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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:
- MELiSSA Call for Doctorate and Postdoctoral Proposals
The MELISSA project (Micro-Ecological Life Support Alternative) has been initiated with the objective to design and develop regenerative life support systems for long term space missions.
The main objective of the project is to design and engineer an artificial environment allowing ideally 100% of recycling of waste to produce oxygen, water and food utilizing a combination of waste processing compartments colonized by specific microorganisms or plants. Such an ambitious objective comes with challenges such as the highly multidisciplinary approach and the very long term research. Due to its nature and principal objectives the MELiSSA project requires a strong strategic vision on the interaction between different processes as well as between research institutes.
In order to reinforce this interaction as well as the continuity of the research, national delegations, external audits as well as MELiSSA institutes have recommended to organize a Pool of MELiSSA PhDs and Postdocs, abbreviated: the POMP program. POMP I was successfully launched in 2015 which is set up to attract students belonging to the faculties of Sciences, Engineering and Agronomy (Bioengineering). The main objective is to organize a European competition for MELiSSA PhDs and Postdoctoral candidates, over six countries: Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Ireland, Italy and Romania. Considering the interest in the program it was decided to open a new call for PhD and postdoc research: POMP II. Please note that the hosting university must be located in one of the following countries: Belgium, Spain, UK or Switzerland.
Application deadline: 2017-11-01
- Postdoctoral Fellowships at Harvard University Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences/Origins of Life Initiative
Harvard University Post-doctoral Fellow positions available for Chemistry or Physics or Computer Science 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.
We have several positions available for recent Ph.D.`s to become involved in experimental work on (1) Chemically Induced Cooperative Phenomena, (2) Physics of Polymersomes and Self-Replication, (3) Polymerization Induced Self-assembly and (4) Oscillatory Chemical Reactions.
We also have positions in our group to work on (5) Computing with Chemistry. We 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 (at) fas.harvard.edu) with copy to Ms. Pat Lau (patlau (at) 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 August 30, 2017 will begin immediately and decisions made by the end of September 2017 or earlier. The positions can start as soon as October 1, 2017. 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
Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, strongly encouraging applications from women and minority scientists, and offering competitive compensation and benefits.
Application deadline: 2017-08-30
- 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
- Postdoctoral Position in Mars Astrobiology
Location: Space Life Sciences Lab, adjacent to the Kennedy Space Center, FL
Start: Fall 2017
Duration: Annually funded for up to 3 years
Human missions to Mars are now under active planning by NASA and diverse industrial partners. In order to develop hardware, spacesuits, and habitats that meet mission objectives while also preventing forward contamination of Mars; the survival, metabolism, and growth of terrestrial microorganisms under Mars surface conditions must be characterized. Recently, 29 bacterial species were identified that grew under simulated Martian conditions near 7 mbar and 0 C (henceforth called hypobarophiles) (e.g., Schuerger et al. 2013, Astrobiology, 13(2), 115-131; Schuerger and Nicholson, 2016, Astrobiology, 16(12), 964-976). However, these experiments were restricted to mostly non-spacecraft microorganisms from arctic and alpine extreme environments, and thus, key planetary protection questions persist for developing successful robotic and crewed exploration missions to Mars. For example, (1) Are hypobarophilic microorganisms present on actual planetary spacecraft scheduled for Mars landings? (2) What are the ratios of culturable to nonculturable hypobarophilic species on planetary spacecraft, or in other oligotrophic extreme environments? And (3), what are the low-temperature, low-pressure, and high-salt tolerance levels for maintenance metabolism and growth of hypobarophilic species under Martian conditions (e.g., in recurring slope lineae, lava tube ice caves, and ground ice)?
The Univ. of Florida is seeking an enthusiastic and capable postdoctoral scientist in Mars Astrobiology to study the growth of hypobarophilic bacteria under simulated Martian conditions. The research will use stable isotope probing, fluorescent stains, and NanoSIMS to explore the lower limits of metabolism and growth for hypobarophilic bacteria under simulated Mars surface conditions of 7 mbar, 0 to -30 C, CO2-enriched anoxic atmospheres, and high salts concentrations. The successful candidate will have a PHD and experience in microbial ecology, metabolism, and bioinformatics of psychrophilic or other extremophilic bacteria. In addition, experience in the use of stable isotopes, electron microscopy (SEM ∧ TEM), or epifluorescent microscopy are desired.
A competitive salary ($50,000) and benefits package will be offered based on work experience and demonstrated writing skills. Interviews will begin on Sept. 11, 2017, and the position filled as soon as possible thereafter (Oct. 1st to no later than Dec. 31, 2017).
Please submit a letter of interest, CV, official grades, and three letters of reference to:
Dr. Andrew C. Schuerger, Dept. of Plant Pathology, University of Florida, 505 Odyssey Way, Merritt Island, FL 32953.
If by email (preferred), please use the subject heading: Mars Astrobiology Post-Doc, plus the last name of the applicant.
The University of Florida is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Application deadline: 2017-09-10
- 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
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