16 PHD POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH EUROPAH - A NEW MULTI-DISCIPLINARY EUROPEAN TRAINING NETWORK
EUROPAH is a European Training Network (ETN) aimed at studying the “Extensive and Ubiquitous Role of PAHs in the interstellar medium” and has opened a call for PhD students with a deadline of 15th September 2016. The network includes 13 research groups, spread across 10 universities and 3 industrial partners in 6 different countries and will train 16 early stage researchers (PhD students) with starting dates between October 2016 and October 2017. The project details are available at www.europah.eu. The joint scientific research goal is to understand the role that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) play in the physics and chemistry of the interstellar medium of galaxies. This will be a highly multidisciplinary network that combines astronomy, molecular physics, molecular spectroscopy, environmental science, quantum chemistry, surface sciences, plasma physics and scientific communication. PAHs are universally ubiquitous and lock-up close to 15% of the elemental carbon in space. They play a key role in maintaining the ionization balance and in the heating of interstellar gas, and are central to the chemical complexity of space and the organic inventory of regions of star and planet formation. On Earth, PAHs are pernicious pollutants affecting the atmosphere and aquatic environments. Understanding PAHs and their multitude of roles in the Universe is thus a key question in both astrophysics and terrestrial chemistry. Candidates must qualify under EU-researcher mobility rules and have a bachelor or masters’ degree no more than 4-years old. Check out the project descriptions at www.europah.eu and then forward a 2-page CV and 1-page cover letter, listing your favoured projects in order of preference, to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline: September 15th 2016. Subject to negotiations, EUROPAH will be funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action.
IAUS 332: Astrochemistry VII – Through the Cosmos from Galaxies to Planets
Dear Colleagues, we are please to announce that IAU S332, Astrochemistry VII, will be held in Puerto Varas, in Chile, between 20 and 24 March 2017.
The study of astrochemistry has become an important branch of modern astronomy and astrophysics. Molecules are key tools in exploring topics such as star and planet formation, mass loss mechanisms in late-type stars, the origin and evolution of interstellar dust grains, the structure of the interstellar medium in galaxies and the origin of protogalaxies in the early Universe.
Facilities such as the Herschel Space Observatory, ALMA, NOEMA, Rosetta and SOFIA are producing results that provide information on densities, temperatures, excitation mechanisms, dynamics in interstellar gas and lead to new research areas such as the habitability of exoplanets, the origin of prebiotic chemistry and astrobiology.
At the same time as new observational facilities and instruments are revealing new views of our molecular universe, there has been a concerted effort among physical chemists to provide the large amount of fundamental data required to interpret these observations.
The active synergy between astronomical observation, laboratory experiment and theoretical modelling has been reinforced at the latest General Assembly by the creation of a new IAU Commission (B5) on Laboratory Astrophysics, of which laboratory astrochemistry is a component.
This meeting is the seventh in a series to discuss astrochemistry.
You can find more information on the meeting website: http://newt.phys.unsw.edu.au/IAUS332/.
The confirmed invited speakers are Kathrin Altwegg, Arnaud Belloche, Simon Casassus, L. Ilsedore Cleeves, Herma Cuppen, Nanase Harada, Suzanne Madden, Nikku (Madhu) Madhusudhan, Stefanie N. Milam, Sergio Pilling, Ian Sims, Ewine van Dishoeck, Satoshi Yamamoto, Leen Decin.
Scientific Organising Committee, S332.