Opportunities in Heliophysics

Monday, 15 December 2014
Meg Austin, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Visiting Scientist Programs, Boulder, CO, United States, Madhulika Guhathakurta, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, United States, Karel Schrijver, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, Palo Alto, CA, United States, Jan Josef Sojka, Utah State University, Logan, UT, United States and Fran Bagenal, Univ Colorado, Boulder, CO, United States
Heliophysics is a developing scientific discipline integrating studies of the Sun’s variability, the surrounding heliosphere, and climate environments. Over the past few centuries our understanding of how the Sun drives space weather and climate on the Earth and other planets has advanced at an ever-increasing rate.

NASA Living With a Star and the UCAR Visiting Scientist Progams sponsor the annual Heliophysics Summer Schools to build the next generation of scientists in this emerging field. The highly successful series of the summer schools (commencing 2007) trains a select group of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and university faculty to learn and develop the science of heliophysics as a broad, coherent discipline that reaches in space from the Earth’s troposphere to the depths of the Sun, and in time from the formation of the solar system to the distant future.

The first three years of the school resulted in the publication of three textbooks now being used at universities worldwide. Subsequent years have also developed the complementary materials that support teaching of heliophysics at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

The textbooks are edited by Carolus J. Schrijver, Lockheed Martin, and George L. Siscoe, Boston University. The books provide a foundational reference for researchers in heliophysics, astrophysics, plasma physics, space physics, solar physics aeronomy, space weather, planetary science and climate science.

The Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship Program matches newly graduated postdoctorates with hosting mentors for the purpose of training the next generation researchers needed in heliophysics. The fellowships are for two years, and any U.S. university or research lab may apply to host a fellow.