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.


    Recruiting Science Mentors for SAGANet.org Fall 2014 Program

    SAGANet.org is looking for early-career scientists (grads, postdocs, starting faculty) interested in mentoring opportunities to engage the public in the excitement of science! As a SAGANet.org mentor you will have the opportunity to connect with teachers, K12 students and families using virtual and social media.

    Benefits of Becoming a SAGANet.org Mentor

    • Low time commitment: ~5-10 hours total for the fall semester.
    • High impact way to engage in STEM outreach from the comfort of your own desk! No commute necessary!
    • Expert training in science communication skills and mentoring best practices.
    • A peer-support group of like-minded early career scientists interested in engaging the public in the wonders of science!

    Participating mentors will receive expert training in science communication and earn a certificate of recognition upon completion of their mentoring experience!

    Fall 2014 Programs in Need of Mentors

    Discovery Room Science @ Home!
    Pair up with a elementary school student and their family to bring science into their home by working together to prepare a science project for a school fair! Program runs October
    27th – December 12th, 2014, 10 Mentors Needed, total time commitment ~ 6 hours over 6 weeks.

    Pittsburg Science Challenge!
    Work with at-risk youth to build their confidence and presentation skills while engaging them in the wonders of astrobiology as you help them prepare to give a short public science presentation for their class! Program runs October 27th – December 19th, 2014, 10 Mentors Needed, total time commitment ~ 10 hours over 7 weeks.

    Find out more about the Fall 2014 Programs at http://saganet.org/page/current-programs

    Posted Oct. 15, 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


    Fully Funded Postdoctoral Position in Lunar Science in Amsterdam

    Deadline for applications is October 30, 2014

    The Department of Earth Sciences at VU University Amsterdam, is offering a four-year PhD studentship focused on providing new constraints on the structure and evolution of the crust of the Moon. The studentship is funded by an NWO User Support Programme Space Research grant. You will collaborate with researchers at ESA’s ESTEC (European Space Research and Technology Centre) in Noordwijk (Netherlands) and at the IPGP (Institut de Physique du Globe) in Paris. Candidates need to have completed a MSc degree in the field of planetary science, physics, geophysics, geology, or similar relevant field. Starting date is negotiable, preferably no later than January 2015. There is no constraint on citizenship; all applications are welcomed.

    More information can be found at: http://www.vu.nl/en/employment/vacancies/2014/072.asp

    Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Prof. dr. Wim van Westrenen and Dr. Jessica Flahaut for additional information (“w.van.westrenen@vu.nl”:mailto:w.van.westrenen@vu.nl; j.d.flahaut@vu.nl).

    To apply, email Mrs. Fenny Bosse (f.bosse@vu.nl) with the subject “Vacancy #14320”. Please provide a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of at least three references.

    Posted Oct. 15, 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


    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


    East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)

    Application deadline for summer 2015 is November 13, 2014

    The East Asia & Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) program supports 200-205 graduate students each year to do research in the lab of their choice in any of seven locations: Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan. Each institute has a fixed start and end date, and includes a pre-departure orientation near NSF and an in-country language and culture orientation. An EAPSI award includes a $5,000 stipend and round trip air ticket provided by NSF, and a living allowance provided by NSF’s counterpart funding agency in the host location. The program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents enrolled in research-oriented graduate programs in NSF-funded STEM fields. The U.S. graduate student is the PI on an EAPSI proposal. The EAPSI program announcement and related information are available at http://www.nsf.gov/eapsi.

    Posted Sept. 23, 2014


    Postdoctoral Opportunity in the Department Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at MIT

    The Bosak Lab in the Department Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at MIT is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Postdoctoral Associate.

    The Bosak Lab is a member of the NASA Astrobiology Institute team at MIT and of the Simons Foundation Collaboration on the Origins of Life. The Postdoctoral Associate will investigate the formation of microbialites on the early Earth through experiments on microbe-mineral interactions, modeling and analyses of geologic samples.

    We seek an independent and highly motivated Ph.D. researcher with a strong background in geochemistry, geobiology or microbiology and a publication record. Appointments are initially for 1-year with the possibility of extension, to begin in the fall or winter of 2014.

    Qualified applicants should apply by email to Professor Tanja Bosak: tbosak@mit.edu. Applications should include curriculum vitae, three professional references (name, email address and telephone number), and a 1-page statement of research interests.

    Posted Sept. 22, 2014


    2015 Exploration Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity at ASU

    Application Deadline: October 31, 2014

    The School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) at Arizona State University invites applications for the position of Exploration Postdoctoral Fellow. The fellowship provides opportunities for outstanding early-career scientists and engineers emphasizing interdisciplinary collaboration. Research areas within SESE encompass earth and planetary sciences, astrobiology, astrophysics and cosmology, instrumentation and systems engineering, and science education.

    Incoming Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $60,000 with health benefits, plus $6,000 per year in discretionary research funds. A relocation allowance will be provided. Appointments will be for up to three years and shall commence between July 1 and August 31, 2015.

    Applications must include a research proposal that has been discussed with two prospective faculty mentors in SESE. Applications are to be submitted via email to: exppd@asu.edu. A full description of the application process is available at: http://sese.asu.edu/ExplorationPostdocFellowships

    Posted Sept. 4, 2014


    Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

    Application Deadline: November 6, 2014

    The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute is soliciting applications for five Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowships to begin in the fall of 2015. The deadline for applications and letters of reference and endorsement is Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 4 pm PST.

    The Sagan Fellowships support outstanding recent postdoctoral scientists to conduct independent research that is broadly related to the science goals of NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration program. The primary goal of missions within this program is to discover and characterize planetary systems and Earth-like planets around nearby stars.

    More information visit: http://nexsci.caltech.edu/sagan/fellowship.shtml For questions email: saganfellowship@ipac.caltech.edu

    Posted August 19, 2014