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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent 18 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) NSF Seeks Program Directors for Aeronomy and Magnetospheric Physics - applications due 2 December.

From: Richard A. Behnke <rbehnke at>

The NSF is currently seeking qualified candidates for two Program Director positions in Aeronomy (AER) and Magnetospheric Physics (MAG) in the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS), Arlington, VA.

The Aeronomy program supports research on upper and middle atmosphere phenomena of ionization, recombination, chemical reaction, photo emission, and transport; the transport of energy, and momentum. This program also supports research into mass in the mesosphere-thermosphere-ionosphere system including the processes involved and the coupling of this global system to the stratosphere below and magnetosphere above and the plasma physics of phenomena manifested in the coupled ionosphere-magnetosphere system, including the effects of high-power radio wave modification.

The Magnetospheric Physics program supports research on the magnetized plasma envelope of the outer atmosphere, including energization by the solar wind; the origin of geomagnetic storms and substorms; the population of the magnetosphere by solar and ionospheric sources; the origin of electric fields; the coupling among the magnetosphere, ionosphere, and atmosphere; and waves and instabilities in the natural plasma. Also supported are ground-based observational programs at high latitudes and laboratory experiments applicable to the geospace environment. Theoretical research programs may include numerical simulations using a variety of MHD, hybrid and particle codes. The analysis of data from all sources, whether ground-based or from spacecraft, is also supported.

More information about the AGS and its programs can be found on its website at

A Program Director maintains a healthy balance of support for all the needs of the research and education enterprise either through Program, Division, Directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities; manages program resources so as to provide optimal appropriate scientific judgment to insure integrity and consistency in the grant/declination process without conflict-of-interests, and with balance among appropriate sub-fields and institutions, and participation of all qualified scientists; and pursues affirmative action and EEO goals.

Applicants must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent experience in physics, environmental sciences, atmospheric sciences, space sciences or a related discipline. In addition, six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the program are required.

Individuals interested in applying for one of these two vacancies should submit their materials to Dr. Richard Behnke ( 703-292-4694, Section Head for the Geospace Section in GEO/AGS. Applications must be received by December 2, 2011.

NSF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.