Issue 71, December 10, 2013

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1. Special issue of Advances in Space Research with IRI-related papers
2. 6th Alfven conference: Plasma interaction with solar system objects: 
Anticipating Rosetta, Maven and Mars Orbiter Mission, 7-11 July 2014, 
University College London (UCL), UK
3. Extended Multi-Source Spectral Plots from Virtual Energetic Particle 
Observatory
4. Updated Common Data Format to version 3.5
5. JOB OPENING:  Postdoctoral/Research Scientist Position, Embry-Riddle 
Aeronautical University, Spring 2014
6. JOB OPENING: Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships Summer 2014
7. JOB OPENING: Executive Director/Senior Research Scientist position 
available at the Space Science Institute
8. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral position in space physics and planetary science 
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
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1. Special issue of Advances in Space Research with IRI-related papers
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From: Dieter Bilitza and Bodo Reinisch (dbilitza at gmu.edu, Bodo.Reinisch at 
digisonde.com)

Papers are invited for a special issue of the Journal of Advances in Space 
Research that will focus on ionospheric modelling studies related to the 
International Reference Ionosphere (IRI). The core set of papers will be from 
the 2013 IRI Workshop in Olsztyn, Poland that had as its main topic the use 
of GNSS data for the improvement and evaluation of IRI.  Papers on all topics 
related to ionospheric modelling in the context of the IRI project are 
welcome including comparisons with new data sources, and  global, regional, 
and local improvements and applications of the IRI model. Of special interest 
are papers on assimilating and updating the IRI model with real-time 
measurements from the ground and from space. The issue editors are Bodo 
Reinisch and Dieter Bilitza. The submission site is 
http://ees.elsevier.com/jasr/ (Advances in Space Research). Please select 
"IRI and GNSS" in the special issue drop-down. The hard deadline for 
submission is February 20, 2014. 

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2. 6th Alfven conference: Plasma interaction with solar system objects: 
Anticipating Rosetta, Maven and Mars Orbiter Mission, 7-11 July 2014, 
University College London (UCL), UK
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From: Andrew Coates  

Main topics: Comets, Mars, Venus, outer planet moons and Earth's moon - 
especially common processes with comets, and reviewing current knowledge 
prior to the arrival of the new missions.  
Website: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/mssl/planetary-science/alfven-conference  
 
Meeting theme -  
Within our solar system, the planets, moons, comets and asteroids all have 
plasma interactions. The interaction depends on the nature of the object, 
particularly the presence of an atmosphere and a magnetic field. Even the 
size of the object matters through the finite gyroradius effect and the scale 
height of cold ions of exospheric origin.  It also depends on the upstream 
conditions, including position within the solar wind or the presence within a 
planetary magnetosphere. In the year when ESA's Rosetta will reach comet 
Churyumov-Gerasimenko, NASA's Maven and ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission will 
reach Mars, and ESA's Venus Express mission is almost complete, this 
conference will explore our understanding of plasma interactions with comets, 
Mars, Venus, and inner and outer solar system moons. We will explore the 
processes which characterise the interactions such as ion pickup and field 
draping, and their effects such as plasma escape. Data from current and 
recent space missions, modelling and theory are all encouraged, as we explore 
our local part of the 'plasma universe'.

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3. Extended Multi-Source Spectral Plots from Virtual Energetic Particle 
Observatory
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From: Natalia Papitashvili, Joseph King, and John Cooper  
 
The NASA Virtual Energetic Particle Observatory (VEPO) announces extension of 
a series of Multi-Source Spectral Plot (MSSP) web pages at 
http://ftpbrowser.gsfc.nasa.gov/flux_spectr_m.html through which plots and 
listings of spectra of energetic particle fluxes may be generated and 
accessed. VEPO is operated in collaboration with the NASA Space Physics Data 
Facility (SPDF).  
 
The MSSP-1 family offers spectra of omnidirectional fluxes of protons and 
alpha particles from each of 30 sources flown on ACE, GOES, Helios, IMP, 
Pioneer, SOHO, STEREO, Ulysses, Voyager, and Wind spacecraft. Users specify 
spacecraft, species, energy bins, plot vs. list, and the time span over which 
initial flux averages are to be created.  
 
The MSSP-2 family offers spectra of omnidirectional fluxes of up to 15 
separately identified species from each of 11 sources flown on ACE, STEREO, 
Ulysses, and Wind spacecraft. 
 
MSSP-3 consists of source-specific interfaces for ACE/EPAM, Ulysses/HISCALE, 
and STEREO-A and -B LET spectra of directional fluxes of protons and of alpha 
particles (STEREO) or Z>=2 ions (ACE, Ulysses). STEREO spectra are given for 
each of 16 look directions, while ACE and Ulysses spectra are given for each 
of 4 or 8 look directions.  
 
On each of these MSSP pages, users identify the sources whose spectra are to 
be shown on output plots or lists by clicking on the relevant source 
box(es).  As an alternative, users may migrate to a source-specific 
FTPBrowser page where time-series plots of fluxes may be generated for any 
subset of available energy channels and species.

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4. Updated Common Data Format to version 3.5
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From: Robert M. Candey 

The Space Physics Data Facility (SPDF) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center 
has updated the software APIs and tools for the scientific data file format, 
Common Data Format (CDF) , to version 3.5.  In 
addition to many minor software updates and fixes, the software now includes 
the open source version of zlib for doing gzip compression, as well as 
includes new support for Visual Basic for Windows, additional C/Fortran 
functions and enhancements to the toolkit programs. For further details, see 
the CDF release notes .  
 
While we recommend users upgrade to this newest release when feasible, CDFs 
created using this software that do not contain the new time_TT2000 or 
INTEGER*8 data types are readable by earlier versions of CDF (version 3.5 
CDFs are fully readable in CDF 3.4). Version 3.5 drops support for Apple Mac 
PowerPC systems.  
 
The SKTEditor program was also upgraded for this new release 
.  This includes numerous usability 
improvement related to default attribute values.  
 
Updates for Perl, IDL, Matlab, and Java interfaces are also available.  Java 
WebStart applications that refer to 
, will 
automatically be updated the next time the application is started.  
 
As always, please report any problems, issues or questions to gsfc-cdf-
support@lists.nasa.gov.  
 
Michael Liu and Robert Candey

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5. JOB OPENING:  Postdoctoral/Research Scientist Position, Embry-Riddle 
Aeronautical University, Spring 2014
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From: Michael P. Hickey 

The Department of Physical Sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 
(ERAU) at Daytona Beach, FL invites applications for a postdoctoral 
research or research scientist position starting in spring 2014. This study 
will focus on the numerical modeling of acoustic and gravity wave 
perturbations to the E and F-region ionosphere, associated with 
meteorological, seismic, and oceanographic forcing. The successful applicant 
will enjoy working in a collaborative research environment, comprising 
theorists, modelers, and experimentalists, within and external to the 
University. This interdisciplinary project will be jointly supervised by 
Profs. Michael Hickey, Jonathan Snively, and Matthew Zettergren.
 
The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in physics, atmospheric sciences, 
engineering, or a related science discipline.  Applicants should have a 
strong background in atmospheric or ionospheric physics.  The project will 
include both numerical modeling (including model development) and some data 
analysis components. Strong skills in FORTRAN programming and numerical 
analysis in MATLAB (or similar) will be helpful. 
 
This position provides guaranteed support at a competitive rate, commensurate 
with experience, for a period of 18-36 months, with renewal contingent on 
performance and availability of funds.  For questions regarding this 
opportunity, please first contact Dr. Michael Hickey 
(Michael.Hickey@erau.edu), Department of Physical Sciences, Embry-Riddle 
Aeronautical University, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114, 
USA.  The position will remain open until filled. For details about our 
Department of Physical Sciences, please 
visit http://daytonabeach.erau.edu/coas/physical-sciences/index.html.  

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6. JOB OPENING: Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships Summer 2014
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From: David Smith 

The goal of the Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internship is to provide 
promising students with the opportunity to work in the area of civil space 
research policy in the nation's capital, under the aegis of the National 
Research Council’s Space Science Board.  The summer 2014 program is only open 
to undergraduates.  The deadline for applications is February 7.  Candidate(s) 
selected for will be contacted no later than March 7.  Additional information 
about the program, including application procedure, can be found at 
http://sites.nationalacademies.org/SSB/ssb_052239 .

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7. JOB OPENING: Executive Director/Senior Research Scientist position 
available at the Space Science Institute
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From: Paul Dusenbery (dusenbery at spacescience.org)
 
The Space Science Institute (SSI), a non-profit, public-benefit 501(c)(3) 
corporation, invites inquiries and applications for the position of Executive 
Director. Qualified candidates will have a strong reputation within a 
scientific field relevant to the institute (e.g., planetary science, 
astrophysics, space physics, or Earth science) and will possess excellent 
leadership, managerial, interpersonal, and administrative skills.  The 
successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining and augmenting the 
scientific excellence and vitality of the institute, for implementing long-
term strategies and organizational goals, for developing and overseeing 
effective management and financial practices, and for cultivating good 
relationships with the general public, scientific and educational 
professionals, and potential funding agents. The Executive Director will be 
expected to maintain his/her own independent research program to help support 
a dedicated portion (ideally 25-50%) of time/salary.  Candidates must have a 
Ph.D. and approximately ten years of experience in project management.  
 
Applications should include a cover letter, CV, description of current 
research/education interests, and contact information for three 
references.  Inquiries and applications should be sent to 
searchcommittee@spacescience.org.
 
Position start date: September 2014
 
For detailed information about the organization, as well as the position, 
please visit http://www.spacescience.org.
 
SSI is a non-profit, public-benefit 501(c)3 corporation and operates as an 
Equal Opportunity employer.  

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8. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral position in space physics and planetary science 
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
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From: Yuri Shprits 

A postdoctoral position within the field of space physics and planetary 
physics is available at the Department of Earth Atmospheric and Planetary 
Sciences at MIT. The postdoctoral scholar will work within the planetary 
paleomagnetism and space physics group led by Benjamin Weiss and Yuri Shprits 
in topics associated with formation of the early solar system and space 
plasmas. The duration of the appointment is 1 year, with the possibility of 
renewal for an additional year.  The ideal candidate will have experience in 
magnetohydrodynamic and kinetic numerical modeling of plasmas. The successful 
applicant will be involved in a number of astrophysical modeling studies at 
MIT and will also collaborate with groups at the Skolkovo Institute of 
Science and Technology.   
 
The candidate should have a Ph.D. or at least in plasma physics, space 
physics, or astrophysics or a related fields, with a background in numerical 
modeling and programming. Excellent oral and written communication skills 
are important. 
 
If you are potentially interested in the position, have any questions or 
would like further information, please email us (bpweiss@mit.edu and 
shprits@mit.edu).  
 
Applications should be sent to Benjamin Weiss (bpweiss@mit.edu) and Yuri 
Shprits (shprits@mit.edu) and should include a CV, a statement of research 
experience and interests (including a brief description of the candidate’s 
background in computer programming), and contact information for at least 
three potential references.  


 
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