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23 Feb
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PhDs and Postdoc jobs: Evolution and Tracers of the Habitability of Mars and the Earth

In the frame of the Excellence of Science –EoS– program, the ET-HoME project aims at investigating the Evolution and Tracers of the Habitability of Mars and Earth. We will (i) explore the role of planetary differentiation, impacts and plate tectonics on the habitable fate of Mars and Earth, (ii) seek for early life by a geochemical approach and the search for microfossils, and (iii) use remote-sensing data to model the martian atmosphere and surface. 

We are looking for 5 PhD and 3 postdoc researchers with interest and experience in:

  • - Analytical experience and use of non-traditional stable isotopes
  • - Analytical experience and use of trace elements and metal geochemistry
  • - Use of light microscopy, TEM, Raman, FTIR micro-spectroscopy, SR-XRF (synchrotron)
  • - Atmospheric modeling (General Circulation Model)
  • - Experience in geobiology (microfossils, microbial mats)
  • - Numerical modeling by using hydrocode
  • - Remote-sensing of planetary surfaces

To apply, send your CV with a motivation letter clearly indicating which of the skills above you have to offer (plus 2 potential referees) in English to the coordinator of the project Vinciane Debaille (vinciane.debaille@ulb.ac.be), before March 1st. A first round of selection will occur in March, but positions will remain opened until being filled.

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26 Nov
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Online Courses in Astrobiology

We are pleased to announce the launch of the first platform of online courses in astrobiologyhttp://astrobiovideo.com/en/

Astrobiology is a field in full expansion and in constant renewal. It stimulates great public and media interest, and generates many vocations among students. It is therefore essential that everyone has access to the latest advances in the field and it is in this spirit that we launch today this free online platform.

Contact: Muriel Gargaud (muriel.gargaud[at]u-bordeaux.fr) and Hervé Cottin (herve.cottin[at]lisa.u-pec.fr)

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02 Sep
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Six postdoc positions in Origins of Life research , Origins Center, Netherlands

The Origins Center is a recent, multidisciplinary and multi-institute, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO funded initiative of a large number of top tier scientists in the Netherlands.

Over 17 Dutch universities and research institutes participate in the Center that is coordinated by the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

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02 Mar
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The new call for the Europlanet 2020 Infrastructures is out!

The new call for the Europlanet 2020 Infrastructures is out!

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23 Jan
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Scientific positions in ERC PROJECT “ELiTE”

The Palaeobiogeology Group (PPP Lab), at the Department of Geology, UR GEOLOGY, of the University of Liège 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”.

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20 Jan
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Special Issue "Martian Meteorites" (MDPI "Geosciences")

Martian meteorites are a major source of information for understanding both primary and secondary geological and geochemical processes on the surface and subsurface of Mars. The planet is being investigated from an increasing number of orbiters and mobile landers with the primary goal to discover habitable environments, and ultimately extinct or extant forms of life. This requires the detailed study of both the surface and subsurface of the planet.

A collection of articles will be published in this Special Issue of the Open Access Journal "Geosciences" from MDPI (Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263)).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 May 2017

Guest Editor : Dr. Elias Chatzitheodoridis, National Technical University of Athens, School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, Department of Geological Sciences, 9 Heroon Polytechneiou str., GR-15780 Zografou, Athens, Greece

Download the flyer here.

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20 Oct
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Several new positions in Astrobiology

Following is a list of new positions in astrobiology:

  1. Research Fellow in Planetary Science at University of St Andrews, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  2. Open call with 14 positions on the Geo.X consortium
  3. OREOcube research assistant position at Institute of Experimental Physics, Department of Physics, FU Berlin, Germany
  4. The Institute of Molecular Biology, Mainz University, Germany is looking for Research Group Leaders
  5. Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Geobiology in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill University
  6. Faculty Position in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology (Astrobiology), University of Arizona
  7. Tenure track W2/W3 professorship in Experimental Planetology
  8. PhD positions in Astrobiology at DLR in Cologne

Please, follow this link to the EANA website to find out details.

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28 Jul
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PhD position European Training Network EuroPAH

PhD position European Training Network EuroPAH

A PhD position is available at Astronomy, Leiden University, under supervision of Prof. Tielens, in close collaboration with drs. ten Kate and King of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University.

PhD information: http://europah.eu/Recruitment/esr%20position%204.html

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12 Apr
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PhD position at the «Université catholique de Louvain» in molecular physics

Spectroscopy and reactivity of ionic complexes.

PhD position at the «Université catholique de Louvain» in molecular physics.The candidate will work within the NAPS unit (Nanoscopic Physics) of the Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences. This unit is specialized amongst other things in atomic, molecular and optical physics.

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19 Mar
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The ESA Academy

Starting in March 2016, European university students will be able to access a unique set of opportunities to enrich their space science and engineering education: the ESA Academy

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CSO Approval date: 14/11/2013
Starting date: 15/05/2014
Ending date: 14/05/2018

Action Chair:
Dr. Muriel GARGAUD (FR)

Vice chair:
Prof. Wolf GEPPERT (SE)

STSM Manager:
Prof. Nigel MASON (UK)

Web Manager:
Prof. Elias CHATZITHEODORIDIS (GR)

Secretary:
Dr. Zuzana KANUCHOVA

 

Grant Holder Financial Representative:

Mrs Annick Caperan

Science Officer:
Dr. Mafalda QUINTAS

Administrative Officer:
Ms Aranzazu SANCHEZ

 

ORIGINS TD1308

A Trans-Domain Action supported by COST.

COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020

 

 

Involved countries

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Participating Countries
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

COST International Partner Countries
Canada (UQAM), South Africa (Univ. of Johanesburgh), Russian Federation (Institute of Geology, Petrozavodsk), Australia (University of Sydney), United States of America (University of Hawai)

Specific Organisations
European Space Agency (ESA)

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)

Aiming at fostering collaboration, sharing new techniques, and infrastructure that may not be available in other participants' institutions or laboratories. STSMs are intended especially for young PhD researchers, but they are open to senior researchers as well. View the documents at this link.

 It should be explicitely noted that Master students are not eligible for STSMs which are for PhD students and more experienced researchers.

The life-Origins COST Project


Life-ORIGINS (TD1308) is a Trans Domain European COST Action dedicated to the scientific investigation of the origins and evolution of life on Earth and habitability of other planets.

The Action has specifically excluded the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life in its portfolio. Creationist theorems are also outside the Action’s remit.

Individuals are not allowed to use the name of the Action, its logo or any corporate identity of COST TD1308 in any communication without prior approval of the Management Committee.

All publications referencing the support of the Action should be sent to the appropriate Working Group chair at the time of submission.