CREATE Students attend Women in Physics Conference

Women in Physics Conference Group photo

The 8th Edition of Women in Physics Canada (WIPC 2019) was held in June at University of McGill in Montréal, Québec. Caelia Gardiner and Kim Dube, both doctoral CREATE students at the University of Saskatchewan, were able to attend with support from the NSERC-CREATE funding. This professional conference is a space where participants can build networks, explore career paths, and present research, while also promoting gender equity and taking part in conversations about women in physics, mental health, and LGTBQA+ issues.

Numerous studies demonstrate that diverse and inclusive environments promote performance, creativity, innovation, and success. Despite this, the fields of science and technology continue to suffer from a lack of diversity. The goal of this conference is therefore to support and encourage female and non-binary people in the early stages of their career to persist in this field. To achieve this goal, this conference will offer the opportunity for participants to:

  • Take part in a professional conference and present their own research.
  • Participate in collectively raising awareness about obstacles that gender minorities face in physics.
  • Build a network of contacts on the national scale.
  • Get informed about opportunities for careers in science and industry.

Kimberlee Dube presented a poster of her research TRENDS IN STRATOSPHERIC NOX OBSERVED BY SAGE II AND OSIRIS. You can read the abstract here

Draven Galeschuk at 2019 SuperDARN workshop in Fuji Japan

ISM CREATE Master’s student Draven Galeschuk presented his results on ICEBEAR – a Very High Frequency (VHF) coherent radar. ICEBEAR produces 28GB of data per second and Draven developed at GPU data processessing technique that process the data 35 times faster than the previous system. He used the data to compare meteor trail observations from both ICEBEAR and the Saskatoon SuperDARN radar.

At this conference I not only had the opportunity to present my research to an international space physics community, but I also got to know many of the people who work within the SuperDARN community.

Draven’a area is studying the E-region of the ionosphere of the Earth using ground based radar, with a main focus on using the new coherent radar ICEBEAR, developed at the University of Saskatchewan. The SupderDARN group is a world wide network of coherent radar used for studying the polar and mid-latitude ionosphere. ICEBEAR and the Saskatoon SuperDARN site have an overlapping field of view enabling collaborative studies of E-region physics. This workshop focused on ionospheric and magnetosphere plasma physics as well as technical aspects of ionospheric radar. There were 78 participants (30 from Japan) from 11 countries who attended the workshop this year; Canada, USA, France, UK, Japan, China, Norway, Italy, India, Russia, and South Africa

ISM CREATE Balloon Launch in the news!

The third successful balloon launch of the ISM CREATE program hit the news in Saskatchewan. The story was featured on CTV Saskatoon News at 6 and Global News Morning. Check out the story in the USask News feature.

Students prepare to launch the High Altitude Balloon. Photo credit Dr. Kathryn McWilliams

ISM CREATE students rock DASP conference

Eight students from the International Space Mission Training program participated in the 2019 DASP conference held in February at the University of Saskatchewan. The week long conference featured the leading researchers from across Canadian Universities and industry. A highlight was the student session which included presentations from 24 Masters and Phd candidates. ISM CREATE student Leon Olifer took the first place prize with his talk “On the Signatures of Magnetopause Shadowing Losses in the Van Allen Radiation Belts of the Earth” and Draven Galeschuck took the 3rd place prize for his presentation on the “Optimization of ICEBEAR analysis and interferometry”. Congratulations to all the students who delivered exceptional presentations of their research.

Job Posting with Canadian Space Weather Forecast Center

The Canadian Space Weather Forecast Center (CSWFC) of Natural Resources
Canada invites applicants for a postdoctoral research position in the
area of ionospheric physics.  The CSWFC plays a vital role in supporting
critical infrastructure operators and industry in protecting against and
mitigating the effects of space weather on technologies.  Scientists
monitor, analyze, and research space weather and its impacts, and
dispatch warnings and alerts across Canada.  The successful candidate
will join the ionospheric project within the CSWFC to work on improved
techniques for nowcasting and forecasting of high frequency radio
propagation conditions. *


*Qualifications and required skills: **Candidates must have successfully
completed a Ph. D. in space physics, ionospheric physics, or a similar
discipline, within the last three years.  Preference will be given to
students that demonstrate experience in the application of ray tracing
techniques for modelling HF propagation, or experience in working with
absorption models and absorption measurements.  Candidates must
demonstrate the ability to work both independently and in a team
environment.  Candidates must have strong written communication skills,
as demonstrated through the publication of results in peer reviewed
scientific journals, and strong oral communication skills.*****


*Conditions of Employment: **This is a 12-month position expected to
start November 01, 2018 with a possibility of extension to March 31,
2020 located at the Geomagnetic Laboratory in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Salary will follow Government of Canada standards ranging from $55870 to
$61746 Canadian dollars per year based on experience.  Preference will
be given to Canadian citizens.  Employment is subject to security


*Application Process*: Applicants must apply to the Government of Canada
Postdoctoral Research Program
In addition please submit a cover letter and full curriculum vitae (CV)
describing your education, experience, publications, awards, and any
other relevant information to:

Dr. Robyn Fiori, Ph. D.

Research Scientist, Canadian Hazard Information Service

Natural Resources Canada / Government of Canada / Tel: 613-837-5137

*Application Deadline:*  21 September 2018

*Number of positions available:*  1-2 positions

Robyn Fiori, Ph. D.

Scientist, Canadian Hazard Information Service

Natural Resources Canada / Government of Canada <> / Tel: 613-837-5137

Scientifique, Service canadien d’information sur les risques
Ressources naturelles Canada / Gouvernement du Canada <> / Tél: 613-837-5137

PhD Opportunity in Space Physics

There is a vacancy for a PhD position at the Birkeland Centre for Space Science in the Department of Physics and
Technology of the University of Bergen in Norway.

The PhD will be part of a group in BCSS that explores how energetic
particle precipitation can affect the chemistry and dynamics of the
upper atmosphere in the polar region. We use the TED and MEPED detectors
on board the NOAA/POES and EUMESAT/MetOP satellites to study the
behavior of the precipitating electrons with energy 1-750 keV. The PhD
work will focus on the nature of particle precipitation with the aim to
develop a parameterization.

The successful candidate must hold a master-degree in space physics (or
a related field), or must have submitted his/her master thesis for
assessment prior to the application deadline. He/she should have
knowledge as well as experience working with the physics related to
particle precipitation into the atmosphere and/or the associated

Full text of announcement can be found and submission of application
should be made at:

For any questions contact Hilde Nesse Tyssøy (

Closing date for applications: July 3, 2018

Congratulations to USST!

In what will be Saskatchewan’s first student-designed satellite mission, a University of Saskatchewan-led space design team has been chosen by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to design, build, launch and operate a small cube-shaped research satellite for launch by rocket in 2021.

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The University of Alberta also won funding for it’s second CubeSat project ExAlta-2.  Here is a list of selected teams and their collaborators, and a summary of each mission.

CaNoRock 14 – The sky’s the limit for space science students

CaNoRock 14 students

CaNoRock 14 was a great success with 11 Canadian undergraduate students from University of Saskatchewan, University of Alberta and University of Calgary joining their peers from Norwegian Universities at the Andøya Space Center in Norway.  This on-going collaboration between Norway and Canada is the foundation of International Space Mission Training Master’s student program and is basis of development of a future Joint Master’s Degree.

Read more about it here. and in the UofS Campus News: