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PhD Student in Experimental Asteroid Research

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.

Closing date for applications: January 20, 2023

More information and application guidelines here.

Opportunities for PhD research in planetary science

The Solar System and Exoplanet Habitability research group at the University of Chicago ( is mentored by Associate Professor Edwin Kite ( We study solar system and exoplanet habitability. Applications are encouraged from prospective graduate students who would like to pursue research in one or more of the following areas:

  • Paleoclimate modeling for Mars (e.g. global circulation models, hydrologic models).
  • Mars rover operations and science (Kite is a Participating Scientist on the Curiosity rover).
  • Mars data analysis (both orbiters and rovers).
  • Early Mars – geologic proxies for paleoclimate (e.g. paleohydrology).
  • Theoretical modeling for small-radius exoplanets, e.g. abiotic false positives for biosignatures, and James Webb Space Telescope data analysis for hot rocky exoplanets.
  • Terraforming.

For more information about possible projects, please email Edwin Kite (PI):
Graduate students receive full financial support including tuition, health insurance, and a salary. Prospective graduate students should apply through the Department of Geophysical Sciences:

The deadline for applications is 19 December, 2022.

3 PhD positions at the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC)

The Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC) offers 3 PhD positions within the framework of the Maria de Maetzu Program and are available within the three generic research lines:

RL1) The fabric of the Universe: Using multi-disciplinary cosmological probes and gravitational waves to understand what the universe is made of and how it evolves. Research areas include extragalactic astronomy, observational and theoretical cosmology,  quantum and classical gravity, gravitational waves, and more.

RL2) The extreme Universe: Understanding how matter and fields behave in extreme conditions of density and pressure, gravitational or electromagnetic forces. Research areas include theoretical and observation astrophysics of compact objects, the nuclear matter under extreme conditions, astroparticle physics, high-energy astrophysics, and more.

RL3) From star formation to life: Searching for and characterizing extrasolar Earth-like planets, understanding how they form,  and the analogy with our own planetary environment. Research areas include star formation,  stellar physics,  exoplanet science, solar system  (minor objects, planets),  Earth observations, and more.

More information on available projects and instructions on how to apply is available HERE

Deadline for applications is July 4th, 2022.

For inquiries about applications, send an email to

PhD Student in Planetary Science
Kiruna, Sweden

Lulea University of Technology (LTU) is currently looking for enthusiastic PhD students for projects at Kiruna Space Campus. LTU have advertised 3 fully funded positions in Space, Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences. Details can be found at:

Closing date for applications: August 4, 2022

Young Researcher Programme YRP @ Graz

As part of its Young Researcher Programme YRP @ Graz, the Austrian Space Research Institute, the Graz University of Technology, and the University of Graz jointly invite applications for PHD STUDENT POSITIONS in interdisciplinary space science and planetary research with the possibility to work also in the field of space instrumentation. The successful candidates will benefit from joint supervision across at least two research groups of these institutions. The offered PhD projects and further information can be found at

We seek excellent students with a strong background in natural sciences. Successful candidates must hold a Master’s degree in physics, astrophysics, geoscience or equivalent or in engineering with focus on space instrumentation at the latest by the starting date of the position, namely in September 2022, but preferably at the time of application. Previous experience on aspects of astrophysics and related fields and a track record of team work will be important criteria for the selection, as will experience in computational coding.To apply for these positions, please use the following link to the anonymised YRP @ Graz application questionary: LINK.

This form includes questions about scientific skills and the candidate’s master thesis/project, and asks for a statement of interest, a scientific proposal, and a statement regarding research integrity. Please, submit the form no later than July 1, 2022. Inquiries about the YRP @ Graz positions should be directed to Prof Dr Christiane Helling ( or Dr Ruth-Sophie Taubner (

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