Year 2021

No. 1. PostDoc Research Fellowship on the analysis of Mars Oxia Planum 

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.

No.2. Postdoctoral position in space physics in Uppsala, Sweden

Applications are invited for investigations of electromagnetic structures and associated particle dynamics at the Earth’s bow shock. The work involves the analysis of magnetic, electric, and plasma measurements from the multi-spacecraft Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission.

The position is available at the Uppsala office of IRF, located at the Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, Sweden, for 2 years. The position is funded by an EU Horizon 2020 project SHARP – SHocks: structure, AcceleRation, dissiPation.

Candidates should be able to start the work before July 2021. For more details see here.

Closing date for applications is 22 February 2021.

For further information please contact:
Assoc. Prof. Yuri Khotyaintsev,
Dr. Andrew P. Dimmock,

No.3. Postdoctoral Fellow in Radiative Transfer Modeling in Planetary Atmospheres

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), run by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Radiative Transfer Modeling in Planetary Atmospheres.

The selected candidate will join Dr. Germán Martínez’ group on the Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA) science team of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission, and will lead analyses of measurements made by the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS), one of the six environmental sensors comprising MEDA.

The position is for two years with a possible one-year extension.
Questions can be addressed to Dr. Germán Martínez (

For more details see here.

The closing date for applications is 1 March 2021.

USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

No.4.Young Graduate Trainee Opportunity for Preparation Activities for Planetary Surface Exploration

ECSAT, Harwell, United Kingdom
Our team and mission
This position is across two groups: the ESA Sample Analogue Curation Facility (SACF) and the PANGAEA training team. The PANGAEA team specialises in scientific, expeditionary training programmes for astronauts and scientific, technological and operational testing for planetary surface human science operations in analogue environments. The SACF (Sample Analogue Curation Facility) curates ESA2C (ESA Exploration Sample Analogue Collection), a range of terrestrial rocks and minerals comparable to the surface materials of the Moon, Mars, and Phobos, for use in many current and future space exploration activities. The PANGAEA team has developed a mineralogical database on planetary minerals for sample collection decision support. Although the SACF and PANGAEA teams have different purposes, both are interested in collaborating to improve sampling decision support tools for future human and robotic exploration missions, while providing relevant geological materials and tools to the community.

Field(s) of activity/research for the traineeship:
You will contribute to a range of activities under the remits of the PANGAEA team and SACF. For the SACF, you will analyse existing samples in the ESA2C collection and support the design of new planetary surface simulants to aid the development of new/existing missions within ESA. You will also research new potential rock analogues and simulants to aid with the expansion of the ESA2C collection and the design of new simulants. For more details see here.

The closing date for applications is 1 March 2021.

No.5. 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.

No.6. 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. 

No. 7. 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-]

No. 9. Internal Research Fellow (PostDoc) in Exploration Mission Analogues Research and Development

ECSAT, Harwell, United Kingdom  

ESA is currently advertising a Research Fellow position to be based in Oxfordshire, titled ‘Internal Research Fellow(PostDoc) in Exploration Mission Analogues Research and Development’. It is advertised on the ESA careers website.

An application deadline of 1st April. If you are interested in applying for this position and wish to know more about it, you are welcome to contact me at

No. 10. 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

No 11. The Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB) is looking for a scientist in the frame of a project about exoplanets

The project aims to investigate the potential habitability of temperate rocky planets in orbit around very low-mass stars through a multidisciplinary approach, which combines expertise in astrophysics, geophysics, atmosphere dynamics, geology, paleobiology, and microbiology. 


The ideal candidate has a PhD (or equivalent) in Science or Engineering and combines several of the following characteristics:

  • –  Knowledge in internal geophysics and mechanics of continuous media
  • –  Experience in computational fluid dynamics
  • –  Experience in astronomy or planetary sciences
  • –  Good communication skills in oral and written English
  • –  Ability to collaborate with members of an interdisciplinary team

How to apply: send your CV with a motivation letter and names and coordinates of two referees before 1 May 2021 to Véronique Dehant and Tim Van Hoolst ( 

The beginning of the employment will be on 1 June 2021 or later.

No 12. Two postdoctoral positions in observational astrophysics

Two postdoctoral researchers in observational astrophysics at Uppsala University. The positions are hosted by the Astronomy and Space Physics division. The full announcement text can be found here.
Starting date: 2021-09-01 or as otherwise agreed.

One of these positions is for a candidate interested to work on characterisation of exoplanet host stars. The second position is more general and includes stellar activity and magnetism as one of possible research directions.

For further information about the position please contact: Oleg Kochukhov,; Nikolai Piskunov,

Please submit your application by 31 May 2021, UFV-PA 2021/1114.

No. 13 Full-time position at the Royal Observatory of Belgium in the Reference Systems and Planetology department

In the frame of the LaRa experiment on-board the ExoMars 2022 ESA-Roscosmos mission, the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB) recruits a:

Radio-science research scientist/engineer

Thanks to funding from the Belgian Science Policy, the contract will be full-time for at least one year. It may be extended up to several years if both parties are satisfied and money is available.

Location: Royal Observatory of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium

How to apply: Send your CV with a cover letter and if possible two or three references (all in PDF format) by April 25th, 2021 to Veronique Dehant, Head of Operational Direction ‘Reference Systems and Planetology’ and to Sébastien Le Maistre, Principal Investigator (PI) of LaRa.

Assessment of applications will start in April 2021. Commencement of employment on June 1st, 2021 or later.

Year 2020

No 1. Twelve Postdoctoral Contracts Advanced Fellows SO 2020 at IAC


The IAC (Tenerife) announces its SEVERO OCHOA postdoctoral programme to work on topics within the following research lines:

  1. Solar Physics (FS) 
  2. Exoplanetary Systems & Solar Systems (SEYSS)
  3. Stellar & Interstellar Physics (FEEI)
  4. The Milky Way and the Local Group (MWLG)
  5. Formation & Evolution of Galaxies (FYEG)
  6. Cosmology & Astroparticles (CYA, CTA)

Up to two contracts are offered in each one of these topics, which represent the IAC’s principal research fields. All of these are supported by an ambitious instrumentation programme. Advanced fellows will be offered the possibility of advising PhD students that are hired by the IAC. Further information about the IAC’s research programme, its Observatories and the GTC is available at the IAC’s web page (

These contracts are financed by the “SEVERO OCHOA PROGRAM” (CEX2019-000920-S), supported by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. It follows the selection of the IAC as a Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence by the Spanish Government in 2020, a prestigious recognition awarded for the third time to the IAC as a leading research institute in Spain.

The full announcement of the position as well as the detailed instructions on how to apply can be found here.


No 2. ESA Research Fellowships in Space Sciences & Exploration.

Opening: 30 September 2020, Application deadline: 29 October 2020

ESA’s postdoctoral Research Fellowship programme offers young scientists and engineers the possibility to carry out research in a variety of disciplines related to space science, space applications or space technology.

Approximately 9 ESA Fellowships in Space Science and 9 in Human and Robotic Exploration will be offered this year, to join the pool of about 30 research fellows in the two Directorates (Science and Human and Robotic Exploration).

Duration:  Appointments for an ESA Research Fellowship are initially for two years, with a third year extension frequently granted.

Location: Research Fellowship in Human and Robotic Exploration are located at:

 * European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands
 * European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT) in Harwell, United Kingdom
 * European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Köln, Germany

Research Fellowships in Space Science can be taken at any of three locations:

 * European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Villafranca del Castillo near Madrid, Spain
 * European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands
 * The ESA office at Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

The full announcement of the position as well as the detailed instructions on how to apply can be found here.

No 3.  Junior Science Officer – Space Sciences and Communication

The European Science Foundation, the host organisation of the Europlanet Society, is looking for a Junior Science Officer with a background in space sciences and communication. The position is specifically oriented to support ESF space cluster’s communication tasks and projects, and notably the Europlanet Society and EPSC.

The deadline for applications is the 23 October 2020.

The full announcement of the position as well as the detailed instructions on how to apply can be found here.


No 4. Postdoctoral position at the Lagrange Observatory de la Côte d’Azur, France on the Martian crust structure and evolution, as seen by insight and other Mars mission. The deadline for applications is October 1st, 2020, but the position will remain open until filled. The full announcement of the position as well as the detailed instructions on how to apply can be found here.


No 5. Social media internship during Europlanet Science Congress (EPSC) 2020.  The application deadline is Friday 21st August 2020. The full announcement of the position as well as the detailed instructions on how to apply can be found here.


No 6. Postdoctoral Researcher with the MAVEN Imaging UltraViolet Spectrograph Team.

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder is seeking a talented scientist to work with the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) team on the MAVEN mission.

Position Requirements: Ph.D in Planetary Science, Astronomy, Atmospheric Science, Physics or a related field. Coding proficiency in python, IDL or other scientific computing languages.

Reviews will begin on November 15, 2020 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The full announcement of the position as well as the detailed instructions on how to apply can be found here.


No 7. Multiple Research Positions in Stellar, Exoplanet, and Data Science at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Goettingen, Germany (ref. St2020). Applications will be reviewed starting 24 August 2020 until the positions are filled. 

The full announcement of the position as well as the detailed instructions on how to apply can be found here. 


No 8. Postdoctoral research opportunity at IRAP. Postdoctoral research associate in planetary plasma physics focusing on Sun-Planet Interactions.

The successful candidate will extend the Heliopropa service ( in order to ingest new observations publicly available from Solar missions like the ESA Solar Orbiter or NASA Solar Parker Probe missions and use them as input parameters for solar wind predictions, as well as analyze data either from the MESSENGER, Cassini, MAVEN, Juno, Mars Express or Venus Express missions in order to better understand the solar wind-magnetosphere interactions and further validate the service offered to the community.

Deadline for applications November 17th, 2020

The full announcement of the position as well as the detailed instructions on how to apply can be found here.


No 9. Two years research position related to the Near Earth Asteroids mitigation strategy.

The Planetary Science section of the Astronomy and Astrophysics group at the University of Alicante (Spain) is involved in the Hera and DART space missions and the NEO-MAPP project funded by the European Commission (H2020). Call and selection in October/November 2020. Starting date: January 31st 2021 at the latest.
The suitable candidates must have a PhD with a background such that he/she may be able to do research in some of the following topics:

  • Dynamics of loft regolith in fast spinning small bodies.
  • Internal structure and shape of gravitational aggregates.
  • Binary asteroid formation and tidal effects.
  • Gravitational field of irregular asteroids.
  • Structural and dynamical effects of a kinetic impact on the secondary of a binary system.

Formal calls will be issued by Universdad de Alicante and instructions for applications will be provided.

Please, show your interest by writing to Adriano Campo Bagatin ( as soon as possible.


No 10. 2 year postdoc funded through H2020-SPACE 

ROADMAP project (ROle and impAct of Dust and clouds in the Martian Atmosphere: from lab to space)

The goal of the ROADMAP project is to better understand the role and impact of dust and clouds on the Martian atmosphere. This European project employs an integrated scientific approach including; laboratory simulations, modelling of specific phenomena, analysis of space data and Global Circulation Modelling.

This 2 year post-doc position will focus on laboratory Mars atmosphere simulations using the state of the art facility at Aarhus University (

Ideally the person should start November-December 2020, but this could be discussed. For more information contact Jon Merrison;