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Volume XXVII, Issue 25


Table of Contents

1. AGU Scarf Award Deadline - June 1

2. NSF AGS Virtual Office Hour - Friday, May 1st

3. Spectrum Innovation Initiative Webinar

4. NSF Convergence Accelerator Funding Opportunity

5. Magnetosphere Online Seminar Series

6. JOB OPENING: 2 PhD Positions and 1 Researcher Position in Plasma and Space Physics at University of Oslo, Norway

7. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Research Position at University of Alaska Fairbanks

8. JOB OPENING: Research Fellow in Modelling of the Upper Atmosphere at the University of Leeds

9. RHESSI Nuggets in April 2020


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


AGU Scarf Award Deadline - June 1

From: Ofer Cohen (ofer_cohen at uml.edu)

The Fred L. Scarf Award is given annually to one honoree in recognition of an outstanding dissertation that contributes directly to solar-planetary science. The award is presented at the AGU Fall Meeting and awardees are invited to deliver a talk on their dissertation topic at the meeting.

Due to the pandemic that has increased demands on the Earth and space science community, we have extended the deadline to 1 June. 

Nominations can be submitted at:


NSF AGS Virtual Office Hour - Friday, May 1st

From: Michael Wiltberger (mwiltber at nsf.gov)

Dear members of the AGS community,

We hope everyone in keeping healthy and safe.

The Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) will be hosting virtual office hours to share information about NSF’s current operations and provide guidance to the atmospheric and geospace sciences community. This will also allow the community to ask questions, share concerns, or offer suggestions on how AGS can do more to address the impact of COVID-19 on the research community. Current awardees, pending proposers, and future proposers are all welcome to attend. 

The event is scheduled for 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET, Friday May 1, 2020.  If additional sessions are requested by the community, AGS will be able to host more in the near future.

Please feel free to distribute this message to your departments/institutions.

When: May 1, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Office Hours

Register in advance for this webinar:


Spectrum Innovation Initiative Webinar

From: Michael Wiltberger (mwiltber at nsf.gov)

The Spectrum Innovation Initiative (SII) seeks to chart out a trajectory to ensure United States leadership in future wireless technologies, systems, and applications in science and engineering through the efficient use and sharing of the radio spectrum. The National Center for Wireless Spectrum Research (SII-Center) will serve as a focal point for sustained spectrum research in the most challenging areas that are expected to create advanced wireless technologies and systems that benefit society, of which 5G and future cellular networks are an example. The SII-Center solicitation supports Multiple SII-Center Planning Grant awards funded at a level of up to $300,000 for up to 12 months as well as one SII-Center award funded at a level of up to $5,000,000/year for 5 years. The SII team will held a webinar on Fri, May 08, 2020, 1:00PM – 2:00PM EDT that will cover the solicitation, submission requirements and program updates. 

To participate in the webinar please register at https://nsf.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_Ard3HdOPT1issv7KKQRqtw 


NSF Convergence Accelerator Funding Opportunity

From: Michael Wiltberger (mwiltber at nsf.gov)

As some of you work on use-inspired research that can have societally-important deliverables, and often in collaboration with non-academic partners, this NSF Convergence Accelerator opportunity (https://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/convergence-accelerator/) might interest you.  The second track “AI-Driven Innovation via Data and Model Sharing” is especially relevant to the AGS community.

There is a RFI on ideas for future topics and workshop/conference proposals described in this DCL https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20061/nsf20061.jsp.  To submit a concept for future NSF Convergence Accelerator tracks, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2021RFI and complete the online questionnaire ASAP.  Proposals for NSF Convergence Accelerator conferences may be submitted at any time, but only those that are received by May 18, 2020, and having a budget under $100,000 will be considered for support with FY 2020 funds.

All questions about Convergence Accelerators should be addressed to C-Accel at nsf.gov<mailto:C-Accel at nsf.gov>.


Magnetosphere Online Seminar Series

From: Kyle Murphy, David Sibeck (magnetosphere.seminars at gmail.com)

Our next seminar is Monday May 4, “The Solar Wind” by Lynn Wilson. Heli Hietala will follow this up Monday May 11 with “The Bowshock and Foreshock”. A link to join the seminar can be found on our home page (https://msolss.github.io/MagSeminars/), the password to join the seminar is Mag at 1.

You can add your name to the mailing list in order to receive seminar invites, news, and presentations here, https://msolss.github.io/MagSeminars/mail-list.html.

Posts on previous seminars and links to the seminar recordings can be found in the Speakers and Talks section (https://msolss.github.io/MagSeminars/blog.html). 


JOB OPENING: 2 PhD Positions and 1 Researcher Position in Plasma and Space Physics at University of Oslo, Norway

From: Wojciech Miloch (w.j.miloch at fys.uio.no)

2 PhD positions and 1 researcher position in space and plasma physics are announced at the Dept. of Physics, University of Oslo, Norway (note different deadlines).

1) PhD Research Fellowship in Plasma and Space Physics – Ionospheric Plasma Processes in the Polar Regions,  Deadline 10 MAY 2020.

The position is funded through the ERC Consolidator Grant: “4DSpace: integrated study for space weather at high latitudes”. The candidate will analyze data from the in-situ experiments in ionospheric plasmas from several sounding rocket experiments. The aim is to understand statistical properties of plasma irregularities at specific geomagnetic conditions, which also include auroral particle precipitation and considering collisional plasma at different altitudes. 

More information: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/186078/phd-research-fellowship-in-plasma-and-space-physics-ionospheric-plasma-processes-in-the-polar-regions

2) PhD Research Fellowship in Plasma and Space Physics – Space Weather Effects and Modeling,  Deadline 7 MAY 2020.

The PhD project is related to the development of the physically based model for space weather and is a part of a larger project within 4DSpace Strategic Research Initiative. 
The focus is on the relationship between irregularities in the plasma density and scintillations of transionospheric radio signals. The candidate will work with observations from in-situ and ground-based observations to identify plasma conditions for severe disturbances in the signal propagation. 
More information: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/186031/phd-research-fellowship-in-plasma-and-space-physics-space-weather-effects-and-modeling

3) Researcher in Plasma and Space Physics - Ionospheric Plasma Modeling and Experiments, Deadline 18 MAY 2020.

The position is funded through the ERC Consolidator Grant: “4DSpace: integrated study for space weather at high latitudes”. The researcher will be responsible for large scale numerical simulations with particle-in-cell codes to study the evolution of plasma instabilities and onset of turbulence at kinetic levels, accounting also for auroral particle precipitation and weakly collisional plasmas. Good experience in numerical plasma simulations is required. 
More information: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/186439/position-as-researcher-in-plasma-and-space-physics-ionospheric-plasma-modeling-and-experiments

For details contact Prof. Wojciech Miloch, w.j.miloch at fys.uio.no


JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Research Position at University of Alaska Fairbanks

From: Hyunju Connor (hkconnor at alaska.edu)

Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in the area of space physics, machine learning, and big data analysis. A successful candidate will apply big data techniques to several decades of ground and space observations to improve our understanding and predictions of geomagnetically induced currents. 

This position is for three years with the potential for renewal. The annual salary is $60,000 or higher based on the applicant’s experience. The fringe benefits and a relocation fee will also be provided. PhD in physics, space physics, computer science, or related discipline is required. A candidate with experience in machine learning is highly desirable. Interested applicants should submit the following materials by email to Prof. Hyunju Connor (hkconnor at alaska.edu):

1. A cover letter describing background, qualifications, and experience relevant to the position
2. A full curriculum vitae (CV) - detailing education, awards, publications, research experience, etc.
3. Contact information for three professional references

Review of applications will begin May 15, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Start date in Sep 2020 is desirable. For questions or additional information, contact Prof. Hyunju Connor at hkconnor at alaska.edu.  Details of the Space Physics and Aeronomy research group at Geophysical Institute can be found at https://www.gi.alaska.edu/research/space-physics-and-aeronomy. 

University of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.


JOB OPENING: Research Fellow in Modelling of the Upper Atmosphere at the University of Leeds

From: John Plane (j.m.c.plane at leeds.ac.uk)

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated researcher to join the Atmospheric and Planetary Chemistry group within the School of Chemistry at Leeds. The WAVECHASM (Wave-Induced Transport of Chemically Active Species in the Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere) project, funded by the NERC in the UK and the NSF in the US, will bridge the gap between high-resolution regional models and global climate models in representing transport of constituents by gravity waves. It will contribute to a much deeper understanding of the key small-scale wave-induced constituent transport processes (advection, turbulent mixing, dynamical transport and chemical transport), their global characteristics and their impact on atmospheric chemistry.

By making use of a recent novel theoretical approach and developing this to incorporate these transport processes into global atmospheric chemistry models, this project will significantly enhance our ability to simulate the global constituent structure of the upper atmosphere. We will focus on the mesosphere and lower thermosphere (MLT, between 70 and 120 km), which is sensitive to upward propagating atmospheric waves from below, and solar radiation and energetic particle precipitation (i.e. space weather) from above, and is where interplanetary dust particles ablate. This role will be based at the University of Leeds (UK) but you will be expected to visit our project partners at the University of Colorado (Boulder, USA) twice during the project, for two weeks at a time.

You will have a PhD (or have submitted your thesis before taking up the role) in meteorology, atmospheric physics, atmospheric chemistry, applied mathematics, geophysics or a closely allied discipline, together with a strong background in computer programming, code development and using large numerical codes and/or datasets. Experience of working directly on research problems related to the earth’s mesosphere and lower thermosphere would be beneficial.

The closing date for applications is 26 May 2020. To view the full details of the position, and to make an application, use the link: http://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/EPSCH1017


RHESSI Nuggets in April 2020

From: Hugh Hudson (hughhudson at glasgow.ac.uk)

No. 375: “Evidence for a Coronal Shock Wave Origin for Relativistic Protons Producing Solar Gamma-Rays and Observed by Neutron Monitors at Earth,” by Athanasios Kouloumvakos and Gerry Share. Successful modeling of prolonged solar gamma-ray emissions and terrestrial ground-level cosmic-ray events.

No. 376: "Phenomena in the unusually long pre-impulsive phase of SOL2011-06-07,” by Marian Karlický, Jana Kašparová, and Robert Sych. A massive and slowly-rising filament eruption reveals important new signatures of the physics.

No. 377: "Broad symmetrical Doppler-shifted Fe XXI line profiles,” by Vanessa Polito. It is difficult to explain “evaporation” line profiles by superposition of unresolved flows.

We welcome contributions to the RHESSI Nuggets, and the topics may wander some distance away from specifically RHESSI results if they are generally interesting. See http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/RHESSI_Science_Nuggets for these and others. Comments about specific flares can be found by searching for their SOLyyyy-mm-dd identifier from this home page.


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