Permanent position at the Open University (Milton Keynes, UK)

An exciting opportunity to join AstrobiologyOU as a Senior Fellow is now **open for applications**

The post holder will undertake a self-directed research programme that will sit within the remit of AstrobiologyOU’s research and will result in significant outputs and impact. Their programme will demonstrate effective use of AstrobiologyOU’s and the Open University’s laboratory facilities. The post-holder will be expected to generate income through research grants and/or collaboration with industry.

📅Closing date: 12th October – 12:00pm (midday)📅

For more info on the position click here, while here you will find full details and information on how to apply

New integrated Masters-PhD course in Earth-Life Sciences in Tokyo, Japan

This year the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) is launching an integrated Masters-PhD course in Earth-Life Sciences. The course aims to understand how planets make life, and the research spans planetary formation, geochemistry, chemistry, molecular evolution, microbial ecology, and complex systems.

Click here to go to the course’s website. Applications are accepted twice per year, with the next application deadline being in October (deadline of October 16th) with entrance in April.

There is an upcoming information session on September 14th so interested students can ask questions directly (you can find more info about it here).

Interested students can also contact the listed faculty directly for more information.

Tenure track position at the Institut Origines in Marseille (France)

The Institut Origines in Marseille (France), whose dual goals are to develop intensive and interdisciplinary research and establish a Graduate School that will train the future researchers in the field of Astrobiology, is looking for a young scientist with expertise in at least one of the following fields: experimental astrochemistry, the formation and evolution of planetary systems, including the Solar System.

More specifically, the proposed research will have to be compatible with the research programs conducted at our Institute whose implications and interests are as follows:

  • exploitation of ground-/space- based observations of exoplanets and Solar System bodies (e.g., JWST, ELT, PLATO, ARIEL);
  • exploitation of data acquired by Solar System interplanetary missions (Bepi-Colombo, MMX, JUICE, Europa-Clipper, Comet Interceptor);
  • laboratory characterization of extraterrestrial matter (interplanetary dust particles, meteorites, extraterrestrial samples returns) and/or analogues of extraterrestrial materials (e.g., organics, ices, etc..);
  • development of laboratory experiments related to the exploitation of observational data.

The hired person will have to demonstrate a strong potential to propose new ideas that differ from what already exists at our Institute, as well as an ability to work in a highly interdisciplinary environment.

The open position (tenure track) will become permanent (civil servant position at the Professor level) after 3 to 5 years provided that the hired candidate has managed to conduct a successful research program during this time span.

The teaching activities will be reduced during the first 3 years (64h/year) before getting back to normal (192h/year), allowing the candidate to start his/her research program with more flexibility.

The teaching activity will be both at the Bachelor and Master level. The position comes with guaranteed funding (270 000€), allowing the recruitment of at least one PhD student and one postdoc along with funding to buy equipment and to attend international conferences.

For information contact: