Careers and EmploymentJanuary 29, 2014
The Astrobiology Careers and Employment page is a compilation of career opportunities available to astrobiologists. Please email Julie Fletcher to send additional listings.
Ph.D and Postdoc opportunities in Planetary Sciences at University of Oslo, Norway
Application deadline: May 1, 2014
The Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics at the University of Oslo, Norway, invites applications for a:
1) PhD Research Fellowship in Earth and Planetary Sciences on numerical modeling of large scale impact cratering processes: http://uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/1124103/97031?iso=no
2) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Earth and Planetary Sciences on studying the geological evolutionary history and cratering record of Mercury in comparison with the Moon and Mars: http://uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/1124221/97031?iso=no
The positions and main tasks of the successful candidates are part of the “Crater Clock: Calibration of the Cratering Chronometer for the Earliest Planetary Evolution” project.
If you have any questions, follow the links above, or contact Stephanie C. Werner, Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics at the University of Oslo, Norway (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Posted Feb 10, 2014
NASA Offers Space Tech Grants To Early Career University Faculty
Proposal Submission Deadline: March 14, 2014
NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early career faculty members who are beginning their independent careers. The grants will sponsor research in specific, high priority areas of interest to America’s space program.
Aligned with NASA’s Space Technology Roadmaps and priorities identified by the National Research Council, the agency has identified topic areas that lend themselves to the early stage innovative approaches U.S. universities can offer for solving tough space technology challenges.
NASA expects to award about five grants this fall, funded up to $200,000 each per year for as many as three years, based on the merit of proposals and availability of funds. Funded research will investigate unique, disruptive or transformational space technologies in areas such as soft machines for robotic mobility and manipulation, science-based digital materials and manufacturing, and low size, weight, and power lasers.
For information on the solicitation, including specific technology areas of interest and how to submit notices of intent and proposals, visit: http://tinyurl.com/kcglhca
This solicitation is part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is responsible for innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in future missions. For more information about the directorate and Space Technology Research Grants Program, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/spacetech
Posted Jan. 29, 2014
Postdoctoral Research Associate Host-Microbe Interactions/Space Biology Opportunity
Closing Date: March 14, 2014
A postdoctoral research position is available beginning June 1, 2014 in the laboratory of Dr. Jamie Foster located at the University of Florida Space Life Science Lab to study the impact of space flight on beneficial symbiotic associations. Research will focus on the symbiotic association between the Hawaiian squid Euprymna scolopes and its bacterial partner Vibrio fischeri and assess how normal bacteria-induced animal development is altered in the space flight environment. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in microbiology, immunology, cellular biology, or closely related field at the time of the appointment. Expertise with molecular biology techniques is required. Experience with next-generation sequencing, transcriptomics, and associated bioinformatic programs is strongly preferred.
The initial appointment period will be for two years at a starting salary of $40,000. Interested applicants should email a PDF file containing a cover letter describing research experience and goals, a curriculum vitae, relevant publications, and the names and addresses of three references to Jamie Foster, Department of Microbiology and Cell Science, University of Florida, Space Life Science Lab. Email address: email@example.com; Webpage http://jamiefosterscience.com.
Posted Jan. 21, 2014
2014 Santander Summer School: Habitable Environments in the Universe
The 2014 International Summer School in Astrobiology will be held at the summer campus of the Spanish National University (UIMP), Palacio de la Magdalena, Santander, Spain on June 23-27, 2014.
This year’s theme is “Habitable Environments in the Universe.” The school will provide an interdisciplinary examination of the nature and evaluation of habitability, an environment’s ability to support life. Topics to be covered will include life’s requirements and the limits of life, the factors that affect habitability for local and global environments, and potentially habitable environments in our Solar System and on extrasolar planets.
The school includes a week of lectures from international experts, round-table discussions, student projects, and a field trip to a nearby site of astrobiological interest. On-site accommodation and all meals are provided.
The NAI student scholarship application deadline closed Feb. 28.
European students may apply for scholarship support provided by UIMP and the European Space Agency (ESA) through the UIMP website http://www.uimp.es at a later date.
Scholarship support for students of other nations will be advertised as opportunities become available.
NAI – NASA Astrobiology Institute
CAB – Spanish Centro de Astrobiología
ESA – European Space Agency
UIMP – Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo
The NASA Astrobiology Program Minority Institution Research Support Program Now Accepting Applications
Application Deadline: March 17, 2014
- Do you have a colleague at a minority serving institution (MSI) with whom you would like to work with more closely?
- Are you a faculty member at an MSI seeking a sabbatical with a NASA Astrobiology Program investigator?
- Do you have a current Astrobiology Program project and would like to host a faculty member from a MSI?
The Astrobiology Program Minority Institution Research Support (MIRS) program provides funded opportunities for researchers from minority serving institutions to initiate partnerships with researchers in the field of astrobiology. Past MIRS Scholars have worked with researchers at RPI, NASA Ames, NASA Goddard, the University of Houston, JPL, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the Scripps Research Institute.
Please contact Melissa Kirven-Brooks, Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Essay Contest on Preparing for the Distant Future of Civilization
Application Deadline: April 22
The activities of our global civilization are now intertwined with the evolution of the Earth system. Human civilization will face many challenges as it adapts to a rapidly changing world, and the result of many critical decisions today will have a lasting impact on generations to come. Predicting the direction of these future changes will require an understanding of the very longterm consequences of humanity’s current actions on our planet. As we step deeper into the “anthropocene”, an era defined by the global impact of human activities, and continue to improve our technology, our success as a civilization will depend on our ability to prepare for an uncertain future.
The Blue Marble Space Institute of Science invites participants to address this theme by responding to the question: In the next 100 years, how can human civilization prepare for the longterm changes to the Earth system that will occur over the coming millennium? The purpose of the essay contest is to stimulate creative thinking relating to space exploration and global issues by exploring how changes in the Earth system will affect humanity’s future.
We invite essays from undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program at a qualified educational institution (2year or 4year college/university) between the ages of 18 to 30. Applicants should limit their essays to 1500 words or less. The deadline for applications is 22 April 2014 at 5:00 PM US Pacific time. Essays will be assessed based on scientific accuracy, originality, and writing style.
The author of the winning essay will receive a $500 prize and will be invited to present his or her ideas in an episode of the Beer with BMSIS podcast series. The winning essay will also be considered for publication in the journal Astrobiology with a commentary by journalist and author Lee Billings. Two honorable mention prizes of $200 each will also be awarded.
Essays will be judged by an expert panel of BMSIS research scientists as well as a group of outside judges of esteemed scientists and writers that include Kim Stanley Robinson, David Grinspoon, Lee Billings, and Michael Chorost. Essay winners will be announced on 20 July 2014.
Submit your essay to: email@example.com
Visit http://www.bmsis.org/essaycontest/ for more details.
Pilbara Field School 2014
An 8-day field school is being presented by Professor Martin Van Kranendonk, co-director of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology of the University of New South Wales, and one of the most experienced geologists in the world in Archean rocks.
The field school will take place June 28 to July 6, 2014 and will examine the early Archean rocks of the Pilbara Craton of Western Australia in the North Pole Dome and around the town of Marble Bar, where fossilized remnants of Earth’s oldest convincing evidence of life are preserved in excellent exposures. The field school is designed to give participants the chance to observe these ancient fossils in their natural settings and to spend time mapping key exposures in order to gain experience in geological mapping techniques and an appreciation for the complexity of geological interpretation and habitat reconstruction in these very old rocks.
Designed for both experienced geologists and novices alike: educators, administrators and others with an interest in early life on earth and the search for life on Mars are encouraged to attend.
Access to the sites will be by 4-wheel drive vehicles. Indoor accommodation will be provided near mapping sites, but participants will have the option to camp Ozzie style, under the stars. All food provided.
Cost (ex Port Hedland, Western Australia): approx. AUD $3,500 pp.
To find out more, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted Nov. 20, 2013
NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program
NASA has announced a call for graduate fellowship proposals to the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program for the 2014-2015 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 deadline for RENEWAL applications is March 17, 2014.
The NESSF call for proposals and submission instructions are located at the NESSF 14 solicitation index page at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ – click on “Solicitations” then click on “Open Solicitations” then select the “NESSF 14” announcement. Also refer to “Proposal Submission Instructions” and “Frequently Asked Questions” listed under “Other Documents” on the NESSF 14 solicitation index page.
All proposals must be submitted in electronic format only through the NASA NSPIRES system. The advisor has an active role in the submission of the fellowship proposal. To use the NSPIRES system, the advisor, the student, and the university must all register. Extended instructions on how to submit an electronic proposal package are posted on the NESSF 14 solicitation index page listed above. You can register in NSPIRES at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/.
For further information contact Claire Macaulay, Program Administrator for NESSF Earth Science Research, Telephone: (202) 358-0151, E-mail: email@example.com or Dolores Holland, Program Administrator for NESSF Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research, and Astrophysics Research, Telephone: (202) 358-0734, E-mail: hq-nessf-Space@nasa.gov.
Posted Nov. 20, 2013