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 Opportunity in Planetary Geomorphology at Trinity College, Dublin

    Application Deadline: September 11

    Applications are invited to undertake a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship in Planetary Geomorphology with the Earth and Planetary Group at Trinity College, Dublin.

    For all the details visit: http://earthandplanetary.wordpress.com/post-doctoral-opportunities/

    Posted April 14, 2014


    Uwingu PhD Student Travel Grants

    Application Deadline: April 30

    PhD students needing funds to report their research results may apply to Uwingu for travel grants via the form at http://tinyurl.com/Uwingu-TravelAwards ; applications are due no later than 11:59 PM PST on 30 April 2014. A total of 10-15 awards are expected to be announced the week of 2 June. Any graduate student completing their PhD in 2014 in planetary science and/or exoplanet studies is eligible. For questions, contact grants@uwingu.com. Uwingu is a space company led by planetary scientists to increase public engagement in space exploration and generate grant funds for space research and education. See http://www.uwingu.com and http://www.uwingu.com/about-us/who-we-are/ to learn more. Recipients must use the funds to present their research at a conference occurring by 30 April 2015.

    Posted April 10, 2014


    Student Travel Funding to 8th Int’l Conference on Mars

    Application Deadline: April 11

    NASA’s Mars Program Office has announced that travel funding awards are available for ~15–20 students. Students who are U.S. citizens or legal residents, and who are engaged in Mars-related research, are eligible for this program. An application (including a submitted abstract) must be submitted by April 11 to be considered for this funding (note the abstract deadline for everybody else is April 24). NASA Headquarters will make the selections and students will be notified in May. For more information and the application, see http://mepag.nasa.gov/student.cfm?expand=student. Questions about this program should be directed to serina.diniega@jpl.nasa.gov.

    Posted April 8, 2014


    Planetary Habitability Opportunities for 2015 at the University of Chicago

    A new research group will be starting January 2015 at the University of Chicago. Research will be directed towards understanding the processes that sustain habitable planets. Areas of particular interest are: Early Mars – geologic proxies for paleoclimate (geology, stratigraphy, paleohydrology, geomorphology), climate modeling; rocky exoplanets; and Europa and Enceladus. To find out more about this opportunity, visit: http://geosci.uchicago.edu/~kite/opportunities/

    Funding has been secured to hire a planetary GIS / data specialist, one or more postdocs, and graduate students. Prospective graduate students should apply through the Department of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago at: https://jobopportunities.uchicago.edu (Requisition Number: 094770)

    Posted March 31, 2014


    Opportunities for Post Doctoral and Post Graduates in Swittzerland

    As part of its long-term strategic interest in exoplanet science, the government of Switzerland has awarded funding to a network of universities and research groups to create a Swiss-wide research framework known as “PlanetS”. The new program has a large number of Post-Doctoral and Post-Graduate positions available at several institutes with start dates of June 1, 2014 in both exoplanet and Solar System research. A draft of the advertisement is now on-line at: http://space.unibe.ch/pig/open-positions.html

    Posted March 31, 2014


    Announcement of Opportunity: JAXA International Top Young Fellowship 2014

    Application Deadline: May 30, 2014

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) International Top Young Fellowship (ITYF) was established in 2009 to attract outstanding, highly motivated, early-career researchers with research topics focusing on any of the space science fields covered by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences (ISAS).

    Examples of possible research topics include:

    • Structure and origin of the universe
    • Formation of the Earth and solar system
    • Utilization of the space environment for microgravity experiments
    • Engineering and technology development for the exploitation of space

    Applicants must have a Ph.D. in natural science (by the end of May 2014), or equivalent or higher capabilities, and less than 8 years of postdoctoral experience. The contract period is for 3 (extendable to 5) years. Commencement of the research activity (start of contract): February 1, 2015.

    For all the details and to apply online, visit: http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/e/researchers/young-fellowship/appli.shtml

    Posted March 20, 2014


    Call for Proposals – W.M. Keck Research Laboratory in Astrochemistry

    The W.M. Keck Research Laboratory in Astrochemistry located at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is a state-of-the-art international user facility established with the support of the W.M. Keck Foundation and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. We invite collaborative proposals catalyzing multidisciplinary research in the fields of astrochemistry, planetary sciences, astrobiology, material sciences, and reaction dynamics.

    Inquiries and proposals shall be submitted to Brant M. Jones brantmj@hawaii.edu or Ralf Kaiser ralfk@hawaii.edu ; novel research directions are supported and encouraged.

    For more information, visit: www.chem.hawaii.edu/Bil301/KLA.html

    Posted March 20, 2014


    Ph.D and Postdoc opportunities in Planetary Sciences at University of Oslo, Norway

    Application deadline: May 1, 2014

    The Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics at the University of Oslo, Norway, invites applications for a:

    1) PhD Research Fellowship in Earth and Planetary Sciences on numerical modeling of large scale impact cratering processes: http://uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/1124103/97031?iso=no

    2) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Earth and Planetary Sciences on studying the geological evolutionary history and cratering record of Mercury in comparison with the Moon and Mars: http://uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/1124221/97031?iso=no

    The positions and main tasks of the successful candidates are part of the “Crater Clock: Calibration of the Cratering Chronometer for the Earliest Planetary Evolution” project.

    If you have any questions, follow the links above, or contact Stephanie C. Werner, Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics at the University of Oslo, Norway (stephanie.werner@geo.uio.no)

    Posted Feb 10, 2014


    Essay Contest on Preparing for the Distant Future of Civilization

    Application Deadline: April 22

    The activities of our global civilization are now intertwined with the evolution of the Earth system. Human civilization will face many challenges as it adapts to a rapidly changing world, and the result of many critical decisions today will have a lasting impact on generations to come. Predicting the direction of these future changes will require an understanding of the very longterm consequences of humanity’s current actions on our planet. As we step deeper into the “anthropocene”, an era defined by the global impact of human activities, and continue to improve our technology, our success as a civilization will depend on our ability to prepare for an uncertain future.

    The Blue Marble Space Institute of Science invites participants to address this theme by responding to the question: In the next 100 years, how can human civilization prepare for the longterm changes to the Earth system that will occur over the coming millennium? The purpose of the essay contest is to stimulate creative thinking relating to space exploration and global issues by exploring how changes in the Earth system will affect humanity’s future.

    We invite essays from undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program at a qualified educational institution (2year or 4year college/university) between the ages of 18 to 30. Applicants should limit their essays to 1500 words or less. The deadline for applications is 22 April 2014 at 5:00 PM US Pacific time. Essays will be assessed based on scientific accuracy, originality, and writing style.

    The author of the winning essay will receive a $500 prize and will be invited to present his or her ideas in an episode of the Beer with BMSIS podcast series. The winning essay will also be considered for publication in the journal Astrobiology with a commentary by journalist and author Lee Billings. Two honorable mention prizes of $200 each will also be awarded.

    Essays will be judged by an expert panel of BMSIS research scientists as well as a group of outside judges of esteemed scientists and writers that include Kim Stanley Robinson, David Grinspoon, Lee Billings, and Michael Chorost. Essay winners will be announced on 20 July 2014.

    Submit your essay to: essaycontest@bmsis.org

    Visit http://www.bmsis.org/essaycontest/ for more details.


    Pilbara Field School 2014

    An 8-day field school is being presented by Professor Martin Van Kranendonk, co-director of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology of the University of New South Wales, and one of the most experienced geologists in the world in Archean rocks.

    The field school will take place June 28 to July 6, 2014 and will examine the early Archean rocks of the Pilbara Craton of Western Australia in the North Pole Dome and around the town of Marble Bar, where fossilized remnants of Earth’s oldest convincing evidence of life are preserved in excellent exposures. The field school is designed to give participants the chance to observe these ancient fossils in their natural settings and to spend time mapping key exposures in order to gain experience in geological mapping techniques and an appreciation for the complexity of geological interpretation and habitat reconstruction in these very old rocks.

    Designed for both experienced geologists and novices alike: educators, administrators and others with an interest in early life on earth and the search for life on Mars are encouraged to attend.

    Access to the sites will be by 4-wheel drive vehicles. Indoor accommodation will be provided near mapping sites, but participants will have the option to camp Ozzie style, under the stars. All food provided.

    Cost (ex Port Hedland, Western Australia): approx. AUD $3,500 pp.
    To find out more, please contact: m.vankranendonk@unsw.edu.au

    Posted Nov. 20, 2013