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Volume XXIII, Issue 51

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Table of Contents

1. Interdisciplinary Science for Eclipse 2017

2. Opportunities for Dual Incoherent Scatter Radar Experiments at Resolute Bay

3. JOB OPENING: Postdoc Positions Related to Space and Solar Physics



Interdisciplinary Science for Eclipse 2017

From: Madhulika Guhathakurta (Madhulika.Guhathakurta at nasa.gov)

NOTICE: The Heliophysics Division plans to offer Interdisciplinary Science For Eclipse (ISE) 2017 as program element B.11 of ROSES-2016. It will be released by an amendment before the end of September 2016.

Scope of the Program:
The purpose of this solicitation is to support the development of new research or enhancement of existing research that leverages the Interdisciplinary Science For Eclipse (ISE) concept. NASA is seeking proposals that would connect the 2017 solar eclipse to underlying principles of physics and astronomy; the physics of the Sun, Earth and Moon; and space science. Building on existing partnerships within the target communities is especially encouraged. All proposals must demonstrate linkages to the 2017 solar eclipse and this can be done using traditional science and/or citizen science.



Opportunities for Dual Incoherent Scatter Radar Experiments at Resolute Bay

From: Robert Gillies, Roger Varney (rgillies at ucalgary.ca)

Dear Geospace Community,

Both of the Resolute Bay incoherent scatter radars are now fully operational and available for use by the geospace community. We are soliciting requests for experiments utilizing either or both of the RISR Canadian face (RISR-C) and the RISR North face (RISR-N). The University of Calgary operates RISR-C and SRI International operates RISR-N on behalf of the US National Science Foundation. The intention of both groups is to coordinate operations of the radars to optimize scientific impact and capitalize on efficiencies.  Both radars will be run collaboratively with coordination, scheduling and operations shared by the University of Calgary and SRI International. 

RISR-C and RISR-N are both electronically steerable phased array radars using the Advanced Modular Incoherent Scatter (AMISR) technology. The Resolute Bay Observatory (RBO) also includes a variety of other complementary instruments in addition to the AMISRs. Resolute Bay is located at 83° magnetic latitude, and the field of view of the two AMISRs extends from 75° magnetic latitude to the geomagnetic pole. The RBO affords unique opportunities to study polar cap and polar cap boundary phenomena. General information on the capabilities of the AMISRs is available at http://data.phys.ucalgary.ca/sort_by_project/RISR-C/documentation/RISR_information.pdf. 

Requests for experiments and questions regarding the technical and scientific capabilities of the systems should be addressed to both rgillies at ucalgary.ca and roger.varney at sri.com. All requests will be reviewed by a scheduling committee appointed by the University of Calgary, the University of Saskatchewan, and SRI International, and which will allocate radar time in the interests of both Canada and the United States. Due to the high cost of generating electricity onsite, the radars will normally run one 7-10 day continuous campaign per month consisting of multiple different experiments. Requests for experiments should include a description of the scientific goals of the experiment and justifications for the requested dates and times of day (e.g. satellite conjunctions, phenomena specific to a certain MLT sector, new moon). The radars are open to requests from researchers in any country for any scientific purpose related to atmospheric or geospace science.

Robert Gillies, University of Calgary
Roger Varney, SRI International


JOB OPENING: Postdoc Positions Related to Space and Solar Physics

From: Fan Guo (guofan at lanl.gov)

Outstanding candidates are invited for immediate postdoc openings, with one postdoc each in the areas of computational plasma physics, plasma astrophysics including space and solar physics, and protoplanetary disks. For the computational plasma physics and plasma astrophysics positions, background in computational fluid physics and/or plasma kinetic physics is highly desirable. For the protoplanetary disk position, background in computational planet-disk interaction studies is highly desirable. The positions are offered by the Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology group within the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (http://t2.lanl.gov/ and http://t2.lanl.gov/astrophysics/). The successful candidates are encouraged to collaborate with the current group members on on-going projects, and will also be able to develop his/her own research programs. The initial appointment is for two years, with a possible third-year extension.

Candidates should send their applications electronically, including a CV, publication list, and a concise research statement (within 2 pages) describing past achievements and future plans. Applicants should arrange three reference letters to be sent electronically as well. All material and further inquiries can be sent to Hui Li, Shengtai Li and/or Fan Guo at t2astropostdoc at lanl.gov .

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships. Applicants with US citizenship will also be considered for the Metropolis Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational Physics. Applications must be received before Nov. 7, 2016 for full consideration. The review of applications will be on-going until offers are accepted.

Please go to http://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/jobs/all-jobs.php and search for job # IRC52416 for the full description. For general information to the Postdoc Program go to http://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php.


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