Space Weather Euro News Vol.4 Issue 18 (18-10-2000) 

Table of Contents: 
1. CLS prediction of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity on the Web 

2. Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Magnetospheric Physics, University of York, Dep. of Physics
3.Post-doctoral positions at the CPA, ROB, BISA, and VKI (Belgium)
4. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS 
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1. CLS prediction of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity on the Web 
From: Annick BLUSSON                                              e-mail:

CLS,a commercial CNES subsidiary company, produces daily solar forecasts since 1st of January 2000.
Daily solar (10.7 cm flux) and geomagnetic activity forecasts and other related
measurements are available free of charge on the new CLS server:

In the following months a new educational section will be available as well as a solar
image gallery to complete the site.
Dedicated service and 3 day ahead forecasts may be available upon request for space
agencies and commercial needs.

For further information please contact:

2. Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Magnetospheric Physics, University of York, 
    Dep. of Physics
From: Dr.Ian R. Mann                                                  e-mail:

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the
Magnetospheric Physics Group.  The group currently runs the UK sub-auroral
magnetometer network (SAMNET), a network of eleven magnetometers deployed in northern Europe and has varied research interests including solar-terrestrial coupling, ULF wave propagation and excitation, ULF wave-particle interactions, magnetospheric
remote sensing, magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling, and substorm onset physics. You
will be expected to participate in current research projects using magnetometer data
to probe magnetospheric morphology and solar-terrestrial coupling. Candidates should
hold, or expect to gain, a PhD in physics or applied mathematics. Preference will be
given to candidates with experience of data analysis techniques, in particular in
analysing non-stationary time series. Previous experience of unix, fortran, IDL,
analysis of ground-based magnetometer data, and knowledge of the magnetosphere would be an advantage.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr I R Mann (e-mail:;

Start salary:  18,731 p.a.  The initial appointment will be for 15 months from 1 January 2001, with the possibility of an extension for a further 2 years.

For further particulars and details of how to apply, please write to the Personnel Office, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, U.K. (e-mail:  quoting reference number /6074 or see
Closing date: 31 October 2000

3. Post-doctoral positions at the CPA, ROB, BISA, and VKI (Belgium)
From: Stefaan Poedts                                e-mail:
There are 4 openings for PhD students or post-doctoral researchers in  the Belgian Prodex 6 project 'The solar drivers of Space Weather'. The  goal of the project is to study the basic physical processes of solar  origin that determine Space Weather, and to integrate the various  subproblems defined by these processes into global MHD simulations of  the dynamic solar wind from its origin in the low solar corona up to  its interaction with the outer magnetosphere. By confronting these simulations with actual observations, we want to evaluate the  predictive capabilities of such global MHD simulation models. The  succesful candidates will be appointed for two or three years.
The  project starts on December 1, 2000.

In this project the Centre for Plasma Astrophysics (K.U.Leuven), the  Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB), the Belgian Institute for Space  Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB), and the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics  (VKI) combine their expertise in theoretical modeling (CMEs, solar  wind, shock waves, etc.) and observational solar physics (EIT, LASCO,  radio observations), aeronomy and magnetospheric physics (ULYSSES and  CLUSTER), numerical techniques, large-scale computer simulations and numerical analysis.

In each of the four teams there is a position vacant. More information  on the project and, in particular, a description of the tasks of each  of the 4 post-docs can be found on the project web page: (click on 'Research').

The postdoc salary is approximately 36000 Euro per year (before  taxes), depending on qualifications. A budget is available for attending international conferences, study visits and publications.

Profile of the candidate:
- a Master's degree or a PhD in physics, mathematics or computational sciences;
- previous experience in ANY of the following fields is an advantage: simulation techniques in MHD, LASCO/EIT data analysis, radio observations, magnetospheric physics (theory
and observations);
- a collaborative spirit is required since the candidate will have to collaborate closely with the other post-docs and research students in the project.

Interested candidates should send or Email their CV and a short statement of research interests ASAP to:

        Stefaan Poedts
        CPA, K.U.Leuven
        Celestijnenlaan 200 B
        3001 Leuven
        Tel: + 32 16 32 70 23
        Fax: + 32 16 32 79 98

and, when applying for a specific position, to the contact person of the prefered group (see the above-mentioned website).

4. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS 

           (Open from 17/10/2000 to 28/11/2000, Act.Ref.: 00.1AE.03) 

           (Open from 13/10/2000 to 06/12/2000, Act.Ref.: 99.1WS.04) 

           (Open from 11/10/2000 to 23/11/2000, Act.Ref.: 00.1CA.01)

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