[GEM] THE GEM MESSENGER, Volume 29, Number 32

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Volume 29, Number 32

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Table of Contents

1. Next Step Space Weather Benchmarks Town Hall

2. COSPAR ISWAT Inaugural Working Meeting - Save the Date Announcement - 10-14 February 2020

3. Webinar: Analyzing MMS Data with SPEDAS

4. JOB OPENING: Join NOAA’s Solar & Terrestrial Physics group as a Solar Scientist

5. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Research Position at University of Alaska Fairbanks 

6. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Positions in Space Physics at Peking University

7. Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship Announcement


1. Next Step Space Weather Benchmarks Town Hall
From: Michael Wiltberger (mwiltber at nsf.gov)

NASA and NSF are hosting a Next Step Space Weather Benchmarks Town Hall on September 26, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The Town Hall provides an opportunity to provide feedback on proposed recommendations and priorities for studies, data acquisition, and long-term research that would improve the benchmarking of extreme space weather events.

The Next Step Benchmarks is an NSF and NASA funded task that has gathered 32 of the world’s leading space weather scientists to perform a peer review of the White House’s Space Weather Phase 1 Benchmarks report. The final output of the Next Step Benchmarks task will be a public facing report that provides recommendations for improving benchmarks for extreme space weather events. A draft version of this report will be provided to all Town Hall participants for their review.

The Town Hall is open to the public. To register for the Town Hall, or to find additional details, please visit the registration website: http://www.cvent.com/d/7yqpsj.

2. COSPAR ISWAT Inaugural Working Meeting - Save the Date Announcement - 10-14 February 2020
From: Yihua Zheng (yihua.zheng at nasa.gov)

COSPAR ISWAT Inaugural Working Meeting - Save the Date Announcement - 10-14 February 2020


The inaugural working meeting of the COSPAR International Space Weather Action Teams (ISWAT) will be held 10-14 February 2020 at the Radisson Resort, Port Canaveral, Florida, USA.  Information about the ISWAT initiative is available at: https://iswat-cospar.org/.  This meeting also comes inside the current launch window of the Solar Orbiter spacecraft from nearby Cape Canaveral.

ISWAT consists of Teams that focus on a variety of key problems and topics in space weather research and forecasting.  The Teams are organised into Clusters (by domain, phenomena, impact, or overarching activities), to facilitate collaboration and ensure complementarity.  On the website you can register a new Team (and in the near future, request to join existing teams).  Team registration is open to all established and newly-formed teams focused on different aspects of space weather.

The COSPAR ISWAT initiative is built upon its precursor - the International Forum on Space Weather Capabilities Assessment (https://ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov/assessment/) initiated during the 2017 International CCMC - LWS Working Meeting: “Assessing Space Weather Understanding and Applications” (https://ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov/CCMC-LWS_Meeting/).  The progress of Forum working teams is highlighted in the AGU Space Weather Journal special issue: https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/toc/10.1002/(ISSN)1542-7390.SW_CASS.  Active Forum Teams are anticipated to register into ISWAT and to participate in the February 2020 ISWAT Meeting.  Success of the working meeting and the ISWAT initiative depends on active involvement of team leads, cluster moderators, and participants in meeting preparation and all follow-on activities.

The 10-14 February 2020 ISWAT meeting ( https://www.iswat-cospar.org/wm2020 ) will:

• Allow Teams and Clusters to meet to establish their respective goals and plans;
• Consolidate existing Teams, foster new Teams, and form a platform for the overarching activities and for the Teams to work together within and across Clusters;
• Facilitate establishment of multi-disciplinary space weather community by bringing together experts in space weather phenomena and space environment impacts, model and application developers, data providers and forecasters. 
• Allow us to understand the needs of the user communities and space weather impacts, and to set targets for scientists and Teams to address;
• Allow us to understand and assess constituent data and models;
• Expand on-going community-wide research projects and jump-start new campaigns;
• Set the stage for ISWAT’s future, understand how Teams and Clusters must interact in order to achieve long-term objectives; and
• Develop approach to updating the COSPAR global space weather  roadmap into a living document.

Registration information will be posted on the website by early October 2019 at the latest, followed by a preliminary schedule by the end of October 2019.  We envisage around 100-150 participants and have 10 breakout rooms available at the venue.  Everyone is welcome to join ISWAT and to attend the meeting - and to come to the meeting with a view to joining one or more existing Teams if you haven’t already done so in advance.

3. Webinar: Analyzing MMS Data with SPEDAS
From: Eric Grimes, Jim Lewis, Vassilis Angelopoulos and the SPEDAS team (egrimes at igpp.ucla.edu)

The SPEDAS development team invites you to a webinar we'll be holding on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 10AM Pacific / 1PM Eastern. The focus of this webinar will be on MMS analysis tools in SPEDAS.

Topic: Analyzing MMS Data with SPEDAS
Time: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 10AM Pacific / 1PM Eastern

Tentative agenda:
 1) Ephemeris/Coordinates Data
 2) FIELDS Data
 3) EPD (FEEPS/EIS) Data
 4) Plasma (FPI/HPCA) Data

If there are any topics of interest you would like to see covered, please email: egrimes at igpp.ucla.edu.

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4. JOB OPENING: Join NOAA’s Solar & Terrestrial Physics group as a Solar Scientist
From: Rob Redmon (Rob.Redmon at noaa.gov)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) welcomes your application for a new solar scientist federal hire in the Solar & Terrestrial Physics group in Boulder, Colorado. The successful applicant will work with new and advanced solar observations such as those from the GOES-R series Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI), Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS) and future Space Weather Follow On (SWFO), and extremely valuable archives of solar irradiance and imagery observed by satellites and solar radio observations from ground stations. Your efforts will help ensure NOAA continues to create high value products and services that are used in critical space weather forecasting applications to protect life and property, and are widely leveraged by the international research community inspiring Research to Operations and Operations to Research. This position has significant potential for efficient advancement from a ZP3 to a ZP4 level position. All interested persons are welcome to apply using the usa.gov URLs below. If you have any questions please contact Gretchen Imahori at Gretchen.Imahori at NOAA.gov.


5. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Research Position at University of Alaska Fairbanks 
From: Hyunju Connor (hkconnor at alaska.edu)

We invite applications for a postdoctoral research position at University of Alaska Fairbanks. This postdoc will apply big data techniques to several decades of ground and space observations to improve our understanding and predictions of geomagnetically induced currents. The postdoctoral research is part of a 4-year, 4-million-dolloar project situated at both UAF and the University of New Hampshire to enhance their expertise in space science with machine-learning techniques. The postdoc will also have the opportunity to be involved in the space weather underground program (SWUG) that works with local high school students to build, deploy, and analyze ground magnetometers.

The appointment is for 3 years with the potential for renewal. PhD in physics, space physics, computer science, or related discipline is required. Candidates with experience in machine learning are highly desirable. Interested applicants should submit the following materials by email to Prof. Hyunju Connor (hkconnor at alaska.edu):

1. A cover letter describing background, qualifications, and experience relevant to the position
2. A full curriculum vitae (CV) - detailing education, awards, publications, research experience, etc.
3. Contact information for three professional references

Review of applications will begin Oct 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Start date in Jan – Mar 2020 is desirable. For questions or additional information, contact Prof. Hyunju Connor at hkconnor at alaska.edu.  Details of the Space Physics and Aeronomy research group at Geophysical Institute can be found at https://www.gi.alaska.edu/research/space-physics-and-aeronomy.  A second postdoctoral position will also be available at UNH; contact Prof. Connor for details.

University of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

6. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Positions in Space Physics at Peking University
From: Chao Yue (yuechao at pku.edu.cn)

The Institute of Space Physics and Applied Technology (ISPAT) at Peking University in Beijing is seeking applicants for Boya Postdoctoral Fellows in Space physics, to conduct original research addressing the origin, acceleration, transport, and wave-particle interactions of suprathermal and energetic particles at the Sun, in the interplanetary medium, and/or in the planetary magnetosphere. The successful candidates will analyze in situ and remote-sensing measurements related to suprathermal and energetic particles from Wind, ACE, STEREO, RHESSI, Parker Solar Probe, MESSEGER, JUNO, Cluster, THEMIS, Van Allen probes, MMS, as well as Planetary missions such as Messenger, Juno, Cassini etc.. The candidates are also expected to publish papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, present results at scientific meetings and workshops, and perhaps support the development of space-borne energetic particle instruments.

More details could be found at https://postdocs.pku.edu.cn/zpxx/91081.htm

Requirements: (1) a PhD degree in physics, space physics, plasma physics, astrophysics or a related discipline, completed or expected by effective date; (2) previous research experience in space plasma physics, solar and heliospheric physics, or magnetospheric physics, related to suprathermal particles (preference may be given to candidates also with experimental hardware experience in these fields); (3) expertise in scientific programming, e.g., in IDL and FORTRAN.

For full consideration, please submit (A) a cover letter describing background and relevant experience, (B) a full resume (including a full publication list), and (C) two confidential letters of recommendation (including one from the applicant’s Ph.D. supervisor), to Prof. Qiugang Zong (qgzong at pku.edu.cn). The appointment will be for two years, renewable for a third year subject to a performance evaluation and the availability of funding.

For additional information, please contact Prof. Qiugang Zong (qgzong at pku.edu.cn) or Prof. Chao Yue (yuechao at pku.edu.cn).

Salary: approximately 300,000 Chinese Yuan (CNY) annually, including benefits of health, welfare and housing
Application deadline: Oct 15, 2019.
Start date: Jan. 1, 2020

7. Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship Announcement
From: Kendra Greb (kgreb at ucar.edu)

Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship
Application Deadline: January 17, 2020

UCAR is pleased to announce the 2020 call for applications for the Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship program sponsored by NASA’s Living with a Star (LWS) program. These fellowships are designed to train the next generation of researchers in the emerging field of heliophysics.

Heliophysics embraces all aspects of the Sun-Solar System, and includes many of the basic physical processes found in the laboratory, the solar system, and throughout the universe. These processes generally involve the interactions of ionized gases (plasmas) with gravitational and electro-magnetic fields, and with neutral matter. The physical domain of heliophysics ranges from deep inside the Sun to the Earth’s upper atmosphere.

Jack Eddy Fellowships provide a unique opportunity to go where few have gone before! Fellows are UCAR  employees and receive a fixed annual  salary, UCAR’s extensive benefits package, and allowances for relocation, travel and publications. Appointments will be announced by April 1, 2020.

To apply for the fellowship and for more information and please visit: https://cpaess.ucar.edu/heliophysics/jack-eddy/how-postdocs-apply 

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