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Postdoctoral research in Exoplanet and Comparative Planetary Sciences at JPL/Caltech

"The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Postdoctoral Scholars Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) invites applications for a postdoctoral research position with the Exoplanet and Comparative Planetary Sciences team, and working with scientists in both the JPL Astrophysics & Space Science and Planetary Science Sections. The goal of this initiative at JPL and Caltech is to build on the existing experience and expertise on astrophysics and planetary science, to develop deeper connections across these fields to improve our ability to discover, characterize, and understand exoplanets in their broader context. ...

The successful candidate will be expected to lead and publish research in any area related to exoplanetary science (theoretical, observational, or instrumental), to interact and work with scientists at JPL and Caltech, and to assist in coordinating collaborative or community efforts across JPL and Caltech. Strong preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate willingness and potential to look to the future of the field, and who can articulate their vision. Candidates should have a recent PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, planetary science or related fields. Candidates who have received their PhD within the past five years since the date of their application are eligible. The successful applicant will have a specific sponsor appointed as a mentor at JPL. "

The deadline to apply is January 23, 2017.
See this web site for more info and application requirements.

NASA Call for Abstracts: The 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia

"NASA announces its intent to participate in the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and requests that full-time U.S. graduate students attending U.S. universities respond to this 'Call for Abstracts.' The IAC - which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) - is the largest space-related conference world-wide and selects an average of 1000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held September 25-29, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. NASA's participation in this event is an on-going effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international community.

This 'Call for Abstracts' is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 68th IAC. Student authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel will select abstracts from those that have been accepted by the IAF. This opportunity is for graduate students majoring in fields related to the IAF research topics. Students may submit technical (oral) presentations and/or posters. Students may submit abstracts that are co-authored with their Principal Investigators. However, the student must be the lead author, and only the student will present at the IAC. Students must be available to travel to the conference to represent NASA and their universities. Students must be U.S. citizens, attending a U.S. university, who plan to enter a career in space science or aeronautics. Pending the availability of funding, graduate students selected by NASA to participate in the IAC will be considered for subsidy funding from NASA.

U.S. citizens who are full-time graduate students attending U.S. universities, who plan to enter careers in space science or aeronautics, are eligible to apply for NASA subsidy funding.

Application & Deadlines:
To request funding assistance from NASA, you must submit your abstract to both NASA (no later than 11:59 PM EST on Monday, February 27, 201) and the IAF (by 11:59:00 CET on Tuesday, February 28, 2017).

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