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Volume XXVIII, Issue 50


Table of Contents

1. Call for GEM Steering Committee Research Area Coordinators

2. MEETING: FASR2021 Workshop: Solar Physics with a Next Generation Solar Radio Facility, Dec 1-3, 2021 (Virtual). Website/Registration are now open.

3. MEETING: ESWW2021/ESWW17 – Building Resilience to Impact, Glasgow, Scotland, UK (and fully hybrid) – 25-29 October 2021 – FINAL-FINAL REMINDERS!

4. Online Cold-plasma Seminar Series

5. GeoDAWG Seminar Series

6. Neptune/Triton System Seminar Series

7. Magnetosphere Online Seminar Series

8. JOB OPENING: Research Fellow in Modelling of the Mesosphere, Lower Thermosphere and Ionosphere 

9. JOB OPENING: Space Weather Research Scientist at CIRES CU Boulder/NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center

10. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Research Associate Position at University of Arizona, Dept. of Planetary Sciences and Lunar & Planetary Lab

11. JOB OPENING: Tenure Track Assistant Professor Position at UTSA - Physics & Astronomy, Exoplanets


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


Call for GEM Steering Committee Research Area Coordinators

From: Vania Jordanova (vania at lanl.gov)

We are soliciting applications or nominations for the Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) Steering Committee (SC) Research Area Coordinators (RACs). Currently, there are RAC positions open for three research areas: Magnetotail and Plasma Sheet (MPS), Inner Magnetosphere (IMAG), and Magnetosphere Ionosphere Coupling (MIC). The Steering Committee thanks Matina Gkioulidou, Seth Claudepierre, and Shin Ohtani for their outstanding service to the community in this role. 

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. The RACs serve a staggered 4-year term, for more details on the position please see the GEM Bylaws: https://gem.epss.ucla.edu/mediawiki/index.php/GEM_Bylaws.

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 Vice-Chair Adam Kellerman (akellerman at epss.ucla.edu) by October 20; the name and contact information of nominations should be sent to the same addresses. 

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


MEETING: FASR2021 Workshop: Solar Physics with a Next Generation Solar Radio Facility, Dec 1-3, 2021 (Virtual). Website/Registration are now open.

From: Pascal Saint-Hilaire (pascal at ssl.berkeley.edu)

The need for a high-performance solar radio telescope in the United States has been recognized for many years. The FASR concept represents such a telescope, one that provides high-resolution imaging over a broad range of frequencies, sufficient to probe the solar atmosphere from the mid-chromosphere to the mid-corona, with high time and spectral resolution. EOVSA implemented many FASR design elements and, as such, has served as a valuable pathfinder instrument, spectacularly validating both the fundamental concept of time-resolved broadband imaging spectroscopy and the science it enables. In the meantime, science and technology have advanced and the need for full implementation of the FASR concept has only grown more important

In anticipation of upcoming funding opportunities, this workshop is being convened from 2021 Dec 1-3 to highlight progress in solar physics over the past decade, and to take stock of the unique contributions enabled by the current suite of new radio instruments, to refine the science goals and requirements of a next-generation solar radio facility. The workshop will provide a forum to discuss relevant new and emerging technologies that will enable this new science. We invite colleagues with an interest in solar physics and radio technology, and from other fields that would stand to benefit, to help explore the frontiers of science and technology that will guide updates and refinements to the FASR concept.

The workshop will be virtual, hosted from the University of California Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory (LOC: Pascal Saint-Hilaire, Milo
Buitrago-Casas, Jim McTiernan, Gelu Nita). The Scientific and Technical Organizing Committee is composed of Marin Anderson (JPL), Tim Bastian
(NRAO), Bin Chen (NJIT), James Drake (UMD), Dale Gary (NJIT), Lindsay Glesener (UMN), Gregg Hallinan (Caltech), Jonathon Kocz (UCB), Haosheng Lin (U. Hawaii), Sophie Musset (ESA), Dan Werthimer (UCB). Website and registration are at https://fasr21.ssl.berkeley.edu/. Deadline for contributions is November 1st, 2021. There is no deadline for participation.


MEETING: ESWW2021/ESWW17 – Building Resilience to Impact, Glasgow, Scotland, UK (and fully hybrid) – 25-29 October 2021 – FINAL-FINAL REMINDERS!

From: Mario M. Bisi (Mario.Bisi at stfc.ac.uk)

Dear Colleagues.

These are the absolute final community reminders for ESWW2021/ESWW17.

The ESWW is the main annual event in the European Space Weather calendar, this is the 17th ESWW Meeting that will take place and this year it is being run as a hybrid event with both in-person attendance in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, and over the Zoom and EventsAir platforms for virtual participation.

Details of the platform etc… will be sent to all registered participants only during the first full week of October,

ESWW is an excellent place to meet people (and this year, being fully hybrid, these meetings may be in person and/or online) to exchange knowledge and ideas, to discuss the latest on space-weather activity and advances, on how space weather influences the earth environment and our technologies, and how to deal with space weather.

The final programme is here: http://esww17.iopconfs.org/programme-final.

The final programme includes:
- 27 Plenary and Parallel session;
- ~228 QuickViews/Posters (these can be online and/or in person);
- ~114 Oral Presentations (these are being delivered from Glasgow and virtually);
- 18 Topical Discussion Meetings (these are also being delivered from Glasgow and virtually);
- a hybrid Fair and Business Networking event;
- Space Weather & Space Climate Medals (and presentations);
- a tutorial on Public Outreach and End-User Engagement – Adapting Your Story to Communicate Risk; and
- a comprehensive set of social activities;
- etc…

This is the absolute final call for registrations, sponsorship, and fair stand bookings:
- In-person registration – Wednesday 13 October 2021 (22:59UT);
- Virtual registration – Until full;
- Sponsorship (to guarantee branding, etc…) – Friday 01 October 2021;
- Hotel bookings – some block-held rooms are remaining but are not guaranteed – please book accommodation through your usual provider(s); and
- Fair stands – open until fully sold out or Friday 15th October 2021 (whichever comes first).

REMINDER: Presenters and Chairs, it is vital that you register before close of registration: http://esww17.iopconfs.org/register – thanks!

We look forward to seeing you in Glasgow and online very soon!

Mario M. Bisi (ESWW2021/ESWW17 PC Chair and LOC Vice Chair)
 (on behalf of both the ESWW2021/ESWW17 PC and the ESWW2021/ESWW17 LOC).


Online Cold-plasma Seminar Series

From: Justin Holmes, Gian Luca Delzanno, Pedro Resendiz Lira (jcholmes at lanl.gov)

Dear colleagues,

Please join us for the Online Cold-Plasma Seminar series on October 6th 2021. 
Details can be found at:
where the zoom link will be posted prior to each seminar. You can also join the distribution mailing list by contacting Gian Luca Delzanno (delzanno at lanl.gov).

The speaker is Sergio Toledo-Redondo, from the University of Murcia, Spain:

Speaker: Sergio Toledo-Redondo, University of Murcia
Title: Impacts of ionospheric-originating ions on magnetic reconnection at the magnetopause and magnetotail 
Date: October 6th 2021
Time: 11 AM-12 PM Eastern Daylight time, 3-4 PM Universal Time Coordinated, 5-6 PM Central European Summer time


GeoDAWG Seminar Series

From: Larry Kepko, Anthony Sciola, Adam Michael (adam.michael at jhuapl.edu)

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to attend the monthly seminar series of the IAGA “Geospace Data Assimilation Working Group” (GeoDAWG). GeoDAWG’s purpose is to provide a forum to aid in the discussion of data assimilative modeling methods across the geospace sciences. More information can be found on our website: https://sites.google.com/view/geodawg/home

Seminars will be held virtually at 11 am on the first Tuesday of every month. 

The first seminar will be on October 12, given by Tomoko Matsuo on the Assimilative Mapping of Geospace Observations (AMGeO): Data Science Tools for Collaborative Geospace Systems Science.  

A link to join the seminar via Zoom can be found on the GeoDawg website.

The current GeoDAWG seminar schedule is posted on our website and updated regularly: https://sites.google.com/view/geodawg/seminars

You can request to join our mailing list, https://sites.google.com/view/geodawg/mailing-list, if you would like to receive our regular newsletter where we share research highlights and information relevant to the community.

Speaker suggestions or questions can be also submitted online: https://sites.google.com/view/geodawg/contact-us, or you can email us directly at iaga.geodawg at gmail.com


Neptune/Triton System Seminar Series

From: Jamie Jasinski (jasinski at jpl.nasa.gov)

This new seminar series will showcase recent developments in scientific topics covering all aspects of the Neptune/Triton system: the magnetosphere, satellites, rings, atmosphere, ionosphere, interior structure, and magnetic field as well as their formation, thermal evolution, variation, and science related to analog objects such as Uranus. 

Please join us on the second Tuesday of each month at 3:00 PM GMT (8:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM ET) for a Neptune/Triton-relevant presentation from a guest speaker, followed by a lively discussion and community updates/news. The first seminar will occur on October 12; Dr. Matthew Hedman will be giving a presentation on Small Moons and Rings of Neptune. 

View the seminar schedule and register for seminars at http://neptuneodyssey.jhuapl.edu/Events/.


Magnetosphere Online Seminar Series

From: Jason Shuster (magnetosphere.seminars at gmail.com)

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

On Monday October 4, Jasper Halekas will give a presentation on Plasma Physics at the Moon.

There will be no seminar on October 11 in observance of the holiday weekend.

On October 18, Jeffery Love is scheduled to present on the May 1921 magnetic superstorm.

A link to join the seminar via Zoom or YouTube can be found on our home page:
The password to join the Zoom seminar is: Mag at 1

You can view the current 2021 schedule here:

Add your name to our mailing list here:

Read about previous talks here:


JOB OPENING: Research Fellow in Modelling of the Mesosphere, Lower Thermosphere and Ionosphere 

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

The mesosphere / lower thermosphere and the overlapping D and E region ionospheres (MLTI) are the least understood region of Earth's atmosphere but form a critical transition region between the atmosphere and geospace. MLTI variability can have a significant impact on over-the-horizon high frequency radio communications and global navigation satellite system signals. Atmospheric waves propagating from the MLTI are also a source of variability for the space weather region and can impact the atmospheric drag experienced by low earth orbit satellites. 

We are looking to appoint a Research Fellow who will hold a joint position in the School of Chemistry and in the School of Physics and Astronomy, for a term of 2 years in the first instance. The Research Fellow will study short-term variability around the mesopause and the D- and E-regions caused by 1) space weather including energetic particle precipitation and solar flares and 2) dynamical forcing from the lower atmosphere. A focus here will be on modelling and understanding of the global occurrence of Sporadic E layers. Using long-term Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM) simulations, you will also explore climate change impacts on MLTI due to projected changes in greenhouse gases and the recovery of the stratospheric ozone layer over the 21st century. You will be analysing large quantities of model data as well as heterogeneous sets of observations as you quantify MLTI variability using analysis methods suitable for handling 'big data' in an open-science and collaborative environment. 

You should have a PhD (or have submitted your thesis before taking up the role) in Atmospheric Physics, Atmospheric Chemistry, Space Physics, 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 MLTI would be beneficial. The job advertisement and further particulars can be viewed at http://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/EPSCH1049


JOB OPENING: Space Weather Research Scientist at CIRES CU Boulder/NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center

From: Hazel Bain (hazel.bain at noaa.gov)

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado, Boulder invites applications for the position of Research Scientist at the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC). The successful applicant will develop experimental space weather forecasting applications for the benefit of SWPC forecasters and customers, primarily working with the Space Weather Follow On-L1 (SWFO-L1), Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-U (GOES-U) Compact Coronagraph and Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) teams.

For more information on the job and how to apply, please follow this link:


JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Research Associate Position at University of Arizona, Dept. of Planetary Sciences and Lunar & Planetary Lab

From: Federico Fraschetti (ffrasche at email.arizona.edu)

The Department of Planetary Sciences/Lunar & Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the field of space physics/astrophysics. The successful applicant will work in collaboration with Dr. Federico Fraschetti and Joe Giacalone. The department has an active research program in plasma astrophysics, heliophysics and theoretical astrophysics. The primary work is expected to be theoretical and computational. The study encompasses a wide range of topics relating in particular to transport of GeV-TeV galactic cosmic rays within the solar corona and the modeling of the gamma-ray emission observed by Fermi. Substantial theoretical experience in such topics is thus highly desirable for this position.

To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit a cover letter (1 page), Curriculum Vitae and publication list, a statement of research interest highlighting past achievements and future plans (up to 3 pages) by NOVEMBER 30th 2021. They should also arrange for three letters of reference to be provided separately by the same date to the email address ffrasche at email.arizona.edu .

The successful applicant will be expected to conduct a highly competitive program of scientific research, prepare proposals to secure research resources (for example, access to high performance computing) and write scientific articles for publication in peer reviewed journals. PhD in the field of space physics and a proven track record of independent research in the research theme is a minimum qualification; PhD must be received by the start date of the position. 
Please Contact me (ffrasche at email.arizona.edu or federico.fraschetti at cfa.harvard.edu) for more information.


JOB OPENING: Tenure Track Assistant Professor Position at UTSA - Physics & Astronomy, Exoplanets

From: Dr. Chris Packham (chris.packham at utsa.edu)

Tenure Track Assistant Professor Position at UTSA - Physics & Astronomy, Exoplanets

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is seeking exceptional applicants for a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor position with experience in exoplanets and an academic record in multicultural education, diversity and inclusion beginning August 2022.  We seek candidates whose exoplanet research focus (observational or theoretical) is relevant to future exoplanet missions (ground or space-based) or has direct synergies with solar system studies.  In the case of exceptionally well qualified candidates appointment to associate or full professor is possible (tenure is contingent upon Board of Regents approval). 

The successful applicant will be expected to (1) develop an externally funded and internationally recognized research program; (2) supervise graduate students; (3) teach undergraduate and graduate courses in astrophysics and/or physics; (4) work with others across disciplinary boundaries; (5) show a commitment to inclusion and diversity; and (6) serve the Department, College of Science, and the University. 


Further information and application materials must be submitted electronically to https://jobs.utsa.edu/ using requisition number 6742.  Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021. Complete applications received by this date are guaranteed full consideration.  UTSA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 


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