Community:Email 04dec11

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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent 04 December 2011. Meetings and jobs are listed at http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu 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) PhD Positions Available in Upper Atmosphere/Ionosphere Physics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida. From Michael Hickey at hicke0b5@erau.edu. See also http://www.erau.edu and http://daytonabeach.erau.edu/coas/physical-sciences/index.html.

(2) Postdoctoral and Research Associate Positions for Research on the Global Atmospheric/Ionospheric Electrical System at NCAR and U of CO - due 5 January. From Art Richmond (richmond at ucar.edu). See also http://www.asp.ucar.edu/pdfp/pd_announcement.php

(3) Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) Postdoctoral Scientist at HAO/NCAR - due 5 January. From Gang Lu (ganglu at ucar.edu). See also http://www.asp.ucar.edu/pdfp/pd_announcement.php


(1) PhD Positions Available in Upper Atmosphere/Ionosphere Physics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida.


From Michael Hickey at hicke0b5@erau.edu.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, FL) announces the availability of several Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) and some Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) to begin each year for incoming PhD students in the Department of Physical Sciences. We are seeking students interested in research related to processes in the mesosphere/thermosphere system, via numerical modeling and observational data analysis. Students with interest in engineering work related to ground based remote sensing are also welcome. Faculty whose specialize in this area include

  • Dr. Michael Hickey (Atmospheric Acoustic-Gravity Wave Modeling, mesosphere and thermosphere)
  • Dr. John Hughes (upper atmosphere and ionosphere physics, ionospheric heating, optical remote sensing)
  • Dr. Alan Liu (Mesospheric dynamics and composition with lidar, radar & passive optics observation)
  • Dr. Jonathan Snively (CFD & Atmospheric Acoustic-Gravity Waves, mesosphere and thermosphere)
  • Dr. Matthew Zettergren (magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling at high latitudes, optical and radar remote sensing)

The assistantships cover full tuition and fees plus an annual stipend of at least $20,000 per year. Applicants must have completed an M.S. in physics or engineering in order to prepare for this program. To submit your application or for any questions, please contact Dr. Michael Hickey at hicke0b5@erau.edu<mailto:hicke0b5@erau.edu>.

See also http://www.erau.edu and http://daytonabeach.erau.edu/coas/physical-sciences/index.html.


2) Postdoctoral and Research Associate Positions for Research on the Global Atmospheric/Ionospheric Electrical System at NCAR and U of CO - due 5 January.


From Art Richmond (richmond at ucar.edu).

As part of the project “Electrical Connections and Consequences Within the Earth System”, a collaboration among researchers at the University of Colorado (CU), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and Pennsylvania State University, two positions are available.

At NCAR a postdoctoral scientist will carry out research in one or more of the following areas: processes controlling the charge and discharge of electrified clouds, the electrical coupling between the atmosphere and ionosphere, and the flow of current throughout the atmosphere-ionosphere system. This work will contribute to the development of a model of the global electrical circuit (GEC). The one-year position, with possibility of one-year renewal, will be coordinated with the annual postdoctoral selection process of the Advanced Study Program (ASP; http://www.asp.ucar.edu/pdfp/pd_announcement.php), with an application deadline of 2012 January 5. ASP applicants prepare a research proposal of their own choice, in consultation with one or more NCAR scientists; the scientists involved with this project are Art Richmond (richmond at ucar.edu), Wiebke Deierling (deierlin at ucar.edu), and Wenbin Wang (wbwang at ucar.edu). A Ph.D. or Sc.D. or equivalent experience is required. Numerical modeling experience with weather prediction models or atmosphere/ionosphere electrodynamics is desirable.

At CU a research associate will assist, or possibly lead, a focused study concerned with the pathways through which solar processes physically and electrically connect and influence the global electrical circuit, and will develop a global atmospheric conductivity model from the surface to the ionosphere, to be incorporated into the GEC model. Polar processes will be a concentrated focus of the research, exploring relationships between solar wind properties and the GEC potential and current distributions. Statistical signal analysis will be needed to analyze and correlate time series of data sets of solar wind properties, ionosphere currents, lower atmosphere vertical electrical field observations, surface pressure observations, and other related data. The research associate will assist and train graduate students in atmospheric physics, numerical modeling schemes, and analysis techniques. A PhD in physics, atmospheric science, electrical engineering or a related field is desired. Experience is required with numerical modeling (atmospheric modeling a plus), statistical data analysis and signal processing skills, General areas of expertise should include some of the following topics: electrical systems, atmospheric dynamics/aerosols/chemistry, gas kinetics, electrodynamics, and plasma physics. The position is for two years, beginning 2012 October 1, with a possibility of extension. Contact Sarah Melssen (Sarah.Melssen at colorado.edu) for further information.

Both scientists will collaborate with other members of the entire team, at all three institutions. These positions also involve activities that advance professional growth, which include mentoring activities, group meetings and presentations, scientific workshops and conferences, and may include contributing to educational programs and serving on committees. Computer programming skills with experience in one or more programming language (e.g., C, C++, Fortran-77/90, IDL, MatLab) and operating system (e.g., Unix/Linux and Windows XP) is necessary. Applicants must have good oral and written skills in English.


(3) Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) Postdoctoral Scientist at HAO/NCAR - due 5 January.


From Gang Lu (ganglu at ucar.edu).

The High Altitude Observatory (HAO) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scientist position to conduct research on ionospheric/thermospheric/atmospheric physics, with a particular emphasis on thermospheric response to forcing both from the magnetosphere above and the lower atmosphere below. Research efforts will involve analysis and interpretation of neutral mass densities and winds obtained from the Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) and Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites, numerical modeling of atmospheric, ionospheric, and thermospheric dynamics, and comprehensive data-model inter-comparisons. The selected scientist will interact with researchers both at HAO and at the University of Colorado. Among the facilities available at HAO for this project are the Assimilative Mapping of Ionospheric Electrodynamics (AMIE) procedure, the Thermosphere-Ionosphere-Mesosphere-Electrodynamics General Circulation Model (TIME-GCM), and the Global Scale Wave Model (GSWM). The GOCE and GRACE data products are available through University of Colorado as part of this joint project.

The successful candidate should demonstrate a strong background in one or more areas of ionospheric, thermospheric, or atmospheric research, with particular interest in the coupling between the different regions. Experience in analyzing, visualizing, and interpreting large observational data sets and/or the outputs of large global numerical models of the atmosphere and ionosphere is particularly desirable. The one-year position, with possibility of one-year renewal, will be coordinated with the annual postdoctoral selection process of the Advanced Study Program (ASP) at NCAR (please see http://www.asp.ucar.edu/pdfp/pd_announcement.php for more information), with an application deadline of January 5, 2012. ASP applicants prepare a research proposal of their own choice, and are encouraged to consult with one or more NCAR scientists involved in the project, Maura Hagan (hagan@ucar.edu) and Gang Lu (ganglu@ucar.edu)