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General News/UKSP Business:

IAU PhD Prize 2018 – reminder of the deadline for applications

from Claire Foullon [October 23, 2018]

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to alert you about the opportunity below – the IAU PhD Prize.

May I also take the opportunity to encourage you to join the Commission E3 within the IAU Division E, as this may be of particular relevance for some members of the UKSP community: Commission E3 Solar Impact throughout the Heliosphere

The IAU has created in 2016 a new prize – the IAU PhD Prize. Each IAU Division has, once a year, the opportunity to award its own prize to the candidate it feels has carried out the most remarkable work in the previous year (i.e. a PhD Thesis which has been defended between the 16 December in the previous year, and 15 December this year).

The IAU PhD Prize is open to candidates from any country, regardless of whether the country has an IAU National Membership. The objective is to recognise outstanding scientific achievement in astrophysics around the world even at that early stage in the career.

Please alert potential candidates for this opportunity since the deadline for applications for the 2018 IAU PhD Prize will be 15th December.

The application form is available here: https://www.iau.org/submissions/phd-prize/

The conditions and details for the application are available in the IAU webpage https://www.iau.org/science/grants_prizes/phd_prize/ .

Best wishes,


Dr Claire Foullon
IAU Div.E Commission E3 Vice-President
University of Exeter
http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/staff/cf337

https://www.iau.org/science/scientific_bodies/commissions/E3/

Advances in Space Research – Special Issue Announcement

from Daniel Gómez [October 23, 2018]

Dear Colleague,

The proceedings of the COLAGE XI (http://www.iafe.uba.ar/colage11/) will be published by Advances in Space Research (ASR), through the following two special issues (SI) listed below. *Deadline for submission is March 31, 2019* and accepted articles will be published free of charge.

Even though we expect that most contributions will come from COLAGE XI participants, note that both special issues will accept submissions from other authors as well. We invite authors that contributed to Sessions 1, 2 in COLAGE XI to submit to SI1, and those who contributed to Sessions 3-7 to submit to SI2. Papers must be submitted electronically to http://ees.elsevier.com/asr.

To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the corresponding SI, authors must select the “Article Type” indicated below when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process. Enclosed please find the full description for both issues.

SI1: “Recent results on solar and heliospheric phenomena affecting Earth” (Guest Eds.: Cristina Mandrini & Hebe Cremades) Article type: “Special Issue: SOL-HEL Phenomena – Earth”

SI2: “Magnetosphere, ionosphere and their connection to Space Weather” (Guest Eds.: Daniel Gomez & Sergio Dasso) Article type: “Special Issue: Space weather connection”

Best regards,

Daniel Gómez (chairman of COLAGE XI)

http://www.iafe.uba.ar/colage11/proceedings.html

from Richard Morton [October 22, 2018]

Dear Colleagues,

Each year the RAS recognises the best PhD theses in astronomy and geophysics completed in the UK. The deadline to nominate theses completed during 2018 is 31 January 2019.

Three prizes are available: the Michael Penston prize for astronomy, the Keith Runcorn prize for geophysics, and the Patricia Tomkins prize for instrumentation science in either astronomy or geophysics. The winners receive £1000 and an invitation to present the results of their thesis at a meeting of the RAS. The Michael Penston prize and Keith Runcorn prize runners-up will receive £50 book tokens.

Nominees must have completed their PhD (viva held and all corrections completed) at a UK university during 2018. For more details and to submit a nomination, see the pages on each prize:

The Michael Penston prize, for theses in astronomy and astrophysics, including cosmology, astrobiology etc.

The Keith Runcorn prize, for theses in geophysics, including seismology, solar physics, planetary science etc.

Patricia Tomkins thesis prize for theses in instrumentation science for astronomy and geophysics – while the support is aimed at developing skills in scientific hardware such as electronics, detectors and optics, the development of novel software specific to a hardware project will also be considered. The Patricia Tomkins prize is sponsored by the Patricia Tomkins Foundation.

We look forward to receiving your nominations.

Best wishes,

Nush Cole, Awards Officer, Royal Astronomical Society

Availability of further X-class flare data from the Swedish Solar Telescope

from Aaron Reid [October 22, 2018]

During one of the UK service runs at the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope (SST) in 2017, the observers managed to capture a series of M- and X-class flares from Active Region 12763. This active region produced the most powerful flares of the current solar cycle, and we are pleased to announce that more reduced data are now available to the UK community. These data were obtained intermittently from 09:04 – 16:46 UT on 6 September 2017, during which the observations captured an X2.2 and the (previously released) X9.3 flare.

All data consist of H-alpha imaging spectroscopy and Ca II 8542A spectropolarimetry, with an average cadence of 15 seconds. The Ca II 8542 data have some fringing issues, and with the poor seeing on the day, the linear polarisation signals should be handled with caution.

Should you wish to access these data, please email aaron.reid@qub.ac.uk and m.mathioudakis@qub.ac.uk to organise transfer of the relevant files. Further flare data will be available in due course, and their release will be announced in the UKSP Newsletter.

e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility – Call for e-MERLIN proposals cycle-8 (15th November 2018)

from Sian Giles [October 16, 2018]

e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility CALL FOR e-MERLIN PROPOSALS – Cycle-8

http://www.e-merlin.ac.uk/observe/call_cycle8.html

DEADLINE : 15th November 2018

e-MERLIN requests proposals from the international astronomical community for observations to be made during Cycle-8. Proposals are competitively peer-reviewed under standard STFC rules by the PATT e-MERLIN Time Allocation Committee. Allocation will be made on the basis of scientific merit and technical feasibility alone. During e-MERLIN operations ~50% of observing time has been allocated to large legacy projects and the remaining formal time will be allocated via PATT to standard proposals solicited prior to each observing semester.

e-MERLIN Science: e-MERLIN observations address a broad range of http://www.e-merlin.ac.uk/sci/ and its unique combination of angular resolution (mas) and sensitivity (microJy) provide crucial insights in multiple science areas including:

• star-formation and black hole growth in galaxies;
• the physical processes which govern the formation of stars;
• the modes of activity in nearby galaxies;
• transient radio sources;
• Radio spectral lines (masers and in absorption);
• The energetic processes in relativistic outflows from jets generated by black holes and compact objects;
• Along with multiple other applications.

e-MERLIN provides high resolution (12-150mas) and high sensitivity (~[7]-14 microJy [inc. Lovell Telescope]) imaging at cm wavelengths as well as polarimetry, spectroscopy and astrometry.

*** Cycle-8 e-MERLIN Observations: Quarters 1 & 2 2019 ***
Deadline for Receipt of Proposals – 23:59:59 UT on 15th November 2018

Ang. res. Sensitivity
L-band (1.23-1.74GHz) – ~150mas ~7uJy/bm*
C-band (4.5 – 7.5GHz) – ~40mas ~7uJybm*
K-band (21 – 24GHz) – ~12mas ~55uJy/bm

* Assumes inclusion of Lovell Telescope at L/C-band and a full imaging track (~18hrs with calibration).

The full call for proposals, including technical specifications is available at: http://www.e-merlin.ac.uk/observe/call_cycle8.html

Developments during Cycle-8: All proposals should be justified assuming the current available bandwidth of 512MHz. K-Band observations are also offered on a best-efforts basis. e-MERLIN is partially supported via the RadioNet Transnational
Access activity via the EU Horizon 2020 programme RadioNet. This activity provides travel support for eligible e-MERLIN users.

Please refer to http://www.e-merlin.ac.uk/observe/TNA.html for further information or contact e-MERLIN staff
(emerlin@jb.man.ac.uk).

********************************************************************
e-MERLIN/VLBI National Facility, The University of Manchester, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DL,
United Kingdom
Email:emerlin@jb.man.ac.uk

http://www.e-merlin.ac.uk/observe/call_cycle8.html

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Strategic Advisory Group – Member Needed

from Sian Giles [October 15, 2018]

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Strategic Advisory Group – Member Needed

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Strategic Advisory Group are looking to appoint a new member to the Panel in the area of physical sciences.

They are seeking applications from those people with the following profile:

1. Represent international academics and international non-academics

2. Have personal experience of working in a developing country context

3. Understand the translation and impact of research, particularly into developing countries

4. Have previous experience of sitting on committees and knowledge of the UK research funding landscape

For more information about the Panel, please go here:
https://www.ukri.org/research/global-challenges-research-fund/strategic-advisory-group/

https://www.ukri.org/research/global-challenges-research-fund/strategic-advisory-group/

Astronomy and Geophysics Demos and Presenter Training Day

from Richard Morton [October 11, 2018]

We’re having a special public engagemnet training day for FELLOWS at the RAS on the 8th NOVEMBER: Astronomy and geophysics demos and presenter training day

Would you like to more confidently present science shows and astronomy and geophysics demonstrations in your science public engagement talks? If so then this training day is for you!

Run by the wonderful team at www.sciencemadesimple.co.uk

Date: Thursday 8th November

Time: All day, 10am start.

Location: RAS offices at Burlington House

The training is free of charge for Fellows and includes lunch. We are unable to assist with travel and expenses for this training day due to it already being heavily subsidised by the RAS.

If you are interested in attending please email Sheila Kanani directly. There will only be a small cohort of trainees so that you get the best training, so please get in touch with me ASAP if you’re interested! There will be a waiting list.

To apply please email Sheila Kanani with a brief description of your experience and expertise in public outreach, your Fellowship number and a short description of why you would like to attend the training. I will get in touch with you directly if you are successful.

Kind regards,

Sheila

Challenge Led Applied Systems Programme (CLASP)

from Sian Giles [October 11, 2018]

STFC External Innovations runs a Challenge Led Applied Systems Programme (CLASP) to support the application and commercialisation of STFC research in industrial, environmental and societal grand challenges.

Up to £2m will be available in this call for projects which seek to maximise the practical impact of STFC-funded research and innovation to advance or address at least one of the grand challenges by:

  • fostering global economic performance, and specifically the business competitiveness of the United Kingdom;
  • increasing the effectiveness of public services and policy;
  • enhancing quality of life, health and creative output.

Applications should aim to address market needs ideally by working closely with the end users. The application should also consider data ownerships, ethical issues and appropriate regulatory pathways. A business plan is required to provide exploitation plan(s) with support from appropriate industrial and other collaboration to ensure route to market.

CLASP Challenge Areas
Applicants for this call must state how their proposed research and planned activities will advance at least one of the industrial, environmental and societal challenges facing the UK and other countries. CLASP encompasses UK and global strategic challenges including:

Proposals align to UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment should be submitted to ODA programmes, such as GCRF or Newton Fund.

Call dates
Opens 01/11/18
Closes 06/12/18

https://stfc.ukri.org/funding/working-with-industry/challenge-led-applied-systems-programme/

IAU Phd prize – call for nominations

from Eduard Kontar [October 9, 2018]

The IAU PhD Prize recognises outstanding scientific achievement in astrophysics around the world. Each IAU Division has, once a year, the opportunity to award its own prize to the candidate it feels has carried out the most remarkable work in the previous year (i.e. a PhD Thesis which has been defended between the 16 December in the previous year, and 15 December this year). Theses which are in preparation or submitted, but not yet defended by the deadline of a given year will have to be submitted the following year.

Candidates are required to submit: an abstract of their thesis that is suitable for public consumption; a 1500-word thesis summary; three letters of recommendation (including one from the PhD advisor); and a CV.

The deadline for all applications is 15 December every year, to include all applications since the previous year’s deadline. The application form is available here: https://www.iau.org/submissions/phd-prize/

Please see https://www.iau.org/science/grants_prizes/phd_prize/ for further information.

https://www.iau.org/submissions/phd-prize/


Nuggets:

Three new RHESSI Science Nuggets

from Hugh Hudson [October 11, 2018]

No. 332, “Photospheric response to a flare,” by Mike Wheatland: Sudden changes in the magnetic field in the lower atmosphere associated with particle acceleration.

No. 333, “Coronal hard X-ray sources revisited,” by Brian Dennis. Reporting some over-interpretation of the evidence for “coronal thick targets”.

No. 334, “White-light emission and non-thermal electrons,” by Kyoung-Sun LEE. An intimate relationship between accelerated electrons and visible continuum emission.

See http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/RHESSI_Science_Nuggets listing the current series, 2008-present, and http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/nuggets/ 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.


Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools:

AGU 2018 Fall Meeting – Union Session U53A on Implicit Bias in Earth and Space Sciences

from Hazel Bain [October 17, 2018]

I would like to draw your attention to an AGU Union session on implicit bias in Earth and Space Sciences which will take place at the upcoming Fall meeting in Washington DC, on Friday the 14th of December 2018 from 1:40-3:40 pm.

https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm18/preliminaryview.cgi/Session50265

Title: The Challenges of Recognizing Implicit Bias in Earth and Space Sciences and Strategies for Minimizing its Impact in the Coming Decades of the AGU

Session ID#: 50265
Session Description:

We invite AGU members for a panel session on implicit bias. Implicit bias refers to attitudes that affect our decisions and evaluations without our consciously realizing it. Implicit biases are an inherent part of the human brain. Although the value and importance of diversity in science is beyond dispute, implicit bias adversely influences proposal/journal reviews, how recommendation letters are written, who is invited to professional talks/panels, and who is heard during conference discussions. Implicit bias affects hiring decisions, who is nominated for and receives awards and funding, and who is promoted and encouraged in STEM. This session will address how implicit decision-making occurs, and how we can reduce its impact through awareness. An expert panel will present an overview of the research and impacts; describe resources and positive actions our community can take to reduce the impact of implicit bias. Time will be allocated for audience discussion and questions.

Conveners:
Hazel M Bain, University of Colorado at Boulder
Alexa Jean Halford, Aerospace Corporation Chantilly
Blair Schneider, University of Kansas

The full session description and abstract listing can be found here https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm18/meetingapp.cgi/Session/50265

For those unable to attend, the session will be available “On Demand” with a recording available online within days, after the session at https://www.youtube.com/user/AGUvideos

https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm18/meetingapp.cgi/Session/50265

NAM 2019 Call for Parallel Sessions

from Sian Giles [October 16, 2018]

Dear Colleagues,

The Royal Astronomical Society’s 2019 National Astronomy Meeting (https://nam2019.org) will be held on the campus of Lancaster University from Sunday 30th June to Thursday 4th July. In addition to the UK’s astronomy community, the meeting includes the UK Solar Physics (UKSP) and Magnetosphere Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial (MIST) communities.

We now invite the community to submit proposals for parallel sessions to be held at NAM2019. Proposals are welcome for sessions covering all aspects of NAM, UKSP, and MIST science, including cross-discipline sessions. Proposals should be submitted here: https://nam2019.org/session-submission

The deadline for submitting parallel session proposals is Monday 7th Jan 2019 at 17:30 UTC.

Best wishes,

Prof Isobel Hook and Prof Jim Wild
on behalf of the organisers

https://nam2019.org/session-submission

NAM2019: Call for session proposals

from Anthony Yeates [October 15, 2018]

The Royal Astronomical Society’s 2019 National Astronomy Meeting (https://nam2019.org) will be held on the campus of Lancaster University from Sunday 30th June to Thursday 4th July. In addition to the UK’s astronomy community, the meeting includes the UK Solar Physics (UKSP) and Magnetosphere Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial (MIST) communities.

We now invite the community to submit proposals for parallel sessions to be held at NAM2019. Proposals are welcome for sessions covering all aspects of NAM, UKSP, and MIST science, including cross-discipline sessions. Proposals should be submitted here: https://nam2019.org/session-submission

The deadline for submitting parallel session proposals is Monday 7th Jan 2019 at 17:30 UTC.

https://nam2019.org/session-submission

2nd China–Europe Solar Physics Meeting – First Announceemnt

from Eduard Kontar [October 15, 2018]

2nd China-Europe Solar Physics Meeting (CESPM)
Advances in Solar and Heliospheric Physics
Hvar, Croatia, May 6 – 10, 2019

http://oh.geof.unizg.hr/CESPM2019

This is the second meeting between Chinese and European solar physicists in the frame of a regular scientific exchange on a biennial or triennial basis. The first meeting organized in China (CESPM 2017, Kunming, Yunnan) was very successful and the second meeting should strengthen the collaboration between European and Chinese scientists, in particular among the young scientists.

The sessions are organized as follows:

Solar Interior, Dynamo and the Solar Cycle
Heating and Coupling of the Solar Atmosphere layers
Fundamental Plasma Processes: Magnetic Reconnection, Waves, Emission, Particle Acceleration
Manifestations and Triggering of Solar Flares and Coronal Mass Ejections
Solar-Terrestrial Relations, Solar Wind, Space Weather and Space Climate.

The meeting will start on Monday 6 May 2019 at 9 am and will end on Friday 10 May 2019 at 12:30.

The abstract submission is now open (deadline 15 January 2019) and the early registration will start on January 1st 2019.

Notice that the meeting is open to colleagues from all countries.

For more information, abstract submission and registration,see web page.

http://oh.geof.unizg.hr/CESPM2019


Jobs/Studentships:

Graduate Studies in Heliophysics at the University of Arizona

from Kristopher Klein [October 23, 2018]

The Department of Planetary Science and the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona seek prospective graduate students who are interested in pursuing research in space physics and heliophysics. The deadline for application is December 10th, 2018. Both fellowships and research assistantships are available for the qualified applicant. Successful candidates will enter the program in Fall 2019. Prospective students should apply at https://www.lpl.arizona.edu/graduate/admission

The solar and heliospheric research group at LPL (https://www.lpl.arizona.edu/research/heliophysics) has a long history studying the Sun’s extended atmosphere as it moves outward through the solar system and encounters the local interstellar medium. The group studies many different aspects of the Heliosphere, including the transport of galactic cosmic rays within the solar system, the acceleration and transport of high-energy solar particles, the physics of shocks in the interplanetary medium, and the transport and dissipation of energy in turbulent plasmas such as the solar wind. LPL researchers have had significant involvement in the Voyager spacecraft missions, as well as involvement with other missions aimed at studying the Sun and solar wind, including ACE, Wind, Ulysses, and the recently launched Parker Solar Probe.

Inquiries about the program and the application process can be directed to either Prof. Kristopher Klein (kgklein at lpl.arizona.edu) or Prof. Joe Giacalone (giacalon at lpl.arizona.edu). The University of Arizona is an EOAA employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We request researchers and teachers to distribute this advertisement to qualified candidates.

https://www.lpl.arizona.edu/research/heliophysics

The post of Head of School for Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary

from David Tsiklauri [October 19, 2018]

The post of Head of School for Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London has now been advertised.

Please see:

https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/1040/head_of_school_of_physics_and_astronomy/

NSO – Two-year Matching-fund Opportunities for DKIST Related Graduate/Postdoc Solar Research

from Richard Morton [October 15, 2018]

The National Solar Observatory (NSO) is announcing an opportunity for financial support of graduate/postdoc student research in solar physics on the basis of matching funds. The announced opportunity is part of a larger NSF-funded program that encompasses the creation of tools for so-called level-2 data production, help to the solar community to understand the use of these tools, and preparation for the production of level-2 data from limited sets of observations from the NSO’s new flaghip facility, the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope on Haleakela, Maui, Hawaii. Level-2 data in this case is understood to be maps of physical quantities such as temperature, magnetic field and line-of-sight velocity, derived from level-1 calibrated spectro-polarimetric data.

In the matching-fund program the NSO seeks partners in US universities to financially support graduate students or postdocs doing research in solar physics with the requirement that this research leads to the development of a Science Use Case (SUC) to be contributed to the DKIST Critical Science Plan (CSP: www.nso.edu/telescopes/dkist/csp/), and utilizes spectral inversions. NSO’s contribution to the matching-fund positions will consist of two years of graduate/postdoc student salary, overhead, some travel expenses and a scientific workstation.

For more information on the program and sending proposals to join the program, please contact its Science Lead, Dr. Han Uitenbroek (huitenbroek@nso.edu), 3665 Discovery Dr., Boulder, CO 80303. The program has funds for seven of these positions available, each ideally spanning the timeframe of FY 2019 through 2020. The deadline for submission of a proposal is Dec 1, 2018

Institute of Space Physics and Applied Technology (ISPAT: Peking University) – Fellowships in Space Physics

from Richard Morton [October 15, 2018]

The Institute of Space Physics and Applied Technology (ISPAT) at Peking University in Beijing is seeking applicants for Boya Postdoctoral Fellows in Space physics, to conduct original research addressing the origin, acceleration, transport, and wave-particle interactions of suprathermal and energetic particles at the Sun, in the interplanetary medium, and/or in the planetary magnetosphere. The successful candidates will analyze in situ and remote-sensing measurements related to suprathermal and energetic particles from Wind, ACE, STEREO, RHESSI, Parker Solar Probe, Van Allen Probes, MMS, etc.. The candidates are also expected to publish papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, present results at scientific meetings and workshops, and perhaps support the development of space-borne energetic particle instruments.

The appointment will be for two years, renewable for a third year subject to a performance evaluation and the availability of funding.

Salary: 300,000 Chinese Yuan (CNY) plus benefits of health, welfare and housing

Start date: September 1 2019 to July 1 2020

Requirements: (1) a PhD degree in physics, space physics, plasma physics, astrophysics or a related discipline, completed or expected by effective date; (2) previous research experience in space plasma physics, solar and heliospheric physics, or magnetospheric physics, related to suprathermal particles (preference may be given to candidates also with experimental hardware experience in these fields); (3) expertise in scientific programming, e.g., in IDL and FORTRAN.

Qualified applicants should submit a CV (including a full publication list), brief summary of research experience, plan of future research, and two confidential letters of recommendation (including one from the applicant’s Ph.D. supervisor), to Linghua Wang (wanglhwang@pku.edu.cn) and Qiugang Zong (qgzong@pku.edu.cn).

The application deadline is December 15, 2018.

Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA, Pune) – Regular Post Doctoral Fellowship: Deadline October 31, 2018

from Richard Morton [October 15, 2018]

Applications are invited for post-doctoral fellowships in Astronomy and Astrophysics including solar astrophysics, for durations which are typically of two years but are extendable up to a maximum of three years based on performance. The Post-doctoral Fellows receive a fellowship of INR 40,000/- per month, a contingency grant of INR 40,000/- per annum, rent-free accommodation on campus as well as medical and other benefits as per IUCAA/Government of India norms. Facilities required for research are provided institutionally.

IUCAA is the PI institute for the Solar Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (SUIT) that will fly on board the Aditya_L1 mission of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). SUIT will observe the Sun in full disk in the wavelength range 2000 – 4000 Å using 11 different bandpass filters. This will help us address the issues related to the dynamic coupling of the lower solar atmosphere. In addition, SUIT will, for the first time, allow us to measure the spatially resolved solar spectral irradiance in NUV that is central to the Sun-Climate studies.

Facilities at IUCAA include a network of state-of-the-art computers, high-performance computing clusters, mirror sites of important databases, a very well equipped instrumentation laboratory, and a library with an exhaustive collection of books and periodicals.

IUCAA also operates a 2 m optical telescope, IUCAA Girawali Observatory (IGO), at Girawali which is about 80 km from IUCAA campus. IUCAA is a partner in the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), which is a 10m class telescope suited for imaging and spectroscopic observations of faint and distant objects.

Interested applicants may apply online at www.iucaa.in/pdf
ONLY ONLINE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

The last date for submission of applications is October 31. Candidates will be informed of the result by the end of December. Successful candidates are normally expected to commence their fellowship by August in the following year.

Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA, Pune) – Vaidya-Raychaudhuri Post Doctoral Fellowship: Deadline October 31, 2018

from Richard Morton [October 15, 2018]

Applications are invited from researchers with an outstanding track record for a newly constituted Vaidya-Raychaudhuri Post-doctoral Fellowship in Astronomy and Astrophysics including Solar Physics. The duration of the fellowship is typically for two to three years but is extendable up to a maximum period of five years based on performance. The fellowship will carry a remuneration of Indian Rs. 55,000/- per month for the first two years and Indian Rs.65,000/- per month in the subsequent years. There will be a contingency grant of Indian Rs.2,00,000/- per year throughout the tenure. The fellowship also includes rent-free accommodation on campus as well as medical and other benefits. Facilities required for research are provided institutionally. A post-doctoral fellow with excellent performance will be considered for a tenured position.

IUCAA is the PI institute for the Solar Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (SUIT) that will fly on board the Aditya_L1 mission of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). SUIT will observe the Sun in full disk in the wavelength range 2000 – 4000 Å using 11 different bandpass filters. This will help us address the issues related to the dynamic coupling of the lower solar atmosphere. In addition, SUIT will for the first time allow us to measure the spatially resolved solar spectral irradiance in NUV that is central to the Sun–Climate studies.

Facilities at IUCAA include a network of state-of-the-art computers, high-performance computing clusters, mirror sites of important databases, a very well equipped instrumentation laboratory, and a library with an exhaustive collection of books and periodicals.

IUCAA also operates a 2 m optical telescope, IUCAA Girawali Observatory (IGO), at Girawali which is about 80 km from IUCAA campus. IUCAA is a partner in the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), which is a 10m class telescope suited for imaging and spectroscopic observations of faint and distant objects.

Interested applicants may apply online at www.iucaa.in/pdf
ONLY ONLINE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

The last date for submission of applications is October 31. Candidates will be informed of the result by the end of December. Successful candidates are normally expected to commence their fellowship by August in the following year.

Parker Solar Probe SWEAP Post Doc at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

from Richard Morton [October 15, 2018]

The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is looking for two post-docs to join the Solar Wind Electrons, Alphas, and Protons (SWEAP) team to study the solar wind as part of the Parker Solar Probe mission.  Candidates must have experience with research in the solar wind field (data analysis, theory, or modeling), with a preference toward candidates experienced in analyzing solar wind proton, alpha particle, and/or electron data.  Come join our team!  Apply via the website: www.cfa.harvard.edu/hr/postings/18-77.html

Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) (Göttingen, Germany) – Multiple Postdoctoral Positions at MPS

from Richard Morton [October 15, 2018]

The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Göttingen, Germany, invites applications for several postdoctoral positions in astrophysics and applied mathematics. The positions are available in the Solar and Stellar Interiors Department from as early as November 2018 for an initial period of three years. The start date is negotiable. A number of projects are available to study the activity and dynamics of the Sun and distant stars. Topics of interest include (1) analysis of photometric time-series from Kepler and TESS, (2) analysis of helioseismic observations, (3) modeling of solar and stellar interiors, (4) linear and non-linear inverse problems, or (5) high performance computing, machine learning.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in either physics, astrophysics, geophysics, applied mathematics, or scientific computing. Applications should include a full CV and a proposed start date. Please send applications as a single PDF file to gizon-office@mps.mpg.de with ‘‘Postdocs Q4 – 2018” in the subject line. Candidates may arrange for one letter of recommendation to be emailed to the same address.

Applications received by 22 October 2018 will receive full consideration. Remuneration is according to the German public services salary scale TVöD, up to E13, depending on the candidate’s profile. Social security benefits are in accordance with the public service regulations.

MPS is conveniently located on the North Campus of the University of Göttingen. The Max Planck Society strives to increase the proportion of women in areas where they are underrepresented, thus women are encouraged to apply. Applications from disabled persons are encouraged and will be favoured in the case of equally qualified applicants.

Call for RAS Research Fellowship 2019 – Reminder

from Richard Morton [October 11, 2018]

Applications for RAS Research Fellowships, to begin on 1 October 2019 or within 6 months thereafter, are now open online at http://ras.ac.uk/awards-and-grants/fellowships .  The Fellowships provide post-doctoral funding for up to three years.

RAS Fellowships are offered to outstanding candidates to enable them to pursue research in the UK in the disciplines advanced by the RAS i.e. astronomy, solar system science, geophysics and closely related branches of these sciences. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD between 1 October 2014 and 1 October 2019. Only one RAS Research Fellowship may be held in the same university at any one time.

The deadline for applications is 23:59 (BST), 19 October 2018. We expect to make offers by mid-February.

Please see RAS Research Fellowships page on our new website (http://ras.ac.uk/awards-and-grants/fellowships) for more details, terms & conditions, and how to apply online (we no longer accept application forms). The RAS is currently reviewing its strategy for funding Research Fellowships and the total number of fellowships to be awarded in 2019 is not yet finalised.

Please email awards@ras.ac.uk if you have further questions.

Lectureship available at the OU

from Louise Harra [October 11, 2018]

A lectureship is available at the OU which is suitable for solar physics experts. The contact is Carole Haswell carole.haswell@open.ac.uk for further information.

https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BNB325/lecturer-in-physics