Issue 63, November 8, 2014

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1. JGR-Space Physics Editor Blog Monthly Highlights

2. Nominations for AAS/SPD Hale and Harvey Prizes: Third Call

3. MEETING: Workshop on Reconnection, Turbulence, and Particles in the
Heliosphere
February 9-13, 2015, Queenstown, New Zealand

4. MEETING: 14th Annual International Astrophysics Conference, “Linear and
Nonlinear Particle Energization throughout the Heliosphere and Beyond”
April 20-24, 2015, Tampa Bay, Florida, USA

5. Pre-AGU Organ Concert by Vasyliunas

6. JOB OPENING: Faculty Position in Space Plasma Physics
University of Minnesota

7. JOB OPENING: Faculty Position, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

8. JOB OPENING: Tenure-track Position in Space Physics at University of
Helsinki

9. JOB OPENING: Planetary Plasma Scientist at Max Planck Institute
for Solar System Research (MPS), Goettingen, Germany

10. PhD Position, University of Bremen, Germany
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1. JGR-Space Physics Editor Blog Monthly Highlights
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From: Mike Liemohn <liemohn at umich.edu>, JGR-Space Physics Editor-in-Chief

October continued the conversation on AGU’s policy regarding arXiv, as well
as some other entries.  Here are a few highlights:

October 4:  AGU’s newest journal is waiving pub fees through mid December
http://liemohnjgrspace.wordpress.com/2014/10/04/submitting-to-earth-and-
space-sciences/

October 14: requesting more input on arXiv
http://liemohnjgrspace.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/soliciting-input-on-arxiv/

October 31: AGU is looking for a new EiC for Radio Science
http://liemohnjgrspace.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/agu-has-an-open-search-for-
a-new-eic-of-radio-science/

Main Website: http://liemohnjgrspace.wordpress.com/

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2. Nominations for AAS/SPD Hale and Harvey Prizes: Third Call
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From: Antoinette Galvin <toni.galvin at unh.edu>

Nominations are sought for the 2015 American Astronomical Society Solar
Physics Division George Ellery Hale Prize. This prize is awarded to a
scientist for outstanding contributions over an extended period of time to
the field of solar astronomy. This award is open to any living scientist who
meets the professional experience requirements, without regard to country of
residence or citizenship. Please
see http://spd.aas.org/navbar_prizes.html and
http://spd.aas.org/spd_bylaws_200311.html#PRIZES for the detailed
eligibility criteria and a list of previous awardees.

A letter of nomination with supporting letters of endorsement (at least two
of which must be from members of the Society), curriculum vitae, and
bibliography should be submitted to the Hale and Harvey Prize Committee,
which will be responsible for the selection.

Nominations are also sought for the 2015 SPD/AAS early career Karen Harvey
Prize. This award is open to anyone who meets the age and professional
experience requirements, without regard to country of residence,
citizenship, or membership in the SPD. Please see
http://spd.aas.org/navbar_prizes.html for the detailed eligibility criteria
and a list of previous awardees.

The early career Karen Harvey Prize has age restrictions on eligibility. The
eligible candidate must meet at least one of the following criteria for the
2015 Harvey Prize:

1) Must be less than age 36 at the end of calendar year 2015; and/or

2) Must have had their PhD (or equivalent degree) conferred no more than 10
years prior to the end of calendar year 2015; that is the degree award date
is on or after January 1, 2005.

A letter of nomination with supporting letters of endorsement, curriculum
vitae, and bibliography should be submitted to the Hale and Harvey Prize
Committee, which will be responsible for the selection.

Deadline for receipt of letters and supporting documents for either (Hale or
Harvey) prize nomination is November 15, 2014. Electronic submissions are
preferable, and should be sent to toni.galvin@unh.edu. Paper material (USPS
or FedEx) should be sent to: Hale and Harvey Prize Committee, c/o Prof. Toni
Galvin, Space Science Center, University of New Hampshire, 8 College Road,
Durham, NH 03824, USA.

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3. MEETING: Workshop on Reconnection, Turbulence, and Particles in the
Heliosphere
February 9-13, 2015, Queenstown, New Zealand
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From: Frederic Effenberger <feffen at waikato.ac.nz>

A meeting/workshop on the roles and properties of reconnection,
turbulence, and (energetic) particles in the heliosphere will be held
at Rydges Lakeland Resort, Queenstown, New Zealand, Monday Feb 9
through Friday Feb 13, 2015.

The meeting is limited to about 50 speakers, to leave plenty of time
for discussions and avoid parallel sessions. There is still some room
for additional speakers. Early registration ends by the end of November.

For more information, please visit the website at:
http://www.math.waikato.ac.nz/~seano/queenstown15/Queenstown2015.html

Confirmed list of keynote speakers:
Axel Brandenburg, NORDITA, Stockholm.
Philippa Browning, University of Manchester.
Joe Giacalone, University of Arizona.
Jacob Heerikhuisen, University of Alabama Huntsville.
David McComas, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas.

Please contact us, if you have further questions.

The organising committee,
Sean Oughton (seano at waikato.ac.nz)
Frederic Effenberger (feffen at waikato.ac.nz)
Yuri Litvinenko (yuril at waikato.ac.nz)
Ian Craig (i.craig at waikato.ac.nz)

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4. MEETING: 14th Annual International Astrophysics Conference, “Linear and
Nonlinear Particle Energization throughout the Heliosphere and Beyond”
April 20-24, 2015, Tampa Bay, Florida, USA
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From: Gary P. Zank <garyp.zank at gmail.com>

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT: The 14th Annual International Astrophysics Conference
will be held at the Sheraton Tampa Bay Hotel, Tampa Bay, Florida, USA, from
April 20 to April 24, 2015. (Welcome Reception and Evening Registration
begins Sunday, April 19).

The meeting is entitled, “Linear and Nonlinear Particle Energization
throughout the Heliosphere and Beyond”, and will follow the same format as
before with 25-minute presentations punctuated by selected 40-minute invited
talks that will explore various themes in greater detail.

Energetic particles are ubiquitous to plasma environments, whether
collisionless such as the supersonic solar wind, the magnetospheres of
planets, the exospheres of non-magnetized planets and comets, the
heliospheric – local interstellar boundary regions, interstellar space
and  supernova remnant shocks, stellar wind boundaries. Energetic particles
are found too in more collisional regions such as in the solar corona, dense
regions of the interstellar medium, accretion flows around stellar objects,
to name a few. Particle acceleration occurs wherever plasma boundaries,
magnetic and electric fields, and turbulence are present. This meeting will
address the linear and nonlinear physical processes underlying the variety
of particle acceleration mechanisms, the role of particle acceleration in
shaping different environments, and acceleration processes common to
different regions. Both theory and observations will be addressed with a
view to encouraging cross-disciplinary fertilization of ideas, concepts, and
techniques. The meeting will address all aspects of particle acceleration in
regions ranging from the Sun to the interplanetary medium to magnetospheres,
exospheres, and comets, the boundaries of the heliosphere, and beyond to
supernova remnant shocks, galactic jets, stellar winds, accretion flows, and
more.

The website will be available shortly. Please mark your calendars and
contact us for your interest in attending. E-mail inquiries about the
meeting should be directed to Gary Zank at garyp.zank@gmail.com or
icnsmeetings@gmail.com.

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5. Pre-AGU Organ Concert by Vasyliunas
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From: Vytenis M. Vasyliunas <vasyliunas at mps.mpg.de>

During the Fall 2014 AGU meeting in San Francisco, Vytenis M. Vasyliunas
will again play an organ concert

Sunday, December 14  at 4.00 p.m.  (note change of time from previous
years!)
in St. Mary’s Cathedral
(Geary and Gough, 2 blocks west of Van Ness)

Program (duration approx. 1 hour):

Joh. Seb. Bach              Prelude and Fugue in G major     BWV 541
(1685 – 1750)

M. K. Ciurlionis             Fugue in c sharp minor
(1875 – 1911)

Franz Liszt                     Prelude and Fugue on B-A-C-H
(1811 – 1886)

Frank Bridge                 Three Pieces for Organ (1939)
(1879 – 1941)                        Prelude/Minuet/Processional

Cesar Franck                 Grande Piece Symphonique
(1822 – 1890)

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6. JOB OPENING: Faculty Position in Space Plasma Physics
University of Minnesota
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From: Cindy Cattell <cattell at umn.edu>

The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota, Twin
Cities invites applications for a tenure track position in the area of
Experimental Space Plasma Physics. The appointment is expected to be at the
Assistant Professor level. This position is supported by a grant from the
National Science Foundation for Faculty Development in the Space Sciences.
Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics or a
related discipline and should have demonstrated the potential to conduct a
vigorous and significant experimental research program as evidenced by their
publication record and supporting letters from recognized leaders in the
field. The ability to teach physics effectively at both the graduate and
undergraduate levels is required.   The successful applicant will be joining
a department with active programs in both experimental and theoretical space
plasma physics. The experimental space physics group has played important
roles in instrument development and/or scientific analysis of data from NASA
and ESA funded projects including Ulysses, Polar, FAST, Wind, Cluster, and
rocket flights. The group is currently involved in the Van Allen Probes
Mission, STEREO, and Solar Probe Plus. Experimentalists in any field in
space plasma physics are encouraged to apply. Applicants in Solar Physics,
Heliospheric Physics, Planetary and Terrestrial Magnetospheric Physics, and
Ionospheric Physics are of special interest. The successful applicant will
be expected to play a leadership role in new programs involving spacecraft,
Cube-Sats, sub-orbital rockets, or balloons. The starting date for the
position is negotiable and could be as early as July 1, 2015.
Candidates for this position (Requisition # 193936) must go
to https://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=123909
and submit an application online. Application materials must include a cover
letter, a current C.V. including a list of publications, a statement of
research interests, a statement of teaching interests, and a list of at
least three references including complete addresses and contact information.

Candidates must arrange to have letters of reference (signed and on official
letterhead) sent directly to spacephys14@physics.umn.edu as PDF files.
Alternatively, letters of reference may be sent to

Professor Ronald Poling
School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Minnesota
116 Church St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received
before December 22, 2014.

The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in
its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color,
creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability,
public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender
identity, or gender expression.

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7. JOB OPENING: Faculty Position, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
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From: Ann-Chen Jang <em65900 at email.ncku.edu.tw>

Applicants are invited to apply for a faculty position. Qualified candidates
must have a Ph.D. degree and demonstrate independent research capability in
one of the following fields:

(1)  plasma physics experiment and diagnostics
(2)  space physics and instrumentation

The appointment will begin on August 1, 2015. Applicants should submit a
cover letter, teaching and research experience and plans, curriculum vitae,
publication list, and three letters of recommendation before January 5, 2015
to Institute of Space and Plasma Sciences (ISAPS), National Cheng Kung
University, 1 University Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (Tel: 886-6-2757575 ext.
65900-10, Fax: 886-6-2003130, E-mail: em65900@email.ncku.edu.tw, Website:
http://www.isaps.ncku.edu.tw). All the documents should be scanned to PDF
files and emailed to ISAPS before submitting hard copies.

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8. JOB OPENING: Tenure-track Position in Space Physics at University of
Helsinki
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From: Hannu Koskinen <Hannu.E.Koskinen at helsinki.fi>

The Department of Physics at the University of Helsinki is announcing an
open tenure-track position in Space physics as assistant/associate
professor.

The tenure-track professor will teach space physics in the curricula of
physics and theoretical physics. The appointee is expected to conduct basic
research associated with solar energy and particle eruptions, the shock
waves in the solar wind driven by the eruptions and their interactions with
the magnetospheres of the Earth and other planets. The research of the
assistant/associate professor can focus in data analysis, modelling, theory,
or computational space plasma physics.

To be successful in the position, the candidate must have a strong network
of international cooperation. The appointee is expected to conduct research
on an internationally high level. In addition, the appointee must take
advantage of national and international research funding opportunities,
participate in doctoral education at the Department, and actively
participate in the interaction between science and society at large. The
person to be chosen for the position is expected to develop the teaching of
space physics at the Department. To be eligible for the tenure-track, no
more than 10 years may have elapsed since the PhD degree of the applicant.

The full announcement with application guidelines can be found in
http://www.helsinki.fi/recruitment/index.html?id=95215

The deadline for applications is 12 December 2014 at 15.45 local Helsinki
time.

For further information on the position, please contact Professor Hannu
Koskinen, Head of the Department of
Physics, hannu.e.koskinen@helsinki.fi, +358 50 4155356.

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9. JOB OPENING: Planetary Plasma Scientist at Max Planck Institute
for Solar System Research (MPS), Goettingen, Germany
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From: Markus Fraenz <fraenz at mps.mpg.de>

The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) conducts
fundamental research in solar and planetary physics. For the current
ESA/NASA space project “Mars Express”, MPS is offering a position for a
Planetary Plasma Scientist (m/f).

A scientific data analyst is being sought to participate in the evaluation
of data received by the European Mars Express and Venus Express spacecraft
at Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen, Germany. The
ESA Mission Mars Express (http://sci.esa.int/mars-express/) has been
exploring the environment of Mars since 2004 and its activities (operations
and data processing) will continue at least to the end of 2016. The MPS is
participating as Co-Investigator for the plasma environment investigations
ASPERA-3 on Mars Express and ASPERA-4 on Venus Express. The scientific
analyst will be responsible for the processing and analysis of data received
by the ASPERA experiments and related data at MPS. This includes the
maintenance of existing data bases and software and the advice on instrument
operation and control. He or she is also expected to publish scientific
results related to these observations. Applicants should have a strong
background in plasma physics of the solar system and a solid understanding
of spacecraft instrumentation. They should hold a PhD in a relevant field
and have a proven record of scientific publications. They should be familiar
with various computer systems (specifically Linux) and be able to program
independently. Existing code is primarily in the Interactive Data Language
IDL. On the basis of the many international collaborations involved,
proficiency in the English language is essential. The position is available
as of January 1, 2015 (funding will only be confirmed in December 2014,
alternative starting dates can be negotiated) and will be initially for two
years with possible extensions depending on mission developments.
Remuneration is compliant with the Collective Agreement for the German Civil
Service, TVÖD level E13. Please send applications with CV and
recommendations to Dr. Markus Fraenz (fraenz@mps.mpg.de). Deadline
is November 20, 2014. It is the policy of the Max Planck Society to increase
the number of women in all sectors where they are underrepresented.
Therefore women are explicitly invited to apply. The Max Planck Society
strives to employ more handicapped persons and encourages applications from
such persons.

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10. PhD Position, University of Bremen, Germany
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From: Mark Weber <weber at uni-bremen.edu>

Within the new BMBF project SCIASOL (Long-term trends in solar spectral
irradiances from satellite observations during solar cycles 23 and 24, a
detailed re-calibration of SSI data from three European satellite
sensors GOME, SCIAMACHY, and GOME-2,covering the time period since 1995
(nearly two solar cycles), shall be carried out. Using these
re-calibrated SSI data, extending from the UV to the near IR, changes
and variability of solar activity on various time scales from solar
rotations to the 11-year solar cycle are to be investigated. The goal is
to further reduce uncertainties in changes of solar radiation with the
solar cycle which is an important driver of earth’s climate.

Prerequisites for this position are:

* a M.Sc. degree or equivalent in physics, astronomy, or (optical)
engineering with a grade point average equal or better than B (English
grade) or 2.0 (German grade)

* excellent expertise in at least one of the following areas: solar
physics, optics, spectrometry, instrument calibration, and satellite
remote sensing

* good programming skills in a high level programming language

* very good command of English in writing and speaking (level B2)

Electronic applications (possibly in a single PDF file) are preferred.
In case of an application using regular mail, please send us your
application in plain paper (no folders) and do not send us original
certificates as we are not able to return your applications. Please
indicate the job id A167/14 in your application. Deadline for
application is December 1, 2014.

The complete job advert in English and German you can find at
http://www.iup.uni-bremen.de/UVSAT/jobs.

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