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Volume XXVIII, Issue 6


Table of Contents

1. MEETING: Heliophysics 2050 Workshop, 2nd Community Announcement

2. MEETING: The Van Allen Probes Mission: Scientific Legacy, Space Weather, and What’s to Follow

3. MEETING: Whole Heliosphere and Planetary Interactions First Workshop rescheduled 13 - 17 September, 2021

4. Sign up to Celebrate a Solar Cycle of SDO Science!

5. Ground Magnetometer Measurements for Geophysics and Heliophysics Research

6. Magnetosphere Online Seminar Series

7. 2021 SCOSTEP Visiting Scholar Program - Call for Applications

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

9. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Research Position – Solar Radio Astronomy with LOFAR and MWA

10. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position in Atmospheric and Space Physics


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


MEETING: Heliophysics 2050 Workshop, 2nd Community Announcement

From: Sabrina Savage (sabrina.savage at nasa.gov)

The Heliophysics 2050 Workshop Science Organizing Committee would like to update the community on the upcoming meeting to be held virtually May 3-7, 2021.  Due to the broad community response to the call for white papers, two extra days have been added to the workshop from the first announcement. 

Details regarding registration and abstract submissions will be forthcoming. Information about the workshop is and will be posted at: https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/helio2050/.

Sessions will be organized around scene-setting material followed by panel / community discussions.  For each session, the SOC will release a summary of the planned scope so that the community can prepare the details of a long-term science strategy. Topics will include the following:

• Solar interior, dynamo, and global surface properties
• Solar corona and inner heliosphere
• Magnetosphere
• Ionosphere-Thermosphere-Mesosphere
• Space weather (Basic & Applied Research, Operations, & Human Exploration)
• Outer heliosphere & local interstellar medium
• Expanding the Frontiers of Heliophysics (Planetary magnetospheres / Habitability / Exoplanets / the Sun-as-a-Star)
• Fundamental Physical Processes (Turbulence / Plasma-neutral interactions / Magnetic reconnection / Wave-particle interactions / Shocks)
• Heliophysics as a Community in 2050

We greatly look forward to your participation in the workshop as we aim to strategically contribute to the Decadal Survey process.

SOC:  Shasha Zou, Sabrina Savage, Amir Caspi, Li-jen Chen, Ian Cohen, Larry Kepko, Mark Linton, Noé Lugaz, Merav Opher, Larry Paxton, Jaye Verneiro


MEETING: The Van Allen Probes Mission: Scientific Legacy, Space Weather, and What’s to Follow

From: Sasha Ukhorskiy (ukhorskiy at jhaupl.edu)

After a remarkable journey through Earth’s ring current and radiation belts the Van Allen Probes mission is coming to its finale; the Phase F of the mission is scheduled to conclude in 2021. To celebrate the tremendous science legacy of the mission, its contribution to Space Weather research, and to discuss the future of the inner magnetosphere exploration we will be holding an international virtual workshop on 5-6 May 2021. Please stay tuned for program announcements. 


MEETING: Whole Heliosphere and Planetary Interactions First Workshop rescheduled 13 - 17 September, 2021

From: Sarah Gibson (sgibson at ucar.edu)

Whole Heliosphere and Planetary Interactions (WHPI) is an international initiative focused around the solar minimum period that aims to understand the interconnected sun-heliospheric-planetary system. The WHPI hands-on workshop has been rescheduled to occur September 13-17, 2021. It will be primarily a virtual workshop, with possible small-scale in-person gatherings. We do not expect there to be a registration fee. The goal of the workshop will be to foster collaborations across disciplines by providing a forum for comparing models and observations of specific aspects of the extended solar minimum time period in a truly interactive and collaborative environment. In particular, we encourage participants to contribute and share observations, model products, and analysis tools. Information will be provided on a repository for these data in advance of the workshop.

More information can be found at: https://cpaess.ucar.edu/meetings/2021/whole-heliosphere-planetary-interactions

Please pre-register here:


Sign up to Celebrate a Solar Cycle of SDO Science!

From: William.D.Pesnell at NASA.gov (William.D.Pesnell at NASA.gov)

Join us on February 12, 2021, from noon to 3 pm ET, as the SDO PI team provides results and updates via a virtual meeting. Each of the four speakers will speak for 25 minutes. There will be an hour after they finish to answer questions about the observatory, discuss ways to collaborate with the SDO team, and describe novel ways to use the observatory.

The speakers are:
Dean Pesnell, SDO’s View of Solar Cycle 24
Philip Scherrer, SDO's Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager: Progress in Solar Cycle 24 and plans for Cycle 25
Mark Cheung, The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly: Science Highlights, Analysis Techniques and Instrument Status
Tom Woods, Science Highlights and Discoveries from the SDO Extreme ultraviolet Variability Experiment (EVE)

This is the first in a series of mini-workshops throughout the summer of 2021 to discuss SDO science and data analysis. Each mini-workshop will have introductory presentations and opportunities for you to participate in discussions on the topic.

Please send your email to SDO2021vm at gmail.com to receive an invitation to this meeting. Invitations will be sent the first week of February.


Ground Magnetometer Measurements for Geophysics and Heliophysics Research

From: Mike Hartinger (mhartinger at spacescience.org)

Please join us for a discussion of current and future uses for ground-based magnetometer measurements, including magnetotellurics research relevant to Geomagnetically Induced Currents and other areas of Heliophysics/Space Weather research. The Zoom discussion will be on February 4 at 11:00-12:30 PM US ET. To attend, please sign up with this form: https://forms.gle/PMefwUJcnUzi3tpC8

The discussion will include an invited talk by Gary Egbert from Oregon State on current/future uses of magnetometers in geophysics research. We’ll also have updates from several magnetometer networks and discuss NSF programs of interest for magnetometers. If you’d like to give an update, please contact Mike Hartinger (mhartinger at spacescience.org).

This meeting is part of a recent community driven effort to discuss and coordinate efforts for US magnetometers: current operations, priorities for deployments, distributed-array style model(s) for future operations, high-level data products. Please see this wiki page for more information: https://tinyurl.com/yhxy2dnt


Magnetosphere Online Seminar Series

From: Kyle Murphy (kylemurphy.spacephys at gmail.com)

We invite you to join us every Monday at 12 pm (EDST, 1600 UT) for the weekly Magnetosphere Online Seminar Series.

Rick Chappell will give our next seminar “The Role of the Earth’s Ionosphere in Populating the Magnetosphere and Driving Its Dynamics” on Monday January 25. 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 February 1 Shasha Zou will be discussing “Multi-scale ionosphere response during geomagnetic storms: Observations, modeling, and machine learning”. 

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

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


2021 SCOSTEP Visiting Scholar Program - Call for Applications

From: Patricia Doherty (patricia.doherty at bc.edu)

Dear Colleagues,

The SCOSTEP Visiting Scholar (SVS) program is accepting applications for 2021.  The SVS program isa capacity building activity of the Scientific Committee onSolar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP), which will complement its new scientific program (PRESTO) and public outreach activities.  The mission of PRESTO(Predictability of Variable Solar-Terrestrial Coupling) is to identify predictability of the variable solar-terrestrial coupling and its performance metrics through modeling, measurements, and data analysis, and to strengthen communication between scientists and users. The SVS program provides training to graduate students in well-established solar terrestrial physics institutes, for periods of one to three months. The training will help the awardees advance in their career in solar-terrestrial physics using the skills they learned during the training. SCOSTEP will provide the airfare, while the host institute will provide living expenses. 

This program is open to applicants from all countries but with an emphasis on applicants from developing countries.  The program is limited to Masters and PhD students with the requirement that the recipient has not received a PhD at the time of application to the program.

Interested candidates should contact one of the SVS program hosts; develop a project and work out the details of the visit. Once the applicant and host agree on a visit, the applicant needs to prepare an application package including:
1) a2-page proposal of the work to be performed as an SVS awardee
2) applicant's curriculum vitae
3) dates of the proposed visit
4) letter of recommendation from the applicant's supervisor - with verification on the applicant's eligibility
5) letter from the host scientist/institution indicating that the work will be mutually beneficial
Send a single pdf file with all of the above to SCOSTEP's Scientific Secretary, Patricia Doherty (scostep[at]bc.edu).

Deadline for applications is February 28, 2021. Please contact the host institution well before this deadline, to enable full consideration of your application. Please note that with continued travel limitations, the 2021 SVS awardees will have until June 30, 2022 to complete their training program. Click to following link for all the relevant information and a list of SVS host institutions: https://scostep.org/svs/

SCOSTEP, Scientific Secretary


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 Research Position – Solar Radio Astronomy with LOFAR and MWA

From: Kamen Kozarev (kkozarev at astro.bas.bg)

The Institute of Astronomy and National Astronomical Observatory (IANAO) of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences invites applications for a Post-doctoral researcher position to work on processing and analyzing advanced low-frequency radio imaging observations of solar coronal shocks and coronal mass ejections from the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) and Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) low-frequency telescopes. The full-time position is available starting on May 1st 2021, or soon thereafter. A very competitive salary and ample conference travel funds are offered. Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis. 

For more information, email Dr. Kamen Kozarev (kkozarev at astro.bas.bg), or see the full job posting at https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/593577


JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position in Atmospheric and Space Physics

From: Patrick Espy, Robert Hibbins (patrick.espy at ntnu.no)

A 2-year postdoctoral position within the field of atmospheric and space physics is available at the Department of Physics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. The application deadline is 8 March 2021. 

Job description
The work within the Atmospheric and Environmental Physics group will utilise observational evidence to quantify the impact of solar and energetic particle effects on neutral atmosphere chemistry and dynamics. Satellite and ground-based radar, airglow, and radiometer data will be used. The position is part of the Birkeland Centre for Space Science (BCSS), an international collaborative Centre of Excellence. 

It is required to have a PhD in Atmospheric Science, Space Physics, Astrophysics or a related field, with strong data analysis, statistical, and programming skills. Practical experience handling and interpreting large datasets and/or atmospheric models is essential, as is verbal and written fluency in English. Previous professional presentations and authorship of high impact publications in the field of Space/Atmospheric Physics is desirable, but not essential. 

Terms of employment
Postdoctoral candidates are placed in code 1352, and normal gross remuneration is from NOK 545 300 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. There is a 2% deduction as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. The engagement is to be made in accordance with the State Employees and Civil Servants regulations, and acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. 
For questions or further information, please email us (patrick.espy at ntnu.no or robert.hibbins at ntnu.no). Information can be found about the Department of Physics: https://www.ntnu.edu/physics, the BCSS: https://birkeland.uib.no/, and working at NTNU: https://www.ntnu.edu/nirs. 

The application
Applications must include a letter describing the candidate’s motivation, skills and personal qualifications; a CV; copies of any certificates or diplomas; a list of publications and other relevant scientific works; and the contact details for at least three referees. Applications must be submitted electronically at https://tinyurl.com/jobbnorge-198582. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Please refer to the application number NV-03/21 when applying. Jobbnorge ID: 198582, Deadline: 8 March 2021.


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