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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent Aug 6, 2010. 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) ESA Postdoctoral Fellowships in Space Science are due 1 Oct 2010. From Guido De Marchi ( and See also

(2) Jobs in upper atmospheric studies at JHU/APL, MD. From Larry Paxton <larry.paxton at>.

(3) Tenure-track position starting Aug 2011 in space science and engineering at Virginia Tech, VA. Applications due 1 Sep 2010. From Robert Clauer <>. See also and

(4) Post-doc in Space Physics or Planetary Atmospheres at Georgia Tech. Reviews start as early as 30 July 2010 for a start in Fall 2010 (or later). From: Carol Paty <carol.paty at>. From SPA Newsletter on 29 June 2010.

(5) Research Associate in Planetary Physics, Imperial College London, UK. Applications due 31 Aug 2010. From Marina Galand <m.galand at>. See also and (select "Job Search" then enter the vacancy reference number NS 2010 102 GA into "Keywords"). From SPA Newsletter on 27 July 2010.

(1) ESA Postdoctoral Fellowships in Space Science are due 1 Oct 2010.

From Guido De Marchi ( and

The European Space Agency awards several postdoctoral fellowships each year. The aim of these fellowships is to provide young scientists, holding a PhD or the equivalent degree, with the means of performing space science research in fields related to the ESA Science Programme. Areas of research include planetary science, astronomy and astrophysics, solar and solar-terrestrial science, plasma physics and fundamental physics. The fellowships have a duration of two years and are tenable at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Netherlands, or at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain.

Applications are now solicited for fellowships in space science to begin in the summer or fall of 2011. Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates within five years of receiving their PhD. Candidates not holding a PhD yet are encouraged to apply, but they must provide evidence of receiving their degree before starting the fellowship.

The deadline for applications is 1 October 2010.

More information on the ESA Research Fellowship programme in Space Science, on the conditions and eligibility, as well as the application form can be found on the world-wide web at this address:

Questions on the scientific aspects of the ESA Fellowship Programme in Space Science not answered in the above pages can be sent by e-mail to the fellowship coordinator, Dr. Guido De Marchi, at the address

(2) Jobs in upper atmospheric studies at JHU/APL, MD.

From Larry Paxton <larry.paxton at>.

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory has opportunities for employment in the field of upper atmospheric studies. This opportunity is available at any experience level (postdoc and above) and salary will be commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will define and carry out basic research on topics dealing with the Earth’s upper atmosphere and ionosphere. In particular the candidate will

  • Support and develop research initiatives in the field of ionosphere/thermosphere studies
  • Support existing NASA and DoD programs in space weather
  • Support and develop space weather forecasting and data assimilation efforts
  • Support and develop ground- and space-based instrumentation

The successful candidate should have

  • a Ph.D. in atmospheric, space physics or related field or equivalent in experience
  • experience in data analysis, data assimilation, and or modeling of ionospheric and thermospheric processes.
  • strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • strong record of publications in the scientific literature
  • US citizenship or Permanent Resident Alien status

In addition, it is desirable that the successful candidate have

  • Familiarity with upper atmospheric global circulation models such as GITM, TIEGCM, TIMEGCM, CTIPe, etc.
  • Familiarity with assimilative models such as GAIM, IDA4D, etc.
  • Familiarity with the US research environment
  • Familiarity with in situ and/or remote sensing data analysis

Please send a resume including a description of research interests and experience to Larry Paxton

(3) Tenure-track position starting Aug 2011 in space science and engineering at Virginia Tech, VA. Applications due 1 Sep 2010.

From Robert Clauer <>.

The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Virginia Tech seeks applications for a tenure-track faculty position in experimental upper atmospheric space science and engineering. The successful candidate will become a key member of the interdisciplinary Center for Space Science and Engineering Research ( The Center’s current research focus includes satellite and sounding rocket based remote sensing of the sun and upper atmosphere, space and ground based observational data analysis, ground-based HF radar measurements, empirical and advanced computational modeling of the upper atmospheric space environment, and ground based magnetometer measurements. The candidate will be expected to contribute to the continued growth of the Center through development of a vigorous funded research program and a specialized graduate curriculum. The candidate will also be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, advise and mentor students and postdoctoral researchers, and participate in service and outreach activities. The position is targeted to the assistant or associate professor rank, although appointment at the full professor rank may be considered for outstanding applicants.

A key goal of this position is to expand the Center’s expertise in space based observation of the Sun-Earth system. Candidates are sought who will develop research programs that actively engage students in the development of experiments which observe from suborbital and orbital platforms. Examples include, but are not limited to, experiments for sounding rockets and small satellites including CubeSats.

Required Qualifications

• An earned Ph.D., completed prior to employment, with research in space science and engineering or a closely related field is required

• Evidence of potential for excellence in research, scholarship, and teaching

• Ability to articulate a coherent agenda of research or scholarship and to identify potential funding sources to support such research

• Effective communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

• Prior experience in the role of PI or Co-PI on funded research projects

• Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with faculty from a variety of disciplines

• Experience in working with students as academic or career advisor, overseeing student internships or service-learning activities

• Interest and/or experience in mentoring students, both undergraduate or graduate, in research

• Interest and experience working effectively with a diverse student population

• Willingness and ability to work in a technology-based research and education environment, such as is characterized by use of learning technologies, distance learning, online courses, videoconferencing, and network and grid-based collaborative research

The Department

The Department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree programs in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering with a current enrollment of 600 undergraduate and 450 graduate students at the Blacksburg, VA campus. A graduate program and research activities are also located in the Washington, DC-Northern Virginia area, with full-time ECE faculty who interact closely with the programs in Blacksburg. An additional 150 graduate students are enrolled in off-campus degree programs.

In the most recent US News & World Report rankings, our electrical engineering graduate program is tied for 17th (2010) and our computer engineering graduate program is tied for 20th (2009). The electrical engineering and the computer engineering undergraduate programs were each ranked 14th in 2009. The department’s research expenditures were ranked 14th in the most recent data (Fiscal Year 2008) from the National Science Foundation’s survey of academic research and development expenditures.

The Department has 70 full-time faculty members with research expenditures exceeding $25 million annually. The department has some of the nation’s best programs in the areas of power electronics, wireless communications, computer networking, digital design, electromagnetics, space science and remote sensing, fiber optics, sensors, and photonics. The Department is the beneficiary of the Bradley Endowment valued in excess of $13 million. For additional information about the department and the College of Engineering, please visit and

The University

Through a combination of its three missions of discovery, learning, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). Virginia Tech is the Commonwealth’s senior land-grant institution located in Blacksburg in the scenic mountains of southwestern Virginia, about 40 miles west of Roanoke. Highly selective in admissions, the University enrolls approximately 23,000 undergraduate and 6,500 graduate students, and more than 2,600 faculty members and researchers. The university offers 77 bachelor’s degree programs through its seven undergraduate academic colleges: Agriculture and Life Sciences, Architecture and Urban Studies, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Human Services, Natural Resources, Pamplin College of Business, and Science. On the graduate level, the university offers 75 master’s and doctoral degree programs through the Graduate School and a professional degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. For more information about the university and the Town of Blacksburg, please visit and, respectively.

The Application Process

Qualified applicants must submit a letter of application, a curriculum vita, and a list of at least three references electronically to to posting number 0100386. Please follow carefully the instructions found on the employment website regarding the application submission process. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept paper applications. Paper applications or electronic applications sent via e-mail cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin September 1, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled with an appropriate candidate. The anticipated start date is August 2011. Applications from women and other underrepresented populations in engineering are especially encouraged. Virginia Tech has a program designed to support the retention and advancement of female faculty; see Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodation in the application process should notify K. Atkins, ECE Dept, (540) 231-4136 or TDD/PC 1-800-828-1120 or Voice 1-800- 828-1140. Virginia Tech is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

(4) Post-doc in Space Physics or Planetary Atmospheres at Georgia Tech. Reviews start as early as 30 July 2010 for a start in Fall 2010 (or later).

From: Carol Paty <carol.paty at>.

A Postdoctoral position is available in the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in the area of space physics and related planetary atmospheric research. The research project will entail theoretical modeling of planetary exospheres coupled to their space plasma environments, specifically examining the exosphere of Mars. This project is one of several new studies that incorporate the effects of collisions into modern plasma dynamic models of various planets/moons in the solar system, and the selected candidate would have the latitude to pursue new lines of research in this actively developing field along with the afore described Mars work.

Applicants should have (or should soon be completing) a Ph.D. in space physics, geophysics, astrophysics, or a closely related field. They should have an outstanding research record and relevant experience in theory/numerical modeling. Review of applications will begin July 30th, 2010 and continue until the position is filled. Ideally we seek a candidate who can start in Fall 2010, however there is some flexibility in the exact start time. The position is offered initially for a period of one year and may be extended to two years depending on performance.

Completed applications, including a CV, a statement of research interests and plans, copies of up to three relevant publications, and contact information of three potential referees should be sent to:

Prof. Carol Paty School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Georgia Institute of Technology 311 Ferst Drive Atlanta, GA 30332-0340 or e-mailed to

The Georgia Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity employer. For further information please contact Prof. Carol Paty (

(5) Research Associate in Planetary Physics, Imperial College London, UK. Applications due 31 Aug 2010.

From: Marina Galand <m.galand at>.

  • Title: Research Associate in Planetary Physics
  • Location: SPAT, Department of Physics, Imperial College London, London, UK
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Area: outer planetary magnetospheres, atmospheres and exospheres,

including modelling of Saturn's internal magnetic field, plasma interactions at Saturn's icy moons, Venus atmosphere - solar wind interactions and solar wind - cometary interactions.

  • Website:
  • Contact: Space and Atmospheric Physics Group Administration office (
  • For further information on position/application:

Go to: (select "Job Search" then enter the vacancy reference number NS 2010 102 GA into "Keywords").

  • Closing date for application: 31 August 2010