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Volume XXVIII, Issue 3


Table of Contents

1. NSF AGS Update

2. MEETING: Geospace Discovery Science in a New Decade Workshop -- Second Announcement 

3. SESSION: Cold-plasma Session at Mini-GEM Workshop

4. 5th and 6th SCOSTEP/PRESTO Online Seminar (Jan.14: Prof. Q.-G Zong and Jan.19: Dr. Mateja Dumbovic) 

5. Magnetosphere Online Seminar Series

6. CPU2AL Internship Programs Now Accepting Applications

7. JOB OPENING: Assistant Professor Position at the University of California at Los Angeles

8. JOB OPENING: Space Physics Group, Princeton University Department of Astrophysical Sciences

9. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position Working with SuperDARN at Pennsylvania State University -- Second Posting

10. Subscription to SPA Newsletter: Annual Reminder


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NSF AGS Update

From: Anjuli Bamazi (mwiltber at nsf.gov)

Dear colleagues,

First, on behalf of all of us at AGS, let me wish everyone a happy new year.

The AMS Annual Meeting is next week, and while we will miss the in-person interaction, several AGS staff will be attending the meeting virtually.  As always, please feel free to reach out to program directors to ask questions or discuss your ideas. We have an AGS booth.

We are excited to have the new NSF director, Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan present the Presidential Session “NSF Strategy Into the Future.”  His talk is at 10:00 AM ET, Wednesday January 13, 2021. Also, the Geospace Section Head, Dr. Mike Wiltberger is providing an update from NSF at the following venue: 18th Space Weather Conference session entitled “Agency Efforts in Space Weather: Priorities and Opportunities.” This session is scheduled from 1:00 PM -2:00 PM ET, Monday January 11, 2021. 

We have initiated a search for two Section Head positions, as IPA rotators only, via Dear Colleague Letters (see links below).  I am also including a couple of relevant funding opportunities and other items of interest.

Be well and safe!


Section Head Job Opportunities at AGS (IPA only)

Section Head, Geospace: https://beta.nsf.gov/careers/openings/geo/ags/ags-2021-2006

Section Head, Atmosphere: https://beta.nsf.gov/careers/openings/geo/ags/ags-2021-2007

Community Input:

Identifying New Community-Driven Science Themes for NSF’s Support on Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2): Community Input  


Funding Opportunities:

NSF 21-524 Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21524/nsf21524.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_36&WT.mc_ev=click  
NNA FAQs may be found at https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21030/nsf21030.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Link to upcoming NNA Webinar:  https://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=301877&org=NSF

NSF 21-029 NSF-AFRL INTERN  https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21029/nsf21029.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

NSF 21-539 Spectrum and Wireless Innovation enabled by Future Technologies (SWIFT) https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21539/nsf21539.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click


MEETING: Geospace Discovery Science in a New Decade Workshop -- Second Announcement 

From: Alan Burns (aburns at ucar.edu)

HIGH LEVEL (DRAFT) AGENDA (Feb 8-10, 2021)
Day 1: Available Data and Programs for Geospace Research
Status of Current missions (COSMIC 2, ICON, GOLD
Ground-Based Data Sets
Agency Talks: NASA, NSF, NOAA

Day 2: Open Questions in Geospace - New Research Avenues
Systems Scale (Plasmasphere and Magnetosphere coupling with I-T System)
Forcing from Above
Forcing from Below
Small-scale Changes
(note: Large -scale discussion scheduled for Day 3)

Day 3: Plans for the Decade
(note: after conclusion of Large-scale changes)
Large-scale changes
Plans for this decade – new capabilities: missions in development and in planning
2025-2026 Solar Max Look-Forward

Link to previous workshop: https://www2.hao.ucar.edu/geogoldicon
Link to 2021 Workshop: https://www2.hao.ucar.edu/geoicongold-2021


SESSION: Cold-plasma Session at Mini-GEM Workshop

From: Joe Borovsky, Gian Luca Delzanno, Natalia Buzulukova, Barbara Giles, Roger Varney (delzanno at lanl.gov)

At the Mini-GEM Workshop January 19-22, there will be a 2-hr-long session for the GEM Focus Group “The Impact of the Cold Plasma in Magnetospheric Physics” that will be held online from 10:00-12:00 (Eastern Time) on Wednesday January 20. With the upcoming Heliophysics 2050 and the upcoming preparation for the Decadal Survey, we would like to focus the major part of that 2-hr session on discussion and presentations of (1) innovative cold-plasma measurements, (2) cold-plasma mission concepts, and (3) new cold-plasma science. Please contact Joe Borovsky (jborovsky at spacescience.org) to get on the schedule.

Also, don’t forget that there is an open special issue of Frontiers titled “Cold-Ion Populations and Cold-Electron Populations in the Earth’s Magnetosphere and Their Impact on the System”. For details, see:


More info soon,
Joe, Gian Luca, Natalia, Barbara, Roger


5th and 6th SCOSTEP/PRESTO Online Seminar (Jan.14: Prof. Q.-G Zong and Jan.19: Dr. Mateja Dumbovic) 

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

Dear Colleagues, 

We are pleased to announce the 5th and 6th SCOSTEP/PRESTO online seminars 
by the winners of SCOSTEP 2020 Distinguished Scientist Award (Prof. Q.-G. Zong) 
and SCOSTEP 2020 Distinguished Young Scientist Award (Dr. Mateja Dumbovic) 
as attached.  To join these seminars, please register the zoom addresses as below.

With best wishes for a happy new year,
Kazuo Shiokawa (SCOSTEP President)

5th SCOSTEP/PRESTO Online Seminar
Title: Magnetospheric Response to Interplanetary Shocks: ULF Wave-Particle Interaction Perspective 
Author: Q.-G. Zong (SCOSTEP 2020 Distinguished Scientist Award Winner)
Affiliation: Institute of Space Physics and Applied Technology, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
Date/time: January 14 (Tue), 2021, 00:00-01:00 UT
Zoom Registration URL (pre-registration is necessary): https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LFHHsYgeReip3imi-Z2neA

6th SCOSTEP/PRESTO Online Seminar
Title: Utilizing galactic cosmic rays as signatures of interplanetary transients
Author: Mateja Dumbovic (SCOSTEP 2020 Distinguished Young Scientist Award Winner) 
Affiliation: Hvar Observatory, Faculty of Geodesy, University of Zagreb, Croatia 
Date/time: January 19 (Tue), 2021, 12:00-13:00 UT
Zoom Registration URL (pre-registration is necessary): https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bPOGuOfdQVmOxsTInywprQ


Magnetosphere Online Seminar Series

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

After a short AGU/Holiday break we are restarting the weekly Magnetosphere Online Seminar Series and invite you to join us every Monday at 12 pm (EDST, 1600 UT).

John Lyon will kick off the first seminar of the new year with “MHD Simulations at the Meso-scale” on Monday January 11. A link to join the seminar via Zoom or YouTube can be found on our home page (https://msolss.github.io/MagSeminars/). The password to join the Zoom seminar is Mag at 1. 

On Monday January 25 Rick Chappell will be discussing The Role of the Earth’s Ionosphere in Populating the Magnetosphere and Driving Its Dynamics. 

You can view the current 2021 schedule here - https://msolss.github.io/MagSeminars/schedule.html

And add your name to the mailing list here - https://msolss.github.io/MagSeminars/mail-list.html

And see previous talks here - https://msolss.github.io/MagSeminars/blog.html


CPU2AL Internship Programs Now Accepting Applications

From: Dana Waller (nsfepscor at uah.edu)

Applications for internship programs are now being accepted by the National Science Foundation funded EPSCoR Project Connecting the Plasma Universe to Plasma Technology in Alabama (CPU2AL), which is headquartered at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). The goal of the internship programs is to provide training in low temperature plasma science to undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students through summer research programs addressing space weather and basic plasma physics. All programs will stop accepting applications on March 1. Visit uah.edu/cpu2al/career-opportunities for more information. 


JOB OPENING: Assistant Professor Position at the University of California at Los Angeles

From: Jacob Bortnik (jbortnik at gmail.com)

This is a reminder that the UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) is now inviting applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in Space Physics, and the application deadline has been extended to January 22, 2021. The Department is seeking outstanding candidates with the potential for exceptional research and the capacity for excellence in teaching. Individuals with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

The first five years of this position will be funded through the NSF Faculty Development in Space Sciences program. Candidates with research interests in any aspect(s) of Earth-based space physics are encouraged to apply. AOS is a vibrant and collaborative department with faculty interested in atmospheric, climate, and ocean science, as well as Space Physics.  Space Physics research and education at UCLA spans several departments, including faculty in the Departments of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences and Physics & Astronomy in addition to AOS.  These departments have active research programs in solar wind, inner and outer magnetospheric physics, ionospheric physics (with connections to the neutral atmosphere), and space weather, utilizing numerical simulations, laboratory experiments, space-based and ground-based platforms. The ability of applicants to complement, and further contribute to UCLA’s long-standing strength in Space Physics will be a consideration in evaluation in addition to their commitment to enhancing the diversity of AOS faculty members, graduate student population, and majors within the field.       
The successful applicant must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree at the time of appointment and will be expected to contribute to the teaching mission of the AOS department, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. They will also be expected to lead or develop a first rate research program in Space Physics, and are encouraged to interact with others of all levels within the UCLA Space Physics community. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The target start date is July 1, 2021.

Please submit your online application to the Search Committee for a faculty position in Space Physics at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF06013. Please include: (1) curriculum vitae; (2) cover letter; (3) a statement of teaching; (4) a statement of research; (5) a statement of contribution to diversity, and (6) a list of 3-5 individuals who are familiar with your work and can serve as references.    
UCLA has programs to assist in partner employment, childcare, schooling and other family concerns. For additional information, visit the UCLA Academic Personnel Office website or the UC Office of the President’s website.            
Applications are due by January 22, 2021, but the position will remain open until filled. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy please follow this link: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct. 


JOB OPENING: Space Physics Group, Princeton University Department of Astrophysical Sciences

From: Dan White (spacephysics at princeton.edu)

The Space Physics Group (see https://spacephysics.princeton.edu/) in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, anticipates offering one or more postdoctoral or more senior research positions in the observational study of Solar Energetic Particles (SEPs) and Energetic Neutral Atoms (ENAs).

The Space Physics Group researches many aspects of space physics (aka Heliophysics), with a strong emphasis on experimental and observational space plasma physics. The Group currently leads NASA’s Parker Solar Probe (PSP) Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (ISʘIS) energetic particle instrument suite.  The Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission, and the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission, which will launch in 2025 to explore the details of particle acceleration and the Sun’s interaction with the local interstellar medium.

The successful candidate(s) will play a significant role in the analysis and publication of SEP observations from ISʘIS and ENA observations from IBEX and must have both significant prior experiences analyzing at least one of these type(s) of particle data, as well as the proven ability to lead and participate in the rapid development and publication of numerous excellent research articles. A Ph.D. is required in physics, astrophysics, space science, or a closely related field.

Interested persons must apply online at https://puwebp.princeton.edu/AcadHire/apply/application.xhtml?listingId=17501, Selecting Space Physics as the position you are interested in. 
For further inquiries, contact spacephysics at princeton.edu 


JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position Working with SuperDARN at Pennsylvania State University -- Second Posting

From: William Bristow (wab5217 at psu.edu)

The Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, seeks outstanding applicants for a postdoctoral scholar position to work with the SuperDARN radar network. SuperDARN is an international network of HF radars used for space physics research. The position requires Ph. D. in physics, electrical engineering, or a related field, a background in data analysis, and will require travel to the radar sites including those in Antarctica. Preference will be given to applicants with experimental experience in radio or radar systems, and background in magnetospheric physics or ionospheric/thermospheric physics.

The department operates the SuperDARN radars on Kodiak Island, Alaska, Adak, Alaska, McMurdo Station, Antarctica, and South Pole Station, Antarctica. We seek an energetic individual to carry out research using observations from the network. In addition the successful candidate will take part in ongoing hardware and software developments for the radar systems, would be expected to assist with the day-to-day operation of the radars including development of new modes of operation, and assist users of SuperDARN data. It is expected that the successful candidate will work on projects in collaboration with the group but will work toward developing an independent program of research in space physics, aeronomy, or radio science. 

Applications must be submitted electronically and include a cover letter, CV, statement of research expertise and interests, and the names, addresses, and contact information for three references. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire, but with the possibility to extend the appointment for a second year based upon mutual satisfaction and continued funding. Review of applications will begin immediately. The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences takes an active role in building talented, inclusive, and culturally competent workforce. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. State College is a vibrant college community within the Appalachian Mountains and is within 3-5 hours driving of major east coast cities. 

Find out more information and apply at https://psu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/PSU_Academic/job/University-Park-Campus/Postdoctoral-Scholar---Meteorology---Atmospheric-Sciences_REQ_0000007001-1


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