Table of Contents
1. JGR-Space Physics Editor Blog Monthly Highlights
2. New Preliminary Proposal Due Date for NSF 19-530 Ideas Lab: Cross-cutting Initiative in CubeSat Innovations
3. MEETING: 2019 L5 Consortium Meeting, October 1-3, 2019, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA
4. Monday Science Telecon, Feb 4
5. JOB OPENING: Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Space Environment Physics
6. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Magnetohydrodynamics/Solar Physics at the University of Dundee (UK)
Announcement Submission Website:
JGR-Space Physics Editor Blog Monthly Highlights
From: Mike Liemohn (liemohn at
There are two AGU positions open right now for which senior space physicists could apply. The first is Chair of the Fall AGU Meeting Program Committee and the other is for the Founding Editor in Chief position of AGU’s newest journal, AGU Advances.
January 7: a few words about my final year as JGR Space EiC
January 31: Chair of the Fall AGU Meeting Program Committee
January 31: AGU Advances EiC position
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New Preliminary Proposal Due Date for NSF 19-530 Ideas Lab: Cross-cutting Initiative in CubeSat Innovations
From: Irfan Azeem (sazeem at
The due date of preliminary proposals for Ideas Lab: Cross-cutting Initiative in CubeSat Innovations solicitation (NSF 19-530) has been changed from 8 February, 2019 to 12 February, 2019 due to the recent partial Federal government shutdown.
The Ideas Lab for CubeSat Innovation is intended to identify critical opportunities for investment that will significantly advance the state-of-the-art of CubeSat engineering and technology to achieve the enhanced operational functionality of constellations or swarms in a cost-effective manner, thereby transforming the scope and execution of CubeSat scientific missions. The goal of this Ideas Lab is to identify, explore, and address the major technology and related barriers to the conception and development of innovative science missions that would benefit from constellations and swarms of CubeSats, and to formulate, design, develop and demonstrate novel, transformative and cost-effective technological solutions to realize these missions. The proposed approaches may be risky, with a significant possibility of failure, but with the potential to rapidly and significantly advance the CubeSat technology and scientific applications and missions.
This Ideas Lab is organized by the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) in the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), the Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), and the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) and the Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC) in the Directorate for Engineering (ENG).
MEETING: 2019 L5 Consortium Meeting, October 1-3, 2019, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA
From: Nat Gopalswamy (nat.gopalswamy at
First Announcement
The L5 consortium is an informal group of scientists that has been promoting science missions to Sun-Earth Lagrange points and other off-the-Sun-Earth-line viewpoints since 2010. The most recent meeting was held in Göttingen, Germany in October 2017 ( The next Consortium meeting will be held this fall during October 1-3, 2019 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. The goal of the Consortium meetings has been to address open questions in heliophysics using future missions from vantage points located off the Sun-Earth line.
The benefits and measurements of such missions are many: (1) magnetograms obtained from multiple viewpoints can improve the surface magnetic field distribution used as input to models that predict the background solar wind and, together with helioseismology, allow us to study the evolution of active regions for longer periods of time from multiple perspectives, (2) helioseismology from Sun-Earth line and other viewpoints will improve the coverage of the surface and thereby improve our ability to study the solar interior as well as allow us to perform stereoscopic seismology in the overlap region, (3) coronagraphic and wide-field observations off the Sun-Earth line can readily distinguish back- and front-side CMEs without locating the coronal source and provide better estimates of the true CME speed, which is an important model input for forecasting Earth-arrival times and geoeffectiveness of CMEs, (4) a combination of EUV, coronagraph, and heliospheric imaging can track the CME-shock complex and CME-CME interactions from the Sun all the way to 1-AU for shock/flux-rope evolution studies, (5) in situ particle and field instruments will measure CIRs when they reach the L5 point a few days before they arrive at Earth, and hence provide significant lead time before CIR arrival, (6) L5 observations can provide advance knowledge of CME and CIR source regions (active regions and coronal holes) rotating into Earth view, (7) Energetic particle detection at multiple locations (L5 in combination with L1 and/or L4) is essential in gaining insight into the widespread nature of SEP events, especially in the energy range 300 MeV – 2 GeV that was not measured by STEREO, and (8) a high-latitude mission can measure the polar field and flows, which are key parameters in predicting the strength of the following solar cycle.
The Consortium meeting at Stanford will involve discussion on all these topics: science, missions, and instruments. More details will become available at the web site:
Phil Scherrer, Todd Hoeksema (Stanford) Nat Gopalswamy, Nick Arge (NASA/GSFC) Neal Hurlburt, Wei Liu (Lockheed)
Monday Science Telecon, Feb 4
From: David Sibeck (david.g.sibeck at
At 12:00 noon EST on Monday (February 4), we plan to hold the next in our ongoing series of science telecons. The speaker this Monday will be Taylor Cameron from University of Calgary. The topic will be “Using mutual information to determine geoeffectiveness of solar wind phase fronts with different front orientation”.
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: Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Space Environment Physics
From: Sasha Koustov, Glenn Hussey (sasha.koustov at
The Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Canada) is pleased to invite applications for a tenured Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Space Environment Physics. The Tier I Canada Research Chair program ( selection criteria requires nominees to be outstanding and innovative researchers recognized internationally as leaders in their fields. The successful candidate is expected to have a track record of leading a vibrant externally-funded research program and demonstrate excellence in graduate student and postdoctoral fellow supervision. He/she will conduct a vigorous research program in space physics with a focus on synergistic measurements and model studies of the electrodynamical processes in the Earth’s ionosphere and magnetosphere. The observational part of the program can encompass ground-based remote sensing of the ionosphere and magnetosphere and/or particles and fields measurements of the near-Earth space. Applicants must have experience at the Full or Associate Professor level in a relevant field. The successful applicant will be appointed as a tenured faculty member at the Full Professor or Associate Professor level and will be nominated for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. The current research expertise in solar-terrestrial physics at the Department has a strong focus on ground-based radar sensing of the ionosphere and magnetosphere (SuperDARN).
This position includes a comprehensive benefits package. The University of Saskatchewan is committed to supporting employees in need of accommodation in an employment context. All qualified candidates, Canadian and other nationalities are encouraged to apply. The University encourages applications from members of the four designated equity groups (women, members of a visible minority, Indigenous persons, and persons with disabilities). Review of applications will begin in February 2019; however, applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2019.
For questions related to this position or the selection process, please contact Tom Steele (Department Head) at or (306) 966-6427.
For more information:
JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Magnetohydrodynamics/Solar Physics at the University of Dundee (UK)
From: David Pontin (d.i.pontin at
Applications are invited for a three-year postdoctoral research position in the area of Solar Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD). The position is available to work on a project within an STFC consolidated grant. The project aims to assess the contribution of interchange reconnection to accelerating and structuring slow solar wind. This will involve analysis of the 3D magnetic field topology of the Sun’s corona and designing and performing large-scale MHD simulations of interchange reconnection processes.
The project will be carried out in the MHD group at the University of Dundee, and in collaboration with colleagues at Durham University and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Further details about our group in Dundee can be found here:
The ideal candidate will have a good knowledge of MHD and solar physics and will have extensive experience in either one or both of the following: (i) computational MHD/hydrodynamics, (ii) mathematical modelling of plasmas or fluids. Experience in solar physics observations would also be beneficial. Applicants must hold a PhD in solar physics, plasma physics or applied mathematics by the start of the project.
The position is available for three years, with earliest start date being April 1st 2019. The starting salary will be on Grade 7 of the UK Universities’ pay scale, around GBP 32-35K, depending on experience.
For further details, or to make an application, please go to
Closing date: 28th February. Informal enquiries can be directed to Prof David Pontin
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