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.

    Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) 2016 Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science

    Application Deadline: January 8, 2016

    The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invites undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit to experience cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences.

    Summer interns 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, they will participate in peer-reviewed research, learn from top-notch planetary scientists, and preview various careers in science.

    The 10-week program begins June 6, 2016, and ends on August 12, 2016. Selected students will receive a $5675.00 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 intern website: http://www.lpi.usra.edu

    For additional information, contact:
    Claudia Quintana
    Phone: 281-486-2159
    E-mail: internprogram@lpi.usra.edu

    Posted Oct. 9, 2015.

    Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) Postdoctoral Research Associate

    The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado is seeking a minimum one-year Postdoctoral Research Associate in the field of planetary science. A strong candidate will have experience with several of the following areas: planetary (Mars/Mercury/Moon) data processing and analysis, geologic mapping, research on fluvial/lacustrine processes on Mars, planetary volcanism, martian geochemistry/mineralogy/spectroscopy, field-based planetary analog studies, and/or hydrothermal systems.

    – PhD related to planetary science with detailed knowledge of one or more of the following disciplines: planetary geology, interpretation of spacecraft data, and Mars science.
    – Experience analyzing and processing spacecraft data.
    – Experience with Geographic Information Systems.
    – Ability to conduct original research, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and give presentations of research at science conferences.
    – Preference for knowledge of and experience with: USGS ISIS software, ArcGIS, IDL/ENVI.

    Please submit your resume/vitae, list of three references, and a cover letter describing your research background and interest in this position to: http://www.jobsatcu.com/postings/108117

    Please contact Brian Hynek (hynek@lasp.colorado.edu) with any inquiries.

    Posted Sept. 29, 2015

    Open-Rank, Tenured or Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Geobiology at the University of Southern California

    Application Review Begins October 15, 2015

    The Departments of Earth Sciences and Biological Sciences of the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California) invite applications for an open-rank, tenured or tenure-track faculty position in geobiology anticipated to start Fall 2016.

    The department is looking for an interdisciplinary scientist who will apply modern, quantitative and innovative techniques to solve major problems in any area of geobiology. Interests include but are not limited to candidates with expertise in geomicrobiology, biogeochemistry, microbial ecology, and/or organic geochemistry, who combine field-based studies with state-of-the-art analytical capabilities and laboratory experimentation. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a transformative research program, to provide leadership in USC’s strong geobiology program, and to contribute to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

    The position can be filled at the Full Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor level. A Ph.D. or equivalent in the Geosciences, Microbiology, or related field is required. Candidates are encouraged to visit our websites in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at http://dornsife.usc.edu/earth/ and http://dornsife.usc.edu/bisc/meb/ and http://dornsife.usc.edu/bisc/meb/.

    Applications must include a curriculum vitae, publication list, statement of teaching interests, and the names and contact information of at least four individuals who can provide letters of recommendation upon request. In addition, applicants should include in their cover letter a list of what they consider to be critical issues in geobiology today and a research statement that demonstrates how the candidate plans to address those issues.

    In order to be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit an electronic USC application at: http://jobs.usc.edu/postings/53260.

    For further information, please contact the Chair of the search committee, Jan Amend at janamend@usc.edu.

    Posted Sept. 8, 2015.

    2016 Exploration Postdoctoral Fellowships at the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University

    Application Deadline: October 31, 2015

    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 astrobiology, astrophysics and cosmology, earth and planetary sciences, instrumentation and systems engineering, and science education.

    Incoming Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $61,000 with health benefits, plus $9,000 per year in discretionary research funds. A relocation allowance of up to $2,500 will be provided. Appointments will be for up to three years and shall commence on or around July 1, 2016.

    A full description of the application process is available at: http://sese.asu.edu/ExplorationPostdocFellowships.

    Posted Sept. 2, 2015.

    2016 Vatican Observatory Summer School (VOSS) in Astrophysics on Water in the Solar System and Beyond

    Application Deadline: October 31, 2015

    The Vatican Observatory will be holding its 2016 Summer School from May 29 to June 24. During the course of the session, students will present a short paper on their research or the research of their home institution. Field trips to visit sites of historical interest to astronomy will be included.

    Water plays an important role in the origin and chemical development of comets, asteroids, icy moons, and planets including our own Earth. It is also a necessary ingredient for life as we know it. Recent space missions, remote sensing, and laboratory research have led to considerable growth in our understanding of the role of water in the solar system and in cosmochemistry. Expert faculty will direct a comprehensive four-week course of lectures, presentations, and hands-on projects in the beautiful setting of the Papal villas outside Rome. It will be an unforgettable experience!

    No formal course credits will be given, but certification of satisfactory completion of the course will be supplied.

    For more information, visit http://www.vaticanobservatory.va/content/specolavaticana/en/summer-schools—voss-/voss2016.html

    Posted June 23, 2015.

    Lowell Observatory: Tenure-Track or Tenured Astronomer

    Application Deadline: November 1, 2015

    Lowell Observatory invites applications for one or more tenure-track or tenured research positions in astronomy or planetary science. We invite applicants at any career level who can build on current strengths or open new areas for Lowell. A Ph.D. in astronomy, planetary science, or a related field is required, as is an outstanding record of research and demonstrated ability or potential to obtain external research funding. Candidates are invited to describe how they would make use of our observational facilities, but we will give equal consideration to all research areas. The start date for this position is flexible but desired by Fall 2016.

    Additional position details can be found at: https://lowell.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Tenure-track-Astronomer.pdf

    To apply: Send applications electronically to: humanresources@lowell.edu

    Applications should include:
    (1) a cover letter and CV,
    (2) a research plan of 3 pages or less, and
    (3) names and mail/email addresses of three individuals who have agreed to serve as references. Do not ask for reference letters to be sent in advance.

    Posted Sept. 29, 2015.

    NASA Postdoctoral Program Opportunities in Astrobiology

    Proposal Deadline: November 1, 2015

    The NASA Postdoctoral Program will be accepting applications to the Astrobiology program opportunities on November 1. The NPP provides opportunities for Ph.D. scientists and engineers to perform research on problems largely of their own choosing, yet compatible with the research interests of the NASA Astrobiology Program. For more information see https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/nai/funding/nasa-astrobiology-postdoctoral-fellowship-program/.

    To apply, go to http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc/.

    Posted Aug. 17, 2015.

    California Academy of Sciences “Cluster Hiring” Ph.D.-level Scientists

    Application Deadline: November 1, 2015

    The California Academy of Sciences seeks to fill several endowed positions with Ph.D.-level scientists who do outstanding biodiversity/ecological science, focus on broader science communication & engagement, care about increasing diversity in science, connect their work to real world sustainability outcomes, and want to change the world.

    The Academy is especially seeking experts in coral reef biology, tropical rain forests, the ecology of California, and the impacts of global change on biodiversity, as well as candidates with interests in marine mammals and amphibian decline. They seek candidates with skills in “big data”, modeling, GIS, visualization, genomics, and innovative methods for field- and collections-based research. Candidates who connect their work to larger sustainability challenges are of special interest. Candidates must also show leadership in science communication and engagement, as well as an interest in increasing diversity in science.

    Visit http://calacademy.snaphire.com/jobdetails?ajid=vNXB8 for all the details and application instructions.

    Posted July 9, 2015

    2016 Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowships

    Application Deadline: November 5, 2015

    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. Sagan Fellowships are joined by two other NASA astrophysics theme-based fellowship programs: the Einstein Fellowship Program which supports the Physics of the Cosmos research, and the Hubble Fellowship Program which supports Cosmic Origins research.

    We anticipate awarding 5 fellowships in 2016.

    The proposed research may be theoretical, observational, or instrumental. This program is open to applicants of any nationality who have earned (or will have earned) their doctoral degrees on or after January 1, 2013, in astronomy, physics, or related disciplines. The fellowships are tenable at U.S. host institutions of the fellows’ choice, subject to a maximum of one new fellow per host institution per year (see note on host institutions below). The duration of the fellowship is up to three years: an initial one-year appointment and two annual renewals contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of NASA funds.

    We accept the submission of up to three host institutions. The purpose of designating of more than one host institution in the application is to provide the program with flexibility should there be several highly ranked applications at any single institution. Barring this circumstance, it is expected that awardees will use their Fellowships at their first-choice institutions.

    More information and the application submission form are available at http://nexsci.caltech.edu/sagan/fellowship.shtml.

    Posted Sept. 11, 2015.

    Remote Sensing Comparative Planetology Position at the University of Arizona

    Application Review Begins November 9, 2015

    The University of Arizona announces coordinated hiring of five tenure-track or tenured faculty positions in Earth system remote sensing to establish the Earth Dynamics Observatory (EDO) to respond to global challenges in Earth and environmental science, planetary science, and hazards and resource assessment. EDO faculty will contribute to interdisciplinary research and educational programs oriented around remote sensing and Earth and planetary change, with the goal of developing instruments, deploying missions, and leading new research in applications of remote sensing. One position is in remote sensing of planetary surfaces, atmospheres, and/or interiors with relevance to multiple planets (including exoplanets) or solar system objects to astrobiology, to provide context for understanding the Earth. Experience in field and lab work and theory are also desirable. The scientist will have expertise in planetary science and observing techniques to a) develop instrumentation and techniques and lead experiments for planetary science (including Earth), and b) provide perspective on the implications for Earth of knowledge about other planets and vice versa. Inquiries should be directed to Tim Swindle (tswindle@lpl.arizona.edu), Director, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory.

    More information is at: http://www.geo.arizona.edu/edo/

    Candidates should apply for position F20164 at: https://uacareers.com/

    Posted Sept. 29, 2015

    University of Tennessee, Knoxville: Faculty Position in Planetary Petrology/Mineralogy/Geochemistry

    Application Deadline: December 15, 2015

    The Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at The University of Tennessee seeks to fill a faculty position in petrology/mineralogy/geochemistry with emphasis in planetary geoscience. The position is for an open-rank (tenure-track or tenured); we would prefer to select a candidate at the Associate or Full Professor level, but welcome applications for Assistant Professor. The position begins August 1, 2016. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is a Research I University and the flagship campus of the UT system. Information about the department may be found at: http://eps.utk.edu.

    It focuses on geology and has an active emphasis on planetary research through its Planetary Geosciences Institute: http://web.utk.edu/~pgi.

    Requirements for the position are: Ph.D. in geology or a related field, and demonstrated research experience in planetary geoscience.

    To apply, please email the following to mcsween@utk.edu: C.V., cover letter describing research and teaching experience and plans, and names of 4 references with contact information. Applications received by December 15, 2015 are ensured review, but earlier submission is encouraged. The position will remain open until filled. Questions about the position should be directed to H. McSween.

    Posted Sept. 29, 2015.

    Cyanobacterial Evolution Postdoc Position at the Fournier Lab at MIT

    Application Deadline: December 15, 2015

    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 2015. Our group studies the co-evolution of microbes and planetary processes over geological timescales, investigating major questions in planetary history from a genomic perspective. Ongoing projects include microbial phylogenetics and phylometabolomics, calibration of microbial molecular clocks, horizontal gene transfer, ancestral sequence reconstruction, and genomic paleontology. Highly motivated, independent researchers with strong backgrounds in microbiology, phylogenetics, statistics, and computational biology/computer science are encouraged to apply.

    A full time postdoctoral position to research cyanobacterial evolution (advised by T. Bosak, M. Polz and G. Fournier, MIT). The project aims to improve the sampling of the cyanobacterial phylum and the understanding of its evolution through:

    1. Sequencing and annotation of the genomes of > 60 undersampled, but geologically and environmentally relevant cyanobacterial taxa;

    2. Reconstruction of major genomic events (gene additions, duplications and losses) in cyanobacterial history;

    3. Correlation of these data with major events in Earth history and correlation of events in the evolution of cyanobacteria and other organismal groups which may lack a fossil record.

    The project is funded by the Simons Early Career Investigator grants in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution. Candidates with expertise in bioinformatics and/or microbial ecology and evolution are encouraged to apply.

    CVs and three letters of recommendation should be sent to tbosak@mit.edu.

    Posted Aug. 4, 2015

    Assistant Professor, George Mason University, Extrasolar Planets

    Application Deadline: January 29, 2016

    The George Mason University, Department of Physics and Astronomy within the School of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Science is accepting applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor-level in the field of Extrasolar Planets.

    Responsibilities: The successful applicant will teach courses in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and develop an extrasolar planets research program.

    George Mason University is located in Fairfax, Va., in the suburban Washington, D.C., area. This location offers prospects for collaboration at several nearby institutions and federal laboratories, such as the Goddard Space Flight Center, the Carnegie Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, the Space Telescope Science Institute, the National Institute of Science and Technology, and the Naval Research Laboratory.

    Qualifications: Candidates with expertise in all areas of observational and theoretical studies of extrasolar planets—including detection, characterization, and their formation and evolution—will be considered. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in physics or astronomy as well as postdoctoral experience, and show promise for developing an independent and externally funded research program.

    For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F9967z at: http://jobs.gmu.edu/postings/36094

    Posted Sept. 29, 2015

    Open Rank Environmental Microbiology Faculty Position at Montana State University

    Application Open Until Adequate Pool Established

    The Department of Microbiology and Immunology offers a dynamic research and teaching environment with state-of-the–art facilities for biochemistry, flow cytometry, genomics, proteomics, cell biology, microbiology and bioinformatics.

    The faculty position to be filled is a full-time tenure track appointment with primary responsibilities in research, teaching, and service/outreach. The successful candidate will become an integral part of the Microbiology and Immunology department and potentially research centers on campus. The position is 50% research, 40% teaching, and 10% service and will be funded by the College of Agriculture and the College of Letters and Science. The new hire will be responsible for developing and obtaining extramural research funding for a nationally competitive, independent research program that will make significant contributions to the understanding of microbe-environment interactions, microbial biology/ecology, and/or microbial engineering. The faculty member will participate in teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses in their area of specialization and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. They will also be responsible for providing service as applicable to the department, college, university, and scientific community. Opportunities to participate in the cooperative human medical education program with the University of Washington (WWAMI program) or the Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine (WIMU program) may also be possible.

    More information and application instructions are available at https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/2601.

    Posted Sept. 14, 2015.

    Postdoctoral Associate in Astrobiology at MIT

    There is an opportunity for a Postdoctoral Associate in Astrobiology, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), to work on research that will focus on analytical studies of organic matter in astrochemical analog materials such as meteorites and ices in order to identify amphiphiles. The position, which is associated with the Simons Foundation Collaboration on the Origins of Life and will require collaborating closely with researchers Drs. Roger Summons/MIT (lead), Scott Sandford/ARC, & Jason Dworkin/GSFC, as well as relevant MIT faculty, research staff, and postdoctoral associates in the geobiology and astrobiology community.

    Job Requirements: a Ph.D. in organic chemistry, organic geochemistry, or analytical organic chemistry. Experience in the use of GCMS, LCMS, and pyrolysis techniques is essential. For all the information and to apply, visit: http://careers.peopleclick.com/careerscp/client_mit/external/jobDetails.do?functionName=getJobDetail&jobPostId=5601&localeCode=en-us

    Posted Sept. 2, 2015.

    Postdoctoral Position funded by ERC Consolidator Grant in La Laguna, Tenerife/Spain

    Application Open Until Filled

    ERC Consolidator Grant project PALEOCHAR is offering a 3-year postdoc position at Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain) for an experienced organic geochemist to carry out biomarker research on sediment from Neanderthal fireplaces. The project will involve a combination of organic geochemical techniques including GC-MS, GC-IRMS and PY-GCMS. This opportunity will remain open until the position is filled.

    For more information and to apply, please contact Carolina Mallol at cmallol@ull.es.

    Posted Aug. 25, 2015.

    Volunteers Needed to Review Planetary Science Division ROSES Proposals

    The Planetary Science Division is now seeking volunteers to serve as reviewers for proposals from the following ROSES-2015 programs:
    ROSES 2015 C.19 Hayabusa2 Participating Scientist Program
    ROSES 2015 C.14 Planetary Science and Technology Through Analog Research
    ROSES 2015 C.9 the Mars Data Analysis Program
    ROSES 2015 C.3 Solar System Workings

    To increase the pool of un-conflicted reviewers we are seeking subject matter experts to serve as mail-in reviewers of proposals and/or in-person reviewers to engage in discussions at a face-to-face panel meeting. New researchers (including post doctoral fellows) are welcome to apply as they provide fresh insight from people close to the most current research.

    More information is available at: http://science.nasa.gov/researchers/volunteer-review-panels/

    Posted Aug. 25, 2015.

    Postdoctoral Position in Environmental & Biomolecular Systems at the Institute of Environmental Health, Oregon Health & Science University

    Application Open Until Filled

    We seek postdoctoral (Ph.D.) candidates with multidisciplinary training in microbial biochemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, microbiology, (bio)geochemistry, environmental/aquatic chemistry or related fields and expertise with metals. Experience with bacterial culture, protein purification and analytical techniques such as ICP-MS, MIMS, x-ray absorption spectroscopy, electrochemical methods and/or UVVis spectroscopy is desired.

    As part of the NASA Astrobiology Institute Alternative Earths Research Center at the University of California Riverside, the successful candidate will study the biogeochemistry of enzymatic manganese oxide formation and fractionation of stable isotopes under different environmental conditions. The candidate should have experience and desire to work as part of a multidisciplinary team. The duties include research and publication; training, mentoring, and assisting students, postdocs, staff, etc.; care and maintenance of laboratory equipment and facilities; assisting with project reporting and development; participating in outreach activities; and serving as a liaison with the administration, other faculty and research groups. Some extended travel (including international travel) may be required.

    The candidate will join a unique, diverse, and highly interdisciplinary department in the Division of Environmental and Biomolecular Systems (EBS), Institute of Environmental Health. This position is located in Portland, Oregon at OHSU’s Marquam Hill Campus. This description is not intended to be all-inclusive and the incumbent will likely have additional responsibilities as required.

    To Apply: Please apply online at http://www.ohsu.edu/hr for position IRC48653 by submitting a cover letter describing your research experience and future goals, curriculum vitae, a potential start date, and contact information for suggested references. The position is available immediately.

    For questions, contact: Bradley M. Tebo, Ph.D. at tebob@ohsu.edu.

    Posted Aug. 20, 2015.

    NASA Spaceward Bound India 2016

    NASA Spaceward Bound, a NASA Ames initiative is an opportunity for astrogeologists and astrobiologists to work with students in remote, off Earth analogous environments to conduct field experiments and engage in scientific discussions with participating students and science educators. Scientists from NASA’s astrobiology community are teaming up with their counterparts in Australia and India to visit Ladakh, India in August 2016 to conduct experiments in a range of research areas. Ladakh is a cold, high altitude (3000-6000m asl) desert environment that offers permafrost regions, saline and palaeolakes, hot springs that have shown to harbor extremophilic microbial communities. It is also a young and active geological region that exhibits topological processes which hold clues about Martian terrain history. Interested researchers/ students can contact the team with ideas/suggestions towards planned experiments at spacewardbound@astrobiologyindia.in. Follow the Spaceward Bound India team’s updates on their website, Facebook page and twitter as they continue to refine their planned experiments, engage in webinars and prepare for the first pilot joint venture astrobiological field expedition in India! Exciting times ahead!

    Website: http://spacewardbound.astrobiologyindia.in/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SBIndia2016
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/SB_India2016

    Posted Aug. 20, 2015.

    Postdoctoral Position in Astrobiology in the WiscSIMS Lab at the University of Wisconsin -Madison

    Position Open Until Filled

    WiscSIMS Laboratory, http://www.geology.wisc.edu/facilities/wiscsims

    This position is sponsored by the NASA Astrobiology Institute. Research will be in the early evidence and environments for life will include in situ analysis by ion microprobe of sulfur 3- and 4-isotope ratios in Archean pyrite and C, S, Si, and O isotope ratios in associated minerals and organic matter. One area of emphasis will be 3.4 to 3.5 Ga cherts from the Pilbara Craton in Western Australia. Interest in collaborative interdisciplinary research is required. Experience with astrobiology, Precambrian geology, stable isotope geochemistry, SIMS, SEM, EPMA, or mass-spectrometry is desirable.

    Submit by e-mail a cover letter, reprints of papers, and a CV with the contact information of 3 or more potential references to John Valley, at valley@geology.wisc.edu. UW-Madison is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Posted Aug. 5, 2015