SPA SECTION NEWSLETTER, Volume XXV, Issue 64

AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION SPA SECTION NEWSLETTER Volume XXV, Issue 64 Oct.08,2018
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Table of Contents
1. MEETING: Impacts of Solar Spectral Irradiance Variability on Intermediate Timescales
2. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Space Physics
3. JOB OPENING: Open Positions – Space Plasma Group (U. Colorado / LASP)
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Announcement Submission Website: goo.gl/forms/qjcm4dDr4g
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MEETING: Impacts of Solar Spectral Irradiance Variability on Intermediate Timescales
From: James Klimchuk (James.A.Klimchuk at nasa.gov)
At this one-day workshop we will discuss solar spectral irradiance variability with timescales of one to several days, its effects on the terrestrial atmosphere, and consequences for technological systems (communication, drag, etc.). Impacts on other planetary atmospheres will also be considered. Variability on these intermediate timescales is associated with the evolution of solar active regions and the rotation of active regions onto and off of the visible disk. The workshop will not deal with flare-related variability.
The workshop will take place on Sunday, December 9, the day before the fall AGU meeting, in the Washington, DC area, most likely at the Goddard Space Flight Center. If you plan to attend, please contact Jim Klimchuk (James.A.Klimchuk@nasa.gov) or Sam Schonfeld (samuel.schonfeld@nasa.gov) as soon as possible, but no later than Nov. 1. We anticipate a format of discussion inspired by presentations. If you would like to present, please send a title (to be posted) and a brief description (for planning purposes only). Further information will be available on our website: science.gsfc.nasa.gov/670/variability_workshop/
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JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Space Physics
From: Mindy Lipman (postapp19 at astro.princeton.edu)
The Space Physics Group in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, anticipates offering one or more postdoctoral or more senior research positions in the observational study of solar energetic particles (SEPs) and/or Energetic Neutral Atoms (ENAs).
The Space Physics Group carries out research in many aspects of space physics (aka heliophysics), with a strong emphasis on experimental and observational space plasma physics. Among others, the Group currently leads NASA’s Parker Solar Probe (PSP) Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (ISIS) instrument suite, Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission, which launched in 2008, and the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission, which was just selected for development and launch in 2024 to explore the details of particle acceleration and the Sun’s interaction with the local interstellar medium; see spacephysics.princeton.edu/ for more information about the Space Physics Group and its work.
PSP was launched 8/12/2018 on a Delta-IV Heavy rocket and will ultimately go into a solar orbit that passes repeatedly within 9 solar radii from the Sun’s surface for the first time (prior measurements only extend in to ~65 solar radii). ISIS is poised to make revolutionary measurements of SEPs down in the corona and throughout the inner heliosphere. In parallel, IBEX made the first, and continues to make periodic, all-sky maps of heliospheric ENAs; these observations are enabling revolutionary new understanding of the outer heliosphere and its interaction with the very local interstellar medium.
The successful candidate(s) will play a major role in the analysis and publication of SEP observations from ISIS and/or ENA observations from IBEX and must have both significant prior experience analyzing these type(s) of particle data and the proven ability to lead and participate in the rapid development and publication of numerous excellent research articles. A Ph.D. is required in physics, astrophysics, space science, or a closely related field.
Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance and continued funding, with the expectation of up to three years. The expected start date is January 1, 2019, though other starting dates may be negotiated.
Interested persons must apply online at www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/8881 and submit a curriculum vitae, bibliography, a statement of research interests, and provide contact information for three references. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by November 1, 2018 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled. For further inquiries, contact dmccomasATprinceton.edu.
These positions are subject to the University’s background check policy.
Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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JOB OPENING: Open Positions – Space Plasma Group (U. Colorado / LASP)
From: David Malaspina (David.Malaspina at lasp.colorado.edu)
The Space Plasma Group at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), University of Colorado, Boulder (CU), is seeking to fill at least two research positions. Applicants at the level of RS-I (post-doctoral), RS-II (research scientist), or RS-III (senior research scientist) will be considered.
Research duties include conducting studies of plasma physics phenomena using MAVEN data (Martian solar wind / ionosphere interactions), Parker Solar Probe data (near-Sun solar wind), and/or MMS data (magnetic reconnection in the Earth’s magnetosphere). The focus of these studies will be utilizing spacecraft fields and particle data to understand physical phenomena.
The CU/LASP Space Plasma Group conducts a diverse research program encompassing data analysis, simulation, and theoretical studies of space plasma physics in a variety of environments, including planetary magnetospheres and ionospheres as well as the solar wind. The group maintains a robust space instrumentation program.
Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Reference Letters, Unofficial transcript(s). The cover letter should indicate which project the applicant is applying to work with and outline the contributions that the applicant envisions making to that project.
For more information, please contact: David.Malaspina@lasp.colorado.edu
Detailed instructions for submitting an application are here:
jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/?jobId=13535
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