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George Doschek Chosen to Write Solar Physics Memoir for 2021

from Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi [June 1, 2020]

We are pleased to announce that George Doschek has been selected to write the Solar Physics Memoir for 2021. Early in his career at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Dr. Doschek became established as an authority on the Sun’s X-ray flare spectrum. As a Project Scientist on the US Department of Defense P78-1 Space Test Program, George designed new generation spectrometers that were able to resolve all the important lines in solar flare X-ray spectra. Subsequently, in collaboration with UK and Japanese colleagues, he proposed a state-of-the-art EUV imaging spectrometer (Extreme-ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer (EIS)) that is onboard the Hinode spacecraft. In addition to his research activities, George, for much of his career at NRL, managed one of the world’s strongest solar physics groups, with three members including himself being awarded the Hale prize of the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society. The memoir series has three main goals: (1) to honor colleagues for distinguished careers, (2) to provide long-term personal perspectives on solar science; and (3) to help educate younger members of the community. The selection committee is chaired by Ed Cliver and includes Peng-Fei Chen, Jim Klimchuk, K.D. Leka, Eric Priest, Kazunari Shibata, Sami Solanki, Astrid Veronig, and Michael Wheatland. Please contact any of them with suggestions for next year’s honoree.

Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi [] and Ed Cliver []

Preparation of DKIST proposals

from Mihalis Mathioudakis [May 27, 2020]

The National Solar Observatory has recently announced the first call for proposals for observations that will be obtained during the DKIST Operations and Commission Phase.

Queen’s University Belfast is coordinating with the National Solar Observatory to support UK scientists who wish to use the instrument performance calculators as part of the proposal preparation process. For more information please contact Thomas Rees-Crockford or Mihalis Mathioudakis

Call for Applications to STFC Advisory Bodies and Peer Review Panels, 2020

from Astrolists [May 18, 2020]

Dear all,

Every year, a number of vacancies become available on STFC’s advisory bodies and peer review panels. These bodies perform a vital function for STFC, providing advice and guidance that aids our strategic direction and supports our decision-making processes.

Members of our advisory bodies and panels have the opportunity to influence STFC’s strategy, policies, and funding decisions, as well as guiding STFC to most effectively develop the societal impact of our investments and best support our research and innovation communities. Members will also be able to expand their professional networks and explore a wide range of challenges related to investment in UK science and engineering.

We are committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). In addition to our broader UKRI position on EDI, STFC continues to develop a range of measures and objectives around EDI. The diversity of our panels is one of our key foci. We would like to encourage everyone to consider this opportunity. We would also urge colleagues to share these details with everyone in their networks and teams – including any specific diversity networks that exist within your institution.

Tow view and apply for positions across a broad range of available panels and committees, please visit the STFC Call for Applications page.

The specific requirements for each vacancy are clearly listed, and all applications will be assessed via an appropriate review process, according to the listed requirements.

We are seeking applications from academia, government, industry and ‘third sector’ communities (including charities) relevant to STFC’s grant programmes, and from the communities supported by STFC facilities. Submissions from scientists who are STFC employees are also welcome. Irrespective of career stage, members of STFC advisory panels and peer review bodies are expected to have in-depth knowledge of their disciplinary remits, a clear track record of achievement, and a good understanding of the wider UK and international context in their field.

This is an annual call and, as a result, membership may commence at different times. For all committees, members will be appointed for three years unless otherwise stated. Please note, you can make a self-application only.

Many Thanks,

STFC Programmes Directorate


New UKSP Nugget #109

from Iain Hannah [May 18, 2020]

109. Kink oscillations of sigmoid coronal loops
by Norbert Magyar and Valery M. Nakariakov (Warwick)

Diagnostics of free magnetic energy?


UKSP Nuggets are published on a monthly basis highlighting solar physics research led from the UK.

Iain Hannah and Lyndsay Fletcher

Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools:

16th Pencil Code User Meeting 2020

from Simon Candelaresi [May 22, 2020]

The Pencil Code User Meeting is an annual meeting dedicated to the Pencil Code. The purpose of the meeting is to bring regular users and core developers together to discuss scientific and technical progress since the last meeting, to instigate collaborative projects and to allow new users to learn more about the code and to interact with other users and developers. The Pencil Code Meeting 2020 will be held in virtually using Zoom.

The Pencil Code is a multipurpose code for massively parallel computing. It includes optionally hydrodynamics, magnetic fields, radiation, ionization, multi-species dust dynamics with coagulation, self-gravity and particles. It is developed and maintained under Git version control by around 78 people with check-in permission. Until now more than 30,000 updates and commits have been made by the developers. With more than 527 papers referring to the Pencil Code it has been very successful. The code is tested nightly on several platforms and provides an excellent pedagogical tool for professional scientists as well as students to implement new code within an organized framework.

Here are some example topics that the meeting aims at covering:
– Recent science results obtained with the Pencil Code
– Physics recently added to the code, such as particle collisions
– Recently added visualization techniques, such as on-the-fly 3D rendering and spherical slices
– Technical issues
– Post processing routines
– Particles in turbulence and convection
– Future improvements to the code


JOB OPENING: Solar Energetic Particles Scientist at Community Coordinated Modeling Center (NASA/GSFC)

from Leila Mays [May 21, 2020]

The Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC, at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is seeking a Heliophysics scientist with a background in Solar Energetic Particles (or related) to work full time and to be employed as a contractor.

At CCMC, we provide simulation services (Runs on Request) from a unique collection of space science and space weather models developed by the international research community. As one of Heliosphere/SEP domain scientists, the person hired would be responsible for installing models, performing testing, preparing models for Runs on Request, and maintaining the installations (see

The selected candidate would work closely with the model developers throughout this process. Another responsibility of the domain scientist is to answer questions from the community about model usage and to advise them on simulation settings that will enable them to reach their scientific goals. CCMC domain scientists are also typically involved in model validation and community leadership activities, and typically spend up to 20% of their time on other research projects (preferably related to CCMC work) to maintain scientific standing. If you enjoy working in a cross disciplinary team, working with the scientific community, and would like to make a lasting impact on the heliophysics science community, you should join our team.

The selected candidate will be resident at the NASA/GSFC in Greenbelt, Maryland, and be employed as a contractor via an existing cooperative agreement. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

The position is full-time and includes full benefits. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. For full consideration, submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Leila Mays ( Informal inquiries are welcomed.

Lecturer in Radio Spectrum Physics and Engineering

from Marianna Korsos [May 19, 2020]

Lecturer in Radio Spectrum Physics and Engineering

As part of the continued development of Physics and Engineering at Aberystwyth University, we are looking to appoint a Lecturer in Radio Spectrum Physics and Engineering, with appropriate expertise and experience to develop an independent research programme, to contribute to the department’s teaching and research portfolio and to develop new master’s level provision in Radio Spectrum Physics.

The successful candidate will enjoy considerable scope to shape the direction of the scheme in line with their expertise. They would be joining a diverse, vibrant and dynamic department that focuses on delivering high quality teaching and research with impact.

The successful candidate will also contribute to the development of the new National Spectrum Centre that will research, develop and test the next generation of spectrum-dependent systems and applications needed by the UK, whilst creating new high value jobs for Wales. The aim of this new facility for the UK is to create an ecosystem between government, industry and academia to train the next generation of scientists and engineers.

The post is initially fixed-term for one year with a focus on the development of master’s level provision through a new MSc in Radio Spectrum Physics and Engineering. The successful candidate will also be responsible for developing, maintaining and delivering their own area of research within the remit of the department and faculty, and also seek external funding.

The successful candidate will be an educator and researcher with experience of teaching within Higher Education, and hold a PhD in a relevant area of physics or engineering.

To make an informal enquiry, please contact Professor Andrew Evans on

Postdoctoral position in theoretical and computational space plasma physics

from Vadim Roytershteyn [May 18, 2020]

The Space Science Institute (SSI) invites applications for a position of Postdoctoral Research Scientist in computational and theoretical plasma physics. The selected candidate will take a leading role in a research project focused on modeling of large-scale structure of electron distribution function in the solar wind. The candidate will have opportunity to contribute to other ongoing projects, including modeling of collisionless shock waves in multi-component plasmas using particle-in-cell methods or development of advanced numerical methods for modeling of kinetic behavior of plasma. The initial appointment is for 1 year, renewable for up to 3 years upon satisfactory performance and continued availability of funds.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in space plasma physics or related fields is required prior to the start date of the position. Applicants should demonstrate the potential to publish high-quality research results in peer-reviewed journals, good communication skills, excellent work ethics, and the ability to work independently. Experience with numerical methods, high-performance computing, and/or strong background in plasma theory are highly desirable. Highly qualified candidates with background in related areas of physics or applied math will be considered.

This is a full-time position. SSI offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, and (after 1 year of service) 403(b) retirement plans. Remote employment may be an option. Please visit for more information.

To Apply: Please direct inquiries about the position to Dr. Vadim Roytershteyn , vroytershteyn AT Application materials should be submitted by email to ssihr AT and cc’d to vroyreshteyn AT spacescience dot org with “Attn: Dr. Roytershteyn” in the subject line. Please include a curriculum vitae, cover letter, statement of research (max 2 pages), and a minimum of 3 references (including names and contact information).

The Space Science Institute is a non-profit, public benefit corporation and operates as an equal opportunity employer. SSI headquarters are located in Boulder, CO, USA, but the selected candidate may have an option of remote employment (with supervisor approval). SSI has been a pioneer in remote employment, a mode that has been particularly conducive to our researchers for whom the traditional university or research center is not a viable option.