TREASURE ITN positions


Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to inform you that we have 13 research posts that will be
soon made available in the scope of a new Marie Skłodowska-Curie
Innovative Training Network that I am leading. The project is called
TREASURE, standing for

*T*raining, *RE*search and *A*pplications network to *S*upport the
*U*ltimate *R*eal time high accuracy *E*GNSS solution

For details please see the attached pdf and feel free to circulate among potential candidates.

Marcio H O Aquino

TREASURE coordinator

Les Houches school of plasma physics announcement


From laboratories to astrophysics: the expanding universe of plasma physics
Les Houches school of physics

Plasma physics plays a central role in many natural and man-made systems, from the vicinity of black holes to fusion experiments. This area of research is in fast development thanks to the strong interplay between experimental, theoretical, and numerical approaches. Long-standing challenges such as magnetic reconnection, turbulence, shocks, dynamo processes, or particle acceleration can now be tackled directly by a combination of these techniques. The goal of this school is to gather students and researchers from various communities (astrophysics, applied mathematics, fluid dynamics, fusion research) to provide a unified framework of plasma dynamics and to exchange new theoretical and experimental developments between these communities.

Session dates: May 1-12 2017

Program, registration & information

Post-doctoral Researcher Position at the ISSI


Post-doctoral Researcher Position at the International Space Science Institute, Bern, Switzerland

The International Space Science Institute (ISSI), Bern, Switzerland is seeking to appoint a post-doctoral researcher for 2 years primarily to work on a Horizon 2020 project, MiARD, the Multi Instrument Analysis of Rosetta Data. The post will involve two main strands, namely:

  1. Assessment of the potential dangers to interplanetary spacecraft from cometary dust through the use of existing models such as ESA’s “Interplanetary Meteoroid Environment Model” (IMEM) by the updating of such models with new information derived from Rosetta data.
  2. Study of the development of gas and dust activity triggered by different volatiles when comet 67P was approaching the Sun through the analysis and interpretation of data from various Rosetta instruments.

These activities will involve working with collaborators at partner institutes in Switzerland, France and Germany and with staff at ISSI. The successful candidate will ideally have experience of relevant aspects of cometary science with most likely a background in planetary science, physics, chemistry or related subjects. A small amount of time will also be available for the candidate’s personal research. Involvement in ISSI’s programme of activities would also be possible (details at This position is available for an immediate start. Salary and conditions of employment will be similar to those provided by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
The application should include a motivation letter, the curriculum vitae, the list of publications and the names, addresses and means of contact of three references, not exceeding 7 pages in total. It shall be addressed to ISSI, attn. Professor John Zarnecki, Hallerstrasse 6, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland; email: and with copy to: Professor Rafael Rodrigo; email:

Submissions by email are preferred provided all the documents are in the form of a single PDF file.

All applications must be received by ISSI no later than January 31st, 2017.
For informal discussion and further details, please contact:
Professor John Zarnecki ( or
Professor Rafael Rodrigo (

Positions: November 2016 (2)

From SolarNews

Employment Opportunities

  • Joint Tenure-track Faculty Position at the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Solar Observatory
  • FHNW, Switzerland — PhD Position in Heliophysics



Registration is open for the 7th Solar Orbiter workshop

solar_orbiter_payload_annotatedWe are happy to re-post here the announcement of the 7th Solar Orbiter workshop:

It is a pleasure to announce that the 7th SolO workshop Website is ready for registration and abstract submission. Please convey the news to as many colleagues as possible. A second announcement will appear in the next issues of SolarNews and SPA newsletters.
Deadline for abstract submission is 31 December. We are supposed to notify the authors on whether their contribution are oral or posters by mid January.

Positions: November 2016

From SolarNews

Employment Opportunities

Planetary space weather: scientific aspects and future perspectives

We announce to the community a recently published review-paper on planetary space weather. First author of the paper is the SWICo member Christina Plainaki.

Link to the paper


In this paper, we review the scientific aspects of planetary space weather at different regions of our Solar System, performing a comparative planetology analysis that includes a direct reference to the circum-terrestrial case. Through an interdisciplinary analysis of existing results based both on observational data and theoretical models, we review the nature of the interactions between the environment of a Solar System body other than the Earth and the impinging plasma/radiation, and we offer some considerations related to the planning of future space observations. We highlight the importance of such comparative studies for data interpretations in the context of future space missions (e.g. ESA JUICE; ESA/JAXA BEPI COLOMBO). Moreover, we discuss how the study of planetary space weather can provide feedback for better understanding the traditional circum-terrestrial space weather. Finally, a strategy for future global investigations related to this thematic is proposed.

Positions: October 2016

From SolarNews

o Kiepenheuer Institut fuer Sonnenphysik — Post Doctoral Position

o Istituto Ricerche Solari Locarno (IRSOL) Switzerland — Doctoral and Postdoctoral Positions in Solar Physics

o IUCAA, Pune — Vaidya-Raychaudhuri Post-Doctoral Positions

o IUCAA, Pune — Post-Doctoral Positions

Space Weather of the Heliosphere: Processes and Forecasts IAU Symposium 335

IAU Symposium 335 – July 17-21, 2017 – University of Exeter, UK

Space weather is increasingly recognised as an international challenge faced by several communities. The ability to understand, monitor and forecast the space weather of the Earth and the heliosphere is of paramount importance for our high-technology society and for the current rapid developments in knowledge and exploration within our Solar System.

The symposium is planned over 5 days from Monday through Friday (including half-day excursion on the Wednesday afternoon). Key Topics of the scientific program are the following:

  • Solar drivers and activity levels;
  • Solar wind and heliosphere;
  • Impact of solar wind, structures and radiation on and within terrestrial and planetary environments (including magnetospheres, ionospheres and atmospheres);
  • Long-term trends and predictions for space weather;
  • Challenges and strategy plans for Earth and the heliosphere;
  • Forecasting models;
  • Space weather monitoring, instrumentation, data and services.

The Symposium aims to further knowledge on space weather by linking various aspects of research in solar, heliospheric and planetary physics, and by putting great emphasis on cross-disciplinary developments, merging different communities, learning from interplanetary comparisons and linking to atmospheric and meteorological research for the first time at the international level.


Exeter, UK, offers world-leading expertise in weather research and forecasting, and is rapidly expanding its efforts in space weather. Thus Exeter provides an ideal combination of communities to host the Symposium.

Within walking distance from the venue will be affordable (out of term) University accommodation (offered at discounted rates) and a choice of accommodation in the heart of the city (pre-booked at preferential rate for the participants). The heart of the city offers a wealth of history, interesting architecture, cafés, pubs and restaurants for spending the evenings. The close proximity of these arrangements is most favourable for all scientific interactions.

The LOC and SOC will explore all opportunities in order to facilitate meeting attendance and inclusion in all social and cultural events. The LOC will pay special attention in assisting the participants with potential childcare needs. The chosen dates are outside of University term and are ideal for the planned parallel education program.

Other scientific activities, social and cultural program

A welcome reception will take place on the Monday evening. Scientific excursions to the UK Met Office space weatheroperational and computational facilities will be planned in groups. A half-day excursion planned on the Wednesday will take participants to experience some of the many cultural and natural attractions in and around Exeter, including the Norman Lockyer Observatory (Sidmouth, about 12 miles from campus), a public amateur observatory with rich historical heritage in solar physics. A conference dinner will be planned on the Thursday evening.

H2020 SWe 2016

Vi segnaliamo i bandi H2020 in apertura il prossimo 8 novembre

Poniamo la vostra attenzione in particolare alle call:

COMPET-4-2017: Scientific data exploitation
COMPET-5-2017: Space Weather

La call “Scientific data exploitation” è stata esplicitamente estesa all’eliofisica ed all’esplorazione del sistema solare, mentre nel 2015 era limitata al sole e alle scienze planetarie.