SolarNews
The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2015 Number 16
Aimee Norton, editor
15 August 2015


SCOSTEP Election - 2015
Marianna Shepherd
07 Aug 2015

On behalf of SCOSTEP I would like to inform you that Dr. Nat Gopalswamy (NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, USA) and Prof. Franz-Josef Lübken (Leibnitz Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Germany) have been re-elected to serve as SCOSTEP’s President and Vice-President, respectively for the period of 2015-2019.

Dr. Marianna Shepherd
Scientific Secretary, SCOSTEP


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SunPy 0.6.0 now available
SunPy Collaboration
13 Aug 2015

The SunPy Community is pleased to announce that SunPy version 0.6.0 is now available.  SunPy is a community-developed, free and open-source solar data analysis environment for Python.  To install (or upgrade to) SunPy 0.6.0, please follow the instructions at docs.sunpy.org/en/stable/guide/installation/index.html

In this release, we’ve performed a major overhaul of our documentation to help new users get started as well as provide better support for advanced users.  We have also added support for using physical quantities with units, significantly improved map plotting, and now provide better support for the acquisition of sample data.  For an overview of the improvements to SunPy, please go to sunpy.org/gallery/Introductory/SunPy_0.6_Release.html

This release contains contributions from 29 people, including 13 new contributors.  We would also like to thank the Python Software Foundation and the Google Summer of Code 2014 and ESA Summer of Code in Space 2014 internship programs for their support of SunPy.

We would like to hear your feedback. Please visit sunpy.org for more information on SunPy, including contact details and how to contribute.


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Employment Opportunities

Solar Orbiter Instrument Operations Scientist
Daniel Mueller
05 Aug 2015

Solar Orbiter Instrument Operations Scientist

Vacancy notice - Solar Orbiter Instrument Operations Scientist in ESA’s Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration:

www.esa.int/hr/PDF/ESA-VN-ESAC-2014-002-COR-1-REV-1.pdf

The postholder’s initial assignment is to support the development and help with the definition of the science operations and data products for the Solar Orbiter mission, as part of the Solar Orbiter Science Operations Centre (SOC). The SOC’s tasks include science operations planning, instrument handling, science data processing and archiving. This is the third of three Instrument Operations Scientists positions, and its particular focus will be on the SPICE imaging spectrometer.

Please note: The application deadline for this vacancy is on 27 August 2015.


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NASA Headquarters Heliophysics Visiting Scientist
Jeffrey Newmark
06 Aug 2015
NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) seeks one or more experienced scientists to fill visiting scientist positions within the Heliophysics Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. These are typically two-year positions, with possible extensions, filled by scientists who take leave from their home institution.

NASA=E2=80=99s Heliophysics Division implements flight missions and sponsor= s scientific research, both with the aim to understand, individually and as a system, the Sun, heliosphere, and space environments of the Earth and other planets, including space weather. Visiting scientists should have a broad understanding of the system science nature of Heliophysics, as well as one or more of the sub-disciplines. At this time there is particular interest in expertise related to the heliosphere, magnetosphere, and/or ionosphere/thermosphere/mesosphere, especially coupling between the sun-Earth-heliosphere as they form an interconnected system.

Visiting scientists participate in the management of the Heliophysics grants (ROSES) programs, the planning, development, and management of NASA missions, and long-range strategic planning. They serve as Discipline Scientists to develop research solicitations, conduct scientific peer reviews, and develop budgets and program plans for the recommendation of highly rated proposals. Visiting scientists serve as Program Scientists for NASA space missions, interacting with the science working groups and ensuring success of the missions. They play a leadership role in long-range strategic plans to define the future NASA heliophysics program. Visiting scientists are expected to demonstrate a high degree of initiative in the execution of the overall SMD science mission.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in heliophysics or related discipline, plus relevant experience in instrumental, observational, or theoretical research. They should be familiar with NASA grants programs, and be able to communicate effectively with the scientific community, educators, and the media. There are two pathways, IPA agreements and Details. Visiting scientists that are funded via an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) agreement with their home institution require current employment with a US institution for at least 90 days prior to starting at NASA. Visiting scientist detailees are civil servants employed at a NASA center or another branch of the Federal Government. Only US citizens and Legal Permanent Residents are eligible to apply.

Positions are available beginning in October 2015, though the starting date is negotiable. Interested scientists should send a curriculum vitae and cover letter by September 11, 2015 to Aaluk Edwardson (aaluk.s.edwardson@nasa.gov). Please contact Jeffrey Newmark at 202-358-0684 or Jeffrey.newmark@nasa.gov for answers to questions.

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Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) post-doctoral position (Palo Alto, CA, USA)
Bart De Pontieu
07 Aug 2015

Position/Title: Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) postdoctoral position

Institutions:  BAER Institute, Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Laboratory

A 1-year postdoctoral position is available within the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) project. 

The IRIS small explorer was launched successfully in June 2013 and is focused on studying the physics of the interface region between the photosphere and corona. The IRIS science investigation combines a high-resolution ultraviolet spectrograph with advanced numerical modeling to study which types of non-thermal energy dominate in the chromosphere and beyond, how the chromosphere regulates the mass and energy supplied to the outer solar atmosphere, and how magnetic flux rises through the solar atmosphere and powers flares and coronal mass ejections.

The postdoctoral researcher will work with researchers at Lockheed Martin’s Solar & Astrophysics Laboratory (LMSAL, which leads the IRIS mission and is also involved in Hinode, SDO and STEREO),  and be part of the IRIS team (see iris.lmsal.com for details). The work will involve a combination or subset of:  analysis of IRIS data especially in combination with data from SDO or Hinode, calculation of non-LTE diagnostics from advanced numerical radiative MHD simulations of the solar atmosphere, and comparison between observations and numerical simulations. The candidate is also expected to assist in planning of IRIS science operations. Candidates should have a PhD (or expect to complete a PhD in the next 3 months) in solar physics, plasma physics or a closely related field. The applicant is expected to have experience in data analysis of solar data, and/or theoretical or numerical modeling.

The initial position is for a 1 year period and will start as soon as possible after September 18, 2015.  The postdoctoral researcher will be employed by the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute. The salary range is $70 to $80K.  The job benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, short-term and long-term disability insurance, a 403b defined contribution plan for which employer contributes 10% of gross salary, eligibility for participation in optional 403b tax-deferred annuity plan, 10 paid holidays, and a total of 3 weeks of vacation per year through accrual of 10 hours of vacation and 8 hours of sick-time per month.

Closing date for applications is 18 September, 2015. Submit resumes, a 1-2 page research statement and 2 references to:  The Bay Area Environmental Research Institute at:  iris_project@baeri.org Attention: Dr. Bart De Pontieu Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Lab, 3251 Hanover St., Org. A021S, Bldg. 252, Palo Alto, CA 94304 bdp@lmsal.com Phone 1-650-424-3094 / Fax 1-650-424-3994

More information can be found at: www.baeri.org


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Solar/Heliophysics Research Associate Position at NOAA/SWPC and the University of Colorado, CIRES
Alysha Reinard
10 Aug 2015

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder has an immediate opening for a Research Associate supporting NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado.  This person will be responsible for developing and maintaining operational solar and heliosphere models used by the Space Weather Forecast Office to predict solar wind conditions and arrival times of CMEs at Earth. 
The immediate focus of this position will be to maintain and improve the Wang-Sheeley-Arge and Enlil models currently running operationally on the National Weather Service super computers.  The successful applicant will work with researchers and modelers who develop the space weather models as well as the forecasters and customers who use the output and products from the models. This position is fully funded but there will be opportunities to conduct solar/heliospheric research. 

Applicants are required to have a Ph. D. in space physics or similar scientific discipline, or equivalent demonstrable experience.  Applicants should have demonstrated experience in scientific research including the development and use of space weather models which incorporate the MHD approximations. Applicants for this position must also have significant computer programming skills and a demonstrated capacity for working with large computer codes and super computers. 

Informal inquiries may be made to Rodney.viereck@noaa.gov and/or Alysha.Reinard@noaa.gov

Further job details may be found at: cires.colorado.edu/contact/jobs/job-openings/ciresswpc-scientistprogrammer-research-associate-swpc-6/


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5-year research positions in Astrophysics in Portugal (update)
Ilidio lopes
12 Aug 2015

Multidisciplinary Center for Astrophysics
Instituto Superior Técnico
Lisbon, Portugal

(Deadline: 15th September 2015)

  The Multidisciplinary Center for Astrophysics (CENTRA) is accepting applications for 5-year research positions in Astrophysics for the forthcoming 2015 FCT call. The COSTAR/CENTRA group is looking for candidates in the topics of asteroseismology, stellar evolution, solar physics, observational astrophysics, observational cosmology, theoretical cosmology and particle physics (focus on dark matter and neutrinos). Candidates can apply for one of three types of grants, depending of their expertise and experience. If you are interested in applying in any of these research topics please contact Ilidio Lopes as soon as possible (see contact details below).

CENTRA is part of the Department of Physics at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST).  The Institute has been consistently the first Institution chosen by Portuguese undergraduates to pursue their careers in Science, Engineering and Technology. IST hosts the Portuguese largest scientific community in theoretical and experimental physics and related topics, participating in major international European collaborations including ESA, ESO and CERN. Presently, IST hosts 8 Research Institutes and 25 Research Centres.

Our research center provides a highly supportive academic and scientific environment giving Ph.D. students and researchers the opportunity to develop a successful international scientific career.  Students and researchers that, following their academic experience, opt to follow a business path, can take advantage of the many links that IST has with the industry.

Contact:
Ilidio Lopes (email):  ilidio.lopes@tecnico.ulisboa.pt
centra.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/team/?id=1650

CENTRA and COSTAR Websites:
centra.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/
centra.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/network/costar/
FCT Website:
www.fct.pt/apoios/contratacaodoutorados/investigador-fct/2015/index.phtml.en


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Instrument Research Scientist at LMSAL
Neal Hurlburt
14 Aug 2015

The Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory (LMSAL) has an immediate opening for a Research Scientist to support existing science missions and develop the next generation of heliophysics instrumentation. These missions at LMSAL include the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO/AIA and HMI) and the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS). LMSAL is a department of the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Palo Alto, CA. Duties include support for mission operations including science planning and analysis and monitoring of calibration data/quality (for EUV/UV imaging and spectroscopy); support for alignment and test of optics packages; verification of optical performance, including calibration; test and verification of image stabilization systems; analysis of system performance, including effects of spacecraft charging, jitter, etc.; planning and conducting environmental and functional testing on instruments and payloads. The Research Scientist is also encouraged to conduct supporting research and/or to seek external funding in order to pursue research commensurate with their training and expertise.
Applicants are expected to possess a PhD in heliophysics or a similar scientific discipline, or at least an MSc with substantial demonstrated research experience. Applicants for this position must possess excellent scientific skills with experience working with optical systems and flight hardware, and experience with scripting languages including IDL (Interactive Data Language) or Python.  We particularly seek applicants with experience in UV spectroscopy; familiarity with SolarSoft IDL or SunPy software libraries; experience with Zemax or similar optical ray-tracing tools; and experience in developing and implementing concepts for optical systems. Applicants should also possess strong attention to detail and excellent communication skills. U.S. citizenship or permanent residence status is required. See job #330242BR at search.lockheedmartinjobs.com for more details.


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Meeting Announcements

First announcement: Science for Space Weather -- 2016 ILWS Workshop, January 23 - 29, 2016 in Goa, India
Robert F. Wimmer-Schweingruber
12 Aug 2015

Science for Space Weather: 2016 ILWS Workshop
January 23 - 29, 2016 in Goa, India

Understanding and being able to forecast space weather is an increasingly important aspect of our modern technology-reliant society. This workshop will treat all aspects of space weather, ranging from solar origins of transient events (CMEs, Flares, CIRs) to their propagation through the heliosphere and effects on Earth and planetary bodies, from particle energization to forecasting particle environment and its effects on technological and biological systems, as well as solar-cycle effects and coupling of space weather to atmospheric response. Metrics to assess predictions will also be discussed. The workshop is structured along the lines of the COSPAR space weather pathways and will include invited, contributed talks and posters, as well as panel discussions and tutorials.

This workshop is being jointly organized by the International Living with a Star (ILWS) Program, Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), the SCOSTEP-VarSITI Program and hosted by the Center of Excellence in Space Sciences India (CESSI). The workshop will be held in the seaside town of Goa situated on the western coast of India.

Workshop web page: www.cessi.in/ssw/index.html

Hotel reservation deadline: September 30, 2015
Early-bird registration deadline (fee: USD 350): September 30, 2015
Normal registration deadline (fee: USD 400): November 20, 2015
Abstract submission deadline: November 20, 2015
On-site registration (fee: USD 500): January 23, 2016

For the SOC and LOC,

Bob Wimmer (CAU Kiel, Germany) and Dibyendu Nandi (CESSI/IISER-K, India)


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EGU2016 Call for Sessions - Deadline 18 September 2015
Margit Haberreiter
12 Aug 2015

EGU2016 will take place in Vienna 17-22 April 2016. The call for sessions is now open and you are cordially invite you to submit a session proposal. Please note that we also encourage joint sessions with other divisions of EGU.

In order to submit a session proposal please go to the webpage
meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/egu2016/provisionalprogramme
and login with your Copernicus account details and select the Programme Group, e.g. “Solar-Terrestrial Sciences (ST)”. You can then add your session under one of the four Sub-programme groups (e.g. ST1 to ST4). 

The deadline for session proposals is 18 September 2015.

Thank you very much in advance for your involvement and hope to see you at EGU2016.

Margit Haberreiter
ST Division President


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Aimee Norton
01 May 2015

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