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Astronomy Guidelines – 2019

from Sian Giles [December 14, 2018]

Dear Colleagues

This note is to advise that the closing date for the 2019 Astronomy Grant Round is 6th February 2019. Submissions are accepted from 1st December 2018.

The Astronomy Guidelines for Applicants have been revised and can be found at:

Applicants are strongly advised to read the guidelines in detail and contact the office with any queries.
Key points or revisions from the 2018 guidelines have been highlighted in yellow within the document and summarised briefly below for information:

– The structure of proposals – Please ensure the project case for support includes a clearly defined lead applicant and clearly defined roles for all PDRAs, Technicians and Applicants requesting funding.
– The AGP will consider projects as presented, if an Applicant chooses to propose a project with more than one PDRA they should be aware the panel will not recommend partial funding of the project (e.g. for only one PDRA of the two requested, it will either recommend funding or not funding the request).
– Page Limits – All pages (including references) must be written in standard Arial 11pt (or an equivalent regular sans serif universal font). Please note our preferred font is Arial 11pt.
– Facilities Table – this replaces the Je-S facilities section previously used, please see the revised guidance and template on page 8. This should be submitted as part of the case for support.
– Applicant Time – For projects requiring the management of a PDRA the AGP would expect the lead Applicant to request a minimum of 15%FTE support. In projects where two or more applicants have been requested at the same level of FTE a project lead must nonetheless be identified.

New groups submitting their first consolidated grant proposal or those considering a consortium grant submission are advised to inform the Office.

If you have any queries please contact the AGP Programme Manager (

Invitation to join Whole Heliosphere and Planetary Interactions campaigns

from Mario M. Bisi [December 14, 2018]

From Sarah Gibson (HAO/NCAR):

It’s solar minimum. In the tradition of Whole Sun Month (1996) and Whole Heliosphere Interval (2008), it’s time for Whole Heliosphere & Planetary Interactions (2019) – WHPI!

Goal? A coordinated observing and modeling effort to characterize the three-dimensional interconnected solar-heliospheric-planetary system. By focussing on specific solar rotations near solar minimum, structures and activity can be unambiguously traced throughout the heliosphere and into planetary space environments.

When? 3 target intervals:
Jul 2019 – Solar eclipse
Sep 2019 – Parker Solar Probe at perihelion
Dec 2019 – Parker Solar Probe Venus flyby

Who? Everyone is welcome – it’s a grassroots effort. Sign up – we will have telecons and workshops to coordinate analyses.

See for further details.

SOLARNET – Upcoming Call for Proposals

from Richard Morton [December 1, 2018]

The SOLARNET Trans-National Access Programme (2019 – 2022) will offer access to research infrastructures relevant for high-resolution solar physics: four solar telescopes on La Palma and Tenerife, the SUNRISE3 balloon mission (projected launch in 2021), and the Piz Daint supercomputer.

The first call for proposals will be issued on December 15 with a deadline on January 20, 2019. It will include the ground-based solar telescopes GREGOR, SST, THEMIS, and VTT. There will be some nationality restrictions for applicants but these will be different for each facility.

SOLARNET will be funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

AGP 2018 Community Report

from Sian Giles [November 26, 2018]

Dear Colleagues

Please find attached the Chairs Community Report for the 2018 Astronomy Grant Round. A copy will also be added to the Astronomy Grant Panel Web page which can be found at:

Kind regards

Kim Burchell, Head of Astronomy Grants

Sent on behalf of the AGP Chair, Prof Jim Wild

Sunspot Solar Observatory – New Prepped Data

from Richard Morton [November 15, 2018]

We now provide fully prepped (level 1) data from all instruments at the Dunn Solar Telescope at

This database will contain all data from all instruments for the 4 synoptic programs running daily at the telescope. All data are open to the community. Some inverted (level 2) data may also be made available for select observations.

Please provide any feedback on data types, or suggestions of modifications to the synoptic program, to

James McAteer
Director, SSO
NMSU Astronomy

First UK-led Solar Science Space Mission: SULIS – Consortium Membership OPEN

from Eamon Scullion [November 14, 2018]

This post is designed to provide you with more information about SULIS (Solar cUbesats for Linked Imaging Spectropolarimetry), a UK-led solar science space mission concept and one of five shortlisted solar system priority projects named by STFC.

– – Mission Aim:

Understand the Sun’s link to the inner heliosphere via revolutionary UK-led technology.

– – Mission Outline:

Determining the 3D magnetic field of the solar corona is absolutely crucial for fully / finally understanding the physics of the heating of the corona (e.g. via waves or reconnection), solar wind acceleration and the potential geoeffectiveness of CMEs at the earliest opportunity. To date, there has been no mission dedicated to the direct measurement of the 3D magnetic field of the corona mainly because:

a) the polarisation signatures of coronal emission lines are very weak requiring very long integration times making it a challenging plane-of-sky measurement and

b) disambiguation of the 3D vector requires highly resolution simultaneous observations from multiple view-points involving multiple observatories with a large baseline (i.e. much like STEREO observations).

Magnetic fields shape the temperature and density structure of the corona and underpin all dynamic eruptions such as flares and CMEs. The energy released in dynamic eruptions is stored in the coronal magnetic field, therefore, an accurate measurement of the 3D magnetic field throughout the corona, with sufficient cadence resolution and sensitivity, is necessary to properly address long-standing solar physics questions.

In short, SULIS consists of three pairs of formation-flying coronagraphs (housed within 6U CubeSats) in 1AU STEREO-like orbits around the Sun. The sunward occulting CubeSat of each pair will observe magnetically sensitive spectral lines on the solar disk (via a state-of-the-art massively-multiplexed coronal spectropolarimeter) and, uniquely, act as an external occulter for the anti-sunward coronagraph CubeSat, which will observe the extended corona (out to 5 solar radii), via a high resolution multi-channel spectrometer and broadband hyperspectral imager.

High cadence observations of coronal emission line polarisation will employ the collective power of stereoscopy to disambiguate 3D field vectors, thereby, getting a proper handle on the evolutionary properties of the 3D magnetic field.

– – Mission Objectives:

1) Provide the first direct measurements of the 3D coronal magnetic field (unique science).

2) Provide eclipse-quality imaging of the extended solar corona (out to 5 solar radii) for a deeper understanding of fundamental science underpinning space weather.

3) Demonstrate UK-led future technologies (i.e, smart CubeSat’s; radiation- hardened large-format solar cells; laser optical communications).

– – Next Steps:

More information about the SULIS instruments and details of the existing SULIS consortium members is outlined here:

If you are interested in getting involved in the SULIS mission just contact Eamon Scullion by email:

If you are supportive of the SULIS mission concept, then you could help advance this project by making a positive comment in relation to SULIS within Q12 “Missions & international facilities (general)” of the Solar System Advisory Panel (SSAP) questionnaire, recently announced.

Kind Regards,

Eamon Scullion (Northumbria University Newcastle upon Tyne) on behalf of the SULIS Consortium.


Two new RHESSI Science Nuggets

from Hugh Hudson [December 6, 2018]

No. 340, “The flight of FOXSI-3”, by Lindsay Glesener and Noriyuki Narukage: single-photon counting and direct imaging across hard and soft energies.

No. 339, “Stellar Flares and Starspots”, by Lauren Doyle: stellar flares don’t spatially coincide with their giant spots.


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.

HMI Science Nuggets – November 2018

from Richard Morton [December 1, 2018]

We announce 3 new HMI Science Nuggets for November 2018.

#114: “What We Learned from a Long-term Study of Sunspot Physical Parameters”, contributed by Jing Li (

#115: “Investigation of White-light Emission in Circular-ribbon Flares”, contributed by Yongliang Song (

#116: “Limb Flare Loops Observed by SDO Instruments”, contributed by S. Jejčič (

We welcome submissions on work related to HMI scientific goals. More information can be found at .

New UKSP Nugget #96

from Iain Hannah [November 29, 2018]

96. Magnetic Helicity, Sunspot Number and Solar Activity
by Gareth Hawkes and Mitchell Berger (Exeter).

Is Magnetic Helicity the true driver of Sunspot Activity?

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

Iain Hannah and Lyndsay Fletcher

RHESSI Nuggets in November

from Hugh Hudson [November 28, 2018]

No. 336, “Remembering Marcos Machado via his research”, by Hugh Hudson: Recalling a friend and colleague, and admiring his final paper,

No. 337 “Cycle 25 Strikes Again”, by Kamil Bicz: A second, larger, Cycle 25 sunspot.

No. 338 “Neutron Production in Solar Flares”, by Ron Murphy and Gerry Share: Neutron astronomy helps us understand solar flares.


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.

Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools:

Save the Date: “Scintillating Science: Cutting-Edge Science Achieved Through the Observations of Radio Scintillation” Workshop

from Mario M. Bisi [December 14, 2018]

Dear Colleagues.

We would like you to save the dates and draw your attention to our upcoming “Scintillating Science: Cutting-Edge Science Achieved Through the Observations of Radio Scintillation” focussed/specialist workshop which will be held in Hermanus (near Cape Town), South Africa, the week of 15th July 2019. The workshop will cover all aspects of scintillation from the science (including all the domains in which it can be applied, e.g. ionosphere, heliosphere, interstellar) through to engineering concepts/requirements including all aspects of its theory/modelling. Further details will follow early in 2019.

Enjoy the Holidays and see you in 2019!

Best wishes,

Mario M. Bisi (UKRI STFC RAL Space – SOC Co-Chair)
Mike Kosch (SANSA/Lancaster University – SOC Co-Chair/LOC Chair)

Deadline for NAM session proposals is 7th January

from Anthony Yeates [December 13, 2018]

This is a reminder that the deadline for submitting NAM 2019 parallel session proposals is soon: on 7th Jan 2019. We still have plenty of room for more solar sessions, as well as joint sessions with MIST or other areas of astronomy.

If you have any questions about the science programme, including opportunities for cross-discipline sessions, please contact the SOC at

Proposals should be submitted here:

Best wishes,

Anthony Yeates (on behalf of the SOC and organisers)

RAS Discussion meeting (G) – 8th March 2019 from 10:30 at the RAS Lecture Theatre, Burlington House, London

from Richard Morton [December 12, 2018]

Transitioning Research and Instrument Expertise in Heliophysics into Space Weather Monitoring Capabilities at L1 and L5

The UK has a world-class heliophysics programme in terms of both research and the underpinning instrumentation; this is illustrated by scientific missions such as SOHO, Cluster, STEREO and Solar Orbiter. Investment in these missions has resulted in major advances in our understanding of the physics of our solar system. This experience is crucial for understanding the “space weather” effects of solar-generated activity on human technology and health. Since the UK Government placed extreme space weather on the Risk Register of Civil Emergencies in 2011, the UK has been at the forefront of endeavours to develop an effective approach to space weather mitigation. This includes: establishment of the Space Environment Impact Expert Group to advise Government; formation of the UK Met Office Space Weather Operations Centre; engagement with ESA’s SSA Space Weather programme. The aim of the latter is to launch an operational space weather monitoring mission to the L5 Lagrange point, in conjunction with a US mission to L1. To this end, Phase A/B1 studies of the L5 spacecraft and payload are underway. Both the remote-sensing and in-situ instrument package studies (and one of the parallel system studies) are being led by the UK. It is, hence, timely to assess how best to coordinate the complementary research and operational aspects of the UK’s heliophysics programme. This discussion meeting is aimed at the transitioning of research and instrumental expertise acquired from our recent and on-going space science missions into operational space weather capabilities.

We invite contributions (both oral and posters) from the community. Please send a title and brief abstract to one of the organisers by February 15th.

Details of the meeting can be found at The meeting starts at 10:30 and finishes at 15:30.

Professor Richard A Harrison1, Dr Jackie A Davies1 and Dr Jonny Rae2
1. STFC RAL Space, Harwell Campus, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 0QX

2. Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Holbury St Mary, Dorking, Surrey

E-mail –

EGU call for abstracts: ST4.5 Prediction of Solar Flares and Eruptions

from robertus erdelyi [December 11, 2018]

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to draw your attention and invite you to consider submitting an abstract to session ST4.5 in the Space Weather and Space Climate programme group to be held at the EGU General Assembly 2019, April 7–12, in Vienna

Abstract submission:

The abstract deadline is 10 January 2019, 13:00 CET.

ST4.5 Prediction of Solar Flares and Eruptions: Observations, Theory and Modeling
Session details:
The session is intended as a discussion forum for reviewing and improving our current understanding of solar flare occurrence mechanisms and the prediction of flares and eruptions in both observational and modeling settings. In particular, this session will discuss, first, the apparent paradigm shift from simple flare and eruption prediction methods to interdisciplinary, multi-parameter investigations enabled by artificial intelligence (AI) and, second, the current and future synergies between academic and operational sectors in the framework of research to operations (R2O). Solar eruptions cause space weather phenomena that can affect space environment and sometimes impact our infrastructure, causing disruptions to our societal fabric. Prediction of solar flares and eruptions is essential to increase the lead time and the accuracy of space weather forecasts. Synergies are crucial for establishing operational prediction models and for effectively evaluating and validating these models. Such collaborative approaches are motivated by observational advances enabled by space missions (SDO, STEREO, SOHO, Hinode, RHESSI, GOES, Parker Solar Probe, and Solar Orbiter in the near future, etc.), empirical human forecasting for decades, statistical methods, advances in machine- and deep-learning techniques, big-data handling, as well as realistic, data-driven numerical simulations. We solicit contributions on solar flare and eruption prediction, including operational human forecasting, statistical models, AI investigations and state-of-the-art forecast models enabled by numerical simulations, aiming toward future operations. Abstracts on data and performance verification, validation and benchmarking are also welcome.

We look forward to receiving your contributions and thank you very much for your attention.

Sincerely yours, session conveners,
Mamoru Ishii,
Manolis Georgoulis ,
KD Leka,
Naoto Nishizuka

China-Europe Solar Physics Meeting – Second announcement

from Eduard Kontar [December 6, 2018]

Second announcement

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

CESPM 2019 meeting is open to colleagues from all countries.

CESPM 2019 is the second meeting between Chinese and European solar physicists and aims to further strengthen the collaboration between European and Chinese scientists, in particular among the young scientists.

The registration for CESPM 2019 is now open and you can register and pay the registration fee by using the on-line form:

The abstract submission form is also available on-line (until 15 January 2019):

We would like to remind you of important CESPM 2019 deadlines:
Deadline for abstract submission: 15 January 2019 Deadline for early registration: 15 February 2019
Deadline for late abstract submission (poster only): 31 March 2018

We strongly encourage all participants to reserve the accommodation for CESPM 2019 early enough. Although early May is not the main touristic season in Hvar, prices and availability of certain type of accommodation can change. Suncani hvar hotels offer all CESPM 2019 participants accommodation in the hotels Amfora and Pharos with reduced prices (discount code is CESPM2019). All reservations at Amfora and Pharos hotels can be cancelled up to 8 days before the start of reservation and 100% of your payment will be returned to you. More information about the accommodation and link to hotel reservation are given at the bottom of webpage:

EWASS – Session on Coronal Mass Ejections, observations and models

from Paolo Pagano [December 5, 2018]

Dear Colleagues,

The European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (24 – 28 June 2019, Lyon) will host a Special Session on “Combining Observations with Models to Derive Coronal Mass Ejections Properties: Where We Stand and What’s Next”

The registration is open and the deadline for abstract submission is March, 3rd 2019.

AOGS2019 ST20 Solar Flare Forecasting Using Machine Learning

from robertus erdelyi [December 3, 2018]

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to draw your attention to Session ST20: Solar Flare Forecasting Using Machine Learning, of the 16th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS), 28 Jul – 02 Aug, 2019, Singapore.

Please note that the deadline for Abstract Submission is 12 Feb 2019. Submission can be made at:

ST20 Session Description:

Solar flares, one of the most powerful and energetic explosions in our Solar System, are often caused by very abrupt and sudden changes of magnetic field configuration in the Sun’s atmosphere. These violent solar activities could be potentially catastrophic to our satellites, ground-based infrastructure, and even threat the health and life of humans. Therefore, solar flare forecasting has drawn considerable attentions from scientists to governments in recent years.

Besides the physical models of solar flare forecasting, there are more and more successful large data-driven models developed on the basis of machine learning methods. Along with the rise of big data, the advantages and potentials of date-driven models became increasingly relevant. This session solicits presentations focusing on a wide variety of solar flare forecasting models, especially those about data-driven models. We particularly encourage submissions on addressing recent results of solar flare forecasting based on machine learning techniques. We would also welcome submissions addressing the design and operation of numerical forecasting of solar flares, delivering a cutting-edge, more reliable, accurate and near-real time automated solar flare forecasting.

Long Xu (NAOC, China),
Robertus Erdelyi (U of Sheffield, UKi),
Xin Huang (NAOC, China),

EGU session PS4.9: The radiation and particle environment of G-, K-, and M-dwarf stars and their influence on (exo)planetary habitability – Abstracts due January 10, 2019

from Konstantin Herbst [November 30, 2018]

Dear colleagues,

We invite abstract submissions to our session at EGU 2019 entitled: “The radiation and particle environment of G-, K-, and M-dwarf stars and their influence on (exo)planetary habitability”.

The General Assembly of EGU, this year takes place from 7 – 12th April in Vienna, Austria.

The deadline for abstract submission is January 10, 2019 — until 13:00 CET.

Abstracts can be submitted online at:

PS4.9 The radiation and particle environment of G-, K-, and M-dwarf stars and their influence on (exo)planetary habitability

Convener: Konstantin Herbst
Co-conveners: John Lee Grenfell , Athanasios Papaioannou , Klaus Scherer

Due to their large number within the Galaxy, their small radii, and closer-in habitable zones (HZ) G-, K- and M-dwarf stars are prime targets to detect habitable rocky (Earth-like) exoplanets. With upcoming missions such as the JWST, the E-ELT, PLATO as well as ESA’s most recently selected mission ARIEL, which, among others will be able to detect biosignatures (as an indicator for life) in exoplanetary atmospheres of planets orbiting distant stars, it is an opportune moment for theoretical background studies focusing on the particle- and radiation environment of Earth-like exoplanets in the HZ of G-, K-, and M-dwarf stars and their imprint on planetary habitability. However, although planets in the HZ of their host-stars could retain liquid water on their surface, its presence within the HZ is not the only requirement for life. This is because the presence of strong stellar winds, which can lead to the erosion of unprotected planetary atmospheres, and/or extreme stellar particle events as well as coronal mass ejections changes in the atmospheric chemistry as well as the atmospheric secondary particle environment may occur, and, therewith, may destroy atmospheric biosignatures and could prevent the creation and development of life. Thus, a detailed knowledge of the astrosphere as well as the astrospheric particle- and radiation environment is mandatory in order to study planetary habitability.

The session brings together scientists from all fields of research that are related to solar, astrophysical and exoplanetary sciences. It will allow sharing of expertise amongst researchers working on different aspects of this interdisciplinary scientific field, allowing showcases of recent advancements in their field of specialization.

We welcome contributions related but not limited to:
• Modeling stellar astrospheres and the corresponding energy-dependent CR flux
• Modeling the environment of close-in exoplanets around G-, K-, and M-dwarf stars, in particular modelling of mass-loss rates, angular momentum loss rates, the magnetic field configuration as well as the density and velocity of the stellar winds of G-, K- and M-dwarf stars
• Modeling stellar CMEs
• Evaluation and quantification of the solar UV-, X-ray, and energetic particle flux relationships and their extension to G-, K-, and M-dwarf stars
• The imprint of the stellar radiation field by modeling the magnetospheric transport and particle interactions within (exo)planetary atmospheres
• Atmospheric modeling studies of climate and (biosignature) photochemistry and the influence of stellar activity

Kind regards,
Konstantin Herbst

On behalf of
John Lee Grenfell, Athanasios Papaioannou and Klaus Scherer

Second announcement of the 2019 Les Houches School on Plasma Physics

from Miho Janvier [November 29, 2018]


Dates and location: May 13-24 2019, Les Houches, France.

We are pleased to inform you of the opening of the pre-registration for the 2019 Les Houches School on Plasma Physics. The pre-registration will close on 15th February 2019. The conference center in Les Houches can accommodate up to 46 participants, and the selected attendees will be notified at the beginning of March.

Overview and objectives:

This two-week school held in the French Alps focuses on plasma physics and its manifestations in laboratory experiments, space environment and in astrophysics. It targets an international audience primarily composed of PhD students and junior postdoctoral researchers. The objective is to introduce the participants to a wide range of fundamental aspects of plasma physics, as well as to the state-of-the-art in many of the sub-disciplines. The school will feature blackboard-style lectures, hands-on activities, talks on latest research, presentation by students, as well as group work such as journal clubs and social activities. This school is the latest of a series of programs held every two years since 2011 at the Les Houches School of Physics on similar topics (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017).

For more information about the program and updates see:

Confirmed Lecturers:

Troy Carter (UCLA, USA)
Benoît Cerutti (CNRS & Université Grenoble Alpes, France)
Christopher Chen (Queen Mary University of London, UK)
Andrea Ciardi (Sorbonne Université, France)
Mickaël Grech (CNRS & Ecole Polytechnique, France)
Thomas Grismayer (IPFN Portugal)
Per Helander (IPP, Germany)
Emmanuel d’Humières (Université de Bordeaux, France)
Karine Issautier (CNRS & Observatoire de Paris, France)
Miho Janvier (Université Paris-Sud, France)
Kumiko Kotera (CNRS & Sorbonne Université, France)
Matthew Kunz (Princeton University, USA)
Henrik Latter (University of Cambridge, UK)
Sergei Lebedev (Imperial College London, UK)
Nuno Loureiro (MIT, USA)
Andrea Mignone (University of Torino, Italy)
Paolo Ricci (EPFL, Switzerland)
François Rincon (CNRS & Université Paul Sabatier, France)
Alexander Schekochihin (University of Oxford, UK)
Anatoly Spitkovsky (Princeton University, USA)
Hendrik Spruit (MPIA Garching, Germany)
Tommaso Vinci (CNRS & Ecole Polytechnique, France)
Philippe Zarka (CNRS & Observatoire de Paris, France)
Ellen Zweibel (Wisconsin-Madison, USA)

Scientific and local organising committee:

Benoît Cerutti (CNRS & Université Grenoble Alpes, France)
Andrea Ciardi (Sorbonne Université, France)
Emmanuel d’Humières (Université de Bordeaux, France)
Miho Janvier (Université Paris-Sud, France)
Nuno Loureiro (MIT, USA)


AOGS 2019 (28 Jul – 02 Aug, Singapore): Call for abstracts for Session ST06: Magnetohydrodynamic Waves in Solar Magnetic Structures: Seismology and Heating

from Bo Li [November 29, 2018]

Dear colleagues,

We would like to draw your attention to Session ST06: Magnetohydrodynamic Waves in Solar Magnetic Structures: Seismology and Heating, which is part of the 16th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Oceania Geosciences Society to be held from 28 Jul to 02 Aug, 2019 in Singapore.

Please note that the deadline for Abstract Submission is 12 Feb 2019, and submission can be made at the portal

Session Description:

Theoretical ideas that MHD waves and oscillations must occur in the structured solar atmosphere have been around for more than 50 years but the year 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the first unequivocal reports of oscillations in solar coronal loops by TRACE. With the advent of modern instruments with ever increasing spatial and temporal resolutions, MHD waves and oscillations have been abundantly identified throughout the solar atmosphere and across nearly the entire spectrum of the MHD force operator. When used in seismological context, whereby parameters of plasmas can be deduced from the properties of oscillations and waves, such observations offer an exciting opportunity to probe the dynamics and energetics of solar magnetic structures. In addition, waves have been shown to carry an energy flux density sufficient for heating a large variety of atmospheric structures before being damped, thereby providing further impetus to the idea of wave heating.

This session aims to provide a forum to discuss the latest observations, theories, and numerical models of MHD waves in the structured solar atmosphere. Of particular interest will be the contributions that address how MHD waves can be placed in the context of seismology and atmospheric heating, and how the field can benefit from the availability of new data from, say, the Parker solar probe and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope.

Dr Dipankar Banerjee (Indian Institute of Astrophysics, India),
Prof Marcel Goossens (KU Leuven, Belgium),
Dr Rekha Jain (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom),
Dr Bo Li (Shandong University, China),
Dr Takaaki Yokoyama (University of Tokyo, Japan),

For more information, please contact Bo Li at

Many thanks from the conveners.


PhD position in Solar Physics available at Northumbria University

from Richard Morton [December 5, 2018]

The Solar Physics Group at Northumbria University undertakes research in stellar and solar physics, and magnetohydrodynamic phenomenon, specialising in both observations and modelling of plasmas.

We are currently advertising a PhD position in Solar Physics to work with Dr Richard Morton on MHD waves in the Sun’s atmosphere, with the topic of the PhD focusing on the question – ‘Can a stars internal oscillations power their coronae?’. For further details on the project contact Richard ( or see:

The PhD is a fully funded 3-year position with stipend, and is open to applicants from any country. It is expected that applicants have at least a degree in Mathematics or Physics at the time the position starts and a record of academic excellence. Experience in solar physics research, numerical modelling or astronomical observations would be highly beneficial.

The deadline for applications is Friday 25 January 2019 with an expected start date of 1 October 2019.

Purple Mountain Observatory (PMO) and National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC) – Six Postdoc Positions in Solar Physics

from Richard Morton [December 1, 2018]

The Purple Mountain Observatory (PMO) and the National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) invite applicants for six (6) available postdoctoral positions in Solar Physics (see description below for details of these positions). The positions are intended for the science preparation of the Advanced Space-based Solar Observatory (ASO-S) mission (for details of the mission: mission and initially for two-year full time employment with possible extension. The yearly salary depends on the applicant’s experience and qualification. The top-level scientific objective of ASO-S is to explore connections among solar magnetic field, solar flares, CMEs and other solar activities.

PMO, located in the beautiful Nanjing city, is the first modern astronomical institute of China and is known as the ‘Cradle of Modern Astronomy in China’. For more information please visit The NAOC headquarter is located in Beijing, the capital city of China and very close to the Olympics Park. Please visit for more information of NAOC. Successful applicants related to LST and HXI will work at PMO and those to FMG will work at NAOC.

The positions are available until they are filled. Applicants should hold a PhD in physics, preferentially in solar physics or a related field. Having a strong programming skill in IDL or Python is an asset. Good knowledge of the English language is essential. The application should include the CV, list of publications, certificate of the degree, at least two letters of recommendation by professors familiar with the applicants, and a statement of research interests and plan. Other information helpful to know the applicants is also acceptable. Applications for LST-related positions should be sent to Dr. Hui Li (LST PI) at . Those for HXI related ones to Dr. Yang Su (HXI PI) at while those for FMG-related to Dr. Yuanyong Deng (FMG PI) at All applicants should CC the application materials to Dr. Weiqun Gan (ASO-S PI) at

Description about the positions and their specific requirement are as follows.
The two LST-related positions: Successful applicants of these positions are expected to conduct study of solar activities, such as solar flares, CMEs, filaments/prominences, UV/EUV lines, including the Hydrogen Lyman-alpha line. The successful candidate are also expected to develop some models or run simulation codes (e.g., RADYN) to help interpret observation data of solar activities on the disk and in the corona. Tools and codes (in IDL or Python) developed during the postdoc period could be integrated into the data analysis software of the ASO-S mission. Backgrounds in the data analyses of similar instruments and their related theory are mostly welcome.

The two HXI-related positions: The successful candidates are expected to study flare X-ray bursts and magnetic reconnection using X-ray data obtained from RHESSI, Fermi, and Hinode, with the aid of multi-wavelength datasets from other missions with development of data analysis tools. Both theoretical and simulation works can be done. Tools and HXR image reconstruction methodology developed during research work may be integrated with data analysis software of the ASO-S mission. Research experiences on high energy solar physics are basically necessary and background on the X-ray imaging reconstruction and analysis could take a priority.

The two FMG related positions: These positions are aimed to the research and development of the Full-disk vector MagnetoGraph (FMG) onboard the ASO-S mission. The successful applicants are dedicated along with the scientific preparation, the polarization inversion of magnetic field, and development of magnetograph, etc. FMG is a birefringent filter-based magnetograph with 14cm diameter, 4k by 4k detector

Lectureship in Solar Physics (UCL-MSSL)

from Sarah Matthews [November 27, 2018]

The Solar Physics Group at the Department of Space and Climate Physics (Mullard Space Science Laboratory), University College London, is seeking to appoint a lecturer in Solar Physics. One of the main responsibilities of this post will be supporting the operation and exploitation of Solar Orbiter EUI and the preparation and development of the group’s participation in Solar C EUVST. The applicant will also be expected to contribute to the departmental teaching portfolio, as well as expected and encouraged to participate in wider group and departmental scientific activities.

Applicants should have a strong background in solar physics with a demonstrable interest in the development of new instrumentation for space missions. They should hold, or expect to hold a PhD in solar physics or have equivalent experience. Applicants should be able to supervise academic work by PhD and MSc students and be willing and able to work independently and collaboratively.

Closing date for applications: 31 Dec 2018

Informal enquiries:

JOB OPENING: A PhD Student Position in Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland

from Minna Palmroth [November 19, 2018]

The Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics is a leading European space physics group specialised both in observations and modelling of space plasmas. For example, we develop the novel global hybrid-Vlasov simulation Vlasiator and have a strong focus on solar eruptions both in observations and using modelling.

We are now opening a doctoral student position. The research of the PhD student will focus on modeling of suprathermal populations in the solar corona and solar wind. Prior knowledge in any of the following areas is considered an advantage: Kinetic plasma physics, physics of the solar corona and solar wind, gyrokinetic theory, closure relations in fluid models of plasmas. Other useful skills include: Python, C/C++, supercomputer environments.

We offer a position in a dynamic and international research group, with a possibility to network and to develop as a researcher. The positions are available immediately. The positions are open until they are filled.

For more information, please visit:

For specifics about the position, contact Professor Minna Palmroth (minna.palmroth ‘at’ and Associate Professor Emilia Kilpua (emilia.kilpua ‘at’ Interested candidates should send their informal application, CV, list of publications, and a maximum of three names to act as references to the above addresses.

High Altitude Observatory( Boulder, Colorado, USA) – HAO: Newkirk Graduate Research Fellowship, Application Deadline January 18, 2019

from Richard Morton [November 15, 2018]

The High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research announces the availability of Newkirk Fellowships. The Newkirk Fellowship provides financial support for research visits to HAO allowing for 3 to 6 months per year in a single visit. The total supported length is 9 months, which can be spread out over up to 3 years. Newkirk Fellows will work with guidance from HAO scientists and engineers on projects related to their thesis, qualifying exams, or other research projects within the scope of HAO research including study of the Earth’s upper atmosphere, solar physics and solar-terrestrial physics through observation, theory and instrumentation.

To be eligible for the fellowship, the student must be enrolled full-time in a university graduate program having common interest with HAO research goals. HAO Newkirk Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, scientific potential, and compatibility of student interest in current HAO research pursuits.

The application deadline for fellowships starting in 2019 is January 18, 2019.

Please see for details on eligibility, financial support, and the application process. Contact Caitlyn Quinn Erdesz ( or Matthias Rempel ( for further information.

Los Alamos National Laboratory – Postdoctoral Position in Space Physics Instrumentation and Data Analysis

from Richard Morton [November 15, 2018]

Los Alamos National Laboratory seeks candidates for a postdoctoral position in heliospheric physics and instrumentation with the Space Science and Applications Group (ISR-1). ISR Division currently leads instruments or instrument subsystems on NASA’s IMAP, IBEX, SWIFT, TWINS, ACE, Mars Odyssey, and Van Allen Probes missions, as well as NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory and Mars 2020 rovers. The candidate chosen for this position will be expected to carry out original research addressing the structure and evolution of the outer heliosphere through analysis of data from the ongoing IBEX mission.  The candidate is also expected to support the development and calibration of energetic neutral atom instrumentation to be used in the upcoming IMAP mission.  Additional opportunities in the development of space plasma instrumentation may also be available. Applicants should have laboratory experience applicable to developing hardware for the detection of space plasmas. Additional desirable skills include familiarity with heliospheric science (solar wind, outer heliosphere, magnetospheres, etc.), or a strong interest in learning about such environments. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to interact with Laboratory staff engaged in a broad range of observational, computational, and theoretical research in heliophysics.

This is a two-year position with the possibility of an extension to a third year. Applicants should have a doctoral degree in Space Physics, Physics, Astronomy, or appropriate similar fields obtained within the last five years, or soon to be completed. They should have demonstrated ability to pursue independent research and work as a member of a team, as well as a strong record of publication and presentation.

Interested candidates should send their CV, publications list, and statement of research interests to Dan Reisenfeld (, and apply online at and search for IRC69562.

Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC, Tenerife, Spain) – Postdoctoral Contract: SNSF Sinergia Project

from Richard Morton [November 15, 2018]

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC, Tenerife, Spain) invites applications for one postdoctoral contract to work at the IAC in the project “HPC-techniques for 3D modeling of resonance line polarization with partial frequency redistribution”. This research project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) within the framework of “Sinergia”, a programme promoting interdisciplinary collaboration between different applicants. This Sinergia grant involves the IAC, the Istituto Ricerche Solari Locarno (IRSOL, Locarno, Switzerland), the Institute of Computational Sciences (ICS, Lugano, Switzerland) and the Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (ASCR, Ondrejov, Czech Republic). Postdoctoral positions within the framework of this project will also be available at ICS and IRSOL.

The aim of the project is to combine competences and expertise in the fields of the generation and transfer of polarized radiation in magnetized plasmas, atomic physics, spectropolarimetry, computational sciences and high-performance computing (HPC). The goal is to develop novel accurate and robust parallel solution methods for the radiative transfer (RT) problem for polarized radiation in realistic three-dimensional (3D) models of the solar atmosphere, taking into account the effects of correlations between the incoming and outgoing photons in the scattering events (PRD effects, from partial frequency redistribution).

Starting from the radiative transfer code PORTA (Stepan & Trujillo Bueno 2013; A&A, 557, 143), the IAC post-doc will mainly focus on the development and application of a novel 3D radiative transfer code for modeling, by means of massively parallel supercomputers, the spectral line polarization produced by the joint action of anisotropic radiation pumping and the Hanle and Zeeman effects in the solar atmosphere, taking PRD effects into account.  The selected candidate will closely interact with the scientists and post-docs working in all the institutes involved in the project. Moreover, she/he will also benefit from scientific collaborations with the POLMAG group of the IAC (see ).

The contract is expected to start in 2019 (exact starting date to be negotiated) and it will end at the conclusion of the Sinergia project (30.09.2022). Subsequently, it may be further extended for a total duration of four years.

Deadline for receiving applications is 2019 January 7.

For scientific enquiries please contact Javier Trujillo Bueno.

The announcement, with the information on how to apply, can be found at