Issue 66, November 8, 2013

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1. SPA Annual Report
2. Nominations for SPD Hale and Harvey Prizes: Third Call
3. Scientists and Engineers as Educators Workshop at Fall AGU
4.  Heliophysics 2014 Summer School, July 9-16, 2014 - Boulder, CO
5. Van Allen Probes special collection in "Space Science Reviews" now 
published
6. Announcing a RHESSI Science Nugget
7. JOB OPENING: ATST DATA CENTER DEVELOPMENT PROJECT MANAGER
8. JOB OPENING: Positions in Space Physics: Post-doctoral researchers, PhD 
students and Coordinator/Planning officer
9. JOB OPENING: Faculty Position in Experimental Space Physics, 
Associate or Full Professor, University of Iowa, Department of Physics and 
Astronomy 
10. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Scientist for Research on the Global 
Atmospheric Electric Circuit
11. JOB OPENING: Assistant Professor – Theoretical Astrophysics Program – 
University of Arizona
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1. SPA Annual Report
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From: James Klimchuk 

Each year, the AGU sections and focus groups are asked to provide an informal 
annual report. This year's SPA report can be found at 
https://spa.agu.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2013/11/SPA_annualreport_2013.pdf .

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2. Nominations for SPD Hale and Harvey Prizes: Third Call
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From: Antoinette Galvin   
 
Nominations are sought for the 2014 SPD/AAS George Ellery Hale Prize and for 
the early career Karen Harvey Prize. These awards are open to anyone who 
meets the age (in the case for the Harvey Prize, only) and professional 
experience requirements, without regard to country of residence or membership 
in the SPD. Please see  and 
 for the detailed 
eligibility criteria and a list of previous awardees.  
 
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 is November 15, 2013. Electronic 
submissions are preferable, and should be sent to  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.

The following is in response to a number of inquiries regarding the Karen 
Harvey Prize restrictions.  
 
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 2014 Harvey Prize:  
 
1) Must be less than age 36 at the end of calendar year 2014;  
 
and/or  
 
2) Must have had their PhD (or equivalent degree) conferred no more than 10 
years prior to the award year; that is the degree award date is on or after 
January 1, 2004.

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3. Scientists and Engineers as Educators Workshop at Fall AGU
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From: Edgar Bering 

Martha Wawro and Edgar Bering will be presenting a workshop entitled 
Scientists and Engineers as Educators from 9-12 AM on December 11 in the San 
Francisco Marriott Marquis Salons 12-13.

Description:
Sharing your passion for geophysics, space physics and aeronomy with K-12 
students is important- and you never get another chance to make a first 
impression. This workshop will give you insights into how to approach a 
classroom talk, a mentoring situation or informal interaction with after-
school or scouting groups. You will learn tips and tricks and low-cost 
activities to make your interactions engaging with both students and 
teachers.

The curriculum materials for this workshop are provided by the AIAA (American 
Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) from whom the program is also 
based.

This workshop is possible through a partnership of the American Institute of 
Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and AGU Education.

The workshop at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting information is available at the 
Fall Meeting event calendar page: 
http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2013/events/scientists-and-engineers-as-educators-
workshop/ . 
 
Registration is required and space is limited, so register early by 
contacting Edgar A. Bering.

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4.  Heliophysics 2014 Summer School, July 9-16, 2014 - Boulder, CO
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From: Susanne Demaree  

Special Opportunity for Students & Teachers

Comparative Heliophysics
July 9-16, 2014 - Boulder, CO

Deadline is 22 February
Applications are invited for the 2014 Heliophysics Summer School, which will 
be held in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. We are seeking students and 
undergraduate level teachers and instructors to join us this coming summer 
for a unique professional experience.  Students and teachers will learn about 
the exciting science of heliophysics as a broad, coherent discipline that 
reaches in space from the Earth's troposphere to the depths of the Sun, and 
in time from the formation of the solar system to the distant future.  At the 
same time, a goal of the Summer School is for the group of instructors to 
develop materials from Heliophysics that can be applied in their classes.
The Heliophysics Summer School focuses on the physics of space weather events 
that start at the Sun and influence atmosphere, ionosphere and magnetosphere 
of Earth and their counterparts around the other planets throughout the solar 
system. The solar system offers a wide variety of conditions under which the 
interaction of bodies with a plasma environment can be studied, while the 
rich variety of exoplanet systems being discovered and modeled offers an even 
richer ground to explore. Similarly rich is the variety of activity phenomena 
seen on stars like the Sun: where our limited lifespan offers us only a 
direct view of solar activity for its present-day evolutionary status, 
comparative stellar astrophysics enables us to effectively study solar 
conditions for ensembles of thousands of years of solar time, and thereby to 
explore solar and heliospheric activity in distant past and future.  

The 2014 Summer School will focus on the foundations of heliophysics while 
exploring connections to adjacent disciplines from the perspective of our 
local cosmos: stars like the Sun, planets like those in the solar system, and 
formation histories not too dissimilar from those that are relevant to 
understanding the formation, evolution, and present state of our immediate 
space environment.
The school will be based on lectures, laboratories, and recitations from 
world experts, and will draw material from the three textbooks Heliophysics 
I-III, published by Cambridge University Press.
Several teachers along with about 35 students will be selected through a 
competitive process organized by the UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs. The 
school lasts for eight days, and each participant receives full travel 
support for airline tickets, lodging and per diem costs.
Student Application Requirements 
*    Currently enrolled as a graduate student in any phase of training, or 
first or second year postdoctoral fellow.
*    Major in physics with an emphasis on astrophysics, geophysics, plasma 
physics, and space physics, or experienced in at least one of these 
areas.
*    Pursuing a career in heliophysics or astrophysics. 
Teacher Application Requirements
*    At least three years of teaching experience.  (Already having a 
connection with heliophysics is not a requirement.)
*    Currently teaching physics (preferably electricity & magnetism), 
astronomy/planetary science, or Earth sciences at the upper division 
undergraduate level.
*    Willingness to provide feedback to the Summer School faculty and 
organizers on the comprehensibility and comprehensiveness of the 
overall set of lectures and supporting materials.
For additional information on this program and instructions on how to 
apply,
please visit the Heliophysics website at
http://www.vsp.ucar.edu/Heliophysics
For further information, call (303) 497-8649 or e-mail vspapply@ucar.edu

The Living With a Star program of the Heliophysics Division in NASA’s Science 
Mission Directorate sponsors the Summer Schools.
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Visiting 
Scientist Programs collaborates with NASA in administering the schools.
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is an EE/AAE who 
values and encourages diversity in the workplace. Images courtesy of NASA.

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5. Van Allen Probes special collection in "Space Science Reviews" now 
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From: Daniel Smith 

The Van Allen Probes project announces the publication in "Space Science 
Reviews" of a collection of papers documenting NASA's Van Allen Probes 
Mission to investigate Earth's radiation belts and inner magnetosphere.  This 
collection addresses Van Allen Probes mission characteristics, science 
rationale, investigations and instruments, mission impact on space weather, 
tools associated with the study of Earth's radiation belts, and the mission's 
education and outreach program.  All of the papers are published "Open 
Access" and can be found at:

http://link.springer.com/journal/11214/179/1/page/1

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6. Announcing a RHESSI Science Nugget
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From: Hugh Hudson 

No. 212, "Hard X-ray Footpoint Asymmetry," by Ya-Hui YANG: The behavior of 
conjugacy in flare footpoints. 

See http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/RHESSI_Science_Nugget
s .

Older Nuggets are also available at
http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/RHESSI_Science_Nuggets 
 (the current series, 2008-present), and at 
http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/nuggets/ (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. 

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7. JOB OPENING: ATST DATA CENTER DEVELOPMENT PROJECT MANAGER
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From: Amy Davidson 

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) 
operates several observatory centers (including the NSO) in the USA and Chile 
under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation. The NSO 
has an immediate opening for a Data Center Development Project Manager. This 
position will be based in Boulder, Colorado, and will manage the 
specification, design and implementation of a modern data center supporting 
the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) operations based on top-level 
specifications provided by the Data Center Scientist and approved by the ATST 
Director. This position is expected to manage a merger of the ATST Data 
Center activities and the currently stably operating NSO Integrated Synoptic 
Program (NISP) data pipelines at the appropriate time as determined by the 
NSO Director. Close coordination with the NISP program is required.
                
The ATST Data Center PM (DC PM) is responsible for the development and 
management of: data archiving for the ATST, including access, distribution, 
provisioning and operation; reduction pipeline infrastructure implementation 
and technical operation; computing platform definition, acquisition, and 
operation; network provisioning to the external community and between NSO 
sites; and will have primary responsibility for all user facing software.
 
The ATST DC PM will report to the ATST Project Director.  Other 
responsibilities include hardware and software development/implementation of 
the Data Center, along with the facility, utility, network infrastructure 
development required to support the ATST; finalizing the data center 
technical requirements, which flow from the scientific systems requirements, 
and developing design specifications required to meet observatory and user 
needs; generating specifications and statements of work for the design 
activities and providing updates to the schedule planning and costs. 
 
The ATST DC PM will work closely with the relevant ATST and NISP science and 
software teams and engineers, taking into account existing relevant data 
center efforts, such as NISP, SDO, Hinode. The post holder is expected to 
have domain expertise/knowledge within one or more of the critical technology 
areas of the data center (archiving, science reduction pipelines, etc).
Applicants must have: a degree in management, engineering, science, another 
closely related field, or equivalent experience; a proven record and 
demonstrated ability to manage and deliver outcomes in medium to large 
complex software infrastructure projects; demonstrated knowledge of the 
management of systems engineering based projects; demonstrated technical 
knowledge in one or more of the critical technology areas of data archiving, 
science reduction pipelines, network systems and infrastructure, buildings, 
etc.; strong ability to work with staff and teams; membership of or 
eligibility for membership of, recognized national and international project 
management institutes. Must be able to communicate effectively, both verbally 
and in writing, with internal and external contacts at all organizational 
levels.
 
Review of applications will begin 12/01/2013, and continue until the position 
is filled.
Additional details are available at www.nso.edu/jobs and www.aura-
astronomy.org/hr/joblist.asp
 
AURA is an affirmative action & equal opportunity employer. AURA actively 
supports efforts to broaden participation in all Observatory activities. 
Women and candidates from under-represented minorities are particularly 
encouraged to apply.

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8. JOB OPENING: Positions in Space Physics: Post-doctoral researchers, PhD 
students and Coordinator/Planning officer
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From: Timo Asikainen 

Positions are available at the University of Oulu within the Centre of 
Excellence in Research on Solar Long-term Variability and Effects (ReSoLVE) 
of the Academy of Finland.
The first funding period covers the years 2014 - 2016, with a possibility of 
extension to 2017 - 2019.
 
ReSoLVE Centre of Excellence is an integrated research consortium of three 
research teams located in Oulu and two in Helsinki. ReSoLVE studies the long-
term (centennial) magnetic evolution of the Sun, which depicts a dramatic 
increase in the 20th century and a recent rapid decline, and the effects of 
this variability to the space around the Sun and to the near-Earth 
environment, focusing on the long-term evolution of solar poloidal magnetic 
fields and their role in varying the level of electromagnetic disturbances 
and the flux of energetic particles in the near-Earth space.
The specific themes of the three ReSoLVE teams working at the University of 
Oulu are the solar wind and heliospheric magnetic field and their interaction 
with the Earth causing electromagnetic disturbances (HELIOS team), energetic 
particles in the near-Earth space (ENERGETIC team) and cosmic rays and 
atmospheric ionization (COSMIC team). Note that the effects of 
electromagnetic disturbances and energetic particles in the atmosphere are 
known to cause natural climate forcing whose overall significance is still 
unknown.
The vibrant atmosphere of challenging front-end research in an international 
team, as well as the wild beauty of nature of the Northern Finland, including 
auroral displays, are guaranteed.
 
Post-doctoral researcher positions
A few post-doctoral researcher positions will be filled preferably from 
01.01.2014 onwards for 2-3 years, including a 4-month trial period. Extension 
may be possible if ReSoLVE is continued. PhD in space physics or a closely 
related field is required. Research experience within the above themes is 
appreciated. A good command of English is mandatory. Successful candidates 
are expected to focus on research, but need to devote a fraction of time to 
supervising PhD students, lecturing and/or other education. The salary for 
Post-doctoral researcher will be based on the job demand level 5-6 of the 
salary system for teaching and research staff in use in Finnish universities. 
In addition, on the basis of personal work performance, up to 46.3% of the 
job demand level can be paid, the total salary range being 2820 - 4817 ? per 
month (http://www.hallinto.oulu.fi/upj/ypj-palkat20130101.pdf). A slightly 
later start and part-time employment may also be possible.
 
PhD student positions
A number of PhD student positions will be filled preferably from 01.01.2014 
onwards for 2-3 years, including a 4-month trial period. MSc degree in space 
physics or a closely related field is required by the start of the position. 
A good command of English is mandatory. Successful candidates will perform 
PhD studies and related research at the University of Oulu under the 
supervision of the ReSoLVE team leaders. A description of PhD student 
admission requirements can be found at http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/. The salary 
for PhD student will be based on the job demand level 2-4 of the salary 
system for teaching and research staff in use in Finnish universities. In 
addition, on the basis of personal work performance, up to 46.3% of the job 
demand level can be paid, the total salary range being 1944 ? to 3558 ? per 
month (http://www.hallinto.oulu.fi/upj/ypj-palkat20130101.pdf).
 
Coordinator/Planning officer position
A position of Coordinator or Planning officer will be filled from 01.01.2014 
onwards for three years, including a 4-month trial period. Extension may be 
possible if ReSoLVE is continued. PhD degree in physics or related area is 
required for the Coordinator by 01.01.2014. MSc degree in physics or related 
field is required for the Planning officer by 01.01.2014. The duties of the 
Coordinator/Planning officer include, e.g., the practical coordination of the 
ReSoLVE project, financial and staff issues, organization of meetings and 
seminars, maintaining web pages, producing PR and educational material, 
maintaining data archives etc. A good command of Finnish and English is 
needed. Experience in project administration is appreciated. Planning officer 
may be/become a part-time PhD student in space physics. Salary for 
Coordinator/Planning officer is based at the university salary scale (other 
staff of Finnish Universities), requirement levels 7-10 (basic salary of 2163 
-3262 euro/month). Additional payments based on individual performance 
constitute up to 46.3 % of the basic salary 
(http://www.hallinto.oulu.fi/upj/ypj-palkat20130101.pdf).
 
 
Positions start to be filled after November 15, 2013
 
Applications submitted by November 15, 2013, will be included for the first 
round of evaluation and selection, and should be sent by e-mail to 
Registrar's office [kirjaamo(at)oulu.fi] and to Prof. Kalevi Mursula 
[kalevi.mursula(at)oulu.fi]. The entire application must be merged into a 
single pdf-file and attached to the e-mail including a subject field text 
"ReSoLVE Application".
Positions will be filled as long as suitable applicants are found, which is 
expected to occur by the end of 2013.
 
The application must include the following parts:
.       Curriculum vitae (max 4 pages).
.    A brief description (max 2 pages) of research experience and/or interest 
and its relation to the research topics of ReSoLVE.
.       A list of publications, with up to five most relevant publications 
highlighted (Only Post-doc and Coordinator positions).
.     Names and contact information (incl. email and telephone number) of 
three persons willing to provide professional recommendations upon request.
 
For additional information, please contact:
Professor  Kalevi Mursula, the Director of ReSoLVE
kalevi.mursula(at)oulu.fi

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9. JOB OPENING: Faculty Position in Experimental Space Physics, 
Associate or Full Professor, University of Iowa, Department of Physics and 
Astronomy
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From: Craig Kletzing 

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa seeks a 
successful space physics experimentalist with a record of involvement in 
spaceflight hardware. All areas of experimental space physics will be 
considered, including areas not represented by our current research. For a 
complete job description and to apply go to http://jobs.uiowa.edu refer to 
requisition 63169.   
 
 
The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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10. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Scientist for Research on the Global 
Atmospheric Electric Circuit
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From: Art Richmond 

As part of the project "Electrical Connections and Consequences Within the 
Earth System" (http://sisko.colorado.edu/FESD/), a collaboration among 
researchers at the University of Colorado, the National Center for 
Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and Pennsylvania State University, a 
postdoctoral scientist position is available at NCAR for research on the 
global atmospheric electric circuit.  The scientist will collaborate with 
team members at all three institutions to conduct research in one or more of 
the following areas: processes controlling the charge and discharge of 
electrified clouds and their representation in numerical models, the 
electrical coupling between the atmosphere and ionosphere, and the flow of 
current throughout the atmosphere-ionosphere system.  This work will 
contribute to the development of a model of the global circuit. Career-
development activities will include group meetings and presentations and 
scientific workshops and conferences, and may include contributing to 
educational programs and serving on committees.

A Ph.D. or Sc.D. or equivalent experience is required.  Numerical modeling 
experience in atmospheric physics is desirable.  The position is for one year, 
with possibility of one-year renewal.  The selection process will be 
coordinated with the NCAR Advanced Study Program (ASP) which begins accepting 
applications November 15, and has a deadline of 2014 January 9.  Complete 
application instructions are at 
http://www.asp.ucar.edu/pdfp/pd_announcement.php.  ASP applicants prepare a 
research proposal of their own choice, in consultation with one or more NCAR 
scientists. The scientists involved with the global atmospheric electric 
circuit project are Wiebke Deierling (deierlin at ucar.edu), Art Richmond 
(richmond at ucar.edu), and Wenbin Wang (wbwang at ucar.edu).  Applicants 
should select the "AtmosElec" designator when submitting their application.

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11. JOB OPENING: Assistant Professor – Theoretical Astrophysics Program – 
University of Arizona
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From: Randy Jokipii 

The University of Arizona's Theoretical Astrophysics Program invites 
applications for a tenure-track faculty position to begin in Fall 2014. The 
Theoretical Astrophysics Program is an interdisciplinary program that fosters 
academic and scientific links among the Departments of Astronomy, Physics and 
Planetary Sciences at the University, to complement with a strong theory 
program the world-renowned astronomical facilities in Tucson, AZ.  The 
Program consists of five core faculty and about 25 affiliate members working 
in a range of topics spanning solar system astrophysics to cosmology.  In 
addition to the typical facilities available at a research university, the 
UA's Research Data Center provides our faculty access to local high-end 
supercomputing resources including distributed, shared-memory and GPU 
architectures. Review of applications will begin on December 2, 2013 and will 
continue until the position is filled.  For full position details and to 
apply online, please see www.hr.arizona.edu and reference job #53843. The 
University of Arizona is an EEO/AA employer - M/W/D/V.


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