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: 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


    2015 Santander Summer School – The Origin of Life: From Monomers to Cells

    Application Deadline: March 31, 2015

    The 2015 International Summer School in Astrobiology will be held at the summer campus of the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP), Palacio de la Magdalena, Santander, Spain on June 29 – July 3, 2015.

    This year’s theme will be The Origin of Life: From Monomers to Cells. The school will provide an interdisciplinary examination of the chemical, physical and geological processes that are required to develop cellular life, and discuss the different environmental settings that would support these processes. Topics covered will include an introductory overview of origin of life research and future directions, planetary environments for life’s origin, abiological synthesis of small molecules relevant to life, the synthesis of biopolymers, the RNA world, and the development of protocells and the first cells.

    Confirmed Lecturers:

    Dr. George Cody (Carnegie Institution of Washington)
    Dr. Pierre-Alain Monnard (University of Southern Denmark)
    Dr. Juli Peretó (Universitat de València)
    Additional lecturers are being confirmed

    Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 31th.

    Applications are open to graduate students studying at US Institutions. CLICK HERE to apply.

    Students not studying at US institutions may apply for fellowships to attend the school from UIMP. Applications for the UIMP international fellowships will be due in May. More details will be provided closer to the application deadline.

    Sponsoring Organizations

    NAINASA Astrobiology Institute
    CAB – Spanish Centro de Astrobiología
    ESA – European Space Agency
    UIMP – Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo

    Posted Mar. 6, 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


    Spring 2015 Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Fund Travel Grants

    The Spring 2015 Travel Grant application deadline is April 1, 2015.

    The Gerald A. Soffen Memorial Fund is pleased to announce the first 2015 Travel Grant application opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in fields of space science and engineering.

    The Travel Grants, in the amount of $500, enable student recipients to attend professional meetings to present their research. Jerry Soffen, a biologist by training, led a distinguished career in NASA, including serving as the Project Scientist for Viking and as an architect for the NASA Astrobiology Institute. The Travel Grant continues Jerry’s dedication to educating and involving future generations in space science and engineering pursuits. The electronic application materials and instructions are located on the Soffen Fund website: http://SoffenFund.org

    Posted Mar. 6, 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


    JSC Planetary Science Position

    Candidate review begins March 30, 2015
    Application Deadline: April 20, 2015

    The Astromaterials Research Office, part of the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division of the Exploration Integration and Science Directorate, NASA Johnson Space Center, announces a Planetary Scientist civil service position. This position is included within a specialty that involves study of the origin, composition, structure, and evolution of the bodies of the solar system, including the planets and their satellites, the Earth and Moon, meteorites, asteroids, comets, and dust. The selectee will establish a research program in the study of the origin and evolution of our solar system and its rocky planetary bodies. This emphasis includes, but is not limited to, studies of astromaterials such as interplanetary dust particles, meteorites, lunar samples, and materials from sample-return missions (Genesis, Stardust), as well as studies of the origin and evolution of planetary bodies from remote-sensing and mission data. Areas of expertise sought include, but are not limited to: geochronology, high-resolution analytical studies, mineralogy, isotope and elemental geochemistry and mass spectrometry, experimental and laboratory studies, analysis and interpretation of mission data, or combinations of these. The successful candidate will be expected to support their research program by attracting funds through peer-reviewed proposals to NASA programs such as Solar System Workings, Emerging Worlds, Data Analysis Programs, Laboratory Analysis of Returned Samples and/or through involvement in NASA missions.

    All candidates must use the USAJobs.gov website to prepare and submit applications, and United States citizenship is required to be eligible for this civil service position. The USAJobs.gov position number is JS15D0019. The position will be filled at the GS-13 level ($94,106-122,336) at a starting date to be negotiated.

    Interested parties may direct inquiries to Dr. David Draper, Manager, Astromaterials Research Office, david.draper@nasa.gov. A how-to guide for preparing responsive applications using the USAJobs.gov site, prepared by JSC Human Resources, will be provided upon request.

    Posted Mar. 24, 2015


    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 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


    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