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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent Sep 03, 2009. Meetings and jobs are listed at under 'Community' as 'Calendar of Meetings' and 'CEDAR related opportunities'. CEDAR email messages are under 'Community' as 'CEDAR email Newsletters'. All are in 'Quick Links' on the main page.

(1) DIRECTOR OF NCAR'S HIGH ALTITUDE OBSERVATORY (HAO) - application due 16 Oct. From Nancy Wade ( See also #9187.

(2) Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM) job at NCAR, Boulder, CO. From Hanli Liu ( and Nancy Wade ( See also #9205.

(3) Tenure Track Faculty Position in Space Physics, GI/Univ of AK - due 21 Dec. From Bill Bristow ( See also under posting #0058324.

(4) Post-Doc in Space Sciences, Univ of TX at Dallas - due 1 Sep From: Rod Heelis (heelis at See also From SPA Newsletter Aug 11.

(5) Fixed-term (Feb 2011) Faculty Position, Space Physics, La Trobe Univ, Melbourne, Australia - due 28 Aug. From: Roman Makarevich (R.Makarevich at See also and From SPA Newsletter Aug 19.

(6) Positions in Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Leeds, UK. From: John Plane (J.M.C.Plane at From SPA Newsletter Aug 19. (a) Research Fellow - due 14 Sep. See also and click on jobs (#315155). (b) PhD Studentship.


From Nancy Wade (

The High Altitude Observatory (HAO), at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), in Boulder, Colorado, serves as the nation's pre-eminent facility for research in the areas of solar and heliospheric physics and the effects of solar variability on the Earth's magnetosphere, ionosphere, and upper atmosphere.

NCAR's High Altitude Observatory seeks a new Director to assume leadership responsibility for the overall scientific and strategic mission, productivity, and excellence of the observatory. This includes HAO vision and mission leadership and management and implementation of long- and short-term planning. This individual will be responsible for the effective management and administration of the observatory and will foster interaction and collaboration other NCAR, UCAR and UCP programs. In addition, the Director will be responsible for program advocacy in a number of forums including government agencies, UCAR member and non-member institutions and the scientific community at large.

The Director will be responsible for supervision of observatory senior management and report directly to the NCAR Director. The NCAR Director will also serve on the NCAR Executive Committee, sharing in NCAR management deliberations on scientific goals, initiatives and standards, budgets, priorities, policies, programs, and other matters. This new Director will lead HAO's budget and program planning process and oversee scientific staff appointments and staff teamwork; fostering a strong and cohesive collaborative environment. In addition, the Director will lead the development and implementation of observatory strategic plans and further observatory research that serves the scientific community through the development of community numerical models, tools, and facilities by making them available to the scientific community.

This key leadership position requires an individual with solid, in-depth experience in the management of large scientific programs and projects as well as in strategic planning and implementation, budget development and deployment, and in human resource planning. This individual must also have a reputation as an integral scientific leader in one or more areas of solar research and/or related areas, as demonstrated by a current research record of considerable depth and breadth, on topics relevant to the HAO strategic mission, research and goals. This position will also require skills in the advocacy of science promoting goals and strategies for the advancement of the observatory's work with NCAR, UCAR, UCP, NSF, NASA, other funding agencies, and with universities and the general scientific community. Requires Ph.D. in a science discipline relevant HAO's mission and at least 10 years of experience.

The recruitment period for this position will begin August 17, 2009 with an application deadline of October 16, 2009. Application materials should include a detailed curriculum vitae, plus a statement of leadership experience and intent, and the names of three professional referees.

View a detailed job description at Initial consideration will be given to applications received prior to Friday, October 16, 2009. Apply online (reference tracking code #9187). We value diversity. AA/EOE

(2) Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM) job at NCAR, Boulder, CO.

From Hanli Liu ( and Nancy Wade (


PLEASE NOTE: This is a new, full-time position.

NCAR = Atmospheric Chemistry Division (ACD)

Relocation benefits not provided

BASIC JOB FUNCTION: Under general guidance of program leader, this individual will be responsible for day-to-day coordination and support of development activities for the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM). In addition, the individual will be the principal contact and coordinator for NCAR and university community scientists that contribute improvements to the representation of physical and dynamical processes in WACCM. The Individual will also conduct independent research on model development in order to improve the representation of physical and dynamical processes in WACCM.


Basic research in support of understanding and improving model performance: Improves model performance with a focus on the representation of middle and upper atmosphere dynamics and chemistry. This activity is facilitated through carrying out numerical simulations, participation in model assessments, preparation of scientific articles and conference presentations, and writing of grant proposals in collaboration with scientists both at NCAR and in the university community.

Liaison for WACCM development: Serves as community liaison for the Whole Atmosphere Working Group (WAWG) of NCAR's Community Climate System Model (CCSM). Interacts with the NCAR and university community and facilitate their contributions to improvements of the model. This activity involves communication of WAWG development decisions and model simulations to the university community at periodic workshops and meetings.

Liaison to the community users of the atmosphere model: Provides users of the current released version of WACCM with problem solving and simulation design advice, predominantly through the CCSM electronic bulletin board facility. Also assist in the distribution of data from model simulations relevant to community users' research needs.

CCSM coordination activities: In partnership with the software engineering section and other model component liaisons, provides coordinated planning and implementation of model infrastructure changes and coupled model simulations.


Education and Experience: Ph.D. in atmospheric science, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Demonstrated understanding through published and academic work of the modeling of complex dynamical and physical processes in the atmosphere. Demonstrated knowledge of the physical and mathematical bases of atmospheric Climate Models. Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing reliable, portable and efficient Fortran90 modules for complex geophysical systems. Demonstrated knowledge of the UNIX operating system and shell scripting. Familiarity with high performance computer system architectures. Advanced knowledge and facility with graphical analysis tools (NCL, IDL, etc.) Knowledge and facility with data analysis methods applied to global atmospheric and climate phenomena. Effective oral and written communication skills. Ability to assess priorities and manage tight deadlines. Knowledge of web based communications. Demonstrated experience working with large scientific computer programs. Demonstrated experience in developing complex simulation models. Demonstrated experience writing and publishing comprehensive documentation for simulation models and experiments.

(3) Tenure Track Faculty Position in Space Physics, GI/Univ of AK - due 21 Dec.

From Bill Bristow ( See also under posting #0058324.

The Geophysical Institute and the Physics Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks seek applicants to fill a joint tenure-track position in physics. The successful candidate will join the Geophysical Institute as member of the Space Physics and Aeronomy Group, and will undertake research with an emphasis in this area. The position also carries the responsibility for teaching as a faculty member in the Physics Department. The appointment is intended at the level of assistant professor though appointments to higher rank may be considered for qualified candidates. The successful applicant will pursue externally funded research in physics of the magnetosphere, ionosphere, and/or thermosphere. Areas of research that are currently pursued by the Geophysical Institute's Space Physics and Aeronomy Group include optical and radar observations of the ionosphere, aurora, and neutral atmosphere; space plasma simulations; ionospheric modeling; rocket experiments; and analysis of ground-based and spacecraft-based observations. Research facilities include the Poker Flat Research Range with the NSF's Poker Flat Incoherent Scatter Radar (PFISR), rocket launch facilities, the Davis Science Center, and a Lidar facility. The Geophysical Institute has an instrumentation laboratory, a machine shop, and an electronic shop. In addition, UAF is the home of the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center, which can provide resources for large-scale computing needs. Opportunities exist for collaboration with other groups within the Geophysical Institute, such as Atmospheric Sciences, as well as other units of the University, notably the School of Engineering.

This position will be open until filled. Review of applications will begin December 21, 2009. A complete job description and application instructions can be found at the following web page: under posting #0058324 For further information on the position please contact Prof. Bill Bristow (, search committee chair. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Farra Smith, HR Consultant, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, P.O. Box 757320, Fairbanks, AK 99775-7320, (907) 474-7791 or e-mail:

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

(4) Post-Doc in Space Sciences, Univ of TX at Dallas - due 1 Sep From SPA Newsletter Aug 11.

From: Rod Heelis (heelis at

The Center for Space Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas is seeking applications for a Research Scientist to work on problems in ionospheric electrodynamics. The Center specializes in the interaction of the space environment with the interplanetary medium, and presently has extensive experimental data sets obtained from space experiments on the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program and the Coupled Ion Neutral Dynamics Investigation (CINDI) aboard the C/NOFS satellite. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Physics or a related discipline with experience in computational techniques that will allow them to analyze and visualize these large data sets. Evaluation of applications will begin September 1 and continue until the position is filled. Applications can only be made electronically by following instructions at

More information can be obtained by email from the Center Director Dr. R.A. Heelis at

(5) Fixed-term (Feb 2011) Faculty Position, Space Physics, La Trobe Univ, Melbourne, Australia - due 28 Aug.

From: Roman Makarevich (R.Makarevich at

The Department of Physics is seeking to appoint a full time fixed term Lecturer for a period ending February 2011. The incumbent should have experience in Space Physics. Current Department interests in Space Physics are Solar-Terrestrial Physics and Space Plasma Physics but the preference will be given to those with experience in magnetospheric and ionospheric physics. Experimental facilities include the TIGER SuperDARN radars, ionosondes and optical spectrometers in Australia and Antarctica.

The closing date is 28 August 2009.

Applications can be submitted via mail, email or fax. The full advertisement and other details are available at:

Information about the Department is available at

Informal enquiries can be addressed to:

Dr Roman Makarevich Department of Physics La Trobe University VICTORIA 3086 AUSTRALIA

Phone: +61 (0)3 9479 2645 Fax: +61 (0)3 9479 1552 E-mail:

(6) Positions in Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Leeds, UK. (a) Research Fellow - due 14 Sep.

From: John Plane (J.M.C.Plane at


Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, School of Chemistry, Faculty of Earth and Environment, School of Earth and Environment, Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science

Research Fellow in Atmospheric Chemistry

(Full time, Fixed term for 39 months from 1 October 2009)

Available for 3 years, followed by 3 months of Knowledge Exchange activities. You will work on a new project funded by the U.K.'s Natural Environment Research Council: Multi-scale Modelling of Mesospheric Metals (4M).

Changes in the mesosphere are an important signal of climate change, and there is increasing evidence that accurate simulations of changes to the Earth's climate require models with a well resolved and accurate stratosphere and mesosphere. Metal species in the upper atmosphere offer a unique way of observing this region and of testing the accuracy of climate models in this domain. The major source of metals in the upper atmosphere is the ablation of the roughly 50 tonnes of interplanetary dust that enters each day from space. This gives rise to the layers of metal atoms and ions that occur globally in the upper mesosphere/lower thermosphere (MLT) region between about 75 and 120 km.

The purpose of this project is to insert the chemistry of four metals - Na, Fe, Ca and Mg - into a global chemistry-climate model in order to use these layers as probes of chemistry and dynamics in the MLT, and to examine the response of the metal layers to the solar cycle, solar proton events, noctilucent clouds, and climate change in the middle atmosphere.

You should have, or be close to obtaining, a PhD in a relevant area of chemistry, physics, atmospheric science or numerical modelling, a track record of relevant publications in peer reviewed journals, along with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

University Grade 6 (£24,152 - £28,829 p.a.) or Grade 7 (£29,704 - £36,469 p.a.) dependent on qualifications and experience. It is likely that an appointment will be made below £31,513 p.a. since there are funding limitations which dictate the level at which this appointment can start.

Informal enquiries may be made either to Professor John Plane, email, tel +44 (0)113 343 8044, webpage or Professor Martyn Chipperfield, email, tel +44 (0)113343 6459, website

To download an application form and job details please visit and click on jobs. Alternatively these may be obtained from Ms Mandy Clarkson, School of Chemistry, email, tel +44 (0)113 343 6451.

Job ref 315155 Closing date 14 September 2009

(6) Positions in Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Leeds, UK. (b) PhD Studentship

From: John Plane (J.M.C.Plane at

Project title: Retrieval of the global metal layers using satellite limb-scanning spectroscopy

Supervisors: Prof. John Plane (School of Chemistry) and Prof. Martyn Chipperfield (School of Earth and Environment)

The daily ablation of about 30 tonnes of cosmic dust produces layers of metal atoms and ions in the upper atmosphere between about 80 and 110 km. The primary objective of this project will be to produce the first set of global Fe and Fe+ observations. A retrieval algorithm will be developed to exploit the spectral lines of these species which occur in the earth's dayglow spectrum in the UV (240-255 nm). Measurements made by the SCIAMACHY spectrometer on ENVISAT will be used. The work will be carried out in conjunction with Professor John Burrows and Dr Miriam Sinnhuber, project partners at the University of Bremen. Data is available throughout the whole SCIAMACHY measurement period, which began in 2002 and is planned to continue beyond 2010.

The student will begin with the same approach that was used previously by Prof. Plane and Prof. J. Gumbel (Stockholm) for retrieving the absolute Na density profile in the upper atmosphere from radiance measurements by the OSIRIS spectrometer on Odin [Gumbel et al., Geophys. Res. Lett. 2007; Fan et al., Atmos. Chem. Phys. 2007]. The retrieved Fe profiles will be ground-truthed by overflights of ground-based Fe lidars. Fe lidar data from Poker Flat and Puerto Rico, as well as the results of previous campaigns at norther mid-latitudes and Antarctica, will be used to extend the satellite coverage to night-time and the winter polar regions.

The student will spend 2 weeks in Bremen during the first 6 months of the project, learning how to access the SCIAMACHY data. One particularly interesting aspect of this work will be to examine the worldwide distribution of sporadic Fe layers. These are very thin, concentrated layers of Fe which appear explosively and also disappear abruptly. Sporadic Fe layers have been explained by the neutralisation of Fe+ ions in sporadic E layers which descend below 100 km, driven by the diurnal tide. However, sporadic Fe layers have also been observed by ground-based lidars to occur around 105 km. There is currently no known mechanism for producing neutral layers at this height. Furthermore, the Na retrievals using OSIRIS showed sporadic layers sometimes extending over 1000s of km, another unexplained phenomenon [Fan et al., Geophys. Res. Lett. 2007].

The student will also have the opportunity to model the satellite observations of the Fe and Fe+ layers using an advanced chemistry-climate model (WACCM). The student will thus receive a wide training in atmospheric science, covering radiative transfer theory, satellite-based measurements of atmospheric species, and atmospheric modelling. The student will be a member of two research groups, one in Chemistry with 4 research students and 3 post-docs, and one in Earth and Environment with 5 students and 4 post-docs, providing a stimulating, multi-faceted environment in which to work.

Inquiries to Prof. John Plane (