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Volume XXIV, Issue 67


Table of Contents

1. AGU SPA Early Career Opportunities Luncheon, 12:30 - 13:30 Wednesday, 13 December 2017

2. JOB OPENING: NCAR HAO & ASP: Postdoc Positions, Application Deadline January 6, 2018

3. JOB OPENING: PhD Student Positions in Space Physics Group, University of Helsinki, Finland


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


AGU SPA Early Career Opportunities Luncheon, 12:30 - 13:30 Wednesday, 13 December 2017

From: Liz MacDonald (e.a.macdonald at nasa.gov)

SPA Early Career Opportunities Lunch at AGU, 12:30 - 13:30 Wednesday, 13 December 2017, N.O. Convention Center room 215

Updated announcement: The Space Physics and Aeronomy leadership team would like to invite early career community members to a mixer event at AGU. This is an opportunity to meet many of us, your NASA and NSF program officers, learn about grant opportunities, and be heard. Those within 10 years of receiving a PhD and students are welcome to attend. SPA is committed to an inclusive environment; early career women, people of color, and under-represented groups are especially encouraged to participate. For any questions, please contact Dr. Liz MacDonald, SPA- SM Secretary, e.a.macdonald at nasa.gov<mailto:e.a.macdonald at nasa.gov>. The event is listed here: https://fallmeeting.agu.org/2017/section-focus-group-events/early-career-student-networking-events-schedule/. The agenda will include a box lunch (for the first 75 attendees) & the following:

* Welcome & Leadership Perspective & Introduction (~15 min)
AGU, NASA, and NSF representatives will introduce themselves and their organizations. Confirmed attendees include: Larry Paxton (AGU), Christina Cohen (AGU), Elsayed Talaat (NASA), Peg Luce (NASA), Mike Wiltberger (NSF), Carrie Black (NSF), Jeff Morrill (NASA), Liz MacDonald (NASA/AGU), Todd Hoeksema (AGU), Holly Gilbert (SPD), & more

* Special Opportunities for Early Career Scientists (~15 min)
Top tips for proposers, How to become a panel reviewer, & special proposal opportunities such as the new NASA ECIP pilot (bit.ly/H-ECIP).

* Meet and Greet with Program Officers (~30 min)
Bring a business card, bring up a topic, or just say hello.


JOB OPENING: NCAR HAO & ASP: Postdoc Positions, Application Deadline January 6, 2018

From: Matthias Rempel (rempel at ucar.edu)

HAO offers two-year postdoctoral fellowships to early career Ph.D. scientists interested in theoretical, experimental and observational studies of the Sun and Earth’s upper atmosphere. The HAO postdoc program is closely coordinated with the postdoc program of NCAR’s Advanced Study Program (ASP) and HAO postdocs will receive the same salary and benefits as ASP postdocs.

Successful applicants will pursue research, in collaboration with members of the HAO scientific staff, on a wide range of topics, including study of the Earth’s ionosphere, thermosphere, and magnetosphere; observations and simulations of coronal mass ejections; spectro-polarimetric observations and interpretation using HAO instrumentation and data inversion tools; probing solar magnetism through observations and modeling; and instrument development. Postdoctoral fellows are appointed for two years beginning in September or October; some flexibility is possible on the specific times of arrival and departure.

See https://www2.hao.ucar.edu/partnerships/visitor-program/postdoctoral-fellows for further detail, or contact Caitlyn Quinn (cquinn at ucar.edu) or Matthias Rempel (rempel at ucar.edu) for further information.

The application deadline is January 6, 2018.

HAO Fellowships will be granted on the basis of proven scientific ability and relevance to HAO research programs. Applications are accepted through NCAR’s Advanced Study Program (https://www.asp.ucar.edu). Applicants who specify HAO as a host laboratory will automatically be considered for both HAO and ASP fellowships, and initial offers will be made in early March. Additional offers may also be made later in the spring. All application materials must be submitted as PDF files. See the ASP website for complete application details (https://www.asp.ucar.edu/postdocs/prospective-applicants). 


JOB OPENING: PhD Student Positions in Space Physics Group, University of Helsinki, Finland

From: Minna Palmroth (minna.palmroth[a]helsinki.fi)

The Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics (blogs.helsinki.fi/spacephysics) is a world-leading group specialised in modelling of the space environment. We develop the novel global hybrid-Vlasov simulation Vlasiator (physics.helsinki.fi/vlasiator), which is massively parallelised and regularly run on the largest European supercomputers.

We have recently obtained several new research grants, including a Finnish Centre of Excellence (2018 – 2025), a European Research Council grant (2016 – 2021), and an Academy of Finland grant (2018 – 2022).

We are now looking for PhD students in space physics, HPC or computational physics, to work on modelling of space plasmas, adaptive mesh refinement, communication reduction or other relevant HPC algorithms. Useful skills include: Python, C/C++, supercomputer environments, and code repositories.

We offer a position in a dynamic and international research group, with a possibility to network and to develop as a researcher. As our the Centre of Excellence builds and launches cubesats establishing new technologies with cutting edge scientific payloads, our community extends from space physics to space technology and entrepreneurial startups.

The positions are available from 1 Jan 2018, and they are open until they are filled. For specifics about the position, contact Professor Minna Palmroth (minna.palmroth ‘at’ helsinki.fi). Interested candidates should send their informal application, CV, and maximum of three names to act as references to the above address.


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