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PhD-Position wanted in Astrobiology:
  • Stefano Spadaccia

    My name is Stefano Spadaccia, I am going to graduate in Astrophysics from the University of Trieste. Currently, I'm working on my master thesis at ESA (ESTEC), on a project about a telescope design for a Cubesat platform to study Earth vegetation and oceans (project PicoAgri). I like this project because it allows me to work on both the technological aspects and scientific requirements of the mission. I’m interested in continuing my academic path in a field where these two aspects are both important.
    I have a strong interest and preparation in planetology, exobiology and astrophysics and I recently started to look around for PhD positions which would allow me to work on feasibility studies of satellite missions for planetary exploration, and surfaces-interiors studies, in particular those with astrobiological interest. Also, my great curiosity for biology and chemistry, would allow me to work in a highly cross-disciplinary environment. Please let me know if you need more information from me, it would be a unique opportunity to work in this field.
    More information: CV_Spadaccia.pdf

  • 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

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

  1. ESF Junior Science Officer
    The ESF is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the support of excellent science through the provision of specialized services. We operate in the EU and wider European environment and collaborate with major scientific stakeholders. In the frame of our development we invite applications for a Junior Science Officer.
    The mission of the position is to assist the science staff in supporting the space science and relevant Expert Boards and Committees, completing peer review and evaluation processes and, when applicable, representing ESF to improve its visibility amongst the European research community as well as Member Organisations and Expert Committees.

    This position will involve:
    • Assisting the science staff in supporting the European Space Sciences Committees and other possibly other relevant ESF Expert Boards and Committees, and supporting strategic activities by providing timely quality papers;
    • Supporting ESF activities, including the implementation of European Projects;
    • Ensuring high quality implementation of peer review and evaluation activities in a timely manner, through (i) identification of appropriate potential reviewers, and (ii) quality checks on the contents and form of received reviews;
    • Ensuring compliance with external contracts through full and timely reporting as applicable;
    • Representing ESF in external meetings when necessary;
    • Preparing and proposing actions for science communication (material for hard copy publication, including annual activity reports, and for the Web);
    • Keeping up-to-date with relevant scientific and research policy developments.

    The Junior Science Officer should demonstrate the following competencies:

    Specific competencies
    • PhD or Master’s degree and preferably with a further 2 years’ research experience in space sciences (including life and physical sciences in space) or engineering;
    • Basic knowledge of European and national research structures and institutions and European and international science policy;
    • High standard of spoken and written English, with a working knowledge of another European language being an advantage;
    • Ability to draft, under supervision, concise and clear scientific documents;
    • Good working knowledge of MS Office systems and of electronic databases (Scopus, Web of Science, ScienceDirect...) and science share Web sites (ResearchGate,, etc.).

    Inter-personal competencies:
    • Good organisational skills and capacity to deliver on allocated tasks and respond in a timely manner to deadlines;
    • Action-orientated and responsible;
    • Creative, willing to take initiative and continuously improvement-minded;
    • Transparency in working and a team-orientated work ethic;
    • Ability to represent ESF in the scientific community if applicable;
    • Good communication skills across cultural and scientific boundaries, showing discretion, diplomacy and tolerance;
    • Good presentational skills;
    • Positive and constructive attitude.

    Employment conditions: This position empowers an emerging junior scientist with top-class learning in a very pleasant and dynamic environment.
    • The position is expected to be full-time (100% FTE) and will start as soon as possible.
    • The contract is offered for a duration of 24 months + possible extension.
    • The person selected for the position will be working from the ESF Headquarters in Strasbourg. The position will involve significant travel.

    Please send your application (cover letter + CV in English) by 26 November 2018 to quoting the following reference JSO 11 2018.

    Interviews will be held in Strasbourg on 4 December 2018.

    The ESF will not discriminate, nor allow its staff to discriminate, against any member of staff or applicant for employment or ex-employee on the basis of gender (including in cases of pregnancy or maternity); age; ethnic, national or social origin; religion or belief; sexual orientation; disability; political opinion; social or economic condition or health.

    Application deadline: 2018-11-26