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Volume XXVIII, Issue 28


Table of Contents

1. Federal Register Notice Published Announcing the Establishment of the Space Weather Advisory Group

2. Richard Horne is Elected Fellow of the Royal Academy

3. Special Issue in Symmetry on "Solar Physics and Plasma Physics:  Topics and Advances” - Call for Papers

4. JOB OPENING: Assistant or Associate Research Professor of Space Physics-Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

5. JOB OPENING: Post-doctoral Position at NASA Langley Research Center

6. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position in Space Physics

7. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Research Associate at Imperial College London

8. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions in Solar Physics at University of Newcastle, Australia

9. JOB OPENING: Spaceflight Hardware Systems Engineer


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


Federal Register Notice Published Announcing the Establishment of the Space Weather Advisory Group

From: Jinni Meehan (jennifer.meehan at gmail.com)

We are pleased to share the publication of the Federal Register Notice announcing the establishment of the Space Weather Advisory Group and call for membership nominations. 

Pursuant to the Promoting Research and Observations of Space Weather to Improve the Forecasting of Tomorrow (PROSWIFT) Act of 2020 and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the Administrator of NOAA, with the Space Weather Operations, Research, and Mitigation (SWORM) Interagency Working Group (IWG), announces the establishment of the Space Weather Advisory Group (SWAG). The SWAG was established for the purpose of receiving advice from the academic community, the commercial space weather sector, and end users of space-weather information to inform the activities of the National Science and Technology Council SWORM-IWG to enhance national preparedness for space weather events. The announcement also seeks nominations for 15 individuals to be appointed by the SWORM-IWG as members of the SWAG. The official announcement and call for membership nominations can be found at: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/05/06/2021-09530/establishment-of-the-space-weather-advisory-group-and-solicitation-of-nominations-for-membership

Interested persons may nominate themselves or third parties on or before May 30, 2021. For further information contact the SWAG Designated Federal Officer, Dr. Jennifer (Jinni) Meehan, National Weather Service, NOAA, at jennifer.meehan at noaa.gov, 301-427-9798, and William Murtagh, Space Weather Prediction Center, NOAA, at william.murtagh at noaa.gov or 303-497-7492.

Thank you!


Richard Horne is Elected Fellow of the Royal Academy

From: Bruce Tsurutani (bruce.tsurutani at gmail.com)

(6 May, 2021) Professor Richard Horne, Head of the Space Weather and Atmospheric Team of the British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, Great Britain has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society for his exceptional contributions to science.  Congratulations, Richard!  

Professor Richard Horne leads ongoing research into modelling the acceleration, transport and loss of radiation belt electrons to protect satellites from space weather as Principle Investigator of the Rad-Sat project. He led the EU-funded SPACECAST project to develop a space weather forecasting system for satellites and showed that including wave-particle interactions improves the forecast of space weather impacts significantly. Richard also led the EU SPACESTORM project and showed that the risk to satellites by the space environment is much higher than previously thought. Richard received the Appleton Prize and the Kristian Birkeland Medal in 2020 for his work on improving space weather predictions.
Professor Richard Horne joins 60 outstanding scientists from all over the globe who have joined the Royal Society as Fellows and Foreign Members.


Special Issue in Symmetry on "Solar Physics and Plasma Physics:  Topics and Advances” - Call for Papers

From: Paolo Pagano (paolo.pagano at unipa.it)

Dear colleagues,

we would like to receive your abstracts for a special issue on "Solar Physics and Plasma Physics:  Topics and Advances” on the open access journal Symmetry https://www.mdpi.com/journal/symmetry/special_issues/Solar_Physics_and_Plasma_Physics.
We welcome inputs from across the solar and plasma physics community, especially review papers from young scientists and research papers.
Symmetry is a multidisciplinary international open access journal covering mathematical and scientific studies.

Please pay attention to the following deadlines
Deadline for abstracts: 30/06/2021
Submission deadline: 30/11/2021

Special Issue Editor: Prof. Fabio Reale
Co-Editor: Dr Paolo Pagano

The outer solar atmosphere, called the corona, is mysteriously at million degrees and therefore it is a natural laboratory to study highly-ionized plasma. Images taken in high energy bands from satellite missions reveal a strongly structured and dynamic environment where the bright plasma is confined and heated by the magnetic field. We see steadily bright active regions but also highly transient and explosive events, like flares. There are also solar regions where the magnetic field opens toward the interplanetary space, and releases the solar wind and other transient massive outflows, like jets, solar eruptions and coronal mass ejections. These end up to interact with the circumterrestrial medium, and therefore directly with human activities.  Mass acceleration and energy transport and release both in closed and open magnetic structures, are challenging because they involve processes at different temporal and spatial scales at once, and this is a state-of-art issue.

Abstract submission: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/symmetry/special_issues/Solar_Physics_and_Plasma_Physics/abstract


JOB OPENING: Assistant or Associate Research Professor of Space Physics-Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

From: Cassandra Ellis, Peter Delamere, Peter Damiano (caellis5 at alaska.edu)

The Geophysical Institute (GI) of the University of Alaska Fairbanks invites applications to fill a faculty research position in space physics. The successful applicant will join the GI as part of the Space Physics and Aeronomy Group. Candidates should hold a PhD in Physics, Space Physics, or a related area, some postdoctoral experience is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates that can contribute to experimental research at the HAARP facility.

Expectations for this position include conducting research in space physics and/or aeronomy and supporting the University’s wider mission through service and outreach. The position is targeted at the assistant research professor level, although appointment at a higher rank would be considered. Current research activities of the Space Physics and Aeronomy Group include radio and optical observations of the aurora, ionosphere, and upper atmosphere; observation, theory and simulations of terrestrial and planetary magnetospheres; rocket experiments; radar technology; and analysis of ground- and space-based observational datasets. Applications from researchers working on topics relevant to these areas, with experimental and/or theoretical investigations of the ionosphere and in communication/radio science theory are of particular interest. The successful applicant will be committed to pursuing external funding to continue her or his research programs at UAF and will be on the forefront of expanding ionospheric research at the GI and growing the space physics group in this research area. 

Existing facilities available for research include the High Frequency Active Auroral Program (HAARP), Poker Flat Research Range, a lidar observatory, and rocket launch facilities. The GI has an instrumentation laboratory, machine and electronics shops and cluster computing facilities. Further details can be found at https://careers.alaska.edu/en-us/job/516631/assistant-or-associate-research-professor-of-space-physics-geophysical-institute. 

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination. As a public, regional, comprehensive university. UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply. UAF is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. 


JOB OPENING: Post-doctoral Position at NASA Langley Research Center

From: Martin Mlynczak (m.g.mlynczak at nasa.gov)

Please see the following link for details regarding a Post-Doctoral position in upper atmosphere remote sensing, energetics, and chemistry at NASA Langley Research Center under the direction of Dr. Martin Mlynczak. The position is through the NASA Postdoctoral Program. Please consult the website for relevant information on application deadlines and eligibility. 



JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position in Space Physics

From: Emiliya Yordanova, Yuri Khotyaintsev (emiliya.yordanova at irfu.se)

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position to study kinetic processes responsible for the heating and acceleration of the solar wind plasma. These processes will be investigated in different types solar wind streams as well as during solar storms.
The work involves analysis and interpretation of high-resolution measurements at varying heliocentric distances made by the recently launched Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe missions.

The successful candidate will be involved in national and international collaborations and will also be expected to present their results at national and international conferences as well as publish their results in leading journals.

Our team performs observations, data analysis, and modeling of fundamental space plasma processes (http://www.irfu.se). We have contributed hardware to the Radio and Plasma Waves instrument on solar orbiter, and actively participate in instrument operations and data analysis.

The team has decades of experience in developing and operating instruments to measure electric fields, plasma temperature, density and density fluctuations for spacecraft missions (e.g. Cluster, MMS, Swarm, Cassini, Rosetta, Solar Orbiter, JUICE, BepiColombo).
Experience in the analysis of space plasma data is expected, and experience in relevant theoretical modelling is an advantage.

The position is available at the IRF Uppsala office, located at the Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden, starting during 2021 (the exact date is negotiable). The position is funded by a grant from the Swedish National Space Agency for two (2) years. 

Closing date for applications is May 31, 2021.

For further information:
Dr. Emiliya Yordanova, emiliya.yordanova at irfu.se,  +46-18-471-5930
Assoc. Prof. Yuri Khotyaintsev, yuri at irfu.se,  +46-72-581-3372

Applications should be sent, preferably by email, to: registrator at irf.se
Quote reference number: 2.2.1-126/21
Last Application Date 2021-05-31


Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is a government research institute that conducts research and postgraduate education in space physics, atmospheric physics and space technology. Many of IRF’s projects are run as large international projects in collaboration with other research institutes and space agencies. IRF has about one hundred employees and offices in Kiruna (headquarters), Umeå, Uppsala and Lund. www.irf.se


JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Research Associate at Imperial College London

From: Heli Hietala (h.hietala at imperial.ac.uk)

Applications are encouraged for a Postdoctoral Research Associate investigating interplanetary shocks at Imperial College London.

Closing date: 30 May 2021

For full details and to apply, visit https://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/description/NAT00908/research-associate-space-physics

You will have an integral role in the delivery of the science goals of the Horizon 2020 project SERPENTINE. SERPENTINE investigates the acceleration and transport of particles in the Solar Energetic Particle (SEP) events posing the greatest space weather risks. The key data comes from the most recent space missions, i.e., Solar Orbiter, Parker Solar Probe and BepiColombo, which have opened completely new avenues into inner-heliospheric physics. The SERPENTINE team includes members from six European institutes and is led by the University of Turku. Imperial is leading the investigation on the role of interplanetary shocks in the particle acceleration, making the most of our involvement in the new missions as we enter this exciting new era. You will produce independent and original research in the science areas of the SERPENTINE project and support the international team effort by characterising the in-situ properties of interplanetary shocks and their nearby environment. You will also present work at meetings, conferences and publish in the peer-reviewed literature.

Essential requirements

You will have:
•        A PhD (or equivalent) in the field of space physics or a closely related subject area
•        A strong background and confidence in plasma physics, preferably space plasmas and shock waves
•        Experience in data analysis, preferably in the analysis of in-situ measurements of space plasmas from spacecraft plasma and field data
•        Research experience in computer programming for data analysis
•        Practical experience within a research environment

For questions or queries, and to find out more about SERPENTINE and the opportunities this postdoc provides, please contact Prof Tim Horbury at t.horbury(at)imperial.ac.uk or Dr Heli Hietala at h.hietala(at)imperial.ac.uk


JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions in Solar Physics at University of Newcastle, Australia

From: David Pontin (david.pontin at newcastle.edu.au)

Applications are invited for two postdoctoral research associate positions working in Solar Physics and related fields at the University of Newcastle, Australia. The successful candidates will work with A/Prof David Pontin, and join a newly-established and growing group in Solar Physics.

As the ideal candidate, you are already working in solar physics or have a background in space or astrophysics. Either a finishing PhD student or candidate with previous postdoc experience in solar physics, (space) plasma physics, astrophysics, applied mathematics or similar subject, you will show:
- Demonstrated computational experience and theoretical skills.
- An interest in understanding the solar corona and the fundamental physical processes that occur there.
- Proven ability to work proactively and independently to achieve research outcomes.
- Confident communication skills and enjoy interacting as part of a team or workgroup.

For the full advert, see https://www.timeshighereducation.com/unijobs/en-au/listing/253509/postdoctoral-research-associate-in-computational-astrophysics/
For further details and applications see https://www.newcastle.edu.au/our-uni/jobs/job-vacancies
Search job reference 4640.

The position is available for three years, and the closing date is the 4th of June (Australian time zone). Enquiries should be directed to David Pontin (David.Pontin at newcastle.edu.au)


JOB OPENING: Spaceflight Hardware Systems Engineer

From: David Miles (david-miles at uiowa.edu)

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa has an opening for a full-time Systems Engineer.  The Systems Engineer will be responsible for designing space flight hardware capable of operating in the rigors of the extreme space environment. This engineer will serve as the systems engineer for an instrument or a payload-subsystem and will be responsible for managing the design requirements, interfaces, and coordinating the activities of technical staff to ensure that the system will meet its requirements. The primary focus of this role will initially be the MAGIC technology demonstration of a new fluxgate magnetometer on the TRACERS SMEX mission. Additional responsibilities include design analysis, documentation, working with manufacturers to assure design specification are met, and oversight of the assembly process. Responsible for testing and verifying the proper function of developmental designs, prototype hardware, and flight hardware. Collaborate with faculty in the planning, purchasing and/or designing the construction, modification, fabrication and installation of research equipment, systems and projects. Outreach to faculty, administrators, collaborators, sponsors, and the general public about the purpose, status, and motivation of relevant projects.  This is a two-year specified term position with the possibility of extension.

This Professional & Scientific position will be filled as either a Design Engineer (PWC2) or a Systems Project Engineer (PWC3) based on candidate qualifications and interview evaluation. To express interest for consideration at both levels, please apply to both requisitions.



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