Community:Email 07aug09

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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent Aug 07, 2009. 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) Virginia Tech Tenure-Track faculty position in upper atmospheric and space science - due 15 September. From Robert Clauer (rclauer@vt.edu). See also https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/ and click on Instruction and Research Faculty. Posting number: 090337

(2) Heliophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship Program - due 8 Jan 2010. From SPA Newsletter 06 August, Madhulika Guhathakurta (madhulika.guhathakurta at nasa.gov). See also http://www.vsp.ucar.edu/HeliophysicsScience and http://lws.gsfc.nasa.gov.

(3) Mendenhall Research Fellowship, USGS, Denver, CO - due 9 Nov. From Jeffrey J Love (jlove at usgs.gov). See also http://geology.usgs.gov/postdoc/.

(4) Fall AGU Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 14-18 December 2009 - abstracts due 3 Sep at http://www.agu.org/meetings. (a) A45: "Atmospheric Acoustics for the Geosciences" From Douglas Drob (douglas.drob@nrl.navy.mil).


(1) Virginia Tech Tenure-Track faculty position in upper atmospheric and space science - due 15 September.


From Robert Clauer (rclauer@vt.edu).

See listing at: https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/ and click on Instruction and Research Faculty.

Posting number: 090337

The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech seeks applications for a tenure-track faculty position in upper atmospheric space science. All ranks will be considered. The successful candidate will become a key member of the interdisciplinary Center for Space Science and Engineering Research (www.space.vt.edu). The Center's current research focus includes ground-based HF radar measurements, space-based mission design, instrument design and remote sensing, empirical and advanced computational modeling of the upper atmospheric space environment, ground based magnetometer measurements and space data analysis. The candidate is expected to be a significant contributor to the continued growth of the Center through development of a vigorous funded research program and a specialized graduate curriculum. The candidate is also expected to contribute to the broader research and educational mission of the ECE Department. An earned PhD with research in space science or a related field is required and must be completed prior to employment. The candidate is expected to have expertise in either space-based instrumentation (e.g. satellites or sounding rockets), ground-based instrumentation (e.g. radar, lidar, optical, or GPS), or computational modeling of the space environment (e.g. MHD or PIC). Prior experience in the role of PI or Co-PI on funded research projects is desirable. The candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a nationally recognized funded research program, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and participate in department, college, and/or university service and outreach activities.

THE DEPARTMENT: The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has 70 faculty members and research expenditures of approximately $25 million annually. The ECE Department has an endowment in excess of $13 million. A top priority of the endowment is the support of outstanding graduate students. The Department currently enrolls approximately 750 undergraduate and 500 graduate students.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS: Qualified applicants must submit a letter of application, a curriculum vita, and a list of at least three references electronically to https://jobs.vt.edu to posting number 090337. 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 will not be considered. Review of applications will begin September 15, 2009, however, will continue until the position is filled with an appropriate candidate. The anticipated start date is January, 2010.

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 http://www.advance.vt.edu/. 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. An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


(2) Heliophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship Program - due 8 Jan 2010. See also http://www.vsp.ucar.edu/HeliophysicsScience and http://lws.gsfc.nasa.gov.


From: Madhulika Guhathakurta (madhulika.guhathakurta at nasa.gov).

Applications are invited to a new postdoctoral fellowship program designed to train the next generation of researchers in the emerging field of Heliophysics. The program is sponsored by the NASA Living With a Star (LWS) program and administered by the UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs office.

Heliophysics embraces all science aspects of the Sun-Earth connection, and includes many of the basic physical processes that are found in our solar system, the laboratory, and throughout the universe. These processes generally involve the interactions of ionized gases (plasmas) with gravitational and electro-magnetic (both radiation and DC) fields, and with neutral matter. The physical domain of interest ranges from deep inside the Sun to the Earth's upper atmosphere, to the magnetospheres of the other planets, and extends out to the boundary between the solar wind and interstellar medium. Within this broad science discipline, LWS is a program designed to develop the scientific understanding required for the Nation to address effectively those aspects of the Sun-Earth system that affect life and society. Detailed information on LWS, its science interests, programmatic structure, and space missions can be found at: http://lws.gsfc.nasa.gov.

Two major topics of focus for LWS are the science of space weather and of the Sun-climate connection. Preference will be given to applicants whose proposed research addresses one of these two foci; but any research program relevant to LWS will be considered. Since the goal of the LWS postdoctoral program is to train Sun-Earth system researchers, preference will also be given to research projects that cross the traditional Heliophysics subdomains of the Sun, heliosphere, magnetosphere, and ionosphere/upper atmosphere, as well as sun-climate investigations.

In order to succeed at such cross-disciplinary research, the host institution and the mentoring scientists(s) will play critical roles. Consequently, applicants must select a host scientist, who must be different from the candidate's PhD advisor (preferably at a different institution), and coordinate a joint application with the host scientist and institution. Potential host scientists are required to submit letters of intent and vitaes as part of the selection process. Hosts are expected to mentor the fellow, provide a reasonable office environment, which may include a workstation, and any other unique research costs. To assist applicants, a list of possible hosts may be found at: http://www.vsp.ucar.edu/HeliophysicsScience.

Please note that this list is not exclusive. Any U.S. research institution, including universities, government centers, and profit or non-profit organizations may serve as a host institution.

Applicants to this postdoctoral program are expected to have had a PhD for no more than five years at the start of tenure. A UCAR steering committee selects the fellows. Additional details about this program, including the selection criteria used by the steering committee may be found at: http://www.vsp.ucar.edu/HeliophysicsScience.

Qualified scientists and hosts are encouraged to apply by sending the following materials to the UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs office:

Postdoctoral Applicants: Cover letter identifying the name of this program

CV including publication list

Names/contact information of four professional references (one from thesis advisor, but not from potential host).

PhD dissertation abstract, including title.

Titled project description, not to exceed five pages including figures and appendices but not references. Proposals must describe actual research project. Applicants are encouraged to coordinate with host in writing proposal.

Statement of relevance to the NASA Living with a Star program, not to exceed one page. See http://lws.gsfc.nasa.gov.

Host Applicants: Letter of intent to host applicant and plans for mentoring (2-page limit)

CV including publications (1-page limit)

List of current and pending research support

U.S. citizenship is not required for application to this Program, but the selected postdoctoral fellows must be hosted at a U.S. research institution.

Appointed scientists are employees of UCAR. The two-year fellowships include a fixed annual salary and benefits: health & dental insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, mandatory participation in TIAA/CREF retirement fund, and life insurance. A relocation allowance is provided as well as an allowance for travel to scientific conferences and other support costs.

The deadline for applications is January 8, 2010.

Appointments will be announced in March. Applications must be submitted in electronic form preferably PDF, via email Attachments sent to vspapply@ucar.edu. Reference letters should also be sent electronically, but we will accept hard copy or fax (303) 497-8668. If unable to send electronically, send the old fashioned way to: UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307-3000 USA

Need more information? Call 303-497-8649, email: vspapply@ucar.edu, or visit website: http://www.vsp.ucar.edu

NASA Living With a Star, Heliophysics Division sponsors this program. UCAR is an EE/AAE who values and encourages diversity in the workplace.


(3) Mendenhall Research Fellowship, USGS, Denver, CO - due 9 Nov.


From: Jeffrey J Love (jlove at usgs.gov).

Magnetic Storms and Their Impact on Electric-Power Grids: The USGS Geomagnetism Program invites recent (or imminent) PhDs in geophysics, space physics, engineering, or related subjects to consider applying for a Mendenhall Research fellowship that would support the investigation of the impact of magnetic storms on electric-power grids. Applicants should have experience in a related field and, especially, in time series analysis. Complete applications will include, among other things, university transcripts and a written proposal, and these must be received by November 9, 2009. The successful applicant will receive a 2-year appointment starting between October 2010 and March 2011 with duty station in Golden, Colorado. Research support funds will be available. This position comes with a competitive salary ($72,465/year, adjusted for inflation from 2009) and health insurance. Initial enquiries should be directed to Jeffrey J. Love (jlove@usgs.gov). Details of this particular opportunity and others supported by the Mendenhall program can be found at http://geology.usgs.gov/postdoc/


(4) Fall AGU Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 14-18 December 2009 - abstracts due 3 Sep at http://www.agu.org/meetings. (a) A45: "Atmospheric Acoustics for the Geosciences"


From Douglas Drob (douglas.drob@nrl.navy.mil).

The CEDAR community may be interested in a joint session with Atmospheres called A45: "Atmospheric Acoustics for the Geosciences" at http://www.agu.org/meetings/fm09/program/scientific_session_search.php?show=detail&sessid=544. Everybody is welcome to contribute and attend.