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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:
    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. Exobiology Research Fellowship at ESA-ESTEC
    Exobiology is an interdisciplinary field which addresses the processes leading to the origin of life, the limits of life and identifying the signs of past and present extraterrestrial life. ESA has a long history of providing flight opportunities in low earth orbit, as well as ground based analogues, to support Exobiology research. These includes the short duration space exposure experiments in the BIOPAN facility onboard of Foton capsule missions and long duration exposure using the EXPOSE platforms onboard ISS. The results of these flight experiments and associated ground based studies have provided key information of the survival of micro-organisms in the space environment, aspects of panspermia, planetary protection issues and prebiotic chemistry in space and simulated planetary environments. A new set of Exobiology flight experiments are now under preparation for long duration space exposure onboard ISS which will examine changes in biological and chemical samples using in situ diagnostics, as well as post flight analysis on returned samples. The SciSpacE Astrobiology roadmap identifies the key research questions that the Exobiology community aims to address by 2024 using the research platforms available in the programme. The specific top level objectives of the roadmap include understanding the origins of life, understanding habitability and the limits of life, and understanding the signs of life. It is anticipated that studies addressing these objectives will not only provide fundamental science knowledge, but support the interpretation of results from other Exobiology related programmes within the agency such as the Exomars mission. The research fellow will engage in research in preparation and in support of the implementation of the SciSpacE Astrobiology roadmap including:
    • Closely work with the project scientist for selected Exobiology experiments to coordinate definition & refinement of science requirements with the science teams, to support scientific testing during development of the flight experiment & receive and analyse data during the experiment execution.
    • Support the creation of research links and coordinate with the Exobiology science community for identification of research activities in support of the Astrobiology Roadmap objectives, particularly in the area of ground based analogues and simulation to complement the ISS experiments planned in SciSpacE
    • Support the esablishment of the flight and analogue research capabilities needed to address the long term objectives beyond the current programme.

    Application deadline: 2018-10-19

  2. 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

  3. 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
  4. Holding a university degree in Life Sciences (Biology, Biotechnology etc.), Geography or Aerospace engineering is a prerequisite.
  5. It is your special interest to combine both directions in a team environment of scientist, engineers and managers
  6. You are a starter or have several years of related project management experience
  7. You are open minded and have no fear to interact with institutional authorities, agencies, universities and other entities
  8. Strong communication skills and sociable nature with an independent working style
  9. Creative, enthusiastic and results-orientated
  10. Very good English skills, both written and spoken
  11. You will be located in Betzdorf, Luxemburg

  12. 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


  13. 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.