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1. Invitation to Join Whole Heliosphere & Planetary Interactions Campaigns
2. Monday Science Telecon, December 17
3. JOB OPENING: Post Doctoral Fellow – Magnetospheric Physics at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
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Invitation to Join Whole Heliosphere & Planetary Interactions Campaigns
From: Sarah Gibson (sgibson at
It’s solar minimum. In the tradition of Whole Sun Month (1996) and Whole Heliosphere Interval (2008), it’s time for Whole Heliosphere & Planetary Interactions (2019) – WHPI!
Goal? A coordinated observing and modeling effort to characterize the three-dimensional interconnected solar-heliospheric-planetary system. By focussing on specific solar rotations near solar minimum, structures and activity can be unambiguously traced throughout the heliosphere and into planetary space environments.
When? 3 target intervals: Jul 2019 – Solar eclipse Sep 2019 – Parker Solar Probe at perihelion Dec 2019 – Parker Solar Probe Venus flyby
Who? Everyone is welcome – it’s a grassroots effort. Sign up – we will have telecons and workshops to coordinate analyses. See for further details.
Monday Science Telecon, December 17
From: David Sibeck (david.g.sibeck at
At 3:00 PM EST on Monday (December 17), we plan to hold the next in our ongoing series of science telecons. The speaker this Monday will be Naritosh Kitamura from the University of Tokyo. The topic will be “Direct measurements of two-way wave-particle energy transfer between EMIC waves and ions in the outermagnetosphere”.
The telecom will be broadcast live via webex. If you would like to join, please go to, search for the ‘Dayside Science’ meeting (Meeting number: 800 461 770), enter your name and contact information, and then the meeting password, which is Substorm1!
To hear the audio, do not dial the number that pops up on the webex website. Instead, please dial the following toll-free (in the United States) number: 1-844-467-6272 with passcode 901533
Please remember to mute your telephone if you are not speaking.
Looking forward to speaking with you.
JOB OPENING: Post Doctoral Fellow – Magnetospheric Physics at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
From: Ian Cohen (Ian.Cohen at
The Space Physics Group (SRP) of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Space Exploration Sector is conducting a search for a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Particles & Planetary Section. The Particles & Planetary Section research aims to understand the dynamics of planetary magnetospheres through novel instrument development, advanced modeling, and innovative data analysis methods. To this end, the Section conducts cutting-edge research in magnetospheric physics, with particular expertise in the dynamics of charged particles and energetic neutrals. The Section members possess considerable experience in advanced data analytics, modeling, instrument development, systems engineering, and project management. The Section scientists play science leadership roles in several ongoing and future space missions, including MMS, Juno, Cassini, JUICE, Europa Clipper, and IMAP.
The Postdoctoral Fellow will be involved in research of magnetospheric energetic particle dynamics using data primarily from the NASA Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, presenting and publishing the research findings at international conferences and in the peer-reviewed journals, as well as participating and leading NASA and NSF grant proposals.
For further details please contact Ian Cohen ( or Barry Mauk ( Interested applicants can submit their applications online at the following link:
Job Summary: The research position focuses on data analysis to investigate energetic particle dynamics in planetary magnetospheres, potentially including acceleration and transport processes, particle response to dipolarization and injections, and energetic particle escape. The candidate will work primarily with data from NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission in partnership with staff in the group with expertise energetic particle dynamics and data analysis. The successful candidate would be expected to publish original research in peer-reviewed journals and present at scientific conferences, as well as team with SRP staff to pursue external support for continued research relating to past, ongoing, and future missions.
Expected Duties: 1. Analyze and interpret data regarding the physics of planetary magnetospheres using particle and other data from orbiting spacecraft, present findings at scientific conferences and write scientific articles. Initially the focus will be on data from the MMS mission at Earth. (80%) 2. Participate in particle instrument operations during the science phases of spacecraft missions in the area of science planning, science planning trade studies, data processing oversight, and data display and tool development. Initially, the focus will be on the MMS mission. (10%) 3. Lead and/or assist with grant and project proposals to NASA and other funding agencies. (5%) 4. Participate with the development of space physics instrumentation (with an initial preference for those that measure charged particles) and eventually take the lead on developments of his/her own. (5%)
Required Qualifications: • PhD in Physics (or a related field) with research background applicable to space physics; or the demonstrated equivalent experience • The applicant must have published first author scientific papers in a peer-reviewed journal and contributed to other scientific articles, must have a demonstrated ability to give quality scientific presentations, and demonstrated the skills necessary to write quality papers and grant proposals.
Desired Qualifications: • The applicant should have in-depth knowledge of space plasma physics including acceleration transport and loss mechanisms of energetic and suprathermal particles in planetary magnetospheres. • The applicant should have a working knowledge of data display and analysis packages comparable to IDL (preferred), Python, Matlab, or equivalent. • Demonstrated understanding of the workings of space particle instruments, and ability to analyze their performances with computer algorithms and other tools.
Special Working Conditions: Travel to mission project meetings and to scientific meetings is required.
Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at
Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.
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