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November 2012


Abstract Submission Deadline: December 15, 2012

The UCLA Institute for Planets and Exoplanets, The UK Center for Astrobiology and the NASA Astrobiology Institute invite you to participate in a two-day conference in February 2013 that will examine the present-day habitability of Mars.

For all the meeting details visit: http://planets.ucla.edu/meetings/mars-habitability-2013/

Letter of Application Deadline: December 14, 2012

NASA is soliciting applications and nominations for members of the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) field campaign Science Definition Team (SDT). Response will take the form of a Letter of Application submitted to the Terrestrial Ecology Program Manager at NASA Headquarters.

Response to this Call is in the form of a Letter of Application. In the letter, the applicant should provide evidence of expertise and knowledge in areas highly relevant to the ABoVE primary scientific goals and related research activities. All applicants must explain the knowledge and skills they have to offer and why they are important for SDT activities. Letters of application should provide a brief statement regarding which aspects of the ABoVE study the applicant would be able to help develop, as well as their overall vision regarding the scientific direction and scope of the field campaign. Applicants may express an interest in serving as SDT Chair (or co-Chair), but NASA will not limit selection of the SDT Chair to those applicants who express interest.

The Letter may contain a brief list of references to scientific or technical papers the applicant has published and/or positions held and work conductedthat establish her/him as a leader in their area(s) of expertise. The Letter should also contain a statement of how much time the applicant will commit over the next twelve to fifteen months for activities related to the ABoVE SDT, particularly if there are any major constraints that may restrict full engagement in the significant amount of work that will be required to define the scientific approach and study design for the ABoVE field campaign.

Letter applications are invited from individuals, not groups. Collaborations and teams are not solicited. Each Letter is to be limited to three pages, with 11-point (or larger) font and one-inch margins. The subject line of a responsive application must read "NASA ABoVE SDT Application." Letter applications submitted by E-mail are preferred, but may also be submitted by regular mail or fax. Responses to this invitation must be received no later than 4:30 PM EST on December 14, 2012.

NASA expects to select approximately 8-20 individuals for membership on theABoVE SDT and plans to announce its selection in January 2013. NASA will select the ABoVE SDT members and the SDT Chair from the pool of respondents after reviewing the letters received in response to this call.

Application letters should be submitted to:

Dr. Diane E. Wickland Terrestrial Ecology Program Earth Science Division - Science Mission Directorate Mail Suite 3B74 NASA Headquarters 300 E Street, SW Washington, DC 20546 Tel: 202-358-0245 E-mail: Diane.E.Wickland@nasa.gov Fax: 202-358-3172

Application Deadline: December 1, 2012

The NAI is accepting applications from early career astrobiologists (graduate students, postdoctoral fellows or others within 5 years of their Ph.D) to participate in an 11-day tour of astrobiology-relevant field sites in Western Australia in June 2013. Included will be the extant stromatolites of Shark Bay, the banded iron formations and iron ore mines of the Hamersley Basin, the putatively cyanobacterial stromatolites of the 2.7 Ga Fortescue Group, and the 3.35-3.49 Ga fossiliferous and other units of the Pilbara Craton with what is arguably the oldest convincing evidence of life on Earth.

The tour, from June 18 to June 28, 2013, will be led by Professor Malcolm Walter of the University of New South Wales, the founding director of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology (ACA). The trip is designed for scientists interested in the earliest life on Earth and early Earth environments. Additional information is available at http://aca.unsw.edu.au/node/78

The NAI will provide partial support for up to five individuals, including 1/2 of the tour cost, plus airfare from the US to Perth and from Port Hedland to the US, as well as up to 2 additional days lodging and per diem. Participants will be responsible for reserving a place on the tour, including a $400 deposit and the remaining 1/2 of the tour cost.

Applicants should provide:

* a short description of how participation in this trip will contribute to your research or training in astrobiology

* a letter of support from your advisor/principal investigator Applications are due by December 1, 2012 to Dr. Edward Goolish, Deputy Director of the NAI, edward.goolish@nasa.gov.

Application Deadline: December 14, 2012

The Harvard Origins of Life Initiative is a multi-disciplinary research program at the intersection of biochemistry and planetary astronomy. Our goal is to discover how the initial conditions on planets, including our Earth, determined their biochemistry and life forms. This knowledge will eventually allow targeted studies of planets that might harbor life, including Earth twins. The Initiative is an active, vibrant community of students, faculty and researchers in this exciting new field.

We invite applications for Origins Postdoctoral Fellows who will pursue independent research on topics related to origins of life in collaboration with one or more Harvard faculty members in biochemistry, chemistry, geobiology, planetary science, and astrophysics. For a complete list of Origins team members, labs, and projects: http://origins.harvard.edu/AssocFaculty.html

Application Requirements: Candidates should have received their terminal degree within the 5 years prior to the application date. They should secure the commitment of at least one Harvard faculty member to host their work (a letter of support is required). A CV, a research proposal (3 pages), and a letter of recommendation from a current or former advisor should be sent to Carol Knell cknell@cfa.harvard.edu by December 14, 2012. Offers will be made by the end of January, 2013. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The appointment will be for 1 year initially, with opportunity for renewal for up to 2 additional years, contingent upon performance. We offer a competitive compensation and allowance package. For more information on the fellowships, send questions to: cknell@cfa.harvard.edu.

Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

Application deadline is 1 December 2012

The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in isotope geochemistry with a specialization in igneous or metamorphic processes and the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses in both fields to begin August 2013.

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in geological sciences. Additional required qualifications include: 1) a record of research and published scholarship in isotope geochemistry and/or geochronology, 2) capability for quality undergraduate and graduate teaching, 3) research interests complementary to existing strengths in cosmochemistry, low-temperature isotope geochemistry, and noble gas geochemistry and geochronology, and 4) expertise in radiogenic isotope geochemistry. Desired qualifications include: 1) a research focus on terrestrial materials and 2) a deep understanding of the connection between isotopic data and the nature of the samples analyzed.

ASU contains an extensive geochemical infrastructure, including multi-collector ICPMS, isotope ratio-MS, He- & Ar-MS, and secondary ion-MS as well as a new FEG electron probe. Diamond cell, multi-anvil cell, and piston cylinder high-pressure devices, state of the art high-resolution transmission electron microscopes, and tandem accelerator analytical capabilities are also available at ASU. Cleanroom laboratory space in a state-of-the-art research building is also available to support new analytical equipment. In addition to isotope geochemistry, related current research at SESE and its collaborating departments includes studies in cosmochemistry, astrobiology and geobiology, metamorphic, igneous, and mantle petrology, volcanology, surface processes, tectonics, and high-pressure mineral physics. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, conduct publishable research, and participate in unit, university, and professional service as appropriate with rank.

Applications should include: 1) a letter outlining research program, teaching philosophy, and how the applicant's experience fits the area(s) of expertise listed above; 2) a current CV; and 3) the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references. All materials should be submitted electronically, in PDF format, to sesenewfac@asu.edu

Application deadline is 1 December 2012; if not filled, reviews will continue weekly until search is closed. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline is 1 December 2012

The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with desired expertise in space systems and technology, to begin August 2013. The School is particularly interested in candidates with expertise in: instrument design and assembly, small satellite development including cubesats and nanosatellites, highly reliable software and systems development for space applications, sensor development for extreme environments including space qualification of sensors, hazard detection and avoidance, autonomous systems and technologies for robotic/human exploration. Spaceflight hardware and/or mission operations experience is strongly desired. The successful candidate will connect science drivers and engineering solutions - a competent familiarity with both sides of the development endeavor is preferred.

Established in 2006, SESE is the focal point for earth and space science at Arizona State University, one of the largest and fastest growing institutions of higher learning in the United States. An essential part of the SESE mission is to design, develop, and deploy new technologies to enable scientific exploration in space. SESE faculty also benefit from a variety of state-of-the-art facilities on the Tempe AZ campus, including high-bay assembly clean rooms, in the new ISTB 4 building. An earned doctorate in engineering or science is required. The requirements for this position include: (1) a Ph.D. in Space Systems Engineering or a closely related discipline, (2) evidence of scholarly contributions in space systems and technology, and (3) a commitment to quality teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Applications should include: 1) a cover letter that includes a description of the applicant's research and teaching interests and experience; 2) a current CV; and 3) the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references. All materials should be submitted electronically, in PDF format, to sesenewfac@asu.edu

Application deadline is 1 December 2012; if not filled, reviews will continue weekly until search is closed. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Closing Date: November 30, 2012

The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Hawaii invites applications for one faculty position at the Assistant Astronomer (tenure-track) level, to begin Fall 2013. We seek applicants in any field of astrophysics or solar physics, including observation, theory, and instrumentation. Applicants should have an outstanding research record, an ability to lead and support a research program involving students and postdocs, and an ability to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The IfA has strong research groups in nearly all areas of astrophysics and has guaranteed access to the entire suite of observational facilities on the summits of Mauna Kea and Haleakala. The IfA is also the lead institution in the Pan-STARRS wide-field optical telescope system, which is carrying out a multiyear synoptic survey mission, and is a participating institution in the UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey (UKIDSS). More information about the institute is available at http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu.

Duties include undertaking a program of independent research in astronomy, teaching at least one graduate or undergraduate course per year, and participating in the academic and scientific life of the IfA. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or closely related areas and successful experience as a researcher as demonstrated by publications and letters of recommendation. At least two years of post-doctoral research are desirable but not essential. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Closing date: November 21, 2012

The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Hawaii invites applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate-level faculty position in instrumentation relating to the telescopes on Mauna Kea and Haleakala. This faculty position will be located at the IfA's facility in Hilo on the island of Hawaii (the Big Island). The anticipated start date is Fall 2013.

We especially encourage applicants that complement or build upon existing IfA-Hilo efforts in adaptive optics and infrared array detectors, but all relevant fields of astronomical instrumentation will be considered. Applicants should have an outstanding research record, an ability to lead and support a research program involving students and postdocs, and an ability to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Duties will consist primarily of undertaking a program of astronomical research with a strong focus on instrumentation development, teaching at least one graduate or undergraduate course per year, and participating in the academic and scientific life of the IfA. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or closely related areas and successful instrumentation experience as demonstrated by accomplishments, publications and letters of recommendation. At least two years of post-doctoral research are desirable but not essential. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Astrobiology Daily News 9 Nov 2012

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is accepting applications and nominations for the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology.

Applications and nominations must be postmarked by Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. For guidelines and forms, visit www.loc.gov/loc/kluge/fellowships/NASA-astrobiology.html.

Established in the fall of 2011, the Blumberg Astrobiology Chair is a distinguished senior position at the Library's Kluge Center. The incumbent conducts research at the intersection between the science of astrobiology and its humanistic aspects, particularly its societal implications, using the collections and services of the Library. The incumbent is expected to be in residence at the Kluge Center for a period of up to 12 months. The stipend is $13,500 per month. This is an appointment made by the Librarian of Congress on the recommendation of a selection committee, which considers both applications and nominations. For the Library's original announcement of the chair, see http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2011/11-202.html. For the selection announcement of the first chair, see http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2012/12-080.html.

The incumbent is also expected to give at least one public presentation in the Washington, D.C. area and to organize workshops, symposia, small conferences or other activities that engage the broader academic community and the public.

Application Deadline: February 9, 2013

The Gordon Research Seminar on Polar Marine Science will take place March 9-10, 2013 in Ventura, CA. It is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is to present cutting edge research by early career researchers on biological, physical, and chemical aspects of polar systems. Abstract submissions that reach across disciplinary boundaries or that connect polar processes to global processes are strongly encouraged.

For more information visit: http://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?year=2013&program=grs_polar

FameLab: Exploring Earth and Beyond

Are you the next Sagan, Attenborough, or Goodall? Come find out at FameLab: Exploring Earth and Beyond!

Calling all grad students and post docs.....FameLab: Exploring Earth and Beyond is something like American Idol for scientists. At regional heats held across the US over the next 18 months, early career scientists from diverse scientific disciplines will compete to convey their own research or related science concepts. Each contestant has the spotlight for only three minutes. No slides, no charts--just the power of words and any prop you can hold in your hands. A panel of experts in both science and science communication will do the judging...but unlike American Idol, they only give constructive feedback!

Beyond the competition element, the heart of FameLab is to improve your communication skills. At each preliminary event there will be a workshop with training in the principles and practices of good communication.....so really, everyone wins!

Winners from the regional competitions advance to the Final at National Geographic in DC in April, 2014, and the winner there goes on to compete with peers from around the world at the FameLab International Final in the UK in June, 2014.

So join us for a fun-filled day of competition, coaching, and camaraderie that's all about communicating! Give a 3-minute talk, get a career's worth of science communication networking and tips from the pros.

Interested?

Registration, eligibility requirements, and more info can be found at: http://famelab-eeb.arc.nasa.gov/

Please contact Daniella Scalice at the NASA Astrobiology Institute with any questions: daniella.m.scalice@nasa.gov

Application Deadline: December 29, 2012

The Gordon Research Seminar happening January 26-27, 2013 in Ventura, CA, on Geobiology is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is to explore the diverse and dynamic field of geobiology. The discussions and presentations will address these main themes:

* microbial structures in ancient and modern settings
* taphonomy and micropaleontology
* biomineralization and the co-evolution of minerals and microbes
* life detection for applications to early life on Earth and other planets
* integrating geobiobiology into interdisciplinary research and academic programs

For more information visit: http://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?year=2013&program=grs_geo