Issue 122, 19 December, 2001

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1. IMAGE Data Available from NSSDC and SWRI
2. Job Announcement – Operations Support Scientist for Cassini Mission at
Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, UK
3. Job Announcement – Postdoctoral Research Associate in Space & Atmospheric
Sciences National Astronomy & Ionosphere Center / Arecibo Observatory
4. Student Opportunity – Summer Research Assistantships/Arecibo Observatory,
National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center
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1. IMAGE Data Available from NSSDC and SWRI
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From: “Joseph H. King”

Data from all instruments on the IMAGE spacecraft are accessible from
NSSDC and SWRI through “IMAGE Archive” client-server software. The data
are low-processing-level data in Universal Data Format (UDF) as generated
at and provided by the IMAGE Science Management Operations Center at
Goddard. Users must access and install client software on their own
computers prior to data access.

Users should go to http://image.gsfc.nasa.gov/ for an overview of the
IMAGE science, data and software environment. They should then follow
the IMAGE software archive link for documentation needed to download,
install, and configure the client software. The client software is a
set of tools that allow the user to maintain a local collection of
IMAGE data, automatically retrieve data electronically from one or more
remote archives, and analyze data with a UDF plot program. The
corresponding SWRI site is at http://pluto.space.swri.edu/IMAGE

The client software should be configured using the following information
for the two available servers.

At NSSDC:
Project.Mission: IMAGE.IMAGE1
IP Address: 128.183.114.58
Port: 2450

At SWRI:
Project.Mission: IMAGE.IMAGE1
IP Address: 129.162.154.19
Port: 3000

As the first server listed in the configuration file is the first tried
by the client, it is suggsted for load balancing purposes that users west
of the Mississippi River list the SWRI server first and others list the
NSSDC server first.

The IMAGE Archive client-server software was prepared by Mr. Chris
Gurgiolo (Bitterroot Basic Research, Inc., formerly at SWRI) and was
implemented at NSSDC by Bill Lawson and at SWRI by Georg-Micha Jahn.

In addition to these “IMAGE Archive” access paths, NSSDC also provides
straight ftp access to UDF products that are instrument-specific daily
files tarred and zipped over all the variously processed UDF data sets
(individually accessible via the IMAGE Archive path) for a given
instrument. See ftp://nssdcftp.gsfc.nasa.gov/spacecraft_data/image/.

Higher level CDF-formatted IMAGE data are available from NSSDC/CDAWeb at
http://cdaweb.gsfc.nasa.gov/. All such data are available from CDAWeb’s
“IMAGE system …” option, while the subset of IMAGE data reviewed by the
CDAWeb team are available from the top CDAWeb option (“Public data …”).

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2. Job Announcement – Operations Support Scientist for Cassini Mission at
Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, UK
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From: Libby Daghorn

Our Space Plasma Physics Group pursues research in magnetospheric
physics, planetary physics and space weather. A Postdoctoral Research
Assistant is required to join a small team working on the operation of
the Electron Spectrometer, part of the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer, now
on its way to Saturn having flown past Venus, Earth and Jupiter.

The tasks will include data analysis software and database management.
The data analysis software task includes the development of algorithms
To correct the electron data for spacecraft-produced photoelectrons and
spacecraft potential at different points in the solar system. Candidates

should ideally have a PhD in space plasma physics or a related subject,
and will
have some experience in the analysis of plasma data.

The post is located at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory in Holmbury
St Mary, Surrey, UK. Salary in the range 19,486 – 22,522 pounds depending
on experience. (The next funding review is due to take place in March
2003). Further information at www.mssl.ucl.ac.uk, contact Dr Andrew
Coates (ajc@mssl.ucl.ac.uk).

Applications, including a CV, publications list, names and addresses of
two referees and a brief description of research experience and
aspirations, should be sent by 11th January 2002 to Mrs E.A. Daghorn
(ead@mssl.ucl.ac.uk), Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University
College ]#London, Holmbury St Mary, Dorking RH5 6NT, UK.

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3. Job Announcement – Postdoctoral Research Associate in Space & Atmospheric
Sciences National Astronomy & Ionosphere Center / Arecibo Observatory
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From: Jill Morrison

Two postdoctoral positions in the area of atmospheric science are currently
open at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The starting date is
flexible and review of applications will begin immediately. Both positions
have a two-year tenure with possible extension for a third year depending
upon funding. These positions will remain open until filled. Applicants
should have a doctoral degree in atmospheric physical science or in a
related engineering field, obtained within the last few years, and have
ability and interest in pursuing independent research. As a staff member
at Arecibo, the successful candidate will also be expected to assist
visiting observers in his/her area of specialty, and to help define and
implement improvements in instrumentation and procedures.

We will consider applications in all specialized areas of atmospheric
research. However, specific areas that we are most interested in
reinforcing our capabilities at Arecibo include: studies of the F- and
E-region ionosphere and thermosphere utilizing combined incoherent scatter
radar and passive optical sensors; resonance LIDAR probing of the
mesosphere; and high altitude protonospheric investigations using UHF and
VHF radars. An experimental background in multiple remote sensing
techniques, such as radar and optics, would be advantageous.

Applicants should send a resume including a list of publications, the names
and contact information of three references, and a plan for research activity
that would be conducted at Arecibo, to: Office of the Director, NAIC,
Cornell University, 502 Space Sciences Bldg, Ithaca, NY 14853-6801. For more
information, please contact Dr. Sixto Gonz lez (sixto@naic.edu). NAIC is
operated by Cornell University under a cooperative agreement with the National
Science Foundation. EOE/AAE. http://www.naic.edu

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4. Student Opportunity – Summer Research Assistantships/Arecibo Observatory,
National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center
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From: Jill Morrison

Arecibo Observatory
National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center
CORNELL UNIVERSITY
504 Space Sciences Building
Ithaca, NY 14853-6801

NAIC will be conducting a summer student program for undergraduates at the
Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. Areas of research include radar and
radio astronomy and atmospheric science. Students interested in electronic
instrumentation or computer science are also encouraged to apply. The
assistantships, which include a stipend and travel costs to and from Puerto
Rico, are normally for a flexible ten-week period beginning in June.
Undergraduates, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who will
be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program (part- or full-time) during
Fall 2002, are eligible. In addition, NAIC anticipates supporting one
position for a first- or second-year graduate student. Application forms are
available by writing to the address above, by email to jtm14@cornell.edu,
or at www.naic.edu. Application receipt deadline is February 15, 2002.
EOE/AAE

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