1. Careers and Employment

    The Astrobiology Careers and Employment page is a compilation of career opportunities available to astrobiologists. Please email Julie Fletcher to send additional listings.

    Summer course “Life on Earth and Beyond – The History and Philosophy of the Origin of Life”

    The deadline for application is 15 January, 2015, 23:59:00 UTC

    The course will take place May 4-6, 2015 on Ven Island, Sweden. The aim of the course is to give participants a thorough overview of the historical, philosophical and ethical questions arising in this field. It is co-organized by the Nordic Network of Astrobiology and the EU COST Action “Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth and in the Universe”. The course is open for students and scientists in humanities, natural, social and political sciences. It will, amongst others deal with the following themes:

    —Definition of life in a historical and philosophical context

    —Biochemical evolution

    —The tree of biological evolution

    —Search for life outside Earth

    —Philosophical, ethical and political questions arising with the quest for life on other celestial bodies

    A multitude of highly merited researchers have agreed to teach at the course. Visit the website for all details: http://www.nordicastrobiology.net/Ven2015/

    Bursaries for students and early career scientists (up to 8 years after their Ph. D.) from most European countries (see homepage for details) are available.

    Posted Nov. 19, 2014

    Ph.D. Opportunities in Molecular Geomicrobiology at Michigan State University

    Application Deadline December 1, 2014

    Ph.D. opportunities are available in the molecular geomicrobiology of the deep biosphere in the lab of Matt Schrenk at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI, USA). The research involves the characterization of microbial ecosystems associated with hydrogen and methane-rich groundwaters and involves multi-disciplinary, international research collaborations. Projects focus on advancing our understanding of the ecology and evolution of microbial communities in the deep biosphere using both molecular and cultivation-based approaches. Research combines bioinformatics analyses of (meta-)genomic and transcriptomic data with field work and laboratory characterization of novel extremophiles. Appropriate applicants with a background in Biology, Earth Sciences, Oceanography, or related disciplines are encouraged to apply. For more information, please see: http://www.schrenklab.com.

    Please contact Matt Schrenk (schrenkm@msu.edu) for further information.

    Posted Oct. 15, 2014

    Postdoctoral Positions in Molecular Geomicrobiology at Michigan State University

    Application Deadline December 1, 2014

    Postdoctoral opportunities are available in molecular geomicrobiology in the lab of Dr. Matt Schrenk at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI, USA). Microbial communities contained within subsurface environments may be important conduits for the exchange of carbon and energy between the deep Earth and the biosphere- yet surprisingly little is known of their extent, their identities, or their activities. We invite applications for a postdoctoral research associate that will link biogeochemical approaches with studies of microbial physiology and –omics techniques. The research will specifically address microbial activities in subsurface environments influenced by hydrogen and methane and make important contributions to resolving their contributions to carbon fluxes through these ecosystems. Candidates with interests in microbial physiology or analytical biogeochemistry are particularly encouraged to apply. For more information, please see: http://www.schrenklab.com.

    For consideration, please submit three items to Dr. Matt Schrenk (schrenkm@msu.edu):
    (i) a cover letter describing your research goals and your specific motivation to join the laboratory, (ii) a CV, and (iii) contact information for three references, including your Ph.D. supervisor.

    Posted Oct. 15, 2014

    Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities in Planetary/Exoplanet Science

    Deadline for applications and letters of recommendation: December 1, 2014.

    The University of Toronto Centre for Planetary Sciences (CPS) is a centre for the study of all planets. The CPS expects to offer several postdoctoral fellowships of up to three years. The starting date will be September 1, 2015. Salaries and funds for travel/research expenses will be competitive. A Ph.D. in any field of earth and planetary sciences or astrophysics is required. Fellows are expected to carry out original research in observational or theoretical planetary/ exoplanet science under the general supervision of the CPS-affiliated faculty at U of T.

    Electronic submissions only. Applicants are asked to submit a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests (3 pages) and arrange for three letters of recommendation (note that two different websites are used for the application and for the submission of reference letters).

    The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

    CPS Information Website: http://cps.utoronto.ca/

    CPS Fellows Application Website: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/webapps/webforms/cps/postdoctoralfellows.php

    Posted Oct. 15, 2014

    Tenure-track Assistant Professor Opportunity in Geobiology & Sedimentary Geology at UW

    Deadline for applications is January 5, 2015

    The Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington invites applications for a tenure-track position in geobiology and sedimentary geology. Preferred research areas include, but are not limited to, biogeochemistry, paleontology and/or sedimentary geology, focusing on the use of pre-Quaternary stratigraphic records as a basis for investigation of the reciprocal interactions between the Earth (lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere), life and environments through time. Opportunities for collaboration exist between many departmental research groups.

    For all the information on this position, visit: http://careers.agu.org/jobs/6578001/uw-earth-space-sciences-geobiology-sedimentary-geology-assistant-professor

    Posted Oct. 22, 2014

    Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity in Lunar & Asteroid Exploration Science – Petrology and Geochemistry

    There is no firm application deadline, although a review of applications will begin January 7, 2015

    The Universities Space Research Association’s Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in lunar and asteroid exploration science for a full-time exempt position in the Houston, Texas area. The successful candidate will join Dr. David A. Kring and over two dozen other scientists in the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration, which is one of nine national centers of excellence supported by NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute. The main goals of the Center’s activities are to address NASA’s highest lunar and asteroid exploration science objectives, including activities in preparation of robotic and crewed landings.

    Applications from those with recent Ph.D.s in the fields of petrology and geochemistry are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will work at LPI and use the analytical facilities at the adjacent NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). Previous experience with lunar samples, chondritic meteorites, and/or impact lithologies will be advantageous, but is not required.

    Interested applicants should apply to the posting at https://usracareers.silkroad.com/ and must submit a curriculum vita with list of publications, a two to three page statement of research interests, and a list of three references.

    Posted Nov. 10, 2014

    2015 LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science

    Deadline for applications is January 9, 2015

    The Lunar and Planetary Institute invites undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit to experience cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences. As a Summer Intern, you will work one-on-one with a scientist at the LPI or at the NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in lunar and planetary science. Furthermore, you will participate in peer-reviewed research, learn from top-notch planetary scientists, and preview various careers in science.

    The 10-week program begins June 1, 2015, and ends on August 7, 2015. Selected students will receive a $5660.00 stipend; in addition, U.S. students will receive a $1000.00 travel stipend, and foreign nationals will receive a $1500.00 foreign travel reimbursement.

    Applications are only accepted via the electronic application form found at the LPI’s Summer Intern Program website: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lpiintern

    Posted Oct. 15, 2014

    NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program Opportunity

    Deadline for NEW applications is February 2, 2015, and the deadline for RENEWAL applications is March 16, 2015

    NASA announces a call for graduate fellowship proposals to the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program for the 2015-2016 academic year. This call for fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities.

    The NESSF call for proposals and submission instructions are located at the NESSF 15 solicitation index page at: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/
    Click on “Solicitations” then click on “Open Solicitations” then select the “NESSF 15” announcement. Also refer to “Proposal Submission Instructions” and “Frequently Asked Questions” listed under “Other Documents” on the NESSF 15 solicitation index page.

    Posted Nov. 10, 2014

    Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity in Geobiology at the Agouron Institute

    Application Deadline March 15, 2015

    At least three postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in 2015 for young investigators pursuing studies in the field of Geobiology particularly those studies that merge an understanding of modern biological processes with application to interpretation of the ancient rock record. The Agouron Institute encourages cross-disciplinary training, therefore it is desirable for students who have conducted PhD level studies on modern processes to submit proposals focused on ancient geobiological processes, and vice versa. Each award includes an annual stipend ($60,000/year one, $62,000/year two) and an annual research supplement ($5,000 for supplies and travel). No overhead is provided with these fellowships.

    Applications will be accepted from students completing or have recently completed graduate studies for PhD or equivalent degrees. Preference will be for applicants with no more than one year of postdoctoral experience. International students are welcome to apply. Awards can only be issued to non-profit research universities or research institutions.

    Please submit the application and proposal electronically to info@agi.org. Be sure to have in the subject line: “Geobio Fellowship App: Your Name.” Please complete the following (1-3 below) in Times or Times New Roman (font size 12). Please use side margins no smaller than 0.5 inch with a bottom margin of 1” (1.7” for A4 paper).

    1. Application form (4 pages) that includes a short summary of prior research experience, summary of proposed research and a personal autobiographical statement.

    2. Brief research proposal (2-3 pages; references page 4; figures page 5 if needed). Be sure to include the title of the proposal at the beginning of the proposal.

    3. References. Please complete the top of the form (see below) and send it to your references. They may attach a letter after completing the ranking scale. a) postdoctoral research sponsor b) thesis advisor, and c) two additional research scientists.

    Please have reference form/letters submitted electronically to info@agi.org. Be sure to have in the subject line: “Geobio Fellowship App: Your Name.” Or, mail directly to the Agouron Institute, 1055 E. Colorado Blvd, Suite 250, Pasadena, CA 91106, USA.

    Awards will be announced by May 15, 2015. Fellowships may begin during the period of July 1, 2015 to January 15, 2016.

    Posted Oct. 1, 2014