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George Doschek Chosen to Write Solar Physics Memoir for 2021

from Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi [June 1, 2020]

We are pleased to announce that George Doschek has been selected to write the Solar Physics Memoir for 2021. Early in his career at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Dr. Doschek became established as an authority on the Sun’s X-ray flare spectrum. As a Project Scientist on the US Department of Defense P78-1 Space Test Program, George designed new generation spectrometers that were able to resolve all the important lines in solar flare X-ray spectra. Subsequently, in collaboration with UK and Japanese colleagues, he proposed a state-of-the-art EUV imaging spectrometer (Extreme-ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer (EIS)) that is onboard the Hinode spacecraft. In addition to his research activities, George, for much of his career at NRL, managed one of the world’s strongest solar physics groups, with three members including himself being awarded the Hale prize of the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society. The memoir series has three main goals: (1) to honor colleagues for distinguished careers, (2) to provide long-term personal perspectives on solar science; and (3) to help educate younger members of the community. The selection committee is chaired by Ed Cliver and includes Peng-Fei Chen, Jim Klimchuk, K.D. Leka, Eric Priest, Kazunari Shibata, Sami Solanki, Astrid Veronig, and Michael Wheatland. Please contact any of them with suggestions for next year’s honoree.

Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi [] and Ed Cliver []

Preparation of DKIST proposals

from Mihalis Mathioudakis [May 27, 2020]

The National Solar Observatory has recently announced the first call for proposals for observations that will be obtained during the DKIST Operations and Commission Phase.

Queen’s University Belfast is coordinating with the National Solar Observatory to support UK scientists who wish to use the instrument performance calculators as part of the proposal preparation process. For more information please contact Thomas Rees-Crockford or Mihalis Mathioudakis

Call for Applications to STFC Advisory Bodies and Peer Review Panels, 2020

from Astrolists [May 18, 2020]

Dear all,

Every year, a number of vacancies become available on STFC’s advisory bodies and peer review panels. These bodies perform a vital function for STFC, providing advice and guidance that aids our strategic direction and supports our decision-making processes.

Members of our advisory bodies and panels have the opportunity to influence STFC’s strategy, policies, and funding decisions, as well as guiding STFC to most effectively develop the societal impact of our investments and best support our research and innovation communities. Members will also be able to expand their professional networks and explore a wide range of challenges related to investment in UK science and engineering.

We are committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). In addition to our broader UKRI position on EDI, STFC continues to develop a range of measures and objectives around EDI. The diversity of our panels is one of our key foci. We would like to encourage everyone to consider this opportunity. We would also urge colleagues to share these details with everyone in their networks and teams – including any specific diversity networks that exist within your institution.

Tow view and apply for positions across a broad range of available panels and committees, please visit the STFC Call for Applications page.

The specific requirements for each vacancy are clearly listed, and all applications will be assessed via an appropriate review process, according to the listed requirements.

We are seeking applications from academia, government, industry and ‘third sector’ communities (including charities) relevant to STFC’s grant programmes, and from the communities supported by STFC facilities. Submissions from scientists who are STFC employees are also welcome. Irrespective of career stage, members of STFC advisory panels and peer review bodies are expected to have in-depth knowledge of their disciplinary remits, a clear track record of achievement, and a good understanding of the wider UK and international context in their field.

This is an annual call and, as a result, membership may commence at different times. For all committees, members will be appointed for three years unless otherwise stated. Please note, you can make a self-application only.

Many Thanks,

STFC Programmes Directorate

Space Weather Instrumentation, Measurement, Modelling and Risk (SWIMMR) SPF – Project S4

from Natasha Jeffrey [May 14, 2020]

STFC would like to invite proposals relating to the improvement of forecasting techniques for solar wind propagation from the Sun to the Earth. This topic forms part of the UKRI Space Weather Instrumentation, Measurement, Modelling and Risk (SWIMMR; which is funded as part of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF).

SWIMMR is managed jointly by STFC and NERC. The SWIMMR programme has been allocated a budget of ~£20M. The UK Met Office will be the end user of models and instruments developed in SWIMMR.

The maximum amount of STFC funding available for this call is £450,000. UKRI’s funding contribution for proposed projects will be at 80% of FEC (with the standard exceptions paid at 100% FEC). Indexation at the prevailing rate will be applied at the time of award. Projects will start on 1st October 2020 (at the latest) and end by 31st March 2023.

Full proposals must be submitted via the Research Council’s Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) system ( by 16.00 on 11 June 2020. If any intending applicants are unable to meet this deadline due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, they should contact STFC as soon as possible (see below).

Full details of the call, including the application process, eligibility requirements, assessment process and criteria are provided in the S4 Announcement of opportunity on the STFC website.

Please note that this Call is for Project S4 only. The Calls for Projects S5 and S6 will go live later this year.

For any enquiries, please contact:
Sarah Garlick, Senior Programme Manager, STFC Programmes Directorate: or Ian McCrea, SWIMMR Senior Programme Manager, RAL Space:

ESPD Media of the Month: May 2020

from Natasha Jeffrey [May 14, 2020]

The ESPD is proud to announce the winning entry of its “Media of the Month” contest for May 2020: the image The Solar Chromosphere at the highest possible resolution, by Vasco Henriques and Ainar Drews (University of Oslo).

The image can be found here:

The contest is running every month, so please submit your best images or videos by the end of this month to be considered for June 2020!

Pre-announcement: DiRAC Resource Allocation Committee 13th Call for Proposals

from Astrolists [May 13, 2020]

Pre-announcement: DiRAC Resource Allocation Committee 13th Call for Proposals

The DiRAC Resource Allocation Committee 13th Call for Proposals will be opening shortly. The UK theory and modelling communities in Astronomy and Cosmology, Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Nuclear Physics will be invited to apply for computational resources on the STFC DiRAC HPC Facility.

The deadline for proposal submissions to the 13th Call will be as follows:

• Technical Case deadline: Tuesday 4th August 2020 17:00 UK time
• RSE Support deadline: Tuesday 4th August 2020 17:00 UK time
• Full proposal submission deadline: Thursday 1st October 2020 17:00 UK time

Please note that all applicants must submit a technical case by the 4th August deadline, otherwise a full proposal submission will not be accepted.
Successful awards will be scheduled to begin on 1st April 2021.

All proposal types will be accepted at this call, including Research Software Engineering Support. Seedcorn proposals can be submitted at any time

The application forms and guidance notes, plus descriptions of the DiRAC services will be available at shortly.

Technical case and RSE support webinars:
To assist applicants in the preparation of technical cases and RSE support requests, DiRAC will be running two webinars for potential applicants as follows:

• Technical case webinar: Wednesday 3rd June 2020.

DiRAC Webinar: The RAC Technical Assessment
1400 BST, Wed 3 June 2020
Andy Turner, EPCC, The University of Edinburgh
Join at:

In this webinar we will introduce the DiRAC RAC Technical Assessment (TA) form and process. We will walk through a sample completed TA form explaining what details are required and why to help you prepare for the recently opened DiRAC RAC call. We will also describe the TA process and what you can expect from your technical reviewer.

There will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and questions throughout the webinar.

• RSE Support webinar: Wednesday 10th June 2020.

DiRAC Webinar: Applying for RSE Support
1400 BST, Wed 10 June 2020
Andy Turner, EPCC, The University of Edinburgh
Join at:

The DiRAC Research Software Engineering (RSE) team provides support for improving software running on DiRAC facilities. These improvements can cover a range of different areas, including: adding new functionality, improving the sustainability of the software, understanding and investigating performance issues, optimising the performance and improving the scalability.

In this webinar we will describe how DiRAC researchers can access support from the RSE team to improve their research using DiRAC facilities and what support they can expect. As well as the main presentation, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.


Enquiries should be directed as follows:

• RAC process and remit: STFC Swindon Office (
• Technical questions: Technical Working Group
• Direct allocations or discretionary requests: DiRAC Director,
Prof Mark Wilkinson (

The next UK-SOSS talk will be held on 19th of May, 11:00 am (UK time)

from Marianna Korsos [May 11, 2020]

We are happy to announce that we upgraded the UK-SOSS zoom licence for a large meeting option (500 participants). Please find the new zoom link and the meeting-ID below.

The 3rd seminar will be held on: 19th of May, 2020, 11:00 am (UK time)
Speaker: Prof. Anthony Yeates (Durham University)
Title: Where do solar eruptions come from?
Zoom link:
Meeting ID 953 3817 1418

An oft-quoted idea in solar physics is that coronal mass ejections are, fundamentally, the Sun’s way of shedding the magnetic helicity that is continually generated by its interior flows. In this talk, I will show how models are helping to give us a handle on the build up of magnetic helicity in the corona (the Sun’s lower atmosphere): how much is injected, where it collects, and how it is ultimately ejected. This requires time-evolving coronal magnetic field models as well as new tools for analysing the distribution of magnetic helicity.

The 4th seminar will be held on: 16th of June, 2020, 11:00 am (UK time)
Speaker: Prof Mitchell Berger (University of Exeter)
Title: Magnetic helicity: decompositions and methods of localization
Zoom link:
Meeting ID 953 3817 1418

Magnetic helicity is an ideal MHD invariant; it measures geometric and topological properties of a magnetic field. The talk will begin by reviewing helicity and its mathematical properties. It can be decomposed in several ways (for example, self and mutual helicity, Fourier spectra, field line helicity, linking, twist, and writhe). The talk will also review methods of measuring the helicity flux, as well as applications in solar and stellar astrophysics.
I will then discuss some new developments in measuring localized concentrations of helicity in a well-defined, gauge invariant manner, using wavelets.

You can subscribe to the UK-SOSS newsletter on this link:

The Zoom link is supported by Aberystwyth University and Queen’s University Green Fund

Marianna Korsos, JiaJia Liu and Chris Nelson


New UKSP Nugget #109

from Iain Hannah [May 18, 2020]

109. Kink oscillations of sigmoid coronal loops
by Norbert Magyar and Valery M. Nakariakov (Warwick)

Diagnostics of free magnetic energy?


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

Iain Hannah and Lyndsay Fletcher

Two new RHESSI Science Nuggets

from Hugh Hudson [May 12, 2020]

No. 378, “Rejuvenating Solar Flare Termination Shocks as Particle Accelerators,” by Bin CHEN: At last, clear evidence for a long-predicted phenomenon.

No. 379, “Quasi-periodic pulsations as indicators of oscillatory processes in solar flare,” by Elena Kupriyanova et al.: Many, many QPPs

We welcome contributions to the RHESSI Nuggets, and the topics may wander some distance away from specifically RHESSI results if they are generally interesting. See for these and others. Comments about specific flares can be found by searching for their SOLyyyy-mm-dd identifier from this home page.

Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools:

16th Pencil Code User Meeting 2020

from Simon Candelaresi [May 22, 2020]

The Pencil Code User Meeting is an annual meeting dedicated to the Pencil Code. The purpose of the meeting is to bring regular users and core developers together to discuss scientific and technical progress since the last meeting, to instigate collaborative projects and to allow new users to learn more about the code and to interact with other users and developers. The Pencil Code Meeting 2020 will be held in virtually using Zoom.

The Pencil Code is a multipurpose code for massively parallel computing. It includes optionally hydrodynamics, magnetic fields, radiation, ionization, multi-species dust dynamics with coagulation, self-gravity and particles. It is developed and maintained under Git version control by around 78 people with check-in permission. Until now more than 30,000 updates and commits have been made by the developers. With more than 527 papers referring to the Pencil Code it has been very successful. The code is tested nightly on several platforms and provides an excellent pedagogical tool for professional scientists as well as students to implement new code within an organized framework.

Here are some example topics that the meeting aims at covering:
– Recent science results obtained with the Pencil Code
– Physics recently added to the code, such as particle collisions
– Recently added visualization techniques, such as on-the-fly 3D rendering and spherical slices
– Technical issues
– Post processing routines
– Particles in turbulence and convection
– Future improvements to the code

The 17th European Space Weather Week (ESWW17/ESWW2020) is Postponed to 01-05 November 2021.

from Mario M. Bisi [May 14, 2020]

Dear Colleagues.

With the ongoing uncertainties around the current COVID-19 pandemic, and now with concerns regarding second and third peaks in some countries, the PC in conjunction with the LOC Core Team have taken the decision to postpone the 17th European Space Weather Week (ESWW17/ESWW2020) to 01-05 November 2021. Therefore, the 17th European Space Weather Week will now be known as ESWW2021. We will now look forward to welcoming you all to Glasgow in November 2021.

With regards to the current preparations – PC Working Group leads will be in touch separately regarding work undertaken to-date in preparation for the 17th ESWW.

In addition, we are looking at some possibilities of having a European Space Weather online meeting in November 2020 – and this will be completely separate from the ESWW series. We will make any announcements about this in due course. The ESWW medals will also still be going ahead for 2020 – so again – please watch for announcements regarding those too.

Finally, we want to thank everyone who took the time to complete our questionnaire last week – this was very helpful in assisting us in making the decision to postpone by one year – and to wish you all well and hope that you remain safe for however much longer this pandemic lasts.

All the best, and see you in Glasgow 01-05 November 2021,

PC Chair
LOC Vice Chair
(on behalf of the PC and LOC for ESWW17/ESWW2021)

Hinode-14 / IRIS-11 Meeting New Dates: May 24 – 27, 2021

from Natasha Jeffrey [May 14, 2020]

The new dates for the Hinode-14 / IRIS-11 Meeting will be May 24-27, 2021.

Location: Washington, D.C., USA.

For more details:


Virtual RHESSI Workshop in July 2020

from Natasha Jeffrey [May 14, 2020]

Because of the difficulties in holding the originally scheduled RHESSI 19 Workshop in a face-to-face format during the 2020 calendar year, the SOC and LOC have made the difficult decision to postpone this Workshop until 2021. However, in order to keep the community involved and up to date with exciting developments in several areas, we are planning to hold a 2-day virtual (on-line) meeting on Monday-Tuesday, July 7-8, 2020 (the dates of the originally scheduled workshop). This virtual workshop (“RHESSI 18.5”) will be held via Webex from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Eastern time both days; more details, including the meeting schedule, will be posted at

So, please re-mark your calendars, and I hope to see you online in July!

Gordon Emslie
RHESSI Workshop Convenor

Online Summer School for Time Domain Science – Applications now being accepted, deadline 1st July 2020

from Astrolists [May 12, 2020]

Online Summer School for Time Domain Science

Applications are now being accepted for the online GROWTH astronomy school “The Dynamic Universe at all Wavelengths”. The school will include live webinars and interactive virtual workshops scheduled on Aug 17-21, 2020.

This school is designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students with strong research interests in time-domain astronomy.

Selected candidates will be introduced to a wide range of observational techniques and data analysis tools for transient follow up at X-ray, UV, optical, infrared and radio wavelengths.

The 5-day program will engage students via live webinars (lectures and discussions) that introduce a topic, followed by live interactive workshops during which students will work with Python notebooks and data from observatories from around the world.

To learn more and apply, go to

The application deadline is July 1st, 2020.

The educational resources from previous GROWTH schools are available on our website at .

GROWTH ( Global Relay of Observatories Watching Transients Happen) is an international collaboration in astronomy led by Caltech that conducts frontier research in time-domain astronomy.

Questions can be sent to

WISA meeting 2020 (Northumbria, UK) – Postponed

from Richard Morton [May 12, 2020]

Dear Colleagues,

As has happened with so many meetings, we are unfortunately postponing the Waves & Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere (WISA) 2020 meeting that was due to take place at Northumbria University, UK.

We will be looking at potential dates later this year or next year. A further announcement will be made in the near future.

Best wishes,

Richard Morton (on behalf of the LOC and SOC)

UPDATE: STFC Introductory Solar System Plasmas Summer School 2020 will be an ONLINE meeting

from Natasha Jeffrey [May 11, 2020]

This year’s STFC Introductory Summer School will be an online meeting.

It was due take place in Birmingham from 24 – 28 August. However, owing to COVID-19, an in-person meeting is no longer possible (University restrictions mean we can no longer run face-to-face conferences/events at that time). Having consulted with STFC, we are therefore switching to online delivery. Whilst the change is far from ideal, it will ensure this year’s cohort of new PhD students do not miss out entirely. We will do our best to maintain the interactive and mixing/networking elements that are such an important part of the School.

We will provide further details soon, including the full programme of lectures, how to register, and information on the platform for delivery.

Registration will be free for all delegates, and will open in early June.

Bill Chaplin, on behalf of the LOC

Virtual EGU “Theory and simulation of space plasmas” sessions 6th/7th May

from Natasha Jeffrey [May 4, 2020]

Due to the COVID situation and the cancellation of the EGU, our session on “Theory and Simulations of space plasmas” has been converted into a Zoom session. All are welcome to attend.

The sessions are on the mornings of Wednesday 6th May and Thursday 7th May, both 8 am to 12 noon.

There is a wide range of talks covering: Turbulence and reconnection; the Solar Wind; the Sun

See programme and Zoom links at

Best regards,
Philippa Browning, Jorg Buechner, Gianni Lapenta and Shangbin Yang


Research Fellow in Solar and/or Magentospheric Physics (University of St Andrews, UK)

from Alan Hood [June 3, 2020]

The Solar and Magnetospheric Theory Group has an opening for a Research Fellow to work in the field of solar or magnetospheric physics. Funded by an STFC Consolidated Grant, this project will mainly be on a research topic in collaboration with members of the research group. Applications are sought from all areas of solar and magnetospheric physics. However, preference may be given to applicants with interests in (i) coronal heating and (ii) coronal magnetic field modelling.

For informal enquiries about this post, please contact either Alan Hood on awh at or Ineke De Moortel on ineke.demoortel at

Further details about the Solar and Magnetospheric Theory Group can be found at

Salary: £33,797 – £38,017 per annum
Closing Date: 03 July 2020

For more details and applications:

JOB OPENING: Solar Energetic Particles Scientist at Community Coordinated Modeling Center (NASA/GSFC)

from Leila Mays [May 21, 2020]

The Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC, at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is seeking a Heliophysics scientist with a background in Solar Energetic Particles (or related) to work full time and to be employed as a contractor.

At CCMC, we provide simulation services (Runs on Request) from a unique collection of space science and space weather models developed by the international research community. As one of Heliosphere/SEP domain scientists, the person hired would be responsible for installing models, performing testing, preparing models for Runs on Request, and maintaining the installations (see

The selected candidate would work closely with the model developers throughout this process. Another responsibility of the domain scientist is to answer questions from the community about model usage and to advise them on simulation settings that will enable them to reach their scientific goals. CCMC domain scientists are also typically involved in model validation and community leadership activities, and typically spend up to 20% of their time on other research projects (preferably related to CCMC work) to maintain scientific standing. If you enjoy working in a cross disciplinary team, working with the scientific community, and would like to make a lasting impact on the heliophysics science community, you should join our team.

The selected candidate will be resident at the NASA/GSFC in Greenbelt, Maryland, and be employed as a contractor via an existing cooperative agreement. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

The position is full-time and includes full benefits. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. For full consideration, submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Leila Mays ( Informal inquiries are welcomed.

Lecturer in Radio Spectrum Physics and Engineering

from Marianna Korsos [May 19, 2020]

Lecturer in Radio Spectrum Physics and Engineering

As part of the continued development of Physics and Engineering at Aberystwyth University, we are looking to appoint a Lecturer in Radio Spectrum Physics and Engineering, with appropriate expertise and experience to develop an independent research programme, to contribute to the department’s teaching and research portfolio and to develop new master’s level provision in Radio Spectrum Physics.

The successful candidate will enjoy considerable scope to shape the direction of the scheme in line with their expertise. They would be joining a diverse, vibrant and dynamic department that focuses on delivering high quality teaching and research with impact.

The successful candidate will also contribute to the development of the new National Spectrum Centre that will research, develop and test the next generation of spectrum-dependent systems and applications needed by the UK, whilst creating new high value jobs for Wales. The aim of this new facility for the UK is to create an ecosystem between government, industry and academia to train the next generation of scientists and engineers.

The post is initially fixed-term for one year with a focus on the development of master’s level provision through a new MSc in Radio Spectrum Physics and Engineering. The successful candidate will also be responsible for developing, maintaining and delivering their own area of research within the remit of the department and faculty, and also seek external funding.

The successful candidate will be an educator and researcher with experience of teaching within Higher Education, and hold a PhD in a relevant area of physics or engineering.

To make an informal enquiry, please contact Professor Andrew Evans on

Postdoctoral position in theoretical and computational space plasma physics

from Vadim Roytershteyn [May 18, 2020]

The Space Science Institute (SSI) invites applications for a position of Postdoctoral Research Scientist in computational and theoretical plasma physics. The selected candidate will take a leading role in a research project focused on modeling of large-scale structure of electron distribution function in the solar wind. The candidate will have opportunity to contribute to other ongoing projects, including modeling of collisionless shock waves in multi-component plasmas using particle-in-cell methods or development of advanced numerical methods for modeling of kinetic behavior of plasma. The initial appointment is for 1 year, renewable for up to 3 years upon satisfactory performance and continued availability of funds.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in space plasma physics or related fields is required prior to the start date of the position. Applicants should demonstrate the potential to publish high-quality research results in peer-reviewed journals, good communication skills, excellent work ethics, and the ability to work independently. Experience with numerical methods, high-performance computing, and/or strong background in plasma theory are highly desirable. Highly qualified candidates with background in related areas of physics or applied math will be considered.

This is a full-time position. SSI offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, and (after 1 year of service) 403(b) retirement plans. Remote employment may be an option. Please visit for more information.

To Apply: Please direct inquiries about the position to Dr. Vadim Roytershteyn , vroytershteyn AT Application materials should be submitted by email to ssihr AT and cc’d to vroyreshteyn AT spacescience dot org with “Attn: Dr. Roytershteyn” in the subject line. Please include a curriculum vitae, cover letter, statement of research (max 2 pages), and a minimum of 3 references (including names and contact information).

The Space Science Institute is a non-profit, public benefit corporation and operates as an equal opportunity employer. SSI headquarters are located in Boulder, CO, USA, but the selected candidate may have an option of remote employment (with supervisor approval). SSI has been a pioneer in remote employment, a mode that has been particularly conducive to our researchers for whom the traditional university or research center is not a viable option.

Research Fellow in Exoplanets and Solar/Stellar Physics

from Heather Cegla [May 8, 2020]

The University of Warwick seeks to appoint a motivated and driven Research Fellow within the Astronomy and Astrophysics Group. The initial appointment will be for 3 years (possibility for extension).

The successful candidate will work with Dr Cegla on the ‘Pathway to the Confirmation and Characterisation of Habitable Alien Worlds,’ supported by the UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship programme. They will characterise solar/stellar surface variability and measure the alignment between exoplanetary orbits and their host stars rotational spin-axis. In doing so, they will also spatially resolve distant stars, investigate stellar surface variability, determine stellar differential rotation across main sequence stars, and validate state-of-the-art solar/stellar simulations.

The Astrophysics group at Warwick is one of the UK’s leading exoplanet research groups (working closely with the Plasma Physics group), and provides an excellent environment for a motivated Research Fellow to further their scientific career. Some of the post holders time may be available for their own independent research, preferably in the area of exoplanets or stellar/solar physics within the Physics Department at Warwick. The University of Warwick strongly values equity, diversity and inclusion, and the Physics Department will provide a healthy working environment, dedicated to outstanding scientific guidance, mentorship and personal development. We are committed to individuals with care giving duties and can offer flexible working hours. Applications for a part-time position will be considered.

Deadline for applications is 23:59 GMT, 3 July 2020.

The anticipated start date is September/October 2020, but this is flexible.

For more details on candidate requirements/responsibilities and to apply, please see