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Volume XXIII, Issue 41

Editor: Peter Chi
Co-Editor: Guan Le
Distribution Support: Sharon Uy, Marjorie Sowmendran, Todd King, Kevin Addison
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Table of Contents

1. SPA Section Fellows

2. Monday Science Telecon

3. JOB OPENING: Postdoc at Tromsø Geophysical Observatory, Norway



SPA Section Fellows

From: David Sibeck (david.g.sibeck at Nasa.gov)

Please join me in congratulating this year's AGU Section Fellows.  They are:

Nat Gopalswamy, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Masahiro Hoshino, University of Tokyo
Lynn M. Kistler, University of New Hampshire
Tai Phan, University of California, Berkeley

David Sibeck
AGU SPA Section President


Monday Science Telecon

From: David Sibeck (david.g.sibeck at nasa.gov)

At 12:00 noon EST on Monday (August 1), we plan to hold the next in our ongoing series of science telecoms. The speaker this Monday will be Jeffrey Broll from Southwest Research Institute. The topic will be “Locating dayside magnetopause reconnection with exhaust observations".

The telecom will be broadcast live via webex. If you would like to join, please
go to http://uclaigpp.webex.com/, search for the ‘Dayside Science' meeting, 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:
with passcode 901533

Please remember to mute your telephone if you are not speaking.

Looking forward to speaking with you.


JOB OPENING: Postdoc at Tromsø Geophysical Observatory, Norway

From: Magnar G. Johnsen (Magnar.G.Johnsen at uit.no)

Postdoctoral Fellow at Tromsø Geophysical Observatory

Application deadline: 4. September 2016

Tromsø Geophysical Observatory has a Postdoctoral Fellow position vacant. The position is attached to the project “The mesospheric sodium layer as a remotely, optically pumped magnetometer for investigation of Birkeland currents”.

By means of optical pumping, it is possible to use the naturally occurring sodium layer in the mesosphere to measure Earth's scalar magnetic field at ~90 km above ground. This is an altitude not accessible by other means than rockets which will provide point measurements of very short time scales. We are proposing to modify the ALOMAR sodium lidar to be able, for the first time, to measure and monitor the magnetic field in the high latitude mesosphere over longer time scales. In addition to proving a new method for monitoring Earth's magnetic field, which will attract great interest from the geomagnetic community, we will combine the efforts from different communities (astronomy, mesosphere/atmosphere, optics and geomagnetism) into a common science goal. 

The successful candidate for the postdoctoral position will work on implementation of hardware upgrades to the sodium lidar at ALOMAR as well as performing measurements during the scheduled campaigns. Furthermore, the candidate will actively participate in the overall scientific activity related to the project, including publication and presentations. It is expected that the post-doc will be responsible for the project web pages and spend 2-5 % of his/her time on public outreach and dissemination activities. Working place will be in Tromsø (Norway), but frequent travel to and work at ALOMAR (Andøya) will be needed. Expected start of the position is in January 2017.

The successful candidate should have excellent engineering skills with good knowledge about and experience with optics and laser diagnostic tools such as lidars. Knowledge within space physics with emphasis on high latitude, upper atmospheric and ionospheric physics is also considered important.

More details and application form may be found at: https://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/127890/postdoctoral-fellow-at-tromsoe-geophysical-observatory


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