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.

    PhD Student Position at the University of Helsinki (Starting Sept 1)

    Application Deadline: August 2, 2015

    A 4-year PhD position in impact modeling is open at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland as a part of the Academy of Finland funded project entitled: “Composition of dark asteroids – are asteroid collisions responsible for observed compositional mismatch in main asteroid belt?“¨

    – MSc or equivalent in geology, (geo)physics, or planetary science no later than September 1, 2015
    – Fluent English
    – Previous numerical modeling experience
    – Experience with impact modeling and knowledge of iSALE code is an advantage

    – Work in a young enthusiastic team at one of the leading Nordic universities
    – Opportunity to conduct state-of-art research in planetary science
    – Full social benefits according to the Finnish social care system
    – Salary in the range of EUR 2500-2900

    To apply, send the following items to PI Tomas Kohout (tomas.kohout@helsinki.fi):
    – Motivation letter describing your research interests and previous study/research history
    – CV and publication list
    – Copy of MSc thesis and MSc diploma

    Successful candidate will be informed latest August 6. The appointment will start on September 1, 2015.

    Posted July 29, 2015

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

    1st Application Deadline: August 1, 2015
    2nd Application Deadline: October 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

    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.

    Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life Postdoctoral Fellowship

    Application Deadline: September 18, 2015

    The Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life (SCOL) supports creative, innovative research on topics such as the astrophysical and planetary context of the origins of life, the development of prebiotic chemistry, the assembly of the first cells, the advent of Darwinian evolution and the earliest signs of life on the young Earth.

    With this program, SCOL seeks to support early-career researchers at an important inflection point in origins of life research resulting from an influx of new talent, new instrumentation, a growing global community of researchers and growth of the 'systems’ approach that connects disciplines, technologies and institutions.

    Candidates should have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degree within five years of the fellowship’s start date. Appointments last for three years, contingent upon annual progress report assessment. See full eligibility requirements here.

    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.

    California Academy of Sciences “Cluster Hiring” Ph.D.-level Scientists

    Application Deadline: November 1, 2015

    The California Academy of Sciences seeks to fill several endowed positions with Ph.D.-level scientists who do outstanding biodiversity/ecological science, focus on broader science communication & engagement, care about increasing diversity in science, connect their work to real world sustainability outcomes, and want to change the world.

    The Academy is especially seeking experts in coral reef biology, tropical rain forests, the ecology of California, and the impacts of global change on biodiversity, as well as candidates with interests in marine mammals and amphibian decline. They seek candidates with skills in “big data”, modeling, GIS, visualization, genomics, and innovative methods for field- and collections-based research. Candidates who connect their work to larger sustainability challenges are of special interest. Candidates must also show leadership in science communication and engagement, as well as an interest in increasing diversity in science.

    Visit http://calacademy.snaphire.com/jobdetails?ajid=vNXB8 for all the details and application instructions.

    Posted July 9, 2015