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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent 29 May 2012. 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) Poll of Possible Joint Space Physics and Aeronomy (SPA) and Solar Physics Division (SPD Meeting - respond 'yes' or 'no' to James Klimchuk (GSFC-6710) <james.a.klimchuk at nasa.gov>.

(2) Job as Associate Professor in Space Physics at University of Tromso, Norway - applications due 24 June. From Fredriksen Åshild <ashild.fredriksen at uit.no>. See also http://www.jobbnorge.no/job.aspx?jobid=83536

(3) CEDAR Workshop: ‘Can we build a scientifically justified and well-integrated plan for the future development and deployment of existing and new Incoherent Scatter Radars?’, Tuesday 26 June 2012, 1000AM-noon Sunset, Santa Fe, NM. From Organizer Tony van Eyken (anthony.vaneyken at sri.com) and Chair Dave Hysell (david.hysell at cornell.edu). See also http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2012_Workshop:InFO_Strawman_ISR_Plan

(4) Joint Cluster-THEMIS meeting (including ARTEMIS), LASP, Colorado, USA, 1-5 October 2012. From Matt Taylor <mtaylor at rssd.esa.int> and May 25 SPA Newsletter. See also http://sci.esa.int/clusterworkshop

(5) International AGU Chapman Conference on: "Hemispheric and Longitude Dependence of Space Weather", 12-16 November 2012, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Abstracts due 12 July 2012. From Tim Fuller-Rowell <tim.fuller-rowell at noaa.gov>. See also http://www.agu.org/meetings/chapman/2012/fcall/

(6) ISWI & MAGDAS School, September 17 – 26, 2012, Bandung, Indonesia - applications due 30 June. From: Nat Gopalswamy <nat.gopalswamy at nasa.gov> and May 25 SPA Newsletter. See also http://iswimagdas2012.dirgantara-lapan.or.id/application/register.php


(1) Poll of Possible Joint Space Physics and Aeronomy (SPA) and Solar Physics Division (SPD Meeting - respond 'yes' or 'no' (to the email below)


From James Klimchuk (GSFC-6710) <james.a.klimchuk at nasa.gov>.

Several months ago, I conducted a survey about a possible joint meeting between the AGU Space Physics and Aeronomy (SPA) Section and the AAS Solar Physics Division (SPD). The motivation for the idea is reproduced below from the original article. The responses were overwhelmingly in favor of a joint meeting (94%), and many people were enthusiastically supportive in their written comments. However, the total number of respondents was rather low (79). Before proceeding with a joint meeting, we need to know whether there would be strong participation from all communities, especially from the geospace community. We can count on many solar and inner heliospheric scientists, but how many ionospheric, magnetospheric, and outer heliospheric scientists would attend? Please help by sending an e-mail to James.A.Klimchuk@nasa.gov with a simple “yes” or “no” in the subject line in response to this question:


If a joint SPA-SPD meeting were held every third year in the spring timeframe, would you likely attend?


Please indicate in the body of the message whether your primary AGU affiliation is with SA (Aeronomy), SM (Magnetospheric Physics), or SH (Solar and Heliospheric Physics). Thank you very much for your help.

From the original article:

As many of you will recall, there was a tradition for the Solar Physics Division (SPD) of the American Astronomical Society to meet jointly with American Geophysical Union every third spring. This practice stopped in 2008 when the AGU switched to the Meeting of the Americas format. We are now exploring whether there is interest in restarting joint meetings, but this time with only the Space Physics and Aeronomy (SPA) Section, not the full AGU. The suggestion is to meet every third year in the spring timeframe. This would constitute the annual SPD meeting for that year, as before, but it would be an entirely new meeting for the rest of the SPA community. There would be cross-disciplinary sessions among solar, heliospheric, magnetospheric, and ionospheric physics, but a majority of sessions would likely be “stand alone.” The primary benefit is to gather together the full Heliophysics community at one venue. Valuable interactions would take place during poster sessions, formal social events (e.g., ice breaker and banquet), and informal gatherings at restaurants and “refreshment establishments.”

While scientific exchange is the main purpose of the meeting, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the whole Heliophysics community must stand united in order to maintain and, hopefully, increase its support from the national funding agencies. A joint meeting would be one way to promote this unity and would be an ideal opportunity for the community to advocate and to develop strategies for advocating our science.

James A. Klimchuk, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, <james.a.klimchuk at nasa.gov>.


(2) Job as Associate Professor in Space Physics at University of Tromso, Norway - applications due 24 June.


From Fredriksen Åshild <ashild.fredriksen at uit.no>.

Associate Professor in Space Physics: Førsteamanuensis (Associate Professor) in Space Physics at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics and Technology.

  • Application deadline: 24.6.2012
  • Applications shall be marked: Ref. 2012/1596

The University of Tromsø, Faculty of Science and Technology, has a position vacant as førsteamanuensis (Associate Professor) in Space Physics. The position belongs to the Department of Physics and Technology, and the research group in Space Physics.

Further information about the position is available by contacting: Head of Department, Professor Alfred Hanssen email: Alfred.hanssen@uit.no, tel.: +47 77 64 51 82, or Professor Unni Pia Løvhaug email: unni.pia.lovhaug@uit.no, tel.: +47 77 64 62 92 More information can be found at http://www.jobbnorge.no/job.aspx?jobid=83536

Application documents shall be sent to: Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Tromsø, N-9037 Tromsø, Norway. In addition the application must be submitted electronically via the application form available at this page.

The position’s affiliation: The Faculty of Science and Technology consists of the following departments: Department of Chemistry, Department of Computer Science, Department of Engineering and Safety, Department of Geology, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and Department of Physics and Technology.

The Department of Physics and Technology consists of three research groups: (1) Energy and climate physics, (2) Space physics, and (3) Electrical engineering. The department provides education at the Bachelor, Master, and PhD levels. The department comprises 18 permanent professors, and a technical/administrative staff of 9 persons. The department conducts research and education at a high international level, and our employees are engaged in several international collaborative projects.

The position’s field of research/field of work In consideration of the group’s research development and resources of the department, the successful applicant must be prepared to take part in research activities within fields already established within the group. Within the space physics group at the Department of Physics and Technology, the main research activity within the polar upper atmosphere (ionosphere) is by usage of EISCAT’s incoherent scatter radar- and heating facilities as well as ground-based infrastructure in Ramfjordmoen near Tromsø, as well as the EISCAT Svalbard Radar. EISCAT is an international research project where 7 countries are participating. A new EISCAT 3D system is in a preparatory phase, funded by EU. Facilities for high resolution interferometric observations of fine structures in the ionosphere as well as mesospheric studies have been employed recently. The group is involved in rocket experiments from the Andøya Rocket Range and from Svalbard, and takes part in the research at the LIDAR facility ALOMAR at Andøya. The experimental activity at the in-house plasma laboratory (Aurolab) is oriented towards phenomena and processes with relevance for the ionosphere and for solar wind plasmas.

Qualification requirements: For appointment as førsteamanuensis (Associate Professor), the applicant requires:

  • A Norwegian doctoral degree in the subject area concerned or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognised as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree or
  • competence at a corresponding level documented by academic work of the same scope and quality.

The applicant must be able to document scientific knowledge at high international standard and teaching experience within the field of space physics and/or space plasma physics.

The successful applicant must participate in the teaching of general and space physics to students, at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including providing supervision for master’s and PhD thesis projects.

The department wants to strengthen the experimental activity in space physics, in particular by initiating experiments that will utilise the large research infrastructure that exists in northern Norway and on Svalbard. It is expected that the successful applicant will cooperate with national as well as international research groups, and that he/she commits to take an active role in attracting external research funding.

Further, applicants must be able to document teaching qualifications in the form of university-level teaching seminars, other teaching education or through having developed a teaching portfolio. Alternatively, after carrying out an assessment of the applicant’s practical teaching skills, the committee may determine that this may be regarded as of equal value to formal teaching qualifications. For further information about requirements for teaching qualifications, refer to the website about teacher training courses.

Emphasis shall be attached to personal suitability.

Applicants must have a good command of Norwegian, Swedish or Danish, or he /she must be willing to learn Norwegian within a reasonable period.

Working conditions: At the University of Tromsø the allocation of working hours shall be flexible and allocated on a case by case basis.

As a general principle, a førsteamanuensis (Associate Professor) shall spend an equal amount of time on teaching and research and development work, after time spent on other duties has been deducted. As a norm the time resources spent on administrative duties constitutes 5 % for academic staff in this category of position.

Moreover, applicants shall refer to the Retningslinjer for fordeling av arbeidstid for ansatte i undervisnings- og forskerstillinger (Guidelines for allocation of working hours in teaching and research positions).

Employees in permanent positions as førsteamanuensis (Associate Professor) have the right to apply for a paid sabbatical (research and development), cf. Retningslinjene for fordeling av FoU-termin (Guidelines for the allocation of R&D sabbatical).

The successful applicant must be willing to engage himself/herself in the ongoing development of his/her discipline and the university as a whole.

Remuneration for førsteamanuensis (Associate Professor) is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1011. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

Assessment: The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee’s mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants’ qualifications based on the written material presented by the applicants, and the detailed description drawn up for the position.

The applicants who are assessed as the best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position. A trial lecture may also be held.

Interim appointment: In the event that there are no suitably qualified applicants for the position, an interim appointment for a period of no more than three years may be made, cf. Section 5 no. 1 of the regulations appurtenant to the Civil Service Act and Section 6-5; subsection 1 of the Act relating to universities and university colleges. A permanent appointment shall be made upon application before the three-year period elapses based on a new assessment. The appointment will become permanent in the event that the applicant is found to be suitably qualified.

In the event of an interim appointment on the basis of lacking teaching qualifications, the applicant must document teaching qualifications through developing a teaching portfolio before the three-year period elapses. The appointment will become permanent in the event that the applicant is found to be suitably qualified.

Gender balance: The University of Tromsø wishes to increase the proportion of females in senior research positions. In the event that two or more applicants are found to be approximately equally qualified, female applicants will be given priority.

Application: The application must be submitted electronically via the application form available at this page. Note however, that it is not possible to send attachments via this application.

In addition, by the application deadline, four (4) copies of the following shall be sent directly to

Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Tromsø, NO-9037 Tromsø, NORWAY:

  • Letter of application
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
  • Certified copies of diplomas and references
  • Form for documentation of teaching qualifications
  • List of works and description of these (see below) The list of works shall contain the following information:
  • author(s), the work’s title
  • for articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year of publication
  • for publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages Academic works The applicant may submit up to 10 works that are central to his/her production. The applicant’s doctoral thesis is regarded in this context as one work.

The works must be submitted in three (3) copies arranged as three (3) complete sets. In addition, applicants may submit one copy of his/her additional listed works.

In addition, the applicant shall provide a description of his/her scientific production stating which works he/she considers the most important and shall therefore be the main emphasis of the assessment. A brief description of the other listed works shall also be included to demonstrate depth of production. These descriptions shall be an attachment to the application.

The works are to be sent, by the closing date for applications, directly to the above-mentioned address.

Applicants shall also refer to “Supplementary regulations for appointment and promotion to teaching and research positions at the University of Tromsø” and “Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts”.

Questions concerning the organisation of the working environment, such as the physical state of the place of employment, health service, possibility for flexible working hours, part time, etc. may be directed to the telephone reference in this announcement.

The University of Tromsø has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and therefore encourages qualified applicants to apply regardless of their age, gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background.

The University of Tromsø is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will therefore emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.

Personal data given in an application or CV will be processed in accordance with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal Data Act). In accordance with Section 25 subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. However, the University may nevertheless decide that the name of the applicant will be made public. The applicant will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.

UNIVERSITY OF TROMSØ, 9037 Tromsø, Norway


(3) CEDAR Workshop: ‘Can we build a scientifically justified and well-integrated plan for the future development and deployment of existing and new Incoherent Scatter Radars?’, Tuesday 26 June 2012, 1000AM-noon Sunset, Santa Fe, NM.


From Organizer Tony van Eyken (anthony.vaneyken at sri.com) and Chair Dave Hysell (david.hysell at cornell.edu).

A workshop is being organized to consider long-term deployment plans for the NSF Incoherent Scatter Radar Facilities and the AMISR radars in particular. Community input at the workshop will be an important component in the development of the draft future deployment plan.

A small committee has been tasked to prepare multiple possible deployment plans to inform discussion at this workshop. A number of these notional plans and timelines for scientific investigations involving AMISR redeployments will be presented.

Attendees will have the opportunity to voice their opinions and suggest and promote new ideas about how best to utilize the UAF instruments in pursuit of CEDAR goals. Substantial time will be available for these presentations and for community discussion.

Please come prepared with ideas and, if necessary, an explanatory slide or two.

See also http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2012_Workshop:InFO_Strawman_ISR_Plan


(4) Joint Cluster-THEMIS meeting (including ARTEMIS), LASP, Colorado, USA, 1-5 October 2012.


From Matt Taylor <mtaylor at rssd.esa.int>> and May 25 SPA Newsletter.

Dear Colleagues,

As you may know, the third Joint Cluster -THEMIS meeting (including ARTEMIS) will be hosted by our colleagues at LASP in Colorado, USA and will be held 1-5 October 2012. This announcement is to let you know that abstract submission and registration are now open. Please go to: http://sci.esa.int/clusterworkshop

The aim of the workshop is to showcase the science of the our current missions, particularly what can be done with multi-spacecraft missions and with multi- mission spacecraft analysis. Specific topics are:

  • 'Storms, substorms and magnetotail dynamics (including deep magnetotail and lunar interactions)'
  • 'Solar wind, shocks and magnetosheath'
  • 'Aurora, MI-coupling and high latitude magnetosphere'
  • 'Magnetopause and boundary layers'
  • 'Inner magnetosphere dynamics'

During the afternoon of Wednesday 3 October the Cluster team will hold its Annual Science Working Team (SWT) meeting during which time an update of instrument and spacecraft operations will be presented. A similar session will be held in parallel by the THEMIS/ARTEMIS team.

The workshop will consist of a plenary session and posters with the possibility of splinters and workshop style sessions (inc posters) on the various science addressed by Cluster and THEMIS/ARTEMIS and to look to upcoming mission such as RBSP and MMS and how our current missions can augment and enhance their science. We already have over 40 invited speakers, including a number of overview talks.

Best regards

Matt Taylor on behalf of the organising committee


(5) International AGU Chapman Conference on: "Hemispheric and Longitude Dependence of Space Weather", 12-16 November 2012, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Abstracts due 12 July 2012.


From Tim Fuller-Rowell <tim.fuller-rowell at noaa.gov>.

The International AGU Chapman Conference on "Longitude and Hemispheric Dependence of Space Weather" will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 12-16 November 2012. The conference will focus on two overarching themes: A) How does the ionospheric response to major solar events depend on hemisphere and longitude; and B) Expand the study of space weather to include day-to-day ionospheric variability, i.e., to those times when solar and geomagnetic activities are moderate and forcing from the lower atmosphere drives a lot of the variability. The latter will include examining the cause of longitude and hemispheric dependence in total electron content (TEC) and occurrence of plasma density irregularities.

The conference will include six main science topics:

(1) Hemispherical Dependence of Magnetospheric Energy Injection and the Thermosphere-Ionosphere Response;

(2) Longitude and Hemispheric Dependence of Storm-Enhanced Densities (SED);

(3) Response of the Thermosphere and Ionosphere to X-Ray and EUV

Time-History During Flares;

(4) Quiet-Time Longitude Spatial Structure in Total Electron Content and Electrodynamics;

(5) Temporal Response to Lower-Atmosphere Disturbances; and

(6) Ionospheric Irregularities and Scintillations.

The conference will also include a panel discussion on "What observations and activities are needed in the region to address the outstanding science questions".

Further information will be available shortly:

http://www.agu.org/meetings/chapman/2012/fcall/

Abstract deadline 12 July 2012

Conveners: Patricia Doherty (patricia.doherty@bc.edu), Endawoke Yizengaw (endawoke.kassie@bc.edu), Tim Fuller-Rowell (tim.fuller-rowell@noaa.gov), Gizaw Mengistu (gizaw_mengistu@gmx.net)


(6) ISWI & MAGDAS School, September 17 – 26, 2012, Bandung, Indonesia - applications due 30 June.


From: Nat Gopalswamy <nat.gopalswamy at nasa.gov> and May 25 SPA Newsletter.

The International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI) and the Scientific Committee on Solar Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP) have joined hand in running the 2012 Space Science School in Bandung, Indonesia during September 17-26, 2012. The school is hosted by the Space Science Center of National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) in Indonesia. The MAGDAS group from the Space environment Research Center (SERC) of Kyushu University is also a major sponsor of the school. The present school is a continuation of the previous successful schools conducted in Ethiopia (2010) and in Slovakia (2011).

The Space science school will be accompanied by a teacher workshop and instrument workshops to expose the participants to the opportunities available in hosting ground based instruments for space science research. Examples are solar telescope network, GPS network, Magnetometer network, and ionospheric monitors.

Lectures will cover from the solar interior to the impact of the solar variability on the terrestrial space environment. Space weather and Earth’s climate will also be included. In addition to lectures, the participants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in data analysis, observing, and instruments.

Selected participants will receive full funding. Participants with their own funding are also welcome to apply, but the total number of participants will be limited to about 60. Please submit all the data requested in the application on or before the registration due date on 30 June 2012. Incomplete applications will be rejected without further consideration. Please visit the web site: http://iswimagdas2012.bdg.lapan.go.id, go to Application online. One has to register first to establish username and password before submitting the application: http://iswimagdas2012.dirgantara-lapan.or.id/application/register.php

Nat Gopalswamy and Clara Yatini, School Directors