The INAF-Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology (Rome, Italy) is seeking applicants for one “Postdoctoral Research Fellowship” in the context of the research project “Modelling of surfaces of solid bodies of the Solar System and comparison with data from space probes and terrestrial analogues in the laboratory”.
Deadline: 30 June 2021.
The grant is based on the project “EXOMARS Ma_MISS”, “DAWN” and “Rosetta/VIRTIS” and will be carried out under the scientific supervision of dr. Maria Cristina De Sanctis and dr. Fabrizio Capaccioni.
The expected start date is September 2021, with a duration of 12 months and the potential of renewal.
The successful candidate is expected to work on the surface and subsurface modelling; data analysis from space instrumentation (VIR instruments on DAWN, Ma_Miss on ExoMars 2022, VIRTIS on Rosetta) and laboratory data analysis (analogous materials and meteorites).
More information with the complete description of the position and the documents to fill out here.
The INAF-Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology (Rome, Italy) is seeking applicants for one “Postdoctoral Research Fellowship” in the context of the research project “Analysis of Oxia Planum from remote sensing data and terrestrial laboratory analogs of Mars and Ceres”.
Deadline: 22 January 2021.
The grant is based on the project “EXOMARS Ma_MISS” and “DAWN” and will be carried out under the scientific supervision of dr. Maria Cristina De Sanctis and dr. Francesca Altieri.
The expected start date is April 2021, with a duration of 12 months and the potential of renewal for further two years.
The successful candidate is expected to work on the data analysis of the Oxia Planum site and on laboratory activities for the preparation and characterization of analogs of Ceres and Mars.
More information with the complete description of the position and the documents to fill out here.
Post-doctoral position at the Early Life traces and Evolution-Astrobiology labororatory (University of Liège)
In the frame of the FNRS project “Life in Archean coastal environments” and the ICDP project BASE “Barberton Archean Surface Environments”, we are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with experience and interest in:
Astrobiology, Geobiology and Paleobiology (traces of life, microfossils, microbial mats)
Analyses of organics and minerals using light and electron microscopy (TEM), and Raman and FTIR micro-spectroscopy
Fieldwork and/or drill core sampling
In-situ analyses of C and N stable isotopes
Analyses using SR-XRF and SR-XANES
The project aims to characterize the past
morphological and geochemical traces of early life preserved in fresh pristine
cores drilled in the 3.2 Ga Moodies Group, Barberton Greenstone Belt, South
Africa, the oldest best preserved siliciclastic succession preserving coastal
sediments, from marine to terrestrial environments. The expected outcomes include
a better understanding of early Earth habitability and evolution of the early
microbial biosphere in coastal siliciclastic ecosystems, as well as a
refinement of biogenicity criteria and fossilization (taphonomic) processes.
This approach is also relevant to refine strategies for the detection of
possible fossil life traces on early Mars during the ESA EXOMARS 2020 mission,
which will use similar instruments in a siliciclastic setting on Mars (Oxia
planum, with 4 Ga bedded clay-rich sediments in channels and plain), but also for
the future NASA Mars 2020 sample return mission that will allow geochemical
analyzes on Earth in clean labs.
Candidates should have a PhD degree in
sciences, preferably in geosciences, biology and/or analytical chemistry. The
ideal candidates will show scientific curiosity, ability to work in collaboration,
and interests in early life evolution and astrobiology. The working language is
English. The fellowship is competitive and allows comfortable living in
Belgium. The fellowship will be exempted from taxes but subject to the employee
social security. The researcher will be based in the laboratory Early Life
traces and Evolution-Astrobiology at the University of Liège (promotor Prof E
Javaux), and will also work in collaboration with the Laboratoire G-Time at the
Université Libre de Bruxelles (co-promotor Prof V Debaille) and with the
international teams of the ICDP BASE project. Appointment is for 1 year,
renewable up to 2 times (3 years in total) depending on results and progress.
The researcher in “international mobility” shall not have resided or
carried out his/her main activity (job, studies…) in Belgium for more than 24
months during the last 3 years directly before the first stay as a Postdoctoral
fellow. The first hiring period shall start at the latest exactly 6 years after
obtaining the academic degree of doctor, after defense of a PhD thesis. The
maximum period of time mentioned above is extended for one additional year per
childbirth and/or adoption occurring after obtaining the PhD.
To apply, send your CV with a motivation letter in English, clearly indicating which of the skills above you have to offer (plus 2 potential referees) to the promotor of the project Emmanuelle Javaux (ej.javaux[at]uliege.be), before March 15th 2020. The position starts in July 2020 but the starting date can be adapted.
2 years Post-doc at Space Research Centre of Polish Academy of Sciences (CBK)
Mars is a planet intensively studied by many space missions (ExoMars TGO orbiter, Mars Express, MRO and in the near future in Rover 2020). CBK participates in the TGO mission.
The possibility of two-years Post-Doc position concerns
observations and numerical simulations of surfaces and the atmosphere of this
planet. In CBK there are numerical programs for atmospheric simulation and
spectral characteristics of surfaces. There is also the possibility of spectral
measurements in laboratories of Martian analogs in the framework of cooperation
between CBK and other institutions (WAT, ILOT).
The Post-Doc will analyze the chemical composition, sources,
losses and evolutions of gases with low concentration (eg methane) in the
atmosphere based on measurements of ACS, NOMAD and CASSIS instruments from the
TGO mission. He/She will also work on the radiation transfer through the
atmosphere and interaction with the surface as well as on the analysis and
interpretation of spectrometric observations and imaging of the CASSIS camera. One
of the main goals of the study is to analyze the presence of methane its sources
CBK participates in the observation by the CaSSIS instrument and is associated with NOMAD team. A Post-Doc will participate in these works.
Master education in physics, geophysics, astronomy; university or polytechnic
Experience in the analysis of observational data and programming
Knowledge of programming in one or two languages (C ++, Matlab, Python, IDL)
Experience in research work, publications
Knowledge of English that is sufficient for being able to work in an international environment.
Interpretation of results obtained from simulation programs and observational data with, among others, ACS, NOMAD and CaSSIS instruments
Publication of scientific results
Participation in scientific conferences and presentation of results
A Post-Docs employee will participate in Cassis team works.
The application should contain
Application for employment
CV containing information about the candidate’s publication achievements
Copy of the document confirming the obtained academic title
Other achievements, eg an opinion of an independent researcher about the candidate
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