SolarNews
The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2018 Number 18
Aimee Norton, editor
15 September 2018



Chair's Chat

2019 Solar Physics Division Meeting – June 9–13: Save the Date
Dale Gary
11 Sep 2018
Just a quick announcement about the 2019 SPD meeting dates.  The SPD meets with AAS in 2019, and the venue and dates have been finalized as follows:

June 9 – 13, 2019
St. Louis Union Station
St. Louis, MO

A basic web site will be available in about 6 weeks, with Registration opening after the New Year.

Dale Gary (Vice Chair, SPD)


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NASA – Community Comments are Solicited for Draft 2019 LWS-TR&T Research Topics
Mark Linton
10 September 2018
Dear Heliophysics Community,

This summer, we solicited your input for Living with a Star (LWS) Focused Science Topics (FSTs) for ROSES 2019 and beyond. We received 46 topics from all areas of Heliophysics and many comments (see lwstrt.gsfc.nasa.gov/viewinput/2018/). We met in early July to carefully review all of these community suggested science topics, as well as topics submitted in previous years, keeping in mind the Heliophysics Decadal Survey goals, the overall Living with a Star goals, and the TR&T Strategic Science Areas (SSAs). Based on this, we have prepared a draft set of 19 Focused Science Topics, plus a Tools and Methods theme and a Sun-Climate theme, for your inspection and comment available at https://lwstrt.gsfc.nasa.gov/lpag/. We considered all of the submitted topics very carefully and tried to create Focused Science Topics that included as much of this input as possible.

Please keep in mind that these are draft topics only. We are now soliciting community feedback on these drafts, as the next, critical draft topics are posted on our website at lwstrt.gsfc.nasa.gov, with input boxes for comments and feedback on each individual topic, as well as on the overall process. The feedback site will be open for comments until October 19, 2018.

After this comment period closes, the committee will meet again to review the community feedback on the topics and, based on this feedback and on the Decadal Survey, LWS, and TR&T goals, to finalize the topics for our annual report to NASA Headquarters.

We look forward to your feedback on these draft topics.

Sincerely,
Mark Linton & Anthea Coster (co-chairs)
On behalf of the Living with a Star Program Analysis Group Executive Committee


Draft Focused Science Topics: Draft Sun-Climate Theme: Draft Tools and Methods Theme:
The full letter, with the descriptions of the draft FSTs and Themes, is available at https://lwstrt.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/pdf/LPAG_DCL_2018_Final.pdf.

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AAS/SPD Hale and Harvey Prizes – Second Call For Nominations
Haimin Wang
10 Sep 2018
Nominations are sought for the 2019 American Astronomical Society Solar Physics Division (AAS/SPD) George Ellery Hale Prize. In considering candidates, the Hale and Harvey Prize Committee is to be guided by the impact of the candidates’ research in solar physics, general astronomy, geophysics, mathematics, and physics. Any living scientist is eligible to receive the award without consideration of race, sex, nationality or membership in the SPD.  Please see spd.aas.org/prizes for the detailed eligibility criteria and a list of previous awardees.

Nominations are also sought for the 2019 AAS/SPD early career Karen Harvey Prize. This prize is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution to the study of the Sun early in a person’s professional career. The prize will be awarded to a person who has not reached 36 years of age, or who has not reached ten years of cumulative professional experience since the Ph.D or equivalent degree, at the end of calendar year 2018. This award is open to anyone who meets the age and professional experience requirements, without consideration of race, sex, nationality or membership in the SPD. Please see spd.aas.org/prizes for the detailed eligibility criteria and a list of previous awardees.

A letter of nomination for the Hale or Harvey prize, with supporting letters of endorsement (at least two of nomination/support letter writers must be from members of the Society), full curriculum vitae should be submitted to the Hale and Harvey Prize Committee, which will be responsible for the selection.

Please note some updated guidelines as posted in SPD webpage.  E.g., nominations for the Harvey prize must be updated every year with at minimum an updated CV and cover letter (other additional materials/updates are also encouraged). Nominations for the Hale prize must be updated every three years – again with CV and nomination letter, and other materials if desired. If a complete package for Hale Prize was submitted in 2017 or 2018,  no new information is required,  but the nominator can choose to update the package entirely or partially.

Deadline for receipt of letters and supporting documents for either (Hale or Harvey) prize nomination is November 16, 2018. Submissions should be sent to Haimin Wang at haimin.wang@njit.edu.


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European Solar Telescope – The Science Requirement Document update for the Call for Science Cases
Rolf Schlichenmaier
11 Sep 2018
The European Solar Telescope (EST: www.est-east.eu/est) is a next generation large-aperture solar telescope. This 4-metre telescope will be optimised for studies of the magnetic coupling between the deep photosphere and upper chromosphere. The Science Advisory Group (SAG: www.est-east.eu/est/index.php/req1) of EST is presently updating the Science Requirement Document (SRD). The old document dates back to 2010. During the ongoing EST Preparatory Phase, the full (optical, mechanical, thermal, and instruments…) design, and hence the technical requirements, need to be finalised. For that purpose the SRD is revisited and adapted to recent scientific and technological developments.

The SAG has drafted a first version of this update (cf. SAG webpage). With this call, we aim to collect top-level science cases from the solar community:

www.est-east.eu/est/index.php/scientific-requirements-document

More information is provided at the latter webpage. The SRD update is divided into 9 scientific sections. Direct your input either to the chair of the corresponding subgroup or to the chair of the SAG.

The input deadline is set for October 30, 2018.

on behalf of the EST Science Advisory Group
Rolf Schlichenmaier


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NASA Science Mission Directorate Statement on Anti-Harassment
Thomas H Zurbuchen
12 September 2018
Dear Colleagues,

I am writing concerning an issue that I am relentlessly passionate about: building effective and innovative teams that achieve amazing results for NASA Science.  To achieve excellence, we need focus and commitment from the best and brightest of all backgrounds.  This goes hand-in-hand with my strong belief in the value and imperative of diversity and inclusion. As the Associate Administrator for Science and as an educator, husband, father and friend, I have personally experienced the value of diversity in my life.  On the flip side, I have supported many individuals who have been hurt by harassment, and I have seen the devastating consequences it has had on them and on our community.

We are all responsible for addressing harassment in the workplace.  All too often bystanders have failed to intervene, allowing predators to continue harassment for years or even decades.

On September 11, 2018, Administrator Bridenstine signed the “NASA Policy Statement on Antidiscrimination in NASA Conducted or Funded Program, Activities, and Institutions”.  Let me reinforce color, and national origin, sex (including sexual harassment), disability and age is not acceptable.

Harassment is a serious violation of professional ethics, and should be regarded and treated as such within NASA, as well as our contractor and associated academic communities.  I would like to encourage everyone related to NASA science to report harassment claims directly utilizing the information provided in the NASA policy statement signed missionstem.nasa.gov/docs/Bridenstine_Title_IX_Policy_Statement_TAGGED.pdf and guidance for filing a harassment complaint can be found at missionstem.nasa.gov/filing-a-complaint.html

As we go forward, I want to be clear that everyone is welcome within NASA Science however, harassing behavior has no place here.  Every scientist, engineer and mission support contributor has a right to be treated with respect.  NASA strives to create a workplace environment that is free of harassment and discrimination, and we expect every university and contractor with which we do business to strive for the same.

I call on everyone in our community to join me and our team at NASA Science to continually reassert through our words and actions that we are committed to these values.

Sincerely,

Thomas H Zurbuchen, Ph.D.
Associate Administrator,
Science Mission Directorate

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NSF Solar and Planetary Research Grants (SPG) – "No-deadline" Pilot Ends 30 September
James Neff
12 Sep 2018
After 30 September 2018, the National Science Foundation’s Division of Astronomical Sciences will no longer accept proposals submitted to the Solar and Planetary Research Grants (SPG; NSF 16-602) pilot ‘no-deadline’ program.  Beginning 1 October 2018, proposals that address topics related to solar and planetary systems - including exoplanets, our own solar system, and physics of the Sun – should once again be submitted in response to the Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (AAG) program (new solicitation NSF 18-575). Proposals to AAG are due by 15 November 2018.  Questions about the current SPG program may be directed to Faith Vilas (fvilas@nsf.gov).  Questions about the AAG program should be directed to James Neff (jneff@nsf.gov) or David Boboltz (dboboltz@nsf.gov).


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Living Reviews in Solar Physics: "The Sun’s supergranulation" (Update 2018)
Frank Schulz
14 Sep 2018
A new review article has been published in the open-access journal Living Reviews in Solar Physics on September 10, 2018:

Rincon, F. & Rieutord, M., The Sun’s supergranulation, Living Rev Sol Phys (2018) 15: 6 link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s41116-018-0013-5

This is a major update of the previous version from 2010.

Abstract:
Supergranulation is a fluid-dynamical phenomenon taking place in the solar photosphere, primarily detected in the form of a vigorous cellular flow pattern with a typical horizontal scale of approximately 30 – 35 Mm, a dynamical evolution time of 24 – 48 h, a strong 300 – 400 m/s (rms) horizontal flow component and a much weaker 20 – 30 m/s vertical component. Supergranulation was discovered more than 60 years ago, however, explaining its physical origin and most important observational characteristics has proven extremely challenging ever since, as a result of the intrinsic multiscale, nonlinear dynamical complexity of the problem concurring with strong observational and computational limitations. Key progress on this problem is now taking place with the advent of twenty-first-century supercomputing resources and the availability of global observations of the dynamics of the solar surface with high spatial and temporal resolutions. This article provides an exhaustive review of observational, numerical and theoretical research on supergranulation, and discusses the current status of our understanding of its origin and dynamics, most importantly in terms of large-scale nonlinear thermal convection, in the light of a selection of recent findings.

Please, visit frequently our solar physics channel (www.springer.com/gp/livingreviews/solar-physics/) at livingreviews.org for other news.


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NASA – ROSES-18 Amendment 24: DRAFT B.13 DRIVE Science Center Call for Community Comment
Janet Kozyra
06 September 2018
Release of draft Heliophysics DRIVE Science Center Call for Community Comment The Heliophysics division has released a DRAFT version of a ROSES-18 program element for community review and comment: The draft call for Heliophysics Phase I DRIVE Science Centers. This draft release follows the responses to the previously released Request for Information NNH17ZDA008L. The draft version of B.13 DRIVE Science Center is available as a PDF file from the NSPIRES page for program element B.13 DRIVE Science Centers. After revision, on release, the full text will be available as program element B.13 of ROSES-2018.

DRIVE Science Centers (DSCs), implemented as a NASA-NSF partnership, are part of an integrated multi-agency initiative, DRIVE (Diversity, Realize, Integrate, Venture, Educate), put forward as a high priority recommendation of the 2013 Solar and Space Physics Decadal Survey. DSCs, are focused on grand challenge goals that are both ambitious and focused enough to be achievable within the lifetime of the center. In other words, they should address problems poised for major advances. This program is intended to support science that cannot be effectively done by individual investigators or small teams, but requires the synergistic, coordinated efforts of a research center. In order to maximize the potential for these science centers to deliver on innovative and breakthrough science, they are expected to include aspects in their design that support collaboration and deep knowledge integration across the full range of expertise (scientific, computational, educational) within them, as recommended in a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences, Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science.

As described in the Decadal Survey, the emerging view of the interactions within and between elements in the solar and space physics domains (Sun, space environments) is that of a complex and nonlinear pattern of multiple causes feeding into large-scale responses. Some of the most challenging problems are centered on aspects of these interconnections. Progress requires "a deep understanding of multiply connected physical systems" motivating "a sea change in the way breakthrough science is done. Under the auspices of the DRIVE initiative, the Decadal Survey recommended, "NASA and NSF together should create science centers to tackle the key science problems of solar and space physics that require multidisciplinary teams of theorists, observers, modelers, and computer scientists".

Comments on the draft text should be addressed by email to janet.kozyra@nasa.gov and jim.spann@nasa.gov by September 21, 2018. Comments and/or questions may result in changes to the text and/or an entry in a FAQ or questions and answer document. Either way, the anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.

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Employment Opportunities

University of Iowa – Faculty Position in Space-Based Instrumentation
Cornelia Lang
04 Sep 2018
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa is seeking an outstanding researcher active in experimental space-based research to fill a tenure-track position beginning Fall 2019 (www.physics.uiowa.edu/). Candidates in all areas of space-based astronomy, heliophysics, and planetary science are encouraged to apply. The position may be filled at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. Duties of the position will consist of teaching courses at all levels and establishment of an active research program including the development of space-based instrumentation and the pursuit of external funding. Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, or a related discipline, a strong commitment to effective teaching and mentoring students, potential to develop an internationally recognized research program, excellent communication skills, and a commitment to working towards a welcoming and inclusive environment. Post-doctoral research experience in one of the fields listed above, experience in the design and construction of space-based instrumentation, and a proven record of research and funding support are desirable. The Department has a long history in building space-based instrumentation with instruments on the Van Allen Probes, Juno, Mars Express, and HaloSat and under development for the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, Europa Clipper, Arcus, and multiple sounding rockets. To apply, please go to the Jobs@UIowa website (jobs.uiowa.edu/) and refer to requisition number 73018. Applications must include: cover letter, CV, list of publications, statements of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact information of three references. Applications should arrive prior to October 15, 2018 to receive full consideration.

The Department and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are strongly committed to diversity and understand the link between diversity and excellence in education. We embrace our responsibility to create a welcoming and inclusive campus culture so that all community members are able to unlock their own potential and be prepared for their future. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Application Deadline:
Monday, October 15, 2018
To apply, please go to jobs.uiowa.edu/
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 73018


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University of Colorado, CIRES – Solar Irradiance and Imagery Post-Doctoral Researcher
Dan Seaton
04 Sep 2018
The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder has an immediate opening for a one-year position as a Research Associate, with a possible extension to three years depending on funding and performance, to support NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) work related to the solar imager and irradiance monitors on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Series-R (GOES-R). The Space Weather Team within NCEI is responsible for supporting NOAA’s space weather mission and for ensuring the operational and scientific utility of NOAA’s space environmental data. The GOES-R spacecraft include a complement of space weather sensors to monitor the local space environment and the sun. The first two of the next-generation GOES-R satellites were recently launched and are now called GOES-16 and GOES-17. The solar instruments are the Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) and the Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS). Instrument descriptions are available at www.goes-r.gov/spacesegment/instruments.html The selected candidate will work closely with the NCEI SUVI and EXIS instrument teams to improve the on-orbit instrument calibration and validation of the SUVI and EXIS instruments. The position is located within NCEI’s Solar-Terrestrial Physics Section in Boulder, Colorado.

Responsibilities

Requirements Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Janet Machol (janet.machol@colorado.edu) and Dr. Dan Seaton (daniel.seaton@colorado.edu).

For additional information or to apply for the position: cires.colorado.edu/jobs/cires-solar-irradiance-and-imagery-post-doctoral-researcher


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University of Alabama in Huntsville – Research Scientist I (Step 1) Position with Prof. Gary P. Zank
Gary Zank
05 Sep 2018
The Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR) and the Department of Space Science (SPA) at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) seeking a qualified candidate for the position Research Scientist I (step 1), available beginning October 2018.  The position will support Prof. Gary Zank in a combination of research, teaching, and administrative activities, examples of which include; 1) to assist in developing models that describe magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) turbulence throughout the heliosphere, including the solar corona, the supersonic solar wind, and the outer heliosheath, relating turbulence models to physical problems such as particle scattering and transport, shock waves, etc., and in other research activities; 2) to assist in his teaching activities, including the supervision of graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D. level); 3) to present results at meetings and in papers; 4) to assist with proposals and; 5) to assist in the running of both a 4-week long Space Weather Summer Camp and similar Alabama Plasma Physics Summer Camp. The position requires essential knowledge and skills of advanced plasma physics, MHD, particularly in transport theory, experience in theory and related computing, in the context of space and solar physics.  The Department of Space Science and CSPAR provides a diverse and vibrant environment for academic excellence and professional growth.  SPA offers a unique academic program in space plasma physics, covering research topics ranging from solar physics to physical processes throughout the heliosphere and in the interstellar medium.  The appointee will also benefit from close interaction with the solar physics group at the Marshall Space Flight Center, who shares the same office space.  The Research Scientist I is eligible to serve as a Principal Investigator in competing for internal and external funding opportunities.  The City of Huntsville, also known as the Rocket City, boasts a high quality of life and a low cost of living.  The appointment is initially for one year and is renewable for additional years. 

Minimum qualifications include a Master’s degree in Physics or a related field, 6 – 9 months of experience working on MHD turbulence and Landau fluids.  Must possess significant expertise in the field of magnetohydrodynamic turbulence and in turbulence simulations.  Must have expertise in both the theory and simulation of Landau fluids.  Ph.D. in Physics or a related field is desired.  Skills in the numerical solution of systems of ordinary and partial differential equations is preferred.  Ph.D. with 24 – 26 months of full-time postdoctoral experience working on MHD turbulence and Landau fluids is desired.  The approximate starting salary is $62,591 – $68,030 with an excellent benefits package. To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit a cover letter describing professional experience as it relates to the requirements of the position, a current resume, and names of three referees.  Qualified applicants should apply on-line for the Research Scientist I (step 3)/RV4230 position at uah.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=102235.  Further inquiries about the position can be directed to Prof. Gary P. Zank (garyp.zank@gmail.com). 

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER OF MINORITIES/FEMALES/VETERANS/DISABLED


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Purple Mountain Observatory (Nanjing) and National Astronomical Observatories of China (Beijing) – Postdocs in Solar Physics and Instrumentation for the ASO-S Mission
Hui Li
05 Sep 2018
The Purple Mountain Observatory (PMO) and the National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) invite applicants for immediately available postdoctoral positions in Solar Physics and instrumentation. The positions are related to the Advanced Space-based Solar Observatory (ASO-S) mission and initially for two-year full time employment with a competitive salary commensurate with the applicant’s experience and qualification. An extension for another year is possible depending on the candidate’s performance in the first two years. ASO-S is the first Chinese mission dedicated to solar physics and is scheduled to be launched in 2022. The top-level scientific objective of ASO-S is to explore connections among solar magnetic field, solar flares, CMEs and other solar activities. Please visit aso-s.pmo.ac.cn/english/ for more information about the mission.

PMO is located in the beautiful Nanjing city, which was the capital city of six Dynasties in Chinese history. PMO is the first modern astronomical institute of China and is known as the ‘Cradle of Modern Astronomy in China’. For more information please visit english.pmo.cas.cn The NAOC headquarter is located in Beijing, the capital city of China and very close to the Olympics Park. Please visit www.bao.ac.cn for more information of NAOC. Successful applicants related to LST and HXI will work at PMO and those related to FMG will work at NAOC.

Applicants should hold a PhD in physics, preferentially in solar physics or a related field. Experiences in data analysis and numerical simulation are an asset. The candidates should have a strong programming skill in IDL or Python. Good knowledge of the English language is essential and the candidates should be capable of working both independently and in team. The application should include the CV, list of publications, certificate of the degree, at least two letters of recommendation by professors familiar with the applicants, and a statement of research interests and plan. Other information helpful to know the applicants is also acceptable. Application deadline is October 15, 2018. Applications received after the deadline will be considered only when the positions are still available. The earliest start date could be next January. Applications for LST-related positions should be sent to Dr. Hui Li . Those for HXI related ones to Dr. Yang Su while those for FMG-related to Dr. Yuanyong Deng. All applicants should CC the application materials to Dr. Weiqun Gan.

Description about the positions and their specific requirement are as follows.


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Commissariat à l'énergie atomique (CEA) Department of Astrophysics/AIM and Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS) (near Paris, France) – Post-doctoral Researcher Position in Solar Physics (reminder)
Eric Buchlin
11 Sep 2018
This is a reminder that the solar and stellar physics groups at CEA Astrophysics Department (DAp, UMR AIM) and CNRS/Université Paris-Sud (UMR IAS: Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale ) invite applications for a joint postdoctoral position, to begin in Fall 2018 (application deadline: October 1st, 2018).

This position is funded by the SPACEOBS project of University Paris-Saclay, of which CEA and University Paris-Sud are founding members. It consists in developing the connection between magnetic field modelling in the Sun’s interior and atmosphere, magnetic field observations at the photosphere, and the ultraviolet emission of the corona, through forward-modelling and comparison to observations. The candidate must possess a PhD in solar physics, plasma physics or astrophysics and demonstrate his/her ability to perform top quality research in these fields.

The funding is for up to 18 months. The net salary will depends on experience, and includes social security benefits and good health insurance. Travel funds will also be made available.

DAp and IAS are located just 5km apart, 20km south of Paris, in an area including several universities and large research centers. With 200 (DAp) and 150 (IAS) faculty and staff members, they offer a lively and very active research environment of the highest international standards. In particular, they play a key role in the STIX, EUI, SPICE, and PHI instruments of Solar Orbiter, and IAS hosts the MEDOC operations and data center, with data sets (SOHO, STEREO, SDO…) relevant to the project. The successful candidate will also have access to state of the art high performance computing infrastructure at both the Institute and National levels.

Applicants should submit by e-mail (PDF format) their resume and bibliography, and arrange for at least 2 letters of reference to be sent by 1st October, 2018 to:
Dr Allan Sacha Brun, CEA Paris-Saclay, sacha.brun@cea.fr, +33 1 69 08 76 60
Dr Éric Buchlin, IAS, CNRS/Univ. Paris-Sud, eric.buchlin@ias.u-psud.fr, +33 1 69 85 87 65

Links:
Department of Astrophysics (CEA): irfu.cea.fr/Sap/en/
Laboratory Dynamics of Stars, Exo-planets and their Environment (LDEE, CEA): irfu.cea.fr/Sap/LDEE/
Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS, CNRS/Univ. Paris-Sud): www.ias.u-psud.fr/


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NASA Headquarters – Senior Scientist, Heliophysics Division
Nicky Fox
12 Sep 2018
NASA is hiring a Senior Scientist in the Heliophysics Division of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters.  NASA’s Heliophysics Division conducts research on the Sun, its extended solar-system environment (the heliosphere), and interactions of Earth, other planets, small bodies, and interstellar gas with the heliosphere. Division research also encompasses geospace – Earth’s uppermost atmosphere, the ionosphere, and the magnetosphere – and the changing environmental conditions throughout the coupled heliosphere (solar system weather).

NASA is seeking a highly skilled individual to work with an agile and diverse team whose core values include excellence, integrity, transparency, teamwork, and a growth mindset towards planning and coordinating NASA programs in research, development, operations of missions and instrumentation, and strategic management of available resources in Heliophysics and related fields.
 
The incumbent will report directly to the Heliophysics Division Director on all matters pertaining to the science activities in which the Division is actively engaged. In addition, the Senior Scientist will provide recommendations, advice, and consultation on all science-related aspects of NASA’s Heliophysics Division to the Heliophysics Director.

More details may be found in the job announcement.

Applications must be submitted through USAJobs.gov and the announcement will close on October 5th, 2018.

www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/510391400


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CIRES/NOAA Solar-Terrestrial Physics Program (University of Colorado, Boulder) – Scientific and DevOps Developers
Vicki Hsu
12 Sep 2018
The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder has immediate openings for Research Associates supporting NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) in Boulder, CO. The positions are for a scientific software engineer and a DevOps software engineer within the NCEI Solar-Terrestrial Physics (STP) program.

More information and to apply for the Scientific Software Engineer position can be found at jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/?jobId=13031 Any questions about the position should be sent directly to Dr. Vicki Hsu (vicki.hsu@noaa.gov).

More information and to apply for the DevOps Software Engineer position can be found at jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/?jobId=12971 Any questions about the position should be sent directly to William Rowland (william.rowland@noaa.gov).


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Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) (Palo Alto, CA) – Postdoctoral Position
Donna Turnley
13 Sep 2018
A postdoctoral position is available within the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) project.  The postdoctoral researcher will be employed by the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute (BAERI, baeri.org, be part of the IRIS team (iris.lmsal.com), and work in Palo Alto, CA at the Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Laboratory (LMSAL, which leads the IRIS mission and is also involved in Hinode, SDO and STEREO). This position is initially for 2 years, but can be extended to 3 years or more.

The IRIS small explorer was launched successfully in June 2013 and is focused on studying the physics of the interface region between the photosphere and corona. The IRIS science investigation combines a high-resolution ultraviolet spectrograph with advanced numerical modeling to study which types of non-thermal energy dominate in the chromosphere and beyond, and how magnetic flux rises through the solar atmosphere and powers flares and coronal mass ejections.

The work will involve a subset or a combination of: 1. analysis of IRIS observations using artificial intelligence techniques such as machine learning; 2. calculation of advanced numerical radiative MHD or multi-fluid simulations and comparison with IRIS (and other) observations.  For more information about the project, please contact Dr. Bart De Pontieu (LMSAL, bdp@lmsal.com) and Dr. Juan Martinez Sykora (BAERI, juanms@lmsal.com). 

Candidates should have a PhD (or expect to complete a PhD in the next 3 months) in data science, solar physics, plasma physics or a closely related field. The applicant is expected to have experience in either machine learning or numerical modeling. Candidates with numerical modeling interest will have an opportunity to work with the Bifrost code and/or the newly developed multi-fluid code Ebysus.

The initial position is for a 2-year period and will start as soon as possible after October 17, 2018.  The postdoctoral researcher will be employed by the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute. The salary range is $78 to $88K, depending on experience.  The job benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, short-term and long-term disability insurance, a 403b defined contribution plan for which employer contributes 10% of gross salary, eligibility for participation in optional 403b tax-deferred annuity plan, 10 paid holidays, and a total of 3 weeks of vacation per year through accrual of 10 hours of vacation and 8 hours of sick-time per month. BAER Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

Closing date for applications is 17 October, 2018. Submit resumes, a 1-page research statement and two letters of reference to:  The Bay Area Environmental Research Institute at:  iris_project@baeri.org

For more details about the job, see the job posting at baeri.org.  BAER Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

Inquiries about the job application should be made to Donna Turnley, Human Resources Director, BAERI Institute at turnley@baeri.org


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Meeting Announcements

SOHE3 – Third Meeting of the Italian Solar and Heliospheric Community: 29–31 October 2018
Alessandro Bemporad
05 Sep 2018
This is the third announcement for the “Third meeting of the Italian Solar and Heliospheric Community – SOHE3” that will take place in Turin (Italy), from 29 to 31 October 2018, and will be organized by the INAF-Turin Astrophysical Observatory and the Turin University – Physics Department. A preliminary version of the scientific program and list of participants is now available on the meeting website: sohe3.oato.inaf.it/

Deadline for abstract submission and early registration fee (reduced rate) has been postponed to September 16th. After this date only late and onsite registration fee (full rate) will be accepted.

Please refer to the meeting website for further details on all of the above arguments, or alternatively send an email to the meeting LOC or SOC at the email addresses given below.

Meeting SOC (soc.sohe3@oato.inaf.it):

Alessandro Bemporad – INAF Osservatorio di Torino; Serena Criscuoli – NSO, National Solar Observatory, Boulder, CO; Dario Del Moro – Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”, Dip. di Fisica; Salvo Guglielmino – Università degli Studi di Catania; Simone Landi – Università di Firenze & INAF Osservatorio di Arcetri; Monica Laurenza – INAF-Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali, Roma; Fabio Reale – Università di Palermo & INAF Osservatorio di Palermo; Thomas Straus – INAF Osservatorio di Capodimonte; Antonio Vecchio – LESIA-Observatoire de Paris- France / Dept. of Astrophysics/IMAPP – Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherland

Meeting LOC (loc.sohe3@oato.inaf.it):

Alessandro Bemporad (Chair), Lucia Abbo, Carlo Benna, Tullia Carriero, Alberto Cora, Annalisa Deliperi, Silvano Fineschi, Federica Frassati, Silvio Giordano, Salvatore Mancuso, Silvano Massaglia, Gianalfredo Nicolini, Stefania Rasetti, Roberto Susino, Luca Zangrilli


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International Workshop on 'Particle Acceleration and Transport: From the Sun to Extragalactic Sources' (12–16 November 2018, Universita' della Calabria, Rende, Italy) – Third Announcement
Natasha Jeffrey
06 Sep 2018
Dear colleagues,

The University of Calabria will host the international workshop on ‘Particle acceleration and transport: from the Sun to extragalactic sources’ on 12 – 16 November 2018.

Abstract submission and early bird registration deadlines are approaching. Please submit your contributed abstract and register at astroplasmas.unical.it/workshop2018/

Deadlines:

A preliminary schedule of the meeting can be checked at astroplasmas.unical.it/workshop2018/index.php?link=3#sottotitolo

Hotel and transfer reservations are available at astroplasmas.unical.it/workshop2018/index.php?link=4#sottotitolo

Review speakers

Invited speakers

Scientific rationale:

Main Topics: SOC: LOC: For further info visit astroplasmas.unical.it/workshop2018/
Contact: workshopunical2018@gmail.com

We look forward to welcoming you in Calabria!

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SDO 2018 Science Workshop: Catalyzing Solar Connections – Early Registration Deadline Extended to September 20, 2018
Dean Pesnell
14 Sep 2018
The early registration deadline for the SDO 2018 Science Workshop: Catalyzing Solar Connections, has been extended to September 20, 2018. The registration fee is 350 EUR until the deadline and 450 EUR after.

Registration, submission, and other information about SDO 2018: Catalyzing Solar Connections are available at register-as.oma.be/sdo2018/

Hope to see you at the workshop!


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Solar Physics Webinar of Global Reach – Next Talk
Gregory Fleishman
14 Sep 2018
Solar Physics Webinar of Global Reach (SPW-GR) was launched on 2018 April 18 under support of the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research (CSTR) at NJIT (connection and coordination support) and Laboratory for Experimental Astrophysics, Ioffe Institute (web site support). The presentations and recordings of the past talks are available online at the webinar web page (www.ioffe.ru/LEA/SF_AR/webinar.html) for free access. Starting September 2018, we’ll try to keep it on a bi-weekly schedule.

NEXT TALK:
Dr. Sarbani Basu (Yale): Studying the internal structure and dynamics of the Sun; Wed, 2018 Sept. 19 at 14:00 UT.

THE FOLLOWING TALK
To be announced.

HOW TO CONNECT
The Webinar uses the Cisco Webex service available at NJIT (link to connect: njit.webex.com/njit/j.php?MTID=mcb6f3cb75b5e6b62bbbcbba16d36e963; meeting # 924 797 400) and is coordinated by Dr. Gregory Fleishman.

FORMAT:
For details, see the SPW-GR web page www.ioffe.ru/LEA/SF_AR/webinar_about.html

SCHEDULE: bi-weekly
Subject to change; visit the SPW-GR web page www.ioffe.ru/LEA/SF_AR/webinar.html


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