Issue 60, October 21, 2014

Table of Contents
1. SCOSTEP Visiting Scholar (SVS) Program

2. MEETING: Solar Astronomy Big Data (SABID) Workshop
October 30, 2014, Bethesda, Maryland

3. MEETING: GEM 2014 Mini-Workshop Agenda
December 14, 2014, San Francisco, California

4. MEETING: 1st URSI Atlantic Radio Science Conference (URSI AT-RASC)
May 18-25, 2015, Gran Canaria

5. SESSION: Geospace Session at ISAR-4
April 27-30, 2015, Toyama, Japan

6. RHESSI Science Nugget No.238

7. JOB OPENING: Tenure-Track Faculty Position — Small Satellites
Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences
University of Colorado at Boulder

8. JOB OPENING: University Academic Fellowship (Tenure Track Equivalent)
University of Leeds, UK


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1. SCOSTEP Visiting Scholar (SVS) Program
From: Maura Hagan <hagan at>

Dear colleagues,

The Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP) announces
the establishment of a new capacity building activity, the SCOSTEP Visiting
Scholar (SVS) program. In the paragraphs below we describe our vision for
SVS and solicit your help in the identification of institutional partners
for the SVS program implementation plan.

As you may know, SCOSTEP is an interdisciplinary body of the International
Council for Science, which strives to bring together different scientific
disciplines to address scientific issues of international relevance. The SVS
program will complement the current scientific program and public outreach
activities of SCOSTEP.

The objective of the SVS program is to provide training to young scientists
and graduate students from developing countries in well-established solar
terrestrial physics laboratories, for periods of between one and three
months. Our aim is to fund four scholars each year, one related to each of
the four SCOSTEP VarSITI themes ( The training will
help the young scientists to advance their career in solar terrestrial
physics using the technique/skill they learned during the training. SCOSTEP
will provide the airfare, while it is expected that the hosting lab will
provide the living expenses (lodging, meals, ground transportation, visa
fees and other incidentals). Trainees should have their own health insurance
or arrange a provision with the host

We envision that the SVS process will operate in conjunction with existing
visiting scientist schemes with similar aims, whether organized by
individual laboratories or other programs. For the first call therefore, we
wish to identify existing schemes that would be willing to partner with SVS
in this capacity building effort. Please contact the SCOSTEP Scientific
Secretary Marianna Shepherd ( to register your institution
and/or program as an SVS partner.

We look forward to hearing from you, and to your engagement in this capacity
building enterprise.

The SCOSTEP SVS committee: M. Grande (chair), M. Hagan, N. Vilmer, A.
Yoshikawa, B. Rabiu, J.-P.Raulin.

2. MEETING: Solar Astronomy Big Data (SABID) Workshop
October 30, 2014, Bethesda, Maryland
From: Piet Martens <martens at>

SABID (Solar Astronomy Big Data) is a workshop that will take place on
October 30, 2014, as part of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on
Big Data, October 27-30, held in the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, One
Bethesda Metro Center in Bethesda MD.

Solar and space physicists with an interest in processing and analyzing
huge data sets, e.g. those from The Solar Dynamics Observatory and the
Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope are invited to attend this workshop and
related IEEE sessions.  Walk-in registrations are welcome.

The workshop program, consisting of contributed talks and an informal
round-table discussion, is available at

The IEEE Big Data 2014 conference website is at:

Piet Martens and Rafal Angryk, co-organizers

3. MEETING: GEM 2014 Mini-Workshop Agenda
December 14, 2014, San Francisco, California
From: Xia Cai <xcai at>

The GEM 2014 Mini-Workshop will be held on December 14th at Westin San
Francisco Market Street in San Francisco, CA. It is the Sunday right before
the 2014 Fall AGU Meeting. The registration is free.

The workshop agenda is accessible from the front page of GemWiki. The direct
web link is: .

Please contact Xia ( if you have any questions regarding the

4. MEETING: 1st URSI Atlantic Radio Science Conference (URSI AT-RASC)
May 18-25, 2015, Gran Canaria
From: Paul Cannon <p.cannon at>

1st URSI Atlantic Radio Science Conference (URSI AT-RASC)
18-25 May 2015, ExpoMeloneras Convention Centre, Gran Canaria.

Commission G (Ionospheric Radio and Propagation) and Commission H (Waves in
Deadlines: Paper submission December 15, 2014; Notification February 28,
Further details at: and

5. SESSION: Geospace Session at ISAR-4
April 27-30, 2015, Toyama, Japan
From: Yoshizumi Miyoshi <miyoshi at>

The session A4 ‘Geospace over and related to the Arctic region’ at ISAR-4
(International Symposium on Arctic Research-4) to be held on April 27-30,
2015 at Toyama, Japan, as a part of ASSW (the Arctic Science Summit Week)
2015. Description of the session is as follows:

A4: Geospace over and related to the Arctic region Geospace is the
atmosphere/space near the earth, including middle atmosphere, upper
atmosphere, thermosphere, ionosphere and magnetosphere. In the Arctic
region, human lives and social infrastructures are sensitively affected by
the change of geospace disturbed by solar activities. Also the Arctic
geospace is now known to be coupled to the global atmosphere through
atmospheric dynamical processes including circulation and waves. This
proposed session is devoted to a forum to discuss recent progress on
geospace studies in the Arctic region, such as ground-based/space-borne
observations, theories and modeling. Contributions from international
collaborative researches are highly encouraged.

Deadline of the abstract submission is November 10, 2014. For more details,
please visit

For your information, Toyama, the symposium venue, is known as the best
seafood place in Japan.

Session proposer and conveners:

Takuji Nakamura (National Institute of Polar Research, Japan),
Ryuho Kataoka (National Institute of Polar Research, Japan),
Yoshizumi Miyoshi (STEL, Nagoya University, Japan),
Craig Heinselman (EISCAT Headquarters),
Esa Turunen (SGO, Finland),
Yasunobu Ogawa (National Institute of Polar Research, Japan)

6. RHESSI Science Nugget No.238
From: Hugh Hudson <hhudson at>

“The Formation of Kappa Distributions in Solar Flares,” by Nicolas Bian and
Duncan Stackhouse. It turns out that a kappa distribution can arise
naturally from Coulomb collisions, as in a coronal thick target.


listing the current series, 2008-present, and

for the original series, 2005-2008.

We publish these at roughly two-week intervals and welcome contributions,
which should be related, at least loosely, to RHESSI science.

7. JOB OPENING: Tenure-Track Faculty Position — Small Satellites
Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences
University of Colorado at Boulder
From: Jeff Forbes <forbes at>

The Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences in the College of
Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder
invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the general area
of small satellites. Applicants are especially sought with the following
research interests: Advances in technology and application of small
satellite systems; novel sensors, guidance and control, autonomy,
propulsion, and communication subsystems; scientific applications of small
satellite systems; experience in mission design and systems integration.

Although this position is targeted at the assistant professor level, other
levels will be considered for experienced candidates with outstanding
credentials. Job duties include teaching, research, and service to the
University and to professional communities. Applicants should show strong
promise to develop a robust research program that complements the existing
strengths of the department and also to excel at undergraduate and graduate
teaching, and student mentoring. A Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering or
a related field is required.

Numerous opportunities for research collaboration exist in the
Boulder/Denver area including with the National Center for Atmospheric
Research (NCAR), the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at
CU, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and many
large and small aerospace companies.  Colorado’s aerospace industry ranks
2nd in the nation for private sector aerospace employment.

Application materials are accepted electronically through Job Posting F01786
at Please include a curriculum vitae, statements
of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact information of
four references. Address the cover letter to Search Committee Chair Prof.
Jeffrey M. Forbes, Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University
of Colorado Boulder.  For additional information or questions, contact Jeff

For information about the department, please

Review of applications will begin 1 December 2014 and continue until
finalists are identified, no later than the end of January.

The University of Colorado Boulder is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage
applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with
disabilities, and veterans.  The University of Colorado Boulder conducts
background checks for all final applicants.

8. JOB OPENING: University Academic Fellowship (Tenure Track Equivalent)
University of Leeds, UK
From: John Plane <J.M.C.Plane at>

Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
School of Chemistry
University Academic Fellow
Chemistry of Planetary Atmospheres

With a vision and drive to develop a prestigious internationally competitive
research portfolio as well as a passion for undertaking research-led
teaching you will make a significant impact on the performance, stature and
profile of research and student education at The University of Leeds. This
University Academic Fellowship (UAF) is a tenure track equivalent post for
future academic leaders which provides an excellent opportunity to establish
an academic career at a research intensive University and play a key role in
our ambitious plans for the future. You will embark on a structured five
year development programme, successful completion of which will lead to your
appointment as a grade 9 Associate Professor. The School of Chemistry has an
international reputation in observing, modelling and performing laboratory
experiments to understand the Earth’s atmosphere. We are seeking to expand
our research and teaching expertise in chemical studies related to the
atmospheres of other solar-system bodies and the atmospheres of extra-solar
planets. Our current work in this area includes a laboratory and modelling
study of Titan’s organic photo-chemistry and the impacts of cosmic dust in
the upper atmospheres of several planets.

Existing laboratory equipment from the Atmospheric and Planetary Chemistry
(APC) Group would be available to help start up a laboratory-based
programme, but we would also welcome applications involving modelling and
observations. You are encouraged to contact Professor Paul Seakins, as Head
of the APC Research Group, to discuss informally issues relating to
equipment. As an Academic Fellow, you will be expected to develop
independent research in aspects of the chemistry of planetary atmospheres,
and would also be encouraged to exploit collaborative research opportunities
with other members of the APC group and researchers elsewhere in the
University e.g. in the Schools of Physics, Earth and Environment, and
Electrical and Electronic Engineering (satellite observations).

You will develop a research profile that will contribute to the University’s
ambition to excel at REF2020, with a sustained record of internationally
excellent (and some world-leading) publications. You would also be expected
to submit applications for a personal fellowship (e.g. EPSRC or STFC Early
Career, ERC Starting or Consolidator), as well as for research projects as
principal investigator. You will also participate in the development and
delivery of relevant programmes at undergraduate, Masters and PhD level.
You will hold a PhD and have significant proven research experience
(including evidence of research leadership appropriate to the career
stage e.g. lead authorship of significant publications, ability to attract
independent funding), the ability to teach at both Undergraduate and
Postgraduate level in Chemistry, and a clear and compelling vision for
personal academic development. Applications are not restricted to candidates
with a current track record in planetary atmospheres, but your application
should outline how you plan to apply your skills to develop a research
portfolio in your chosen field.

Career Pathway: Tenure track equivalent post requiring successful completion
of a 5 year probationary period leading to appointment to grade 9 Associate
University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)
For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor Paul Seakins,
tel: +44 (0)113 343 6568, email:
Ref: MAPCH1003
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