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Survey on ‘Attitudes towards Public Engagement’

from Richard Morton [December 12, 2019]

Dear Colleagues,

Public engagement is becoming an increasingly prominent part of the work of researchers.

As part of the coordination of the EU-funded SOLARNET project, we are collecting data on the attitudes of Solar Physics researchers based in the EU towards public engagement (whether this is aimed at schools, industry, politicians, etc.). We would like to explore how attitudes and activities differ between countries and will also use the data to inform the design of public engagement training workshops.

We would like to encourage you to participate in an anonymous survey, which will take around 10 minutes of your time. We want to hear from you whatever your current attitude towards public engagement is

The survey can be found at:

The results from the survey form a key part of the Education, Communication and Dissemination activities in SOLARNET and we would greatly appreciate your help in making this as successful as possible.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Best wishes,
Richard Morton

Engagement, Communication & Dissemination Lead for SOLARNET

2020 Astronomy Grants Round

from Sian Giles-Titcombe [December 3, 2019]

Dear Colleagues

This is a note to advise that the closing date for the 2020 Astronomy Grants Round is 5th February 2020. Submissions are accepted from 2nd December 2019.

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

Please be advised there is no change to the consolidated grant scheme for this round.

Applicants should ensure they have read the guidelines in detail and contact the office with any queries ahead of submission.

Key points or revisions from the 2019 guidelines have been highlighted within the document and summarised briefly below for information:

• Page Limits – The page limit per project has been simplified and is no longer based on a requested FTE calculation (page 7 of the guidelines/AGP submission guidance tab).
• Applicant FTE – There has been a change to the upper limit for requested applicant FTE (from 30% to 25%, not including PI management time). The guidance for applicant time per project has been also been updated and must be strictly adhered to (page 11 of the guidelines/AGP submission guidance tab) .
• Outreach Projects – Clarification on the page limit for outreach projects/outreach funding (page 7/8 of the guidelines/AGP submission guidance tab)
• TRL Remit – Update to the guidance on TRL remit, the office urges applicants to contact the office if there is any query regarding the TRL limit of the proposed project (page 2 of the guidelines/The Astronomy Grants Panel Remit tab).

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

If you have any queries please see the contact details below:

Chloe Woodcock ( – For queries regarding the AO & AT Call
Tracey McGuire ( – For queries regarding the SS & PL Call
Kim Burchell ( – Head of Astronomy Awards

New DEM inversion software available on Solarsoft

from Huw Morgan [December 3, 2019]

A set of DEM inversion software has been made available on Solarsoft under directory $SSW/packages/dem_sites. The software is based on new methods developed at Aberystwyth, and recently published in Solar Physics:

The first paper describes the core inversion method:

The second paper provides a gridding method that greatly increases the computational speed:

The software has currently only been tested on AIA/SDO for non-flare conditions, but should work with any instrument given measurements, errors, and temperature response functions.

We welcome feedback and questions:

Call for new members to the UKRI International Development Peer Review College

from Sian Giles-Titcombe [November 27, 2019]

UKRI is very pleased to announce a Call for new members to the UKRI International Development Peer Review College. UKRI is inviting applications for new members to the College from both academics and non-academics from organisations based in or working with DAC list countries, such as policymakers, non-governmental organisations and civil society organisations. Eligible applicants should have ODA experience as well as interdisciplinary knowledge. The Call opens on 25 November and closes 20 December.

UKRI especially invites applications from women to achieve our aim of a 50:50 gender balance in College membership. UKRI is also especially keen to receive applications from applicants in certain DAC-list countries (please see section 4 in the Call text) and from certain research areas where the College has a shortage (please see section 5 in Call text). The Call text can be found at:

The Call text has information on eligibility, how to and where to apply. UKRI strongly advises potential applicants to read through the Call text carefully and to look at the Smart Survey screenshots before starting their application.

More information about the College can be found on the College webpage:

Please direct any queries to:


New UKSP Nugget #106

from Iain Hannah [December 12, 2019]

106. A new procedure for detecting periodicities within complex coronal arcades
by Farhad Allian, Rekha Jain (Sheffield) and Bradley W. Hindman (CU Boulder).

X marks the bright loops on the autocorrelation maps.

106. A new procedure for detecting periodicities within complex coronal arcades


UKSP Nuggets are published on a monthly basis highlighting solar physics research led from the UK. For all the previous nuggets, and how to contribute your own nugget, go to:

UKSP Nuggets

Iain Hannah and Lyndsay Fletcher

Solar radio astronomy nuggets in November 2019

from Eduard Kontar [December 2, 2019]

Anisotropic radio-wave scattering in the solar corona by Nicolina Chrysaphi et al.

Split-Band Feature of a Solar Flare Termination Shock by Chen et al.

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

Meetings/Workshops/Summer Schools:

ESWW17/ESWW2020 Call for Plenary and Parallel Sessions – First Announcement

from Mario M. Bisi [December 15, 2019]

Dear Colleagues.

As you know, the 17th European Space Weather Week (ESWW17/ESWW2020) will take place in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, 02-06 November 2020. The website is live and can be found here:

Our first call for sessions will open on Wednesday 18th December 2019 for the plenary and both types of parallel sessions. The full details can be found below.

Best wishes,

Mario (PC Chair, on behalf of the PC).


We have three types of sessions from which you can propose to convene:
– Service Domain Plenary Sessions
– Space Weather Research Parallel Sessions
– 100% Community Driven Parallel Sessions

Information on how to propose to become involved in the organisation of ESWW sessions is below. The PC encourages session convenors to recognise the diversity of the space weather community and the wider public when selecting session speakers and panellists, etc…

Service Domain Plenary Sessions
We plan to hold four or five plenary sessions. Each plenary shall highlight a particular service domain, such as GNSS, communications systems, ground systems, aircraft, spacecraft/satellites, etc…, and should include consideration of end users, services, and research activities specifically related to that particular service domain. The precise focus of the session is up to the convenors, but discussion sessions (in addition to oral presentations) are strongly encouraged to enable enhanced interaction across the user, services, and research communities.

The duration of the plenary session will be 90 minutes for each plenary selected, and the convenors will be put together by the PC based on the suitability of the applications received. The number of posters is unlimited.

Some definitions may help: “End user” covers end-user space weather impacts, user experience in using specific space weather products and services in the user production and mitigation chain, and user requirements for new or improved space weather services; “Services” covers new developments in space weather operations or services, best practice in transitioning research to operations, and verification activities.

If you are interested in co-convening a plenary session, you submit
1 – your name, affiliation, E-Mail address
2 – the service domain
3 – a short description of the specific focus you propose for the session (e.g. an outstanding issue that it is timely to address at ESWW17/ESWW2020) (<=200 words)
As noted above, the PC will select the best mix of the conveners for each plenary session.

A PC member may be added as a 3rd convener for any session at the discretion of the PC. The selected set of conveners will formulate the session abstract together.


Space Weather Research Parallel Sessions

Six parallel sessions with specified titles as listed below:
[1] Solar Corona and Eruptive Phenomena
[2] Interplanetary CMEs and Solar Particle Events
[3] Earth’s Magnetosphere and Radiation Belts
[4] Ionospheric Interactions
[5] Ground-Level Geomagnetically Induced Currents
[6] Space Weather Instrumentation

Each of these topics will be assigned either two or three time slots of 75 or 90 minutes in duration based on the schedule flexibility, and the number, quality, and variety of abstract submissions with a maximum of five or six orals per time slot.

The number of posters is unlimited.

Those wishing to convene a parallel Space Weather Research Session must submit:
1 – the session title chosen from the six options above
2 – a list of maximum two conveners, i.e. you and (optionally) a second person
3 – a session abstract linked to the topic of your choice (<=300 words)

Abstracts for proposals for Parallel Space Weather Sessions must include some focus on applications of the results of the research presented.

The PC will decide on the conveners (max 2) from the submissions received. A PC member may be added as a 3rd convener for any session at the discretion of the PC. Following this the abstract for the session will be finalised by the conveners based on feedback from the PC.

100% Community Driven Parallel Sessions

A number of additional parallel sessions of a single 75 or 90 minute time slot will be selected (perhaps two slots in exceptional cases). The time slots shall be distributed on the basis of number, quality, and variety of abstract submissions to the sessions with a maximum of five or six orals per time slot.

The number of posters is unlimited.

Those wishing to convene a parallel 100% Community-Driven session must submit:
1 – the title for the proposed session (<=100 characters including spaces)
2 – a list of maximum two conveners, i.e. you and (optionally) a second person
3 – a session abstract (<=300 words)

Abstracts for proposals for Parallel 100% Community-Driven Sessions must include some focus on applications of the results of research presented.

Positive appraisal and subsequent selection of submitted 100% Community-Driven sessions will be more likely where care is taken to avoid overlap with the other session topics (from the Space Weather Research titles above) and where topics were not discussed in recent years at ESWW. Exceptionally, a PC member may be added as a third convener for any session at the discretion of the PC.

In case a selected Parallel 100% Community-Driven session receives a very low number of submissions the session will be cancelled, the time re-distributed and the abstracts allocated to other sessions.

SDO 2020 Science Workshop: A Decade of Discovery

from Dean Pesnell [December 15, 2019]

The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) invites you to the SDO 2020 Science Workshop: A Decade of Discovery, to be held October 12-16, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver, BC, Canada. All members of the science community are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The ten years since the launch of SDO has seen many papers in wide ranges of science results from this mission. As Solar Cycle 25 begins its rise to maximum, we will get together to discuss what we learned about the Sun and anticipate what the new cycle will look like.

Invited speakers will introduce 8 themed sessions spanning SDO‘s wide range of research topics:
Subsurface Flows, the Dynamo, and the Solar Cycle
Phun with Photons: Response of atmospheres to EUV variability
Short-term Solar Variability
Magnetic Flux in the SDO Era: From Emergence to Eruption
SDO for Space Weather: Science and Applications
The SDO Corona and Beyond
Energy and Mass Transfer Between the Corona and the Chromosphere
Vector Magnetic Field: Progress and Prospects

There will also be one day of parallel mini-workshops and an EUV calibration workshop.

Registration, abstract submission, and other information about SDO 2020 will be made available at

The Hyatt Regency can be explored at

Dean Pesnell
Chair, SDO 2020 Science Organizing Committee

JWST Proposal Planning Workshop, Exeter UK: 02-04 March 2020

from Georgina Bennett [December 12, 2019]

The University of Exeter will be hosting one of 17 ESA-supported JWST Proposal Planning Workshops from 02-04 March 2020. As the only institution in the United Kingdom and Ireland to have been selected, we are sending out an open invitation to this workshop to those potentially interested in submitting Cycle 1 JWST proposals, currently anticipated to be submitted in May 2020.

The first two days of the workshop will be focused towards crafting a general understanding of JWST and demonstrating the tools available for proposal preparation. For those interested, the third day will be spent specifically on exoplanet observations with JWST (both transit observations as well as high contrast imaging and coronagraphy).

Request: If you are interested in attending this workshop, please fill out the pre-registration form before 10 January 2020 at the following link:, where more details about the workshop can be found.

Unfortunately we cannot provide any financial support for travel, but we anticipate needing to charge only a small fee of roughly £50-£100 to cover the cost of the venue and refreshments.

Please do not hesitate to contact me ( or my co-organiser Exeter PhD student Aarynn Carter ( if you have any questions.


NAM 2020: Call for session proposals

from Natasha Jeffrey [December 1, 2019]

Dear all

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, 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 follow the link here

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

UK Solar Orbiter Workshop 2020: Final Announcement and Invited Speakers

from Duncan H Mackay [November 28, 2019]

UK Solar Orbiter Workshop 2020: Final Announcement and Invited Speakers

This is the final call for abstracts for the UK Solar Orbiter Workshop which will take place on the 13-14th January 2020 at the University of St Andrews. To submit an abstract or to register please go to the meeting webpage at:

Key deadlines are:

• Abstract submission closes: 10th December 2019
• Scientific Program announced: 15th December 2019
• Registration closes: 6th January 2020.

Due to the imminent launch of Solar Orbiter in February 2020 we have a range of invited speakers on both mission and science related topics, including

Frédéric Auchère: Overview of the Solar Orbiter remote sensing payload:
development and operations

Prantika Bhowmik: Formation and Evolution of Magnetic Flux Ropes During Solar Minimum

Chris Chen: Turbulence in the Inner Heliosphere and its role in Driving the Solar Wind

Silvia Dalla : Solar Energetic Particles: outstanding questions and Solar Orbiter

Alessandra Giunta : Science with SPICE: synergy between small and wide FOV remote sensing instruments on Solar Orbiter

Rachel Howe: Helioseismology of subsurface flows and their relation to the solar dynamo

Allan Macneill: Observational Studies of Solar Wind Origins and the Sun-Heliosphere Connection Ahead of Solar Orbiter

Huw Morgan: Connecting the Sun to the Solar Wind: open questions, recent advances, and the role of Solar Orbiter

Richard Morton : The role of Alfvenic waves in driving the solar wind

Hamish Reid TBC

David Stansby : Directly comparing coronal and solar wind composition

David Williams : Solar Orbiter operations

Duncan Mackay (LOC) and Gherardo Valori (SOC)

Annual Computing and STFC Town Meeting – Friday 17 January 2020 – Registration now open

from Georgina Bennett [November 28, 2019]

The STFC Computing Advisory Panel has reinstated the Annual Computing and STFC Town Meeting, which I can announce will take place on Friday 17 January at Imperial College London, with a capacity for ~100. This is a community-driven event with attendance by STFC and registration is now open, please REGISTER HERE – Further information regarding the agenda and logistics will also be uploaded in due course.

As CAP Chair, I would like to take this opportunity to draw your attention to two items of interest. Firstly, the recent appointment of James Hetherington as the inaugural UKRI Director of e-Infrastructure – , and secondly, the publication of the two reports that constitute the UKRI ‘Infrastructure Roadmap’ –

At such key junctures, and as we as a community develop to meet the scientific computing challenges of the 2020s and beyond, it is essential that such fora exist in order that we may build cross-community engagement with cross-community challenges, and of course, solutions! With this in mind, I look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible for what will be a diverse day of activity.

Many thanks,
Prof David Colling, Imperial College London
STFC Computing Advisory Panel Chair

Python in Astronomy 2020

from Will Barnes [November 26, 2019]

Dear colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce that applications are now open for Python in Astronomy 2020, to be held 20 – 24 April 2020 at Trinity College, Dublin in Dublin, Ireland.

Though the application form will be open until 23:59 UTC on 6 January 2020, I encourage you to complete the form soon to make sure you don’t miss the deadline.

The application form is at:

More information about the conference, including links to past years, is available at:

Finally, a brief excerpt from the description of the conference:

In addition to sharing information about state-of-the art Python Astronomy packages, the workshop will focus on improving interoperability between astronomical Python packages, mentoring current open-source contributors, and developing educational materials for Python in Astronomy. The meeting is therefore not only aimed at current developers, but also educators and research group leaders who are interested in being involved in these efforts.

Participant selection will be made with the goal of enhancing the Python in Astronomy community and we encourage requests to attend from all career levels. Effort will also be made to select participants who have contributed meaningfully to the Python in Astronomy ecosystem via providing educational materials, documentation, and/or code contributions. This conference is neither intended to be an introduction to Python nor only for expert-level Python developers.


Will Barnes

On behalf of the SOC: Monica Bobra (co-chair), Andrew Leonard (co-chair), Will Barnes, Clara Brasseur, Juan Luis Cano, Rebecca Lange, Sophie Murray

Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School

from Marianna Korsos [November 22, 2019]

The Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School is accepting applications for its 2020 session to be held (June 1 – July 31, 2020). Sponsored by the Center for Space and Earth Sciences at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), this summer school brings together top space science graduate students and LANL space scientists to work on challenging space weather research. Students receive a prestigious Vela Fellowship (worth $10,000 to cover travel and living
expenses), technical training, and opportunities for professional development.

The lectures will be composed of three main themes. The first part will be an overview of basic space physics concepts geared towards understanding how the magnetosphere works and how it is driven. The second part will use modeling tools to explore the same concepts in a more quantitative way, exposing the strengths and weaknesses of available models. The final part of the lectures will bring these concepts together to explore how new space missions could be devised to help resolve longstanding scientific questions. Lectures will be coordinated with “labs” to get more hands-on experience. Space data analysis and modeling will be the main themes of the labs.

Research projects:
The unique aspect of the Los Alamos Space Weather Summer School is its emphasis on scientific research projects. Students team up with LANL mentors to work on unresolved scientific problems in space physics. LANL is engaged in a wide variety of space-physics activities and offers a host of exciting research projects (see webpage for a list of current and past projects.) Students are also encouraged to propose their own ideas, which might include topics from their PhD thesis. In the past, many of the Summer School projects have led to presentations at major international conferences and, in some cases, to publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Open to U.S. and foreign graduate students currently enrolled in PhD programs in space physics, planetary science, aerospace engineering, or related fields.

See website at for more details.

Mike Henderson
ISR-1, Los Alamos National Laboratory
1 (505) 665-7425

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

from Viktor Fedun [November 20, 2019]

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

47th IOP Plasma Physics Conference, 21-24 April 2020, Institute of Physics, London, UK

from Ken McClements [November 20, 2019]

The annual Institute of Physics (IOP) Plasma Physics Conference is organised by the IOP Plasma Physics Group and covers all aspects of plasma physics, including magnetic and inertial confinement fusion, astrophysical, solar and space plasmas, low density and technological/industrial plasmas, low temperature plasmas, high energy density and laser plasmas, dusty and complex plasmas, plasma surface interactions, plasma applications including medical applications and plasma diagnostics.

Submissions for oral and poster presentations are now being accepted. Abstract should be a maximum of 500 words including figures and references. The link for abstract submission is the following:

Key dates

Abstract submission deadline 24 January 2020
Early registration deadline 6 March 2020
Registration deadline 10 April 2020


Postdoctoral Position in Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland

from Emilia Kilpua [December 15, 2019]

The Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics ( is one of the leading European space physics group specialised both in observations and modelling of space plasmas. Our current research areas include physics of coronal mass ejections, their influence in the magnetospheric dynamics, as well as reconnection, shocks and particle acceleration.

We have now open a postdoctoral positions in the field of modelling and observations of the solar corona. This position is part of the H2020 EUHFORIA 2.0 consortium, led by KU Leuven. EUHFORIA is a three-dimensional, time-dependent and data-driven space weather model targeted for near-real time forecasting. The postdoc is in responsible of the development of global coronal magnetic field models (based on our existing codes) for EUHFORIA and determining properties of solar eruptions using solar observations to constrain EUHFORIA’s flux rope models. The candidate should have a solid knowledge in space plasma physics as well as coding experience (e.g., Python). The other useful skills include expertise in coronal observations. The position is for about 2.5 years depending on the starting date.

We offer a position in a dynamic and international research group, with a possibility to network and to develop as a researcher. We are leading a Finnish Centre of Excellence ( As our Centre of Excellence also builds and launches CubeSats establishing new technologies with cutting edge scientific payloads, our community extends from space physics to space technology and entrepreneurial startups.

The position can start as soon as possible. The position is open until filled.

Interested candidates should send their informal application, CV, list of publications, and maximum of three names to act as references to Associate Professor Emilia Kilpua (emilia.kilpua ‘at’

Postdoc positions and phd studentships in solar radio physics at Shandong University

from Xiangliang Kong [December 13, 2019]

The Institute of Frontier and Interdisciplinary Science at Qingdao, Shandong University (IFIS-SDU) invites applications for 2 postdoc positions and a few phd studentships in the field of solar radio physics. The project is to address radiation mechanism of solar radio bursts through PIC simulations. PhD students are also wanted.

Working place will be either Weihai campus or Qingdao campus of Shandong University in China. Salary level for postdocs is around 240,000 – 300,000 CNY per year.

Candidates with experience in MHD and PIC simulations of plasmas and a good knowledge of solar radio physics are welcome to apply. Applicants must have a PhD in solar radio physics, plasma physics, or a closely-related discipline completed by the time of taking up the post.

To apply, send your resume and a list of references to Prof. Dr. Yao CHEN (

Postdoctoral Position at Imperial College London in Magnetospheric Physics

from Jonathan Eastwood [December 13, 2019]

Post-doctoral Research Assistant/Associate in Magnetospheric Physics at Imperial College London, Closing date 7-January-2020.

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Research Assistant/Associate position in magnetospheric physics within the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group of the Department of Physics at Imperial College London. The overarching aim of this work is to better understand the behaviour of the solar wind – magnetosphere interaction during space weather events. More specifically, the work will focus on the magnetospheric and ionospheric conditions associated with strong geomagnetically induced currents on the surface of the Earth, with the goal of understanding the physical mechanisms responsible for their production.

The work will make use of Imperial’s global magnetospheric simulations; the post-holder will be guided to perform numerical experiments ascertaining the effect of the solar wind and internal field changes on the intensity and occurrence of geomagnetically induced currents. The post-holder will further compare the output of the simulations with spacecraft and ground-based observations, to verify the output.

The work will be performed in the context of a UKRI/NERC-funded consortium led by the British Geological Survey (SWIGS whose goal is to radically improve our understanding of how space weather affects ground-based technology through the production of geomagnetically induced currents.

For questions or queries please contact the project PI

Fully-funded PhD opportunities at Northumbria University

from Professor James McLaughlin [December 12, 2019]

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

Solar Physics PhD Opportunities at MSSL, UCL

from Hamish Reid [December 12, 2019]

Solar Physics PhD Opportunities at MSSL, UCL

The Department of Space & Climate Physics (Mullard Space Science Laboratory in the beautiful countryside in Surrey,, University College London is currently accepting applications for several STFC studentships, commencing in September 2020.

Applications from UK and EU students submitted by 31st January 2020 will be given full consideration for a STFC studentship.

Please see more information at

The studentships are available for the specific PhD projects in Solar Physics, Solar System Physics and Astrophysics, which are listed at

We strongly encourage the applicants to contact the prospective supervisor before they apply and discuss the research project with the prospective supervisor.

The Department of Space and Climate Physics is an Institute of Physics’ Juno Supporter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practices for women working in higher education and research. UCL has a Silver Athena SWAN award from the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), and a Bronze award under ECU’s new Race Equality Charter for higher education.

If you have any question, please feel free to contact me.

Yours faithfully,

Daisuke Kawata (MSSL, UCL)

Telescope Engineer/Chief Observer at Big Bear Solar Observatory

from Wenda Cao [December 8, 2019]

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is seeking a telescope engineer/chief observer at Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO). The preference will be given to a candidate who is experienced, self-motivated, versatile. The BBSO operates the 1.6-meter Goode Solar Telescope (GST) with a diverse suite of instrumentation. The GST with its state-of-the-art adaptive optics system is a world class facility for high spatial and temporal resolution solar astronomy in the visible and near infrared. The BBSO is operated as a remote laboratory of NJIT’s Center for Solar Terrestrial Research. The position is anticipated to start in Spring 2020.

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in Science with an ability to work and live at an elevation of 2000 meters, as well as excellent communication and organization skills.

The ideal candidate will have experience with:
– 4 years of operations at a large astronomical observatory.
– Visible and NIR array technologies.
– Adaptive Optics.
– Servo systems.
– Vacuum and cryogenic systems.
– Techniques for handling and cleaning of telescope optics.
– Multiple computer operating systems.
– Data reduction techniques.
Desirable attributes include:
– Knowledgeable with electronic schematics and debugging.
– 3D CAD experience.

Please submit all documents online by January 31st, 2020 at including: (1) a cover letter, (2) a current version of your curriculum vitae, and (3) names of two references. Inquiries should be addressed to BBSO Director, Prof. Wenda Cao (

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.

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

from Wenda Cao [December 8, 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.

Please submit all documents online by December 31st, 2019 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.

Three Postdoctoral Research Associate positions in Theoretical Astrophysics at DAMTP, University of Cambridge

from Marianna Korsos [December 4, 2019]

Applications are invited for three Postdoctoral Research Associate positions in Theoretical Astrophysics at DAMTP, University of Cambridge, two of which involve MHD and hydrodynamics. Funding for these positions has been approved by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and is for up to three years.

We have extended the closing date for applications to ** 9 December 2019 **.

The successful candidates will work with academic staff (Henrik Latter, Gordon Ogilvie and Roman Rafikov) on theoretical and computational projects related to: the dynamics of accretion discs; the formation, evolution and dynamics of exoplanets; the tidal interactions of planets, stars and discs; and the dynamics of stellar systems and the origin of gravitational wave sources.

The successful candidates will have, or be about to obtain, a PhD in a relevant area of theoretical astrophysics, N-body, planetary, or fluid dynamics, or magnetohydrodynamics, and have an established track record of original research and experience of working in collaboration.

The positions are expected to be available from 1 April 2020, but the start date is flexible and could be delayed until October 2020 at the latest.

Further information about the Astrophysics Group at DAMTP can be found at

Informal enquiries can be made by contacting or individual group members.

For further details and to apply for the positions, please see

Postdoctoral and PhD positions available at AIP (LOFAR & PSP)

from Natasha Jeffrey [December 2, 2019]

We are pleased to advertise two upcoming positions in the framework of LOFAR at Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP): one postdoc and one PhD position, each for three years, and both could start as early as 2020 February.

Deadline: 6 January 2020.

Both positions are in the Solar Physics department within the project “LOFAR observations of the solar corona during Parker Solar Probe perihelion passages”.

The LOFAR (LOw Frequency ARray) Key Science Project (KSP) “Solar Physics and Space Weather” has performed observing campaigns during the first three Parker Solar Probe (PSP) perihelia, and plans further ones in over the next years. These campaigns consist of multiple observing modes that provide imaging data and dynamic radio spectra, as well as interplanetary scintillation observations probing the heliosphere.

Full information can be found in the links below.

Post-doctoral position:

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work on these campaign data. The successful candidate’s tasks consist of the analysis of interferometric imaging data of the active and quiet solar corona, including the further development of solar imaging techniques in collaboration with the Solar KSP. Furthermore, they cover solar radio burst identification and analysis in solar dynamic radio spectra and images, in combination with PSP radio and in-situ energetic electron data, and modeling of the underlying physical processes. The researcher will also be involved in the planning of future PSP perihelia observing campaigns and the preparation of LOFAR observing campaigns during perihelion passes of the upcoming Solar Orbiter mission

PhD position

The focus of the PhD is on the physical interpretation of these data. This includes the identification, characterisation, and plasma physical modeling of solar radio bursts, e.g. type III caused by energetic electron beams. It covers all aspects of non-thermal electron and radio wave generation and propagation through the solar corona and in interplanetary space, and the joint analysis of LOFAR data with space-borne instruments like PSP, Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), and the future Solar Orbiter.

[ukmhd] Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics at Leeds

from Marianna Korsos [November 27, 2019]

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join a Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) funded project to investigate tidal flows in planets and stars. The project will involve performing hydrodynamical and magnetohydrodynamical simulations to study tidal flows in spherical, ellipsoidal or Cartesian geometries, using and extending one or more existing codes. The results from these calculations will be applied to interpret current observations of extrasolar planets and close binary stars, and to make predictions.

The successful candidate will work with Dr Adrian Barker in the Department of Applied Mathematics (, and will join the Astrophysical and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics research group (, which is one of the largest such groups in the world. This project will strongly complement and benefit from other STFC-funded projects at Leeds, such as those in planetary and stellar dynamos, and magnetic and thermal evolution of magnetars. The research will also complement and benefit from The Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics (, a cross-disciplinary research institute in fluid dynamics at Leeds, which hosts an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics.

The post is available from 1st April 2020, but the start date is flexible and could be delayed up until 1st October 2020 at the latest. The funds are available for 2 years and the salary range is Grade 7 (£33,797–£40,322 p.a.).

Applicants should have a PhD (or have submitted your thesis before taking up the role) in a relevant discipline (e.g. Astrophysics, Applied Mathematics or Planetary Sciences), together with computational experience, and they should be able to demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research and possess a developing track record of publications in international journals. In addition, the applicant must have excellent communication, planning and team working skills.

Applications must be made online (using the link below) before 23.59 (UK time) on the advertised closing date. Applicants must submit a CV and Publication List and provide the names and contact details of 3 people from whom references letters may be requested. Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Adrian Barker (

Closing Date: 17th January 2020.