediate vacancy for an open-ended academic position, at Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, or Reader level, in the field of exoplanet science. The appointment will be made at a level commensurate with experience.

This position is part of a long-term strategic plan for astronomy at Cardiff to broaden current research to exoplanet science using space and ground based facilities. We are part of the international consortium that will provide the science payload for the European Space Agency’s ARIEL satellite, dedicated to the systematic characterisation of exoplanet atmospheres and scheduled for launch in 2028. It is expected that the new appointee will become a key member of the Cardiff ARIEL team and of the international ARIEL consortium.

You will have a PhD in Physics or Astrophysics from a leading university programme with an excellent track record in exoplanet research, through observations, instrumentation, or theory, demonstrated by publications in high quality academic journals and evidence of success in gaining and enhancing research income. You will be an excellent teacher and have clearly demonstrated the ability to teach effectively at University level. Applications should include a covering letter, CV, and concise research and teaching statements.

This post is full-time and open-ended.

More information about this post may be obtained by contacting Prof. Matt Griffin  (Head of Astronomy Instrumentation Group, and UK ARIEL Co-PI; matt.griffin@astro.cf.ac.uk) or Prof. Steve Eales (Head of the Astronomy
Group; steve.eales@astro.cf.ac.uk)

More information about working at Cardiff University may be obtained by contacting Glesni Lloyd (Lloydgw@cardiff.ac.uk).

Academic Position in Exoplanet Characterisation at Cardiff University
Closing date: Thursday 7 November 2019
Cardiff University job reference: 9049BR

The School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University has one of the largest astronomy groups in the UK with 26 academic staff in astronomy-related activities including galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, ground-based and space-borne instrumentation development, and gravitational waves. We have an immediate vacancy for an open-ended academic position, at Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, or Reader level, in the field of exoplanet science. The appointment will be made at a level commensurate with experience.

This position is part of a long-term strategic plan for astronomy at Cardiff to broaden current research to exoplanet science using space and ground based facilities. We are part of the international consortium that will provide the science payload for the European Space Agency's ARIEL satellite, dedicated to the systematic characterisation of exoplanet atmospheres and scheduled for launch in 2028. It is expected that the new appointee will become a key member of the Cardiff ARIEL team and of the international ARIEL consortium.

For details and applicatoin process see:
https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/jobs
(under Academic Vacancies; School of Physics and Astronomy)
Contact: Professor Matt Griffin; matt.griffin@astro.cf.ac.uk

Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in
St. Louis invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured faculty position at the assistant, associate, or full professor rank, commensurate with experience, in the field of planetary science. The candidate is expected to perform research in the broad area of planetary surfaces and processes, have or seek active involvement in planetary science missions, and eventually assume leadership of the NASA Planetary Data System Geosciences Node at Washington University. The ideal candidate will employ quantitative tools and will integrate computational approaches with remotely sensed observations.

The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program, maintain a strong publication record, advise students, provide outstanding teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses, and participate actively in departmental governance and university service. We seek candidates who will strengthen existing research programs in planetary science and remote sensing, as well as foster collaboration with scholars across the Washington University community.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in planetary science or a related field at the time of appointment. In addition, candidates at the associate or full professor rank must have an advanced record of research, publication, and teaching warranting tenure. Complete applications include cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research interests, and names and contact information of at least four references, submitted via Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/66099. Applications must be received by October 31, 2019 to ensure consideration.

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those underrepresented in their academic fields. It is the University’s policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all
job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or genetic information.

University of Chicago T.C. Chamberlin Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Department of the Geophysical Sciences at The University of Chicago invites applications for the T.C. Chamberlin Postdoctoral Fellowship. We seek outstanding scientists who lead creative investigations into the nature of Earth and/or other planetary bodies. We encourage people with interests in any aspect of Earth and Planetary Sciences to apply. To give a sense of the diverse interests of our Chamberlin Fellows, in recent years Fellows have included people whose research focuses on planetary habitability, tropical cyclones, asteroid impacts, and petrology/geochronology.

Start date is negotiable, with a target of October 1, 2020. Please email a single pdf file containing a CV, a 2-4 page research plan, and names and contact information for at least three references, to:
chamberlin@geosci.uchicago.edu

Applicants should also arrange for letters to be sent by their named references to the same address. Consideration of complete applications (those including letters of reference) will begin October 7, 2019.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer:
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NAIF Node of the Planetary Data System
NASA's Navigation and Ancillary Information Facility (NAIF), located at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is seeking a skilled, dedicated and highly motivated professional to help develop the "SPICE 2.0" Toolkit, a re-implementation of the existing SPICE 1.0 Toolkit family using the C++11 language with a multithreaded and object-oriented architecture.

The job involves original design, thoughtful implementation, excellent code documentation and provision of thorough testing facilities, all in
keeping with existing NAIF standards and practices. The applicant must have demonstrable C++11 programming experience as well as skills in the areas of mathematics and space dynamics. He or she must be willing to quickly learn SPICE technology and capabilities in order to apply this knowledge to the SPICE 2.0 development effort.

Applicants should have a degree in Engineering or Applied Mathematics, and have several years of practical, related experience. This job is not in the domain of computer science, but a strong aptitude for practical computer programming is required.  U.S. citizenship or equivalent is required.

Persons interested in learning more about this offering should access this URL:
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Faculty and Postdoctoral Positions in India
School of Earth and Planetary Sciences (SEPS), National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar, is one of India's premier research-driven academic institutes. SEPS/NISER is a unique center in India that has been established to emerge and excel in high quality and interdisciplinary scientific research works in Planetary Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Atmospheric-Ocean Sciences. NISER provides start-up grant and academic freedom for promising candidates.

SEPS seeks faculty applications from highly motivated and promising candidates for faculty positions at various levels. Interested candidates should send their application to fa@niser.ac.in

Current faculty members in SEPS are involved actively in Indian and large international collaborative projects and astronomy/planetary /exoplanetary missions, e.g., SKA, TMT, ALMA, NASA's JWST, SOFIA and Dawn. Interdisciplinary works on astrochemistry & astrobiology, star & planet formation, radio/sub-mm/infrared astronomy, exoplanets, planetary minerology & morphology, small bodies & meteorites, planetary remote sensing, land-atmosphere coupling, boundary layer dynamics, current challenges in climate change, etc., have been initiated already.

Applications and positions are subject to rolling basis as per NISER/DAE norms:
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NISER/SEPS also highly welcome candidates who are interested in prestigious independent faculty/fellowship program, for example, Ramanujan Fellowship, DST INSPIRE Faculty, SERB-NPDF etc.

NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship - Application Deadline November 1, 2019
The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers US and international scientists the opportunity to advance their research while contributing to NASA's scientific goals. The NPP supports fundamental science; explores the undiscovered; promotes intellectual growth; and encourages scientific connections.

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA's missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology.

Current NPP research opportunities in planetary science can be viewed here:
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Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements. U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply.

Stipends start at $60,000 per year, with supplements for high cost-of-living areas and for certain academic specialties.

Applications are accepted three times each year: March 1, July 1, and November 1. For further information and to apply, visit:
https://npp.usra.edu/

Questions: npphelp@usra.edu

Postdoctoral Scholar, Planetary Science/Impact Processes, UC Davis
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Davis seeks a postdoctoral scholar to study impact processes on rocky planets. Current research programs seek to understand the role of small and large collisions on the formation and habitability of rocky planets and the emergence of life. Applicants may pursue numerical simulations and/or experimental work in the department's Shock Compression Laboratory. The lab's primary research themes focus on understanding the role of material properties in governing the outcome of collisions, including the physical and chemical processes that shape planet formation and early Earth's habitability. The scholar may also participate in ongoing collaborations in the UC Center for Matter at Extreme Conditions, NASA's CLEVER Planets research team, and the Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life.

Further information about current research initiatives can be found at:
http://sarahtstewart.net

Minimum qualifications: A Ph.D. in physics, geology, chemistry, materials science or related field is required. Desired qualifications: Prior experience with numerical simulations of planetary collisions and/or experimental high-pressure techniques.

Interested candidates should contact Prof. Sarah Stewart
(sts@ucdavis.edu) with inquiries and apply by emailing a CV, contact information for three references, and a brief statement of research interests.