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.

    Post-Doc Position on Modeling and Observations of CO2 Ice Clouds on Mars at LATMOS

    Application Deadline: August 15, 2015

    The Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales (LATMOS) in France is currently accepting applications for a fixed-term post-doc position (1 year + 1 additional year based on performance + a possible extension) on studying CO2 ice clouds on Mars.

    More information on the project and the importance of the CO2 ice clouds for Mars’ climate can be found on the LATMOS careers page.

    Applications from interested scientists with a PhD in planetology, astronomy, meteorology, atmospheric sciences, or related fields are welcome. The applicants should have finished their PhD or provide evidence that they will obtain the PhD degree by the time the post-doc contract begins. Experience in atmospheric modelling, limb observation analysis, and/or radiative transfer modelling are recommended. Fluency in using unix/linux environments and Fortran programming will be appreciated. The gross salary is minimum 2500 EUR/month and depends on experience.

    Applications (in English or in French) consisting in a CV, a publication list, at least one recommendation letter, and a motivation letter should be sent via email to Dr. Anni Maattanen (anni.maattanen@latmos.ipsl.fr).

    Posted June 29, 2015.

    Associate Research Scientist (Lab Manager) Position at Arizona State University

    The Center for Meteorite Studies in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University invites applications for an Associate Research Scientist (Lab Manager) position. The successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of the Isotope Cosmochemistry and Geochronology Laboratory, which includes a ThermoNeptune MC-ICPMS and an associated clean chemistry laboratory for ultra low-blank sample preparation. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct independent research and to participate in ongoing research in isotope cosmochemistry.

    The Center for Meteorite Studies will provide salary support for 75% of this position while the remaining 25% (three months) will be from other sources. It is expected that after the first two years, the successful candidate will fund the remaining 25% of this appointment through external funds he/she secures. Subsequent renewal of this annual appointment is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of resources, and the needs of the university.

    Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. by the time of appointment in the physical sciences and experience with mass spectrometry. Experience in geochemistry and/or cosmochemistry is highly desirable. To apply, please see the information provided at: http://meteorites.asu.edu/job/4955

    Posted June 22, 2015

    Astrobiology Postdoctoral Position at the University of Wisconsin

    This position is sponsored by the NASA Astrobiology Institute. Research into the early evidence and environments for life will include in situ analysis by ion microprobe (IMS-1280) of S 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.

    More information is available at http://www.geology.wisc.edu/facilities/wiscsims

    Please 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, Dept. of Geoscience at valley@geology.wisc.edu. UW-Madison is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Posted June 15, 2015.

    Small Bodies Analysis Group (SBAG) Steering Committee Open Positions

    The SBAG Steering Committee is composed of members that represent the diverse nature of the SBAG community, and each member serves a multi-year term. There are three positions open on the SBAG Steering Committee starting in August 2015. We are looking for candidates in the following areas:

    SBAG Technology Lead – Responsible for leading SBAG roadmap activities related to technology, for contributing technology input to guide SBAG meeting agendas, and for providing technology expertise at SBAG meetings and Steering Committee discussions. Three-year term.

    Comet Science Expert – Serve as a SBAG Steering Committee member and provide specific expertise on topics and issues related to cometary science, to complement the expertise of the continuing Steering Committee members. Three-year term.

    Early Career Secretary – An individual who recently received an advanced degree or an exceptional graduate student, with responsibilities to assist the chair with logistical details associated with SBAG and SBAG meetings. Two-year term.

    To indicate your willingness to serve in any of these positions, please email Nancy Chabot Nancy.Chabot@jhuapl.edu and include a CV by June 22, 2015. From more information about SBAG, visit the website: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/sbag/

    Posted Jun. 9, 2015

    SSERVI Science Communication Workshop at the Alan Alda Center at Stonybrook University

    The RIS4E SSERVI Team and experts from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science a world-renowned leader in the field of science communication, will facilitate a (free!) Science Communication Workshop on Sunday, July 19 at NASA Ames, right before the SSERVI Exploration Science Forum. The Alda Center has helped hundreds of scientists around the country improve their communication skills and are in high demand by universities and professional agencies nationwide, including NASA’s Office of the Chief Scientist.

    This one-day workshop is designed to help scientists learn to connect with different audiences and to convey the meaning of complex material in vivid, clear language those audiences can understand.

    For more information about the workshop, to see videos of Alan Alda discussing the importance of effective science communication as well as testimonies of past participants – and to apply! – visit:http://www.centerforcommunicatingscience.org/sservi-science-communication-workshop/

    The password is (case sensitive): comm_sservi

    For more information about the Alan Alda Center or Communicating Science, please see: http://www.centerforcommunicatingscience.org

    Questions? Contact Andrea Jones (Andrea.J.Jones@nasa.gov).

    Posted Jun. 8, 2015

    Postdoctoral Position for Mars Color/Photometry at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona

    Application Period: Open Until Filled

    Applicants are invited to apply for a postdoctoral position associated with MRO’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE), located at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona. The research emphasis will be on surface and atmospheric photometric normalization and color analysis, leading to new standard and special data products, and related research. This work is also needed in preparation for the Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS) on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter.

    Experience in remote sensing and image processing is required.

    Desired qualifications:
    – Independent research in other areas related to planetary geology and surface processes
    – Previous work on terrestrial or other planetary analogs and quantitative studies using digital topography, spectral imaging, and other data
    – Experience in analysis of Mars remote-sensing datasets
    – Primary experience and training in terrestrial remote sensing

    To apply, go to the University of Arizona career site.

    For further information contact Alfred McEwen (mcewen@lpl.arizona.edu) or Shane Byrne (shane@lpl.arizona.edu)

    Posted Jun. 1, 2015

    Astrobiology Graduates in Europe (AbGradE) 2015 Mission Design Workshop in Noordwijk, Netherlands on October 5th, 2015

    Registration Deadline: July 24, 2015

    This year, AbGradE together with ESA-ESTEC will organize a one-day mission-design workshop on October 5th, the day before the 15th EANA Astrobiology Conference (October 6-9). The workshop will be followed by an evening social event.

    More information is available at http://www.eana-net.eu/AbGradE/abgrade2015.html.

    The number of spots for participants is limited. Pre-registration is encouraged, especially for travel grant consideration.

    Posted Jun. 5, 2015

    Multiple Postdoc Fellowships at the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED) at the University of Oslo

    Application Deadline: July 1, 2015

    Up to five Postdoc fellowships (3 years period) are available at the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED), a Centre of Excellence located at the University of Oslo and funded by The Research Council of Norway (2013 to 2023). CEED activities are organized within six sections or scientific themes: (1) Dynamic Earth: Plate motions and Earth history, (2) Deep Earth: Materials, structure and dynamics, (3) Earth Crises: LIPs, mass extinctions and environmental changes, (4) Earth and Beyond: Comparative Planetology, (5) Earth modelling: Numerical models of Earth Dynamics and (6) Earth Laboratory: Paleomagnetism and Rock Magnetism.

    Experience within the following themes are required and examples of specific research fields are listed below:
    – Surface and interior dynamic processes of planetary bodies, including exoplanets
    – Planetary system evolution, planetary time-scales, surface ages, impact cratering and cratering statistics

    More details can be found at: http://uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/1400458/97031?iso=no

    Posted Jun. 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

    Postdoctoral Fellowships in Interdisciplinary Research Relating to Origins of Life, Spending 50% time in Tokyo, Japan

    Application Deadline: August 1, 2015

    The ELSI Origins Network (EON) announces the availability of post-doctoral research fellowships for research related to the Origins of Life. Ten two-year positions will be funded, to take place within the period 2016-2018.

    Successful candidates will split their time between the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) in Tokyo and another institution of the candidate’s choice, anywhere in the world. The fellowship will pay a salary for two years, which covers the time spent at both locations, as well as a generous research budget. The positions will start on or before 1st April 2016.

    EON is an interdisciplinary international network which seeks to foster dialogue and collaboration within the Origins of Life community to articulate and answer fundamental questions about the nature and the reasons for the existence of life on Earth, and possibly elsewhere in the Universe. Its goal is to bring together leading-edge research in all areas of the physical, mathematical, computational, and life sciences that bears on the emergence of life. ELSI is chartered as a Japanese World Premier International Research Center, to study the origin of Earth-like planets and the origin of life as inter-related phenomena. ELSI is located at the Ookayama campus of Tokyo Institute of Technology.

    EON-supported research addresses three overarching questions:
    1. How did life emerge on Earth?
    2. How common is life in the universe?
    3. What fundamental principles explain the emergence of life?

    Due to the split-time nature of these fellowships, the application process requires the applicant to choose a supervisor and host institution outside ELSI who will support the proposal. EON is designed to promote collaboration across disciplinary boundaries, and host institutions in all fields are welcome.

    The goal of the fellowships is cross-fertilization between specialists in Origin of Life research around the world, with a central collaborative hub at ELSI. EON aims to build a research community in which postdoctoral fellows benefit from facilities not only at ELSI but also among the centers throughout the network.

    The first deadline for applications is August 1st 2015, with a second deadline on 1st October to fill any remaining places. Please check our web site http://eon.elsi.jp/ for more details, including the application procedure.

    Call for Abstracts for GSA 2015 Technical Session – When Water Meets Rock: Aqueous Alteration in the Solar System

    Abstract Submission Deadline: August 11, 2015

    We want to call your attention to a session at the GSA Annual Meeting on water-rock interactions.

    On Earth reaction pathways of water-rock reactions can be observed directly, but elsewhere in the solar system we are often left with the mineralogical and geochemical products of these interactions to interpret the processes. On Mars, orbital and rover observations along with analyses of meteorites point to a rich history of water-rock interactions. Carbonaceous chondrites are typified by nearly complete alteration through the action of water. The Dawn and Rosetta missions are exploring solar system bodies that have been modified by water. For planetary aqueous environments, big picture questions include:

    (1) whether observed aqueous minerals formed at the surface or in the subsurface and under ambient or hydrothermal conditions and
    (2) the durations and volumes of liquid water involved.

    The goal is to explore how exciting new results from mineralogic and geochemical studies based on orbital and landed measurements integrate with field, laboratory, meteoritical, and modeling investigations that address aqueous processes on planetary bodies.

    To submit an abstract, go to: http://community.geosociety.org/gsa2015/science-careers/sessions

    Advocates: Rebecca Greenberger and Jack Mustard

    Posted Jun. 8, 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.