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.


    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


    ESA Postdoctoral Fellowships in Space Science

    Application Deadline: October 1, 2014

    The European Space Agency awards several postdoctoral fellowships each year. The aim of these fellowships is to provide young scientists, holding a PhD or the equivalent degree, with the means of performing space science research in fields related to the ESA Science and Robotic Exploration Programs. Areas of research include planetary science, astronomy and astrophysics, solar and solar-terrestrial science, plasma physics and fundamental physics. The fellowships have a duration of two years and are tenable at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Netherlands, or at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villafranca del Castillo, near Madrid, Spain.

    Applications are now solicited for fellowships in space science to begin in the fall of 2015. Preference will be given to applications submitted by candidates within five years of receiving their PhD. Candidates not holding a PhD yet are encouraged to apply, but they must provide evidence of receiving their degree before starting the fellowship.

    For more information visit: http://cosmos.esa.int/fellowship

    Posted August 18, 2014


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

    The Fournier Lab within the Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences Department at MIT is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Postdoctoral Associate for a 1-year appointment with possible extension, to begin in the Fall of 2014.

    The Fournier Lab is a member of the NASA Astrobiology Institute MIT team. Ongoing research areas include microbial phylogenetics and phylometabolomics, development of molecular clock models and time calibration of microbial evolution across planetary timescales, horizontal gene transfer, ancestral sequence reconstruction, genomic paleontology, and co-evolution of microbial ecology and planetary processes.

    Requirements: PhD with a strong background in bioinformatics, phylogenetics, statistics, and computer programming. Highly motivated, independent researchers are especially encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by email to Professor Gregory Fournier, g4nier@mit.edu

    Applications should include Curriculum Vitae, three professional references (name, email address and telephone number), and a brief statement of research interests.

    Posted August 15, 2014


    Ph.D Opportunities at the IRSPS in Pescara, Italy

    Application Deadline: September 9, 2014

    There will be opportunities for potential Ph.D. candidates seeking training, education, and research in Planetary Geology at the International Research School of Planetary Sciences (IRSPS) in the Ph.D. course of “Earth Systems and Built Environments” of Università d’Annunzio, Pescara, Italy:

    http://www.irsps.unich.it/ and http://www.unich.it/

    Candidates interested in geological research of Mars and terrestrial analogs in particular are encouraged to apply. The selected Ph.D. students are expected to begin their programs from the beginning of 2015. Ph.D. candidate positions with salary paid for the duration of the Ph.D. program (3 years) would be available to some highly-evaluated candidates. Evaluation interview for candidacy for students residing outside the country would be conducted through telecon. The deadline for the application is September 9th (13:00 PM, Italian Time) and it must be sent by registered mail, by hand or by private courier to the address indicated in the call. For other details, please refer to: http://www.albo-pretorio.it/albo/archivio4_atto_0_122929_0_3.html

    Posted August 11, 2014


    Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life Opportunities

    Applications Deadline: September 12, 2014

    The Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life is now accepting applications for its Simons Investigator and Simons Postdoctoral Fellowship awards. The origins of life are among the great unsolved scientific problems of our age. To advance our knowledge of the processes that led to the emergence of life, the Simons Foundation established the Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life (SCOL). The Collaboration supports creative, innovative research on topics such as the astrophysical and planetary context of the origins of life, the development of prebiotic chemistry, the assembly of the first cells, the advent of Darwinian evolution and the earliest signs of life on the young Earth.

    Posted July 31, 2014


    Postdoctoral Position in Mathematical Modeling of Microbial Evolution

    A postdoctoral researcher position is available in the lab of Olga Zhaxybayeva at the Biological Sciences Department of Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH to study evolution of gene transfer agents via mathematical modeling. This is a 5-year project funded through the Simons Foundation program in Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems.

    Qualified applicant must have a Ph.D. in bioinformatics, applied mathematics, computer science, statistics, biology, microbiology, or a related field with strong interest in molecular evolution, prior research experience in computational sciences and some programming skills.

    The successful candidate will join a vibrant research and educational environment of Dartmouth College. Zhaxybayeva’s lab uses computational approaches to study how microbes evolve and adapt to their environments. Ongoing projects fall into the following broad areas: 1) Studying impact of horizontal gene transfer on microbial populations; 2) Characterization of microbial communities; and 3) Deciphering genomic signatures of microbial adaptations. More information about Zhaxybayeva’s lab is available at http://www.dartmouth.edu/~ecglab/.

    Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Start date is negotiable. Interested applicants should send a single PDF file containing CV, one-page statement of research interests and contact information of three referees to Olga Zhaxybayeva at ECGLabJobs@gmail.com.

    Dartmouth offers competitive salary and benefits along with the opportunity to live in a picturesque rural region that offers year-round recreational activities and is located near cities of Boston, Montreal, and New York.

    Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that has a strong commitment to diversity.

    Posted July 17, 2014


    Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences

    Application Deadline: September 15, 2014

    The objective of the Mason Award is to kick-start the research career of promising future senior investigators in the chemical sciences. The Marion Milligan Mason Fund will provide three grants of $50,000 every other year to women researchers engaged in basic research in the chemical sciences. Awards are for women who are starting their academic research careers. In addition to research funding, the program will provide leadership development and mentoring opportunities.

    Applicants must have a “full-time” career-track appointment. More than one applicant from the same institution can apply for this award, provided that each application is scientifically distinct. For more information about the request for proposals for the Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences, please click here to view the PDF.

    As a chemist and AAAS member since 1965, the late Marion Tuttle Milligan Mason wanted to support the advancement of women in the chemical sciences. Dr. Milligan also wanted to honor her family’s commitment to higher education for women, as demonstrated by her parents and grandfather, who encouraged and sent several daughters to college.

    Awards will be announced on or before May 1, 2015. Proposals should be submitted via the online application system at https://masonaward.aaas.org


    Workshop for Early-Career Geoscientists on the Process of Preparing and Publishing Papers

    On October 18, the day before GSA 2014 begins, this workshop, led by science editors from GSA’s journals, will focus on the process of preparing your research for submission to scholarly journals. Presentations by the three editors will be followed by roundtable discussions and a question-and-answer period.

    Before You Begin: You have a big pile of data and lots of good ideas. How do you parse all that into discrete, coherent papers? Knowing how to frame and structure your work for publication is fundamental. Find out what editors and reviewers look for, such as whether the paper fits the scope of the journal to which it was submitted, and whether the stated aims of the paper match the results and interpretations reported.

    Writing and Revising: The aim of this workshop isn’t to address the writing process itself, but to focus on the bigger creative picture. How do you frame your paper to meet the journal’s aims and the reviewers’ expectations? Find out what makes a well-prepared manuscript, from an attention-getting cover letter to an introduction that serves its purpose to well-thought-out figures and tables that communicate your ideas.

    • Get advice on what to include, what to leave out, and how best to structure your manuscript.
    • Learn how to avoid frustrating your paper’s reviewers.
    • Then learn how to submit your paper online and what to expect during the review and publication process.

    Reviewing: Be a Part of the Scholarly Community: Peer review is integral to publishing, so both reviewing and being reviewed are essential parts of your role as a scientist. As an early-career author, what kind of criticism should you expect and how should you respond to critical reviews? Reviewing the work of others is also a great way to discover what works in a paper and what does not, and it teaches you the things to avoid in your own writing. Hear from the experts on what constitutes a good review and how you benefit from being a reviewer.

    Apply to Attend: Space is free but limited for this workshop. It will take place at the GSA Vancouver, BC venue from 8:30 – 11:00am. Please e-mail editing@geosociety.org for an application. We welcome applications from graduate students, early-career researchers, people getting back into research after a hiatus, post-docs, or anyone for whom this discussion is relevant.

    For more information on GSA 2014, visit: http://community.geosociety.org/gsa2014/home/

    Posted June 18, 2014


    Postdoctoral Opportunity in Planetary Geomorphology at Trinity College, Dublin

    Application Deadline: September 11

    Applications are invited to undertake a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship in Planetary Geomorphology with the Earth and Planetary Group at Trinity College, Dublin.

    For all the details visit: http://earthandplanetary.wordpress.com/post-doctoral-opportunities/

    Posted April 14, 2014