SPA SECTION NEWSLETTER, Volume XXVI, Issue 34

AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION SPA SECTION NEWSLETTER Volume XXVI, Issue 34 Jun.04,2019
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Table of Contents
1. Call for COSPAR Award Nominations
2. Needed: Editors in Chief for JGR: Space Physics and Space Weather
3. MEETING: Joint EISCAT Symposium and 46AM Optical Meeting – Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to 12th June
4. MEETING: “Scintillating Science: Cutting-Edge Science Achieved Through the Observations of Radio Scintillation” Workshop – Final Announcement
5. SESSION: ESWW Session “Geomagnetic Storms: a Geomagnetically Induced Current perspective”
6. JOB OPENING: Research Astrophysicist in ITM Physics at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
7. JOB OPENING: Project Manager Position Available
8. JOB OPENING: Post Doctoral Research Assistant on Space weather Impacts
9. Interested in a Faculty Position in Engineering?
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Announcement Submission Website: goo.gl/forms/qjcm4dDr4g
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Call for COSPAR Award Nominations
From: Janet Luhmann (jgluhman at ssl.berkeley.edu)
Now is a good time to start thinking about making nominations for awards to be presented at the 43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly to be held in Sydney, Australia, 15 – 23 August 2020. A COSPAR award offers an excellent opportunity to acknowledge to the assembled international space science community the outstanding accomplishments of a space scientist.
Information on the various awards, on how to propose candidates for the awards, and the required nomination forms, can be found at the website cosparhq.cnes.fr/awards. Note that the nominations require an official endorsement from a COSPAR affiliate, which can be sent via separate email. The forms can also be requested from the COSPAR Secretariat (cospar@cosparhq.cnes.fr).
Nominations must reach the COSPAR Secretariat by 30 November 2019.
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Needed: Editors in Chief for JGR: Space Physics and Space Weather
From: Jeanette Panning (jpanning at agu.org)
1. Editor in Chief Needed for JGR: Space Physics
AGU is looking for a dynamic, well-organized scientist with high editorial standards and strong leadership skills to serve a 4-year term as the editor in chief for this exciting journal.
The Editor-in-Chief is the principal architect of the scientific content of the journal. The EIC is an active scientist, well-known and well-regarded in her/his discipline. The EIC must be active in soliciting the best science from the best scientists to be published in the journal. Working with the other editors and AGU staff, the EIC is the arbiter of the content of the journal. Among other functions, the EIC is responsible for:
• Act as an ambassador to the author/editor/reviewer/scientist community. • Set the strategy for the journal. • Lead the editor selection process. • Assign and balance review work load. • Decisions of ethics. • Review and contribute to periodic monitoring reports. • Conduct and attend meetings.
Journal Scope JGR: Space Physics is dedicated to the publication of new and original research in the broad field of space science. This embraces aeronomy, magnetospheric physics, planetary atmospheres, ionospheres and magnetospheres, solar and interplanetary physics, cosmic rays, and heliospheric physics. Science that links interactions between space science and other components of the Sun-Earth system are encouraged, as are multidisciplinary and system-level science papers. For more information on the manuscripts that JGR: Space Physics publishes, please read the Aims and Scope.
If you would like to be considered for the Editor in Chief position of JGR: Space Physics, send your curriculum vitae with a letter of interest via email to pubmatters@agu.org. If you would like to nominate a highly qualified colleague, send a letter of recommendation to the same email address. Please make sure that you specify JGR: Space Physics in the subject line of the email. Deadline for applications is 30 June 2019.
2. Editor in Chief Needed for Space Weather
AGU is looking for a dynamic, well-organized scientist with high editorial standards and strong leadership skills to serve a 4-year term as the editor in chief for this exciting journal.
The Editor-in-Chief is the principal architect of the scientific content of the journal. The EIC is an active scientist, well-known and well-regarded in her/his discipline. The EIC must be active in soliciting the best science from the best scientists to be published in the journal. Working with the other editors and AGU staff, the EIC is the arbiter of the content of the journal. Among other functions, the EIC is responsible for:
• Act as an ambassador to the author/editor/reviewer/scientist community. • Set the strategy for the journal. • Lead the editor selection process. • Assign and balance review work load. • Decisions of ethics. • Review and contribute to periodic monitoring reports. • Conduct and attend meetings.
Journal Scope Space Weather: The International Journal of Research and Applications is devoted to understanding and forecasting space weather. The scope of understanding and forecasting includes: origins, propagation and interactions of solar-produced processes within geospace; interactions in Earth’s space-atmosphere interface region produced by disturbances from above and below; influences of cosmic rays on humans, hardware and signals; and comparisons of the these types of interactions and influences with the atmospheres of neighboring planets and Earth’s moon. Manuscripts should emphasize impacts on technical systems including telecommunications, transportation, electric power, satellite navigation, avionics/spacecraft design and operations, human spaceflight, and other systems. Manuscripts that describe models or space environment climatology should clearly state how the results can be applied. Space Weather is a research resource that also provides news and information for space weather professionals.
If you would like to be considered for the Editor in Chief position of Space Weather, send your curriculum vitae with a letter of interest via email to pubmatters@agu.org. If you would like to nominate a highly qualified colleague, send a letter of recommendation to the same email address. Please make sure that you specify Space Weather in the subject line of the email. Deadline for applications is 30 June 2019.
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MEETING: Joint EISCAT Symposium and 46AM Optical Meeting – Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to 12th June
From: Anita Aikio (anita.aikio at oulu.fi)
The joint 19th EISCAT Symposium and 46AM Optical Meeting to be held 19th – 23rd August 2019 in Oulu, Finland, will have five joint sessions, see
www.sgo.fi/Events/EISCAT46AM/prog.php
Submissions related to: Novel Instruments and Methods, Aurora, Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere Studies, Space Weather, Mesosphere, D-region, Airglow, Noctilucent Clouds, Meteors, Active Experiments and Plasma Physics, Aerosols and Clouds, Transient Luminous Events, and Atmospheric Electricity, are encouraged.
Deadline for registration and abstract submission has been extended to 12th June 2019.
Conference web page: www.sgo.fi/Events/EISCAT46AM/index.php Registration and abstracts: www.sgo.fi/Events/EISCAT46AM/reg.php
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MEETING: “Scintillating Science: Cutting-Edge Science Achieved Through the Observations of Radio Scintillation” Workshop – Final Announcement
From: Mario M. Bisi (Mario.Bisi at stfc.ac.uk)
Dear Colleagues.
Not enough scintillating science in your life?
This is our FINAL official announcement for our upcoming “Scintillating Science: Cutting-Edge Science Achieved Through the Observations of Radio Scintillation” focussed/specialist workshop to be held in Hermanus (near Cape Town), South Africa, 15-19 July 2019. This is a great location for an exciting multi-faceted topic and time to get an insight into other aspects of scintillation.
Thus, the workshop will cover all aspects of scintillation from the science (including all the domains in which it can be applied, e.g. ionosphere, heliosphere, interstellar) through to engineering concepts/requirements including all aspects of its theory/modelling. More-detailed themes are being updated on the workshop website before the end of this week. In addition, we are in the process of finalising our invited and scene-setting speakers.
We have EXTENDED the late registration to Friday 14th June 2019 at 16:00UT and also the abstract registration to the same. All the workshop information and links to the registration and abstract submission forms can be found on the workshop website here: tinyurl.com/scintillate-july along with further information about the scope of the workshop and local information.
Best wishes on behalf of the workshop SOC and LOC,
Mario M. Bisi (UKRI STFC RAL Space – SOC Co-Chair) Mike Kosch (SANSA/Lancaster University – SOC Co-Chair/LOC Chair)
Science Organising Committee (SOC): Mario M. Bisi (UKRI STFC RAL Space, UK) (Co-Chair) Michael Kosch (SANSA, South Africa/Lancaster University, UK) (Co-Chair) Richard A. Fallows (ASTRON, NL) Daniel Stinebring (Oberlin College and Conservatory, OH, USA) Anna Bilous (University of Amsterdam, NL) Ue-Li Pen (University of Toronto, ON, Canada) Lucilla Alfonsi (INGV, Italy) Joseph Olwendo (Pwani University, Kenya) Biagio Forte (University of Bath, UK) Tshimangadzo Matamba (SANSA, South Africa) Oyuki Chang (UKRI STFC RAL Space, UK)
Local Organising Committee (LOC): Michael Kosch (SANSA, South Africa/Lancaster University, UK) Lee-Anne McKinnell (SANSA, South Africa) Tshimangadzo Matamba (SANSA, South Africa)
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SESSION: ESWW Session “Geomagnetic Storms: a Geomagnetically Induced Current perspective”
From: Mirko Piersanti (mirko.piersanti at roma2.infn.it) and Roberta Tozzi
Dear Colleagues,
We kindly invite you to contribute to the 16th European Space Weather Week session: Geomagnetic Storms: a Geomagnetically Induced Current perspective, that will be held in Liege, Belgium on 18 – 22 November, 2019, Liège.
The detail about the session are the following:
Conveners: Mirko Piersanti and Roberta Tozzi.
In the highly technological society we are living, the study of Space Weather is becoming increasingly important to protect the use of critical infrastructures both in space and on Earth. A recent USA Government research on the economic impact of a severe geomagnetic storm shows that the potential costs on the USA power grid could be of 1-2 trillion dollars. During a geomagnetic storm, the principal magnetospheric currents and the connected ionospheric currents are intensified causing rapid changes of the geomagnetic field. These variations generate Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GICs) at ground that can disrupt the operation of power grids, magnetic surveying, etc. This session aims to achieve a significant improvement in the global knowledge on the following important open questions: what are the magnetosphere-ionosphere processes driven by Space Weather events responsible for driving extreme GICs? what are the roles played by ionospheric turbulence, ground conductivity and the actual affected networks themselves in amplifying GICs? what are the main parameters/proxies/indices that could be used to forecast the building up of intense GICs? In this session, we invite papers about recent progress and current understanding of the physical processes of GICs, their associated impact on technologies as well as about the innovative use of mathematical methods that could provide new perspectives on GIC related research. Submissions that focus on observations, modelling, and theoretical understanding are all encouraged.
To submit your abstract, you can follow this link: register-as.oma.be/esww16/abstract.php . Please note that deadline for abstract submission is 9 June 2019 (there is no article processing charge)
We are looking forward to see you in Liège!
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JOB OPENING: Research Astrophysicist in ITM Physics at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
From: Douglas Rowland (douglas.e.rowland at nasa.gov)
NASA Goddard’s Sciences and Exploration Directorate, Heliophysics Science Division, ITM Physics Laboratory (Code 675), is seeking a highly skilled individual to provide expertise in the physics of the middle and upper atmosphere (which may include the ionosphere) and related observation and analysis techniques. Experience in “data science” techniques (data assimilation, machine learning, citizen science, data access/visualization tools) is desirable but not required.
Some of the duties of this position include: You will apply scientific methods, including defining scientific problems, planning the approach for study, analyzing data, interpreting results, and documenting findings. You will propose for research funding from sources as PI or co-I for collaborative research. Perform research that is presentable and publishable; research is at the leading edge of knowledge as defined by the appropriate research community. Your research will answer important questions relative to the geospace system, confirm or modify current thinking or theories and lead to significant changes in methods, techniques, processes or practices. You will serve as a team lead for critical scientific problems recognized as exceptionally difficult. You will provide solution of problems at this level represent a major scientific advance of national/international proportions. You will serve as a project/mission scientist, deputy project/mission scientist, team lead, or co-Investigator. You will perform extensive data analysis with mission data sets, providing expertise in defining requirements and resolving scientific, project development, and/or operational issues.
The position is a permanent civil service position at the GS 13-14 level (suitable for early to mid career scientists), and is open to all US Citizens. The duty location is NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. The salary range is $99,172 to $152,352 per year.
The vacancy announcement can be found on USAJOBS: www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/534872900
The application period opens on June 4, 2019, and closes on June 25, 2019.
If you have questions about this position, please contact: Douglas Rowland Chief, ITM Physics Lab NASA Goddard Space Flight Center douglas.e.rowland@nasa.gov (301) 286-6659
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JOB OPENING: Project Manager Position Available
From: Gary P Zank (garyp.zank at gmail.com)
The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is seeking a Project Manager for a large multi-million dollar five-year funded project. The project engages all the AL research universities and is led by UAH. The project will develop an AL-wide research, educational, and workforce development program focused on understanding low-temperature plasma physics with applications in the development of novel materials, as well as in the medical, biological, and agricultural sciences. We are seeking an innovative, creative person with excellent writing and verbal communication skills. The individual should possess some technical background in the sciences with ideally a masters, or PhD degree, or equivalent experience as a Project Manager. Experience should include the corresponding reporting functions typical of federal projects, as well as coordinating projects across multiple environments and locations. Management, supervisory, and delegation skills are essential.
The successful candidate must be willing and able to travel to the seven AL partner institutions several times a year. The Project Manager will also help organize and run a Summer School, an annual meeting, and an Open House event. The Project Manager will report to the Principal Investigator of the project, coordinate and work closely with the Project Management Committee that is comprised of the institutional co-principal investigators.
For more information and to apply, go to:
uah.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=110056
The University of Alabama in Huntsville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer of minorities/ females/ veterans/ disabled.
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JOB OPENING: Post Doctoral Research Assistant on Space weather Impacts
From: Malcolm Dunlop (m.dunlop at rl.ac.uk)
Job Opportunity – Post Doctoral Research Assistant on Space weather Impacts (2 years, full time) We are seeking to fill a 2-year fixed term position within the RAL Space Department (Space Physics and Operations Division).
The successful applicant would undertake research into the behaviour of currents and other forms of magnetospheric/ionospheric behaviour; particularly in response to extreme conditions arising from the influence of the solar wind. The work primarily involves the post-processing and analysing of measurements of the geomagnetic field, both in space and on the Earth’s surface. This post will support the NERC project: Space Weather Impacts on Grounded Systems (SWIGS) and it is expected that a number of team meetings would be attended during the post. SWIGS, is a UK wide consortium involving ten institutes, together with a number of international project partners. Severe space weather impacts the behaviour of electrical currents and electromagnetic fields in the near-Earth and upper atmosphere environments; a consequence of the out-flowing magnetised plasma from the Sun (Solar Wind), and is known to pose a significant hazard to ground based technologies particularly from Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GICs). The consortium will cover a range of aspects covering both external and internal electromagnetic effects (and plasma response) and the PDRA will be expected to focus on research relating to coupling of Ground-Ionosphere-Magnetosphere (GIM) processes. It is expected that the successful applicant will contribute and initiate original research in the form of event-based analysis, surveys and statistical studies, where the outputs of this research will be: scientific publications, presentations and outreach activities.
The Space Department of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL Space) consists of around 200 qualified scientists and engineers organised into six technical divisions and a finance/admin division. RAL Space has well over 40 years of experience in space missions and flight hardware development, with involvement in 200+ missions.
Applicants should ideally have a PhD in physics (focussed on Space Physics and /or Geomagnetism) and would benefit from prior experience in the analysis of spacecraft or ground based data. Interested applicants should provide a cover letter by email, attaching a CV, which includes a short statement of their past experience. Please contact Professor Malcolm Dunlop to apply [malcolm.dunlop@stfc.ac.uk]. The closing date for applications is 27th June 2019, with interviews expected in July.
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Interested in a Faculty Position in Engineering?
From: Morris Cohen (mcohen at gatech.edu)
Georgia Tech is hosting NextProf NEXUS in Atlanta, Oct 2-5, 2019. This workshop – co-organized by GT, University of Michigan, and UC Berkeley – aims to diversify the engineering professoriate by bringing 50-60 senior PhD students and postdocs together for an intensive 3-day bootcamp on the faculty search process, with an emphasis on underrepresented populations.
More information and applications can be submitted at nextprofnexus.engin.umich.edu/
Applications are due June 10. Please help us spread the word to potential participants by: • Nominating senior PhD students, post-docs and recent graduates interested in academic positions • Forwarding this message to potential candidates and encouraging them to apply • Forwarding the message to colleagues at other institutions
NextProf Nexus is a three-day program that is part of a nationwide effort to strengthen and diversify the next generation of academic leaders in engineering. This preeminent event is designed to give participants the opportunity to explore and prepare for a faculty position in academia.
Join a select cohort of diverse engineering Ph.D. students, recent doctoral graduates and top faculty and deans from around the country. NextProf Nexus is inclusive with respect to ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, veteran status, socio economic status, first generation to college status, religion, and nation of origin.
We strongly encourage women and traditionally underrepresented groups at U.S. institutions who are senior-level Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral researchers or early-career scientists and researchers in the field of engineering to apply.
Attendees will leave NextProf with a clear understanding of the academic job market and how to navigate the rigors of first faculty positions. • Meet mentors and future collaborators • Attend panel discussions with successful faculty • Learn about the faculty search process • Prepare for the academic job market • Plan for the rigors of first faculty positions • Understand how to build a successful research program
All costs are covered for accepted applicants. To learn more or to apply, please visit: nextprofnexus.engin.umich.edu/.
Application Deadline: June 10, 2019.
All costs are covered for accepted applicants.
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