Community:Email 15oct10

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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent 15 Oct 2010. 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) 3-5 Nov 2010, Space Environment Applications, Systems, and Operations for National Security (SEASONS), JHU/APL. From Margaret Simon (margaret.simon@jhuapl.edu). See also https://secwww.jhuapl.edu/SEASONS/abstract.asp.

(2) 9-12 May 2011, Chapman conference on Modeling the Ionosphere/Thermosphere System, Charleston, SC - abstracts due 19 January 2011. From Art Richmond (richmond@ucar.edu). See also http://www.agu.org/meetings/chapman/2011/dcall/.

(3) 14-22 July 2012, 39th Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR 2012), Mysore, India. From cospar@cosparhq.cnes.fr. See also http://www.cospar-assembly.org

(4) Post-Doctoral research position to extend an ionosphere model below 90 km in LPC2E and CESR in France. From Pierre-Louis Blelly (Pierre-louis.blelly@cesr.fr).

(5) Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) position at the University of Bath, UK - apply by 31 October. From Nick Mitchell (n.j.mitchell@bath.ac.uk). See also http://www.bath.ac.uk/jobs/Vacancy.aspx?ref=RS267

(6) Invitation to apply for a Max Planck Research Group for 5 years by 17 November. From: Johannes Stecker <stecker at mps.mpg.de>. From SPA Newsletter 8 October 2010. See also http://www.mprg.mpg.de and http://www.mps.mpg.de


(1) 3-5 Nov 2010, Space Environment Applications, Systems, and Operations for National Security (SEASONS), JHU/APL.


From Margaret Simon (margaret.simon@jhuapl.edu

SEASONS Conference Registration is open at https://secwww.jhuapl.edu/SEASONS/register/default.asp

The Space Environment Applications, Systems, and Operations for National Security (SEASONS) conference will be held November 3 -5, 2010 at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, MD. SEASONS is a biennial forum for Military, Government, University, and Contractors with an interest in the Space environment to discuss the impacts of space weather on DoD and intelligence community systems, and the applications and requirements for space-weather sensors and algorithms to mitigate these impacts and enhance operations.

Highlights of the 2010 conference agenda (https://secwww.jhuapl.edu/SEASONS/agenda.asp) includes talks by the following officials with a stake in the space weather environment:

  • Lt. Gen. Larry D. James, Commander, Joint Functional Component Command - Space, United States Strategic Command and Commander, 14th Air Force
  • Dr. Fred P. Lewis, Director of Weather, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  • Aurea L. Rivera, Senior Intelligence Engineer, Data Exploitation, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
  • Samuel P. Williamson, Federal Coordinator for Meteorology, Silver Spring, MD
  • Dr. Richard Fisher, Director, Heliophysics Division, NASA, Washington D.C.

The RBSP spacecraft integration and APL facility tours (https://secwww.jhuapl.edu/SEASONS/rbsptours.asp) may have a few vacancies. Register promptly to ensure your eligibility as participation is limited.

Official abstract submission has closed, but late abstracts (https://secwww.jhuapl.edu/SEASONS/speakers_submit.asp) are considered. Please see the submission page for further instructions. The conference is open to U.S. Citizens with a Secret Clearance and an interest and stake in the space environment. Please visit the Security Information page (https://secwww.jhuapl.edu/SEASONS/secInfo.asp) for details on how to confirm your security clearances through a visit request to APL's Visitor Control.


(2) 9-12 May 2011, Chapman conference on Modeling the Ionosphere/Thermosphere System, Charleston, SC - abstracts due 19 January 2011.


From Art Richmond (richmond@ucar.edu).

The science focus of the conference is to better understand the physics of the coupled ionosphere/thermosphere (IT) system. This system is controlled largely by local ion-neutral processes but there can be strong forcings from below (e.g., tides, gravity waves, upper atmosphere winds) and above (e.g., solar EUV, high latitude heating from precipitating electrons, and region 1 and 2 current systems) that impact its behavior. Thus, it is not an isolated system but can be thought of as a transition layer between the Earth's atmosphere and space; viewed from this vantage point, it is clear that it plays a vital role in forecasting space weather. Given the importance of the IT system, as well as its fundamental role as a laboratory to study ion-neutral coupling dynamics, it is timely to have a Chapman Conference to address the current state of the existing models and the future modeling needs of the IT community.

Given the complexity of the IT system, large-scale computational models of the ionosphere and thermosphere are required to provide a basic understanding of the key physical processes that govern the system, as well as to provide a quantitative description of its behavior that can be compared to observational data. Such models have been developed and are being used extensively to understand and model the IT system, as well as to aid in the development of space weather operational systems. The objectives of the conference are to provide the IT community with the following:

•a basic description of IT models including the equations that are solved and the numerical methods and algorithms used, •examples of applications to the IT system with comparisons to data •assessment of strengths and weaknesses of the models •test simulations that elucidate those strengths and weaknesses, and •identification of future efforts to improve the IT modeling capability. One goal of the conference is to identify all of the IT models that currently exist and list their characteristics. An additional goal of the conference is to ‘deconstruct’ the complex coupled IT models into constituent components and focus on specific numerical techniques and physical processes. Not only will this provide a firm basis to understand IT modeling but will form a framework by which to explore new and/or improved couplings within IT models.

Conveners

  1. J. D. Huba, Naval Research Laboratory huba@ppd.nrl.navy.mil
  2. R. W. Schunk, Utah State University schunk@cc.usu.edu
  3. A. Ridley, University of Michigan ridley@umich.edu

Abstracts are due 19 January 2011. See also http://www.agu.org/meetings/chapman/2011/dcall/.


(3) 14-22 July 2012, 39th Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR 2012), Mysore, India.


From cospar@cosparhq.cnes.fr.

Contact:
COSPAR Secretariat, c/o CNES, 2 place Maurice Quentin, 75039 Paris Cedex 01, France
Tel: +33 1 44 76 75 10
Fax: +33 1 44 76 74 37
cospar@cosparhq.cnes.fr
http://www.cospar-assembly.org

Scientific Program Chair: Prof. U.R. Rao, Department of Space, India

Abstract Deadline: Mid-February 2012


Topics:

Approximately 100 meetings covering the fields of COSPAR Scientific Commissions (SC) and Panels:

  • SC A: The Earth's Surface, Meteorology and Climate
  • SC B: The Earth-Moon System, Planets, and Small Bodies of the Solar System
  • SC C: The Upper Atmospheres of the Earth and Planets Including Reference Atmospheres
  • SC D: Space Plasmas in the Solar System, Including Planetary Magnetospheres
  • SC E: Research in Astrophysics from Space
  • SC F: Life Sciences as Related to Space
  • SC G: Materials Sciences in Space
  • SC H: Fundamental Physics in Space
  • Panel on Satellite Dynamics (PSD)
  • Panel on Scientific Ballooning (PSB)
  • Panel on Potentially Environmentally Detrimental Activities in Space (PEDAS)
  • Panel on Radiation Belt Environment Modelling (PRBEM)
  • Panel on Space Weather (PSW)
  • Panel on Planetary Protection (PPP)
  • Panel on Capacity Building (PCB)
  • Panel on Education (PE)
  • Panel on Exploration (PEX)
  • Special events: interdisciplinary lectures, round table, etc.

Selected papers published in Advances in Space Research, a fully refereed journal with no deadlines open to all submissions in relevant fields.


(4) Post-Doctoral research position to extend an ionosphere model below 90 km in LPC2E and CESR in France.


From Pierre-Louis Blelly (Pierre-louis.blelly@cesr.fr).

The Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l’Environnement et de l’Espace (LPC2E, Orléans) and the Centre d’Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements (CESR, Toulouse) jointly seek a Post-Doctoral Fellow to reinforce the capacity of their ionospheric research groups in numerical modelling. Applicants will need a good working knowledge in the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere-ionosphere system. Under a contract with the Delegation Générale pour l’Armement (DGA), the French Defence Agency, the successful applicant will have the responsibility to extend an existing numerical model of the upper ionosphere to the lower altitudes, below 90 km (D and low E regions). In particular, in the view of building an efficient numerical model, the successful applicant will have to determine the best way to characterize the present species and to account for the dominant physical and chemical processes in this complex region in strong interaction with the atmosphere. The model will then be used to build a database of numerical simulations for a wide range of geophysical conditions and, as part of the contract, this database will serve to develop an operational model of the lower ionosphere for the propagation of VLF/LF waves.

The suitable applicants should have a PhD in space physics or atmospheric science, and a good skill in computer programming will be viewed as advantageous. The successful applicant will be expected to publish in the refereed literature and present findings at scientific symposia and strongly encouraged to develop collaborations with the international aeronomy community.

The position is for 16 months and will be divided between Orléans and Toulouse. Interested persons should contact Dr. Pierre-Louis Blelly (Pierre-louis.blelly@cesr.fr) or Dr. Michel Parrot (Michel.Parrot@cnrs-orleans.fr) for further information.


(5) Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) position at the University of Bath, UK - apply by 31 October.


From Nick Mitchell (n.j.mitchell@bath.ac.uk).

http://www.bath.ac.uk/jobs/Vacancy.aspx?ref=RS267

Reader, Senior Lecturer or Lecturer in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
Electronic & Electrical Engineering
£36,715 - £43,840 (Lecturer), £45,155 - £52,347 (Reader / Senior Lecturer)
Closing Date: Sunday 31 October 2010
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: RS267

The Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering is seeking to appoint a Reader, Senior Lecturer or Lecturer in global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) and their exploitation for scientific and engineering studies. A particular interest is in the use of such systems for remote sensing of the space and atmospheric environment. Key areas of interest include:

  1. GNSS systems
  2. Solar-terrestrial (“space weather”) or terrestrial environmental measurements and their exploitation for engineering or scientific research
  3. Spacecraft charging and particle vulnerability
  4. Radio propagation in the space and atmospheric environment
  5. RF engineering
  6. Radio remote sensing

The department scored highly in RAE2008 and is placed in the UK top 10 for research. The successful candidate will join the department’s Centre for Space, Atmospheric & Oceanic Science and the INVERT Centre, which specialises in inverse problems in imaging. These Centres form a lively research community of eight academic staff and more than 30 postdoctoral researchers and PhD students.

Applicants should hold a PhD in a relevant subject and have a proven track record of high-quality research publications in the leading international literature. For appointment to either Reader or Senior Lecturer applicants must have a track record in securing research funding and in research management. The successful candidate will play a key role in helping shape the teaching of GNSS and related subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Informal enquiries about the post may be made to Professor Nicholas Mitchell, Head of Department (email: N.J.Mitchell@bath.ac.uk). Email details to a friend or apply online at http://www.bath.ac.uk/jobs/Vacancy.aspx?ref=RS267

Further details:

  • Job Description & Person Specification
  • Background Information
  • Terms of Employment

Bath, an Equal Opportunities Employer



(6) Invitation to apply for a Max Planck Research Group for 5 years by 17 November.


From: Johannes Stecker <stecker at mps.mpg.de>.

The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Katlenburg-Lindau (near Goettingen), Germany, invites outstanding young scientists in the field of Solar, Solar-Terrestrial, Solar-Stellar, or other Solar System related research to apply for a Max Planck Research Group within the Max Planck Society's selection program for autumn/winter 2010.

The successful candidates will be offered a Max Planck Research Group for a period of five years. This includes a W2 position equivalent to the associate professor level and a five-year grant (that covers postdoc and PhD student positions, and a budget for travel, publication costs and other expendables as well as for investments such as computers or other equipment). Complete information about the Max Planck Research Group selection program and the application details are available at http://www.mprg.mpg.de.

We offer administrative help with the application procedure and we will be delighted to host the group of a successful applicant in our field of research. The group would benefit from the institute's infrastructure which includes administrative and technical support, library, visitor housing etc., from scientific exchange with existing research groups at the Institute and from our multicultural atmosphere. We also offer complete freedom in the choice of research topics within the broad theme of solar system and related research. The Institute plans to move to a new building in the picturesque university town of Goettingen in roughly 3 years time. Additional information about the MPS can be found at http://www.mps.mpg.de.

For further questions you may contact Johannes Stecker, stecker@mps.mpg.de, Sami K. Solanki, solanki@mps.mpg.de, or Laurent Gizon, gizon@mps.mpg.de, who is currently heading a Max Planck Research Group at the MPS.

The deadline for applications is November 17, 2010.