Volume XXIII, Issue 66

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Table of Contents

1. SPA Early Career – NASA Leadership Mixer at AGU (Session TH33F), 12:30 – 13:30 Wednesday, 14 December 2016

2. ROSES-16 Amendment: Data Requirements and Due Date Change for MMS GI

3. JOB OPENING: ICON Research Positions in Berkeley, California



SPA Early Career – NASA Leadership Mixer at AGU (Session TH33F), 12:30 – 13:30 Wednesday, 14 December 2016

From: Elizabeth MacDonald (e.a.macdonald at

SPA Early Career – NASA Leadership Mixer (TH33F), Moscone West 2004, Wed Dec 14 2016 12:30 – 1:30 pm PT

Update: We are pleased to announce that many of the NASA Heliophysics headquarters personnel will be in attendance, as well as Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, the incoming Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. General interest questions are encouraged to be submitted in advance, here:

The NASA Heliophysics Division would like to invite early career community members to a mixer event at AGU. This is an opportunity to meet many of your headquarters representatives, learn about Heliophysics at NASA HQ, and be heard. Those within 10 years of receiving a PhD and students are welcome to attend. NASA is committed to an inclusive environment; early career women, people of color, and under-represented groups are especially encouraged to participate. For any questions, please contact Dr. Liz MacDonald, Early Career Program Scientist, The agenda will include the following (though not lunch, unfortunately, so please feel free to bring yours).

* Welcome & Community Share Time (~15 min)
Early career scientists will have 30 seconds to introduce themselves. Please give a short introduction of your interests so that others can seek you out during networking time.

* NASA Leadership Perspective and Introduction (~10 min)
Mr. Steven Clarke, NASA Heliophysics Director, will introduce the HQ representatives and org chart.

* Special Opportunities for Early Career Scientists (~15 min) Top tips for proposers, How to become a panel reviewer, Dr. Liz MacDonald

* Meet and Greet with Program Officers (~20 min)
Bring a business card, bring up a topic, or just say hello.

To add to your AGU schedule, see here:


ROSES-16 Amendment: Data Requirements and Due Date Change for MMS GI

From: Errol Summerlin (errol.summerlin at

ROSES-16 Amendment: This amendment changes the Data requirements and resets the due date for program element B.8 Magnetospheric Multiscale Guest Investigators (MMS GI).

The Heliophysics Guest Investigators (H-GI) program is a component of the Heliophysics Research Program. This particular element of the Guest Investigator program is offered only for investigations that primarily use data from the recently launched Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission.

This particular ROSES element supports investigations whose primary focus is the analysis of MMS data. Proposals should use primarily MMS data to address (1) the goals of the MMS mission (found at or (2) any of the relevant goals of the Heliophysics Decadal survey (Solar and Space Physics: A Science for a Technological Society
1. Determine the origins of the Sun’s activity and predict the variations in the space environment;
2. Determine the dynamics and coupling of Earth’s magnetosphere, ionosphere, and atmosphere and their response to solar and terrestrial inputs;
3. Determine the interaction of the Sun with the solar system and the interstellar medium;
4. Discover and characterize fundamental processes that occur both within the heliosphere and throughout the universe.

This program is intended to maximize the scientific return from this recently launched mission by providing support for research of a breadth and complexity beyond presently funded investigations. As for any H-GI proposal, investigations may employ theory, models, and data from other sources, as needed, to interpret and analyze NASA’s MMS data, but only as a secondary emphasis.

This amendment changes Section 1.3 on Data Availability. Whereas previously one could propose to use MMS data that had not yet been collected if the data product was in place, the new language requires that all data must be archived 30 days prior to the Step-2 deadline. Because of this change this call for proposals has been reopened, and the Step-1 and Step-2 due dates have been reset to January 9, 2017 and March 6, 2017, respectively. Proposers who want or need to change their proposed project as a result of this amendment may withdraw their previously submitted Step-1 proposal and submit a new one by January 9, 2017. Proposals unaffected by the change to Section 1.3 need not be resubmitted, no action is needed.

The NASA point of contact for this program element is Errol J. Summerlin who may be reached at


JOB OPENING: ICON Research Positions in Berkeley, California

From: Thomas Immel (immel at

(From the University of California, Berkeley)

The Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) is NASA’s next Explorer mission, preparing for launch in June 2017. The science mission is designed to investigate variability in the ionosphere-thermosphere system from equatorial to middle latitudes. UC Berkeley’s Atmospheric Emissions Group at the Space Sciences Laboratory seeks qualified candidates to work with the mission team in the pursuit of the mission’s science goals, develop new scientific understanding from its observations, and disseminate these discoveries broadly at conferences, through public speaking opportunities, and in the scientific and general literature. An Assistant Research Engineer position is open to support the mission data analysis, and the scientist’s interface to the Science Operations Center. The successful candidate will work closely with the engineers maintaining the software implemented in the SOC, including working to implement revisions in algorithms and retrieval codes, and document the related changes in the science products. The candidate will work to develop innovative analysis techniques and apply them in the mission data analysis tools and provide them to the science community through the mission website or other interfaces including virtual observatories and NASA data archives. An Assistant Research Physicist position is also open to an individual who will support mission data analysis, combining the data from the 4 instruments in ICON’s science payload to work toward meeting the mission’s goals. Candidates for both positions should expect to implement new and innovative analysis techniques, combining data with other assets, extant and planned, including COSMIC-2 and GOLD, as well as other ground- and space-based resources. In both positions, successful candidates are expected to develop their own research programs based partially on their prior interests and experiences, so both positions require the successful completion of post-doctoral research and demonstration of the capability for independent work. For other job requirements and candidate qualifications, please see the specific postings at

More information on the ICON mission is available at the ICON website:

The two job postings are also available online:

Review of the positions will begin in December with the positions expected to be open until filled.

Questions about these positions should be directed to Thomas Immel, ICON Principal Investigator (, or for Human Resources questions, to Zania Harris, Director of Human Resources at Space Sciences Laboratory (


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