Community:Email 12nov13

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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent 12 November 2013. 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) C/NOFS CINDI ion data are now available on CDAWeb. From: Dieter Bilitza <dieter.bilitza-1 at nasa.gov> and Robin Coley <coley at utdallas.edu>. See also http://cdaweb.gsfc.nasa.gov

(2) Revised Agenda for Mini-GEM at AGU Sun Dec 8 at Westin Market St. From Xia Cai (xcai at vt.edu) and Barbara Emery (emery at ucar.edu). See also

(3) Postdoc on the Global Atmospheric Electric Circuit at NCAR - applications due 9 January. From: Art Richmond <Richmond at hao.ucar.edu>. See also http://www.asp.ucar.edu/pdfp/pd_announcement.php

(4) Faculty Position in Experimental Space Physics, University of Iowa. From: Craig Kletzing <craig-kletzing at uiowa.edu> in SPA Newsletter 8 November. See also Faculty job #63169 at http://jobs.uiowa.edu

(5) PhD student positions in the Radar and Rocket Department at the University of Rostock in Germany - applications due 15 December. From: Jorge Chau <chau at iap-kborn.de>. See also http://www.iap-kborn.de/Department-­Radar-­sounding-­and-­sounding-­rockets.radarsondierungen.0.html?&L=1

(6) Heliophysics 2014 Summer School, July 9-16, 2014 - Boulder, CO. From: Susanne Demaree <sdemaree at ucar.edu>. See also http://www.vsp.ucar.edu/Heliophysics


(1) C/NOFS CINDI ion data are now available on CDAWeb.


From: Dieter Bilitza <dieter.bilitza-1 at nasa.gov> and Robin Coley <coley at utdallas.edu>.

The high-resolution (0.5 – 1.0 sec) ion data from the C/NOFS CINDI experiment are now available for browsing and downloading in CDF and ASCII format on SPDF’s CDAWeb at http://cdaweb.gsfc.nasa.gov . The Coupled Ion Neutral Dynamics Investigation (CINDI, PI: Rod Heelis) is the NASA-funded part of the payload on the Air Force’s Communications/Navigation Outage Forecasting System (C/NOFS) satellite. C/NOFS was placed into a low Earth orbit with orbital inclination of 13° and a perigee of 400 km and an apogee of 850 km.

Goddard’s Space Physics Data Facility (SPDF) is responsible for the archiving of non-solar data from NASA’s heliospheric satellite missions and CDAWeb is its prime data access tool. Total ion density, ion composition, ion temperature, and ion drift vector measured by the CINDI Ion Velocity Meter (IVM) are currently available from August 8, 2008 up to September 2012 and will be updated regularly. The IVM data are also accessible in HDF format from a server at the University of Texas Dallas: http://cindispace.utdallas.edu/.

In addition to the IVM data CDAWeb already provides access to data from two other C/NOFS instruments: the Vector Electric Field Investigation (VEFI, PI: Rob Pfaff, GSFC) and the Planar Langmuir Probe (PLP, PI: Don Hunton, AFRL). VEFI is a collection of instruments including 6 electric field booms, a 3-axis magnetometer, a spherical Langmuir probe, and a lightning detector (LD, PI: Robert Holzworth, U Washington). The data on CDAWeb include the electric and magnetic field data and LD data from VEFI and electron density and temperature data from PLP.


(2) Revised Agenda for Mini-GEM at AGU Sun Dec 8 at Westin Market St.


From Xia Cai (xcai at vt.edu) and Barbara Emery (emery at ucar.edu).

The mini-GEM meeting Sunday Dec 8 takes place at the Westin Market St hotel in San Francisco on 50 Third St. Here is a revised agenda where the time of the afternoon meetings has shifted, and the special session on van Allen Probes shifted from 4PM to 1030AM.

The Outflow, GEM-CEDAR CCMC, and stormtime sessions should be of particular interest to CEDAR participants. There is no registration fee.

1030-noon: (1) ULTIMA Forum on ground-based magnetometers; (2) Radiation Belts and Wave Modeling; (3) Special Session: Science and Data Resources of the Van Allen Probes Mission Now Available 1 year after launch.

noon-0150PM: (1) ULTIMA (cont); (2) Rad Belts (cont); (3) Ionospheric Outflow; (4) GGCM-Metrics and Validation; (5) Scentific Magnetic Mapping and Techniques; 6) Tail-Inner Magnetosphere Interactions; (7) Transient Phenomena at Magnetopause and Bow Shock and Ground Signatures

0150-0220PM: Coffee and Ice Cream Break

0220-0410PM: (1) ULTIMA (cont); (2) Rad Belts (cont); (3) GEM-CEDAR Joint CCMC Session; (4) The Magnetosheath; (5) Mapping (cont), (6) Stormtime Inner Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Convection; (7) Magnetic Reconnection in the Magnetosphere

0410-0420PM: Break (no refreshments)

0420-0610PM: (1) New Focus Group Proposals - GEM Steering Committee; (2) GEM-CEDAR (cont); (3) THEMIS software training; (4) Reconnection (cont)

0630-0930PM: GEM Steering Committee Dinner (CEDAR Steering Committee members on the joint GEM-CEDAR committee who wish to attend should contact xcai at vt.edu.)

The agenda now is available online at: http://spc.igpp.ucla.edu/gem/pdf/2013_mini_gem_agenda_final.pdf

Please contact Xia (xcai at vt.edu) if you have any question regarding the Workshop.


(3) Postdoc on the Global Atmospheric Electric Circuit at NCAR - applications due 9 January.


From: Art Richmond <Richmond at hao.ucar.edu>.

As part of the project "Electrical Connections and Consequences Within the Earth System" (http://sisko.colorado.edu/FESD/), a collaboration among researchers at the University of Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and Pennsylvania State University, a postdoctoral scientist position is available at NCAR for research on the global atmospheric electric circuit. The scientist will collaborate with team members at all three institutions to conduct research in one or more of the following areas: processes controlling the charge and discharge of electrified clouds and their representation in numerical models, 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 circuit. Career- development activities will include group meetings and presentations and scientific workshops and conferences, and may include contributing to educational programs and serving on committees.

A Ph.D. or Sc.D. or equivalent experience is required. Numerical modeling experience in atmospheric physics is desirable. The position is for one year, with possibility of one-year renewal. The selection process will be coordinated with the NCAR Advanced Study Program (ASP) which begins accepting applications November 15, and has a deadline of 2014 January 9. Complete application instructions are at http://www.asp.ucar.edu/pdfp/pd_announcement.php. ASP applicants prepare a research proposal of their own choice, in consultation with one or more NCAR scientists. The scientists involved with the global atmospheric electric circuit project are Wiebke Deierling (deierlin at ucar.edu), Art Richmond (richmond at ucar.edu), and Wenbin Wang (wbwang at ucar.edu). Applicants should select the "AtmosElec" designator when submitting their application.


4) Faculty Position in Experimental Space Physics, University of Iowa.


From: Craig Kletzing <craig-kletzing at uiowa.edu> in SPA Newsletter 8 November.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa seeks a successful space physics experimentalist with a record of involvement in spaceflight hardware. All areas of experimental space physics will be considered, including areas not represented by our current research. For a complete job description and to apply go to http://jobs.uiowa.edu refer to requisition 63169.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


(5) PhD student positions in the Radar and Rocket Department at the University of Rostock in Germany - applications due 15 December.


From: Jorge Chau <chau at iap-kborn.de>.

The Leibniz-­Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) at Rostock University, Kühlungsborn (Germany) accepts applications for 2 to 4 fully funded Ph.D. student positions in the Radar and Rocket Department in lower thermosphere and mesosphere research.

The IAP in Kuhlungsborn is a leading European atmospheric research institute especially known for its experimental and theoretical investigation of the middle atmosphere. Experimental approaches focus on optical and radar soundings, as well as sounding rockets. A complete list of our research instruments and general topics can be found at: http://www.iap-kborn.de/Department-­Radar-­sounding-­and-­sounding-­rockets.radarsondierungen.0.html?&L=1

Current research activities of our department include among others:

  • A. mesospheric turbulence obtained with radar and in-situ measurement techniques using MF, SAURA, MAARSY, OSWIN, Rockets, and other.
  • B. radio propagation in the D-region and its application on deriving mesospheric/lower thermosphere parameters using MF, SAURA, MAARSY, MF-MS, Rockets, and other.
  • C. meteoric smoke, microphysics of mesospheric ice particles using MAARSY, Rockets, and other.
  • D. atmospheric winds and waves characterization at different altitudes, latitudes/longitudes, and varying time scales using existing data and Specular Meteor Radar in addition to all other instruments except Rockets.
  • E. extraction and analysis of atmospheric wave parameters developing new techniques from multi-frequency, multi-station (MF-MS), multi-instrument analysis using Specular Meteor Radar in addition to all other instruments except Rockets.
  • F. E-region plasma irregularities and their use in diagnosing the lower thermosphere at mid and high latitudes using MAARSY, MF-MS, Rockets and other.

Depending on the selected topic, the students are expected to be involved in the development and/or improvement of measuring and analyzing techniques, both at the instrumental as well as processing/analyzes levels.

We are now seeking highly motivated Ph.D. students to work on these topics in our Radar and Rocket Department. Besides the specific topics of our Department, the students are expected to be in close interaction with colleagues and students from the other two IAP Departments (Theory and Optical), for example, via the existing Matrix Research Groups. The students would also enjoy the diverse and international atmosphere at IAP.

Required qualifications: Master and/or Diploma degree in any of these fields (or similar):

  • Experimental/Applied physics
  • Atmospheric physics
  • Plasma physics
  • Mathematics
  • Meteorology

Expertise on computer programming with Matlab, IDL, Python, Fortran, C++ or equivalent is recommended.

The positions are available for one year with a possibility for up to 3 years extension. Interested candidates should send their application before December 15th, 2013 to: Leibniz Institute for Atmospheric Physics (Radar and Rocket Department), Schloss Str. 6 18225, Kühlungsborn Germany

including: letter of intent (no more than one page), CV, academic grades, and at least 1 academic reference. In addition, please indicate preference (if any) on the topics A-F listed above.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Jorge L. Chau, email: chau at iap-­kborn.de


(6) Heliophysics 2014 Summer School, July 9-16, 2014 - Boulder, CO.


From: Susanne Demaree <sdemaree at ucar.edu>.

Special Opportunity for Students and Teachers

Comparative Heliophysics, July 9-16, 2014 - Boulder, CO

Deadline is 22 February

Applications are invited for the 2014 Heliophysics Summer School, which will be held in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. We are seeking students and undergraduate level teachers and instructors to join us this coming summer for a unique professional experience. Students and teachers will learn about the exciting science of heliophysics as a broad, coherent discipline that reaches in space from the Earth's troposphere to the depths of the Sun, and in time from the formation of the solar system to the distant future. At the same time, a goal of the Summer School is for the group of instructors to develop materials from Heliophysics that can be applied in their classes. The Heliophysics Summer School focuses on the physics of space weather events that start at the Sun and influence atmosphere, ionosphere and magnetosphere of Earth and their counterparts around the other planets throughout the solar system. The solar system offers a wide variety of conditions under which the interaction of bodies with a plasma environment can be studied, while the rich variety of exoplanet systems being discovered and modeled offers an even richer ground to explore. Similarly rich is the variety of activity phenomena seen on stars like the Sun: where our limited lifespan offers us only a direct view of solar activity for its present-day evolutionary status, comparative stellar astrophysics enables us to effectively study solar conditions for ensembles of thousands of years of solar time, and thereby to explore solar and heliospheric activity in distant past and future.

The 2014 Summer School will focus on the foundations of heliophysics while exploring connections to adjacent disciplines from the perspective of our local cosmos: stars like the Sun, planets like those in the solar system, and formation histories not too dissimilar from those that are relevant to understanding the formation, evolution, and present state of our immediate space environment.

The school will be based on lectures, laboratories, and recitations from world experts, and will draw material from the three textbooks Heliophysics I-III, published by Cambridge University Press. Several teachers along with about 35 students will be selected through a competitive process organized by the UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs. The school lasts for eight days, and each participant receives full travel support for airline tickets, lodging and per diem costs.

Student Application Requirements

  • Currently enrolled as a graduate student in any phase of training, or first or second year postdoctoral fellow.
  • Major in physics with an emphasis on astrophysics, geophysics, plasma physics, and space physics, or experienced in at least one of these areas.
  • Pursuing a career in heliophysics or astrophysics.

Teacher Application Requirements

  • At least three years of teaching experience. (Already having a connection with heliophysics is not a requirement.)
  • Currently teaching physics (preferably electricity & magnetism), astronomy/planetary science, or Earth sciences at the upper division undergraduate level.
  • Willingness to provide feedback to the Summer School faculty and organizers on the comprehensibility and comprehensiveness of the overall set of lectures and supporting materials.

For additional information on this program and instructions on how to apply, please visit the Heliophysics website at http://www.vsp.ucar.edu/Heliophysics

For further information, call (303) 497-8649 or e-mail vspapply@ucar.edu

The Living With a Star program of the Heliophysics Division in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate sponsors the Summer Schools. The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Visiting Scientist Programs collaborates with NASA in administering the schools. The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is an EE/AAE who values and encourages diversity in the workplace. Images courtesy of NASA.