Peter Chi pchi at igpp.ucla.edu
Thu Aug 31 16:55:34 PDT 2017

Volume XXIV, Issue 47


Table of Contents

1. Hurricane Harvey Causes Delay of Heliophysics Supporting Research
Full-Proposal Due Date

2. SESSION:  National Radio Science Meeting Session "Physics of the
Radiation Belts"

3. RHESSI Science Nugget No. 305

4. CESRA highlights in August

5. JOB OPENING: Manager for the NASA/MSFC Science Research and Projects

6. JOB OPENING: Postdoc Position in Plasma Physics at Auburn University

7. JOB OPENING: Two Post-doctoral Research Positions in Space Physics at
the University of Iowa


Announcement Submission Website: http://goo.gl/forms/qjcm4dDr4g


Hurricane Harvey Causes Delay of Heliophysics Supporting Research
Full-Proposal Due Date

From: Arik Posner (arik.posner at nasa.gov)

As part of ROSES-17 Amendment 26, the Heliophysics Supporting Research
program due date for full proposals has been delayed by three weeks. The
new  due date of Sept. 28, 2017 (moved from Sept. 7, 2017) gives more time
to all proposers, and is aimed in particular at those who are adversely
affected by hurricane Harvey.


SESSION:  National Radio Science Meeting Session "Physics of the Radiation

From: Chris Crabtree (chris.crabtree at nrl.navy.mil)

We are pleased to announce a special session on the “Physics of the
Radiation Belts” to be held at the National Radio Science Meeting (NRSM) on
January 4-7, 2018 (Thursday-Sunday) in Boulder, CO.  The meeting web-site
is at https://nrsmboulder.org/.

The session will focus on the physics of generation and evolution of the
important plasma wave modes that occur in the radiation belts as well as
their interaction with energetic particles and their role on influencing
the global evolution of the radiation belts.

All abstracts and summaries must be submitted online at
www.aps-ursi.org/nrsm by Monday, September 18, 2017.

Session Chairs
Craig Kletzing (craig-kletzing at uiowa.edu)
Chris Crabtree (chris.crabtree at nrl.navy.mil)


RHESSI Science Nugget No. 305

From: Hugh Hudson (hhudson at ssl.berkeley.edu)

“Electric Current Neutralization and Solar Eruption in Active Regions”, by
Yang LIU. Active current systems in the solar corona don’t have return


listing the current series, 2008-present, and


for the original series, 2005-2008.

We publish these at roughly two-weekly intervals and welcome contributions,
which should be related, at least loosely, to RHESSI science.


CESRA highlights in August

From: Eduard Kontar (eduard at astro.gla.ac.uk)

Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances as Huge Natural Lenses: Solar Radio
Emission Focusing Effect
by A. Koval et al*

Wavelet-based characterization of small-scale solar emission features
at low radio frequencies
by A. Suresh et al.*

CESRA publishes Highlights of Solar Radio Physics aka CESRA Nuggets
approximately every two weeks. These short communications are written in
the language accessible to a non-expert in the specific area and designed
to keep solar and heliophysics communities informed and up-to-date about
current research. The highlights can be followed, discussed, commented and
shared via www.facebook.com/solarcesra/ and www.twitter.com/CESRA_community


JOB OPENING: Manager for the NASA/MSFC Science Research and Projects

From: Dennis Gallagher (dennis.gallagher at nasa.gov)

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center is seeking to fill the manager position
for the Science Research and Projects Division of the Science and
Technology Office. The work involves coordinated management of five
research focus areas: High Energy Astrophysics; Heliophysics and Space
Weather; Planetary Science; Earth Science Research and Analysis; and Earth
Science Applications.

The internal announcement number (for current civil servants) is MS17C0109
and the link is

The external announcement number is MS17D0052 and the link to the
announcement is

Interested parties are invited to apply. Please direct questions to Sherry
Hopper 256-544-5446 (sherry.l.hopper at nasa.gov)


JOB OPENING: Postdoc Position in Plasma Physics at Auburn University

From: Yu Lin (linyu01 at auburn.edu)

A postdoctoral position is now available in the field of plasma physics at
Auburn University, with an expected starting date in the beginning of 2018.
This position is focused on understanding the physics of collisionless
magnetic reconnection. Experience in gyrokinetic and/or fully kinetic
particle-in-cell simulations is highly desirable. Interested candidates are
encouraged to submit application according to the following instructions
and please refer to "Plasma Physics" in the cover letter. Review of
applicants will begin Nov. 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is
filled. Specific questions on this position should be addressed to Dr. Yu
Lin (linyu01 at auburn.edu).

The College of Sciences and Mathematics at Auburn University located in
Auburn AL (http://www.auburn.edu/cosam) is seeking candidates for the
position of postdoctoral fellow in the sciences and mathematics. From
time-to-time, postdoctoral positions become available under a variety of
research grants and projects in the college. We are seeking applications
from individuals with a Ph.D. in any one area such as: biology, chemistry,
geosciences, mathematics, statistics, physics or related fields.  The
candidates selected for these positions must be able to meet eligibility
requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment is
scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of
employment; and must possess excellent written and interpersonal
communication skills. The positions are available for a minimum of one year
as full-time 12 month appointments, with renewal possible based on
performance, need, and/or funding for a maximum of four years. These are
non-tenure track positions. Salary will be commensurate with education and
experience. Review of applications will begin after July 5th, 2017 and
continue throughout the year as positions become available. Please upload
curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, along with a list of
three references and contact information at

Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It
is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals
without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age,
disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual
orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by
applicable law.


JOB OPENING: Two Post-doctoral Research Positions in Space Physics at the
University of Iowa

From: David Miles, Allison Jaynes (david-miles at uiowa.edu)

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa seeks to
appoint two post-doctoral researchers to join a dynamic and expanding group
of space physics researchers. The University of Iowa has developed
spaceflight hardware for 69 successful satellite and rocket missions and
currently participates in missions including Voyager, Cassini, Mars
Express, Juno, Van Allen Probes, MMS, Cassiope/e-POP, HaloSat, JUICE, and
the Europa Mission.
The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action
employer.  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.

Position 1: Post-doctoral Research Associate – Magnetic Fields
Reports to: Assistant Professor David Miles – david-miles at uiowa.edu
This appointment is partially funded by the Cassiope/e-POP mission (
https://epop.phys.ucalgary.ca/) which has been operating since 2013. The
post holder will spend approximately 50% of their time conducting original
research within the field of space plasma and magnetosphere-ionosphere (MI)
science. Research topics include: field-aligned currents, MI coupling, and
auroral physics using data from Cassiope/e-POP and the ESA Swarm magnetic
field mission (
The remaining 50% will be dedicated to supporting the Cassiope/e-POP
MaGnetic Field instrument (MGF) through data quality assurance, development
of value added data products, and project deliverables, and aiding other
researchers in validating and interpreting MGF data for publication.

Position 2: Post-doctoral Research Associate – Energetic Particles
Reports to: Assistant Professor Allison N. Jaynes –
allison-n-jaynes at uiowa.edu
This appointment will be jointly funded by the Magnetosphere Multiscale
(MMS) mission, which launched in March 2015, and the Van Allen Probes
mission, currently entering the extended mission phase. The University of
Iowa is the home of several Co-Investigators on each mission. The position
will include data analysis and leadership roles related to the FEEPS
instrument (onboard MMS), and the REPT instrument (onboard Van Allen
Probes); both are solid state detectors designed to measure high-energy
electrons and ions in the space environment. Research topics include:
energetic particle dynamics in the inner magnetosphere and at
magnetospheric boundaries, radiation belt dynamics, and energetic particle
effects related to reconnection regions.

A strong candidate will have (1) a solid background in space plasma
physics, (2) experience working with space hardware, (3) experience with
analyzing different types of spacecraft data, and (4) an appropriate track
record of research and publication. They should be fluent in various
computer languages (preferably IDL and/or Matlab), and they should hold, or
expect to hold, a PhD in physics or a related field. Inquiries may be
directed to Drs. Miles or Jaynes.

Candidates are expected to communicate research through the publication of
peer-reviewed journal articles and will be encouraged to undertake domestic
and international travel in support of the research program. The candidates
is also expected to engage constructively with national and international
collaborators to further the scientific goals of the projects and explore
new scientific opportunities. Finally, the candidates will support the
inception, scientific planning, and delivery of new and up-coming mission
concepts and scientific proposals.

Both positions are available immediately with negotiable start dates. Both
positions are for an initial term of two years with the potential of
renewal. Salary will follow the University of Iowa standard for
post-doctoral scholars and scale with the applicant’s experience.

How to Apply:
Application screening will begin on October 15, 2017. Applicants to either
position must submit the following material by email to
david-miles at uiowa.edu or allison-n-jaynes at uiowa.edu respectively.
1. A cover letter describing background, qualifications, and experience
relevant to the desired position
2. A full curriculum vitae (CV) detailing education, awards, publications,
research experience, etc.
3. The contact information for three references


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