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.


    Student Opportunity: Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internship 2015

    Berkner Autumn Program 2015 (Undergraduate and Graduate Students)
    – Application Deadline: June 5, 2015

    The goal of the Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internship is to provide promising undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to work in the area of civil space research policy in the nation’s capital, under the aegis of the National Research Council’s Space Science Board and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. The autumn program is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Candidate(s) selected for the summer and autumn programs will be contacted no later than 3 July, respectively. Additional information about the program, including application procedure, can be found at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/SSB/ssb_052239 .

    Posted Jan. 22, 2015


    Summer School at Molėtai Observatory: “Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems and Habitable Planets”

    Application deadline: June 15, 2015

    The summer school taking place near Molėtai, Lithuana will present an overview of the pathways formation of habitable planets both in our and extrasolar planets. It is co-organised by the Nordic Network of Astrobiology, the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership “European Astrobiology Campus” and the EU COST Action “Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth and in the Universe”. The program includes:
    – Lectures by internationally leading scientists covering a broad range of astrobiology
    – Observations of exoplanet and binary star transits as well as other interesting astronomical objects like Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet with the 1.65 m and broad field 51 cm telescope at the Molėtai Observatory
    – Remote observations using other telescopes in Europe
    – Two Poster sessions for students and early career scientists
    – Participant-led discussions about forefront-topics

    Molėtai Observatory is a uniquely suitable venue for the summer school, offering both access to telescopes equipped with modern observing instruments as well as a spacious conference hall, local accommodation, and beautiful countryside environment with pristine lakes.

    The application is available at http://www.nordicastrobiology.net/Moletai2015/Application.html

    Posted May 11, 2015


    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) International Top Young Fellowship (ITYF)

    Application Deadline: June 19, 2015

    The goal of Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (ISAS, JAXA) is to advance space science in Japan. The JAXA International Top Young Fellowship (ITYF) was established as a prestigious fellowship program designed to attract outstanding, highly motivated, early-career researchers in any of the space science fields covered by ISAS to work in Japan for 3 (extendable to 5) years.

    Applicants must have a Ph.D. or Doctoral degree in natural sciences or engineering (by the end of May 2015), or equivalent or higher qualifications, with less than 8 years of postdoctoral experience.

    For more information and to apply, visit: http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/e/researchers/young-fellowship/appli.shtml

    Posted May 1, 2015


    Principal Investigator or Associate Principal Investigator Opportunity at The Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) at the Tokyo Institute of Technology

    Application Deadline: June 30, 2015

    ELSI seeks an established, collegial, and enthusiastic scientist to carry out original research work, cultivate young scientists, and contribute to the development of our institute. It is seeking applications from junior and mid-career scientists who are able to commit 6-12 months/year working at ELSI in Tokyo.

    Scientific fields related to research themes pursued at ELSI include:

    • Formation of the Earth
    • Early Earth environment and evolution
    • Deep Earth properties and dynamics
    • Solar system exploration
    • Formation and characterization of exoplanets
    • Abiotic chemical evolution
    • Origin of Life
    • Early biological evolution
    • Bacterial ecology
    • Metagenomics
    • High performance computing
    • Bioinformatics

    Requirements:
    1) A Doctoral degree in a related field of study.
    2) Sufficient experience to oversee post-doctoral level researchers.
    3) Willingness to contribute to institutional management.

    For all information regarding this opportunity, visit: http://www.elsi.jp/en/about/recruitment/public-offering-positions/2015/03/20150323.html

    Posted May 1, 2015


    Call for Applications for Returned Sample Science (RSS) Board for Mars 2020

    Application Deadline: July 15, 2015

    Individuals are invited to apply for membership on the Returned Sample Science (RSS) Board for the 2020 Mars science rover mission (hereafter Mars 2020). This strategic mission is intended to investigate an astrobiologically relevant ancient environment on Mars to decipher its geological processes and history, including the assessment of its past habitability and potential for preservation of biosignatures within accessible geologic materials. The rover also has an objective to collect a set of scientifically compelling samples for possible return to Earth by a potential future mission. Mission details are available at: http://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/mission/overview/

    Preparation of the most scientifically compelling samples for possible future analysis on Earth necessitates careful inputs and community engagement, and to this end, the Mars 2020 project will create a board of scientists drawn from the diverse array of disciplines likely to be involved in the study of returned samples.

    To apply submit a 2-page (11-point font, 1-inch margins) Letter of Application and a CV by July 15, 2015 to michael.a.meyer@nasa.gov with the subject line “Mars 2020 Science Team RSS Board” after having read the instructions at http://mepag.jpl.nasa.gov/announcements/2020DearColleague_RSS-F.pdf

    Posted May 29, 2015


    EONS-14: Advanced Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Training and Research (ASTAR) Fellowships

    Phase II Application Deadline: July 25, 2015

    The NASA Office of Education Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) solicits proposals from students pursuing graduate degrees in NASA relevant STEM disciplines. NASA OE MUREP ASTAR Fellowship seeks independently conceived fellowship proposals from student applicants, specifically in areas of projected deficiencies in the NASA future STEM workforce. Selected students will perform graduate student research at their respective campuses during the academic year as well as conduct research at a designated NASA field Center during an annual 10-15 week Center based research Experience (CBRE). Funding is provided for three years.

    More information can be found at NSPIRES.

    Posted Feb. 24, 2015


    Simons Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Announce 2016 Faculty Scholars Competition

    Application Deadline: July 28, 2015

    The Simons Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are pleased to announce the Faculty Scholars Competition, a national competition for grants to outstanding early-career scientists.

    The three philanthropies will award a total of $148 million over the program’s first five years, awarding up to 70 grants every two and a half to three years. The awards are intended for basic researchers and physician scientists who have already demonstrated significant research accomplishments and show potential to make unique and important contributions to their fields.

    The Faculty Scholars Competition marks the first time that HHMI, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Simons Foundation have formally undertaken an initiative together. For more information CLICK HERE

    Posted March 24, 2015