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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent 16 November 2011. Meetings and jobs are listed at 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) Announcement: CAWSES-II TG4 newsletter, Issue 6 at in on-line. From Michi Nishioka <>.

(2) Summer 2012 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at MIT Haystack Observatory due 1 February 2012. From KT Paul (ktpaul at See also

(3) PolarDARN Radar Engineer position, University of Saskatchewan From: Cindy Jelinski < Cindy.Jelinski at>. See also

(1) Announcement: CAWSES-II TG4 newsletter, Issue 6 at in on-line.

From Michi Nishioka <nishioka at>.

The sixth CAWSES-II TG4 newsletter is issued. It can be downloaded from the CAWSES-II Wiki page at

The purpose of this newsletter is to make more communications among scientists related to the CAWSES-II Task Group 4 (particularly between those of the atmosphere and the ionosphere). The editors would like to invite you to submit the following articles to the TG4 newsletter. Our newsletter has four categories of the articles:

  1. Articles: ~500 words and four figures (maximum)-----on campaign, ground observations, satellite observations, modeling, workshop/conference/symposium report, etc
  2. Highlights on young scientists: ~200 words and two figures-----on his/him own work related to CAWSES-TG4
  3. Short news: ~100 words-----announcements of campaign, workshop, etc

4# List of planned workshop

Category 2 (Highlights on young scientists) helps both young scientists and TG4 members to know each other. Please contact the editors for recommendation of young scientists who are willing to write an article on this category. Your suggestions and comments on this newsletter are also very welcome.

Editor of CAWSES-II TG4 newsletter, Michi Nishioka (nishioka at

(2) Summer 2012 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at MIT Haystack Observatory due 1 February 2012.

From KT Paul (ktpaul at

Undergraduate science, mathematics, engineering, and computer science students are invited to apply for summer research positions at the MIT Haystack Observatory in Westford, MA. Research projects include radio astronomical studies, atmospheric physics investigations, and hardware and software development for data acquisition and processing. The program extends from June 4 to August 10, 2012 and carries a weekly stipend of $500.00. Women, minorities and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For further information and application materials, see

Application deadline is 1 February 2012

From: Cindy Jelinski < Cindy.Jelinski at>

The University of Saskatchewan is the headquarters for the Canadian SuperDARN, Super Dual Aurora Radar Network, program. SuperDARN is an international collaboration involving 9 principal countries and more than 25 radar systems installed around the world. The Canadian SuperDARN program is a key partner in the international collaboration. Canada's strong technical team is currently responsible for the operation of four SuperDARN radar systems. These radars are located at Saskatoon, SK; Prince George, BC; Rankin Inlet, NU; and Inuvik, NT. A fifth additional system is under development for installation at Clyde River, NU. The radar systems located at Rankin Inlet, Inuvik and Clyde River are unique in their geographic location, by providing coverage over the majority of the polar cap, and they are collectively known as PolarDARN.

PolarDARN - Radar Engineer

Job Description There is a requirement for a radar engineer within the PolarDARN program. The main duties will relate to assisting the system engineer with the development of radar operating system components, as well as sub-system firmware as needed for hardware integration and radar operation. Due to the complexity of the radar system, the individual will also be required to work with and develop a thorough understanding of the electronic sub-systems integrated in the complete instrument. The individual must be able to communicate scientific and technical details to the stakeholders. The individual must also be able to offer creative solutions, including complete and workable deliverables. The individual will be required to identify and prioritise potential development areas, while working both independently and within a team environment. Multitasking will be required to provide support in a diverse project environment, while maintaining an organised program. Part of the responsibilities will include occasional travel to the radar sites for system installation, upgrades and maintenance.

Minimum Requirements The successful candidate will hold an engineering degree in one of the following disciplines: engineering physics, electrical engineering or computer engineering. Electronic circuit design and analysis skills, along with a working experience of RF test and measurement equipment is essential. The candidate must also have a working knowledge of UNIX-based computer operating systems.

Advantages Advanced knowledge of UNIX-based computer operating systems, experience with C programming and a knowledge of IT are of advantage to the candidate. Familiarity with antenna and transmitter/receiver design in the HF band, and knowledge of broadband RF modem systems are also desired.

Salary Salary will be commensurate with experience, in the target range of $60,000 - $80,000 CAD per year.

Term The initial requirement will be a full-time position with a 2 year renewable term, based on performance.

Applications should be sent by mail or electronically to:

Prof Jean-Pierre St-Maurice, c/o Cindy Jelinski (Administrative Assistant), Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies, University of Saskatchewan, 116 Science Place – Room 254, Saskatoon SK S7N 5E2, Canada,


This job opportunity will be open until the position is filled.