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Volume XXV, Issue 25


Table of Contents

1. Special Issue of JGR: Particle Dynamics in the Earth's Radiation Belts

2. http://spacephysics.ucla.edu/

3. Python Community Survey

4. SESSION: 2018 SHINE Workshop Session "How do small-scale effects feedback on reconnection global dynamics, and vice versa?"

5. JOB OPENING: PhD Position in Atmospheric Physics at NTNU, Trondheim Norway -- Reminder of 15 May Deadline

6. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position in Cometary Plasma Physics at IRF in Uppsala, Sweden


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


Special Issue of JGR: Particle Dynamics in the Earth's Radiation Belts

From: Seth Claudepierre (seth at aero.org)

Special Issue of Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics

“Particle Dynamics in the Earth's Radiation Belts”

Special Issue Organizers: S. Claudepierre, C. Colpitts, J. Fennell, X. Li, J.-F. Ripoll, and S. Ukhorskiy.

We are pleased to announce a Special Issue of JGR: Space Physics, highlighting results from the recent AGU Chapman Conference: Particle Dynamics in the Earth’s Radiation Belts, held 4-9 March 2018 in Cascais, Portugal. All members of the scientific community are welcome and encouraged to submit their relevant research articles to this Special Issue. Participation in the conference is NOT required to submit an article to the Special Issue.

Submissions accepted*: May 1 - November 30, 2018

The Conference Conveners
Seth Claudepierre, Chris Colpitts, Joe Fennell, Xinlin Li, Jean-Francois Ripoll, Sasha Ukhorskiy 

*When submitting a manuscript, please select the correct special collection designation in GEMS. The special collection designation will not be visible until the submission period begins on May 1st. Manuscripts must be submitted before the submission period closes. Once the special collection submission period ends, a resubmission can be included pending editor and proposer approval. If the original submission was submitted during the open to submission period, revised versions can be submitted after the special collection has closed in GEMS.



From: C. T. Russell (ctrussel at igpp.ucla.edu)

As an adjunct to classroom lectures, a series of computer-aided exercises in space physics were developed in the 1990’s and extended in the intervening years by UCLA researchers and faculty.  The domain name spacephysics.ucla.edu takes one immediately to this site.  These exercises can be used simply to calculate parameters of common phenomena such as plasma wave and MHD wave speeds and polarizations, or shock jumps, planetary magnetic field, solar magnetic fields, the effects of ionospheric currents and particle motion in magnetic and electric fields.

These programs run in the users’ browser on their laptop or desktop after they connect to the site.  A set of problems that use the exercises can be found in the text book Space Physics: An Introduction by C. T. Russell, J. G. Luhmann and R. J. Strangeway.  See website www.cambridge.org/spacephysics for more information.


Python Community Survey

From: Angeline Burrell, Russell Stoneback, Jeff Klenzing (agb073000 at utdallas.edu)

In preparation for the Snakes on a Spaceship: The Return of the Python at the CEDAR workshop, we would like to learn a bit more about who in the space physics community is using python and how they do so.  Please take a moment to fill out our survey, so we can better direct our efforts for community organization.  It should only take about 2 minutes.


Thank you!


SESSION: 2018 SHINE Workshop Session "How do small-scale effects feedback on reconnection global dynamics, and vice versa?"

From: Kathy Reeves (CfA), María Kazachenko (SSL), Lucas Tarr (George Mason University), Silvina Guidoni (American University/GSFC)  (kazachenko at berkeley.edu)

Please join us at this year's SHINE Workshop (shinecon.org/CurrentMeeting.php) for a session dedicated to the interplay between small and large scales in magnetic reconnection. This session aims to bring the solar, in situ, and laboratory heliophysics communities together to discuss this topic.

Workshop dates: July 30 - August 3, 2018.
Location: Cocoa Beach, FL.
Session link: http://shinecon.org/shine2018/session2018.php#session25
Invited speakers: Sabrina Savage (MSFC) and Bill Daughton (LANL)

Questions of particular interest include:

    How do small-scale effects feedback on reconnection global dynamics, and vice versa? For example, what triggers fast reconnection in the solar atmosphere: a global MHD instability or microscopic instabilities?
    Do kinetic effects associated with reconnection have observational consequences on large scales?
    How do large-scale advections affect the conditions for reconnection?

We welcome poster presentations as well as participation in the discussion (Friday morning, August 3). Our invited scene-setting speakers will provide reviews on observations and theory and also guide the open discussion, which is expected (and indeed hoped) to be the central part of the session. Those who wish to make (or refute) a particular point may bring one slide that can be quickly put up on the main projector, if relevant to the ongoing discussion. 


JOB OPENING: PhD Position in Atmospheric Physics at NTNU, Trondheim Norway -- Reminder of 15 May Deadline

From: Patrick Espy, Peter Naesholm, Yvan Orsolini (patrick.espy at ntnu.no)

A PhD position within the field of atmospheric physics is available at the Department of Physics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The appointment is for 3 years with a projected start in August 2018. There is the possibility of a 1-year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the Department.

The PhD program is hosted by the Atmospheric and Environmental Physics group at NTNU,Trondheim, in close collaboration with NORSAR and the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) at Kjeller, near Oslo. You will be based at NTNU for half the project and then with NORSAR. 

The research will develop combined interpretation methods for atmospheric infrasound and meteor radar datasets. These will be used to derive the winds and temperatures in the middle atmosphere in order to constrain high-top atmospheric models; to map the middle atmospheric dynamics; and to explore the coupling between atmospheric layers. There will be special focus on extreme events such as Sudden Stratospheric Warmings that are known to influence weather patterns. The ambition is to contribute to improved medium-range weather forecasting. The position is funded by the Research Council of Norway, coordinated by NORSAR, and involves both national and international institutes. 

The applicant must have an MSc or equivalent in the physical sciences and a documented background in either atmospheric science, space physics, acoustics and wave propagation, or similar fields. We expect the candidates to have strong data analysis, statistical, and programming skills. The position requires spoken and written fluency in the English language.

Further information can be obtained from: Professor Patrick Espy (patrick.espy at ntnu.no), Dr. Sven Peter Näsholm (peter at norsar.no), or Dr. Yvan Orsolini (yvan.orsolini at nilu.no).

The complete description of position may be found at the www.jobbnorge.no website, reference number: 149185. There is also a direct link to the position at https://tinyurl.com/NTNU-AtmPhysPhD, where the application can be submitted. Applications with a letter describing the candidate’s motivation, skills and personal qualifications for the position, together with a CV and certificates from both Bachelor and Master and the contact details for at least two referees must be submitted electronically through this website.

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. 

The NTNU reference number for the position is: NV-28/18 Application deadline: 15 May 2018


JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position in Cometary Plasma Physics at IRF in Uppsala, Sweden

From: Anders Eriksson (anders.eriksson at irfu.se)

Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden, is seeking candidates for a

Postdoctoral position in space physics: cometary plasma physics

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to study the complex dynamics of a cometary ionosphere. Our group is responsible for one of the plasma instruments on the Rosetta spacecraft to comet 67P, and we collaborate closely with other Rosetta teams. In this project, there will also be collaboration with a team doing particle-in-cell plasma simulations. The work involves both analysis of Rosetta data and theoretical modeling. Experience in the analysis of space plasma data is expected, and experience in relevant theoretical modelling is an advantage.

Candidates should have completed a PhD during 2015 or later. However, if the candidate has an older degree and wants to refer to special circumstances, such as parental leave, this should be clearly stated. Candidates planning to obtain their PhD degree no later than September 2018 can also apply. The candidate should not currently be an active researcher at IRF in Uppsala or the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University. Candidates should be able to start the work during autumn 2018. 

The position is available at the Uppsala office of IRF, located at the Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden, for 2 years. At IRF Uppsala some 20 researchers work on the space plasma mainly around Earth, Saturn, Mars and comet 67P using data from our own instruments on e.g. Rosetta, Cluster, MMS, Swarm and Cassini as well as other data. The project is financed by the Swedish National Space Board.

Applications should include a CV, a short letter stating research interests and relevant experience, copies of undergraduate and PhD degree certificates (or a letter from the supervisor stating when the PhD degree is expected), description and proof of previous postdoctoral positions and/or similar relevant research work (if available), names and contact information for two professional references and reprints of not more than 4 selected publications. 

Closing date for applications is 15 May 2018.

Applications should be sent, preferably by email, to: registrator at irf.se
or by post to: 
Swedish Institute of Space Physics,
Box 812, 
SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden 
Reference number: 2.2.1-155/18

URL: http://www2.irf.se/Topical/Vacancies/?group=P4&vacid=62


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