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Policy Internships for STFC-funded PhD Students

from Sian Giles-Titcombe [June 19, 2019]

STFC participates in the Research Councils Policy Internships scheme, a programme in which STFC-funded PhD students are given the opportunity to spend three months working in Parliament or Government. Opportunities are available with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) or the Government Office for Science (GO-Science).

Applications for the 2019/20 scheme are now open.
The scheme presents a unique opportunity for PhD students to gain an insight into the political process. Fellows learn how policy is developed, interact with policy makers and develop the skills needed to communicate effectively with non-academic audiences.

• POST is an independent office of the Houses of Parliament whose role is to provide clear, expert, impartial advice on science to MPs and Peers. Its goal is to keep them up to date on current scientific issues and allow them to make informed decisions. Fellows either work on a ‘POST Note’ or research project, or provide specialist advice to a Parliamentary Select Committee or the House of Commons Library.

• GO-Science looks to ensure that Government policies and decisions are informed by the best scientific evidence and strategic long-term thinking. Placements are likely to involve undertaking research, drafting briefing notes and background papers, and organising workshops and meetings. They will offer opportunities to work with a number of different teams and across a wide range of science and technology policy topics in GO-Science.
Successful applicants will receive a three-month extension to their STFC PhD status as well as their stipend. Interns based at non-London institutions will receive an additional sum to cover the costs of relocating to London for three months.

Applications for 2019/20 Internships will close on Monday 12 August 2019. More details about the hosting partners and the application form can be found on the UKRI site.
Further information:

• STFC Policy Internships (includes past case studies)
• Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
• Government Office for Science

DiRAC Call for Proposals Closing date: Tuesday 1st October 2019

from Sian Giles-Titcombe [June 3, 2019]

The DiRAC Project Board invites the UK theory and modelling communities in Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Nuclear Physics to apply for computational resources on the STFC DiRAC HPC Facility.

The deadline for proposal submissions to the 12th Call will be 5pm on Tuesday 1st October 2019  

All proposal types will be accepted for this call.  Please note that discretionary / seedcorn proposals can be submitted at any time. DiRAC will schedule successful peer reviewed proposals from 1st April 2020. We are also able to offer software engineering support to individual projects.

The application forms and guidance notes, plus descriptions of the DiRAC services, are available at

Important points to note for the 12th Call:

  • Applicants must have submitted and discussed a technical case (per proposal) with the DiRAC Technical Working Group;
  • Applications will only be considered if this has been initiated two months before the closing date of 1st October 2019 (i.e. the technical case must be submitted direct to any time up to 1st August 2019).  Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit the technical case earlier than 1st August to allow for more time to implement any feedback.
  • No single application can request more than 80% of the availability of a DiRAC machine within a given year.
  • Current existing Thematic projects wishing to apply for more computing time can submit proposals using the following methods:
  • Applications with scientific themes distinct from the existing award can be submitted as a separate proposal.
  • Applications building on the same scientific theme as an existing award should apply as a new project, this new award would then replace any existing compute award.  PI’s requesting for a revised or updated Thematic project must justify this request fully; the RAC will take into account all currently active projects which hold a comparable science case. This method cannot be used to top-up an existing project award if there is no change in the science case.
  • Applicants are strongly advised to read the RAC Guidance Documentation for the 12th Call.
  • To assist applicants in the preparation of technical cases, DiRAC will be running a webinar for potential applicants on Wednesday, June 12th, 2-4pm. This webinar will cover topics including the generation of scaling plots for your codes and there will be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about developing a technical case.

The access details for the webinar will be circulated to all DiRAC users and PIs in early June and will be available via the DiRAC webpages. If you would like to attend this webinar and are not a current DiRAC user or PI, you can also register your interest by sending an e-mail to with the subject line “Technical Case Webinar” and the details will be sent to you when they are available


Further enquiries should be directed as follows:


Enquiries received within 7 days of a closing date are not guaranteed to be responded to prior to the closing date.

Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere (WISA: formerly known as BUKS) – Proposals Sought for Next Workshop

from Richard Morton [June 1, 2019]

The former BUKS meeting has decided to reinvent itself as WISA: Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere.

Currently, the WISA committee is solliciting proposals to host the WISA workshop, sometime during the summer of 2020. WISA/BUKS workshops are small workshops with ample time for discussion, focusing on the modelling and observations of waves and instabilities in the solar atmosphere. Previous workshops have attracted 60 \pm 15 participants.

If you are interested in hosting the workshop, please submit a single pdf describing the location, the facilities, an estimated registration fee, and possibilities for accommodation. The pdf of no more than 2 pages should be sent by email to
The deadline for submission is 2019-06-30.

UKSP Business Lunch

from Richard Morton [June 1, 2019]

Dear all,

We will be having the UKSP Business lunch at NAM on Wednesday 3rd July.

If you have anything you would like to contribute to the agenda please email either Mihalis or Richard to discuss.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

The UKSP Council


New UKSP Nugget #101

from Iain Hannah [June 12, 2019]

101. Mapping the magnetic field of solar coronal loops
by David Kuridze (Aberystwyth), Mihalis Mathioudakis (QUB) and Huw Morgan (Aberystwyth).

Coronal spectropolarimetric measurements point the way for the next generation of ground-based solar telescope.


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

Iain Hannah and Lyndsay Fletcher

CESRA solar radio science highlights in May 2019

from Eduard Kontar [May 31, 2019]

The effect of scattering on the apparent positions of solar radio sources observed by LOFAR
by Mykola Gordovskyy

High Frequency Communications Response to Solar Activity in September 2017 as Observed by Amateur Radio Networks
by Nathan A. Frissell

CESRA Highlights of Solar Radio Physics, aka CESRA Nuggets, are short communications written in language accessible to a non-expert in the specific area and designed to keep solar and heliophysics communities informed and up-to-date about current research. The highlights can be followed, discussed, commented and shared via

RHESSI Nuggets in May 2018

from Hugh Hudson [May 28, 2019]

No. 351, “The Cosmic-Ray Shadow and Coronal Magnetism”, by Frederik Tenholt: Measuring the coronal magnetic field in Antarctica.

No. 350, “Kristian Birkeland”, by Hugh Hudson and Lyndsay Fletcher: Space weather a century ago.

See .
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 2019 Fall Meeting – Session SH010 Innovative approaches in solar flare forecasting. San Francisco, CA, 9-13 December 2019

from robertus erdelyi [June 25, 2019]

You are cordially invited to participate and submit an abstract to Session SH010 Innovative approaches in solar flare forecasting of the AGU 2019 Fall Meeting held on 9-13 December 2019 in San Francisco, CA.

Contributions on any aspects about solar flare forecasting or solar flares are welcome. For submission to this session please follow:

Submission Opens: 12 June 2019
Submission Closes: 31 July 2019

Session Description:

Solar flares are one of the major sources of space weather disturbances. The monitoring and forecasting of solar flares (and CME) are crucial to reduce space weather risks for our modern society on the Earth as well as for human exploration in space. In recent years, solar observations have made great progress thanks to the very high spatial, temporal and spectral resolutions available. Various new approaches for solar flare forecasting have also emerged. Prominent progresses include the emergence of artificial intelligence methods in parallel to the advanced numerical modelling approaches in solar physics. In this session, we invite contributions on any kinds of innovative approaches relevant for solar flare forecasting, which include but are not limited to the empirical, statistical, big-data, artificial intelligence, physical measures, and numerical modelling methodologies. The scope of discussions covers from preliminary ideas, experimental techniques to mature operational schemes advancing solar flare forecasting. Other related topics about solar flares are also welcome.

Session Conveners:
Han He, NAOC (
Robertus Erdelyi, SP2RC, U of Sheffield (

AGU 2019 SH001 Acceleration and Transport Processes of Energetic Electrons in Solar Flares and Interplanetary Space – abstract submission now open.

from Natasha Jeffrey [June 24, 2019]

The abstract submission for the AGU Fall Meeting 2019 session SH001 — Acceleration and Transport Processes of Energetic Electrons in Solar Flares and Interplanetary Space is now open.

We welcome contributions from a broad range of topics that aim to address common challenges involved in understanding particle acceleration and transport at the Sun and in the heliosphere, from observations, theory and modelling.

Meeting date: AGU Fall Meeting 9-13 December 2019, San Francisco, CA.

Session organisers: Frederic Effenberger (Helmholtz Center, Potsdam), Sophie Musset (UMN), Nina Dresing (Kiel) & Natasha Jeffrey (U. of Glasgow).


Session abstract:
The relation between energetic particle populations accelerated at the Sun, as seen in radiative signatures, and particles measured in-situ, is a fundamental subject in Heliophysics. Observations during the RHESSI era demonstrated the still poorly understood existence of a connection between solar flare signatures of accelerated electrons at the Sun and the corresponding solar energetic particles detected at 1AU. A key question is thus: Can these distinctly observed electron populations originate from the same flare-acceleration region? Different acceleration and transport processes in the solar atmosphere and in interplanetary space can contribute to the observed non-thermal temporal, spatial, and spectral particle signatures. We encourage contributions from observational, theoretical and simulation studies addressing this topic. Cross-community, joined efforts hold the potential to lead to a greater understanding of the important physical processes involved in electron acceleration and will enable new approaches to interpret the near-Sun observations from Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter.

Registration Open: STFC Advanced Summer School in Solar System Plasmas (2019)

from Richard Morton [June 15, 2019]

STFC Advanced Summer School in Solar System Plasmas (2019)

Department of Physics, Lancaster University

Sunday 1st September – Friday 6th September 2019


Registration is now open.


The 2019 STFC-funded Advanced Summer School will be hosted by the Space and Planetary Physics Group in the Department of Physics at Lancaster University. The programme consists of core lectures in Space Plasma Physics and Solar Physics alongside more specialised topics and is aimed at second- and third-year PhD students. The advanced summer school is designed to consolidate understanding gained in the STFC Introductory Summer School, and to place research in a broader thematic context, as well as providing an opportunity for PhD students to network with their peers and share experiences. Full funding will be available for up to 27 STFC-supported and self-funded PhD students; priority is given to STFC-supported students and free self-funded places are only confirmed after the close of registration. Non-STFC-funded students and PDRAs are welcome to attend subject to a registration fee.


A link to the registration page, and further details, are available on the summer school website ( and please also feel free to connect with the summer school Facebook event ( In the meantime, please feel free to email us at if you have any questions. Registration closes on Friday 9 August 2019.


We look forward to welcoming you to Lancaster in September.

Local Organising Committee: Chris Arridge, Licia Ray, Maria Walach, Joe Kinrade

SHINE Session #18 – Data Analysis Tools and Methods for Observations of the Solar Corona

from Nathalia Alzate [June 13, 2019]

In preparation of Parker Solar Probe (PSP), Solar Orbiter (SO) and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), it is important to discuss the plethora of analysis tools and processing techniques currently available. The current applicability of these techniques to EUV and coronagraph data (e.g. SDO/AIA, SOHO/LASCO) will prove to be invaluable in interpreting measurements from PSP, SO and DKIST. It is therefore essential to understand these techniques and set the stage for the development of new ones.

The main purpose of this session is to foster discussions between researchers focused on developing solar data analysis and processing tools (including machine learning methods) and the solar wind/heliosphere community.

Please see a full description of our session at

We encourage speakers and participants to discuss the different types of information that can be gained from applying various techniques to solar data.

Organizers: Nathalia Alzate (NASA GSFC), Dan Seaton (NOAA) and Huw Morgan (Aberystwyth University)

Invited Scene-Setting Speakers: Craig DeForest (SwRI) and Barbara Thompson (NASA GSFC)

Late registration begins: June 2, 2019
Abstract deadline: June 15, 2019

Preparing for When the Sun Wakes Up: Workshop on Deep-Space Sun-Earth L5/L1 Space-Weather Missions

from Mario M. Bisi [June 7, 2019]

Dear Colleagues.

Apologies for the late notification. We are holding the next L5/L1 Workshop in London 27-28 June 2019 at the BEIS Conference Centre. Details of the scope and aims of the workshop are at the Workshop Web Page.

Tickets (if you have not already received an invitation) are on a first-come, first-serve basis – please ONLY use the “General Community” tickets or your registration will be removed. If none are available, please check back regularly as they will be adjusted through to the deadline of 00:00h UK time on 15th June 2019. You can see further information from the registration site here:

The password to access the site is: L5L1London2019

Best wishes on behalf of the Organising Committee,

OC CO-Chair

Fifth UK-Ukraine-Spain Meeting on Solar Physics and Space Science (UKUS) – final announcement

from Viktor Fedun [May 30, 2019]

Fifth UK-Ukraine-Spain Meeting on Solar Physics and Space Science (UKUS), Kyiv, Ukraine
Monday 26th August – Friday 30th August 2019

Important deadlines
Registration deadline – 1 July 2019
Abstract submission deadline – 15 July 2019

The meeting will cover a broad range of aspects of solar physics, space science and solar-terrestrial relations. We aim to include every side of solar and space research, including observations, theory, and numerical modelling. The main idea behind the meeting is to treat the entire solar-terrestrial domain as one system, rather than each region independently.

The participants of the UKUS usually come from different backgrounds, therefore the meeting divided into a number of different topics highlighting a number of areas of expertise.

Our aim is to develop new collaborative projects leading to publications and grant applications. Enough discussion time has been scheduled, to ensure sufficient interaction between the scientists, and allow for the generation of ideas for collaboration.

Tentative Programme:

– Coupling between lower solar atmosphere and solar corona (magnetic field restoration, energetic particles and waves)
– General solar activity in the Sun and heliosphere
– MHD waves – coupling between lower solar atmosphere and solar corona (observations, theory, numerics)
– Multi-scale plasma dynamic processes in the Sun-Earth system
– Dynamic processes in the Earth ionosphere and magnetosphere

“Scintillating Science: Cutting-Edge Science Achieved Through the Observations of Radio Scintillation” Workshop – Final Announcement

from Mario M. Bisi [May 30, 2019]

Dear Colleagues.

Not enough scintillating science in your life?

This is our FINAL official announcement for our upcoming “Scintillating Science: Cutting-Edge Science Achieved Through the Observations of Radio Scintillation” focussed/specialist workshop to be held in Hermanus (near Cape Town), South Africa, 15-19 July 2019. This is a great location for an exciting multi-faceted topic and time to get an insight into other aspects of scintillation.

Thus, 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. More-detailed themes are being updated on the workshop website before the end of this week. In addition, we are in the process of finalising our invited and scene-setting speakers.

We have EXTENDED the late registration to Friday 14th June 2019 at 16:00UT and also the abstract registration to the same. All the workshop information and links to the registration and abstract submission forms can be found on the workshop website here: along with further information about the scope of the workshop and local information.

Best wishes on behalf of the workshop SOC and LOC,

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

Science Organising Committee (SOC):
Mario M. Bisi (UKRI STFC RAL Space, UK) (Co-Chair)
Michael Kosch (SANSA, South Africa/Lancaster University, UK) (Co-Chair)
Richard A. Fallows (ASTRON, NL)
Daniel Stinebring (Oberlin College and Conservatory, OH, USA)
Anna Bilous (University of Amsterdam, NL)
Ue-Li Pen (University of Toronto, ON, Canada)
Lucilla Alfonsi (INGV, Italy)
Joseph Olwendo (Pwani University, Kenya)
Biagio Forte (University of Bath, UK)
Tshimangadzo Matamba (SANSA, South Africa)
Oyuki Chang (UKRI STFC RAL Space, UK)

Local Organising Committee (LOC):
Michael Kosch (SANSA, South Africa/Lancaster University, UK)
Lee-Anne McKinnell (SANSA, South Africa)
Tshimangadzo Matamba (SANSA, South Africa)


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

from Lucile Turc [June 25, 2019]

The Space Physics Group of the University of Helsinki is a leading European space physics group specialised both in observations and modelling of space plasmas. We develop in particular the novel global magnetospheric hybrid-Vlasov simulation Vlasiator and have a strong focus on solar eruptions combining observations and models.

We are now opening a doctoral student position. The research of the PhD student will focus on the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability at the Earth’s magnetopause, and on the associated wave activity inside the magnetosphere.
Prior knowledge of space plasma physics and numerical simulations is considered an advantage. Other useful skills include: Python, C/C++, space physics-related data analysis

We offer a position in a dynamic and international research group, with a possibility to network and to develop as a researcher. The expected start date for the position is 1st January 2020. Applications are open until 30th August 2019.

For more information, please visit:

For specifics about the position, contact Lucile Turc (lucile.turc ‘at’ Interested candidates should send their informal application, a CV, a transcript of their university grades, and a maximum of three names to act as references to the same address (lucile.turc ‘at’

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Magnetohydrodynamics/Solar Physics at the University of Dundee

from David Pontin [June 15, 2019]

Applications are invited for a three-year postdoctoral research position in the area of Solar Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD). The position is available to work on a project within an STFC consolidated grant. The project aims to assess the contribution of interchange reconnection to accelerating and structuring slow solar wind. This will involve analysis of the 3D magnetic field topology of the Sun’s corona and designing and performing large-scale MHD simulations of interchange reconnection processes.

The project will be carried out in the MHD group at the University of Dundee, and in collaboration with colleagues at Durham University and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Further details about our group in Dundee can be found here:

The ideal candidate will have a good knowledge of MHD and solar physics and will have experience of computational MHD/hydrodynamics. Experience in mathematical modelling of plasmas or fluids and/or solar physics observations would also be beneficial. Applicants must hold a PhD in solar physics, plasma physics or applied mathematics by the start of the project.

The position is available for three years, with earliest start date being August 1st 2019. The starting salary will be on Grade 7 of the UK Universities’ pay scale, around GBP 32-35K, depending on experience.

For further details, or to make an application, please go to

Closing date: 8th July 2019. Informal enquiries can be directed to Prof David Pontin ( or Prof Gunnar Hornig (

Royal Observatory of Belgium (Brussels) – Vacancy for a Space Weather Collaborator

from Richard Morton [June 1, 2019]

The Royal Observatory of Belgium hosts the SIDC Regional Warning Center, a leading European space weather forecast center and partner in the Space Situational Awareness Program (SSA) of the European Space Agency ESA. Recently, ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) selected the ROB/SIDC as part of the PECASUS consortium to deliver 24h/7d space weather services to civil aviation actors worldwide. To assure the successful continuation of our operations in the competitive international context, the Royal Observatory of Belgium seeks a collaborator for the further development and support of its space weather services.

The offered position will involve the support of space weather services at IT as well as at scientific/conceptual level.  The minimal conditions to apply for this job are a Master or PhD in (exact) sciences or engineering, experience with at least 1 programming language and to be able to communicate fluently in English. In addition, the selected candidate will combine a maximum of the following characteristics: experience in Solar Physics, Space Weather or related Space Sciences, be acquainted with UNIX and experience with the management or execution of international projects.

Applications including your CV and accompanying motivation letter can be send to with in cc: Candidates can contact Dr. Jesse Andries (+32 2 790 39 69) for additional information. Applications are welcome till June 23 2019 included. Please see also

NASA – Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Deadline July 1, 2019

from Richard Morton [June 1, 2019]

The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers US and international scientists the opportunity to advance their research while contributing to NASA’s scientific goals.  The NPP supports fundamental science; explores the undiscovered; promotes intellectual growth; and encourages scientific connections.

Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA’s missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology.

Current NPP research opportunities can be viewed here:

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements. U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply.

Stipends start at $60,000 per year, with supplements for high cost-of-living areas and for certain academic specialties. Financial assistance is available for relocation and health insurance, and $10,000 per year is provided for professional travel.

Applications are accepted three times each year: March 1, July 1, and November 1.

For further information and to apply, visit:

University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) – Project Manager

from Richard Morton [June 1, 2019]

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is seeking a Project Manager for a large multi-million dollar five-year funded project. The project engages all the AL research universities and is led by UAH. The project will develop an AL-wide research, educational, and workforce development program focused on understanding low-temperature plasma physics with applications in the development of novel materials, as well as in the medical, biological, and agricultural sciences. We are seeking an innovative, creative person with excellent writing and verbal communication skills. The individual should possess some technical background in the sciences with ideally a masters, or PhD degree, or equivalent experience as a Project Manager.  Experience should include the corresponding reporting functions typical of federal projects, as well as coordinating projects across multiple environments and locations.  Management, supervisory, and delegation skills are essential.

The successful candidate must be willing and able to travel to the seven AL partner institutions several times a year. The Project Manger will also help organize and run a Summer School, an annual meeting, and an Open House event. The Project Manager will report to the Principal Investigator of the project, coordinate and work closely with the Project Management Committee that is comprised of the institutional co-principal investigators.

For more information and to apply, go to:

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer of minorities/ females/ veterans/ disabled.

University of New Hampshire – Post-doctoral Research Position in the Study of CMEs and SEPs

from Richard Morton [June 1, 2019]

The solar-heliospheric research group in the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space (EOS) and the Department of Physics at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) is seeking an exceptional candidate to fill a postdoctoral researcher position in the field of space physics with an emphasis on the study of coronal mass ejections and/or solar energetic particles. Candidates specializing in numerical simulations and/or data analysis are welcome to apply. The appointment is expected to start in September 2019, although earlier or later start dates can be negotiated. A PhD in physics or related fields is required.  The initial appointment will be for one year with possible renewal for up to two additional years. Work is to be carried out under the supervision of Prof. Noé Lugaz and will involve collaborations with Prof. Gang Li from U. Alabama at Huntsville, as well as researchers from the solar-heliospheric team at UNH. The solar-heliospheric team at UNH includes over a dozen researchers, with involvement in numerous space missions, including STEREO and IMAP.
Review of complete applications are ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position should be addressed to Prof. Noé Lugaz.