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.


    Johnson Space Center 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


    Ph.D Researcher Opportunity in Planet Formation at University of Chicago

    Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to work on the chemical evolution of protoplanetary disks and primitive materials at the University of Chicago. The successful applicant will work directly with Professor Fred Ciesla and in collaboration with Professor Ted Bergin of the University of Michigan. The primary research tasks will focus on coupling the dynamical evolution of solids in protoplanetary disks with chemical evolution models to evaluate the histories of volatiles and organics during the early stages of planet formation.

    The position is supported through the “Earths in Other Solar Systems” program, a multi-institutional astrobiology research consortium, funded through NASA’s Nexus for Exoplanet System Studies research initiative. The successful applicant will be a full member of the NExSS/EOS team and will participate in team meetings and collaborations. Details on the EOS project can be found at the team’s website: http://eos-nexus.org. Additional resources will be made available through the NSF INSPIRE program.

    The work will be largely computational, requiring proficiency in numerical modeling. A PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or planetary sciences is required by the date of employment. The term of employment is initially for one year, but is renewable annually. The position will be based at the University of Chicago with Fred Ciesla, but will involve regular travel to the University of Michigan for collaborations and training with Ted Bergin and his group.

    To apply, please send a cover letter, a CV, a brief statement of research interests, and the contact information for 3 people who are willing to provide recommendations in support of the application. Materials should be sent by email to fciesla@uchicago.edu. Informal inquiries are welcomed.

    Posted Apr. 2, 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