Postdoctoral position in Analytical Chemistry/Geochemistry at the Institut Origines in Marseille (France)

Applications for a postdoctoral position to work on molecular evolution related to post-impact processes generated after interplanetary bodies impact of the early Earth is open, between the ASTRO’team of the PIIM laboratory and the Evolution of Bioenergetics’team of the BIP laboratory at Aix-Marseille University, Institut Origines, Marseille, France.

The main task will consist in developing experiments simulating sub-surface environments, to understand how molecular diversity as observed in some meteorites could evolve once delivered at the surface of the early Earth. Environments to simulate will concern hydrothermal alteration in subsurface
allowing organic interactions with minerals and UV photons.

These experiments will address the hypothesis of an exogenous supply of organic matter via interplanetary bodies on telluric
planets, and its potential role in the emergence of prebiotic chemical systems. G. Danger, V. Vinogradoff (PIIM) and S. Duval (BIP) will supervise this position.

Organic and mineral production will be developed at the BIP and PIIM laboratories, and sample analyses will be performed using spectroscopic technics (GC-MS, FT-IR) and in collaboration with the CINAM laboratory (expert in imaging methods).

The candidate will work in an interdisciplinary environment which will give him the opportunity to extend their knowledge. This project is part of the interdisciplinary research project EXOMIOLE supported by the “Institut Origines” and funded by the A*MIDEX Excellence program of Aix-Marseille University, and gathering several close laboratories in astrophysics (LAM), geology (CEREGE) and human sciences (CGGG).

The position is for one year, renewable for a second year upon mutual agreement. The starting date would be between autumn and the end of 2023, depending on the applicant’s availability.

Candidates must have a PhD in chemistry, physico-chemistry, geochemistry or in analytical chemistry by the date of appointment. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, list of publications, and a statement (2 pages max) explaining research interests and qualifications, and arrange for two letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin upon receipt until the position is filled and all applications received by the deadline will receive full consideration.

Application Deadline: July 15th, 2023
Attention To: Grégoire Danger, Simon Duval and Vassilissa Vinogradoff
Email for more info:,, vassilissa.vinogradoff@univamu.f

Group Coordinator position in leading theory group focused on the physics of life, alien life, and origins of life at the Arizona State University

Work with Professor Sarah Walker, principal investigator (PI), in managing her research group, through day-to-day supervision of research assistants, preparing and editing manuscripts, project and lab management while making a leading contribution, in liaison with the PI, in submitting grant proposals.

Main task: 60% of time involves leading coordination of a large multi-partner, multi-center world leading research group, and participation in developing high level research together with team and subgroup leaders. The person will also take part and receive training in the front-line research activities of the group for the other 40% of time.

The position is ideally suited for transitioning from a postdoc/tech position to learning to run a theory group, with the opportunity to lead science efforts to advance understanding of what life is.

📅Closing date: 5th May – 3:00pm MST(GMT-7)📅

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

Two fully funded PhD positions at the University of Kent

You can now apply for two fully-funded PhD studentships in Astronomy and Planetary Science at the Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Science (CAPS), University of Kent, starting in September 2023!

The group consists of 8 academics and 20 postgraduate students with research interests covering Solar System and Space Science, the Interstellar Medium, Star Formation, Galactic Structure, Astrochemistry and Astrobiology. 

There are four projects that are being offered on a competitive application process:

More details can be found here. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact prospective supervisors to discuss the research project before they apply. 

📅 The application deadline is Sunday April 23rd 2023 📅

New PhD opportunities

A few new exciting PhD positions have been added to our website!

From Origin of Life to Planetary Sciences, these projects are all around Europe – click here to check them out.

Upcoming info session for the new integrated Masters-PhD course in Earth-Life Sciences in Tokyo, Japan

Recently, the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) launched an integrated 5-year Masters-PhD course in Earth-Life Sciences. The course aims to train the next generation of students to contribute to astrobiology and related fields, and the next round of IGP(C) applications for international students to enter the program in September 2023 will open soon

Click here to go to the course’s website and learn more about it.

So that students can understand the application process and meet the ELSI faculty they may work with in the future, they will organize two webinars and Q&A sessions on January 26th (JST).

Funded PhD opportunity in Astromycology

If you find fungi amazing and would like to do your PhD in astromycology, researching and exploiting fungi for space exploration, then join the Chinese State Key Laboratory of Lunar and Planetary Sciences (SKLPlanets) at the Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST), Macau SAR (China).

The applicant for this opportunity will look into how microgravity can affect fungal development and by-products. If you want to know more, please contact Marta Filipa Simões (📧).

📅 The application deadline is January 2023 📅

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.