SPA SECTION NEWSLETTER, Volume XXVI, Issue 8

AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION SPA SECTION NEWSLETTER Volume XXVI, Issue 8 Feb.05,2019
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Table of Contents
1. NASA SMD Virtual Town Hall – 2pm (EST) 2/7/19
2. NSF Mid-scale Research Infrastructure Webinars
3. MEETING: The Plasma Physics of the Magnetosphere, Bra-Pollenzo, Italy, June 3-7, 2019
4. MEETING: EISCAT Symposium, 46AM Optical Meeting and Radar School, Finland, August 2019
5. MEETING: LPMR Workshop 2019, October 1-4, 2019, Williamsburg, Virginia
6. SESSION: JpGU 2019 Meeting Session P-EM10 “Multi-scale Coupling in the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere System”
7. Appointment of Division Director for NSF’s Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS)
8. Three PhD Students in Space Physics
9. JOB OPENING: Assistant Professor, Space Plasma Physics, U. Colorado
10. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Associate Position at ERAU
11. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Positions in Space Physics
12. JOB OPENING: Research Engineer in Space Plasma Data Treatment, Laboratory of Plasma Physics, Palaiseau, France
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Editor’s Note: This issue includes the announcements posted in the SPA Newsletter on January 23 due to the distribution problem on that day.
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NASA SMD Virtual Town Hall – 2pm (EST) 2/7/19
From: Nicola Fox (nicola.j.fox at nasa.gov)
Please join NASA Science Mission Directorate leadership for a virtual community town hall on Thursday, February 7 at 2pm ET. We will provide updates on activities related to the recent government shutdown and return to normal operations.
The town hall will be broadcast via Webex at: nasaenterprise.webex.com/nasaenterprise/onstage/g.php?MTID=e55d48e0943eab2a401edcbe736e50dc7. Audio-only participation is available by calling 1-415-527-5035 and providing access code 909 356 091.
For those who cannot join in person, a recording of the town hall will be available on the NASA Science website (science.nasa.gov) after the meeting concludes.
Questions may be submitted in advance at: arc.cnf.io/sessions/m19e/#!/dashboard.
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NSF Mid-scale Research Infrastructure Webinars
From: Michael Wiltberger (mwiltber at nsf.gov)
Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure Webinars
Event: Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure (MSRI) Solicitation Webinar 1 Date/Time: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 1:00pm – 3:30pm Eastern Time
· URL: nsf2.webex.com/nsf2/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3c75de20294f3b3c2f5be1eca7373e57 · Event Number: 905 736 409 · Event Password: MSRi2019! · For audio: USA/Canada dial Toll-free 1-888-810-8157 or Toll 1-517-308-9111 and enter passcode: 2257298 or connect to computer streaming audio at URL: event.on24.com/wcc/r/1930443-1/AA3E23EBED14CD18EC829543DD37FF7D . · Captions: View real-time captions at: www.fedrcc.us/ by clicking “Join Now” and entering event ID 3913943. · Questions: Please submit questions via WebEx Q&A during the webinar.
Event: Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure (MSRI) Solicitation Webinar 2 Date/Time: Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 1:00pm – 3:30pm Eastern Time
· URL: nsf2.webex.com/nsf2/onstage/g.php?MTID=e4e711f1a5503470e9f69a23a0cfe68e9 · Event number: 909 040 994 · Event Password: MSRi2019! · For audio: USA/Canada dial Toll-free 1-888-810-8157 or Toll 1-517-308-9111 and enter passcode: 2257298 or connect to computer streaming audio at URL: event.on24.com/wcc/r/1930443-1/AA3E23EBED14CD18EC829543DD37FF7D . · Captions: View real-time captions at: www.fedrcc.us/ by clicking “Join Now” and entering event ID 3913947. · Questions: Please submit questions via WebEx Q&A during the webinar.
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MEETING: The Plasma Physics of the Magnetosphere, Bra-Pollenzo, Italy, June 3-7, 2019
From: Gian Luca Delzanno, Joe Borovsky, Mick Denton, Pablo Moya, Marina Stepanova, Juan Valdivia (delzanno at lanl.gov)
“The Plasma Physics of the Magnetosphere” conference will be held at Agenzia di Pollenzo in Bra-Pollenzo, Italy from June 3rd-7th 2019. The conference is aimed to be highly interactive with a mix of talks and audience-participation discussions. More details can be found at gemelli.spacescience.org/mdenton/italy_workshop/
IMPORTANT DEADLINES: – March 15th 2019: deadline for early-bird registration free – March 31st 2019: deadline for abstracts – May 3rd 2019: final deadline for registration fee
We hope to see you in Italy!
Gian Luca Delzanno, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA, delzanno@lanl.gov Joe Borovsky, Space Science Institute, USA, jborovsky@SpaceScience.org, Mike Denton, Space Science Institute, USA, mdenton@spacescience.org Pablo Moya, Universidad de Chile, pablo.moya@ug.uchile.cl Marina Stepanova, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile, marina.stepanova@usach.cl Juan Alejandro Valdivia, Universidad de Chile, alejo@macul.ciencias.uchile.cl
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MEETING: EISCAT Symposium, 46AM Optical Meeting and Radar School, Finland, August 2019
From: Thomas Ulich (thomas.ulich at sgo.fi)
The 19th International EISCAT Symposium and the 46th Annual European Meeting on Atmospheric Studies by Optical Methods (46AM, also known as “The Optical Meeting”) will be held jointly at the University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland, from 19th to 23rd August 2019. The joint conference will be preceded by the International EISCAT Incoherent Scatter Radar School, which will take place 12th to 17th August 2019 at Pikku Syote, some 145 km east of Oulu.
Registration information for both meetings will be published in February.
For more information on both events, please refer to the following web pages:
46AM and EISCAT Symposium: www.sgo.fi/Events/EISCAT46AM
Radar School: www.sgo.fi/Events/RS2019
Welcome!
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MEETING: LPMR Workshop 2019, October 1-4, 2019, Williamsburg, Virginia
From: Brentha Thurairajah (brenthat at vt.edu)
Dear Colleagues,
We are pleased to announce the dates of the next Layered Phenomena in the Mesopause Region (LPMR) workshop. The meeting will be held at the Woodlands Hotel and Suites in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. The dates are October 1 through October 4, 2019 with a welcome reception on September 30. Further details will be coming shortly. We very much look forward to seeing you there.
LPMR 2019 conference conveners,
Scott Bailey, Jim Russell, Brentha Thurairajah, and Franz-Josef Lübken
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SESSION: JpGU 2019 Meeting Session P-EM10 “Multi-scale Coupling in the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere System”
From: Yue Deng (yuedeng at uta.edu)
We would like to invite you to submit abstracts to P-EM10 session of JpGU 2019 meeting at Chiba, Japan during May 26-30, 2019. The abstract submission is due on Feb 19th, 2019. Followed please find the detailed information of the session. Thanks.
P-EM10: Multi-scale Coupling in the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere System
Determining the effects of energy deposition and transport, and momentum exchange across different spatial and temporal scales is an important objective in the M-I-T system, due to the clear evidence of multi-scale forcing. Coupling over multiple scales is also a critical challenge since observational and modeling methodologies for bridging different scales do not presently exist. This session solicits presentations on a wide range of coupling processes in the high-latitude M-I-T system from global to small-scale processes and related solar wind forcing. Relevant topics include (but are not limited to) (1) density structures and temperature gradients (polar cap, cusp, plume, trough, irregularities); (2) convection (flow channels, SAPS) and FAC; (3) energy transfer and deposition by precipitation and ULF waves, conductivity, aurora, and heating; and (4) coupling and feedback into the magnetosphere. Discussions of relevant multi-scale observations by means of multiple instruments, including space and ground-based, modeling and data science are encouraged.
Conveners: Yue Deng (University of Texas at Arlington, USA) Toshi Nishimura (Boston University, USA) Huixin Liu (Kyushu University, Japan) Yanshi Huang (Harbin Institute of Technology at Shenzhen, China)
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Appointment of Division Director for NSF’s Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS)
From: Michael Wiltberger (mwiltber at nsf.gov)
Effective February 3, 2019 Dr. Anjuli Bamzai has been appointed as the Division Director for the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS). Dr. Bamzai has been serving as the Acting Division Director for AGS since June 2018 and she has an extensive record of science and service during her time at NSF and in her prior career steps. Dr. Bamzai can be reached at 703-292-8520 or via email to abamazi@nsf.gov.
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Three PhD Students in Space Physics
From: Yuri Khotyaintsev, Erik Vigren ( yuri at irfu.se)
Swedish Institute of Space Physics are looking for: Three PhD students in Space Physics
The positions are related to studies of space plasmas.
Applications are invited for PhD students to study space plasma regions of fundamental importance, such as magnetic reconnection sites, shocks, turbulence regions, ionospheres and kinetic processes there. We are looking for students in each of the following science topics:
1. Characterization of energy conversion and identification of the mechanisms of particle acceleration operating in turbulent layers formed at fronts of plasma jets, based on experimental data from the NASA multi-spacecraft MMS mission.
2. Understanding of electron heating and energetic electron generation at collisionless shocks, in particular resolving the mechanisms of the non-adiabatic processes using MMS data.
3. Understanding Saturn’s ionosphere and the influence of the rings on the ionization balance using models and data acquired during the Grand Finale of the NASA Cassini mission.
Last Application Date: 2019-02-28
www2.irf.se/Topical/Vacancies/
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JOB OPENING: Assistant Professor, Space Plasma Physics, U. Colorado
From: Robert Ergun, Fran Bagenal, Steven Cranmer (bagenal at colorado.edu)
The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is conducting a search for a faculty member at the Assistant Professor rank. We are accepting applications from candidates in the area of space plasma physics including but not limited to, the Earth’s and planetary magnetospheres, solar wind, and ionospheres. Please see www.colorado.edu/jobs posting #15519 for more information.
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JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Associate Position at ERAU
From: Anatoly V. Streltsov (streltsa at erau.edu)
A full-time Postdoctoral Associate position in Computational Space Physics is available at the Physical Sciences Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. The successful applicant will participate in the development of numerical algorithms and simulations of electromagnetic waves and wave-particle interactions in the Earth’s magnetosphere and ionosphere.
The candidate should demonstrate good knowledge and experience with numerical methods, high-performance computing, and visualization of scientific results. The candidate also should be familiar with methods and software used for data analysis of field and particle data collected by satellites in the magnetosphere and ionosphere, and have good presentation and publication records. Ph.D. in a field associated with Space Physics by the start date of appointment is required.
The review will start upon receipt of applications, and the position will remain open until filled. The anticipated appointment start date is February-March 2019 (negotiable). The initial appointment will be for one full year and it can be renewed for a second and third year, depending on the performance and funds available.
Please submit application online at careers.erau.edu, requisition #190044, and include your CV, a research statement, and names and contact information for at least three references. For any additional information contact Prof. Anatoly V. Streltsov (streltsa@erau.edu).
Embry-Riddle is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and affirmative action for qualified individuals. The university does not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.
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JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Positions in Space Physics
From: Mats André, Stephan Buchert, Emiliya Yordanova, Andrew Dimmock (mats.andre at irfu.s)
Swedish Institute of Space Physics are looking for: Postdoctoral Positions in Space Physics
The positions are related to studies of space plasmas.
The scientific topics of the respective postdoc positions are the following:
1. Direct observation of anomalous resistivity in collisionless plasmas, and its importance for magnetic reconnection, based on measurements of electric and magnetic fields and charged particles by the four NASA MMS satellites.
2. Energy budget of the topside ionosphere and upper thermosphere, based on observations by the three ESA Swarm satellites.
3. Investigation of the dynamics of the terrestrial magnetosheath during disturbed solar wind conditions based on multi-spacecraft observations (solar wind monitors, MMS, Themis, Cluster, Geotail), and the resulting geomagnetic responses measured by ground magnetometers (IMAGE, MIRACLE) at high latitudes.
Last Application Date: 2019-02-28
www2.irf.se/Topical/Vacancies/
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JOB OPENING: Research Engineer in Space Plasma Data Treatment, Laboratory of Plasma Physics, Palaiseau, France
From: Alessandro Retino (alessandro.retino at lpp.polytechnique.fr)
Applications are invited for a fixed-term position of research engineer in space plasma data treatment at the Laboratory of Plasma Physics in Palaiseau, France. As part of the H2020 project “Artificial Intelligence Data Analysis” (aida-space.blogspot.com ), we are looking for a research engineer with a solid experience in the treatment of space plasma data provided by several “in situ” satellite missions such as e.g. ESA / Cluster, NASA / Themis, NASA / MMS. The overall objective of the AIDA project is to develop new methods of analysis of space plasma data to study several fundamental plasma processes such as magnetic reconnection, particle acceleration, turbulence, shocks etc., with a focus on “machine learning” and “artificial intelligence” techniques. The candidate will be in charge of the AIDA’s workpackage “AIDA coupler to plasma data” which consists in the development of several tools for searching data from multiple plasma data databases, in the creation of lists of scientific events and in managing the interface between such lists and the AIDA project’s database. The candidate will also participate in the interpretation of the events and the publication of the results, in collaboration with the scientists of the project.
Specifically, the candidate will perform the following tasks: – Programming: creation of several tools in Python language – Data treatment: creation of lists of the scientific events, participation in the analysis and interpretation of the events – Management: management of the workpackage “AIDACoupler to plasma data” (planning, deliverables, meetings, teleconferences, etc.), in collaboration with the workpackage lead – Publications: writing of technical documents (“user guide”, “interface control document” etc.) and scientific articles
The H2020 AIDA project is led by Giovanni Lapenta from the Mathematics Center for Astrophysical Plasmas at the University of Leuven, Belgium (wis.kuleuven.be/CmPA/current-members/00052182 ). The person in charge of the Workpackage “AIDACoupler to plasma data” at the Laboratory of Plasma Physics (LPP) is Alessandro Retino (www.lpp.polytechnique.fr/-Alessandro-Retino ). At the LPP, the candidate will work closely with A. Retino and another post-doctoral fellow. The LPP is a laboratory grouping 100 researchers, engineers and administrative personnel working on space plasmas, cold plasmas and hot plasmas with a focus on instrumentation and numerical simulations. Regular meetings with other international participants are a part of the project, to which the candidate will have to participate.
Candidates should hold a PhD degree with a proven experience of 1-4 years. The required competences include: – Proven solid experience of “in situ” plasma data processing, in particular of multi-satellite missions such as Cluster, Themis and MMS – Proven solid experience of Python language and MATLAB and IDL software – Experience in creating routines for the analysis of “in situ” plasma data – Experience in interpreting “in situ” plasma data – Experience in space projects (ESA, NASA, etc.) – Knowledge of numerical simulations of space plasmas – Proficiency in scientific, oral and written English – Ability to work individually with great rigor – Ability to integrate and work in a team
The position is available at the Laboratory of Plasma Physics in Palaiseau, France, starting April,1st 2019 for a duration of 12 months. The gross salary is 2580 € per month. Application shall be made by using the following website: emploi.cnrs.fr/Offres/CDD/UMR7648-EDOBOU-002/Default.aspx Closing date for applications is February,11th 2019.
For further information please contact Dr. Alessandro Retinò, alessandro.retino@lpp.polytechnique.fr ,+33-1-6933-5929
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