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.


    Postdoctoral Researcher in Planetary Science at York University

    Application Deadline: February 28, 2015

    A postdoctoral researcher is sought at York University in Toronto, Canada to help support the Operations of the Mars Science Laboratory Rover Curiosity and to lead experimental and/or numerical simulation-based investigations into atmospheric and atmosphere-surface interactions of planetary bodies, including but not limited to Mars.

    The successful candidate must be eligible to become a member of the Science and Operations Team of MSL and must be willing to relocate to Toronto. This work will be co-supervised by Prof. John E. Moores, and Prof. James A. Whiteway. The ideal candidate will be less than 3 years from receipt of their PhD at the start of the term of employment, which may be as early as April 1, 2015.

    The term of employment will be for one year with an option to extend this work to two years if funding permits.

    How to Apply: Please send to jmoores@yorku.ca
    (1) a detailed C.V.
    (2) the names, phone numbers and email addresses of two references
    (3) two examples of published work that you have led

    Posted Feb. 24, 2015


    Sao Paulo School of Advanced Sciences on Recent Developments in Synchrotron Radiation

    Application Deadline: March 1, 2015

    SyncLight 2015, the São Paulo School of Advanced Sciences (ESPCA) on Recent Developments in Synchrotron Radiation will be held at the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Source in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil, between July 13-24, 2015. SyncLight 2015 will bring graduate students and young postdoctoral researchers from Brazil and many other countries together with instructors selected from currently active and leading researchers around the world. São Paulo School of Advanced Science (ESPCA) is a program of FAPESP that offers short courses on advanced science and technology to contribute to the academic development of the participants and to consolidate the state of São Paulo as a center for world-class scientific talents.

    The main goal of the SyncLight 2015 is to show young researchers (MSc, PhD and Post-doc fellows) what synchrotron light offers in the form of new tools for their research. We intend to show numerous new possibilities that appeared in the last decade, particularly those exploring bright nanometer size x-ray beams and coherence. LNLS is currently engaged in the development and construction of SIRIUS, the next Brazilian synchrotron light source, planned to be a state-of-the-art machine and designed to be one of the brightest in the world. A new generation of users and developers are needed to exploit this new source that will operate in 2018.

    This school will provide training for the students in the field of physics, chemistry, biology, geosciences, medicine and materials science engineering, among others. The event has no registration fees, however, the attendance is limited to 80 students and application is required. Accepted students will receive full financial support for travel and accommodation. More information is available at http://pages.cnpem.br/synclight2015/how-to-participate/.

    Posted Feb. 11, 2015


    Johannes Geiss Fellowship – International Space Science Institute (ISSI) Call for Proposals

    Submission Deadline: March 2, 2015

    The Johannes Geiss Fellowship (JGF) seeks to attract – for limited duration visits – international scientists of stature, who can make demonstrable contributions to the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) mission. JGF will offer a stipend, pay travel and living expenses for a stay at ISSI of 1 – 6 months, possibly in several separate intervals, to coincide with time availability on the university’s academic calendars. In return for the stipend, the JGF recipient would be expected to participate in the work of ISSI, be available to collaborate with academic and research institutes in Switzerland and neighboring countries, and possibly give public lectures.

    To find out more about this opportunity, visit: www.issibern.ch/spotlight/CallforProposalsJohannesGeissFellowship.pdf

    Posted Dec. 8, 2014


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

    Phase I Application Deadline: May 5, 2015
    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


    Student Travel Grants for Upcoming Mars Meetings

    1) Workshop on Issues in Crater Studies and the Dating of Planetary Surfaces (May 19-22, 2014 in Laurel, MD)
    – Application Deadline: March 5, 2015

    2) Fourth International Planetary Dunes Workshop (May 19-22, 2015 in Boise, ID) – Application Deadline: March 5, 2015

    These opportunities are open to undergraduate and graduate students with Mars-related research interests who are US citizens or legal residents. Information and the applications are posted on the MEPAG site: http://mepag.nasa.gov/student.cfm?expand=student

    Questions should be directed to Serina Diniega: serina.diniega@jpl.nasa.gov

    Posted Jan. 13, 2015


    Astrobiology Graduate Conference (AbGradCon 2015)

    Application Deadline: March 10, 2015

    The Astrobiology Graduate Conference (AbGradCon), an interdisciplinary conference organized by and for graduate students and early career scientists, will be held at University of Wisconsin-Madison on July 19th through 23rd, 2015. Graduate students and early-career scientists (astronomers, biologists, chemists, educators, engineers, geologists, planetary scientists and social scientists) whose research addresses a topic relevant to astrobiology are encouraged to visit the website for more information: http://abgradcon.org.

    Posted Jan. 15, 2015


    Post-Doctoral Researcher Position at the NHM Vienna

    Application Deadline: March 13, 2015

    As part of the EU programme Horizon 2020, a postdoctoral researcher position is open at the Natural History Museum Vienna (with 2 years full funding to create a roadmap for the implementation of a European Extra-terrestrial Sample Curation Facility. The successful candidate will work with curator Ludovic Ferriere (NHM Vienna) and several other European colleagues, with the objective to define the state of the art facilities required to receive, contain and curate extra-terrestrial samples and guarantee terrestrial planetary protection.

    The position is open to PhD candidates (or those expecting to graduate before assuming the position) in the fields of geological, biological or planetary sciences. Expected starting date is in June 2015.

    More information is available at http://www.nhm-wien.ac.at/en/information/jobs

    Posted Feb. 9, 2015


    Postdoc Opportunity at the University of Oslo

    Application Deadline: March 15, 2015

    The position and main tasks of the successful candidate are part of the “Crater Clock: Calibration of the Cratering Chronometer for the Earliest Planetary Evolution” project funded by the Research Council of Norway and headed by Associate Professor Stephanie Werner. The project is laid out to improve and calibrate the cratering rates for the Moon and other terrestrial planetary bodies. The successful candidate shall have one or more of the following skills with no preferential order:

    - Morphological analysis, photo-geological mapping and evaluation of the crater record accordingly with special focus on the reflectance spectral interpretation of the Moon, small bodies and possibly Mars.

    - Modelling of the dynamical evolution of different small body populations with application for the cratering rate on terrestrial bodies (including the outer Solar System).

    The position, which will be associated to the Earth and Beyond team at CEED, is for a fixed period of 2.5 years, starting August 1st, 2015 (or some other date to be agreed upon). Applicants must hold a PhD in geosciences, planetary sciences, astrophysics, or physics, with relevant scientific background for the Crater Clock project, on the agreed starting date.

    More details: http://uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/1334103/97031?iso=no

    Posted Feb. 9, 2015


    Summer School: Water, Ice and the Origin of Life in the Universe

    Application Deadline: March 15, 2015

    The summer school “Water, Ice and the Origin of Life in the Universe”, held in Iceland from July 1–14, 2015, aims to give participants a thorough high-level introduction to the role of water in the evolution of life in the cosmos, starting from formation of water molecules in space and ending with evolution of the first organisms. It will bring together students and highly merited researchers from a multitude of science branches, making it a truly multidisciplinary event. The program is co-organized by the Nordic Network of Astrobiology, the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, the European Astrobiology Campus and the EU COST Action “Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth and in the Universe”. Field studies on the colonization of lava fields and glaciers will complement the lectures.

    The program of the summer school consists of:
    – lectures by internationally leading scientists covering a broad range of subjects in astrobiology
    – investigation of colonisation of volcanic rocks and glaciers with in situ life detection techniques
    – excursions to geologically and biologically interesting sites, especially extreme environments (lava caves, new lava fields, geysers, hot springs, solfatares)
    – 2 poster sessions for students and early career scientists

    For further information, visit: http://www.nordicastrobiology.net/Iceland2015

    Posted Jan. 15, 2015


    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


    NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program Opportunity

    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 Researcher: Mineralogy and Petrology of Planetary Materials

    Candidate review begins March 30, 2015

    The Universities Space Research Association’s Lunar and Planetary Institute, invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in the mineralogy and petrology of planetary materials.

    The successful candidate will work with Dr. Allan Treiman in NASA-funded efforts, emphasizing planetary crusts and magmas, and their volatile constituents and on the CheMin science team of the Mars Science Laboratory mission. The candidate will participate in analysis and interpretation of CheMin X-ray diffraction data of Mars surface materials; and may also participate in operations planning for the CheMin instrument.

    Applicants should have a recent Ph.D. in petrology or geochemistry; experience with planetary materials is helpful, but not required. The position would be for two years, with possible extension to a third year. Detailed information can be found here.

    Posted Feb. 11, 2015


    2014 Nininger Meteorite Award

    Application Deadline: March 31, 2015

    The Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University is pleased to announce the application opportunity for the 2014 Nininger Meteorite Award for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing research in meteoritical sciences. The Nininger Meteorite Award recognizes outstanding student achievement in the meteoritical sciences as embodied by an original research paper.

    Applicants must be the first, but not sole, author of the paper and must be studying at an educational institution in the United States. Papers must cover original research conducted by the student and must have been written, submitted, or published between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014. The Nininger Award recipient receives $1000 and an engraved plaque commemorating the honor. Further information about the Nininger Award and application instructions are located at http://meteorites.asu.edu/nininger.

    Posted Jan. 23, 2015


    NASA Office of Education Scholarship and Research Opportunities

    Application Deadline: March 31, 2015

    NASA Office of Education (OE) is accepting applications for NASA Scholarship and Research Opportunities (SRO). Scholarship awards are made to individuals pursuing degrees in undergraduate studies leading to Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree specifically in areas of projected deficiencies in the NASA Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. The NASA Scholarship and Research Opportunities are the:

    - Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) which awards scholarships for individuals in one or more relevant NASA-related STEM disciplines. Students must currently attend or plan to attend an accredited Minority Serving Institution (MSI) in the United States.

    - Aeronautics Undergraduate Scholarships (AUS), which awards scholarships for individuals in areas, related to aeronautics. These scholarships are directed toward enhancing the state of aeronautics for the nation, transforming the nation’s air transportation system, and developing the knowledge, tools, and technologies to support future air and space vehicles.

    Information and applications can be found at the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative.

    Posted Jan. 22, 2015


    Postdoctoral Teaching Associate in Mineralogy – University of Tennessee

    Application review start date: April 1, 2015 (Application period open until filled)

    The University of Tennessee in Knoxville invites applications for a Post-doctoral Teaching Associate position in Mineralogy starting August 1, 2015, pending approval of funding. The position is a 9-month appointment and includes benefits. Successful candidates will be expected to teach mineralogy for undergraduate geology majors, physical geology at the entry level, and possibly a specialized mineralogy or petrology course at the upper division undergraduate or graduate level. Candidates will also be encouraged to participate in departmental research projects and/or work on their own research.

    UT-Knoxville is the state’s flagship research institution, located near Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Great Smoky Mountains. The EPS department comprises an energetic group of tenure-track and research faculty, post-doctoral researchers, and ~150 graduate and undergraduate students.

    More information is available at http://web.eps.utk.edu/.

    Applicants should e-mail CV, description of teaching and research interests, and contact information for 3 references in PDF format to:
    Prof. Josh Emery
    Search Committee Chair
    University of Tennessee
    Knoxville, TN 37996-1410
    865-974-8039
    jemery2@utk.edu

    Posted Feb. 24, 2015


    Postdoctoral Scientist: Planetary Climate Modeling

    Proposed start date: April 1, 2015 (Application period open until filled)

    Columbia University offers a 2-year Postdoctoral Research Scientist appointment to model radiative processes and their effect on planetary climates in a general circulation model. The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), GSFC, Columbia University, and other institutions. Team research addresses the habitability of past Solar System climates and exoplanet climates and informs the design of future exoplanet missions. The candidate will be expected to perform original research, present results at scientific meetings, and publish first-author peer-reviewed papers. The candidate will be resident at NASA GISS in New York City.

    Requirements: PhD. in atmospheric science, planetary science, astrobiology, astronomy, physics, or a similar field. Expertise in radiative transfer and willingness to become involved in radiation parameterization development are required, but the broad scope allows for many possible research directions using the model. Strong mathematics and programming skills are also required. Strong candidates will be interested in interdisciplinary questions and interacting with scientists from diverse fields.

    For further information visit http://www.giss.nasa.gov/projects/astrobio/ or contact Anthony DelGenio at anthony.d.delgenio@nasa.gov.

    For application requirements and instructions visit https://academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=60391

    Posted Feb. 4, 2015


    The Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research 2015 Grants

    Application Deadline: April 3, 2015

    The Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research program provides 3 to 5 competitive grants each year in the range of $2,500 to $5,000 USD for support of field research at known or suspected impact sites worldwide. Grant funds may be used to assist with travel and subsistence costs, as well as laboratory and computer analysis of research samples and findings. Masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students enrolled in formal university programs are eligible.

    The fund has been established as a memorial to recognize the contributions of Brandon, Moreau, Paul, and Richard Barringer to the field of meteoritics and the Barringer family’s strong interest and support over many years in research and student education. In addition to its memorial nature, the Fund also reflects the family’s long-standing commitment to responsible stewardship of The Barringer Meteorite Crater and the family’s steadfast resolve in maintaining the crater as a unique scientific research and education site.

    For additional details and an application, please go to: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/science/kring/Awards/Barringer_Fund/.

    Posted Feb. 24, 2015


    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


    New Postdoctoral Research Opportunity: Lunar and Asteroid Volcanic Studies Based on Terrestrial Fieldwork, Laboratory Analysis and Numerical Modeling

    This NPP (NASA Postdoctoral Program) position provides an opportunity to work with the FINESSE (Field Investigations to Enable Solar System Science and Exploration) team based at NASA Ames Research Center as a part of NASA’s SSERVI (Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute). The FINESSE team focuses on a science and exploration field-based research program aimed at generating strategic knowledge in preparation for the human and robotic exploration of the Moon, near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) and Phobos & Deimos. We infuse our science program with leading edge exploration concepts since “science enables exploration and exploration enables science.”

    This NPP position will focus on terrestrial volcanic field studies, laboratory analysis of samples, and numerical modeling as analogs for lunar and asteroid volcanic systems. The candidate will study the processes, geomorphic features and rock types related to fissure eruptions, volcanic constructs, lava tubes, flows and pyroclastic deposits.

    The full NPP ad can be viewed at https://www3.orau.gov/npdoc/catalog/18895

    For more information on FINESSE, please visit http://spacescience.arc.nasa.gov/finesse/

    or contact FINESSE PI Jennifer Heldmann at Jennifer.Heldmann@nasa.gov.

    Posted Feb. 11, 2015