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Nominations sought for ESPD prizes

from Tom Van Doorsselaere [February 27, 2017]

The European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) announces the awarding of three (3) prizes: a PhD thesis prize, a Postdoc (Early Career Researcher) prize and Senior prize. Nominations are invited for each of them. The selection of each prize awardee will be made by the ESPD Board and by an external committee.

All required documents should be combined into a single PDF file and submitted by May 1, 2017 at

PhD thesis prize eligibility: The calendar year after the viva or public defence. [e.g. defence/viva 01/12/2016 – eligible in 2017 only]
The nomination is normally by the PhD supervisor and should include

– Nomination letter from a research advisor (or equivalent collaborator) outlining the impact of the nominee’s research on the broad field of solar physics (up to 2 pages)
– Nominee’s CV (up to 2 page)
– Nominee’s bibliography resulting from the PhD research work (refereed published papers as well as presentations)
– The extended summary of the dissertation that explains major findings, significance and impact (up to 2 pages)
– Two letters of support from scientists familiar with the research (e.g. members of the thesis committee and/or other collaborators, up to 2 pages each)
– URL where thesis can be downloaded without any restrictions

PostDoc(Early Career Researcher) prize: Up to 4 calendar years after the viva or public defence. The applicant should not have a permanent position. Parental leave or similar circumstances can extend the deadline by a period
equal to the leave time [e.g. defence/viva on 01/12/2014 – eligible for application up to 01/12/2018, if no further justification of an extension is
The nomination package should include:

– Nomination letter from the supervisor/grant holder outlining the impact of the nominee’s research on the broad field of solar physics (up to 2 pages each)
– Nominee’s CV (2 page max)
– Nominee’s bibliography (refereed published papers)
– Two letters of support from scientists familiar with the research (e.g. collaborator, former PhD supervisor, co-supervisor, up to 2 pages each)
– The summary of the research work over last 4 years explaining major findings, significance and impact on the area of solar physics (up to 2 pages)
– If applicable, the letter outlining circumstances in case of the deadline extension

Senior Prize: A prize presented to a distinguished senior solar scientist for a life-long prolific career or scholarship.
The nomination package should include:

– Nomination letter outlining the impact of the nominee’s research on the broad field of solar physics (up to 2 pages)
– Nominee’s CV (6 page max)
– Nominee’s bibliography (refereed published papers, books)
– Three letters of support from scientists familiar with the research (up to 2 pages each)

More information can be found on the ESPD webpage:


RHESSI Nuggets in February 2017

from Hugh Hudson [February 27, 2017]

No. 292, “RHESSI’s 15th Anniversary”, by Brian Dennis, Sa”m Krucker, and Albert Shih. We celebrate 15 years in orbit!

No. 293, “PIerre Kaufmann”. RHESSI has lost a friend.

See listing the current series, 2008-present, and for the original series, 2005-2008. We publish these at roughly two-week intervals and welcome contributions, which should be related, at least loosely, to RHESSI science

RHESSI Science Nugget No. 292

from Hugh Hudson [February 15, 2017]

“RHESSI’s 15th Anniversary,” by Brian Dennis, Sa”m Krucker, and Albert Shih. RHESSI had its 15th anniversary (launch February 5, 2002; first light February 11).

See (listing the current series, 2008-present), and (for the original series, 2005-2008).

We publish these at roughly two-week intervals and welcome contributions,
which should be related, at least loosely, to RHESSI science.

CESRA hightlight on energetic electrons from the Sun to the Earth

from Eduard Kontar [February 14, 2017]

new CESRA highlight:
Large-scale simulations of Langmuir Wave Distributions Induced by Electron Beams by H. Reid and E. Kontar

Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools:

NAM/UKSP2017 Parallel Session: Is the Sun in Transition? The Unusual Cycle 24, and Implications for the Solar-Stellar Connection

from Bill Chaplin [February 27, 2017]

We invite applications for contributed talks to this UKSP parallel session at NAM2017. It will run over two 90-minute slots on the afternoon of Tuesday 4th July. Our aim is to bring together scientists from all areas of the solar and heliospheric communities to consider results from the wide variety of data that bear on the unusual Cycle 24, its causes, and what those results might signal for the next cycle.

Further details of the session may be found on the conference website at:

Bill Chaplin, Louise Harra, Rachel Howe & Duncan Mackay

Call for Abstracts – NAM2017 Session on ‘Latest Trends In Observing And Understanding The Dynamics Of The Solar Atmosphere: From MHD Waves To Small-Scale Transients’

from Christopher Nelson [February 24, 2017]

We invite abstract submissions for the session ‘Latest Trends In Observing And Understanding The Dynamics Of The Solar Atmosphere: From MHD Waves To Small-Scale Transients’ which will take place at NAM2017.

The Sun is a highly structured and dynamic body, containing a wide range of waves, instabilities, and more transient, sometimes explosive, phenomena (e.g., Ellerman bombs, swirls, spicules). This session will highlight and discuss recent improvements in our understanding of the dynamics of the solar atmosphere including: (i) how transient events are driven; (ii) the detection, interpretation, and analysis of MHD waves in solar wave-guides; (iii) what MHD waves can tell us about the local background plasma properties (through techniques such as solar magneto-seismology).

The deadline for abstract submission is April 14, 2017.
More information can be found at the conference website:

NAM 2017: Call for abstracts on “The Physical Processes Underlying Space Weather”

from Francesco Zuccarello [February 15, 2017]

We invite abstract submission for the National Astronomy Meeting 2017 session “The Physical Processes Underlying Space Weather: Formation, Eruption and Propagation of Coronal Mass Ejections”.

The aim of the session is to bring together solar and heliospheric physicists, both modelers and observers, to discuss the formation and evolution of magnetic flux ropes with particular focus on (1) what are the universal physical mechanisms responsible for triggering solar eruptions, (2) how and when magnetic flux ropes are formed, (3) how their structure evolves during their propagation through the inner heliosphere, and (4) how the structure of the interplanetary magnetic clouds relate to their source regions on the Sun.

The NAM 2017 will be hosted at the University of Hull (UK) during the 2nd-6th July 2017. We note that this is shortly before the IAU Symposium on Space Weather of the Heliosphere in Exeter (UK), and that this perhaps provides an opportunity for colleagues from further afield to combine two meetings.

Please note that the deadline for abstract submission is April 14, 2017.
For more information, please visit the conference website:

AOGS Sessions in Sun, Heliosphere, Space Weather, and Ionosphere…

from Mario Bisi [February 13, 2017]

Dear Colleague.

I would like to draw your attention to the impending abstract-submission deadline of 15 February 2017 (Singapore time) for submissions to this year’s AOGS meeting in Singapore (06-11 August 2017). The abstract-submission site is here: and the full list of sessions is here:

The following sessions I would like to advertise for which I am a convenor/co-convenor and would like to ask for contributed abstracts to be submitted to one or more are as follows:
ST14 – Sun and Heliosphere General Session Including Helioseismology and Solar Diagnostic Techniques
ST20 – Forecasting Solar-wind and Magnetic-field Parameters Throughout the Inner Heliosphere
ST24 – Broadband Radio Solar, Coronal, Heliospheric, and Ionospheric Physics: Observations, Theory, Modelling, and Scientific Investigation
ST26 – General Session for Upper Atmosphere and Ionosphere
ST27 – Mesosphere-thermosphere-ionosphere Coupling Processes on Global Scale

Please remember that each AOGS registration covers the presentation of up to two abstracts – you do not need to be the first author of both abstracts but can be the presenting author as long as you are named on each abstract you are to present. This counts for both oral and poster presentations. Full regulations and costs can be found here:

And here are the other sessions relevant to Sun and Heliosphere:
ST02 – Energetic Particle Acceleration and Transport in the Heliosphere
ST06 – Origin, Eruption, Propagation and Space Weather Effect of Magnetic Flux Ropes
ST08 – Sun-earth System Response to Extreme Solar and Seismic Events
ST09 – Magnetic Reconnection in Space Plasma: Observations and Simulations
ST12 – Waves and Turbulence in the Solar Atmosphere and Solar Wind
ST13 – Global Solar Wind-planetary Environment Interactions : a Comparative View of Recent Observations, Modeling and Numerical Simulations
ST16 – The Large-scale Interplanetary Phenomena: Sources, Properties and Space Weather Effects
ST22 – Use of Nano/microsatellites for Solar-terrestrial Studies
ST23 – Future and Current Space Missions and Instrumentation for Space and Planetary Science

Looking forward to seeing you in Singapore.

Best wishes,

ST-H (Sun and Heliosphere Secretary, elected 2011-2013, 2013-2015, and 2015-2017)
ST President Candidate (2017 election at Singapore)


PDRA position in Solar Physics (Glasgow)

from Eduard Kontar [February 15, 2017]

PDRA position at the University of Glasgow in solar physics to study acceleration/transport of energetic electrons in the solar corona using radio observations with e.g. LOFAR.

Position Title:
Research Assistant, Reference Number: 016867

Please click on the link below if you are interested in finding out more.

PDRA in Solar/Stellar Physics at Warwick, UK

from Anne-Marie Broomhall [February 14, 2017]

We seek candidates for an STFC-funded postdoctoral vacancy to work on helioseismology and asteroseismology at Centre for Fusion, Space, and Astrophysics (CFSA), Warwick. The job will focus on data analysis techniques in helioseismology and asteroseismology with a particular emphasis on understanding the Sun’s activity cycle and the solar-stellar connection. You will work with Dr A.-M. Broomhall, and other members of CFSA. The contract will be for 36 months.

Details can be found at (Reference: 79071-027)

Informal enquiries: Dr. Anne-Marie Broomhall (

Deadline: 13th March 2017

PDRA in solar physics in Warwick (3 year)

from Tony Arber [February 14, 2017]

Vacancy for a new PDRA position in the CFSA group at Warwick University working with Prof. Tony Arber. This is a three-year position.

To conduct research on the physics of the solar chromosphere. In particular, the research will aim to extend the work published in “Simulations of Alfvén and kink wave driving of the solar chromosphere: efficient heating and spicule launching” C. S. Brady and T. D. Arber, Astrophysical Journal, 829 (2016).

Details and application on (search for reference 79068-027)

Deadline is 13 March 2017.

Postdoctoral Research in Spectropolarimetry at New Mexico State University

from R.T.James McAteer [February 14, 2017]

The solar physics research group at NMSU has an opening for a 2-year Postdoctoral Research Assistant position in spectropolarimetry of the chromosphere. The successful candidate will work at NMSU in close collaboration with the FIRS instrument personnel at NSO and IfA, in order to carry out detailed inversions of the HeI 10830 line using the HAZEL code. Training in data acquisition and performing these complex inversions will be provided, in order to provide the candidate with all skills required to take advantage of future DKIST data.

Candidates are expected to have a PhD in solar physics or a closely related subject, or expect to obtain one shortly. Candidates with some experience in any inversion algorithm, and/or a knowledge of current and future NSO instrument capabilities are strongly encouraged to apply and should highlight these areas in their application.

Application deadline: March 31st, 2017
Targeted start Date: May 1st, 2017

Interested applicants should contact Dr R.T. James McAteer ( for further details and submit their application to

In addition to a CV and cover letter, candidates should provide for 3 letters of reference, one of whom should be your PhD supervisor.

NMSU is a equal-opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented minorities and female scientists.

PhD Studentship in High Energy Solar Physics

from Peter Gallagher [February 13, 2017]

The Solar Physics Group at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded PhD studentship in the area of X-ray imaging of solar flares. The student will use images and spectra from NASA’s RHESSI mission to study the evolution of solar flares and their association with coronal mass ejections. In addition, the student will be involved in the development of X-ray imaging techniques for the Spectrometer-Telescope Imaging X-rays (STIX) instrument onboard ESA’s Solar Orbiter spacecraft. Solar Orbiter, which is scheduled for launch in late 2018, will fly inside the orbit of Mercury and enable us to answer some of the most fundamental questions about the Sun and solar energetic events.

This 4-year PhD studentship includes an annual stipend of EUR 16,000, payment of tuition fees of EUR 6,700, and an annual travel award of approximately EUR 2,000.

Experience with IDL and/or Python is essential.

For general inquires and details of the application process, please contact Prof. Peter T. Gallagher ( and Dr. Shane Maloney ( Further details on the research carried out in the group can be found at

Application deadline: March 3rd, 2017

PhD in Solar Interior-Atmosphere Linkages & Space Weather Applications

from Bill Chaplin [February 13, 2017]

The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham invites applications for a PhD by research in solar physics and use of the HiSPARC network for space weather applications.

The student will be working with Professor Bill Chaplin and Dr Rachel Howe of the Solar and Stellar Physics Group to look at combinations solar data (various, both atmospheric and internal/helioseismic) and heliospheric data (various) to study linkages between solar interior, solar atmosphere and heliosphere. In another strand, the student will be working on HiSPARC, a European project to detect high-energy cosmic rays, of which Birmingham is a member. Professor Cristina Lazzeroni and Dr Angela Romano of our Particle Physics Group will work with the student to upgrade the instrumentation at Birmingham to enable measurements of cosmic-ray anisotropies at energies of 1 GeV and above, which may be used to inform space-weather predictions. The student will also explore with Professors Chaplin and Lazzeroni the potential of using upgraded instrumentation from the entire network for space weather applications, work that will also be conducted in collaboration with the Met Office.

Potential applicants should be interested in capitalizing on the opportunity to do a PhD that involves elements of data analysis and interpretation, as well as instrumentation and observation. There are also excellent opportunities regarding scientific outreach and communication (HiSPARC involves strong links to schools).

For more information and instructions on how to apply please contact Professor Bill Chaplin (

Instrument / AO specialist at the Dunn Solar Telescope

from R.T.James McAteer [February 13, 2017]

In order to enable a transition of operations of the Sunspot site from the National Solar Observatory to a multi-institution consortium, New Mexico State University is seeking a instrument specialist to support daytime observations at the Dunn Solar Telescope in Sunspot, NM.

Responsibilities include maintaining, documenting, redesigning, upgrading and supporting observations with the adaptive optics systems and all (4) science instruments at the telescope. Instruments include broad-band imaging, narrow-band imaging, spectroscopy, imaging spectroscopy, and spectropolarimetry. The instrument specialist will plan a major role in the construction and implementation of a new adaptive optics system.The instrument specialist will also be responsible for recommendations for design modifications that will facilitate long-term operations and minimize support requirements. The successful candidate will also make recommendations for observation design and software for operating each instrument.

We are looking for individuals with a B.S. in related field. Candidates need to have significant instrumentation experience, ideally with astronomical imaging, spectroscopy and / or spectropolarimetry instruments. Ability to work independently, and in a small team, is critical. Physical work location is at an altitude of 9200ft.

Required application documents include: CV/Resume, three references, and unofficial copy transcripts; all documents must be attached the NMSU electronic application system:

Application deadline: March 31st, 2017
Targeted start date: May 1st, 2017