SolarNews
The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2014 Number 16
Yuhong Fan, editor
15 August 2014


New RHESSI Science Nugget, No. 232
Hugh Hudson
11 Aug 2014

“Octupolar out-of-plane magnetic field structure generation during magnetic reconnection,” by Jan Graf von der Pahlen and David Tsiklauri.

See
sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/wiki/index.php/RHESSI_Science_Nuggets

listing the current series, 2008-present, and

sprg.ssl.berkeley.edu/~tohban/nuggets/

(the original series, 2005-2008).

We publish these at roughly two-week intervals and welcome contributions,
which should be related, at least loosely, to RHESSI science.


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Employment Opportunities

Post Doctoral Fellowship at IUCAA Pune within the Max-Planck-Partner Group of MPS, Goettingen
Durgesh Tripathi durgesh@iucaa.ernet.in,
04 Aug 2014

General Statement and Description: The Max Planck Partner Group of the Max-Planck-Institute for Solar System Research (MPS), Göttingen on “Coupling and Dynamics of the Solar Atmosphere” at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune invites applications for post-doctoral positions in the solar physics group at IUCAA. The aim of this partner group is to strengthen the already existing strong ties between the solar group at IUCAA and that at MPS. The successful candidates will do research in close collaboration with the head of the Partner Group as well as with members of the solar physics group at MPS and, depending on performance, will have the chance to spend part of their time working at MPS.

Specific Job Description: We are looking for candidates with strong interest and background in the heating of the solar atmosphere and eruptive phenomena such as flares and CMEs, who will continue and strengthen the current observational and theoretical studies of various heating processes of the chromosphere and corona, formation and dynamics of solar prominences, coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and associated phenomena and Sun-climate relations by studying the global properties of total and spectral solar irradiance. The IUCAA solar group’s ongoing research concentrates on heating and dynamics of solar active regions from imaging and spectroscopic observations, MHD waves in the solar atmosphere, dynamics of solar prominences and initiation of CMEs. In addition, we are the PI institute for the proposed Solar Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (SUIT) onboard the proposed Aditya mission of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The successful candidates will primarily be working on the observations recorded by space missions like Hinode, the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), Interface Region Imaging Spectrometer (IRIS) and other ground based observatories.

Duration and Start Date: The appointments are for a period of one year with possible further extension up to two more years. The expected start date is November 01, 2014 or as soon as possible after that.

Nature of the Appointment and Salary: The selected candidates will be appointed with a full time temporary contract. The salaries (Rs 35000 per month) will be paid through the funding provided by the Max Planck Partner Group of MPS at IUCAA. Reasonable support will be provided for attending national and international conferences and other contingent requirements. Free medical benefit as per IUCAA rules will be available for successful candidates and their dependent family members. Based on availability, IUCAA may be able to provide rent-free fully furnished on-campus one bedroom apartment. In case an on-campus accommodation is not available, a 20% (Rs 7000 per month) house rent allowance (HRA) will be provided.

IUCAA has a fully functional highly subsidized canteen facility, which provides all three meals and snacks.

Who can apply: Candidates either having submitted their Ph.D. thesis or are already holding a PhD in Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Solar Physics can apply. Knowledge in spectroscopic techniques, image processing, IDL programming and solar-software will be a plus. The position is open to nationals of all countries.

Application Procedure:

Candidates must submit the following documents on or before August 31th, 2014

1) a Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications
2) a brief report on the past research activity (1 page max)
3) future research plans (2-3 pages max)
4) three letters of recommendations sent directly by the persons recommending the candidate

All the documents must be sent to the following E-mail address:
E-mail: durgesh@iucaa.ernet.in

Concerning details about the positions: please contact Prof Durgesh Tripathi (durgesh@iucaa.ernet.in)

For more details on the institute: www.iucaa.ernet.in


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Postdoctoral Position in Solar Physics at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
Johannes Stecker
06 Aug 2014

The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) invites applications for a postdoctoral position in solar physics. The successful candidate is expected to join the “Solar Lower Atmosphere and Magnetism” group of the Solar Department at the MPS. The research fields concentrate on the physics of the photosphere and chromosphere, with special emphasis on the investigation of the magnetic field in these layers (further details can be found at www.mps.mpg.de/1763793/SLAM).

This group has great competence in the analysis of spectro-polarimetric data obtained from ground-based, balloon- and space-borne observatories. First scientific campaigns using the new infrared spectro-polarimeter GRIS mounted at the largest European solar telescope, GREGOR, delivered a wealth of excellent quality data sets with high spatial resolution in the wavelength range from 1080 to 1600 nm. The second flight of the Sunrise balloon-borne observatory extended the rich data sets from the first flight with measurements at higher solar activity levels. In combination with space-borne observatories such as Hinode or IRIS these data will allow for studies of the physics in the solar atmosphere from the deep layers of the photosphere up to chromospheric heights with unprecedented accuracy. Besides the observational aspects, the research project will also provide outstanding opportunities for theoretical and numerical work in the field of radiative transfer. Opportunities to work with state-of-the-art MHD simulations are also available.

The institute is located in Goettingen, Germany, a lively and scenic university town, in a striking and well-equipped new building on the northern campus of the University, in the immediate vicinity of the Institute for Astrophysics of the University.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics or a closely related field. They should have an outstanding research record and relevant experience in data analysis or theory/numerical modeling.

Review of applications will begin September 29, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. The position is offered initially for a period of up to two years and may be extended by one more year depending on performance.

Applications including a CV, a statement of research interests and plans, and a publication list should be sent to pds@mps.mpg.de. In addition, applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference sent separately to Sami K. Solanki (solanki-office@mps.mpg.de).

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from women and disabled persons.

For further information please contact Sami. K. Solanki (solanki@mps.mpg.de) or Johannes Stecker (stecker@mps.mpg.de).


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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Solar Physics at Queen Mary
David Tsiklauri
06 Aug 2014
The Astronomy Unit (AU) at Queen Mary University of London has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on the Leverhulme Trust Research Grant entitled "Advanced model of solar radio bursts via plasma kinetic simulation". The AU's Space and Solar Plasma Physics group carries out research into the naturally occurring plasmas which pervade the solar system, and beyond. We use state of the art numerical simulation and analysis of data from scientific spacecraft. The successful applicant will be expected to make significant personal contributions to the development of the advanced, multi-dimensional model of solar radio bursts via plasma kinetic simulation, using the existing code EPOCH -- a multi-dimensional, fully electromagnetic, relativistic particle-in-cell code, and analysis of the observational data from The Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR).

Applicants should have, or be about to gain, a PhD in solar/space physics with experience in the use/development of particle-in-cell numerical codes. The post will be located at Queen Mary in London but may require some limited travel to Oxford for LOFAR observational data analysis.

The post is full time and fixed term, available from 2 October 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter for 15 months (1 year 3 months). It is funded by the Leverhulme Trust Research Grant. Starting salary will be in the range £31,735 (year 1), £33,476 (pro rata, 3 months, in year 2), per annum inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days paid annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to the Leverhulme Grant Principal Investigator, Dr David Tsiklauri by email to d.tsiklauri@qmul.ac.uk or on +44 (0)20 7882 5898. Further details about the AU can be found at http://astro.qmul.ac.uk

Further details and an application form can be found at: http://www.jobs.qmul.ac.uk/5017

The closing date for applications is 4 September 2014 by which time ALL materials, including references, should be received. We anticipate that interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

Valuing Diversity & Committed to Equality
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Research Associate in Solar Physics, UCL-MSSL
David Long
12 Aug 2014

A Research Associate position in solar physics is available in the UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics (Mullard Space Science Laboratory). This position is supported by a grant from the US Air Force Office for Scientific Research and is available in the first instance from 1 October 2014 for a period of 18 months.

The successful applicant will undertake original research in the area of solar physics, with particular emphasis on the development and implementation of an automated algorithm to identify, track and analyse chromospheric Moreton waves. This will be done using regular full-disk H-alpha observations from the Improved Solar Optical Observing Network (ISOON), primarily based at Sacramento Peak observatory in New Mexico. In addition to working within the Solar Physics group at UCL/MSSL, the successful candidate will be expected to undertake collaborative research trips to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in New Mexico as well as disseminate results at national and international conferences as required.

The salary for Grade 7 is £30,434 - £37,394 depending on experience.

UCL/MSSL is the UK’s largest university-based space science research institution and is involved in many leading space research missions (www.ucl.ac.uk/mssl/).

For further Information and to apply for the post go to:

atsv7.wcn.co.uk/search_engine/jobs.cgi?owner=5041178&ownertype=fair&jcode=1429977

The closing date for applications is 15th September 2014.


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Meeting Announcements

Third Announcement: IAU Symposium 305 “Polarimetry: From the Sun to Stars and Stellar Environments” in Costa Rica, Nov 30 – Dec 5, 2014
Rebecca Centeno
12 Aug 2014

www2.hao.ucar.edu/events/IAUS305

UPCOMING DEADLINES:

Abstract submission deadline: September 2, 2014

In order for your paper to be considered for inclusion in the scientific program, please submit your abstract by 2 September 2014. Follow the tab “Submit Abstract” at the above website.

Early registration deadline: September 12, 2014

The registration fees increase after September 12, 2014. Furthermore, the Symposium is limited to 150 participants. Attendees will guarantee participation when they pay their registration fee. Follow the tab “Registration” at the above website. If you have already submitted a registration for the Symposium but have not paid the registration fee, you may reach the registration payment site indicated at the top of the “Registration” page.

Lodging registration and payment deadline: October 31, 2014

Aside from the block of rooms reserved for the Symposium, the Punta Leona resort is fully booked. Therefore, participants should reserve their rooms at Punta Leona as soon as possible. Reserve your rooms by following the instructions under the “Rooms/Meals” tab at the above website. Please reserve your room either by telephone or email, and provide the offer code “CORP-UCR” to receive the accommodation discount for the Symposium.

Transportation between the airport (SJO) and Punta Leona:

The Symposium will provide transportation from the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO, near San Jose, the capitol city of Costa Rica) to the meeting venue at Punta Leona on 29 and 30 November; and return to the airport on 5 and 6 December 2014. In order to schedule the transportation, the LOC needs information on your arrival and departure times at SJO. At your earliest convenience, please provide your flight itinerary. The above website contains a form for this purpose under the tab “Shuttle Transport”. Also, if you do not require transportation, please so indicate on that form.

Visas:

Costa Rica does not require visas for short-term visitors from many countries. However, everyone should check with the Costa Rica Embassy in their respective countries to determine if a visa is required. It may take some time to acquire your visa, so if you need one, please apply for the visa as soon as possible.
If you need a letter of invitation for your visa, please send the request to info_IAUS305@hao.ucar.edu.


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Editor's Note

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Yuhong Fan
15 Jan 2014
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