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ESA Archival Research Visitor Programme

To increase the scientific return from its space science missions, the European Space Agency (ESA) welcomes applications from scientists interested in pursuing research projects based on data publicly available in the ESA Space Science Archives (

The ESA Archival Research Visitor Programme is open to scientists, at all career levels, affiliated with institutes in ESA Member States and Collaborating States. Early-career scientists (within 10 years of the PhD) are particularly encouraged to apply. PhD students are also welcome to apply through their supervisors.

During their stay, visiting scientists will have access to archives and mission specialists for help with the retrieval, calibration, and analysis of archival data. In principle, all areas of space research covered by ESA science missions can be supported.

Residence lasts typically between one and three months, also distributed over multiple visits. Research projects can be carried out at ESAC (Madrid, Spain) and at ESTEC (Noordwijk, Netherlands). To offset the expenses incurred by visitors, ESA covers travel costs from and to the home institution and provides support for lodging expenses and meals.

Applications received before 30 April 2021 will be considered for visits in autumn/winter (2021/2022).

For further details, including areas of research and contact information, please refer to this link.

or write to the programme coordinators at

Postdoctoral position at UCLA. Postdoctoral scholar in seismology to work on the NASA InSight mission

Institution: UCLA
Position open until: 10 March 2021

The UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences has an opportunity for an enthusiastic postdoctoral scholar in seismology to work on the NASA InSight mission. The postdoc will work directly with Prof. Caroline Beghein and will interact and collaborate with scientists within the InSight team. The successful candidate will be involved in undergraduate and graduate student mentoring and will benefit from a strong group of colleagues in geophysics and planetary sciences at UCLA. Start date: as soon as possible.

Candidates must hold a PhD in seismology by the time of hire. The successful applicant must have experience in strong experience in programming, broadband seismic data processing, analysis of seismic waveforms, a strong record of peer-reviewed publication, and demonstrated capability of independent research. The postdoc must be creative and able to work and communicate in a team environment. Experience with inversion of seismic data to model structure is desirable. The candidate must be fluent in English and demonstrate good oral and written communication skills. Applicants from underrepresented groups in the geosciences are particularly encouraged to apply.

The position is initially for a 12-month period, renewable depending upon performance and funding availability. Applicants should submit a CV listing their qualifications along with a statement of research interests and plans relevant to InSight, and a cover letter including names and contact information including email for at least two professional references. Applications should be submitted by email to
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy.

PostDoctoral Researcher in Planetary Science in Kiruna, Sweden

Luleå University of Technology is experiencing strong growth with world leading competence in several areas of research. Our research is conducted in close collaboration with industries such as Bosch, Ericsson, Scania, LKAB, SKF and leading international universities.

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to support our work in regolith physical processes. In particular, we are interested in what makes regolith stick together and break apart in various settings in the planetary system. You will be familiar with either theoretical or experimental methods used in planetary physics or geophysics and will have a sound knowledge of soil mechanics and thermophysics in space conditions.

The successful candidate must have a background in Planetary Science or a related field such as Astronomy or Geophysics. Knowledge in any of the following areas related to planetary science is welcome: soil mechanics, thermophysics, numerical modelling, environmental simulation or remote sensing. For more details see here.

The position is limited to two (2) years.

Final day to apply: 12 March 2021.

ESA Science Lead for the Planetary Science Archive and Archive Scientist

Eligibility: Only citizens of ESA member states or countries associated with ESA are eligible.

Location: European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) Villafranca del Castillo, Madrid, Spain

Final day to apply: 16 March 2021

ESA is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic and active scientist in the area of Planetary Science to act as Science Lead of the Planetary Science Archive (PSA, with responsibility for the overall scientific coordination of the PSA, and will be Archive Scientist for one of ESA’s planetary missions.

You will be assigned as Science Lead of the Planetary Science Archive (PSA, with responsibility for the overall scientific coordination of the PSA, and will be Archive Scientist for one of the ESA planetary missions.

As Archive Scientist, you will be responsible for definition and specification of the Planetary Scientific Archive for one of the ESA planetary missions and for the follow-up and monitoring of its implementation and operation with the goal of maximising the scientific return of the mission. For more details see here.


The Astrophysical Dust Group at the Institute for Particle Physics and Astrophysics (IPA), ETH Zürich, in Switzerland, is looking for two highly motivated candidates to apply for a postdoctoral researcher position or a PhD position, within the framework of the ERC funded project “The heliosphere and the dust: characterisation of the solar and interstellar neighbourhood”.

The projects include cosmic dust data analysis, modelling of the interstellar dust transport through the heliosphere, and applying the results to other astrospheres, and the solar system in the past. For more details and submission of the application, see: Postdoc position, for a PhD position see here.

Application deadline: March 31, 2021.
For questions (not the application): vsterken [-at-]

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