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.

    Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) Microbial Diversity Summer School

    Application Deadline: February 1, 2016

    The course is an intensive six-and-a-half-week research and training experience for graduate or postdoctoral students, as well as established investigators, who want to become competent in microbiological techniques for working with a broad range of microbes, and in approaches for recognizing the metabolic, phylogenetic, and genomic diversity of cultivated and as yet uncultivated bacteria. Admission is limited to 20 students. More information is available at: http://www.mbl.edu/education/summer-courses/microbial-diversity/.

    To apply, please go to: https://ws2.mbl.edu/studentapp/studentapp.asp?courseid=SUMMER.

    Posted Nov. 23, 2015.

    ROSES-15 Planetary Early Career Fellowships

    Application Closing Date: April 30, 2016

    The Early Career Fellowship (ECF) program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the areas supported by the Planetary Sciences Division. This program is based on the idea that supporting key individuals is a critical mechanism for achieving high impact science that will lead the field forward with new concepts, technologies, and methods.

    This program consists of two components with two different submission procedures: the first is the one-page application to be an “Early Career Fellow” (ECF) and the second is the subsequent submission of a seven-page proposal for start-up funds by a previously selected ECF.

    More information on requirements and the application procedure is available on the NSPIRES website.

    Questions concerning this program element may be directed to: Doris Daou at Doris.Daou@nasa.gov.

    Posted Nov. 18, 2015.

    NASA Planetary Science Division Seeks Volunteer Reviewers for ROSES Proposals

    The Planetary Science Division at the Science Mission Directorate is seeking subject matter experts to serve as mail-in and/or panel meeting reviewers of research proposals submitted to ROSES-2015. We currently have posted new volunteer reviewer forms for:

    ROSES 2015 C.4 Habitable Worlds

    ROSES 2015 C.8 Lunar Data Analysis

    ROSES 2015 C.12 Planetary Instrument Concepts for the Advancement of Solar System Observations (PICASSO)

    ROSES C.19 Hayabusa2 Participating Scientist Program

    in addition to the previously posted forms for Solar System Workings and Discovery Data Analysis.

    Links to open review forms may always be found at http://science.nasa.gov/researchers/volunteer-review-panels/

    Posted Nov. 18, 2015.

    Call for Letters of Application for Membership on NASA’s Science Definition Team for Ice Giants Mission Studies

    Application Deadline: December 31, 2015

    The Planetary Science Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate plans to conduct a generic study of mission options, including science and technology options, for exploring the Ice Giant planets. The study will build upon, but not be limited to, the National Research Council’s Planetary Science Decadal Survey, entitled “Visions and Voyages for Planetary Science in the Decade 2013-2022” (available at http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/docs/Vision_and_Voyages-FINAL.pdf); the intent of this study is to provide information for the deliberative process for the next Decadal Survey. Important to this study will be the establishment of a Science Definition Team to guide the technical study team. NASA invites scientists and other qualified and interested individuals at U.S. institutions to apply for membership on the Ice Giants Science Definition Team (SDT).

    Members of the Ice Giants SDT will provide the technical team and NASA with scientific assistance and direction during preliminary architecture assessment of missions to the Uranus and/or Neptune systems. Near-term activities of the SDT will include the establishment of prioritized science objectives and a realistic scientific concept of operations, development and assessment of alternative architectures, including model payload/instrument suites for proof of concept, and suggestions for threshold science objectives/measurements for viable missions within resource constraints provided by NASA. NASA will use the products of this study for planning purposes. The SDT will be formed in January 2016 and will be disbanded after the work is complete, approximately one year later.

    The Ice Giants SDT will:
    1. Identify and prioritize science objectives to be addressed by spaceflight mission(s) based upon recommendations from the 2013-2022 Decadal Survey, but also account for recent information and current state of the science.

    2. Participate in mission studies designed to address those science objectives. Aspects of this participation will include:
    – Science traceability, identification of measurements, and specification of model payload
    – Science concept of operations
    – Participation in tradeoffs among scientific value, cost, and risk
    – Ranking of alternative architectures
    – Identification of enabling/enhancing technologies

    3. Assist in the preparation of study reports.

    All reports and output materials of the study will be made publicly available. Participation in the Ice Giants SDT is open to all qualified and interested individuals.

    SDT member selection will be coordinated with the Chairs. The selected members will have demonstrated expertise and knowledge in areas highly relevant to Ice Giant science and related technologies and instrumentation. NASA anticipates the selection of approximately seven to ten SDT members. Representative(s) from the NASA Planetary Science Division, and possibly other Agency representatives, may serve as ex officio members of the SDT.

    Details Requested for SDT Membership:
    Responses to this Call for Membership in the Ice Giants SDT shall be in the form of a Letter of Application. The Letter of Application should provide clearly defined evidence of the candidate’s relevant demonstrated experience and background, and may also contain a brief list of references to scientific or technical peer-reviewed papers the applicant has published that formally establish their position of scientific leadership in the community. References are not included in the page limit (given below). The letter should also contain a statement confirming the applicant’s time availability during the next twelve months to participate on the SDT, particularly if there are any major schedule constraints that may restrict engagement at critical times. The expected time commitment would include the following:
    – One teleconference the first week after selection
    – One face-to-face meeting in the later winter to early spring 2016
    – Availability via phone and E-mail during mission study activities (at JPL) to address any science questions that arise and that cannot be handled by local scientists. We expect ~four detailed mission studies to be done as part of this effort.
    – Teleconference to follow each mission study
    – Preparation and review of materials for the final report (draft due June 2016, TBC).
    – Additional teleconferences and face-to-face meetings as the SDT deems appropriate

    Note that a significant amount of the interaction among the SDT is anticipated to be via E-mail and webex.

    Letters of Application are invited only from individuals, and group applications will not be considered. In addition, collaborations and teams will not be considered.

    Each Letter of Application, limited to one page, shall be submitted by E-mail no later than December 31, 2015 (11:59 p.m. EST), to Dr. Curt Niebur at the address below. The subject line of the E-mail should include “Ice Giants SDT”.

    The issuance of this Call for Letters of Application does not obligate NASA to accept any of the applications. Any costs incurred by prospective investigators in preparing submissions in response to this Call are incurred completely at the submitter’s own risk.

    Dr. Curt Niebur
    Planetary Sciences Division
    Science Mission Directorate
    E-mail: curt.niebur@nasa.gov
    Phone: 202-358-0390

    Posted Nov. 16, 2015.

    NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program for 2016-2017 Academic Year

    New application deadline: February 1, 2016
    Renewal application deadline: March 15, 2016

    The Planetary Research Program seeks proposals for their graduate fellowship program. The applications should be solicited by accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Masters or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines.

    The program invites a wide range of investigations into the nature and origin of the celestial bodies in our Solar System and whether life exists beyond Earth. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
    – the formation and evolution of the Solar System and planetary systems in general
    – planetary bodies, satellites, and small bodies within planetary systems
    – extraterrestrial materials which enhance the scientific return of missions through the analysis of data collected during those missions

    More information is available at the NSPIRES website.

    For further information contact for NESSF Earth Science Research:
    Claire Macaulay

    or for NESSF Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research, and Astrophysics Research:
    Dolores Holland

    Posted Nov. 10, 2015

    Call for Contributions in the Development of a Community-based Roadmap for NASA’s Planetary Data Services

    Submission Deadline: January 5, 2016

    NASA is preparing to work with the planetary science community to develop a Roadmap for its Planetary Data Services – the data and sample management architecture that supports the robotic exploration of the Solar System – particularly, the Planetary Data System. This Roadmap will address actions for the years 2017-2026. To this end, NASA is seeking input from the planetary and data science communities in the form of a Request For Information (RFI) designated NNH15ZDA012L that has been posted on NSPIRES.

    The response to this RFI will be in the form of a PDF document uploaded via NSPIRES (see instructions in the full RFI on NSPIRES). Each response shall address a single topic relevant to the Planetary Data System or its potential integration with the Minor Planets Center, the Astromaterials Acquisition and Curation Office, or the Astrogeology Science Center. There is no limit on the number of responses that an individual or institution may submit.

    NASA especially seeks input from the planetary and data science communities on the following topics:

    1. What tools, resources, workflows, tutorials, and interfaces will future users expect or require?
    2. How can the interaction between the PDS and data providers (missions and individual researchers) be improved in order to make the archiving process seamless and less costly (to both data providers and the PDS)?
    3. How can the interaction between the PDS and data providers be improved to move data from the provider to the public as rapidly as possible?
    4. What role should the PDS play, relative to other archiving alternatives (including scientific journals), in providing the public access to the data that is the product of NASA’s funded research and the basis of published scientific studies?
    5. What is the highest priority need for integration between PDS data products and either cartographic products, sample material, or data from the Minor Planets Center (or all of them)?
    6. What role should the PDS play in encouraging the development of higher-order data products and ensuring archive quality is quickly achieved?
    7. Are there identifiable improvements to the current search capabilities of the PDS that would allow researchers improved access to data products and metadata?

    Please refer to the full text of this RFI with instructions on NSPIRES at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ by selecting Solicitations, choosing “Open” from the bulleted list on the left under “View Solicitations” and then searching on NNH15ZDA012L

    Questions concerning this Request for Information may be addressed to Dr. Michael New at michael.h.new@nasa.gov.

    Posted Nov. 9, 2015

    Postdoctoral Fellowships at Harvard University Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences/Origins of Life Initiative

    Harvard University Postdoctoral Fellow positions available for Chemistry and/or Physics Ph.D.’s to work in a project on the “Top-down Synthesis of Biologically Inspired Chemically Operated Systems” led by Dr. Juan Perez-Mercader in Harvard’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and within Harvard University’s Origins of Life Initiative.

    Harvard has several positions available for recent Ph.D.’s to become involved in experimental work on (1) Chemically Induced Cooperative Phenomena, (2) the Study of the Physics of Polymersomes, (3) Polymerization Induced Self-assembly and (4) Oscillatory Chemical Reactions.

    Harvard also has positions in our group to work on (5) Computer Science Aspects of Chemical Systems. they are looking for individuals familiar with analytical as well as numerical experience in this (or an ancillary) topic and willing to establish a dialog with others already involved in ongoing experimental, theoretical and/or phenomenological work.

    These positions will be initially awarded for one year and, contingent upon strong performance, may be renewed for up to two additional years. Those interested in applying are invited to send a copy of their CV, three letters of recommendation and a short (limited to one page) statement of his or her scientific interests to Juan Perez-Mercader jperezmercader@fas.harvard.edu with copy to Ms. Sarah Dominique sarahcdominique@fas.harvard.edu. The three letters of recommendation must be sent directly from the authors to Juan Perez-Mercader. Evaluation of the applications received before November 23, 2015 will begin immediately and decisions made by the end of November 2015. Applications received between November 24 and December 20, 2015 will be reviewed by mid January 2016. The positions can start as soon as January 1, 2016. For additional information you may address your specific questions by getting in touch with us through our web page e-mail link http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~topdownsynthbio/email.cgi

    Posted Oct. 30, 2015

    SETI Institute Postdoctoral Research Opportunity

    The SETI Institute Carl Sagan Center (Mountain View, CA) is seeking applicants for a two-year Postdoctoral Research Associate in the field of Astrobiology and Planetary Science. As a University of Wisconsin-Madison NAI Team Member, research will focus on the preservation and recovery of biomarkers using samples collected from planetary analog environments and samples from International Space Station radiation exposure experiments.

    The position is located at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) and will require close collaboration with SETI Institute and ARC researchers in the Planetary Systems and Exobiology Branches, as well as NAI team members at UW-Madison and other institutions.

    Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline (e.g., Chemistry, Geochemistry, Biology) and extensive experience in Instrumental Methods of Analysis. Experience in UV/Vis/IR spectroscopy, LCMS and GCMS is desired. For complete information and to apply please go to: https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=14938341

    Posted Oct. 30, 2015

    University of Wisconsin-Madison Postdoctoral Position Available

    An opening is available for a post-doctoral position at the ICP-TIMS Isotope Laboratory, UW-Madison in stable isotope studies (Mg, Si, Fe) in experimental systems and the Archean rock record. The Initial appointment is for one year and is renewable for subsequent years. The qualified candidate will have a Ph.D. and prior experience in MC-ICP-MS analysis. Prior work in “non-traditional” stable isotopes is advantageous, as is experience in experimental studies, but not required.

    Information on the research program of the ICP-TIMS group can be found here: http://geoscience.wisc.edu/ICP-TIMS/. For additional information, contact Prof. Clark Johnson: clarkj@geology.wisc.edu.

    Posted Oct. 30, 2015

    Three Post-Doctoral Positions in the Reaction Dynamic Group, Department of Chemistry at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa

    The Reaction Dynamics Group at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa invites applications for three postdoctoral positions. The appointment period is initially for one year, but can be renewed annually based on avail­a­b­ility of funds and satisfactory progress. The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Successful applicants should have a strong background in one or more of the following: experimental reaction dynamics, molecular beams, low temperature condensed phase, soft matter, UHV tech­nology, pulsed laser systems. Programming experience in labview is desirable. A description of our current research group can be found at http://www.chem.hawaii.edu/Bil301/welcome.html.

    Position I: Reaction Dynamics. The prime directive of the experiments is to investigate the formation of carbonaceous and silicon-bearing molecules in extreme environments ranging from combustion flames, CVD processes, and interstellar/circumstellar environments exploiting the crossed molecular beams method.

    Position II: Soft Matter & Material Sciences. The main objective of these experimental studies is to explore the fundamental mecha­­­­­nisms and electron transfer processes involved in the reaction and ignition of prototype boron-based energetic ionic liqui­ds (EILs) doped with passivated nanoparticles in levitated droplets.

    Position III: Planetary Chemistry. The goal of these experiments is to probe the formation of water and/or hydroxyl radicals via interaction of the solar wind particles such as keV protons and deuterons with silicates at lunar temperatures. Reaction products will be probed via condensed phase spectroscopy and photoionization of the subliming molecules.

    Solid communication skills in English (written, oral), a publication record in internationally circulated, peer-reviewed journals, and willingness to work in a team are man­da­to­ry. Only self-motivated an energetic candidates are encouraged to apply. Applicants must demonstrate their capability to prepare manuscripts for publications independently. Please send a letter of interest, three letters of recommendation, CV, and publication list to:
    Prof. Ralf I. Kaiser
    De­partment of Chemistry
    University of Hawai’i at Manoa
    Honolulu, HI 96822-2275, USA

    Posted Oct. 21, 2015

    Senior Program Officer, Science and Technology for Sustainability at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC

    The Science and Technology for Sustainability (STS) program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is recruiting a Senior Program Officer to contribute to the growth, management, and leadership of program activities. The program examines issues at the intersection of the three sustainability pillars—social, economic, and environmental—and aims to strengthen science for decision-making related to sustainability. We seek an individual interested in working on a broad range of activities and issues in support of the program’s mission. A full position description and application instructions are available at http://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=NAS&cws=1&rid=8201. More information about the STS program is available at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/sustainability/index.htm.

    Posted October 21, 2015

    McGill Space Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships

    Application Deadline: December 1, 2015

    The McGill Space Institute invites applications for multiple Postdoctoral Fellowships to be held in the McGill Space Institute at McGill University.

    The Institute is a newly formed interdisciplinary center that brings together researchers engaged in space-related research at McGill. Currently there are 17 active faculty members affiliated with the center, from the Physics, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, and Natural Resource Sciences departments at McGill.

    The successful applicant will have a strong research record in theoretical, observational, or experimental work in astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, planetary science, atmospheric science or astrobiology. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, list of publications, statement of research plans (not to exceed 2 pages) which demonstrates how the proposed research program complements current MSI activities, and contact details of 3 referees.

    This position offers a competitive salary and will be for two years, with a possible renewal for a third year, dependent on supervisor approval and the availability of funds. Preference is given to applicants within 3 years of the PhD. All application materials including letters of recommendation must be received by the deadline of December 1, 2015.

    Apply online at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/6521

    Posted Oct. 21, 2015

    Visiting Scientist Positions in Astrophysics Division of NASA HQ

    Screening Process Begins December 1, 2015

    NASA’s Science Mission Directorate seeks one or more experienced scientists to fill Visiting Scientist positions within the Astrophysics Division of NASA Headquarters, located in Washington, DC. Visiting Scientists serve as Program Scientists for current NASA space missions and future missions in development, and Discipline Scientists for research solicitations. Visiting scientists play a leadership role in developing budgets, program plans, and long-range strategic plans to define the future NASA astrophysics program. They help execute the NASA science mission, and are expected to demonstrate a high degree of initiative in doing so.

    The Astrophysics Division manages space missions, research and technology programs that include instrumentation, observation and theory, and which fall into three focused science programs. Physics of the Cosmos explores the fundamental physics of the universe and the extremes of space-time. Cosmic Origins is concerned with the origins and evolution of stars, galaxies, and cosmic structure. Exoplanet Exploration searches for, and characterizes, extra-solar planetary systems and potentially habitable environments around other stars.

    Visiting Scientists take leave from their home institution and hold two-year positions, extendible to six years. Positions are available beginning April 2016, though the starting date is negotiable. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in astronomy or physics, plus relevant experience in instrumental, observational, or theoretical research, ideally related to the focused programs described above. They should be familiar with NASA grants programs, and be able to communicate effectively with the scientific community, educators, and the media. Visiting Scientists are normally funded via an Intergovernmental Personnel Act agreement with their home institution, which requires current employment with a US institution for at least 90 days.

    The search will remain open to new applicants until the position is filled. A curriculum vitae and cover letter, including contact details for three professional referees, should be sent to the primary Point of Contact, Dr. Martin Still at martin.still@nasa.gov. Interested scientists are encouraged to talk to NASA HQ staff directly, or can contact Dr. Still by phone at (202) 358-4462 for additional details concerning this position.

    Posted October 15, 2015

    Two Microbiology Faculty Positions at the University of Florida Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center on Sea Level Rise and Mitigation

    Application Deadline: December 10, 2015

    The University of Florida invites faculty applications for two available 12-month tenure accruing positions at the assistant professor level to solve fundamental problems in Environmental Microbiology with a focus on biological impacts associated with sea level rise and mitigation. The positions will be 70% research and 30% teaching and will be part of a larger interdisciplinary core team dedicated to addressing and developing mitigation strategies for sea level rise, an urgent problem in South Florida. The university is searching broadly for two faculty members that can build a research program related to the consequences of sea level rise from a microbiology perspective. Examples of microbiology-related research areas could include: identifying emerging infectious diseases affecting marine organisms under a rising sea level; characterizing mechanisms governing stability of microbiota associated with marine environments in habitats threatened by sea level rise; identifying and managing conditions that promote marine algal blooms; analyzing impact on coral reef ecosystems (e.g. ocean acidification); and developing economically feasible biological-based methods of carbon sequestration.

    Tenure will accrue in the Department of Microbiology and Cell Science, however, the successful candidates will be located at the Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center. The faculty members will participate actively in undergraduate education and graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with his/her graduate students. The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support his/her program. The faculty members will engage in Extension activities in his or her program area.

    Qualifications: A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in microbiology or a closely related discipline is required. Postdoctoral experience is desirable. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.

    The positions begin March 1, 2016. More information is available at: http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/494898

    Posted Oct. 21, 2015

    University of Tennessee, Knoxville: Faculty Position in Planetary Petrology/Mineralogy/Geochemistry

    Application Deadline: December 15, 2015

    The Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at The University of Tennessee seeks to fill a faculty position in petrology/mineralogy/geochemistry with emphasis in planetary geoscience. The position is for an open-rank (tenure-track or tenured); we would prefer to select a candidate at the Associate or Full Professor level, but welcome applications for Assistant Professor. The position begins August 1, 2016. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is a Research I University and the flagship campus of the UT system. Information about the department may be found at: http://eps.utk.edu.

    It focuses on geology and has an active emphasis on planetary research through its Planetary Geosciences Institute: http://web.utk.edu/~pgi.

    Requirements for the position are: Ph.D. in geology or a related field, and demonstrated research experience in planetary geoscience.

    To apply, please email the following to mcsween@utk.edu: C.V., cover letter describing research and teaching experience and plans, and names of 4 references with contact information. Applications received by December 15, 2015 are ensured review, but earlier submission is encouraged. The position will remain open until filled. Questions about the position should be directed to H. McSween.

    Posted Sept. 29, 2015

    Cyanobacterial Evolution Postdoc Position at the Fournier Lab at MIT

    Application Deadline: December 15, 2015

    The Fournier Lab within the Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences department at MIT is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Postdoctoral Associate for a 1-year appointment with possible extension, to begin in the Fall of 2015. Our group studies the co-evolution of microbes and planetary processes over geological timescales, investigating major questions in planetary history from a genomic perspective. Ongoing projects include microbial phylogenetics and phylometabolomics, calibration of microbial molecular clocks, horizontal gene transfer, ancestral sequence reconstruction, and genomic paleontology. Highly motivated, independent researchers with strong backgrounds in microbiology, phylogenetics, statistics, and computational biology/computer science are encouraged to apply.

    A full time postdoctoral position to research cyanobacterial evolution (advised by T. Bosak, M. Polz and G. Fournier, MIT). The project aims to improve the sampling of the cyanobacterial phylum and the understanding of its evolution through:

    1. Sequencing and annotation of the genomes of > 60 undersampled, but geologically and environmentally relevant cyanobacterial taxa;

    2. Reconstruction of major genomic events (gene additions, duplications and losses) in cyanobacterial history;

    3. Correlation of these data with major events in Earth history and correlation of events in the evolution of cyanobacteria and other organismal groups which may lack a fossil record.

    The project is funded by the Simons Early Career Investigator grants in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution. Candidates with expertise in bioinformatics and/or microbial ecology and evolution are encouraged to apply.

    CVs and three letters of recommendation should be sent to tbosak@mit.edu.

    Posted Aug. 4, 2015

    Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) 2016 Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science

    Application Deadline: January 8, 2016

    The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invites undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit to experience cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences.

    Summer interns will work one-on-one with a scientist at the LPI or at the NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in lunar and planetary science. Furthermore, they will participate in peer-reviewed research, learn from top-notch planetary scientists, and preview various careers in science.

    The 10-week program begins June 6, 2016, and ends on August 12, 2016. Selected students will receive a $5675.00 stipend; in addition, U.S. students will receive a $1000.00 travel stipend, and foreign nationals will receive a $1500.00 foreign travel reimbursement.

    Applications are only accepted via the electronic application form found at the LPI’s intern website: http://www.lpi.usra.edu

    For additional information, contact:
    Claudia Quintana
    Phone: 281-486-2159
    E-mail: internprogram@lpi.usra.edu

    Posted Oct. 9, 2015

    Exploration Science Summer Intern Program

    Application Deadline: January 15, 2016

    The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) and NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) is hosting a special Exploration Science Summer Intern Program to build on the success of the former Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program that was designed to evaluate possible landing sites on the Moon for robotic and human exploration missions. Over a five year period (2008–2012), teams of students worked with Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) science staff and their collaborators to produce A Global Lunar Landing Site Study to Provide the Scientific Context for Exploration of the Moon. The program for 2016 is designed to have the same impact on future exploration activities, but has a broader scope that includes both the Moon and near-Earth asteroids. It is a unique opportunity to integrate scientific input with exploration activities in a way that mission architects and spacecraft engineers can use. Activities may involve assessments and traverse plans for a particular destination (e.g., on the lunar farside) or a more general assessment of a class of possible exploration targets (e.g., small near-Earth asteroids).

    The 10-week program runs from May 23, 2016, through July 29, 2016. Selected interns will receive a $5675 stipend to cover the costs associated with being in Houston for the duration of the program. Additionally, U.S. citizens will receive up to $1000 in travel expense reimbursement and foreign nationals will receive up to $1500 in travel expense reimbursement.

    Applications are only accepted using the electronic application form found at the LPI’s Exploration Science Summer Intern website: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/exploration_intern/

    Posted Oct. 21, 2015

    Assistant Professor, George Mason University, Extrasolar Planets

    Application Deadline: January 29, 2016

    The George Mason University, Department of Physics and Astronomy within the School of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Science is accepting applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor-level in the field of Extrasolar Planets.

    Responsibilities: The successful applicant will teach courses in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and develop an extrasolar planets research program.

    George Mason University is located in Fairfax, Va., in the suburban Washington, D.C., area. This location offers prospects for collaboration at several nearby institutions and federal laboratories, such as the Goddard Space Flight Center, the Carnegie Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, the Space Telescope Science Institute, the National Institute of Science and Technology, and the Naval Research Laboratory.

    Qualifications: Candidates with expertise in all areas of observational and theoretical studies of extrasolar planets—including detection, characterization, and their formation and evolution—will be considered. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in physics or astronomy as well as postdoctoral experience, and show promise for developing an independent and externally funded research program.

    For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F9967z at: http://jobs.gmu.edu/postings/36094

    Posted Sept. 29, 2015

    Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) Postdoctoral Research Associate

    The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado is seeking a minimum one-year Postdoctoral Research Associate in the field of planetary science. A strong candidate will have experience with several of the following areas: planetary (Mars/Mercury/Moon) data processing and analysis, geologic mapping, research on fluvial/lacustrine processes on Mars, planetary volcanism, martian geochemistry/mineralogy/spectroscopy, field-based planetary analog studies, and/or hydrothermal systems.

    – PhD related to planetary science with detailed knowledge of one or more of the following disciplines: planetary geology, interpretation of spacecraft data, and Mars science.
    – Experience analyzing and processing spacecraft data.
    – Experience with Geographic Information Systems.
    – Ability to conduct original research, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and give presentations of research at science conferences.
    – Preference for knowledge of and experience with: USGS ISIS software, ArcGIS, IDL/ENVI.

    Please submit your resume/vitae, list of three references, and a cover letter describing your research background and interest in this position to: http://www.jobsatcu.com/postings/108117

    Please contact Brian Hynek (hynek@lasp.colorado.edu) with any inquiries.

    Posted Sept. 29, 2015

    Open Rank Environmental Microbiology Faculty Position at Montana State University

    Application Open Until Adequate Pool Established

    The Department of Microbiology and Immunology offers a dynamic research and teaching environment with state-of-the–art facilities for biochemistry, flow cytometry, genomics, proteomics, cell biology, microbiology and bioinformatics.

    The faculty position to be filled is a full-time tenure track appointment with primary responsibilities in research, teaching, and service/outreach. The successful candidate will become an integral part of the Microbiology and Immunology department and potentially research centers on campus. The position is 50% research, 40% teaching, and 10% service and will be funded by the College of Agriculture and the College of Letters and Science. The new hire will be responsible for developing and obtaining extramural research funding for a nationally competitive, independent research program that will make significant contributions to the understanding of microbe-environment interactions, microbial biology/ecology, and/or microbial engineering. The faculty member will participate in teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses in their area of specialization and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. They will also be responsible for providing service as applicable to the department, college, university, and scientific community. Opportunities to participate in the cooperative human medical education program with the University of Washington (WWAMI program) or the Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine (WIMU program) may also be possible.

    More information and application instructions are available at https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/2601.

    Posted Sept. 14, 2015