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Volume XXVII, Issue 66


Table of Contents

1. AGU Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Workshop Opportunities

2. Request for Information (RFI) on Future Topics for the NSF Convergence Accelerator program

3. Call for GEM Steering Committee Vice-Chair Applications

4. SPD Hale and Harvey Prizes

5. IAU PhD Prize

6. IAU Individual or Junior Membership Application

7. Center for Geospace Storms (CGS) Workshop, November 9-10, 2020

8. MHD Coronal Seismology 2020: Twenty Years of Probing the Sun’s Corona with MHD Waves, December 8-11, 2020

9. Verification Metrics Surveys for UFS Applications

10. ISSS WEB SCHOOL on: "Dynamical Systems and Machine Learning Approaches to Sun-Earth Relations"

11. Interstellar Probe Webinar 30 October at 1PM Eastern: The Extra-Galactic Background Light: Opening a Window to Early Galaxy and Star Formation

12. Haystack's 21st Annual Michael J. Buonsanto Memorial Lecture - Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 @ 15:00 EST / 20:00 UTC

13. EarthCube Webinar: Joining the Community as a Funded Project – A Discussion of the 2021 NSF EarthCube Solicitation

14. Upcoming SHIELD Webinar: Friday, November 20th 1:30 PM EST  

15. JOB OPENING: Research Positions at ERAU's Center for Space and Atmospheric Research (CSAR)

16. JOB OPENING: Senior Scientist, Solar and Space Plasma Physics at JHU/APL

17. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Space Physics at JHU/APL

18. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Researcher and PhD Student in Ionospheric Physics at Sodankyla Geophysical Observatory

19. JOB OPENING: Research Fellow in Space Physics at Otago University (New Zealand)

20. JOB OPENING: Post-doctoral Position Vacancy at ISEE, Nagoya University, Japan

21. JOB OPENING: High Frequency Systems Engineer, Physics Department, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada

22. RHESSI Nuggets in September and October 2020


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


AGU Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Workshop Opportunities

From: Geoff Reeves, Christina Cohen (Geoff at ReevesResearch.org)

Seven organizations, including AGU, are hosting a series of virtual workshops designed to help current and emerging geoscience leaders support recent calls to action for anti-racism in academia.

Workshop 1: Call to Action: Anti-Racism Efforts in the Geosciences: Wednesday, 28 October 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET

Workshop 2: Exploring Challenges to Diversifying Faculty: Tuesday, 8 December; 10 a.m. – noon ET

Workshop 3: A workshop addressing student issues, in conjunction with the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting; 10-15 January 2021.

Registration is required. More information is available in the online flyer at https://ethicsandequitycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Ethics_Brochure_20Oct20-v2.pdf


Request for Information (RFI) on Future Topics for the NSF Convergence Accelerator program

From: Michael Wiltberger (mwiltber at nsf.gov)

The NSF Convergence Accelerator issued a Dear Colleague Letter (NSF-21-012): Request for Information (RFI) on Future Topics for the NSF Convergence Accelerator program to capture national-scale societal impact ideas from the global community for fiscal year 2022. The RFI is the kickoff of the Convergence Accelerator’s ideation process. Selected ideas will be asked to submit a conference proposal to further develop the proposed idea and to gather insights into a final report to assist NSF in determining convergence research topics for 2022. 

Participants from academia, industry, government, non-profit, and other sectors are encouraged to submit their ideas at http://bit.ly/NSF-21-012. Responses to the RFI are due by November 9, 2020.  

NSF wants your best ideas for future NSF Convergence Accelerator tracks. Join the NSF Convergence Accelerator on October 21 or 27, 2020 to learn about the program’s ideation process, specifically focusing on the FY 2022 Request for Information (RFI) on future topics. Attendees will learn about the Convergence Accelerator’s model and fundamentals, designed to leverage a convergence approach to transition basic research and discovery into practice. The goal of this webinar is to bring awareness of this exciting opportunity to accelerate NSF-funded research and discovery to further societal impact.

Tuesday, October 27, 2-3:30 p.m. (ET) 
To register, visit https://bit.ly/NSFCA_Oct27_RFIWebinar

After registering a confirmation email containing the meeting information, including how to join will be provided. 

For additional information on the NSF Convergence Accelerator program, visit https://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/convergence-accelerator/ or email C-Accel at nsf.gov.


Call for GEM Steering Committee Vice-Chair Applications

From: Vania Jordanova (vania at lanl.gov)

The Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) Steering Committee (SC) is looking for an energetic and strategic leader to serve as the GEM Vice-Chair (Chair-Elect). We invite interested members of the community to apply for this position or to nominate community members that would make excellent candidates. 

The success of the GEM program relies upon the dedicated service of the SC members; a list of the current Steering Committee and related information is available at the GEM Wiki:

To apply, please submit a brief (no more than two pages) CV and a separate statement of interest (about a half page) describing your interest in the position, any relevant experience, and your expected approach to serve the GEM community and maintain an interactive workshop style. Please send these documents to the current GEM SC Chair Vania Jordanova (vania at lanl.gov) and Meeting Organizer Chris Mouikis (chris.mouikis at unh.edu); the name and contact information of nominations should be sent to the same addresses. Review of applications will begin on November 10, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any GEM steering committee member if you have questions. Thank you for your support of GEM!


SPD Hale and Harvey Prizes

From: Terry Kucera (therese.a.kucera at nasa.gov)

It is time for the submission of nominations for the AAS/Solar Physics Division's Hale and Harvey prizes. The deadline for submission of nominations is November 30, 2020. Nominations should be sent to therese.a.kucera at nasa.gov.

Hale Prize: The Hale prize is awarded annually to a scientist for outstanding contributions over an extended period of time to the field of solar astronomy. In considering candidates, the Prize Committee is to be guided by the impact of the candidates’ research in solar physics, general astronomy, geophysics, mathematics, and physics. 

Harvey Prize: The Harvey Prize is in recognition of a significant contribution to the study of the Sun early in a person’s professional career. The prize will be awarded to a person who has not reached 36 years of age, or who has not reached ten years of cumulative professional experience since the PhD or equivalent degree, at the end of the year preceding the award. 

These prizes are open to qualifying scientists without regard to sex, race, nationality or membership in the SPD. For more complete information concerning submission see https://spd.aas.org/prizes#nominations.


IAU PhD Prize

From: Sarah Gibson (sgibson at ucar.edu)

Each Division of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has, once a year, the opportunity to award its own prize to the candidate it feels has carried out the most remarkable work in the previous year (i.e. a PhD Thesis which has been defended between the 16 December in the previous year, and 15 December this year). The IAU PhD Prize is open to candidates from any country, regardless of whether the country has  IAU National Membership. 

The deadline for applications for the 2020 IAU PhD Prize will be the 15th December. The application form is available here: https://www.iau.org/submissions/phd-prize/.
The conditions and details for the application are available on the IAU webpage here: 



IAU Individual or Junior Membership Application

From: Sarah Gibson (sgibson at ucar.edu)

As a rule, Individual Membership in the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is open to scientists with a PhD or equivalent in a branch of astrophysics.

Eligible candidates for IAU Junior Membership are junior scientists in the initial phase of a research career with the prospect of becoming a professional researcher in astronomy. For this round of applications, candidates must have completed their PhD studies in any field of astronomy between 2015 and 2020. Deadline for application this year is December 15, 2020. Further information is found here: https://www.iau.org/administration/membership/individual/qualification/

Researchers working in the United States may go directly here to apply: https://www.nationalacademies.org/our-work/us-national-committee-for-the-international-astronomical-union-usnc-iau


Center for Geospace Storms (CGS) Workshop, November 9-10, 2020

From: Slava Merkin (slava.merkin at jhuapl.edu)

Dear colleagues,

This is a reminder that the first Center for Geospace Storms (CGS) Workshop will be held on 9-10 November 2020. You can register and view the agenda here: http://cgs.jhuapl.edu/workshop/.

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together experts, early career scientists and students in the fields of space and atmospheric sciences, for an open-forum discussion of outstanding issues in the physics of geospace storms, organized around specific topical sessions (see agenda). The workshop is planned as a sequence of scene-setting talks given by CGS team members and invited talks given by speakers from the larger community, with plenty of room for discussion between the talks and at the end of each day. We invite everyone in the community to join the workshop, listen to the talks and participate in the discussion. 

Slava Merkin on behalf of the CGS team


MHD Coronal Seismology 2020: Twenty Years of Probing the Sun’s Corona with MHD Waves, December 8-11, 2020

From: Dmitrii Kolotkov (D.Kolotkov.1 at warwick.ac.uk)

Since the discovery of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) wave processes in the corona of the Sun at the beginning of the era of spatially and temporally resolving multi-band telescopes, coronal seismology has become widely accepted as a highly powerful technique for probing the physical conditions in the Sun’s corona. This international 4-day online conference is intended to mark the 20-year milestone since the publication of the pioneering work on the application of coronal seismology for probing the coronal magnetic field (Nakariakov & Ofman 2001A&A…372L..53N). The conference is also held in honour of Prof Nakariakov’s 55th birthday, with particular emphasis on the various aspects of coronal seismology that he made a special contribution to. Standing at the origin of this research field, Prof Nakariakov has established strong scientific links and collaborations in the UK and worldwide, and trained a new generation of young and actively working solar physicists, thus seeding a solid ground for the further development of coronal seismology with MHD waves in particular and highly influencing solar physics in general. The conference will include invited talks of 25 min given by the UK and international researchers who used to be either PhD students or postdocs of Prof Nakariakov at some stage of their academic career, and also by his close collaborators and those with close scientific connections to Prof. Nakariakov. The conference also warmly welcomes 20-min contributed talks from researchers working either directly on coronal seismology or in closely related areas. We shall also consider arranging online poster sessions and a few minutes oral poster presentations, depending on the number of registered participants. Please kindly email your intention to participate and (tentative) abstracts to d.kolotkov.1 at warwick.ac.ukusing the following form:






Your time zone during the conference:


Important dates:

Registration open: 26 Oct 2020
Registration close: 30 Nov 2020
Conference dates: 8-11 Dec 2020

NO registration fees for all participants, as the conference will be held online.

Preliminary research topics to address:

1. Kink and sausage oscillations and waves in the corona;
2. Slow magnetoacoustic waves in coronal loops;
3. MHD waves in open coronal structures;
4. Novel techniques of data analysis in coronal seismology;
5. Multi-wavelength observations (from radio to gamma-rays) and modelling of quasi-periodic pulsations in solar and stellar flares;
6. Thermodynamic activity of the corona and implications of MHD waves for coronal heating;
7. Nonlinear effects of coronal MHD waves: observational manifestations and theoretical modelling;
8. Coronal MHD waves and magnetic reconnection in the solar atmosphere;
9. Interaction of coronal MHD waves with a lower solar atmosphere.


D. Kolotkov (Warwick, UK, Chair),
B. Li (Weihai, China, co-Chair),
S. Anfinogentov (ISTP, Russia),
K. Murawski (UMCS, Poland),
G. Nistico (Calabria, Italy),
D. Tsiklauri (QMUL, UK),
T. Van Doorsselaere (KU Leuven, Belgium).

For more details, please see the conference webpage:



Verification Metrics Surveys for UFS Applications

From: Naomi Maruyama (Naomi.Maruyama at noaa.gov)

The Developmental Testbed Center (DTC), in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Unified Forecast System's (see ufscommunity.org) Verification and Validation Cross-Cutting Team (UFS-V&V), will be holding a three-day workshop to identify key verification and validation metrics for UFS applications. The workshop will be held remotely February 22-24, 2021. The goal of the workshop is to identify and prioritize key metrics to use for evaluating UFS research products and establish their readiness to move from one research stage to another prior to becoming operational candidates for the NCEP Production Suite.

In preparation for the Workshop, a series of pre-workshop surveys will be made available to gather community input from the diverse set of customers and stakeholders across government, academic, and private sectors.  Additionally, the results of the surveys and workshop are directly applicable to improving the Global Forecast System (GFS) and other operational models through improved verification and diagnostics capability so please consider participating and sharing the link with your colleagues.

To participate, please proceed to the 2021 DTC UFS Evaluation Metrics Workshop website (https://dtcenter.org/events/2021/2021-dtc-ufs-evaluation-metrics-workshop) to take Survey 1: Fields for up to eight modeling applications (https://dtcenter.org/events/2021/2021-dtc-ufs-evaluation-metrics-workshop/pre-workshop-survey-1). You can also sign up for updates.  The model applications being surveyed:

   * Short Range Weather/Convection Allowing Model, including sub-sections: Upper-Level, Surface/Sensible Weather, Aviation, Air Quality, Precipitation, Severe, Winter Weather, Land Surface, and Hydrologic
   * Medium Range Weather/Subseasonal to Seasonal, including sub-sections: Sub-sections: Upper-Level Synoptic, Surface/Sensible Weather, Land-Surface, Marine/Waves, Sub-Seasonal
   * Seasonal
   * Air Quality/Atmospheric Composition
   * Coastal
   * Hurricane
   * Marine and Cryosphere
   * Space

     Survey 1 only attempts to prioritize fields; subsequent surveys will address specific metrics (e.g. RMSE, bias, .....) and specific levels. For this set of surveys we are trying to identify:

   * Critical fields that are needed by the user community to assess skill in each application
   * Omissions in the lists of fields that were generated at the 2018 Evaluation Metrics Workshop

     This set of surveys will be open until October 30, 2020. Thank you in advance for your participation in this important process.

The Workshop Committee


ISSS WEB SCHOOL on: "Dynamical Systems and Machine Learning Approaches to Sun-Earth Relations"

From: Umberto Villante (ssc at aquila.infn.it)

The Course of the International School of Space Science on “Dynamical Systems and Machine Learning Approaches to Sun-Earth Relations” directed by G. Consolini and D. Del Moro, originally expected on June 2020 in L’Aquila, will be held on line on 1 - 5 February, 2021.

The course is devoted to young researchers and PhD students and will provide an introduction and an overview of the recent theoretical, numerical and data analysis advances in the framework of dynamical systems and machine learning approaches to the characterisation and the modelling of Sun-Earth’s relations.

The dynamics of the Sun strongly affects the interplanetary and circumterrestrial environment, causing phenomena that have a great impact on the anthropic activities. In the past, the response of the Earth’s magnetosphere-ionosphere system to the changes of the solar wind and interplanetary conditions due to the solar activity has been widely investigated showing that the dynamics of the coupled solar wind-magnetosphereionosphere (SMI) system resembles that of a complex system displaying scale invariant features, turbulence and a near-criticality behaviour. On the other hand, in the framework of dynamical systems, several new tools and methods have been proposed to quantify and characterise the dynamical complexity and its role in nonlinear outof-equilibrium dynamical systems.

Furthermore, the modelling of the complex dynamics of the SMI system, as such as some features of the solar activity has been shown to benefit from the recent advances in the field of machine learning techniques.

Applications are due before November 29, 2020.

For more information visit http://www.cifs-isss.org/ or send an e-mail to ssc at aquila.infn.it


Interstellar Probe Webinar 30 October at 1PM Eastern: The Extra-Galactic Background Light: Opening a Window to Early Galaxy and Star Formation

From: Andrea S. Harman (ams573 at alumni.psu.edu)

Please join the Interstellar Probe Study team for another installment of the Interstellar Probe Webinar Series on Friday, October 30th at 1:00PM EDT via Zoom.

The Extra-Galactic Background Light: Opening a Window to Early Galaxy and Star Formation

Casey Lisse, Astrophysics Lead, Interstellar Probe Study, JHUAPL
Asantha R. Cooray, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, University of California – Irvine
Michael Zemcov, Assistant Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy, Rochester Institute of Technology

During the voyage of an Interstellar Probe mission to the edge of our Heliosphere and beyond, there exists many opportunities for new discoveries in Astrophysics. This webinar will feature a discussion on one of those opportunities, measuring the extra-galactic background light, without the limitations of the Zodiacal cloud, and how such measurements could be achieved. These measurements hold the possibility to revolutionize our understanding of the formation and evolution of our universe, by measuring the light created by all the stars and galaxies in the Universe since the Big Bang.

Following the presentations there will be a question and answer session.

To watch this webinar please visit the following event page, which has the Zoom link: http://interstellarprobe.jhuapl.edu/Resources/Meetings/agenda.php?id=92
Also, please visit the following link to watch recordings of the previous webinars: http://interstellarprobe.jhuapl.edu/Resources/Webinar-Series/index.php

The JHUAPL Interstellar Probe Study Team


Haystack's 21st Annual Michael J. Buonsanto Memorial Lecture - Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 @ 15:00 EST / 20:00 UTC

From: Phil Erickson (pje at haystack.mit.edu)

On behalf of MIT Haystack Observatory, we are pleased to announce the 21st Annual Michael J. Buonsanto Memorial Lecture.  This event will be online-only, and the link will be posted to the lecture series page before the event.  All are welcome to attend!

Buonsanto Memorial Lecture Series home page:


This year's lecture is presented by

Alan J. Burns
High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO

Geomagnetic activity effects on thermospheric composition as seen by GOLD

Geomagnetic storms cause large changes in the ionosphere. There are both increases (positive storm effects) and decreases (negative storm effects) in electron density at the F2 peak and in the topside ionosphere (hence in TEC too). Over 60 years ago, Seaton suggested that thermospheric neutral composition might be the source of the negative geomagnetic storm effects in the ionosphere. Since that time, much progress has been made in determining the nature and causes of these composition changes. However, this work has been hampered until recently by the inability to separate longitude, universal time and local time effects. Because of the large number of ways that geomagnetic storms can vary from each other, this results in an observational understanding of storm-time composition changes that is essentially climatological, much as it has been for many years. Some insight into the weather of geomagnetic storms has been gained from models, but this too is limited by the way that the geomagnetic drivers are input into these models. Understanding geomagnetic effects on composition during geomagnetically quiet times has proved to be even more of a challenge. The Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission is allowing a new look at these composition changes, and ties them to temperature as well. However, few geomagnetic storms have occurred since GOLD started observing, so our early work has concentrated on the effects of weaker geomagnetic activity on thermospheric composition. Surprisingly, these effects have proven to be large. In this presentation, I will describe why composition changes during geomagnetic storms and then apply this understanding to the “quiet-time” changes seen by GOLD and to some of the changes in TEC.

Lecture Date/Time: 
Thursday, 5 November 2020
3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (20:00 UTC)

The Buonsanto Lecture's frontier science topic is directly relevant to anyone interested in Earth's atmosphere, whether neutral or ionized.  Students, professors, and researchers from the international atmospheric science community are encouraged to attend.  

The lecture will be live streamed beginning at 3 pm EST (20 UTC).  Full details are available now at the Buonsanto Lecture series page:


Note that the live streaming video information will be available on the page before the lecture start.


EarthCube Webinar: Joining the Community as a Funded Project – A Discussion of the 2021 NSF EarthCube Solicitation

From: Ouida Meier (omeier at hawaii.edu)

EarthCube is a community-driven program supported jointly by NSF’s Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) and Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC within CISE). Past and current successful project proposals have been awarded to a range of geoscience disciplines, including heliophysics and solar cyberinfrastructure efforts such as  Integration of Heliophysics Data, Modeling, and Analysis Tools (https://sites.google.com/njit.edu/athdmiec-rcn), Intelligent Databases and Analysis Tools for Geospace Data – e.g., solar flare database (https://helioportal.nas.nasa.gov), and Machine Learning Enhanced Cyberinfrastructure for Understanding and Predicting the Onset of Solar Eruptions (https://bigbear.njit.edu/ml/). The EarthCube community is interested in recruiting new partners and encouraging their participation. A 1-hr webinar on Fri., Nov. 6 will host early discussion of the upcoming NSF EarthCube call for new capabilities, pilots, and research coordination networks. This is not an official NSF webinar, but is meant to give timely and helpful advice with time for Q&A.

Topics to be covered include EarthCube as an exemplar of FAIR implementation; using EarthCube and related standards, specifications, and best practices to promote interoperability among projects; and leveraging the EarthCube Office for outreach, adoption, and more. Video will be available later at the EarthCube YoutTube channel for those unable to attend (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAZaYvuagNoTRK7GPMUnUQQ). We invite you to join us on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020 at 11:oo am PST. Learn more and register here (https://www.earthcube.org/event/earthcube-webinar-joining-earthcube-community-funded-project-discussion-2021-nsf-earthcube-solicitation). 


Upcoming SHIELD Webinar: Friday, November 20th 1:30 PM EST  

From: Merav Opher (mopher at bu.edu)

Please come listen to these to two rock stars talk about their careers and challenges! 

Prof. Margaret Galland Kivelson 
Margaret Galland Kivelson is a Distinguished Research Professor of Space Physics at UCLA and a Research Professor at the University of Michigan. She received multiple degrees (A.B., M.A., and Ph.D.) from Radcliffe College, Harvard University, where her dissertation in Quantum Electrodynamics was supervised by Julian Schwinger. After a decade as a Consultant to the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, CA, she redirected her interests to Space Physics, joining an active group at UCLA. She has contributed to the field as a theorist, as the author of a widely used textbook, and as an instrument Principal Investigator, most recently having joined the Europa Clipper mission as Team Leader for the Magnetometer investigation. Her honors include being an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, recipient of the Alfvén and the Cassini medals of the European Geophysical Union, the Fleming medal of the American Geophysical Union, the Kuiper medal of the American Astronomical Society, and the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society.  

Dr. Nicola Fox 
Nicola Fox is the Heliophysics Division Director in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Heliophysics is not only vital to understanding Earth’s most important and life-sustaining star, but the study of key space phenomena and processes supports situational awareness to better protect astronauts, satellites, and robotic missions exploring the solar system and beyond. Until August 2018, Fox worked at the Applied Physics Lab at the Johns Hopkins University in Laurel, Maryland, where she was the chief scientist for Heliophysics and the project scientist for NASA’s Parker Solar Probe – humanity’s first mission to a star. Fox is a proven leader with an extensive project, program, and supervisory experience, having served as the deputy project scientist for the Van Allen Probes, and the operations scientist for the International Solar Terrestrial Physics program. She has authored numerous scientific articles and papers in addition to delivering science presentations worldwide. In addition to her research, she is also keenly involved with science education and outreach activities. Fox was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire in England. She graduated from The Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine in London with a BS in Physics. She received an MS in Telematics and Satellite Communications from the University of Surrey. She then returned to Imperial College to complete a Ph.D. in Space and Atmospheric Physics. She has also previously worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, receiving a number of agency awards for outstanding performance. 
Friday, November 20  
1:30pm EST, 12:30pm Central 

Registration link:  



JOB OPENING: Research Positions at ERAU's Center for Space and Atmospheric Research (CSAR)

From: Jonathan Snively (snivelyj at erau.edu)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's (ERAU’s) Center for Space and Atmospheric Research (CSAR) at the Daytona Beach, Florida, Campus seeks to fill multiple positions engaging in basic scientific research on wave propagation and dynamics in the atmosphere and ionosphere, and development and applications of new high-resolution numerical models for atmospheric dynamics and multi-fluid ionospheric dynamics. These projects involve broad collaborations with multiple research groups internal and external to ERAU, including internationally. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and scientific research, and candidates from populations traditionally underrepresented, as well as those committed to the success of those underrepresented, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Nominally, we seek to fill two positions, although more may be considered: 

1) Research Assistant Professor, (~2-5 years post-PhD) with emphasis on nonlinear acoustic and acoustic-gravity wave propagation in atmospheres using numerical simulation, viz. atmospheric computational fluid dynamics (CFD), requiring demonstrated experience in scientific communications (presentation, publication); numerical methods (finite volume or finite difference methods); signal and data processing (Fourier and wavelet analysis, filtering); with understanding of high performance computing environments and code development, programming in Fortran or C/C++, and data visualization in Matlab, Python, or Paraview/VTK. This project requires familiarity with direct simulation of the Navier-Stokes equations, ray-tracing, and nonlinear approximations for acoustic wave propagation. It requires ability and enthusiasm to work closely with a diverse team of collaborating students and postdocs.

2) Research Associate(s), (post-PhD) with emphasis on ionospheric or upper atmospheric physics and modeling, and/or generalized experience in application, modification, and development of large-scale numerical simulation codes (in Fortran 90 or later, and/or C/C++) for scientific applications (e.g., atmospheric/ionospheric models, CFD or multi-physics models). Experience with numerical methods commonly used in CFD and plasma simulation is required, or may be substituted with substantial experience (at a code level) in model mesh geometries, data structures, and data post-processing. This position values candidate experience in scientific communications (presentation, publication), ability to work with a large and diverse software development team, and familiarity with analyses of voluminous high-resolution model output using bespoke codes. 

Application / Process:  

For more information, or to apply, please see: https://embryriddle.taleo.net/careersection/002/jobdetail.ftl?job=200386

Candidates must submit a CV and Cover Letter, and clearly indicate the position to which they are applying. Note that these require different experience and qualifications. Review of applicants will begin immediately. The position will be filled pending confirmed availability of support, for an initial term of one year; extensions or renewals are possible, contingent on performance and availability of funding. Due to the pandemic, these positions are eligible for (or may require) routine remote / off-campus work. Anticipated start dates are in January 2021. 

Please direct any questions about these positions to Jonathan Snively (snivelyj at erau.edu) and/or Matthew Zettergren (zettergm at erau.edu).


JOB OPENING: Senior Scientist, Solar and Space Plasma Physics at JHU/APL

From: Matthew E. Hill (matt.hill at jhuapl.edu)

Do you have a passion for Solar and Space Plasma Physics research?
If so, you may be a fit for APL.

The Space Plasma Physics Group of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is seeking a Senior Scientist to conduct basic scientific research in solar and space physics and develop new instrumentation for heliophysics and planetary missions. 

The APL Space Physics Group has a broad and active basic research program that includes data analysis, theory and modeling studies of the Earth's magnetosphere and Sun-Earth connections, of other planetary magnetospheres, and of Heliospheric and Solar Physics. It has significant development programs in space instrumentation and mission design. Currently, participation in active missions includes, among others, New Horizons, Geotail, ACE, Voyager 1 and 2, Van Allen Probes, Juno, MMS, and Solar Probe Plus. Approved future missions include the JUICE, Europa Clipper and Solar Orbiter. In addition, the group fosters high-end numerical modeling and theory efforts to advance physical understanding and maximize the science return from new and existing space physics data sets.


· Focus on advancing our understanding of the solar wind heating acceleration and energetic particle dynamics using in situ and remote observations including new data from the NASA Parker Solar Probe mission. 
· Participate and lead new space instrument development programs, as well as team with SES staff to develop novel concepts for future heliophysics and planetary mission opportunities.


You meet our minimum qualifications if you have... 
1. A PhD in physics or a related field.
2. In-depth knowledge of space plasma physics including the heating and acceleration of the solar wind, and acceleration, transport and loss mechanisms of energetic particles. 
3. Expertise in modeling, data analysis, and scientific interpretation space plasma physics data.
4. Expertise in the development and writing of proposals for spaceflight instruments and missions.
5. Demonstrated ability to obtain external funding for space-based instrumentation and data analysis projects.
6. Demonstrated and effective communication skills.

You will go above and beyond our minium qualifications if you have...
1. Experience in the design, building, modeling, and laboratory testing of space instrumentation
2. Demonstrated and effective leadership and management skills. 

Why work at APL?
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates. 
At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

For more questions please contact Matt Hill (matt.hill at jhuapl.edu).


JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Space Physics at JHU/APL

From: Mikhail Sitnov (Mikhail.Sitnov at jhuapl.edu)

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to conduct basic scientific research on kinetic modeling of Earth’s magnetotail and the inner magnetosphere, and on augmentation of the first-principles simulations by data mining, ingestion, and assimilation.

The applicant must have completed a PhD in Physics or in a related field, or have demonstrated equivalent experience in a scientific field applicable to space physics and have extensive demonstrated experience in kinetic plasma simulations or data analytics. The applicant must have a record of published first author scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

The ideal applicant should have in-depth knowledge of plasma physics, numerical methods and computational physics with applications to astrophysical or space environments, including planetary magnetospheres. Experience with programming languages (e.g., Fortran, C, Java, Python) and familiarity with modern data analytics (machine learning, data mining, ingestion and assimilation) will be an asset. Of particular interest is experience with particle-in-cell, hybrid simulations or magnetohydrodynamic simulations with kinetic corrections. At the same time, it is important that the applicant is self-motivated, able to work independently and interested in learning new methods and tools.

For more details and to apply, please see: https://jhuapl.taleo.net/careersection/1/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=24728
For questions, please contact Dr. Mikhail Sitnov (Mikhail.Sitnov at jhuapl.edu)


JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Researcher and PhD Student in Ionospheric Physics at Sodankyla Geophysical Observatory

From: Thomas Ulich (thomas.ulich at sgo.fi)

Positions for a postdoctoral researcher and a doctoral student are open at Sodankyla Geophysical Observatory, which is part of the University of Oulu, Finland. The research positions are focused on long and short term Space Weather effects on the high-latitude ionosphere using the Sodankyla ionosonde as well as applying machine vision to ionosonde data analysis. 

More details and application instructions are available at: 


Deadline for application: 1st November 2020.

Further information: Dr Thomas Ulich (thomas dot ulich at sgo dot fi)


JOB OPENING: Research Fellow in Space Physics at Otago University (New Zealand)

From: Craig J. Rodger (craig.rodger at otago.ac.nz)

Applications are invited for a Research Fellowship in space physics in the Space Physics Group inside the Department of Physics of the University of Otago, New Zealand. For more information on the research group visit our web page (http://www.physics.otago.ac.nz/nx/space/space-physics-home.html). 

The project is to investigate the hazard posed by geomagnetically induced currents to New Zealand energy infrastructure during extreme geomagnetic storms. The successful candidate will convert an existing 3D physics based electromagnetic induction code for modelling In the New Zealand context. This converted code will be validated using extensive experimental geomagnetically induced current measurements. Following the validation the candidate will apply it to investigate the risk posed by extreme geomagnetic storms to differing energy networks in New Zealand, and in particular the electricity grid and natural gas pipeline network.

Applicants should have a PhD in Physics and a demonstrated strength in one of the areas of Space Physics, Ionospheric Physics, Geomagnetism, Space Weather, and/or Geophysics. For further information, please see the Job Description (http://www.otago.ac.nz/humanresources/otago165002). The length of the appointment is for four and three-quarter years.

Specific enquiries may be directed to Professor Craig J. Rodger, Department of Physics, Tel +64 3 479 4120, Email craig.rodger at otago.ac.nz

Applications should quote reference number 2001647. This position will close when a suitable candidate is appointed. The vacancy and application information is available through this website:


JOB OPENING: Post-doctoral Position Vacancy at ISEE, Nagoya University, Japan

From: Kazuo Shiokawa (shiokawa at nagoya-u.jp)

An announcement of post-doctoral position vacancy at ISEE, Nagoya University has been opened at


JOB OPENING: High Frequency Systems Engineer, Physics Department, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada

From: Jayachandran P Thayyil (jaya at unb.ca)

The Canadian High Arctic Ionospheric Network (CHAN: http://chain.physics.unb.ca/chain/) is looking for a High-Frequency Systems Engineer.  CHAIN is an active research group consists of research scientists, Post-Doctoral Fellows, Engineers, technicians, and graduate students. CHAIN is currently in the deployment of new radio systems for satellite and ground-based remote sensing of the ionosphere. The new position will help the research and development of the new systems.  Please follow the link below for the details and application process of the position. 

Application deadline: November 10, 2020.



RHESSI Nuggets in September and October 2020

From: Hugh Hudson (hugh.hudson at glasgow.ac.uk)

No. 388, “Submerged Flare Acoustic Sources,” by Juan Camilo BUITRAGA CASAS and Angel MARTINEZ: Flare acoustic radiation emanates from a source _inside_ the Sun.

No. 389, “Flare/CME Cartoon Archive,” by Hugh HUDSON. A new edition of the Flare/CME Archive, now packing 0.4 kilotoons.

No. 390, “Prediction of Solar Cycle 25”, by Leif SVALGAARD. Now we know how big the next solar maximum will be. 

No. 391, “Electric Current Neutralization and Eruption”, by Ellis AVALLONE and Xudong SUN. Coronal currents without neutralizing return currents correlate with eruption. 

No. 392, “Hot Flare Onsets”, by Hugh HUDSON et al. The pre-impulsive temperatures of solar flares are already hot, 10-15 MK.

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 often be found by searching for their SOLyyyy-mm-dd identifier from this home page.


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