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PhD-Position wanted in Astrobiology:
- Md. Asif Iqubal
My name is Md. Asif Iqubal and I`m an Indian scientist based at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR), India, where I have just completed my PhD research post and am ergo looking to commence my first post-doctoral post. I am interested in Prebiotic chemistry and origin of life studies. I should like to draw your attention that I have written 3 papers as first author and 13 as co-author. This illustrates the point that I am a team player. Therefore, in this respect I would welcome some postdoc experience at some suitable lab. I have extensive experience in clay/metal oxide mineral surface chemistry as testified by my most recent publication. I can suggest some pertinent experiments that need to be carried out. Your help in this respect would be most welcome, especially as I am just embarking on my career as an independent scientist.
More information: CV_Iqubal.pdf
- Simone Martini
My name is Simone Martini, holding a Master Degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Florence, I wrote my thesis at the University of Leiden in the topic of Astrobiology and now I want to follow this path and find a related PhD project.
I have studied the origin of life, biomarkers and microbial identification in extreme environments (Mars analogues) for upgrade our current knowledge in life decetcion challenges. My interests follow this previous ones but also goes in molecolar evolution, self assembly of basic organic materials, but also in desing microbial-plant loops for spacecrafts and study adaptation strategies of life in extreme environments.
More information: CV_Martini.pdf
- Daniel Helman
My name is Daniel Helman. I hold a PhD in Sustainability Education, an MS in Geology, a BA in Aesthetics, and an adult school teaching credential for California. The MS degree focused on earth electricity and mineralogy, and I have published work related to mineral physics. The PhD degree focused on complementary ethical perspectives related to astrobiology and machine life, and questions of what is living and what is not. My current astrobiology work focuses on ice interactions with protolife, especially highlighting the electrical contributions from ice to the chemical system; and also on ethics and other cultural issues related to astrobiology. My pedagogical interests include novel teaching techniques in STEM education and also in classroom discipline. I have a broad array of skills and experience. I`m looking for a challenging professor or postdoc position. Thanks!
More information: CV_Helman.pdf
- Sujatha Srinivas
Let me introduce myself as a curious and excellent Microbiologist eager to pursue her PhD studies in Astrobiology. My name is Sujatha Srinivas and I`m a Master Microbiology student at the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of Marine Environment (ICBM), University of Oldenburg in Germany. I have just submitted my Master thesis titled `Chemotactic response of marine Rhodobacteraceae to the antibiotic tropodithietic acid and signalling compounds`. The attached CV shows my excellent academic standing [1.3 grade score on a scale of 1(best) to 6(fail)] and how my work placements along with several lab courses have equipped me with expertise in cultivation-based and molecular techniques and bioinformatics as well, with regard to working with microorganisms. Since I have been studying microbial life forms from deep biosphere of oceans during my Masters in Marine Microbiology, I am genuinely interested in subsurface life as well as studying polar and hydrothermal vent extremophiles to understand their physiology and genetic mechanisms that enable their survival and adaptive strategies to harsh and changing environments in order to explore if similar life forms can be present on other planets and what kind of biosignatures can be detected. I look forward to hearing a positive reply.
More information: CV_Srinivas.pdf
- Sergio Erculiani
My name is Marco Sergio Erculiani. After a Master degree in Astronomy at the University of Padova in 2016 I got a PhD in Space Science, Technologies and Measurements with a specialization in Sciences and Technologies for Aeronautics and Satellite applications at CISAS Bepi Colombo of Padova. During my PhD i built a LED starlight simulator and an environmental chamber, in collaboration with CNR, Institute for photonics and nanotechnologies, both used for testing biomarkers productions of photosynthetic bacteria forced to live in exoplanetary conditions.
My interests are the study of life fingerprints in the universe and the building of new technologies for astrobiological and space purposes.
More information: CV_Erculiani.pdf
- Rachana Sharma
I have submitted my thesis and am looking for a Post Doc position on the origin of life issue related topics. I am experienced with many spectroscopic techniques and I want to learn how the transition from inanimate to animate matter occurs into a self-replicating and energy transducing system.
Thank you very much for taking the time to consider this, and I look forward to hearing from you.
More information: CV_Sharma.pdf
- Wolfgang Gass
Hello, my name is Wolfgang Gass and I have finished my studies in Plant Biology at the University of Regensburg. I also have the degree of mechanical engineer of the Würzburg University. I am interested in research, not only how works life under extreme conditions, I also intend to investigate, how chemical substances, not only carbon, behave within high pressure and high temperatures. I am fascinated, how can evolve new chemical substances in the space around new stars under high radiation, where molecules are –on the one hand – destroyed and on the other hand added to completely new molecules.
More information: CV_Gass.pdf
- Aimee Paskins, MRes (Oncology) BSc (Human Biosciences), MRSB
I am now completing my PhD in Molecular Biology/Protein Biochemistry and am looking for a Post Doc position in an research group with ties to the astrobiology field. I am experienced in a variety of molecular biology and biochemistry techniques and have extensive experience in native mass spectrometry, as outlined on my attached CV. I have a particular interest in investigating the presence of complex molecules and the survival of microorganisms in space or space-like environments, as I am fascinated with the idea of panspermia, although any area of research which may be applicable to this field is exciting to me. If anyone needs someone to take a trip to the ISS that would be a dream come true.
More information: CV_Paskins.docx
- Neveda Naz
My name is Neveda Naz, and I am writing to inquire about any possible research opportunities in astrobiology/exobiology. I am a recent PhD graduate in molecular biology and microbiology, and am very interested in becoming involved in astrobiology research. My passion is to study the development of microbial life on earth and the conditions necessary for this to occur. I endeavor to explore the fundamental questions: How does life originate? How does life evolve? What are the environmental limits or “extremes” under which life can survive? Does life exist elsewhere in the Universe? What might life look like on another world? I feel these are global questions, and research into the development of current and new biotechnological approaches to the study of early life detection will offer clues to the origins and evolution of life on Earth. I would love to discuss this with you further and find out if there is any possibility of a postdoctoral position, or the potential for applying for additional funding opportunities together. I have attached my CV for your review. Thank you very much for taking the time to consider this, and I look forward to hearing from you.
More information: CV_Naz.pdf
- Özge Uysal
I am interested in space and molecular biology and genetics. I studied about Biochemistry and after graduation i finished my MSC about Molecular Biology and Genetics. I am searching for a PhD position in Astrobiology Department. I hope I can get a chance to study with you.
More information: CV_Uysal.pdf
- Armando Azua-Bustos
PhD. Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, MSc. Biological Sciences, MSc. Biochemistry.
I am looking for a place to continue my research line. Among other projects I am working now is sending a small greenhouse to Mars in collaboration with NASA, the fulfillment of the first experiment of genetic engineering at the International Space Station and my participation in one of the teams competing for the Lunar Google Xprize.
More information: CV_AAB.pdf
- Maciej Grywalski
I was an MRes student at University of Glasgow, with the laboratory research experience possessed at The Pirbright Institute. I have excellent references and would be delighted to discuss any possible offers regarding to PhD research project in Astrobiology. In case you do not have any positions at the moment, I will be grateful if you would keep my CV on file for any future possibilities.
My contact details:
Skype: Maciej Grywalski
More information: CV-Maciej_Grywalski.docx
- Riccardo Cifariello
I enrolled in Human and Evolutionary Biology Master’s Degree at University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. My Master’s internship focused on cyanobacteria extremophiles survivability and now I would like to purse my Ph.D. and further my studies on Astrobiology.
For more information about my education, experience, targets and ambitions, please refer to my resume. Please do not hesitate to ask for reference letters, or for any additional material or information.
More information: Riccardo_Cifariello_CV.pdf
- Samarth Kulshrestha
I am seeking a PhD position in Astrobiology. I have done my MS in Plant Biology and Biotechnology from University of Hyderabad. My contact information is as follows:
Email Id: samarth.kulshrestha92 (at) gmail.com
Skype Id: Samarth Kulshrestha
More information: CV_Kulshrestha.pdf
- Open positions
Below, open positions are listed that have been forwarded by an EANA member. Additional job offers can be found for example at:
- Open position (3 years) in the field of UV measurements
Since 2006, ARPA Valle d`Aosta has continuously measured the global spectral UV irradiance in an Alpine context using a double-monochromator spectrometer. The system has so far provided a dataset among the most accurate at European level. With the aim at further improving the operating standards, the current instrumental system is being upgraded and an optical laboratory for irradiance calibrations installed at the site. The successful candidate will activate the new 1000W calibration system, draft the operating instructions in view of accreditation, check and improve the instrumental accuracy of the spectrometer, revise the uncertainty budget and analyse the multi-year dataset of spectral irradiances collected until now.
Full announcement (pdf)
Henri Diemoz, Ph.D.
Aria e Atmosfera - Radiazione solare e atmosfera ARPA Valle d`Aosta loc. Grande Charriere 44, Saint-Christophe (11020), Italy
Tel: +39 0165 278576 - Fax: +39 0165 278555
Application deadline (12pm, CET): 2017-12-20
- Post-Doctoral Position in Astrophysics and/or Cosmology at ISSI Bern
The International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland, invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Position in Astrophysics and/or Cosmology for a two-year period, ideally starting in May 2018 (or by agreement). The successful candidate should have received a Ph.D. within the last five years in the field of Astrophysics and/or Cosmology, his/her work should be related to Space Sciences.
The successful candidate is expected to pursue his/her own independent research program, he/she will participate in ISSI’s research and meetings program, and will work in close contact with the scientific staff of the Institute. He/she may also participate as a member in projects conducted by international teams at ISSI, or even lead one. Thus he/she will be exposed to, and interact with, a numerous and varied community of scientists from throughout the world. ISSI furthermore encourages cooperation with Swiss universities.
Salary and conditions of employment will be similar to those provided by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Nationals from ESA Member States shall have priority.
Further information may be obtained from the ISSI home page and from Prof. Joachim Wambsganss and from Prof. Rudolf von Steiger
The application (to be submitted as a single pdf-file) should comprise a letter of motivation, a brief outline of foreseen research, a cv, a list of publications and the names and contact addresses of three potential references (letters of reference will be requested by ISSI for candidates on the short list). The application shall be addressed to ISSI, attn. Ms. Silvia Wenger, Hallerstrasse 6, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland; email: silvia.wenger (at) issibern.ch.
Application deadline: 2018-01-15
- NASA Postdoctoral Program Opportunities: Life Science: Planetary Protection Research using NASA Balloon Flights
The pristine Mars environment remains vulnerable to biological contamination and the likelihood of false positives associated with life detection missions (robotic or human) increases without a deeper understanding of which terrestrial microorganisms are most capable of survival, persistence, or growth once delivered to the Red Planet. Earth`s polar stratosphere (from about 20-35 km above sea level) mimics the surface pressure on Mars, with cold and dry extremes, and elevated levels of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. We do not know how combined extremes in the martian environment impact the survival and response of terrestrial microbes because we do not have the luxury of sample return and no single Earth laboratory chamber can simultaneously produce the full suite of Mars surface parameters; however, microorganisms sent to the Earth`s polar stratosphere (which naturally provides a similar combination of extreme Mars-like conditions) can be analyzed using the most sensitive molecular tools available (i.e., "-omics"). Exposing Microorganisms in the Stratosphere (E-MIST) is NASA balloon payload launching from Antarctica in December 2017 supported by the NASA Planetary Protection Office and NASA Space Biology.
If selected, the NPP fellow will work in the Aerobiology Laboratory at NASA Ames, employing a variety of traditional and state-of-the-art molecular methods to assess the overall survival and response of the bacteria flown by E-MIST. Research tasks may include the following methodologies (1) viability assays; (2) differential expression studies; and (3) mutagenesis assays via whole genome sequencing.
Application deadline: 2018-03-01
- Independent Fellowship available at the Open University in Space Science
Please contact Karen Olsson-Francis (karen.olsson-francis (at) open.ac.uk), Vic Pearson (victoria.pearson (at) open.ac.uk), or Susanne Schwenzer (susanne.schwenzer (at) open.ac.uk) to discuss applications.
Application deadline: 2017-12-11
- Biologists, Biotechnologists, Geographers, Space System Engineers, Project Managers (m/f) - Blue Horizon Sarl of Luxembourg
Blue Horizon Sarl of Luxembourg is a recently created company and member of the listed technology group OHBSE, one of the leading European space companies with around 2,000 employees working on some of the most important aviation and space programs of our times in Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg and Sweden. Blue Horizon will be active in the field of space and earth life science/biology aiming at developing technologies and systems for exploring the universe but also improving life on earth.
We owe our success to our extraordinary employees and their passion for innovation, their commitment and their initiative. We invite you to join this international team and take your professional and personal development to a new level. At Blue Horizon you will have creative scope to workon exciting and innovative technological projects and frequently explore new terrain.
Blue Horizon is looking for a number of new employees, eager to carry out various challenging projects, developing products and operating services.
- Support of projects, product developments and service roll-out in the various activities of Blue Horizon ranging from the bringing an autonomous habitat to Moon, implementation of systems to fight and monitor desertification on earth to the development of new biology based coatings for space missions
- Preparation of project documentation for various customers
- Conduction of technical feasibility studies, experiments including analysis, integration, test and verification tasks
- Preparation of proposals for studies and laboratory experiments including the development of technical concepts
- Holding a university degree in Life Sciences (Biology, Biotechnology etc.), Geography or Aerospace engineering is a prerequisite.
- It is your special interest to combine both directions in a team environment of scientist, engineers and managers
- You are a starter or have several years of related project management experience
- You are open minded and have no fear to interact with institutional authorities, agencies, universities and other entities
- Strong communication skills and sociable nature with an independent working style
- Creative, enthusiastic and results-orientated
- Very good English skills, both written and spoken
- You will be located in Betzdorf, Luxemburg
If you are interested please contact:
Blue Horizon Sarl
11, rue Pierre Werner
Dr. Klaus Slenzka
Blue Horizon Sarl
11, rue Pierre Werner
Phone: +352 20600409-20
- Collaborators (postdocs, spectroscopist) in the Palaeobiogeology Group of University of Liege
The Palaeobiogeology Group (PPP Lab), at the Department of Geology, UR GEOLOGY, of the University of Liege searches for collaborators (postdocs, spectroscopist) for its activities in the frame of the ERC PROJECT “ELiTE”: Early Life Traces, Evolution, and Implications for Astrobiology, and the IAP “Planet TOPERS”: “Planets: Tracing the Origin, Preservation, and Evolution of their reservoirs”.
Scientific positions are available to join a team working on the early biosphere evolution, in particular early life traces and the emergence and rise of biological complexity (cyanobacteria, eukaryotes) in the Precambrian, and the characterization of biosignatures for detecting life beyond Earth.
In particular, we are looking for one postdoc and one spectroscopist. Positions are for one year, with the possibility of a second year. The spectroscopist will continue the development of a database of Raman and infrared spectroscopic signatures of fossil and modern microorganisms, and support the ongoing projects of the group in identifying organics (characterization, thermometry) and minerals. The postdoc will work on the nanoscale characterization and fossilization processes of organic-walled microorganisms in modern and ancient siliciclastic sediments and implications for the detection of past life in early Earth and Mars clay/shale deposits.
The ideal candidate has an Academic Master Degree or PhD in Science (Geology, Biology, or Chemistry), and combines many of the following characteristics:
- Scientific curiosity
- Strong interest in early life evolution
- Quick learner
- Creative and pragmatic problem-solving approach
- Knowledge of biology, geology, mineralogy, (geo)chemistry, micro- to nano-scale analytical techniques (such as spectroscopy, electron microscopy, ..) is a plus