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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent 05 January 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) Two Research fellowships in atmospheric chemistry at University of Leeds, UK - applications due 23 January. From John Plane (j.m.c.plane at leeds.ac.uk). See also http://www.leeds.ac.uk/hr/jobs/index.htm.

(2) Tenure track position in Space Weather at George Mason University, VI - applications due 31 January. From Bob Weigel (rweigel at gmu.edu). See also http://spacs.gmu.edu/ (position number F8410Z) and http://spaceweather.gmu.edu/.


(1) Two Research fellowships in atmospheric chemistry at University of Leeds, UK - applications due 23 January.


From John Plane (j.m.c.plane@leeds.ac.uk).

Two Research Fellowships in Atmospheric Chemistry in the School of Chemistry at the University of Leeds are available.

These positions are part of the 5-year advanced grant project “Cosmic Dust in the Terrestrial Atmosphere (CODITA)”, funded by the European Research Council. You will join an international team studying the evolution of dust from comets and its impact in the atmospheres of the Earth and other solar system bodies.

The first fellowship, on the Chemistry of Planetary Atmospheres, will have two research aims: to study the layers of metallic ions observed in planetary atmospheres, by measuring the rates of dissociative recombination of metallic molecular ions with electrons; and to develop a novel reactor for simulating meteoric ablation in the laboratory.

The second fellowship, on the Chemistry of the Upper Atmosphere, will investigate the chemistry of the metallic layers in the mesosphere, the formation of meteoric smoke, and the nucleation of noctilucent clouds, using a reactor employing laser photo-ionization and time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

Suitable applicants for these positions should have a PhD in experimental physical/atmospheric chemistry, chemical physics, or a closely related discipline. You should be prepared to work as part of a dynamic team and, when appropriate, to use your initiative as an independent researcher.

Both positions are 54-month appointments, available from 1 April 2012. Salary in the range £29,972 - £35,788 depending on experience.

Further information on CODITA and Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of Leeds is available at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/hr/jobs/index.htm.

Informal enquiries to Professor John Plane, email j.m.c.plane@leeds.ac.uk, web http://www1.chem.leeds.ac.uk/JMCP/, tel +44 (0)113 343 8044.

Closing Date: 23 January 2012


(2) Tenure track position in Space Weather at George Mason University, VI - applications due 31 January.


From Bob Weigel (rweigel at gmu.edu).

The School of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences (SPACS) within the College of Science at George Mason University announces the opening of a tenure track position at the assistant professor level in Space Weather. The SPACS academic program, leading to BS, MS and PhD degrees in astronomy, physics, computational sciences, and data sciences (informatics), includes a strong and growing Space Weather Program with 2 tenured faculty, 10 research faculty, and 20 graduate students. The Space Weather Program emphasizes a systems approach to Sun-Earth connections and research involving data analysis, simulation, and modeling that has potential applications in space weather prediction.

The tenure-track position requires a PhD in a space weather-related research area, preferably in upper atmosphere/ionosphere physics. Experience in planetary research is a plus. The applicant should have the potential to support research and graduate students through sponsored programs.

Applicants should submit statements of research interests, teaching interests and philosophy, and curriculum vita online at http://jobs.gmu.edu/ (position number F8410Z; deadline January 31, 2012). For additional information, please contact Kathleen Enos <kenos1@gmu.edu> (703-993-3807).

The appointment will be in the newly formed School of Physics, Astronomy and Computational Sciences. SPACS has dynamic and growing graduate programs in physics, computational sciences, and data sciences that provides an ideal environment for faculty with an applied, collaborative orientation. For more information, see http://spacs.gmu.edu/ and the Space Weather Laboratory's website http://spaceweather.gmu.edu/.

George Mason University, Virginia’s largest public university, is located 15 miles from the US Capitol and is close to research centers and laboratories including the National Institutes of Health, Naval Research Laboratory, and the Goddard Space Flight Center. With more than 30,000 students, Mason is one of the fastest growing research universities in the country.