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Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics – Research Call Opens 30th September 2019

from Sian Giles-Titcombe [September 18, 2019]

On 30 September STFC and EPSRC will open a research call for the Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics (QTFP) programme. This is a new programme which, building on the investments of the National Quantum Technology Programme, aims to demonstrate how the application of quantum technologies will advance the understanding of fundamental physics questions.

The call has total funding of £36m and will look to fund up to seven projects of £2m and above each (80% fEC). Requests for over £5m should contact the office before applying. The call will be for research consortia, i.e. joint proposals with a common research programme from groups of researchers in more than one organisation. Successful applications will require interdisciplinary research teams comprising researchers from both the fundamental physics and quantum technology communities.

The call’s fundamental physics remit covers quantum science, astronomy, particle physics, particle astrophysics and nuclear physics. Applications to the call will be expected to show how quantum technologies will enhance or enable their research area of interest.

The call will be open to all individuals and organisations eligible for UKRI funding. PSREs are asked to contact the office to check if they are eligible. Grants will commence on 1 May 2020 and end no later than 30 September 2023. Successful projects will be expected to show tangible outcomes and results within the lifespan of the funding. The standard STFC/EPSRC expectation for Research Organisations to contribute to the cost of equipment at around the 50% level will apply.

Applicants will be required to complete an online Intention to Submit form on the STFC website by 31 October 2019 prior to submitting a full application. The closing date for full proposals will be 3 December 2019.

Full details on the call, including the application process and assessment criteria, will be published on the STFC website.

Contact: Rachel Reynolds, QTFP Programme Manager,

Ninth Call for PROBA2 Guest Investigators

from Matthew West [September 16, 2019]

The PROBA2 team welcomes research proposals for the ninth round of its Guest Investigator program for research based on SWAP and LYRA data analysis by scientists outside the SWAP and LYRA PI-teams. In this round we anticipate funding for around five guest investigators or teams who will visit the PROBA2 Science Center at the Royal Observatory of Belgium, in Brussels, between January 2020 and January  2021.

Selected proposers will be invited to spend a few weeks with the PI teams to obtain expert knowledge on the instruments, to participate in the daily commanding of the SWAP and LYRA instruments according to the needs of their data analysis proposal, and to conduct their research. Guest investigators may be reimbursed for travel, accommodation and living expenses. Limited support to present the results at an international conference (during the visit at P2SC) can also be considered.

During the selection process, special consideration will be given to young scientists and PhD students, collaborative research teams with members from more than one research institute (funding above the 5000 euro level may be approved for such teams), and to proposals addressing research topics to which SWAP and LYRA are particularly well-suited.

More details about the application process can be found here:, or by emailing

Deadline: Proposals must be received by 2019-Dec-01 (23:59 CET)

Matthew J West on behalf of the PROBA2 team

IAU PhD Prize 2019 – deadline for applications

from Richard Morton [September 13, 2019]

Dear Colleague, 

As you know 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.

I would like to count on you in alerting potential candidates, in your country or institution, for this opportunity since the deadline for applications for the 2019 IAU PhD Prize will be 15th December 2019. 

The application form is available here:

The conditions and details for the application are available in the IAU webpage

I thank you in advance. 

Best regards, Teresa

Prof. Teresa Lago
IAU General Secretary
98bis, bd Arago, F-75014 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 43 25 83 58

New UKSP council

from Richard Morton [September 13, 2019]

Following the recent elections the following members of our community have been elected to the UKSP Council:

Chairperson: Professor Sarah Matthews, MSSL/UCL
Deputy Chairperson: Dr Natasha Jeffrey, Northumbria University
Staff member: Dr Eamon Scullion, Northumbria University
Staff member: Dr Anne-Marie Broomhall, University of Warwick
Staff member: Dr Andrew Hillier, University of Exeter
PDRA member: Dr Marianna Korsos, Aberystwyth University
PDRA member: Dr Jiajia Liu, University of Sheffield
PhD student member: Mr Ryan Campbell, Queen’s University Belfast

We would like to congratulate the members of the new Council and wish them a very successful term.

Science and Technology for Security

from Georgina Bennett [September 9, 2019]

Science and Technology for Security

Industry and Academia Briefing Day
Tuesday 1 October 2019, Central London

The Home Office, Department for Transport, Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and other government departments and agencies would like to invite academia and industry to a briefing day to learn about government’s science and technology priorities for security, as well as details of upcoming funding opportunities.
The science and technology for security briefing day will be held on Tuesday 1 October 2019 in Central London.

What will you get from the day?
• An introduction to national security challenges and the role of science and technology
• An overview of how best to approach government with your innovative solutions and research ideas
• The opportunity to network with policy makers, end users, academia and industry
• Raised awareness of upcoming funding opportunities

There will also be an opportunity to find out about the Industrial PhD Partnership initiative being run by the Future Aviation Security Solutions programme. Connected Places Catapult will be holding a brokerage event during the briefing day where they will explain how to bid for the grants that are available.
This event is by ticket only, to register please visit:

A Topical Issue in the Frontiers in Astronomy & Space Sciences :: Data-driven MHD: Novel Applications to the Solar Atmosphere

from Abhishek K. Srivastava [September 9, 2019]

This Research Topic in the Frontiers in Astronomy & Space Sciences (FRASS) provides an opportunity for solar physicists to publish Review and Original Research articles on the theme of ‘Data-driven MHD: Novel Applications to the Solar Atmosphere’. We solicit articles that bring cutting edge observational data and related MHD modelling together to answer/clarify fundamental but focused issues of the solar atmosphere. The aim is to bring new insights into the solar and heliospheric physics community, especially when the era of ultra-high resolution observations are on our horizon. Key themes include, but are not limited to:

(i) Energy and mass transport candidates (e.g., waves and plasma reconnection) and their role in the localized heating and mass transport in the various layers of the solar atmosphere using the MHD approximation;

(ii) Origin and transport processes in magnetic flux tubes (e.g., various chromospheric jets, spicules, and coronal jets);

(iii) The role of MHD waves in solar wind source and acceleration regions;

(iv) Active region dynamics, their modelling in the framework of MHD;

(v) MHD oscillations and refined solar magneto-seismology (SMS) using novel photospheric, chromospheric, transition region and coronal observations;

(vi) Modelling large-scale solar eruptive phenomena and their space weather aspects.

The details of this issue is available here:

Submission Deadlines: 15th October 2019 (Abstract Submission); 12th February 2020 (Manuscript Submission).

Editors: Dr. A.K. Srivastava (IIT BHU, Varanasi, India;; Prof. R. Erdelyi (Sheffield University, UK); Prof. Stefaan Poedts (KU Leuven, Belgium); Prof. Peng-Fei Chen (Nanjing University China); Prof. Yihua Yan (National Astronomical Observatory, CAS, Beijing, China).

Change of address – Ryan Milligan

from Ryan Milligan [September 9, 2019]

As of September 1st, 2019 my new contact details are:

Astrophysics Research Centre
School of Mathematics and Physics
Queen’s University Belfast
University Road
Belfast, UK

Tel: +44 2890 973465

SOLARNET Access Programme – call for proposals for the Piz Daint supercomputer

from Richard Morton [September 1, 2019]

  1. Proposals are hereby invited under the SOLARNET Trans-National Access Programme for computing time at the Piz Daint supercomputer at CSCS, Switzerland, The proposed scientific projects should be relevant for high-resolution solar physics.Proposals will be handled by the EAST TAC, a common European time allocation committee. the PI and at least half of the Co-I’s of a proposal are from the European Union or associated countries . For this call, Switzerland is not considered an associated country. New users of the facility are encouraged to apply.

    Data produced in the SOLARNET Access program will ultimately become publicly available.

    Interested PI:s should send a notification to as soon as possible. One user per group will then be given access to Piz Daint to perform the benchmarking that is a compulsory part of the application.

    All proposals should be sent via email to and must be received by Oct 24, 2019 at 23:00 UT.

    For detailed information about the call and how to write a proposal, see

    SOLARNET is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 824135.


from Sian Giles-Titcombe [August 30, 2019]

The semester 2020A announcement of opportunity for observing time at the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes on La Palma can be found at:

Please feel free to distribute this announcement in your institute.

Further details of the proposal submission process can be found at:

Current instrumentation at ING is described at:

Call for applications – Norman Lockyer Fellowship

from Richard Morton [August 27, 2019]

The RAS invites applications for the Norman Lockyer Fellowship, to begin on 1 October 2020 or within 6 months thereafter.

The Norman Lockyer Fellowship is awarded to enable an outstanding candidate to pursue research in the UK in a discipline advanced by the RAS i.e. astronomy, solar system science, geophysics and closely related branches of these sciences.

The deadline for applications is 23:59 (BST), Friday 18 October 2019. We expect to make offers by mid-February.

Please visit our website for more details and to apply online at:

Best wishes,



New UKSP Nugget #103

from Iain Hannah [September 11, 2019]

103. Modelling multi-scale solar eruptions
by Petros Syntelis, Vasilis Archontis (St Andrews) and Kanaris Tsinganos (Athens).

Studying the scaling from small jets to large CMEs.


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

Iain Hannah and Lyndsay Fletcher

Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools:

COSPAR ISWAT Inaugural Working Meeting – Save the Date Announcement – 10-14 February 2020

from Mario M. Bisi [September 17, 2019]

The inaugural working meeting of the COSPAR International Space Weather Action Teams (ISWAT) will be held 10-14 February 2020 at the Radisson Resort, Port Canaveral, Florida, USA. Information about the ISWAT initiative is available at: This meeting also comes inside the current launch window of the Solar Orbiter spacecraft from nearby Cape Canaveral.

ISWAT consists of Teams that focus on a variety of key problems and topics in space weather research and forecasting. The Teams are organised into Clusters (by domain, phenomena, impact, or overarching activities), to facilitate collaboration and ensure complementarity. On the website you can register a new Team (and in the near future, request to join existing teams). Team registration is open to all established and newly-formed teams focused on different aspects of space weather.

The COSPAR ISWAT initiative is built upon its precursor – the International Forum on Space Weather Capabilities Assessment ( initiated during the 2017 International CCMC – LWS Working Meeting: “Assessing Space Weather Understanding and Applications” ( The progress of Forum working teams is highlighted in the AGU Space Weather Journal special issue: Active Forum Teams are anticipated to register into ISWAT and to participate in the February 2020 ISWAT Meeting. Success of the working meeting and the ISWAT initiative depends on active involvement of team leads, cluster moderators, and participants in meeting preparation and all follow-on activities.

The 10-14 February 2020 ISWAT meeting ( ) will:
Allow Teams and Clusters to meet to establish their respective goals and plans;

Consolidate existing Teams, foster new Teams, and form a platform for the overarching activities and for the Teams to work together within and across Clusters;

Facilitate establishment of multi-disciplinary space weather community by bringing together experts in space weather phenomena and space environment impacts, model and application developers, data providers and forecasters.

Allow us to understand the needs of the user communities and space weather impacts, and to set targets for scientists and Teams to address;

Allow us to understand and assess constituent data and models;

Expand on-going community-wide research projects and jump-start new campaigns;

Set the stage for ISWAT’s future, understand how Teams and Clusters must interact in order to achieve long-term objectives; and

Develop approach to updating the COSPAR global space weather roadmap into a living document.

Registration information will be posted on the website by early October 2019 at the latest, followed by a preliminary schedule by the end of October 2019. We envisage around 100-150 participants and have 10 breakout rooms available at the venue. Everyone is welcome to join ISWAT and to attend the meeting – and to come to the meeting with a view to joining one or more existing Teams if you haven’t already done so in advance.

RAS specialist discussion meeting on high precision photometry for exoplanet and time domain astronomy

from Georgina Bennett [September 12, 2019]

Dear all

We are organising a Royal Astronomical Society Specialist Discussion meeting on the 8 November 2019 on high precision photometry for exoplanet and time domain astronomy ( ).

The UK has led the world in the use of high precision time-series photometry to detect transiting planets, first with the WASP survey and ULTRACAM and more recently with NGTS and HiPERCAM. These facilities have opened a new window in exoplanet detection and characterisation, together with a wide range of time-domain phenomena. From space, the Kepler and TESS satellites have revolutionised the world of exoplanet detection, with the ability to detect Neptune to Earth-sized planets. Both NGTS and TESS are observing at longer wavelengths than their predecessors, focusing on characterising Neptune and Earth-sized exoplanets around stars cooler than the sun. As they do, these facilities are observing millions of stars and are also discovering giant planets, eclipsing binaries, variable stars, pulsating white dwarfs, and many more unusual systems. They also probe stellar activity (e.g. flares) over a broad range of timescales. These precision photometric observations are an invaluable resource for the astronomical community, providing months of high-cadence monitoring data that would be nigh-on impossible to obtain via open time on International observing facilities. They are also an excellent preparation for future facilities such as PLATO.

This RAS specialist discussion meeting will bring together the UK community in order to share results from these new surveys, to discuss the synergies between NGTS and TESS, and to explore new instrumentation (e.g. Speculoos, HiPERCAM, CHEOPS) that the UK community will exploit in the years to come. We will end the meeting with a community discussion and a live demonstration of how to access NGTS data via the public archive hosted by ESO.
We invite you to submit an abstract by email to The deadline for abstract submission is Friday 4 October 2019. We particularly encourage abstracts from PhD students and early career scientists and will strive to host a meeting with a diverse range of speakers.

Admission to Specialist Discussion Meetings is free for RAS Fellows, £15 for non-fellows (£5 for students), cash or cheque only, collected at the registration desk. Admission to the subsequent Open (Monthly A&G) Meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society is open to all, at no charge.

Knowledge Exchange Showcase – 5th November 2019

from Georgina Bennett [September 9, 2019]

Knowledge Exchange Showcase – 5th November 2019

STFC offers a diverse portfolio of knowledge exchange schemes, designed to facilitate the transfer of STFC funded science and technology into commercial applications.

This event held at the Royal College of Physicians, London, NW1 4LE will highlight the opportunities available to potential applicants, and provide a platform for delegates from across the STFC community, companies and potential users/government agencies to network and form potential partnerships. Across the 2020 KE schemes, up to £4M in total is available to fund a number of projects spread over two KE calls and the Challenge Led Applied System Programme (CLASP) call. Please visit for more information.

As well information on how to apply for this funding, there will be talks from previous recipients of both schemes and advice and tips on making applications from the Chairs of both the IPS and CLASP Panels. Applicants from industry will have the opportunity to hold a stand showcasing their products/expertise, to help identify their potential as project partners.

The CLASP challenge areas for 2019/20 will be Security and Environment, (please see the website for some example themes). To aid in the development of applications, representatives from various government agencies will highlight some of the relevant challenges in their sector. Throughout the day, there will be networking opportunities for applicants to meet and share ideas with potential project partners.

For more detail and to register, please click here


Academic position at the University of Dundee – closing date 6 October

from Alexander Russell [September 17, 2019]

The School of Science and Engineering at the University of Dundee invites applications for a full-time permanent academic position in Applied Mathematics, in a field which complements the existing research strengths in our department ( Existing strengths include magnetohydrodynamics, solar and astrophysical plasmas, and scientific computing, so there is a good chance of appointing a strong candidate from one of these areas.

The position is offered at Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Reader level, according to experience (approximately equivalent to the Assistant Professor to Professor range). The closing date is 6th October 2019.

For details please see For further information, please contact Gunnar Hornig (

Funded PhD position at Aberystwyth University – closing date November 1st 2019

from Huw Morgan [September 16, 2019]

The Solar System Physics research group ( within the Physics Department of Aberystwyth University seeks high-quality candidates for a fully-funded PhD project in the field of Solar System Physics. The group has particular strengths in solar and solar atmospheric physics – modelling and observations. We will also consider applicants interested in the modelling of molecular spectral lines in the context of sunspots or exoplanetary atmospheres.

Applicants should realistically have a 2(i) degree or better at Masters level in Physics/Astronomy. Applicants from a computer science or mathematical background will also be considered. Funding rules require that applicants are UK residents. Applications are due by November 1st, 2019 for a January start. Applicants should follow the instructions at For initial enquiries and a discussion of possible projects, please contact Head of the group, Dr. Huw Morgan, by email:


from Richard Morton [September 16, 2019]

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) welcomes your application for a new solar scientist federal hire in the Solar & Terrestrial Physics group in Boulder, Colorado. The successful applicant will work with new and advanced solar observations such as those from the GOES-R series Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI), Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS) and future Space Weather Follow On (SWFO), and extremely valuable archives of solar irradiance and imagery observed by satellites and solar radio observations from ground stations. Your efforts will help ensure NOAA continues to create high value products and services that are used in critical space weather forecasting applications to protect life and property, and are widely leveraged by the international research community inspiring Research to Operations and Operations to Research. This position has significant potential for efficient advancement from a ZP3 to a ZP4 level position. All interested persons are welcome to apply using the URL below.

A tenure-track faculty position in Solar Physics at New Mexico State University

from James McAteer [September 12, 2019]

The Department of Astronomy at New Mexico State University invites applications for a new tenure-track faculty position in solar physics, with a focus on diagnosing the fundamental physical conditions in the Sun’s atmosphere through spectropolarimetry. The successful candidate will seek to establish and maintain an active teaching and research program that will contribute to the current solar and space sciences research and education program at NMSU in the advancement of new analytical tools in order to extract physical plasma parameters of the solar atmosphere (magnetic fields, velocities, thermodynamic quantities) from existing and future observational data.

The candidate will identify how their skills, background, and training are aligned to these objectives in spectropolarimetry. Examples include instrumentation, providing simulations for inversions, writing inversion codes, adding to existing codes, or running codes to extract plasma parameters. The successful candidate will have demonstrable synergies with faculty within the Department, and proposed research programs that connect with national observatories, including DKIST, the DST, or proposed facilities such as COSMO.

All applications must be submitted through the following link: .

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is November 1, 2019. Questions about the application process or the position should be addressed to: Dr. James McAteer, Chair, Faculty Search Committee,

JOB OPENINGS: Postdoctoral Fellow Positions at the University of Helsinki, Space Physics Group, Finland

from Minna Palmroth [September 11, 2019]

The Space Physics Group at the University of Helsinki, Department of Physics, is a leading research group specialised both in observations and modelling of space plasmas. We develop the unique global hybrid-Vlasov simulation Vlasiator to investigate the near-Earth space in ion kinetic scales utilising hybrid-Vlasov methods.

We are now opening several postdoctoral fellow positions funded through a European Research Council Consolidator grant, and the Academy of Finland. The positions are focussed on both developing Vlasiator as well as utilising it in investigating kinetic plasma processes (magnetic reconnection and shocks), and coupling with the ionosphere; both from electron and ion perspectives. The applicant should have a PhD in space physics or other relevant field. Other useful skills include: using/developing numerical simulations, Python, C++, data analysis, supercomputer environments.

We are a highly dynamic and international research group, working together as a team in a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere. The selected fellows will have excellent opportunities to network and to develop as a researcher. The 2-year positions are available immediately. The deadline for applications is 18.10.2019.

For more information, please visit:

For specifics about the positions, contact Professor Minna Palmroth (minna.palmroth(at) Interested candidates should send their informal application, CV, list of publications, and a maximum of three names to act as references to Mila.Hyytinen(at), and cc: Minna.Palmroth(at)

CASE Call Information

from Georgina Bennett [September 9, 2019]


The 2019 Industrial CASE studentship competition opened on Friday 9 August 2019.
Call closes: 16:00 hrs on Thursday 3 October 2019

The STFC Industrial CASE scheme provides an opportunity to apply for additional studentships. The studentships come with extra funding (compared with standard studentships) for both the university and the student.

The scheme provides support for students to work in collaboration with a non-academic partner on projects that fall within the STFC core science programme in astronomy, particle physics, nuclear physics and accelerator science; or that aim to apply technologies or techniques developed within the programme into other areas.

We also support Industrial CASE-Plus studentships. Industrial CASE Plus extends the Industrial CASE studentship with the student spending a further year working full-time on the premises of the non-academic partner as an employee.

Non-academic partners in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) no longer need to make a contribution to the host university or to the student’s stipend. These contributions – £1,400 to the university and £2,760 to the student – will be provided by STFC. SMEs would still be expected to fund the additional accommodation and travel costs associated with attending the non-academic partner and additional expenses incurred due to the use of equipment and facilities.

In addition, STFC will, for all CASE studentships, provide an enhancement to the student stipend of £1,615 (compared with other STFC studentships).

There is one round each year and the next closing date is 3 October 2019. This Call is for students starting on 1 October 2020.

Departments also have the flexibility to convert any of their normal Doctoral Training Partnership studentships into CASE studentships, attracting the additional funding from STFC mentioned above. For further details about CASE studentships and how to apply please visit our webpage.

International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science (University of Göttingen, Germany) – PhD Positions in Solar System Science

from Dr. Sonja Schuh [September 9, 2019]

The International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science at the University of Göttingen in Germany (Solar System School) offers a research-oriented doctoral programme covering the physical aspects of Solar system science. It is jointly run by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) and the University of Göttingen. Research at the MPS covers three main research areas: “Sun and Heliosphere”, “Solar and Stellar Interiors” and “Planets and Comets”. Solar System School students collaborate with leading scientists in these fields and graduates are awarded a doctoral degree from the renowned University of Göttingen or, if they choose, another university.

The Solar System School is open to students from all countries and offers an international three-year PhD programme in an exceptional research environment with state-of-the-art facilities on the Göttingen Campus. Successful applicants will be offered a three-year doctoral support contract as well as post-doc wrap-up funding.

The language of the structured graduate programme is English, with German language courses offered (optional). The programme includes an inspiring curriculum of scientific lectures and seminars as well as advanced training workshops and provides a relocation cost subsidy and travel funds to attend international conferences.

Applicants to the Solar System School should have a keen interest in Solar system science and a record of academic excellence. They must have, or must be about to obtain, an M.Sc. degree or equivalent in physics, earth sciences or a related field, including a written Masters thesis, and must document a good command of the English language.

Applicants can register immediately at the online application portal.
Applications should be submitted between October 1 and November 1.
The School will contact the referees named by the candidate upon submission of the application and will ask referees to submit their letters through the online portal no later than November 10.
To start your application, please see the following pages:

Solar System School
Call for Applications 2019
Frequently Asked Questions
List of Open PhD Projects
Online Application Portal

Tenure-Track Assistant Astronomer in Solar Physics at the Institute for Astronomy, Hawaii

from Richard Morton [September 1, 2019]

The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) is pleased to announce the availability of a tenure-track faculty position in Solar Physics, at the Assistant level. Candidates in all specialties are encouraged to apply. However, preference will be given to candidates with expertise in theory/modeling to complement the IfA solar group’s current expertise. The position will be initially funded by a grant from the NSF Faculty Development in the Space Sciences (FFDSS) Program. Applicants should have an ability to lead and support a research program involving students and postdocs, and an ability to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This faculty position will be located at the IfA-Manoa site in Honolulu, Hawaii. The anticipated start date is January 2020. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The IfA is heavily involved in experimental, observational, data analysis and modeling investigations of the magnetized solar atmosphere of the Sun, starting from the solar surface and expanding outwards to form the corona and the solar wind. Members of the solar group consist of three tenured faculty, one tenure-track junior faculty, and a research scientist. By capitalizing on their unique expertise, they are engaged in exploring the different facets of solar magnetism, and its role in the dynamics of the solar atmosphere. With the expected first light of the Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) in 2020, and with the two first light instruments being designed and built by two members of the group, the IfA solar group is in a strong position to achieve excellence. Furthermore, IfA scientists have guaranteed observing time on DKIST. The IfA Solar group also maintains a close collaboration with the NSO Maui Solar Group.  It is within this environment that this group is seeking to expand its diversity and synergy by complementing their strength with a junior faculty appointment.

Although the IfA operates its astronomical research facilities on three different islands (Oahu, Maui and Hawai’i), these are tightly integrated into an efficient and broad astrophysics program. The immediate proximity of graduate students, a diverse astrophysical research facility, and the observatories (even on different islands) are invaluable resources for all IfA scientists, postdocs and students.

Our program, which focuses on a critical-mass faculty and a recently growing number of graduate and undergraduate students engaged in solar research, is designed to have a broad educational impact as we develop a premier center for solar and space physics education in the US. UH is a minority serving higher education institution. Our proposed program will have a significant impact on UH’s undergraduate as well as graduate programs. The engagement of solar faculty in the undergraduate program gives them direct access to a highly diverse group of students, with significant representation from minorities and under-represented groups. Direct involvement with the IfA’s graduate program, together with plans for a new graduate course in solar and heliospheric physics, solar faculty can engage graduates in the different aspects of solar research, ranging from instrumentation, to DKIST, data analysis and modeling.

The duties of the incumbent will consist primarily of leading a novel research program in solar physics research, preferably in theory and modeling, teaching at least one graduate or undergraduate course per year, and participating in the academic and scientific life of the IfA. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics, Space Physics and/or Astrophysics, or closely related areas, with at least two years of postdoctoral experience related to Solar and Space Physics and successful research experience as demonstrated by accomplishments, publications, and letters of recommendation.

TO APPLY:  Please upload a curriculum vitae (including bibliography) and a 5-year research plan using AcademicJobsOnline,  Also please arrange for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded to the same website. All applications must be received by 5:00 pm on September 30, 2019.  Letters of recommendation should be received by the same date and time.

INQUIRIES:  Please email Prof. Shadia Habbal at with any questions. Note that letters of recommendation should be uploaded to the aforementioned web address.

The University of Hawaiʻi is an  Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, domestic or sexual violence victim status, national guard absence, or status as a covered veteran.

Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, annual campus crime statistics for the University of Hawai’i may be viewed at:, or a paper copy may be obtained upon request from the respective UH Campus Security or Administrative Services Office.

Accommodation Request:  The University of Hawai’i complies with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the EEO coordinator directly.  Determination on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.  For further information, please refer to the following link:

The University of Hawai’i does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, national origin, or disability in its programs and activities.  For more information or inquiries regarding these policies, please refer to the following link:

QUEST PhD position at the Leibniz-Institute for Solar Physics (KIS)

from Richard Morton [September 1, 2019]

Applications are invited for a PhD position at the Leibniz-Institute for Solar Physics (KIS) in Freiburg, Germany, available from January 1, 2020.

The candidate will be working in the QUEST-project (QUiet-Sun Event STatistics), a junior research group funded by the Leibniz association and led by Dr. Catherine Fischer. 
This project characterises the quiet-sun magnetic field by studying observational signatures of events such as for example flux cancelation, convective collapse and granular buffeting of magnetic elements. Taking advantage of multi-instrument data sets and building up statistics of these events by correlating the changes of physical parameters will provide a comprehensive picture of these processes from the photosphere to the higher solar atmosphere. The project will thereby fully exploit the available multi- instrument data of Hinode,  SDO, IRIS, new high-resolution data from GREGOR as well as the DKIST data coming online in 2020. More information can be found at the project webpage (

KIS is a foundation of public law of the State of Baden-Württemberg and a member of the Leibniz Association. Its mission is to perform fundamental astrophysical research with an emphasis on solar physics. Current research foci include the dynamic solar atmosphere, the sun amongst stars, and Instruments, Techniques, Data Analysis and Data Dissemination. KIS operates the German solar facilities at the Teide Observatory on Tenerife, including the 1.5m GREGOR solar telescope to carry out observations at visible and near-infrared wavelengths, and pursues a forefront instrument development program including solar adaptive optics and high precision polarimetry. Further information can be obtained via the web page of the Institute (

Applicants should have a master’s degree in physics (preferentially in the area of solar physics) or computer science. Candidates need to be fluent in Python and ideally also in IDL. Experience in machine learning coding is of benefit.

KIS is committed to be a workplace free from discrimination, with equal opportunities for all.
 The appointment will be for a term of 3 years (provided the candidates successfully completes the 6 months probation period according to German regulation). The salary and benefits are according to the rules for government employees of the State of Baden-Württemberg (TV-L).

The application should include a curriculum vitae, if applicable a list of publications, and a cover letter in the context of the QUEST project. Please describe in the cover letter how your experience matches the project goals. Please arrange for two reference letters including contact details for further inquiry to be sent directly by the referees to with the keyword ‘QUEST PhDʼ in the email subject. The selection of candidates will start after October 20, 2019 until the position is filled. Please send your application via email to with the keyword ‘QUEST PhDʼ in the email subject. Questions regarding the position should be sent to Dr. Catherine Fischer at

JOB OPENING: Space Physicist in Machine Learning and Space Weather

from Richard Morton [September 1, 2019]

OPENING: Space Physicist in Machine Learning and Space Weather
From: Paul Loto’aniu (paul.lotoaniu at

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder has an immediate opening for a Space Physicist. This position supports NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) in work related to the magnetometers (MAG) on the GOES-R mission satellites. The physicist will develop machine learning techniques for satellite data correction algorithms and for space weather research. The position is initially for one year, with up to two additional years depending on performance and availability of funding. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Series-R (GOES-R) is NOAA’s next generation of geostationary weather satellites, which include a complement of space weather sensors to monitor the local space environment and the Sun. Two of the GOES-R satellites have been launched and are now called GOES-16 and GOES-17.

A Masters or Ph.D. in a hard science, mathematics, or statistics with an emphasis on machine learning, statistics, space physics, astrophysics, geophysics, or, similar scientific discipline. Extensive experience in time-series analysis. Knowledge of Python, IDL, Matlab or other high-level programming languages.

Experience using TensorFlow, Torch, Theano, Caffe, Neon, the IBM Machine Learning Stack or similar frameworks. Research or course work in Machine Learning (ML), Research or course work in space physics, Understanding of magnetospheric physics and/or the geomagnetic field, Experience working with spacecraft science data, Experience using cloud services such as AWS.

Apply at:

For further information contact Dr. Paul Loto’aniu (