PhD Student in Experimental Asteroid Research

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Department: Division of Space Technology
City: Kiruna
Country: Sweden
Contact Person: Mikael Granvik
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Luleå University of Technology
Application Due Date: Monday, June 26 2023
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Luleå University of Technology is looking for a highly-motivated PhD student to join the Asteroid Engineering Laboratory located on the Space Campus in Kiruna, Sweden.

The successful candidate will carry out laboratory experiments on asteroid simulants and meteorites with the ultimate goal to understand the mechanisms that destroy asteroids close to the Sun, and how the destruction process affects the near-Earth asteroid population. The primary tool for the experimental work is the new Space and High-Irradiation Near-Sun Simulator (SHINeS), which is used for assessing how irradiation comparable to that found close to the Sun affects materials resembling those found on asteroids. The successful candidate will also contribute to the development of an analytical and/or numerical model of the destruction process that will be included in evolutionary models of the near-Earth asteroid population.

The position is fully funded for 4 years with a starting salary of 32800 SEK per month + benefits.

The application deadline is June 26, 2023 CEST.

PhD Student in Experimental Asteroid Research

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Department: Division of Space Technology
City: Kiruna
Country: Sweden
Contact Person: Mikael Granvik
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Luleå University of Technology
Application Due Date: Friday, January 20 2023
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Luleå University of Technology (LTU) is looking for a highly-motivated PhD student to join the Asteroid Engineering Laboratory located on the Space Campus in Kiruna, Sweden.

The successful candidate will carry out laboratory experiments on asteroid simulants and meteorites with the ultimate goal to understand the mechanisms that destroy asteroids close to the Sun. The primary tool for the experimental work is the new Space and High-Irradiation Near-Sun Simulator (SHINeS), which is used for assessing how irradiation comparable to that found close to the Sun affects materials resembling those found on asteroids. The successful candidate will also contribute to the development of an analytical and/or numerical model of the destruction process.

The position is fully funded for 4 years.

Application deadline is January 20, 2023. More information and application guidelines at


Assistant or Associate Professor, Planetary Geosciences

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Department: Department of Geosciences
City: Auburn
State/Province: AL
Country: United States
Institution: Auburn University
Application Due Date: Thursday, December 01 2022
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Faculty Position

Planetary Geosciences

Auburn University


The Department of Geosciences at Auburn University invites applications for a Planetary Geosciences faculty position at the rank of tenure-track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. The appointment would begin August 2023. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Geosciences (broadly defined) or in a closely related field at the time appointment begins. Post-doctoral experience is desirable. Specialties may include, but are not limited to, terrestrial analogue studies of planetary surface processes (e.g., impact cratering and volcanic processes), orbital and/or surface robotic mission-related geosciences (e.g., missions to the Moon and Mars), planetary mineralogy and petrology (including geochronology, e.g., study of meteorites and/or future returned samples), instrument science for planetary missions, planetary geophysics and climate dynamics, and related disciplines such as astrobiology. We seek a dynamic individual with strong research potential who can obtain external funding and can link their research program to existing department strengths in geochemistry, geochronology, geomorphology, tectonics, climate science, remote-sensing and GIS, and sedimentary geology. Auburn University supports multi-departmental research efforts in the Planetary Science area in both the College of Sciences and Mathematics and the College of Engineering. The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program, publish scholarly work, and advise graduate and undergraduate students. The successful candidate will also participate in the educational mission through teaching new specialty courses in Planetary Geosciences as well in teaching existing courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Geosciences and in our interdisciplinary Earth System Science PhD degree program. Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills are necessary. The candidate selected for this position must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States on the date the appointment is scheduled to begin (August 2023) and must be able to continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

Applications must include the applicant’s curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts, and the names and contact information of three professional references, as well as up to 2 pages each for the cover letter/letter of application, the statement of research interests, the statement of teaching philosophy and interests, and the statement of inclusion. In the statement of inclusion, please describe how your experience and/or potential contributions in research, teaching, and service will advance our mission of creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace. The College of Sciences and Mathematics is committed to providing resources to enhance awareness and appreciation of cultural and individual diversity, promote community, and prepare students, faculty, and staff to have a global impact in STEM ( To apply please go to, complete the online form and upload the required application documents.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the AU website to learn more about Auburn University and Geosciences program Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples. Please visit the following link for more information: Review of applications will begin during December 1, 2022 and will continue until a candidate accepts appointment.

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability employer and committed to building a diverse and inclusive community.

Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor – Advanced Materials

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Department: Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences; Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy; Biology
City: West Lafayette
State/Province: IN
Country: USA
Contact Person: Mike Sori
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Purdue University
Application Due Date: Tuesday, November 01 2022
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The Departments of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, and Biological Sciences at Purdue University invite applicants for multiple faculty positions at any rank in the area of Advanced Materials, with departmental appointment(s) to align with candidate’s expertise and interests. Successful candidates hired at all faculty levels as part of this College-wide cluster search will help form the core of a new interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Materials, along with an already established dynamic group of Purdue College of Science faculty across all departments. Center faculty will create an interdisciplinary, globally competitive research presence.  Applications from researchers in all areas with relevance to Advanced Materials are welcome, including but not limited to geologic or planetary materials, mineralogy, space materials, environmental materials, and materials to address climate change or sustainability.  Questions related to this position may be addressed to Prof. Mike Sori ([email protected]) or Prof. Roger Wiens ([email protected]).  Review of applications will begin on or after Nov 1, 2022 and remain in consideration until the position is filled.  For additional details and instructions on how to apply, please visit the official job ads here:

Assistant level:

Associate or Full level:

Assistant Professor – Igneous Petrology of Earth & Planetary Materials

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Department: Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
City: West Lafayette
State/Province: IN - Indiana
Country: United States
Contact Person: Prof. Briony Horgan
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Purdue University
Application Due Date: Tuesday, November 15 2022
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The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), within the College of Science, Purdue University, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of igneous petrology of Earth and planetary materials. EAPS supports research and teaching across both Earth and planetary science, so candidates with research programs that bridge Earth and planetary applications are especially encouraged to apply. Areas of interest include but are not limited to field, laboratory, and experimental studies of volcanic systems and/or the evolution of Earth and planetary interiors and crusts, potentially using sample-based studies of terrestrial materials, planetary returned or analog samples, or meteorites. 

Purdue EAPS is a vibrant community of researchers with diverse interests and would present significant collaborative opportunities. The department houses world-class analytical laboratories, including clean rooms associated with TIMS and ICP-MS instruments, a noble gas mass spectrometry facility, stable isotope laboratory, and access to campus-wide AMS, XRD, XRF, and electron microscopy facilities. 

Candidates must have completed their Ph.D. in geology, planetary science, or a related field, with outstanding credentials in research, an excellent track record of or potential for leading publications and a strong commitment to excellence in teaching. The appointee is expected to develop and maintain a vigorous, externally funded, and internationally recognized research program and display excellence in teaching and mentoring students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

For additional details, please visit the official job ad here:

Applications should be submitted electronically at Applications should include one PDF file containing:

  • a cover letter (maximum 1 page)

  • a curriculum vitae including relevant publications

  • a statement of research (maximum 5 pages) including a vision for the research program the candidate hopes to build at Purdue

  • a teaching statement (maximum 3 pages) including possible contributions to existing of new courses, undergraduate research experiences, and teaching philosophy

  • a statement discussing past or future activities dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (maximum 1 page)

  • contact information of three individuals who can provide letters of reference.

Questions related to this position should be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Briony Horgan ([email protected] and copy [email protected]). Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

Research Space Scientist

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Department: Solar System Exploration Division
City: Greenbelt
State/Province: MD
Country: USA
Contact Person: Jamie Elsila Cook
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Application Due Date: Monday, July 25 2022
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The Science & Exploration Directorate, Solar System Exploration Division, Astrochemistry Laboratory (Code 691) at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is seeking a planetary scientist with a focus on contamination control and returned samples, for a civil servant position.  The successful candidate will work as a member of the Artemis Internal Science team to define, develop, and implement sample contamination plans, as well as carrying out cutting-edge research related to planetary surface properties, the Moon, airless bodies, and/or priority planetary targets for future exploration. Expertise is required in defining or developing science requirements for sample analyses, including contamination considerations, as well as in leading collaborative groups and overseeing research . This is a GS- 14 level position located at NASA-Goddard in Greenbelt, Maryland near Washington, DC.

A full vacancy announcement, which contains further information including qualification requirements and application instructions, will be posted on July 21 to and remain open for five days. The short period that the announcement is open is due to the type of hiring authority, and is not a reflection of the openness of the position.

W3 Professor in Experimental and Analytical Planetology

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Department: Institut für Planetologie
City: Münster
State/Province: North Rhein Westphalia
Country: Germany
Contact Person: Prof. Norbert Hölzel
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: University of Münster, Germany
Application Due Date: Sunday, March 20 2022
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The Institut für Planetologie in the Faculty of Geosciences at the University of Münster, Germany, invites applications for a tenured position as a

W3 Professor
in Experimental and Analytical Planetology

Applicants are expected to represent experimental and analytical planetology in both research and teaching. We welcome applications from candidates from all fields of planetology, including micro/nano analytics of planetary materials, cosmochemistry, cosmic mineralogy, impact research, modelling of planetary processes and systems, and experimental research in planetology. Applications from candidates with previous involvement in space missions are particularly welcome.

The successful candidate will have an outstanding research record and a strong research profile. They will be expected to collaborate with other groups at the institute and within the faculty. They will have broad interests in planetology and experience in the application of analytical/experimental methodologies in research and teaching. We also expect active participation in the teaching of planetary and Earth sciences courses at BSc and MSc levels.

The successful candidate will have experience in the acquisition and management of external funds.

The prerequisites for the application are a doctoral degree in geosciences or natural sciences and academic credentials such as a Juniorprofessorship (assistant professorship), a Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification), previous experience as an academic staff member at a university or non-university research institute, or in a research position in business, industry, administration or other relevant fields in Germany or abroad.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of senior women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities.

The University of Münster is committed to employing more staff with disabilities. Candidates with recognized severe disabilities who have equivalent qualifications are given preference in hiring decisions.

Applications should be sent by email as a single PDF-file. The application must include a cover letter, CV, academic certificates, a publication list, a list of successfully raised funds, documentation of the teaching experience, and research and teaching statements. Applications must be received by March 20, 2022 and should be sent to the Dean of the Faculty:

Prof. Norbert Hölzel
Dean of the Faculty of Geosciences
University of Münster
Heisenbergstr. 2
48149 Münster
Email: [email protected]

Further information concerning the Institut für Planetologie can be found at:

Questions and requests for further information should be directed to Prof. Harald Hiesinger ([email protected]).

Assistant Professor of Cosmochemistry

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Department: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
City: Copenhagen
Country: Denmark
Contact Person: Martin Schiller
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Globe Institute University of Copenhagen
Application Due Date: Tuesday, March 22 2022
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Assistant Professor of Cosmochemistry at the Globe Institute
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen

We are looking for a highly motivated and dynamic assistant professor who will join our group at the Centre for Star and Planet Formation for a two year position to commence 16th of June 2022.

The main focus of this research position is centred on elucidating the timescales and processes leading to the formation of the Solar System’s habitable planetary architecture by measurement of isotopic variations in extra-terrestrial materials.

Information on the department can be found at:  

Our research
The Centre for Star and Planet Formation, Starplan is a research section of the Globe Institute focused on understanding the formation of planetary systems, including the Solar System, using a multidisciplinary approach that combines astronomy, astrophysics and cosmochemistry. Further information on the Institute is linked at and about Starplan at  

Your job
We seek a highly-motivated individual with a strong background in isotope geochemistry to join a dynamic group to pursue innovative research and take full advantage of the multidisciplinary environment the centre offers, including state-of-the-art isotope facilities. These include thermal-ionization and multiple-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometers (Thermo Scientific Triton, Neptune and Neoma, respectively) as well as ultra-clean laboratories. We also expect that the individual will contribute to the management and running of the clean laboratory and provide laboratory support for MSc and PhD students of the centre.

The assistant professor’s responsibilities will primarily consist of:

  • research, including publication/academic dissemination duties
  • research-based teaching
  • sharing knowledge with society
  • participation in formal pedagogical training programme for assistant professors

Six overall criteria apply for assistant professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding, and leadership) are considered a framework for the overall assessment of candidates. Find information about each criterion here:

Furthermore, we are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with the following skills and experience:

Essential experience and skills:

  • You have a PhD in Earth and planetary sciences.
  • Strong scientific track record demonstrated by high-quality publications in peer reviewed international journals as first author in the field of cosmochemistry.
  • The candidate should be able to conduct independent and creative research and show good inter-personal and communication skills.
  • Strong background in mass spectrometry or related analytical techniques.
  • You are excellent in written and oral communication in English.
  • You have experience in research collaborations and have demonstrated enthusiasm, motivation, flexibility and confidence.

Place of employment
The place of employment is at the Globe Institute, University of Copenhagen. We offer creative and stimulating working conditions in dynamic and international research environment. Our research facilities include modern laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure.

Terms of employment
The average weekly working hours are 37 hours per week.

The position is a fixed-term position limited to a period of 2 years. The start date is the 16th of June 2022.

Salary, pension and other conditions of employment are set in accordance with the Agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) or other relevant organisation.

Currently, the monthly salary starts at DKK 37.507,78 (April 2022 level). Depending on qualifications, a supplement may be negotiated. The employer will pay an additional 17.1 % to your pension fund.

Foreign and Danish applicants may be eligible for tax reductions if they hold a PhD degree and have not been tax liable to Denmark the last 10 years.

The position is covered by the Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2000. 

For further information please contact Martin Schiller; e-mail [email protected];

Foreign applicants may find this link useful: (International Staff Mobility).

Application procedure
Your application may be submitted in English by clicking ‘Apply now’ below. Furthermore, your application must include the following documents/attachments – all in PDF format:

  1. Motivated letter of application (Max. one page)
  2. CV incl. education, work/research experience, language skills and other skills relevant for the position
  3. A certified/signed copy of a) PhD certificate and b) Master of Science certificate or equivalent. If the PhD is not completed, a written statement from the supervisor will do
  4. List of publications
  5. Teaching portfolio (If applicable)

Deadline for applications: 22 March 2022, 23.59pm CET

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements.

The further process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the hiring committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an unbiased assessor. Once the assessment work has been completed each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.

You can read about the recruitment process at

The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministerial Order no. 242 of 13 March 2012 on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

The University of Copenhagen wish to reflect the diversity of society and encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of personal background.

Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowships

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Department: Earth and Planets Laboratory
City: Washington
State/Province: DC
Country: USA
Contact Person: Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications Committee
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: Carnegie Institution of Washington
Application Due Date: Monday, November 01 2021
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The Carnegie Institution for Science invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships at the Earth and Planets Laboratory in Washington D.C. Carnegie Science emphasizes interdisciplinary observational, experimental and theoretical research in fields including astronomy, cosmochemistry, data science, geodynamics, experimental petrology, geobiology, geochemistry, geophysics, mineral physics, planetary science and volcanology. Carnegie scientists conduct research in these and related fields in the general quest for improved understanding of the origin and evolution of Earth and planets, including the fundamental physics and chemistry of materials. The successful applicant’s primary field of research should overlap with one or more of these areas, but collaboration with other research areas on campus is encouraged.

The Carnegie Institution strives to enable a scientifically excellent, equitable, and inclusive community, and therefore aims for diverse groups of people to collaborate and thrive at Carnegie. Applicants may use a cover letter to describe how they have contributed to such community characteristics in previous positions, and how those contributions have been informed by their life experiences. We encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply. The Carnegie Institution is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

The Earth and Planets Laboratory supports world-class laboratory facilities in analytical geochemistry and cosmochemistry, high-pressure research, materials spectroscopy and astrobiology. Carnegie scientists have access to Carnegie’s Las Campanas Observatory in Chile for astronomical observations. Carnegie Science also supports theoretical astrophysical, data analytic, geodynamic and mineral physics investigations by providing access to state-of-the-art computational facilities. Fellows may also wish to participate in interdisciplinary projects such as Carnegie Worlds (, a cross-department initiative that integrates exoplanet research with geoscience. Funding is available for travel to scientific conferences and observation sites, as well as publications. At EPL, we value a culture of mentoring and offer professional development opportunities for all post-doctoral scientists (

Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded once a year. The Fellowship is initially for one year but can be renewed for up to a total of 3 years for astronomy applicants and 2 years for other fields. The positions allow start dates between July 1 and December 31, 2022. More detailed information about the research currently being pursued, and the facilities available at EPL can be viewed at

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field at the time of the start of the fellowship. The principal selection criteria will be outstanding research accomplishments, promise of future achievement, originality and independence, and relevance to the ongoing scientific pursuits at Carnegie’s Earth and Planets Laboratory. Carnegie Fellowship applications must include: 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) list of publications; 3) a brief description of previous research (3 pages max); 4) a research proposal of no more than 4 pages including references, and 5) a cover letter.  The deadline for application materials, along with the names of three references familiar with the applicant’s work who will upload letters of support, is November 1, 2021. Reference letters are due by November 8, 2021.

Applicants for the Carnegie Fellowship can also choose to be considered for the Carnegie Origins Fellowships with a single application (see separate ad). Address any questions you have to [email protected].

It might be necessary for a successful applicant to obtain a J-1 visa in order to enter the U.S. and work at Carnegie Science. If a visa is required, we will work with you and provide a DS2019 form, which will be required by your country’s nearest American Embassy or Consulate when submitting a visa application.

Related URLs:

Carnegie EPL 
Las Campanas Observatory 
Carnegie Institution for Science


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Postdoc Researcher, Laboratory Analysis Presolar Grains

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City: Houston
State/Province: TX
Country: USA
Contact Person: Lisa Gaddis
Contact Email: [email protected]
Institution: USRA / NASA
Application Due Date: Tuesday, March 01 2022
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Applicants are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship at the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) while also being an employee of the Universities Space Research Association’s (USRA) Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), both in Houston, Texas. Fellows will enjoy access to all of JSC’s laboratories and analytical instruments on the same basis as scientific staff.

The Fellowship in the field of astromaterials research involves the study of the origins, isotopic and elemental compositions, structure, and evolution of presolar grains identified in meteorites, interplanetary dust, asteroids, and comets. The Fellow will perform NanoSIMS analyses of presolar grains and will be encouraged to coordinate these analyses with focused ion beam (FIB)-assisted transmission electron microscope (TEM) mineral characterization. The isotopic properties of presolar grains provides remarkable insight into astrophysical processes while their mineralogies allow us to understand dust condensation in stellar atmospheres and subsequent alteration in various environments. Understanding their origins and histories is intimately linked with understanding the origin of the Solar System.