Briefly, the procedure is as follows. First, an application is submitted by Meeting Organizers to the MTAC. If selected, Meeting Organizers will then seek out qualified early-career scientists who can make a significant contribution to their meeting. Awardees (hereafter, Metcalf Lecturers) will be chosen by Meeting Organizers based on their potential for future contributions to the field of solar physics and relevance to the topic of the meeting. (Prospective Metcalf Lecturers should apply directly to the Meeting Organizers, and not to the MTAC. The MTAC, however, will verify the eligibility of each awardee.)
Organizers of meetings relevant to solar physics taking place before 1 April 2020 are encouraged to submit an application to Marc DeRosa (firstname.lastname@example.org) for consideration by the full MTAC. Applications should be no more than three pages, and must be received by 20 March 2019. Check the application guidelines for additional details.
Metcalf Lecturers for 2019 must have received their Ph.D. no earlier than January 2015 or be a student within one year of completing their Ph.D. Awardees must be a member of the SPD (affiliate membership is OK) and not already have been a Metcalf Lecturer previously. Awardees must present their work at the meeting, and after the meeting they must submit a one-page report describing their contribution. Grants are provided directly to the Metcalf Lecturers by the Treasurer of the SPD upon receipt of their report by the MTAC.
For additional information about the program, please consult the program rules or contact Marc DeRosa (email@example.com).
Application guidelines: spd.aas.org/sites/spd.aas.org/files/MTAP_Application.pdf
Metcalf Travel Award Committee for 2019: Marc DeRosa, Michael Kirk, Andrés Muñoz-Jaramillo, Masha Kazachenko
“The next planning cycle of the ESA Science Programme, Voyage 2050, is now underway. In keeping with the bottom-up, peer-reviewed nature of the Science Programme, the definition of the next plan relies on open community input and on broad peer review. The community input will be gathered through the Call for White Papers, while the peer review of this input will take place through a two-tiered committee structure, with a Senior Committee of 13 European scientists supported by a number of Topical Teams. Scientists interested in participating in peer review process are invited to respond to the Call for Membership of the Topical Teams.”
More information on how to write a White Paper and how to apply to be member of a Topical Team can be found on cosmos.esa.int/web/voyage-2050 Any scientist (also from non-ESA member states) can be an author on a White Paper. Membership of topical teams is restricted to scientific test from ESA member states. Lead authors on White Papers cannot be a member of a Topical Team.
While the Senior Committee can add science topics to the Voyage 2050 plan if it feels certain topics are not sufficiently covered by the White Papers, the plan is mainly driven by interest from the science community. I therefore urge the solar community to submit White Papers and apply for topical teams.
Temperature constraints from inversions of synthetic solar optical,
UV and radio spectra by J. M. da Silva Santos et al* cesra.net/?p=2131
HPAC had numerous findings and recommendations back to NASA in our report. Note that this is a FACA-level committee, so the meetings and reports are open to the public. The link above includes PDF files not only for the latest meeting but also for past HPAC meetings and a link to the page for the predecessor subcommittee, with meeting PDFs going back more than a decade.
The AIDA consortium will develop data analysis, machine learning and simulation tools to more effectively use space data for physical predictions and understanding. One of the main aims is to collectively develop a user-friendly, open-source Python package to facilitate the application of machine learning techniques to the vast amount of available data.
This position focuses on machine learning methods and more traditional data analysis approaches. You will construct machine learning models for classification and regression, implement methods for dimensionality reduction and data clustering, and incorporate these methods into the open-source Python package Aidapy.
Candidates are required to have a PhD degree. They should have a strong background in at least one of the following areas: data science, machine learning, heliophysics (or related).
Applications will be accepted until 1 April 2019. Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and they should include:
The full announcement is available on www.cwi.nl/jobs/vacancies/postdoc-on-the-subject-of-machine-learning-in-space-physics
The tasks include in particular:
The candidate should have a Ph.D. degree in astrophysics with emphasis on computational magnetohydrodynamics and its application to astrophysical objects, and a record of successful research. In addition, experience in data analysis (development and/or usage of tools) for large datasets is a major benefit. Experience in code development, in particular for parallel computing, is an advantage.
The full-time position is available as early as May 1, 2019 and offered for a period of 2 years, with the possibility of an extension. The remuneration will be according to grade E13 of the TVoeD scale of the German civil services. The social benefits are in accordance with the regulations of the civil service.
Applications, including a CV, a short description of past research activities, a publication list and names of two potential referees should be sent as one pdf file to email@example.com, quoting the reference “SOLSTAR”. Review of applications will start on April 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. For further information or questions, please contact Maarit Käpylä.
The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more persons with disabilities and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.
The PhD fellowships are offered to students who will start Ph.D. studies in the autumn semester 2019. The application deadline is the 15th of April.
All fellowships require that the candidate fulfills all requirements for being accepted as a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Oslo. These requirements include that the candidate has a bachelor degree with at least the average grade C on the ECTS scale and a master’s degree which includes a research thesis, and where both the grade of the thesis and the average grade of courses included in the master’s degree are B (ECTS) or better. Candidates, except those listed in www.mn.uio.no/english/research/phd/application/application.html, MUST submit documentation of English proficiency with their application.
Further information and link to electronic application form: www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/166347/phd-research-fellowships-in-solar-physics-four-positions
We seek for an excellent candidate to work with Dr. Tatiana Podladchikova on the homogenization, calibration, data quality characterization and flare detection in solar images from multi-station ground-based observatories. The post-doc position is part of the international “High-resolution Solar Physics Network – SOLARNET” project, coordinated by the Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics (Freiburg, Germany) and funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 824135.
Applicants should have a doctoral degree in Solar Physics, Space Physics, Physics, Astronomy, or similar fields. Applicants should have experience in observational solar physics as well as advanced skills in image analysis. They should have demonstrated the ability to pursue independent research as well as to work in a team, and show a good record of publication and presentation.
A highly competitive salary is provided, in addition to medical insurance, expatriate benefits and faculty mentoring. The contract is expected to start in early 2019 with a duration of 2 years. Closing date for receiving applications is 30th April 2019.
Interested candidates should send their CV, publications list, and statement of research interests to Ass.-Prof. Dr. Tatiana Podladchikova at T.Podladchikova@skoltech.ru along with the names and contact details of three professional references.
The possibility of measuring the absolute value of the polarization with a very high precision would represent a key achievement in the field of solar spectro-polarimetry. In particular, it would represent a major breakthrough in the measurement of spectral line polarization signals. Indeed, their amplitude and shape could be precisely determined without the uncertainties that are necessarily introduced when the overall polarization scale of the observation is adjusted on the basis of theoretical values of the continuum polarization level, as it is presently done.
At IRSOL, for measuring the continuum polarization with a very high absolute precision, a new method was used that permits to achieve excellent results combining low frequency modulation, obtained rotating a retarder located in front of the telescope, and high frequency modulation performed with a high sensitivity polarimeter located after the telescope.
The postdoc is expected to improve this method, extending its applicability to a wide variety of polarization measurements where high precision is required in its absolute value. Furthermore, the application of this technique at high spatial resolution, using large aperture solar telescopes, should be studied. In particular, the postdoc will have the following responsibilities:
The gross annual salary for the first year will be CHF 80,000 (the annual
salary will gradually increase).
The expected starting date is the beginning of May 2019 (postponement negotiable). It is a two year position with the possibility of applying for renewal.
How to apply:
Applications must be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and must include the following documentation:
Review: Review of applications will begin March 31st 2019
Contact: For inquiries please contact Dr. Michele Bianda (email@example.com)
The goal is to improve our understanding of solar active region magnetic structure and energy budget before and during solar eruptions. To address this goal the candidate will assist with the development and performance of data-driven numerical simulations of the solar eruptions and will validate these with high quality observations taken with space and ground-based observatories, including the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), the largest 4-meter solar telescope in the world. This post is a unique opportunity that will bridge expertise of groups with internationally leading competence in areas of data-driven simulations and space and ground-based observations at the National Solar Observatory (headquarters of DKIST), High Altitude Observatory (HAO) and University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley). The candidate will participate in collaborative and independent solar physics research, present results at scientific meetings and publish articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. A key component of this post will be participation in the NSO Community Science Program activities to become a DKIST Level-2 Ambassador, that includes development and application of DKIST data reduction tools and production of level-2 science data from limited sets of DKIST observations.
PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or related field (by the start date). One to three (1 – 3) years of research experience in solar physics or space plasmas, with at least one (1) first-authored, peer-reviewed article in credited scientific journals. Scientific background in solar physics. Full proficiency in scientific programming with Interactive Data Language (IDL) and/or Python, and C and/or Fortran. Demonstrated ability to analyze solar data and/or perform numerical simulations, conduct independent research and collaborate with colleagues, communicate scientific ideas effectively in person and on paper.
DEADLINE: April 15, 2019 or until filled. Applications received after this deadline may be considered only if the position is not filled.
START DATE: June 1, 2019 or later.
INQUIRIES: Dr. Maria Kazachenko, firstname.lastname@example.org.
APPLICATION LINK AND FURTHER DETAILS: jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/Postdoctoral-Research-Position-in-Solar-Physics/16728
It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the Partially Ionised Plasmas in Astrophysics (PIPA2019) conference, to be held in Mallorca in June 3 – 7, 2019. The meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas between participants from all areas of Astrophysics in which partially ionised plasmas play a capital role, from the Earth’s ionosphere to partially ionised regions in galaxies, which also includes solar chromosphere, interstellar medium, stellar formation, protostellar discs, planetary magnetospheres and ionospheres, etc.
Information about the venue, accommodation, preliminary invited speakers and talks, etc. is available at solar1.uib.es/pipa2019/
The PIPA2019 meeting LOC welcome you to Mallorca,
Ramón Oliver, Elena Khomenko, Istvan Ballai
The 2019 AGU Fall Meeting Session Proposal submission deadline is Wednesday, 17 April. To submit a proposal, go to meetings.agu.org/fall-meeting-2019/#session-proposal .
Before submitting your proposal, please check to see if a session on a similar theme has already been submitted. If so, please consider contacting the other proposers to discuss a merger, or rework your session proposal to focus on a unique topic. Proposals with significant overlap may be merged or rejected, so please make sure your proposal is focused and unique. You can view existing SPA session submissions here (on the left select the Program of interest, e.g., SPA-Solar and Heliospheric Physics): agu.confex.com/agu/fm19/prelim.cgi/Search/0?sort=Relevance&size=10&page=1 .
Session proposals from first-time session planners, early career researchers (including students!) and those under-represented in our field are especially welcome. Conveners who are well-established in the field should consider helping students and/or early career scientists to gain more experience in this role by inviting them to be your co-conveners. Note that to be a primary convener of a session, you must be a current member of the American Geophysical Union (membership.agu.org/join-renew/).
In additional to the traditional oral- and poster-session formats, we encourage proposal sessions that use alternate session formats such as panels, short talks, and eLightning sessions.
We are pleased to announce registration/abstract submission for the next CESRA Workshop,
“CESRA2019: The Sun and the inner heliosphere”
which will be held on July 8th – 12th, 2019, at Telegrafenberg, Potsdam, Germany.
CESRA, the Community of European Solar Radio Astronomers, organizes triennial workshops on investigations of the solar atmosphere using radio and other observations. Although special emphasis is given to radio diagnostics, the workshop topics are of interest to a large community of solar physicists. The format of the workshop will combine plenary sessions and working group sessions, with invited review talks, oral contributions, and posters.
To register and to submit the abstract please follow the link: meetings.aip.de/cesra2019/registration/
The CESRA 2019 workshop will place an emphasis on linking the Sun with the heliosphere, motivated by the launch of Parker Solar Probe in 2018 and the upcoming launch of Solar Orbiter in 2020. It will provide the community with a forum for discussing the first relevant science results and future science opportunities, as well as on opportunity for evaluating how to maximize science return by combining space-borne observations with the wealth of data provided by new and future ground-based radio instruments, such as ALMA, E-OVSA, EVLA, LOFAR, MUSER, MWA, and SKA, and by the large number of well-established radio observatories.
On behalf of the CESRA Board and the local SOC representatives,
Eduard Kontar, Gottfried Mann, Alexander Warmuth
Registration and abstract submission are now open. Please visit loops9.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/ for information on registration, abstract submission, accommodation and travel.
Confirmed Invited Speakers:
Deadline early-career financial support: 29 March 2019
Deadline abstract submission: 29 March 2019
Deadline Early bird registration: 3 May 2019
Final registration date: 17 May 2019
The 18th RHESSI Workshop, “High-Energy Solar Physics; Building on the RHESSI Legacy,” will be held at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, from May 28 through June 1, 2019. This workshop will follow the very successful format of previous RHESSI workshops, with a balanced mix of plenary and workshop sessions, focused on topical themes. The workshop will feature results from RHESSI and several other instruments studying high-energy solar physics, including NuSTAR, EOVSA, Fermi (GBM and LAT), and MinXSS, and will also focus on preparing for future missions such as FOXSI, ASO-S and STIX.
The conference website, which contains summary paragraphs explaining the themes of the various working groups, is at rhessi18.umn.edu/
Travel, registration, and local information now available. As a novel feature, we are also asking registrants to vote on the best RHESSI nuggets, and the winning nuggets will be summarized by nugget-meister Hugh Hudson on the last day of the workshop. We encourage all of you to submit abstracts, register, and vote for your favorite nuggets, and we look forward to seeing you in Minnesota in May!
Sophie Musset, on behalf of the 18th RHESSI Workshop Local Organizing Committee
Following our save-the-date announcement a few months ago, we would like to provide you with the official first announcement for our upcoming “Scintillating Science: Cutting-Edge Science Achieved Through the Observations of Radio Scintillation” focussed/specialist workshop which will be held in Hermanus (near Cape Town), South Africa, the week of 15th July 2019.
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. We are in the process of putting together more-detailed themes and these will appear on the workshop website before the end of March 2019. In addition, we are in the process of setting out invited speakers and scene-setting speakers.
Early registration and abstract submission opens very soon on 25th March 2019. The full list of deadlines can be found on the workshop website here: www.ukssdc.ac.uk/meetings/SSCESATORS/ 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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