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PhD-Position wanted in Astrobiology:
  • Arash Davari Serej

    My name is Arash, I am an ambitious biologist who is always fascinated by evolutionary processes and origin of life. Analytical and logical thinker with precise hands in laboratory experiments. I have completed M.Sc. in Molecular Genetics at the University of Pavia with GPA of 102/110, and decided to pursue my studies as a PhD student.
    My interdisciplinary research spans applying computational approaches to connect the dots and get the better understanding of evolutionary developmental biology. I find researches about astrobiology and quantum biology, greatly coincides with my research experiences and interests. Given the chance, I will devote myself to contribute to the best of my ability.
    During my graduate thesis, entitled: Tumor Heterogeneity and Microenvironment (Computational Model for Evolutionary Dynamics of Cancer), I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Professor Robert A. Gatenby as my supervisor and improve my interdisciplinary skills.
    A brief account of my research activities has been incorporated in my CV for your kind perusal.
    More information: CV_Serej.pdf

  • Sander van den Groenendaal

    My name is Sander van den Groenendaal, I graduated for my Master(s) in Microbiology and Astrophysics at the Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands), and now I'm looking for a PhD position in Astrobiology. I've written my thesis about the (theoretical) Abundance of Microbial Life in the Universe, and have finished my internship at NASA Ames Research Center about (X)UV induced mutualism between microbes (Cyanobacteria and D. radiodurans) on planets orbiting M-star. I have attached my C.V., thesis and internship report for your review.
    Preferably a position in the Netherlands, as I am also an active member in the Royal Dutch Army, but a collaboration with (e.g.) the Radboud University is more than welcome! I'm able to travel as well for some periods of time (about 20% a year). Prof. H. op de Camp from the Radboud University is willing to act as a co-promotor for the potential microbiological part of the promotion.
    Hope to hear from you soon!
    More information: CV_Groenendaal.pdf

  • Ana Matos

    My name is Ana Matos, and I just finished my phD in Systems Biology. At the moment I'm looking for a postdoctoral research position in astrobiology. Having worked with microRNAs, virus and protein complexes assembling, my fascination and curiosity with the origin of life and its evolution has only grown. I wish to work in these related topics, and be considered if any position is available.
    More information: CV_Matos.pdf

  • Gaurav Yadav

    Hi! My name is Gaurav Yadav, I am from India. I have done BTech and MTech in Biotechnology. After that I am working as a research fellow from past 3 years and have also published few book chapters and review articles in biological sciences. I have a very keen interest to study and work in Astrobiology. Thus, I have completed one online course on the same and is also referring books and articles related to that. Now I am looking for a PhD position. Therefore, I am writing to look for any PhD vacancy in Astrobiology. I have attached my CV for your review.
    More information: CV_Yadav.pdf

  • Debajit Kalita

    Respected Sir/Madam, my name is Debajit Kalita eager to pursue postdoctoral research in astrobiology. My PhD research work is in extremotolerant bacteria (Metallophiles) isolated from Hot Water Spring and Uranium rich site. For my research, I have used isolation and characterization of metallophiles and exopolysaccharide and also tested their viability and adaptability to extreme environmental conditions. Exopolysaccharide of metallophiles helps in biofilm formation onto the metal surface and helps the metallophiles to resist in harsh condition, as tested during my PhD. As these metallophiles are isolated naturally occurring metal rich conditions, therefore these may have capacity to adapt in martian environment. Also, I have studied metal tolerance capacity by advance techniques like FACS, fluorescence microscopy, sodium alginate encapsulation, PCR gene amplification of HGT and other metal resistance genes (Ars, Pbr and PIB type) of these metallophiles during my PhD. In my postdoctoral research in astrobiology and planetary habitability studies, I would like to use all these techniques in Mars analogues environment.
    More information: CV_Kalita.pdf

  • 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

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

  1. Bioinformatician at SCK•CEN, in Mol, Belgium
    We are looking for a Bioinformatician to contribute to the innovative research of our Interdisciplinary BioSciences team of the Belgian Nuclear Research Center SCK•CEN, in Mol, Belgium. We want to add a new enthusiastic bio-informatician to our collaborative microbiology team! We offer the opportunity to work on pioneering radiation biology research, and to work on data produced on state-of-the-art instrumentation, in a variety of biology disciplines (Environment, Health, Space, Nuclear Installations), in an international work climate.

    Deadline for application: 2018-11-11

  2. Permanent position for Maitre de Conférence (Research/Curation) at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris (MNHN, France); Geobiology of the Precambrian: mineralogy, petrology and traces of Life (starting September 2019)
    The department of Mineralogie, Physique des Matériaux et Cosmochimie (IMPMC, is advertising one permanent position of Maitre de Conférence du Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN), in Paris, France. A PhD in a relevant area is required and postdoctoral experience is preferred. It is open to all nationalities. This position will involve Research (50% time dedication), Curation (~40%) and Teaching/broad audience Dissemination (~10%).

    The successful candidate will have built a strong research project focused on the study of Precambrian rocks and possibly modern analogues to better understand life/Earth interactions and/or how to look for past traces of life and/or discriminating biotic from abiotic objects in ancient rocks (non-exclusive list). This must involve field-based work and mineralogical/petrological/geochemical analyses at multiple scales of rock samples. Applications of this research to planetary exploration (e.g., Mars) are welcome. This project will create synergies with existing facilities and research groups at IMPMC. Among the 11 research teams at IMPMC, several are involved in the detection of biosignatures in ancient/modern rocks, study of life/mineral interactions, planetary exploration, (see more details on IMPMC website). Moreover, IMPMC hosts several cutting edge facilities for mineralogical, petrological, geochemical and geobiological analyses (e.g., FEG-TEM, monochromated TEM, FEG-SEM, FIB, XRD [powder, single crystal, rotating anode], micro- Raman, infrared spectroscopy, NanoSIMS, Mass spectrometers, biomineralogy laboratory). MNHN houses a collection of more than 320 000 rock samples (including but not limited to ancient rocks) with an exceptional historical value that can be used for research and public programs within and outside the institute. The selected candidate should have a broad knowledge of petrology in order to take a significant role in the curation of this collection, promote its growth and visibility. The ability to effectively communicate with a wide variety of audiences, including the public, is essential. The successful candidate will participate in museum activities, such as exhibits programs, educational outreach activities, and be involved with professional associations and other organizations within the scientific community.

    A pre-registration on the listes de qualifications for Maitres de conferences du MNHN is required (between Sept 6 and October 24. 2018 at https://www.galaxie.enseignementsuprecherche. Final application will take place later in Spring 2019. For further information, especially for difficulties with preregistration please contact Prof. François Guyot, francois.guyot (at)

    Application deadline: 2018-10-24
    Webpage: https://www.galaxie.enseignementsuprecherche.

  3. Research Assistant Position within the Exocube-Project: A miniaturised in-situ Space Exposure Platform for the International Space Station – Free University of Berlin
    We are looking for highly motivated candidates with an interest in interdisciplinary research in the fields of biophysics, astrochemistry and astrobiology. Exocube is an exposure platform for the International Space Station and will allow studying the effects of the space environment on samples ranging from simple organic molecules and so-called biomarkers to unicellular organisms. Infrared spectroscopy will be a main tool to monitor radiation damage and photochemical reactions of organic molecules while colorimetric and fluorescence measurements will help to study the metabolic activity and stress response of a selection of organisms to the space environment. Ground-based preparation and prototype testing as well as experimental support of the actual flight phase will be a main part of the project. The opportunity to conduct doctoral research (PhD) will be given. The initial funding period is 14 months. An extension is likely but subject to funding approval.

    Job description: Main tasks will involve the preparation and characterisation of samples for the Exocube platform, exposure to simulated solar radiation and sample characterisation via spectroscopic and other methods. The candidate will be involved in current collaborations with the German Space Agency (DLR), the European Space and Technology Centre (ESTEC/ESA) and NASA Ames Research Center.

    Requirements: Master degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Chemistry, Biology or related disciplines.

    Desirable: Ability and interest to work in an interdisciplinary field. Very good English language skills. A solid background in physics or chemistry.

    Application to: Dr. Andreas Elsaesser: a.elsaesser (at)

    Application Closing Date: 2018-10-23