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General News/UKSP Business:

IAU Intake of new Individual and Junior members

from Natasha Jeffrey [October 16, 2019]

Dear colleague,

I would like to draw your attention to the recent opening of the call for IAU membership applications for 2020.

We would like to encourage applications of Individual and Junior membership to the Union, and therefore I ask for your help in spreading the word to colleagues and students who may be interested.

Interested candidates should contact the National Member in the country of work to apply, the link to this contact list is:
https://www.iau.org/administration/membership/national/.

In cases where the country of work is not a National Member, the individual should contact the President of one of the IAU Divisions, https://www.iau.org/science/scientific_bodies/divisions/.

For more details, including deadlines and application criteria, please revisit the following announcements:

Individual Member applications announcement:
https://www.iau.org/news/announcements/detail/ann19059/

Junior Member applications announcement:
https://www.iau.org/news/announcements/detail/ann19060/

I thank you for your help in spreading the word of the possibility of becoming an IAU member in your community.

With best regards,

Teresa Lago

COSPAR Awards

from Natasha Jeffrey [October 16, 2019]

Please can I encourage you all to consider nominations for COSPAR awards. Anyone can make nominations for most awards and the usual process is for the UK National COSPAR Committee (c/o richard.harrison@stfc.ac.uk) to endorse nominations and make the formal submission.

This has to be done by the end of November, for awards to be given at the COSPAR Scientific Assembly in 2020.

There is a wide range of medals, so please do browse through them to identify potential awardees. Details can be found at  https://cosparhq.cnes.fr/awards and there is a good summary of the nomination process at the bottom of that web page.

Please submit nominations or make suggestions to the National Committee by the end of October so we have time to prepare the formal submission to COSPAR. Thank you.

Richard Harrison
Chair: UK National COSPAR Committee

SOLARNET Mobility Programme – 2nd Call for Applications

from Tirtha Som [October 14, 2019]

SOLARNET is pleased to announce its 2nd call for mobility programme for young and experienced researchers. Applications are invited.

Early stage researchers will be supported with a minimum of 1 month to a maximum of 3 months research-stays, while for experienced researchers a maximum of 2-3 weeks stay will be granted.

Detailed information about the programme can be found at the SOLARNET webpage: http://solarnet-project.eu/Mobility-Programmes

Application form is available online: https://solarnet-project.eu/application-form

Deadline: Nov 30th, 2019.

Applicants will be expected to send a motivation letter, a CV and a brief summary of the proposed work at the host institution. They are encouraged to contact the host institution in advance to produce this summary in liaison with them.

List of SOLARNET Consortium members willing to act as host institutions are available on SOLARNET webpage, however the host institutions are not limited to SOLARNET Consortium members.

In order to promote the gender equality in science, SOLARNET strongly encourages young women astronomers to apply.

https://solarnet-project.eu/Mobility-Programmes


Nuggets:

Announcing new RHESSI Science Nuggets

from Hugh Hudson [October 13, 2019]

No. 358: “The Last Best Flares”, by Hugh Hudson, Ed Cliver, and Brian Dennis. Major flares tend to happen at the very ends of sunspot cycles.

No. 359: “Submillimeter Radiation as the Thermal Component of the Neupert Effect,” by Guigue Giménez de Castro: Flare emission at the highest radio frequencies can be bremsstrahlung.

No. 360: “Searching SOLfully within the Nuggets,“ by Hugh Hudson: The IAU identifier works well for finding items about a particular event.

No. 361: “Non-radial jets on the edges of active regions,” by Peter Wyper: The very common jet structures we see can naturally combine twist and breakout.

We welcome contributions to the RHESSI Nuggets, and the topics may wander some distance away from specifically RHESSI results if they are generally interesting. See http://sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/RHESSI_Science_Nuggets for these and others. Comments about specific flares can be found by searching for their “SOLyyyy-mm-dd” identifier from this home page.


Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools:

ESWW16 Topical Discussion Meeting on big-data and modelling of solar activities and space weather forecasting

from Jiajia Liu [October 17, 2019]

There will be a topical discussion meeting on big-data and modelling of solar activities and space weather forecasting during the European Space Weather Week 2019 on 21 November (Thursday) in Liege, Belgium. We welcome all interested researchers and students to join the discussions, exchange ideas and initiate new or strengthen existing collaborations. An abstract could be found below:

Solar activities, especially eruptive events including flares, coronal mass ejections or fast changes in solar wind conditions could induce severe disturbances in the geospace environment. These interruptions could interfere with our communication systems, affect the precision of GPS services, obstruct the smooth operation of satellites and endanger the safety of astronauts. Therefore, the accurate and reliable forecasting of the eruptive solar activities is paramount important to minimize potential risk to our socio-economics.

Up to now, thanks to the fast-growing data acquisition in solar and inter-planetary space observations, large amount of observational solar data are now available. Data mining, machine learning (including artificial intelligence, AI) technologies can help researchers to i) cope with the very rapidly growing amount of observational solar data and ii) discover potential new knowledge from the big data. Furthermore, the enormous amount of solar data enables us to build new and more reliable forecasting models for solar activity prediction. This TDM is dedicated to explore the underlying data processing and modelling technics of predicting solar activities, including, but not limited to, solar data retrieval, automated detection and tracking of solar activities and the construction of solar activity prediction models.

http://www.stce.be/esww2019/program/tdm.php?nr=17

1st Artificial Intelligence Data Analysis (AIDA) School for Heliophysicists

from Natasha Jeffrey [October 12, 2019]

1st Artificial Intelligence Data Analysis (AIDA) School for Heliophysicists

When: MONDAY, 20 JANUARY 2020 (ALL DAY) TO WEDNESDAY, 22 JANUARY 2020 (ALL DAY)

Where: CINECA – BOLOGNA OFFICES

Registration: OPEN at https://eventi.cineca.it/en/node/1645/register
Deadline for registration is NOVEMBER 29TH 2019.

The number of participants for each edition is limited. Applicants will be selected according to their experience, qualifications and scientific interest BASED ON WHAT WRITTEN IN THE REGISTRATION FORM.

Attendance is free.

This course will be held in ENGLISH.

Coordinators: G.Lapenta, F. Delli Ponti, J.Amaya
Teachers: Morris Reidl (Jülich Supercomputer Center/ University of Iceland), Geert Jan Bex (Flanders Supercomputer Center), Peter Wintoft (Swedish Institute of Space Physics), AIDA consortium members.

Description:
AIDA (http://aida-space.eu/) is an European Commission Horizon 2020 project. Its goal is to encourage the use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning for the analysis of heliophysics data. We bring together the best european space scientists working in spacecraft observations, simulations, High Performance Computing and machine learning.
The main objective of this school is to introduce the european heliophysics community to the domain of machine learning and data analysis.

Skills:
By the end of the course each student should learn:
Basics of machine learning: supervised, unsupervised learning, neural networks
Space data gathering, handling and processing
What modern techniques are used in the domain of space physics
What modern techniques are used in other applications outside physics

Target Audience:
The school is oriented towards established scientists, postdoctoral researchers, phd students and master students in space physics, with an interest in data analysis, who want to learn the basics of machine learning, and find inspiration to apply such techniques to their own research.

Pre-Requisites:
Basic knowledge of python, jupyter notebooks, and space physics.

UK Solar Orbiter Workshop – 13-14th January 2020

from Duncan H Mackay [October 10, 2019]

UK Solar Orbiter Workshop

13-14th January 2020
University of St Andrews

We are pleased to announce that the 3rd UK Solar Orbiter Workshop will take place at the University of St Andrews between the 13-14th January 2020. The meeting will occur just before the launch of Solar Orbiter in February 2020.

Abstract submission is open and details of how to submit an abstract can be found on the meeting webpage at:
https://solarorbiter2020.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/ .

Registration for the meeting will open shortly, further details to follow.

Information on travel to St Andrews and possible options for accommodation in both hotels and B&B’s can be found at:
https://solarorbiter2020.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/local-info/ .

We recommend booking of accommodation as early as possible as St Andrews is a tourist town.

Please note the key dates below:
• Abstract submission closes : 5th December 2019
• Scientific Program announced: 15th December 2019
• Registration and payment closes: 6th January 2020
• Workshop begins: Monday 13th January 10:30am
• Workshop closes: Tuesday 14th January 4:30pm

Duncan Mackay
Chair LOC

https://solarorbiter2020.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/

Announcing the SDO 2020 Science Workshop: A Decade of Discovery

from W. Dean Pesnell [October 6, 2019]

The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) 2020 Science Workshop: A Decade of Discovery, will be held October 12-16, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

The ten years since the launch of SDO has seen many papers in wide ranges of science results from this mission. As Solar Cycle 25 begins its rise to maximum, we will get together to discuss what we learned about the Sun and anticipate what the new cycle will look like.

This workshop will include invited and contributed oral and poster presentations in 8 themed sessions spanning SDO‘s wide range of research topics and one day of parallel mini-workshops. We encourage your participation and ask that you will share this announcement with colleagues.

Registration, abstract submission, and other information about SDO 2020 will be made available at http://sdo2018.lws-sdo-workshops.org/. We anticipate that a topical issue in Soalr Physics will be built around this workshop.

Dean Pesnell
Chair, SDO 2020 Science Organizing Committee

http://sdo2018.lws-sdo-workshops.org/


Jobs/Studentships:

JOB OPENING: Research Chair in Space Weather at South African National Space Agency (SANSA) in South Africa

from Lee-Anne McKinnell [October 20, 2019]

Research Chair in Space Weather at South African National Space Agency (SANSA) in South Africa (Re-Advertisement)

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) is searching for a Research Chair in Space Weather, preferably specialising in Solar Physics.

The Research Chair would be mainly responsible for undertaking research within the specialised area, providing guidance to the operational space weather centre, and supervising postgraduate students.

The successful candidate will: • have an extensive research track record within an area of Space Weather (preferably Solar Physics) • high and sustained publication record in reputable research journals • international collaborations • lead large projects • raise and manage research funds • lead research groups and postgraduate student supervision and training.

The position is based in Hermanus in South Africa, and would be for an initial 5 year period renewable for an additional 5 years based on performance. The applicants do not have to be South African – this is a global recruit initiative for a specialised scarce skill area.

You can find out more about SANSA at the following links:
http://www.sansa.org.za
http://spaceweather.sansa.org.za
http://research.sansa.org.za

SANSA has 3 campus locations. The position is to be based at the Hermanus Campus within the Western Cape province of South Africa. Here is a link to more information on Hermanus
https://www.whalecoast.info/
https://hermanus-tourism.co.za/

More information including full requirements and application process can be found at:
https://www.sansa.org.za/2019/07/29/sansa-sarchi-chair-in-space-weather/

https://www.sansa.org.za/2019/07/29/sansa-sarchi-chair-in-space-weather/

PhD Call Open: STFC Cancer Diagnosis Network+

from Georgina Bennett [October 17, 2019]

PhD Studentships Call Open Deadline 4pm 20th November 2019

Applicants can request up to 50% the total cost of a PhD studentship. We are expecting to fund up to three. Before completing the application form, please carefully read the assessment criteria, guidance notes and terms and conditions. These can be found along with the application form and guidance notes here.

Please direct any queries through to: admin@stfccancerdiagnosis.org
More information relating to the call can be found at: www.stfccancerdiagnosis.org

Stanford University Faculty Position: Astrophysics

from Natasha Jeffrey [October 15, 2019]

The Department of Physics at Stanford University seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in any area of astrophysics. Applicants should exhibit the potential of running a world-leading independent research program, and should possess good communication skills and a commitment to teaching and mentoring. The successful candidate will be expected to teach and advise students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Inclusiveness and diversity are integral to our university’s commitment to excellence in research, engagement, and education.

We encourage applications from candidates that identify with groups that are historically underrepresented in physics. The term of appointment is expected to begin on September 1, 2020.

Applicants should send materials to the search committee through AcademicJobsOnline.

Candidates should upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including a publication list), a research and teaching statement (three-page combined maximum), as well as a brief (< 300 word) summary of their expected research program.

We encourage applicants, as a component of their teaching and research statement, to discuss their experience or commitment to engaging with diversity through activities such as fostering an inclusive environment, working with students from diverse backgrounds, or incorporating diverse perspectives.

At least three and no more than five letters of reference should be submitted online at. https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14302.

Further information about Stanford Physics may be found at physics.stanford.edu. Significant research in astrophysics is conducted under the auspices of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology; see kipac.stanford.edu. Inquiries may be directed to

J. Tice, Dept. of Physics
382 Via Pueblo Mall
Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-4060

Or to astro_search@stanford.edu.

Review of applications will begin on November 18, 2019; later applications may be considered at the discretion of the search committee.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring
additional dimensions to the University’s research and teaching missions.

[1] Professor / Associate Professor and [2] Senior Lecturer / Lecturer in Physics (including Astrophysics) at Northumbria University (deadline 3rd November 2019)

from James McLaughlin [October 11, 2019]

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Professor / Associate Professor in Physics at Northumbria University

The Faculty of Engineering and Environment at Northumbria University is currently advertising a position for Professor / Associate Professor in Physics within the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering. The discipline of Astrophysics is contained within this department.

The department has particular strengths in Solar Physics and Space Weather, but we will also consider high-quality applications in any area of astrophysics or solar-system science. For more information about the Solar Physics Group, visit https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/mathematics-physics-and-electrical-engineering/research/solar-physics/.

For informal enquiries about this post, please contact Professor James McLaughlin (Director of Research) on james.a.mclaughlin@northumbria.ac.uk.

The deadline for applications is 3rd November 2019.

The job advert can be found at:
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/work-for-us/job-vacancies/academic-2911-professor-associate-professor-in-physics

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Senior Lecturer/ Lecturer in Physics at Northumbria University

The Faculty of Engineering and Environment at Northumbria University is currently advertising a position for Senior Lecturer/ Lecturer in Physics within the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering. The discipline of Astrophysics is contained within this department.

The department has particular strengths in Solar Physics and Space Weather, but we will also consider high-quality applications in any area of astrophysics or solar-system science. For more information about the Solar Physics Group, visit https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/mathematics-physics-and-electrical-engineering/research/solar-physics/.

For informal enquiries about this post, please contact Professor James McLaughlin (Director of Research) on james.a.mclaughlin@northumbria.ac.uk.

The deadline for applications is 3rd November 2019.

The job advert can be found at:
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/work-for-us/job-vacancies/academic-2910-senior-lecturer-lecturer-in-physics

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https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/work-for-us/job-vacancies/