SPA SECTION NEWSLETTER, Volume XXVI, Issue 36

AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION SPA SECTION NEWSLETTER Volume XXVI, Issue 36 Jun.11,2019
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Table of Contents
1. MEETING: 2019 LPMR Workshop – Call for Abstracts
2. MEETING: SHINE 2019 – Registration Open
3. SESSION: SHINE 2019 – Session #6: Achievements and Challenges of Machine Learning and Data Assimilation for Analysis and Prediction of Solar Activity
4. Monday Science Telecon, June 17, 2019
5. CALL FOR PAPERS: Equatorial Aeronomy: New Results from the 15th International Symposium on Equatorial Aeronomy (ISEA-15) and Beyond
6. JOB OPENING: Senior Vice President of Science, USRA
7. JOB OPENING: NASA SMD Program Scientist (Application Deadline: June 14, 2019)
8. JOB OPENING: Assistant Researcher at the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles (EPSS/UCLA)
9. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Research Position in Space Plasma Physics at the University of Arizona
10. JOB OPENING: PhD Positions at UiB – Still Time to Apply
11. JOB OPENING: PhD Position in Geomagnetism at GFZ, Potsdam, Germany
12. Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships Autumn 2017
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Announcement Submission Website: goo.gl/forms/qjcm4dDr4g
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MEETING: 2019 LPMR Workshop – Call for Abstracts
From: Brentha Thurairajah (brenthat at vt.edu)
LPMR Workshop September 30- October 4, 2019 www.cpe.vt.edu/lpmr
Dear Colleagues,
We invite you to consider submitting an abstract to the 14th International Workshop on Layered Phenomena in the Mesopause Region (LPMR) which will be held in Williamsburg, Virginia. The dates of the workshop are October 1-4, 2019 with a welcome reception on the evening of September 30, 2019.
Abstract submission: www.cpe.vt.edu/lpmr/abstracts.html
The goal of this meeting is to advance our understanding of ice layers in the region of the mesopause and the environment in which they form. Sessions include (but are not limited to):
*Studies of the MLT, PMC, NLC, PMSE, PMWE *Ice microphysics *Atmospheric Waves (Gravity Waves, Planetary Waves, Tides) *Airglow and radiation *Metal layers *Solar cycle and trend
Please visit the meeting website for a detailed program description, abstract submission, registration, and logistical information: www.cpe.vt.edu
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We are looking forward to seeing you in Virginia!
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MEETING: SHINE 2019 – Registration Open
From: Teresa Nieves-Chinchilla (teresa.nieves-chinchil-1 at nasa.gov)
The registration for the 2019 SHINE workshop is open. SHINE will take place from August 5th to August 9th (student day August 4th) in Boulder, CO at the Millennium Harvest House. The scientific program (24 sessions) and details about the registration and abstract submission processes are listed in the SHINE website (shinecon.org/CurrentMeeting.php). Rooms are available at the rate of $129/night before fees and taxes. The registration fee includes one poster per person, no additional posters are allowed.
Important deadlines : Deadline for abstract submission: June 15th, 2019 Hotel Reservation Deadline: July 1st, 2019
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SESSION: SHINE 2019 – Session #6: Achievements and Challenges of Machine Learning and Data Assimilation for Analysis and Prediction of Solar Activity
From: Viacheslav M Sadykov (vsadykov at njit.edu)
Dear Colleagues, please join us for the session “Achievements and Challenges of Machine Learning and Data Assimilation for Analysis and Prediction of Solar Activity” at the SHINE Workshop 2019 (August 5 – 9, Boulder CO). The main focus of the proposed session is to discuss recent results in machine learning and data assimilation applications, share the knowledge and experience within the SHINE community, and to understand the current demand for cross-disciplinary approaches to tackle problems of analysis, modeling, and prediction of solar activity from the solar interior to heliosphere. In particular, the following questions are planned to be discussed:
1) What are the current challenges in application of machine learning and data assimilation techniques for prediction of solar and heliospheric phenomena?
2) What are the applicability and limitations of machine learning methods for analysis of multidimensional heliophysics data sets? What new features/approaches need to be developed?
3) How can we link machine learning and numerical simulations for understanding of underlying physical processes and development of physics-based forecasts?
Session details: “Achievements and Challenges of Machine Learning and Data Assimilation for Analysis and Prediction of Solar Activity”, August 8th (Thursday), 14:15 – 17:15 pm. Detailed description is available at: shinecon.org/shine2019/session2019.php#session6
Invited scene-setting speakers: Manolis Georgoulis, Mark Cheung
Organizers: Viacheslav Sadykov, Irina Kitiashvili
Abstract deadline: June 15, 2019.
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Monday Science Telecon, June 17, 2019
From: David Sibeck (david.g.sibeck at nasa.gov)
At 12:00 noon EST on Monday (June 17), we plan to hold the next in our ongoing series of science telecons. The speaker this Monday will be Homayon Aryan from the University of Sheffield, UK. The topic will be “Magnetosonic wave observations by Cluster satellites”.
The telecom will be broadcast live via webex. If you would like to join, please go to uclaigpp.webex.com/ and enter the Meeting number: 280 328 066 (‘Dayside Science meeting). Please type 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.
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Equatorial Aeronomy: New Results from the 15th International Symposium on Equatorial Aeronomy (ISEA-15) and Beyond
From: Duggirala Pallam Raju, Claudia Stolle, Endawoke Yizengaw, Marco Milla (raju at prl.res.in)
Equatorial Aeronomy is the area of research that is focused on investigations of electrodynamic and neutral processes, and ion-neutral interactions that are prevalent over low latitudes. Due to the interaction between the neutrals and plasmas with the horizontally directed geomagnetic field several unique phenomena are generated in this region. These are the equatorial electrojet, the equatorial ionization and neutral mass anomalies with associated temperature and wind anomalies, and equatorial spread-F, among others. The strengths of these phenomena are modulated during major events in the low and middle atmosphere, such as sudden stratospheric warmings, or during geomagnetic storms. Strong plasma density gradients, that are characteristic of low-latitudes, including post-sunset plasma irregularities, may severely affect trans-ionospheric radio wave propagation from radar to navigational (such as GPS, Galileo, and other) signals. Knowledge on processes in the equatorial upper atmosphere and ionosphere provides fundamental understanding of space physics, and is crucial to quantify consequences to societal applications, e.g., satellite orbit evolution and radio wave scintillations. Beside a comprehensive array of ground-based instrumentation to monitor the equatorial upper atmosphere, several satellite missions dedicated to Aeronomy have been in operation and/ or are on the horizon.
The 15th International Symposium on Equatorial Aeronomy (ISEA-15) was held in October 2018 in Ahmedabad, India, where researchers in the fields of upper atmosphere, ionosphere and magnetosphere discussed recent findings and identified topics for future research in Equatorial Aeronomy. This special issue in Journal of Geophysical Research Space-Physics especially invites contributions resulting from presentations and discussions during ISEA-15. Additionally, highly relevant papers on the topic of Equatorial Aeronomy are welcome.
Last date for submission of Manuscript(s) is: 31 July 2019 Use the link: jgr-spacephysics-submit.agu.org/cgi-bin/main.plex to submit your manuscript and in the drop down menu for special section, please chose: “Equatorial Aeronomy: New results from the 15th International Symposium on Equatorial Aeronomy (ISEA-15) and beyond”
Special Section Organizers: Duggirala Pallam Raju, PRL, India Claudia Stolle, GFZ, Germany Endawoke Yizengaw, BC, USA Marco Milla, JRO, Peru
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JOB OPENING: Senior Vice President of Science, USRA
From: Linda Parker (lparker at usra.edu)
Universities Space Research Association (USRA) in Columbia, MD is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Senior Vice President of Science. USRA is a private, nonprofit corporation founded in 1969 under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences. USRA’s chartered purpose is the development and application of space- related science, technology and engineering.
The Senior Vice President (SVP), Science will lead USRA’s Science organization, which consists of institutes and programs in astrophysics, lunar and planetary science, Earth sciences, and education. The SVP is responsible for all aspects of program operations, including technical performance, subcontractor oversight, personnel management, safety, ethical standards, compliance with all laws and regulations, and financial performance. The Science organization at USRA employs roughly 300 full-time staff at various locations. The SVP is responsible for the continued operation and long-term growth of the Science organization and for working collaboratively with USRA’s Technology organization, led by a separate SVP.
For additional information, or to submit an application, please visit:
usra-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&jobid=916
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JOB OPENING: NASA SMD Program Scientist (Application Deadline: June 14, 2019)
From: Jared Leisner (jared.s.leisner at nasa.gov)
SMD will fill multiple GS-1301-14/15 AST, Science Program Management (Program Scientist) positions in the Earth Science Division, Heliophysics Division, Planetary Science Division, Astrophysics Division, or Front Office.
This will be a Direct Hire Authority (DHA) announcement through USAJOBS, so it will only be open for 5 days. The short period that the announcement is open is due to the type of hiring authority, which streamlines the hiring process and assists with rapidly filling competitive positions.
The announcement is open to the public and all federal employees in the competitive service.
www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/536123800
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JOB OPENING: Assistant Researcher at the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles (EPSS/UCLA)
From: Anton Artemyev (aartemyev at igpp.ucla.edu)
EPSS/UCLA seeks an Assistant Researcher Research Scientist. The position will support research in Earth’s magnetotail dynamics and/or nonlinear wave-particle interaction. The focus of these studies will be to conduct observational studies of particles and fields (e.g. THEMIS, MMS, Van Allen Probes, ARTEMIS) in order to interpret and understand the underlying plasma physics involved. Therefore the incumbent is expected to demonstrate experience with spacecraft data analysis and plasma physics theory. The appointment is expected to start in August 2019, although exact start date is flexible. PhD in physics or related fields is required. Work is to be carried out in collaboration with Dr. Andrei Runov, Dr. Anton Artemyev, Dr. Xiaojia Zhang and Prof. Vassilis Angelopoulos.
Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, cover letter, statement of research (max 1 page), and 3 references (including names and contact information): recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF04648
Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Andrei Runov (arunov@igpp.ucla.edu) & Dr. Anton Artemyev (aartemyev@igpp.ucla.edu)
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscriminatioHarassmentAffirmAction
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JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Research Position in Space Plasma Physics at the University of Arizona
From: Kristopher Klein, Joe Giacalone (kgklein at email.arizona.edu)
The University of Arizona (UA) seeks applications for two to three postdoctoral research positions in the Solar and Heliospheric Research Group at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL). Appointments are initially for one year, and renewable depending on mutual agreement and availability of funds. The positions are to conduct research in the general areas of solar-energetic particles, pickup ions and cosmic rays, solar wind turbulence, plasma instabilities, and the global structure of the solar and heliospheric magnetic field. Specific research projects for these positions include: (a) the physics of transport of high-energy solar nuclei from the Sun to the Earth and comparison with neutron monitor observations, (b) the role of plasma instabilities in the large scale evolution of the solar wind using numerical modeling and comparison with Wind and Parker Solar Probe observations, and (c) the physics of transport and acceleration of solar energetic particles in support of UA/LPL activities associated with Parker Solar Probe.
Candidates should have a recent PhD in physics, ideally plasma or space physics, or from a related field. Aptitude in programming and/or data analysis as well as a background in plasma and/or space physics are preferred.
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and CV, as well as contact information for at least three references to the job posting at uacareers.com/postings/38799 Applications will be reviewed starting on a rolling basis, with the position remaining open until filled.
Inquires about the position should be directed to Joe Giacalone at giacalon@lpl.arizona.edu or Kristopher Klein at kgklein@lpl.arizona.edu. Additional information about the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and the University of Arizona can be found at www.lpl.arizona.edu.
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JOB OPENING: PhD Positions at UiB – Still Time to Apply
From: Karl M Laundal (Karl.Laundal at uib.no)
Two PhD positions in the field of space science are available at the Birkeland Centre for Space Science, University in Bergen, Norway. Each position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years.
The PhD candidates will work in group 1 of the Birkeland Centre for Space Science (birkeland.uib.no/research/asymmetric-geospace/). The main research questions of this group are “Why is geospace asymmetric?” and “What are the important temporal and spatial scales of geospace dynamics?” The PhD projects will be part of this work and will focus on data analyses, using measurements from satellites and ground stations. Magnetic field measurements from ESA’s Swarm satellites, the Iridium satellite constellation, and the SuperMAG ground magnetometer network will be particularly relevant. A specific PhD program will be defined in consultation with the selected candidates.
The application deadline is 20 June. For more information about the positions and how to apply, see www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/168487/phd-position-in-space-physics
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JOB OPENING: PhD Position in Geomagnetism at GFZ, Potsdam, Germany
From: Foteini Vervelidou (foteini at gfz-potsdam.de)
The Geomagnetism Section at GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences invites applications for a 3 years PhD position.
To submit an application use the following link: gfz-potsdam.concludis.de/prj/shw/d8bf84be3800d12f74d8b05e9b89836f_0/2650/PhD_Position_in_Geomagnetism.htm?lang=en_GB
Deadline for the submission of applications is 30th of June.
The topic: Bayesian inversion for a global lithospheric magnetic field model based on satellite magnetic field measurements
The position is a 3 years PhD position and is funded in the framework of the DFG (German Research Foundation) priority program “Dynamic Earth”, SPP1788: www.spp-dynamicearth.de/
Studying Earth’s lithospheric magnetic field is an effective way to infer information about the composition, structure and tectonic evolution of Earth’s lithosphere. The aim of this project is to develop a global lithospheric magnetic field model that will be broadly used by the scientific community. It will be based on satellite magnetic field measurements from the CHAMP and Swarm missions and supported by data from the AMPERE satellite project. Particular weight will be placed on methodological advances concerning two current challenges in lithospheric magnetic field modeling: i) how to reduce leakage of ionospheric and magnetospheric origin into the model, especially over the polar regions, and ii) how to achieve a robust estimate of the model’s uncertainties. This high-performance model is expected to lead to significant advances in the study of Earth’s magnetic environment and Earth’s lithosphere. The PhD candidate will be co-supervised in the fields of geomagnetism, satellite data processing and inversion techniques by scientists of GFZ and University of Potsdam. Applicants should upload a letter of motivation, a CV and a copy of the certificate (Master’s degree or equivalent) that qualifies them for a PhD position and ask two referees to send a letter of recommendation to foteini@gfz-potsdam.de by the deadline.
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Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships Autumn 2017
From: David H. Smith (dhsmith at nas.edu)
The goal of the Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internship is to provide promising undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to work in the area of civil space research policy in the nation’s capital, under the aegis of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Space Science Board. The autumn program is open to undergraduate and graduate students. The deadline for applications has been extended to 1 July. Candidate(s) selected for will be contacted no later than 1 August. Additional information about the program, including application procedure, can be found at sites.nationalacademies.org/SSB/SSB_052239.
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