SPA SECTION NEWSLETTER, Volume XXIII, Issue 63

AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION
SPA SECTION NEWSLETTER
Volume XXIII, Issue 63
Dec.06,2016

Editor: Peter Chi
Co-Editor: Guan Le
Distribution Support: Sharon Uy, Marjorie Sowmendran, Todd King, Kevin Addison E-mail: editor at igpp.ucla.edu
Announcement Submission Website: http://goo.gl/forms/qjcm4dDr4g

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Table of Contents

1. Start off AGU with the Planetary Sciences SPA Career Night Mixer

2. JGR-Space Physics Editor Blog Monthly Highlights

3. 2016 ULTIMA-GEM Forum on Ground-based Magnetometers, December 11

4. JOB OPENING: George Ellery Hale Postdoctoral Fellowship Position in Solar, Stellar and Space Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder

5. JOB OPENING: 2x PDRA in Solar Physics, Sheffield, UK

6. JOB OPENING: Post-doctoral Scientist with Interests in Planetary Space Physics

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Start off AGU with the Planetary Sciences SPA Career Night Mixer

From: Nicholas Gross (gross at bu.edu)

Join notable scientists in planetary science and space physics at this mixer and find out about their careers in a variety of professional backgrounds (e.g., academics, industry, federal labs). Get a better understanding of what kinds of careers are available in planetary science and space physics and how to pursue them. Note, this is not a career fair but rather an opportunity to meet other scientists and to get advice on the next step of your career.
This is also a great place to meet other individuals in your field at the meeting and meet some new friendly faces.

Refreshments are provided.
11 December 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
San Francisco Marriott Marquis – Salons 5-6
http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2016/event/planetary-sciences-spa-career-night-mixer/

contact Sanlyn Buxner (buxner@psi.edu) with any questions

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JGR-Space Physics Editor Blog Monthly Highlights

From: Mike Liemohn (liemohn at umich.edu)

The Fall AGU Meeting is coming up fast. Please find me at the AGU Pubs Booth (note: different from the AGU sales booth) on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 11- noon, or email me if you want to arrange a special time to meet up. Also, join the meeting via social media with hashtag #AGU16.

Here are a few highlights from November the JGR Space Physics EiC blog:

November 17: journal Editors-in-Chief will be available at the AGU Pubs Booth, including those from the space physics community https://liemohnjgrspace.wordpress.com/2016/11/17/pubs-booth-at-fall-agu/

November 29: a few more suggested tweaks to the AGU manuscript templates
https://liemohnjgrspace.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/more-manuscript-template-tweaks/

November 30: plain language summaries are now requested (but optional) for all AGU journal manuscript submissions https://liemohnjgrspace.wordpress.com/2016/11/30/plain-language-summaries/

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

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2016 ULTIMA-GEM Forum on Ground-based Magnetometers, December 11

From: Ian Mann and Peter Chi (pchi at igpp.ucla.edu)

We invite participation in the annual forum on ground-based magnetometers jointly held by GEM and the Ultra Large Terrestrial International Magnetometer Array (ULTIMA). This ULTIMA-GEM Forum will take place at:

Location: Room Gold Rush A, Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, 1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco Time: 9 am – 12 pm, December 11 (Sunday before AGU)

The session will follow the approximate agenda below:

* 9:00 – 9:25 ULTIMA Array Updates: Brief overview of updates and news from ULTIMA Member Magnetometer Arrays

* 9:25 – 9:40 ULTIMA Collaboration and Cooperation with SuperMAG

* 9:40 – 10:45 Science Opportunities and Potential ULTIMA Science Working Groups (SWG) — including Magnetoseismology SWG and new ISSI Team Activity, Pi1/Pi2 SWG, Accurately Specifying ULF wave Radial Diffusion Coefficients, and Convection and Bays

* 10:45 – 11:30 Future Space Weather Opportunities: Roles of Magnetometers — including Quo Vadis, White House Space Weather Action Plan, and UN COPUOS Space Weather Expert Group

* 11:30 – 12:00 US NSF Planning for Ground-Magnetometer Operations and Coordination

If you wish to contribute short presentations on the science and space weather topics relating to ground-based magnetometers, please contact the forum coordinators, Chair and Secretary of ULTIMA Ian Mann (imann@ualberta.ca) and Peter Chi (pchi@igpp.ucla.edu).

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JOB OPENING: George Ellery Hale Postdoctoral Fellowship Position in Solar, Stellar and Space Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder

From: Benjamin Brown (bpbrown at colorado.edu)

The University of Colorado Boulder is seeking applicants for the George Ellery Hale Postdoctoral Fellowship in Solar, Stellar and Space Physics. The University of Colorado and surrounding institutions provide a rich environment within which to conduct solar research, and this two-year research fellowship accompanies the relocation of the National Solar Observatory (NSO) headquarters to Boulder.

Of particular interest are postdoctoral candidates who are interested in theoretical and computational studies of dynamics within solar and stellar interiors, photospheres, and atmospheres (chromospheres and coronae). Boulder is an internationally recognized center for studying convection, turbulence, radiative magnetohydrodynamics, and the dynamo amplification of magnetic fields in the Sun. The successful candidate will have access to extensive computational resources and existing modern, highly parallel astrophysical fluid dynamics codes, and could be involved in the creation of next generation codes for studying solar fluid dynamics. Connections between such modeling activities efforts and the observational capabilities of NSO’s Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST, formerly ATST) and/or Integrated Synoptic Program (NISP) will enhance an application, and the successful candidate is encouraged to forge those connections while in Boulder.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity play a prominent role in the new George Ellery Hale collaborative graduate education program (COLLAGE). Thus candidates with a strong interest and experience in teaching and learning methodologies, in addition to those more focused on solar physics research goals, are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a description of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact information for three references. These materials should be submitted electronically to: www.cu.edu/cu-careers, posting #07622.

For more information please contact Prof. Benjamin Brown, Search Committee Chair, bpbrown@colorado.edu. Review of the applications will begin 1 February 2017 and continue until the position is filled. The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at http://www.cu.edu/pbs/.

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JOB OPENING: 2x PDRA in Solar Physics, Sheffield, UK

From: Robertus Erdelyi (robertus at sheffield.ac.uk)

Job Reference Number: UOS014960
Job Title: Post-Doctoral Reseach Associate

Salary: Grade 7 (GBP 30,175-38,183 pa)
Closing Date: 3rd January 2017

The Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research Centre (SP2RC) within the School of Mathematics & Statistics, U. of Sheffield is looking to appoint two Postdoctoral Research Associates to undertake cutting-edge research into solar atmosphere physics with Professor R. Erdélyi (Principal Investigator) and other members of SP2RC. The work of this Centre is at the forefront of addressing theoretical and observational issues in solar physics. The theoretical research, that includes analytical and computational MHD modelling, is also complemented with a strong and increasing involvement in ground- and space-based observational programmes.

In particular, you will emphasise leadership of research in either (i) Project 1 on transversal solar MHD waves and oscillations, solar magneto-seismology in small-scale dynamic, i.e. time-dependent, magnetic channels coupling the photosphere to corona; or (ii) Project 2 on MHD wave forward modelling in localised atmospheric waveguides and jets. Key elements of both research projects will also address solar atmospheric heating by MHD waves in dynamic plasmas.

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent in solar physics or a related discipline (or have equivalent experience) and strong research interests in the broad area of solar physics and/or solar MHD physics. This post is funded by the STFC Consolidated Grant scheme and is tenable immediately until 31st March 2018.
For informal enquiries applicants may contact Prof Robertus Erdelyi (email: robertus [at] sheffield.ac.uk or tel.: +44-114-222383).

Applications must be submitted via the online application system at https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs using Job Reference Number: UOS014960 and should include a CV (with publication list), a brief research statement, and contact details for up to 3 referees.

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JOB OPENING: Post-doctoral Scientist with Interests in Planetary Space Physics

From: Jan-Erik Wahlund (jan-erik.wahlund at irfu.se)

Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden, is seeking a

Post-doctoral scientist with interests in planetary space physics

The specific aim of this project is to investigate the structure and dynamics of Saturn’s ionosphere and its interaction with the charged dust and plasma near its rings. The Cassini mission will end in 2017 in a spectacular fashion, with close orbits through the ring systems, as well as passages through the upper atmosphere and ionosphere of Saturn. The Radio & Plasma Wave Science (RPWS) instrument package on board Cassini includes a Langmuir probe (LP), designed, built and operated by IRF in Uppsala. Data from this instrument will be analysed during the grande finale, in order to study the ring dust and plasma and make the first ever detailed in-situ measurements of the ionosphere of the gas giant. Specific topics to address include:

• Characterisation of dust and plasma close to and within the rings. • Characterisation of Saturn’s ionosphere at the lowest encountered altitudes.
• Investigation of the coupling between the rings and the ionosphere, and possible effects on the latitudinal structure of Saturn’s upper atmosphere. • Characterisation of the north and south auroral topside ionosphere.
• Investigation of whether Saturn lightning storms interact electro-dynamically with the rings.

Candidates should have completed (or expect to complete) a PhD in space physics or a related field during 2013 or later. Candidates planning to obtain their PhD degree before April 2017 may apply for this position. If the candidate has an older degree and wants to refer to special circumstances, such as parental leave, this should be clearly stated. Candidates should demonstrate experience in spacecraft data analysis, as part of national and international collaborations. Experience with theoretical modelling is an advantage. Interest and experience in development of instrumental techniques and methods will be positively valued, as will experience in coordination of scientific activities.

Further information:
Associate Professor Jan-Erik Wahlund, +46-18-4715946, Jan-Erik.Wahlund@irfu.se See also http://www.irf.se/jobb for more details.

Applications are accepted, preferably by email to registrator@irf.se, or by post to Swedish Institute of Space Physics,
Registrar,
Box 812,
981 28 Kiruna,
Sweden

Closing date for applications is January 26, 2017.
Reference number: Dnr 2.2.1-312/16

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