1. Careers and Employment

    The Astrobiology Careers and Employment page is a compilation of career opportunities available to astrobiologists. Please email Julie Fletcher to send additional listings.

    The Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology

    Application Deadline: February 16, 2016

    The American Philosophical Society and the NASA Astrobiology Institute have partnered to promote the continued exploration of the world around us through a program of research grants in support of astrobiological field studies undertaken by graduate students, postdoctoral students, and early career scientists who are affiliated with U.S. institutions.

    The Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology is designed for field studies in any area of astrobiology research. Grants may be used for travel and related expenses, including field equipment, up to $5,000. Applications will be reviewed by a committee that includes members of the NAI, the APS, and the wider science community as needed. Recipients will be designated as Lewis and Clark Field Scholars in Astrobiology.

    Additional information, including the application forms and instructions, is available at the APS’s Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology page: http://www.amphilsoc.org/grants/astrobiology

    Posted Jan. 11, 2016.

    Call for International Teams Proposal for the International Space Science Institute in Bern and Beijing (ISSI and ISSI-BJ)

    Deadline for Letter of Intent: February 18, 2016
    Deadline for Proposals: March 31, 2016

    The International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland, and ISSI-BJ in Beijing, China, invite proposals for establishing International Teams to conduct on its premises research activities in Space Sciences, based on the interdisciplinary analysis and evaluation of data from spacecraft and possible integration with ground data and theoretical models. For the purpose of this Call, Space Sciences include the Solar and Heliospheric Physics, Solar-Terrestrial Sciences, Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics, Planetary Sciences, Astrobiology, Cosmology, Astrophysics, Fundamental Physics in Space, and Earth Sciences using Space data.

    The Call for International Teams proposal is available on the ISSI web site: http://www.issibern.ch/spotlight/ISSI_ISSI-BJ_annual_call2016.pdf

    Posted Jan. 21, 2016.

    Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) Student Travel Grants

    Application Deadline: February 19, 2016

    The SETI Institute, with support from the NASA Astrobiology Institute, is funding a limited number of travel grants for undergraduate and graduate students to attend the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 21-15, 2016 at The Woodlands, Texas.

    Funding may be used to pay for transportation, lodging, meals, or the conference registration fee up to $600.00 per student, and will be provided via a travel reimbursement from the SETI Institute. Receipts for expenses are required.

    – Students can be U.S. citizens, legal residents, or foreign nationals with either a U.S. social security number or U.S. tax ID number.
    – Students must be enrolled at a U.S. college or university at the time of the conference or the semester immediately following the conference (if during break).
    – Selections for awards will be limited to students who are making oral or poster presentations in the conference sessions related to the search for life in the universe: astrobiology, exoplanets, planetary systems, and bioastronomy.

    To apply, go to: http://www.seti.org/seti-institute/forms/lpsc-student-travel-grant-application

    Applications must include proof of applicant’s affiliation with a U.S. institution. You must submit documentation (a copy of your student ID, registration confirmation, departmental letter, etc.) with your application to be eligible.

    Applications must be received by the deadline of 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on February 19, 2016. All applicants will be notified the following week, prior to the early registration deadline on February 28, 2016.

    Posted Feb. 5, 2016

    Fully Funded 3-year Ph.D in Aeolian Dune Field Dynamics on Mars at the University of Ulster

    Application Deadline: February 26, 2016

    The overall aim of the project is to describe and understand the evolution of aeolian dunefield dynamics on Mars under particular topographical controls and there are six objectives.

    1. To isolate dunefield sites within selected regions on Mars that reflect a range of latitudes, topographies, and dune morphologies.
    2. To constrain the rate, timing and volume of sediment transport by dune migration on Mars.
    3. Compare various dunefield types on Mars with Terrestrial dune analogues (e.g. Namibia)
    4. Examine targeted high resolution HiRISE images to build high resolution digital terrain models to quantify bulk sediment transport and dune migration scenarios.
    5. Examine Dune-scale wind-flow variability through modelling using innovative computational fluid dynamic approaches.
    6. Isolate a range of topographical areas such as craters, valleys and plains where dunes are present and examine, using airflow modelling, their physical limitations in supporting dunefields. Topographical constraints as well as sediment supply will also be examined.

    Remote sensing analysis will play a primary role in the initial analysis of imagery from the HiRISE. Geospatial analysis will form the majority of the early stages of the project with subsequent generation of 3D surfaces using photogrammetry leading to surface landform generation over which airflow models will be performed. Airflow models over the landform scale will be developed using OpenFOAM CFD modelling software running on the parallel computing facilities at the Ulster University.

    The project will be suitable for a student with a Geology, Geography, Earth or Atmospheric Sciences degree. Useful skills should include field mapping, geomorphology landform and geological interpretation. Knowledge of atmospheric systems would be useful but not essential. An MSc in Geology–related topic would be advantageous.

    More information is available at: http://www.science.ulster.ac.uk/gradschool/files/2015/12/es-Aeolian-dune-field-dynamics-on-Mars.pdf

    To apply, contact Professor Derek Jackson (“d.jackson@ulster.ac.uk”:mailto:d.jackson@ulster.ac.uk); Dr. Mary Bourke (BOURKEM4@tcd.ie) or Professor Andrew Cooper (jag.cooper@ulster.ac.uk).

    Posted Jan. 7, 2016

    NASA Astrobiology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

    Application Deadline: March 1, 2016

    The NASA Astrobiology Program element of the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) provides opportunities for Ph.D. scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability to perform research on problems largely of their own choosing, yet compatible with the research interests of the NASA Astrobiology Program.

    On January 15, 2016, the NASA Postdoctoral Program transitioned from being administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) to Universities Space Research Association (USRA). Applications are accepted three times each year: March 1, July 1, and November 1. Note that the Astrobiology Program does not participate in every application/award cycle. Applications are being solicited for the March 1, 2016 cycle. For additional information about the program see https://npp.usra.edu/.

    Astrobiology Program NPP Fellows are included in an on-line directory on the Astrobiology Program website and are given access to NASA Astrobiology Institute collaborative tools. Astrobiology Fellows may also act as ‘Ambassadors’ amongst the NAI Teams and/or the Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology, Planetary Science and Technology Through Analog Research, MatiSSE, PICASSO and the Habitable Worlds teams of researchers, and between the Astrobiology Program and the broader scientific community, helping to define and lead the field of astrobiology.

    The intent of this program is to develop outstanding early career astrobiology researchers, broaden the scope of Astrobiology Program research, and continue to build and integrate the astrobiology community. Selection priority will be given to applicants whose proposed research is particularly interdisciplinary and that extends the individual’s research beyond its current focus. Similarly, applicants responding to opportunities offered by advisors from NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) teams will also be given a higher priority if the proposed research involves collaboration with other NAI teams – as a way of further broadening the scope and impact of the applicant’s research.

    Posted Jan. 25, 2016.

    The Minority Institution Research Support (MIRS) Program

    Application Deadline: March 15, 2016

    The MIRS Program aims both to train a new community of educators in astrobiology and to increase diversity within the astrobiology community. Over the past twelve years, the program has provided opportunities for faculty members from minority-serving institutions to partner with astrobiology investigators in a wide variety of research areas. One of the program’s main objectives is to engage more faculty from minority-serving institutions in astrobiology research to increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing careers in astrobiology. MIRS Fellows have been hosted at UC Riverside, NASA Goddard, NASA Ames, the SETI Institute, the Scripps Research Institute, JPL, RPI, U Wisconsin, and many other institutions.

    For more information and a link to the MIRS application form, go to http://nai.nasa.gov/funding/nasa-astrobiology-minority-institution-research-support-mirs-program/.

    For questions regarding any of the three funding opportunities, please contact Melissa Kirven at Melissa.kirven@nasa.gov.

    Posted Jan. 25, 2016.

    Travel Grants for Summer school “Volcanism, Plate Tectonics, Hydrothermal Vents and Life”

    Application Deadline: March 15, 2016

    The course aims to give participants a thorough introduction into influence of volcanism, plate tectonics on life and the role of hydrothermal vents in the emergence of life. It is co-organized by the European Astrobiology Campus, the Nordic Network of Astrobiology and the COST Action “Origins and Evolution of Life in the Universe”. The summer school, which is held in the picturesque town of Angra de Heroísmo (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage) will include:

    - Lectures by leading scientists in the field covering a cornucopia of different subjects
    – Field excursions to geologically interesting sights (volcanic areas, hot springs, lava caves, etc.)
    – Characterisation of microbesin lava caves and hot springs via Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
    – Poster sessions
    – Participant-led discussions

    Bursaries including travel grants are available for students and early career investigators affiliated to universities in most European countries. For further information about the summer school please check the website: http://www.nordicastrobiology.net/Azores2016/

    Posted Dec. 7, 2016.

    NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program for 2016-2017 Academic Year

    Renewal application deadline: March 15, 2016

    The Planetary Research Program seeks proposals for their graduate fellowship program. The applications should be solicited by accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Masters or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines.

    The program invites a wide range of investigations into the nature and origin of the celestial bodies in our Solar System and whether life exists beyond Earth. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
    – the formation and evolution of the Solar System and planetary systems in general
    – planetary bodies, satellites, and small bodies within planetary systems
    – extraterrestrial materials which enhance the scientific return of missions through the analysis of data collected during those missions

    More information is available at the NSPIRES website.

    For further information contact for NESSF Earth Science Research:
    Claire Macaulay

    or for NESSF Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research, and Astrophysics Research:
    Dolores Holland

    Posted Nov. 10, 2015

    Blue Marble Space Institute of Science (BMSIS) Summer Internships

    Application Deadline: March 31, 2016

    BMSIS provides opportunities for college students to participate as Young Scientists with our institute. Young Scientists conduct supervised research under direct supervision by a BMSIS mentor.

    BMSIS Young Scientists will also be paired with a communication mentor to help develop their skills in science communication. The Young Scientist Program includes required modules in science communication as well as ethics and society with guidance from their research, communication, and ethics mentors.

    – Currently seeking a degree at a 4-year university or a community college (with high school or equivalent complete)
    – At least 18 years of age
    – Able to dedicate at least 5 hrs per week during normal business hours for the duration of the program (time requirements may depend on project)
    – Provide proof of eligibility to work in the country of the Young Scientist Program
    – May be required to allow a background check in order to obtain security clearance (e.g. if needed to obtain a badge at a NASA center)
    – May not be a current US government employee or a civil servant

    For information on how to apply, go to: http://www.bmsis.org/ysp/projects/.

    Posted Feb. 2, 2016

    Hubble Space Telescope Cycle 24 Call for Proposals

    Proposal Deadline: April 8, 2016

    NASA and The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) are pleased to announce the Cycle 24 Call for Proposals for Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Observations and funding for Archival Research and Theoretical Research programs. Participation in this program is open to all categories of organizations, both domestic and foreign, including educational institutions, profit and nonprofit organizations, NASA Centers, and other Government agencies.

    This solicitation for proposals will be open through April 08, 2016 8:00pm EDT. The Astronomer’s Proposal Tools (APT), which is required for Phase I Proposal Submission will be made available/released for Cycle 24 Phase I use during the 2nd week of February 2016. Results of the selection will be announced by the end of June 2016.

    All programmatic and technical information, as well as specific guidelines for proposal preparation, are available electronically from the STScI Announcement Web Page at http://www.stsci.edu/hst/proposing/docs/cycle24announce. Please take note of the What’s New for Cycle 24 section on the announcement page. Questions can be addressed to the STScI Help Desk at help@stsci.edu or 410-338-1082.

    Posted Jan. 15, 2015

    ROSES-15 Planetary Early Career Fellowships

    Application Closing Date: April 30, 2016

    The Early Career Fellowship (ECF) program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the areas supported by the Planetary Sciences Division. This program is based on the idea that supporting key individuals is a critical mechanism for achieving high impact science that will lead the field forward with new concepts, technologies, and methods.

    This program consists of two components with two different submission procedures: the first is the one-page application to be an “Early Career Fellow” (ECF) and the second is the subsequent submission of a seven-page proposal for start-up funds by a previously selected ECF.

    More information on requirements and the application procedure is available on the NSPIRES website.

    Questions concerning this program element may be directed to: Doris Daou at Doris.Daou@nasa.gov.

    Posted Nov. 18, 2015.

    Tenure Track Faculty Positions in Heliophysics and Planetary Science, University of Arizona

    The Department of Planetary Sciences/Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona seeks to fill two tenure-track faculty positions, one in General Planetary Science (any sub-discipline) and one in Solar and Heliospheric Physics. Theorists, modelers, observers, data analysts, and instrumentalists are all encouraged to apply.

    Detailed descriptions of each position and application instructions can be found at: https://lpl.arizona.edu/faculty-jobs and at the AAS job register (postings 53467 and 53470).

    Review of applications for the position in Planetary Science will begin on February 1. Review of applications for the Solar and Heliospheric Physics position began on January 11, but applications will continue to be accepted after this date and until the job is filled. The anticipated start date for each position is August 2016. Direct inquiries to: Professor Timothy D. Swindle, (520) 621-4128, tswindle@lpl.arizona.edu.

    Posted Jan. 19, 2016.

    Postdoctoral Opportunity at University of Wisconsin-Madison

    An opening is available for a post-doctoral position in stable isotope studies (Mg, Si, Fe) in experimental systems and the Archean rock record, in the ICP-TIMS group. Initial appointment is for one year, renewable in subsequent years. The qualified candidate will have a Ph.D. and prior experience in MC-ICP-MS analysis. Prior work in “non-traditional” stable isotopes is advantageous, as is experience in experimental studies, but not required. Information on the research program of the ICP-TIMS group can be found here: http://geoscience.wisc.edu/ICP-TIMS/. For additional information, contact Prof. Clark Johnson: clarkj@geology.wisc.edu.

    Posted Jan. 13, 2016.

    NASA New Frontiers AO Community Announcement

    NASA has released a community announcement as an advance notice of its plan to release a Draft Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for New Frontiers Program mission investigations with a target release date of July 2016. The New Frontiers Program conducts Principal Investigator (PI)-led space science investigations in SMD’s planetary programs under a not-to-exceed cost cap for the PI-Managed Mission Cost (PMMC). At the conclusion of Phase A concept studies, it is planned that one New Frontiers investigation will be selected to continue into subsequent mission phases. The full text of the announcement, including important anticipated AO parameters and schedule, is available on at the New Frontiers Program Acquisition website: http://newfrontiers.larc.nasa.gov/announcements.html

    Questions may also be addressed to the New Frontiers Program Scientist, Dr. Curt Niebur, at curt.niebur@nasa.gov.

    Posted Jan. 11, 2016.