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    AGP Community Report 2019

    from Astrolists [January 10, 2020]

    Please find below a link to the Chair’s Community Report for the 2019 Astronomy Grant round.

    AGP Community Report 2019

    A copy will also be added to the Astronomy Grant Panel Web page which can be found at:

    Kind regards

    Kim Burchell (Head of Astronomy Awards), Sent on behalf of the AGP Chair, Prof Jim Wild

    New mailing list for Data Science related topics

    from Natasha Jeffrey [January 2, 2020]

    Dear Colleagues,

    Following on from the recent Data Science for Physics and Astronomy scoping workshop, sponsored by the Alan Turing Institute, we have set up a community mailing list that will be used for data science related topics. This mailing list is DATASCIENCE-HEPASTRO@JISCMAIL.AC.UK in case you wish to send a mail to the community. If you would like to receive e-mail from this mailing list subscribe via:

    We also invite those of you who are actively interested in data science and machine learning to complete the following short survey so that we can better understand the level and breadth of interests across the community. This survey should take only take one or two minutes of your time to complete. If you are interested in taking the survey please follow the link below:

    Please note that we may share some information entered into this form with STFC.

    Best wishes,

    Adrian Bevan, Benjamin Joachimi and Darren Price

    Balance of Programme Exercise – PPAN evaluations

    from Sian Giles-Titcombe [December 20, 2019]

    Balance of Programme Exercise – PPAN evaluations

    The first STFC Balance of Programme exercise was published in 2017. This exercise looked at the balance of funding between the PPAN research disciplines – particle physics, nuclear physics, particle astrophysics, and astronomy – and the computing and accelerator programmes that complement those disciplines.

    The Balance of Programme process runs on a three-year cycle agreed by both Science Board and STFC’s Executive Board. To support the process, more detailed programme evaluations of the specific research disciplines are carried out. The purpose of the programme evaluations is to look at the portfolio and science strategy to define a balanced programme of excellent science within a realistic financial planning envelope for each scientific discipline.

    The evaluations:

    o provide detailed, standardised information and data on specific research disciplines
    o look at projects/experiments/facilities (the type of activity examined depends on the subject area) and outline scientific priorities within their area.
    o consider how to ensure projects for which STFC has supported construction are ensured appropriate support for exploitation and return on investment.
    o contain details of the potential consequences of a +/- 10% funding scenario over the next five years.

    These evaluations are all released simultaneously to feed into the Balance of Programme 2020 exercise, which will run from January – May 2020.

    As the programme evaluations were completed at different times over a two-year period, the Balance of Programme 2020 exercise will commence with STFC asking relevant advisory panels for any significant updates to the specific programme evaluations.

    The evaluation documents and accompanying updates will then be considered by Science Board in a series of Balance of Programme 2020 meetings in period February – May 2020. The conclusions of the exercise will be published on the STFC website upon completion of the work.

    The evaluations can be seen here:

    For further information on the Balance of Programmes 2020 exercise, please contact Karen Clifford (

    UK SKA Science Committee Membership Vacancies

    from Sian Giles-Titcombe [December 17, 2019]

    UK SKA Science Committee Membership Vacancies

    The UK SKA Science Committee is looking for new members to serve from the 1st February 2020 for two years following the end of its previous membership cycle. Eight positions are currently available.

    The committee meets approximately once every six weeks via teleconference, with additional meetings organised as and when required. The meetings offer a chance for members to hear the latest updates regarding progress on the SKA project and to feed this news back to their respective communities.

    They also provide an opportunity for members to lend input into how STFC and the SKA Organisation (SKAO) might facilitate closer engagement with the scientific community and better share information regarding SKA science to the public in the interests of boosting return on investment to the UK.

    The positions on the committee would be ideally suited for researchers, at any stage of their career, in the radio astronomy or related fields with links to the UK scientific community. In the interests of maximising inclusivity, we ask for no more than one member per University. The following universities are already represented: Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Portsmouth and South Wales. If you are located anywhere outside these universities, we would encourage you to nominate yourself, or one of your colleagues, for this role. Please do so by sending a paragraph of text outlining why you, or your nominated colleague, would be appropriate for the committee.

    For further information or to register your interest, please contact Hugh Alabaster on by Thursday the 16th of January 2020.


    Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools:

    Invitation for abstract submission, COSPAR D2.4/E3.4 Session: Sun-Heliosphere Connection Events: Origin, Propagation, Impact and Prediction.

    from Miho Janvier [January 16, 2020]

    COSPAR D2.4/E3.4 Session: Sun-Heliosphere Connection Events: Origin, Propagation, Impact and Prediction. Sydney, Australia, 15 – 22 August 2020

    Dear all,

    Please note the abstract submission deadline for the COSPAR D2.4/E3.4 session on February 14th 2020. Details of the session can be found below:

    The study of solar transients (CMEs-ICMEs, flares, shocks, SEPs, SIRs/CIRs) and how they impact on the Earth and other planets have made significant progress in the last decade, thanks to a suite of heliospheric spacecraft observations and high performance numerical MHD simulations and modeling. These advances enable to study the global evolution of CMEs and CIRs starting from the solar surface into interplanetary space and to planets. Data-driven 3D numerical simulation of solar transients has become a powerful tool for improving our understanding in the physical processes that can be used for event prediction. In this session we invite contributions based on models and/or observations of solar transients, covering the initiation of CMEs and flares, CME driven-shock formation, CME propagation in the heliosphere, interaction with the solar wind, the link between CMEs and SEPs, prediction of their characteristics (Bs, hit/miss, arrival times, impact speed, etc.) on Earth and other planets. This session particularly focuses on events and studies that address geo-effectiveness.

    Details can be found at .

    The abstract submission deadline is Feb. 14, 2020.

    Confirmed invitation speakers: Mike Wheatland (Univ. of Sydney, Australia), Lucie Green (MSSL, UK), Rui Liu (USTC, China), Georgios Chintzoglou (LMSAL, USA), Xueshang Feng (NSSC, China), Noe Lugaz (Univ. of New Hampshire, USA), Jasmina Magdalenic (ROB, Belgium), Spiro Antiochos (NASA/GSFC, USA), Ben Lynch (Univ. Berkeley, USA), Ryun Young Kwon (KASI, Korea), Qiang Hu (Univ. of Huntsville, USA), Daiko Shiota (NICT, Japan), Iwai Kazumasa (Nagoya Univ., Japan), Camila Scolini (ROB/KU-Leuven, Belgium), Ward Manchester (Univ. of Michigan, USA), Erika Palmerio (Univ. of Berkeley, USA), Sophie Murray (Dublin Inst. of Advanced Study, Ireland), Mateja Dumbovic (Univ. of Zagreb, Croatia), Nat Gopalswamy (NASA/GSFC, USA), Chenglong Shen (USTC, China)

    Scientific Organization Committee: Jie Zhang (George Mason Univ., USA) (Main Scientific Organizer), Miho Janvier (Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, France) (Deputy Organizer), Manuela Temmer (Univ. of Graz, Austria) (Deputy Organizer),
    Alessandro Bemporad (INAF Turin Astrophysical Observatory, Italy), Kyungsuk Cho (Korean Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Korea), Sergio Dasso (Instituto de Astronomía y Física del Espacio, Argentina), Jackie Davies (Science and Technology Facilities Council, United Kingdom), Emilia Kilpua (University of Helsinki, Finland), Kanya Kusano (Nagoya University, Japan), Spiro Patsourakos (University of Ioannina, Greece), Nandita Srivastava (Udaipur Solar Observatory, India), Bothmer Volker (University of Göttingen, Germany), Bojan Vrsnak (University of Zagreb, Croatia), Yuming Wang (University of Science of Technology of China, China)

    MSE:UK Science Workshop: Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge 25 – 27 March 2020 – Registration & Abstract Submission Now Open!

    from Astrolists [January 15, 2020]

    Announcement: MSE: UK Science Workshop: IoA, Cambridge, 25-27 March 2020

    Registration and abstract submission will be open from 15 Jan to 25 Feb 2020

    Meeting Website:

    Meeting Rationale:
    The Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE) is an 11.25-m telescope and dedicated multi-object spectroscopic (MOS) facility currently under development by an international consortium. It will provide critical follow-up for the next generation of all-sky multi-wavelength surveys in which the UK is currently heavily invested (e.g., LSST, Euclid, SKA).

    MSE represents a timely convergence of science and technology. By collecting over a million spectra of astronomical sources each month it will probe each of the major scientific challenges identified in the STFC Science and Technology Strategy (How did the Universe begin and what is its evolution? How do stars and planetary systems develop? What is the nature of dark matter and dark energy?) MSE will also require novel technology to produce a large-aperture telescope equipped with
    massively- multiplexed spectrographs.

    Meeting Goals:
    – Present the key science potential of MSE
    – Update the UK community on the current progress of MSE
    – Discuss possibilities for UK involvement in MSE
    – Provide an opportunity to interact with key members of the MSE project

    Invited speakers include those from the MSE project, and those involved in putting together the MSE Science Case.

    Meeting Details:
    The MSE:UK workshop will take place at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK – The meeting will run for three days commencing at 11:00 on the 25th and ending at 15:30 on the 27th March 2020.

    Attendance to the meeting is open to all interested in the MSE project, especially those working in the UK.

    There will be some (limited) travel support funding available for PhD students and early stage researchers.

    Looking forward to welcoming you all to Cambridge in March 2020.

    Nicholas Walton, Aprajita Verma and Ruben Sanchez-Janssen (on behalf of the organising committee)

    OPTICON Workshop on The Future of MOS Technologies – Registration Now Open

    from Astrolists [January 15, 2020]

    1st Announcement


    CSIC Office in Brussels, April 20-22, 2020

    We announce a three-day workshop of the EC-funded OPTICON network on the development of technologies to acquire the light from thousands of targets simultaneously, as it is planned for the 2020s and future generations of multi-object spectrographs (MOS). Massive spectroscopic surveys are essential to advance astrophysics and cosmology. They can address new fundamental knowledge, ranging from a complete understanding of the formation of the Milky Way to probing the nature of the mysterious dark energy. The technology required to enable large spectroscopic surveys is one of the most challenging in astronomical instrumentation: instruments need to be accurate, with micrometre positioning accuracy and repeatability; fast, to minimize overheads; robust, to minimize failure; and low cost. In recent years, new mechatronic devices have been developed to place thousands of high-throughput optical fibres at any given position on the focal plane. Other technologies subject to current R&D involve micro-mirror and micro-shutter arrays, programmable slit masks and, with increasing importance, photonics technologies (e.g., multi-core fibres, photonic lanterns, multiplexers, arrayed waveguide gratings).

    This event will provide an excellent opportunity to bring together experts from different areas and groups with the goal to:

    – Present current and future MOS instruments and facilities.
    – Discuss and share innovative ideas for the design and development of new MOS instrumentation.
    – Identify the key enabling technologies that will require active industrial development.
    – Recognise new techniques and manufacturing capabilities in the market.
    – Examine optimal target acquisition and positioning methods and algorithms.
    – Review unbiased estimators to account for MOS assignment strategies.

    The workshop will comprise invited and contributed talks. Invited review talks will help set the scene, and will include more technical presentations on MOS systems for facilities currently under construction and development. We welcome contributions on, e.g., novel ideas, designs, developments, and results from currently built MOS facilities—including talks on ‘lessons learned’ from technology groups and science users. Industrial partners are encouraged to present their technical and manufacturing capabilities, as a key element in the development of future MOS instrumentation.

    Registration is now open and available at the conference website:

    The meeting has no registration fee.

    Key dates
    January 13: First announcement
    March 13: Abstract submission deadline
    April 1: Closing of registration (or when maximum capacity is reached)
    April 20-22: Workshop

    Venue: CSIC Office in Brussels (

    Audience size: 80 (max)

    Organisers: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC, Spain; & Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC, UK;

    Sponsors: OPTICON and CSIC

    This event will promote diversity and non-discrimination in all its forms: gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, and career status.

    Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere (WISA) Meeting – 2nd Announcement

    from Richard Morton [January 14, 2020]

    The first Waves and Instabilities in the Solar Atmosphere (WISA) meeting will be held in July 2020 from 27th to 30th at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.

    The Sun’s atmosphere provides a unique laboratory to examine many Magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) phenomenon that occur in magnetised plasmas. The WISA meetings are dedicated to progressing our understanding of MHD wave phenomenon; examining how they drive and contribute to the observed dynamics from the photosphere to corona, and how they can be exploited to probe plasma conditions.

    This meeting will focus on four key topics, namely:
    -Wave generation, energy transport, dissipation and heating
    -Seismology of solar and stellar atmospheres
    -Novel diagnostic techniques and forward modelling

    Invited Speakers:
    Elena Kupriyanova (Central Astronomical Observatory at Pulkovo)
    Tanmoy Samanta (Peking University)
    Mahboubeh Asgari-Targhi (Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian)
    Andrew Hillier (Exeter University)
    Dmitrii Kolotkov (Warwick University)
    Tobias Felipe (IAC)

    Please see for further information.

    Further details related to submission of scientific abstracts, registration and accommodation, will be released in February.

    For questions please contact Richard Morton (

    ST22 ‘MHD Wave Processes in the Solar Atmosphere’, AOGS 2020, final announcement

    from Viktor Fedun [January 14, 2020]

    We would like to draw your attention to the ST22 session: ‘MHD Wave Processes in the Solar Atmosphere’ in the framework of Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) conference.

    The 17th Annual AOGS will take place in Sono Belle Vivaldi Park, Hongcheon, South Korea, 28 Jun to 4 Jul 2020. Further details regarding abstract submission, registration, accommodation and relevant deadlines can be found on the meeting website:

    Abstract submission deadline is 21 January 2020.

    ST22 ‘MHD Wave Processes in the Solar Atmosphere’

    Dr Viktor Fedun (The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom),
    Dr Gary Verth (The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom),
    Dr Sergiy Shelyag (Deakin University, Australia),

    Session Description
    A wide and complex variety of solar magnetic configurations support the propagation of a wide range of MHD waves at different spatio-temporal scales. Thankfully, due to current (and near future) high resolution instruments (SST, DST, DIKIST, EST, COSMO, Solar Orbiter and Solar Probe) we have observational data with a quality newer achieved before. For a better understanding of observable signatures of MHD waves, associated plasma processes and to fully utilise the diagnostic capabilities of such high resolution observational instruments, the development of advanced mathematical models (analytical and numerical) is crucial. This session will provide a timely platform for joint discussions between world-leading experts, early career researchers and PhD students in the fields of solar observational analysis and numerical analytical / modelling, in order to exploit different approaches in the investigation of MHD plasma wave processes in the solar atmosphere. This session will cover the following research topics: Multi-scale (non-)linear MHD wave excitation and propagation; wave mode conversion; resonant absorption, turbulence and magnetic reconnection; coherent plasma motions (e.g. e.g., vortex, source/sink type motions and laminar flows); energy transport.

    With our Best Regards,
    Viktor Fedun, Sergiy Shelyag and Gary Verth

    Reminder: NAM2020 Call for Session Proposals – Deadline 17th January 2020 17:30 UTC

    from Astrolists [January 14, 2020]

    REMINDER: NAM2020 call for session proposals

    Dear all

    This is a reminder that the NAM2020 session proposal deadline is this Friday 17th Jan 2020 at 17:30 UTC. The original email containing the details of this call is below.

    The Royal Astronomical Society’s 2020 National Astronomy Meeting will be held at the University of Bath from Sunday 12th July to Friday 17th July, alongside the 200th anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS200).

    We now invite proposals for sessions to be held at NAM2020, and encourage members of the UK’s astronomy community from all levels of seniority to apply, including the UK Solar Physics (UKSP), Magnetosphere Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial (MIST) and the geophysics communities. Proposals are welcome for sessions and workshops covering all aspects of NAM, UKSP, geophysics and MIST science, including cross-discipline sessions. As well as hosting parallel sessions of varying duration, the conference will have space for collaborative meetings, half-day workshops and lunch sessions.

    We are keen to raise the profile of public engagement, diversity, and inclusion at NAM2020, and encourage proposals where engagement and diversity are embedded into the science content, in addition to dedicated sessions. We will also have a public-facing programme of activities as part of RAS200 celebrations, and applications to contribute to this programme are welcome.

    For more details and to access the online submission form please go to the following link

    The deadline for submitting parallel session proposals is Friday 17th Jan 2020 at 17:30 UTC.

    Best wishes,

    Dr Patricia Schady
    on behalf of the NAM2020 LOC

    The near-Sun solar wind at solar minimum: Royal Astronomical Society discussion meeting, Friday 13 March

    from Tim Horbury [January 14, 2020]

    The solar wind creates and controls the heliosphere, within which all the planets move, and it drives societally important space weather effects in near-Earth space and on the planet’s surface. With the launch in August 2018 of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, a new era has opened in the exploration of the inner solar system. Probe has already travelled to within 35 solar radii of the Sun, nearly twice as close as any previous mission; by the time of this meeting the first perihelion data will have been public for several months so there will be ample opportunity to discuss the exciting first results on topics such as solar wind kinetics, fine scale structure and the links between solar dynamics and solar wind structures.

    In February 2020, Solar Orbiter will launch: this meeting will also be a good opportunity to discuss Orbiter science goals in light of the early Parker Solar Probe results.

    Topics will include:
    • Large scale solar wind structure and dynamics
    • Kinetics and small scale processes

    We welcome contributions regarding: data from Parker Solar Probe; results from other related missions, including Solar Orbiter; and all related simulations and modelling.

    Invited speakers:
    • Dr Nicky Fox, Director Heliophysics Division, NASA
    • Dr Chris Chen, Queen Mary University of London

    The meeting will be held at Burlington House, London.

    More information at

    Abstract submission is open: please register and submit via this link before the 21st of February:

    SOLARNET Public Engagement workshop 31st March – 1st April 2020, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK (2nd Announcement)

    from Richard Morton [January 13, 2020]

    To support SOLARNET outreach and public engagement efforts we’re organising two training workshops. Aimed at both early career and senior researchers, the workshops will build confidence, skills and perspective for a wide range of communication activities and situations. In addition, the first workshop (in 2020) will be loosely themed around engagement with schools, with the second workshop (in 2021) having elements of collaboration masterclass.

    While researchers are welcome to attend either workshop, we hope that some activities developed at (or in response to) the first workshop will be shared for discussion and further development in the second.

    Workshop 1: 31st March – 1st April 2020, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.

    This workshop will introduce the range of opportunities through which public engagement can occur, and some of the key issues:

    – Why do we want to ‘engage the public with science?’

    – Designing for evaluation, pathways to impact, and writing engagement into research bids.

    – Contexts & approaches: the range of opportunities available for science communication.

    – How to talk to people. Understanding your audience, and the ‘communication’ part of ’science communication’.

    – Unconscious bias: implications and mitigations.

    – Empty vessels to science capital and co-creation: developments and trends within public engagement.

    Attendance of the workshop is free and open to anyone who considers themselves a member of the Solar Physics research community.

    If you would like further information please head to

    Abstract submission deadline January 15th for EGU Session ST1.9 “Theory and Simulation of solar system plasmas – focus on space plasma turbulence”

    from Philippa Browning [January 7, 2020]

    Abstract submission for the EGU General Assembly (Vienna 3 – 8 May 2020) closes at 13:00 (CET) on January 15th.

    The “Theory and Simulation of Solar System Plasmas” session (ST1.9) solicits presentations of the latest results from theoretical investigations and numerical simulations in space plasma-physics from microscopic to global scales, in comparison with experiments and observations in the heliosphere: at the Sun, in the solar corona, in interplanetary space and in planetary magnetospheres. Each year a topic of special interest is chosen as a focus of the session. For 2020 this focus will be on space plasma turbulence and its consequences for particle acceleration and plasma heating. There are challenging questions in fundamental plasma physics which require the integration of kinetic plasma physics with fluid models. We encourage presentations on theory and modelling which are directly relevant to current, forthcoming and proposed space missions, notably MMS, Parker Solar Probe, Bepi Colombo and Solar Orbiter.

    We kindly invite you to submit abstracts to this sessions.

    Go to the website
    and select session ST1.9.

    Best regards
    Joerg Buechner, Philippa Browning, Giovanni Lapenta, Shangbin Yang (Convenors)

    EGU Session ST1.8: Solar transients throughout the heliosphere

    from David Barnes [January 7, 2020]

    Dear colleagues,

    We welcome abstract submissions to the EGU 2020 session ST1.8 “Winds of change: New perspectives on the properties of solar transients throughout the heliosphere”. The conference will be held on May 3–8 in Vienna, Austria. The session will focus on understanding the solar wind and its transients throughout the heliosphere by means of remote-sensing observations, in-situ measurements, and modelling efforts.

    More details and an abstract submission link can be found at

    Please, keep in mind that the abstract submission deadline is 15 January 2020, 13:00 CET.

    Session Abstract:

    The solar wind is an uninterrupted flow of highly ionised plasma that fills interplanetary space and is crossed by strong transient perturbations such as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), (corotating) stream interaction regions (SIRs), and solar energetic particles (SEPs). These phenomena are capable of driving large disturbances at Earth as well as at the other planets. Remote-sensing observations from multiple vantage points, in-situ measurements from multiple well-separated locations, and novel modelling efforts have been employed systematically to study the properties of the solar wind plasma and of solar transients in general, from their formation to their arrival at different planets throughout the inner heliosphere. However, despite the number of past and current spacecraft missions distributed throughout the heliosphere, it is still difficult to fully understand the properties of these transients phenomena, including their 3D structure and their evolution with heliocentric distance.

    The recently launched Parker Solar Probe, the imminent launch of Solar Orbiter, current and planned planetary missions, as well as potential future missions at L1, L5, and over the solar poles, will provide us with the perfect opportunity to test, validate, and refine the current knowledge of these physical phenomena and their interactions at different heliocentric distances. Accordingly, the aim of this session is to showcase the latest observational and modelling efforts regarding the evolution of the solar wind and solar transients during their propagation throughout the heliosphere as seen from multiple vantage points, and to foresee future developments. Potential improvements to our current space weather forecasting capabilities will be highlighted.

    Best regards,
    Rui Pinto, David Barnes, Erika Palmerio.
    (Conveners of Session ST1.8)


    Fully-funded PhD opportunities at Northumbria University

    from Professor James McLaughlin [January 14, 2020]

    Deadline for applications = Friday 24 January 2020

    The Solar Physics group at Northumbria University is currently advertising 3 fully-funded PhD opportunities for a start date of October 2020:

    • “Active region wave-based coronal heating”

    supervisor = Dr Patrick Antolin

    • “Understanding solar flare energetic electrons from the Sun’s inner atmosphere to the Earth”

    supervisor = Dr Natasha Jeffrey

    • “Can a star’s internal oscillations power their coronae?”

    supervisor = Dr Richard Morton

    Applications are open to all students, including international students.

    For more information on the Solar Physics group, see or email Professor James McLaughlin

    Call for GNOSIS PhD Studentships – Deadline 23:00 31st January 2020

    from Astrolists [January 13, 2020]

    Call for GNOSIS PhD Studentships

    We are pleased to announce a call for applications for GNOSIS part-funding of PhD studentships that translate science, technology, or expertise from the STFC science programme towards understanding and solving the problem of space debris and traffic management.

    Two awards are available covering the period 1st October 2020 to 30th June 2022 with a maximum of £37,800 (50%). Research proposals are expected to be led by an academic institution, collaborating with an industrial partner.

    Application form, guidance notes and terms can be found at

    Submissions will be accepted until ** 23:00 UTC on 31st January 2020 **.

    Please direct any queries through to:

    More information relating to the GNOSIS network can be found at:

    Kind Regards,

    The GNOSIS Network team

    Lectureship in Radio Astronomy at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester

    from Philippa Browning [January 8, 2020]

    Applications are invited for a Lectureship in Radio Astronomy for appointment in 2020.

    We are seeking to appoint an astrophysicist with an outstanding record of research in the field of radio astronomy. In particular, we seek candidates with an outstanding record of exploiting radio interferometers, including long baseline arrays. At Manchester, you will join the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA). JBCA is one of the largest academic astronomy groups in Europe, studying a very broad range of astrophysical research, from Cosmology to Solar Physics. JBCA also operates both the 76-metre Lovell Telescope, and the UK national radio astronomy facility, e-MERLIN. Both of these facilities are located at Jodrell Bank Observatory, which hosts the Headquarters of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). JBCA plays a major role in supporting the activities of the European VLBI Network (EVN), and the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE).

    The successful candidate is expected to be a radio astronomer of international standing, with an excellent track record in exploiting SKA pathfinder telescopes such as MeerKAT, JVLA, and, in particular, long-baseline facilities such as e-MERLIN, the International LOFAR Telescope (ILT), the EVN, and Global VLBI. Expertise in more than one of these areas, proven by high quality publications, will be of a particular interest. It is expected that the appointee will spend a significant fraction of their time exploiting local telescope facilities, more specifically e-MERLIN and the EVN. The appointee will also be encouraged to forge links with the wider international community, including the nearby SKA Observatory. The appointee is expected to be active in the SKA Science Working Groups, and in the longer term, early commissioning of the SKA1-mid telescope. The appointee will have academic teaching duties within the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and is expected to attract additional funding by securing competitive personal awards (e.g. ERCs, Consolidated Grant projects etc). There will be opportunities to supervise Masters and PhD students.

    Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
    Name: Professor Michael Garrett
    Tel: 0161 275 4514

    The full advert is available at:

    Postdoctoral position (Space Physics) at Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

    from Caitriona Jackman [January 8, 2020]

    A Postdoctoral research position is available at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) in the Astronomy and Astrophysics Section as part of a new Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)-funded Space Science team led by Dr. Caitriona Jackman.

    The postdoctoral position will focus on the dynamics of Earth’s magnetosphere, specifically understanding the link between terrestrial radio emissions (including Auroral Kilometric Radiation) and the substorm cycle of dramatic energy release. The work will involve analysis of data sets from spacecraft including WIND, STEREO and Cassini, as well as indices which measure solar activity and substorm timings.

    Applicants should possess (or soon expect to possess) a PhD in Space Physics or a closely related discipline. A track record of publication in areas such as: magnetospheric physics, radio science, space weather is desired, as is expertise in software programming and scientific data analysis. DIAS is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from suitably qualified talented candidates of all genders and backgrounds.

    The deadline for applications is Friday February 21st 2020 at 5pm GMT. Start date is flexible from July 2020 onwards, but no later than December 1st 2020. A contract for 2 years will be offered in the first instance, with opportunity for extension by 1 year thereafter.

    For specifics about the position, contact Dr. Caitriona Jackman.


    Interested candidates should apply online via The application should include: a curriculum vitae including a publication list, plus a statement of research interests and career goals. The application should also include the names of two people who can act as referees.

    PhD Position in solar, stellar and exoplanet science

    from Raphaelle Haywood [January 7, 2020]

    The University of Exeter, UK invites creative and talented individuals to apply for a fully funded PhD position, starting in September 2020 to work on solar and stellar observations, with the aim of better characterising planets that orbit Sun-like stars.

    The deadline to apply is 27 January 2020.

    Full details can be found at:

    PhD Studentships at Queen Mary University of London

    from Christopher Chen [January 4, 2020]

    PhD Studentships in Space and Astrophysical Plasma Physics at Queen Mary University of London.

    The Space and Astrophysical Plasma Physics group at Queen Mary University of London is currently accepting applications for PhD studentships to begin in October 2020. Projects are available across the range of research areas covered by the group, including the solar wind, heliospheric physics, plasma turbulence, shocks, magnetic reconnection, solar physics, particle acceleration, kinetic plasma physics, and plasma radio emission. Our research approach includes spacecraft observations (from missions such as Cluster, THEMIS, MMS, Parker Solar Probe, Solar Orbiter), large scale kinetic simulations, and fundamental plasma theory to understand plasma phenomena throughout the universe. Training will be provided in the form of specialised courses, as well as professional development support from the Queen Mary Doctoral College.

    The group is part of the Astronomy Unit, which has 17 academic staff and a dynamic postdoc/student community, with around 15-20 students at any one time. The Astronomy Unit is one of the four research divisions of the School of Physics and Astronomy, which has a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree options; PhD students have the option to contribute to undergraduate teaching if they wish.

    The normal minimum requirement is an upper second class honours degree in Physics, Astronomy, Maths, or a sufficiently similar subject, although comparable alternative experience will also be considered. However, most important is an enthusiasm and motivation for undertaking an extended research project in space and astrophysical plasma physics.

    The deadline for applications is 31st January 2020. See for more details about the group, available projects, and the application process.

    High Altitude Observatory Lab Director

    from Naomi Letourneau [January 2, 2020]

    The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is hiring!

    The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is hiring a Lab Director for our High Altitude Observatory (HAO) Laboratory. HAO research focuses on the impact of Solar variability on Earth’s atmosphere across temporal scales, with the goal of gaining a better understanding of the key physical processes that can both improve and inform next-generation forecasts of space weather, associated hazards, and space climate.

    The Director’s primary responsibilities will be to strategically lead the lab’s scientific and administrative direction, in alignment with NCAR’s strategic goals and missions. As a member of the NCAR Executive Committee, the Director shares in NCAR management deliberations and decisions, offering on the behalf of NCAR and HAO advice on matters such as scientific goals, initiatives and standards, budgets, priorities, policies, programs, and other matters. Join the NCAR team where our focus is on science for the betterment of society and where we support our staff with excellent benefits.

    To apply for the HAO Lab Director position, please visit our website:—HAO_REQ-2019-105-1

    Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Theoretical Solar Physics at New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

    from Wenda Cao [December 29, 2019]

    The Physics Department at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is seeking candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level in Theoretical Solar Physics with an anticipated start date in Fall 2020.

    We are recruiting a modeler who can develop an independent research program and collaborate with the other faculty members in the department and the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research. The preference will be given to candidates who will carry out MHD or other modeling involving the data from the 1.6-meter Goode Solar Telescope (GST) at Big Bear Solar Observatory, as well as achieve discovery science in understanding solar activity in high resolution. NJIT has built and now operates the largest aperture and highest-resolution GST in the world. The research can further be advanced in anticipation of the operation of 4-meter DKIST. The successful candidate is expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as develop new courses in areas of solar-terrestrial physics, space weather, and plasma physics.

    Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Astronomy, Physics, Astrophysics, Space Physics, or closely related areas, with excellent oral and written communication skills, and successful research experience as demonstrated by accomplishments, publications, and research grants.

    The deadline for applications has been extended to January 31st, 2020. Please submit all documents online at including: (1) a cover letter, (2) a current version of your curriculum vitae, (3) five-year research plan, (4) documentation of teaching experience and teaching philosophy, and (5) names of three references. Inquiries should be addressed to Chair of the Search Committee, Prof. Wenda Cao, NJIT Physics Department (

    New Jersey Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

    PhD studentship at Queen’s University Belfast

    from Francis Keenan [December 18, 2019]

    PhD project – Faint signals from bright sources: identifying high-frequency waves in the Sun

    A 4-year PhD studentship in the Astrophysics Research Centre (ARC) at Queen’s University Belfast, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is available from October 2020 (although an earlier start date is possible). The student will apply new computer algorithms, specifically designed for the analysis of faint solar signals, to high spatial and temporal resolution observations, to search for and identify high-frequency waves. Observational data for the project includes high-frequency imaging of total solar eclipses, including for the 2017 eclipse in the USA.

    Funding is provided within the PhD studentship for travel to, and participation in, eclipse campaigns in South America in 2020 and Indonesia in 2023, as well as key astrophysics conferences. It is envisaged that the student will actively engage in both national and international meetings and workshops, where they will disseminate their research to a global audience. As a result, the ability to travel and work within a team environment is a crucial component of the research objectives.

    The Solar Physics Group is a vibrant, highly productive research team within ARC, currently comprising 5 academic staff, 3 postdoctoral researchers and 6 PhD students. Group members make extensive use of a wide range of solar satellites and ground-based telescopes, along with image reconstruction techniques for the analysis of ground-based solar observations.

    We will normally only consider applicants holding, or expecting to obtain in 2020, a UK MSci (or equivalent) degree in physics, astronomy or a related scientific discipline with 2.1 or higher classification (or international equivalent). It is essential that you read and follow the appropriate application instructions, which can be found here:

    The deadline for applications is Friday 14th February 2020. All applications received by then will be reviewed immediately, with interviews to be held shortly thereafter.

    Note that the studentship will pay full fees and living expenses for EU citizens.

    For further information please contact the project supervisor, Dr David Jess, at