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Volume XXVI, Issue 6


Table of Contents

1. Distributed Arrays of Small Instruments (DASI) Solicitation

2. Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Deadline Extended

3. MEETING: 2019 Space Weather Workshop, April 1 - 5, Boulder, Colorado

4. ASR Special Issue Deadline 15 February 2019: Gentle Reminder

5. JOB OPENING: A Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland

6. RHESSI Science Nuggets in January 2019


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


Distributed Arrays of Small Instruments (DASI) Solicitation

From: Michael Wiltberger (mwiltber at nsf.gov)

The Distributed Arrays of Small Instruments (DASI) solicitation is designed to address the increasing need for high spatial and temporal resolution measurements to determine the local, regional, and global scale processes that are essential for addressing the fundamental questions in solar and space physics. This solicitation will be formally divided into two tracks: 1) development of instrumentation for future deployment in arrays and 2) deployment and operation of existing instruments in distributed arrays. This DASI solicitation emphasizes both strong scientific merit and a well-developed plan for student training and involvement of a diverse workforce.

Full program description available at 

HTML - https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/nsf19545/nsf19545.htm
PDF - https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/nsf19545/nsf19545.pdf


Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Deadline Extended

From: Lika Guhathakurta (madhulika.guhathakurta at nasa.gov)

Application Deadline: 
Extended Until February 8, 2019 Due to Government Shutdown

UCAR is pleased to announce the 2019 call for applications for the Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship program sponsored by NASA’s Living with a Star (LWS) program. These fellowships are designed to train the next generation of researchers in the emerging field of heliophysics.

Heliophysics embraces all aspects of the Sun-Solar System, and includes many of the basic physical processes found in the laboratory, the solar system, and throughout the universe. These processes generally involve the interactions of ionized gases (plasmas) with gravitational and electro-magnetic fields, and with
 neutral matter. The physical domain of heliophysics ranges from deep inside the Sun to the Earth’s upper atmosphere.

Jack Eddy Fellowships provide a unique opportunity to go where few have gone before! Fellows are UCAR  employees and receive a fixed annual salary, UCAR’s extensive benefits package, and allowances for relocation, travel and publications. Appointments will be announced by April 1, 2019.

To apply for the fellowship and for more information and please visit: https://cpaess.ucar.edu/heliophysics/jack-eddy/how-postdocs-apply

Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science 
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)


MEETING: 2019 Space Weather Workshop, April 1 - 5, Boulder, Colorado

From: Brian Jackson (bjackson at ucar.edu)

The 2019 Space Weather Workshop will be held April 1 - 5, in Boulder, Colorado. This meeting will bring together Federal agencies, the academic community, the private sector, and international partners to focus on the diverse impacts of space weather, on forecasting techniques, and on recent scientific advances in understanding and predicting conditions in the space environment.

The program will highlight impacts in several areas, including: aviation, human spaceflight, satellites, power grids, and other sectors affected by space weather. The conference will also include an update on the national and international space weather programs to mitigate and respond to space weather impacts on society. We welcome a broad range of participation, including representatives from research and development, operational organizations, policy development, and industries impacted by space weather. 

The Space Weather Workshop is coordinated by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and co-sponsored by the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center, the NSF Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, and the NASA Heliophysics Division. For workshop information and to register, please visit http://www.cvent.com/d/vbqvwg. The program, speakers, and other relevant information will become available in forthcoming announcements.  


ASR Special Issue Deadline 15 February 2019: Gentle Reminder

From: Dr. K. Venkatesh and Dr. M. Pezzopane (venkatkau at gmail.com)

We would like to inform you that the deadline for paper submission to ASR special issue is 15 February, 2019. Please find below the formal advertisement and submission information. 

Announcement of a Special Issue of Advances in Space Research on

Variability and Coupling of the Equatorial, Low- and Mid-Latitude Mesosphere, Thermosphere and Ionosphere: Latest Developments of Monitoring and Modeling Techniques

Papers are invited for a special topical issue of Advances in Space Research (ASR) entitled “Variability and Coupling of the Equatorial, Low- and Mid-Latitude Mesosphere, Thermosphere and Ionosphere: Latest Developments of Monitoring and Modeling Techniques”.

The coupling processes taking place between mesosphere, thermosphere and ionosphere, from equatorial to mid latitudes, are of significant importance to understand the variability of Earth’s middle and upper atmosphere. The main objective of this ASR special issue is to highlight the latest developments in the field of equatorial, low- and mid-latitude mesosphere, thermosphere and ionosphere from both monitoring and modeling point of view. The ASR special issue is open to all scientists who have an appropriate scientific paper related to various aspects in this area that include: Short-term, long-term and space-time variability of the mesosphere, thermosphere and ionosphere; Coupling between high-, mid- and low-latitude ionospheric processes; Equatorial electrodynamics: Equatorial Ionization Anomaly (EIA), Equatorial Electrojet (EEJ), equatorial vertical drift; F-region multi-layer stratification, F3 and StF4 layers; Spread-F phenomena; Mid-latitude trough; Sporadic E layer; Ionospheric irregularities, scintillations and loss-of-locks; Magnetosphere-ionosphere interactions; Space weather effects on the ionosphere; Nowcasting/forecasting modelling of the ionosphere, data assimilation techniques and ionospheric tomography; Real-time representation of the ionospheric plasma; Ionospheric turbulence; Ionospheric convection; Satellite and ground based observational techniques. We welcome high quality and relevant manuscripts from all scientists in the upper atmosphere community.

Papers must be submitted electronically to http://ees.elsevier.com/asr. To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, authors must select “Special Issue: MTI Latest Developments” when they reach the "Article Type" step in the submission process. 

Submitted papers must be written in English and they should include full affiliation postal addresses for all authors. Only full-length papers will be considered for publication, subject to peer review by a minimum of two reviewers. There are no page limits although the length of the paper should be appropriate for the material being presented. While the deadline for submissions is 15th February 2019, papers will be published electronically as soon as they are accepted.  The printed issue will be assembled within a reasonable time with late papers being printed in regular issues of ASR. All articles will be typeset at no cost to the author; there is a nominal charge for printing color figures although there is no charge for color figures on the electronic version.

Dr. Venkatesh Kavutarapu (venkatkau at gmail.com) and Dr. Michael Pezzopane (michael.pezzopane at ingv.it) are the Guest Editors for this special issue. Questions can be directed to Drs. Venkatesh and Pezzopane or to the Co-Editor for Special Issues, Dr. Peggy Ann Shea (sssrc at msn.com).

The general format for submission of papers can be found on the ASR Elsevier web site at http://www.journals.elsevier.com/advances-in-space-research/

Dr. K. Venkatesh (Guest Editor, ASR Special issue, venkatkau at gmail.com)
Dr. M. Pezzopane (Guest Editor, ASR Special issue, michael.pezzopane at ingv.it)


JOB OPENING: A Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland

From: Minna Palmroth (minna.palmroth at helsinki.fi)

The Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics is a leading European space physics group specialised both in observations and modelling of space plasmas. We develop the novel global hybrid-Vlasov simulation Vlasiator to investigate the near-Earth space in ion kinetic scales utilising hybrid-Vlasov methods.

We are now opening a postdoctoral fellow position. The postdoctoral fellow will focus on developing Vlasiator and modeling space plasmas. Prior knowledge in the following areas is required: high-performance computing, supercomputer environments, parallelisation algorithms, version control, C++. Other useful skills include: Python, plasma physics, adaptive mesh refinement.

We offer a position in a dynamic and international research group, with a possibility to network and to develop as a researcher. The 2-year position is available immediately. The deadline for applications is 31.3.2019.

For more information, please visit:

For specifics about the position, contact Professor Minna Palmroth (minna.palmroth(at)helsinki.fi). Interested candidates should send their informal application, CV, list of publications, and a maximum of three names to act as references to Hanna.Partio(at)helsinki.fi, and cc: Minna.Palmroth(at)helsinki.fi.


RHESSI Science Nuggets in January 2019

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

No. 343, “Short-period Waves”, by Sijie YU and Bin CHEN. New decimetric imaging spectroscopy suggests Alfvenic energy transport in solar flares.

No. 342, “The Interesting RHESSI/SAS Archive”, by Hugh Hudson and Martin Fivian. The full mission database shows RHESSI to have been very stable geometrically.

Although RHESSI is off the air, results continue to appear. We welcome contributions on a variety of solar research areas, especially those involving RHESSI, and will welcome more for at least the duration of 2019. See 

http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/RHESSI_Science_Nuggets, listing the current series, 2008-present, and

http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/nuggets/ for the original series, 2005-2008.


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