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 An independent postdoc program at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS).

The deadline is November 30.

The HITS Independant Postdoc ​Program offers a great opportunity for highly talented young scientists wanting the transition from PhD student to junior group leader. It supports young scientists in exploring their own ideas and testing new hypotheses. High-risk, high-gain projects are encouraged. Selected Postdocs will collaborate with group leaders at HITS while developing and pursuing their independent research projects. See more here.

The Institute of Space Sciences (, in Barcelona, is offering two Junior Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Candidates should be within 2 years after the PhD, excluding maternity/paternity leaves.

The appointments are for 2 years. The fellow is expected to develop her/his independent research and to interact with one or more of the research lines within the Institute. 

Mobility rule: candidates should not be affiliated to the Institute of Space Sciences nor have carried out her/his PhD or initial postdoc at the Institute.

To apply, interested persons should send (to the contact below and with subject Junior Postdoc 2021)

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Full publications list
    • For candidates working within large collaborations, please distinguish those in which you have done a substantial contribution, and explain which was it.
  • A minimum of 2 reference letters (to be sent separately by email to the address below)
  • A research statement (maximum 3 pages)

The research statement should include commentary of the appropriateness of developing your research line at the Institute, how this can positively impact on your career and the prospects you see for collaboration with the established groups here.

Email applications are welcomed. Positions will be open until filled, but initial screening will start on October 30th  and a decision is expected before the end of the year. Starting date during 2022 is flexible, but sooner dates are preferred.

The Institute of Space Sciences is an institute of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), and is affiliated with the Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC). Application Deadline: Saturday, October 30, 2021

Noemí Cortés
Assistant to the Director
Institute of Space Sciences

Postdoctoral position in Solar/Nuclear Astrophysics

The Institute of Space Sciences (ICE, CSIC) in Barcelona, Spain, is seeking applications for a 2-year Postdoctoral position to work with A. Serenelli in Solar/Nuclear Astrophysics within the framework of ChETEC-INFRA.

The successful candidate will play a leading role within the ChETEC Work Package dedicated to solar physics, in particular nuclear astrophysics in the Sun. Activities will involve, among others:
establishing a new set of standard reference for key nuclear reactions for solar evolution and solar neutrino production, development of new generation of solar models. The candidate will be encouraged to take part in other ChETEC activities.

Review of applications will start on November 1st 2021 and the position will be open until filled. Starting date can be as early as February 1st, 2022, but later dates can be arranged. For further details please refer to the call for applications.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Study of Solar System Small Bodies

Applications are invited for a 2-year Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Astrophysics Research Centre (ARC) at Queen’s University Belfast.  The successful applicant will work with Dr. Meg Schwamb to develop and exploit next-generation tools for analysing and interpreting future Solar System moving object detections from the Vera C. Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). Rubin Observatory science operations are planned to begin around mid-2024, with the survey expected to discover millions of asteroids and tens of thousands of distant Solar System planetesimals.  This post will focus on developing software pipelines and utilities for LSST Solar System science and applying these techniques to present-day LSST-precursor datasets, including the development of a pipeline to discover distant Solar System bodies beyond ~100 au that are not expected to be discoverable by the main Rubin Observatory Solar System Processing pipeline.

To read the full details and to apply, visit here.
Application Deadline:  October 13, 2021

ARC website:

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 the Collaborating States. Early-career scientists (within 10 years of the PhD) are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications by PhD students are also welcome.

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 1 November 2021 will be considered for visits in spring/summer 2022.

For further details, including areas of research and contact information, please refer to:

or write to the programme coordinators at

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