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PhD-Position wanted in Astrobiology:
  • Sahil Nagpal

    I, Sahil Nagpal, am a second year master`s student in the program Molecular Bioengineering at Technical University Dresden, Germany. I`m currently doing my master`s thesis at the University of Helsinki on characterterization of endoplasmic reticulum dynamics using live-cell imaging. I`m interested in a PhD project in the field of astrobiology as I`ve always been interested in origin of life and possible life in exoplanets and outer space. I have done my bachelor`s in medical biotechnology in which I took extensive courses in microbiology and biochemistry. I want to combine my passion for astronomy with my specialization in bioegineering for my PhD and I`m open to discussing possible projects.
    More information: CV_Nagpal.pdf

  • 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

  • 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:
    Phone no:00447944448333
    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:

    Phone no:+919868761155
    Email Id: samarth.kulshrestha92 (at)
    Skype Id: Samarth Kulshrestha

    More information: CV_Kulshrestha.pdf

Below, open positions are listed that have been forwarded by an EANA member. Additional job offers can be found for example at:

  1. 5 PhD and 3 postdoc positions in Belgium - ET-HoME (Evolution and Tracers of the Habitability of Mars and the Earth)
    In the frame of the Excellence of Science --EoS-- program, the ET-HoME project aims at investigating the Evolution and Tracers of the Habitability of Mars and Earth. We will (i) explore the role of planetary differentiation, impacts and plate tectonics on the habitable fate of Mars and Earth, (ii) seek for early life by a geochemical approach and the search for microfossils, and (iii) use remote- sensing data to model the martian atmosphere and surface. For that purpose, a highly multidisciplinary team has been gathered from different Belgian Universities and Institutes.

    We are looking for 5 PhD and 3 postdoc researchers with interest and experience in:
    • Analytical experience and use of non-traditional stable isotopes
    • Analytical experience and use of trace elements and metal geochemistry
    • Use of light microscopy, TEM, Raman, FTIR micro-spectroscopy, SR-XRF (synchrotron)
    • Atmospheric modeling (General Circulation Model)
    • Experience in geobiology (microfossils, microbial mats)
    • Numerical modeling by using hydrocode
    • Remote-sensing of planetary surfaces

    Application deadline: 2018-02-28
    Webpage: Documents/Job_announcement_EoS_2018.pdf

  2. 15 SALTGIANT PhD projects on the Euraxess portal
    Applications are invited for 15 PhD student positions for 36 months to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network “SALTGIANT - Understanding the Mediterranean Salt Giant” within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission.

    SALTGIANT is a rare cross-disciplinary network of natural and social scientists dedicated to understanding the formation of the Mediterranean Salt Giant, one of the largest salt deposits on Earth, and its implications for sub-seafloor microbial life, risk assessment in the oil industry, geo-economics of the Mediterranean region and the history of oceanography. SALTGIANT brings together 24 academic organizations (13 beneficiaries, 11 partners), 6 private sector Oil and Gas companies, 2 mining sector companies, 1 biotechnology company, 1 geopolitics think tank, 1 museum and 1 specialist in transferable skills training from 11 countries to stimulate interdisciplinary and intersectorial knowledge exchange between geologists, geophysicists, geochemists, microbiologist, geographers and historians in a network with PhD students at its core. SALTGIANT combines (i) geological and geochemical field work, (ii) laboratory measurements and experiments, (iii) numerical modelling at a wide range of spatial and temporal scales and (iv) empirical social sciences data collection and analysis, guaranteeing exposure of the research fellows to state-of-the-art scientific knowledge and hands-on practical training in a field rich in applications of both intellectual and societal relevance.

    Application deadline: 2018-04-20

  3. 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

  4. 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.

    Your Tasks
    • 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

    Your Qualifications
    • 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:
    Jochen Harms
    Managing Director
    Blue Horizon Sarl
    11, rue Pierre Werner
    L-6832 Betzdorf


    Dr. Klaus Slenzka
    Chief Scientist
    Blue Horizon Sarl
    11, rue Pierre Werner
    L-6832 Betzdorf
    Phone: +352 20600409-20


  5. 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
    Enthusiastic and motivated scientists are encouraged to apply until the positions are filled. The competitive salary makes it possible to live comfortably in Liege and includes benefits. Send your CV with a cover letter and the names and contact information of two or three references (all in PDF format) to Prof. Emmanuelle Javaux.