PhD Studentship in Astrobiology Available from 1st October 2023

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Milton Keynes, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 22 Feb 2023

Full Time, 3 Year Studentship available from 1 October 2023

Closing Date :  22 February 2023 - 12:00 Noon

AstrobiologyOU invites applications for the following project:

How to Find Life on Mars: Investigating biological potential and putative biosignature formation

Project Highlights

  • Guaranteed funding from the UK Space Agency.
  • Conduct Mars analogue experiments using state-of-the-art simulation facilities to investigate biosignature formation.
  • Support the Mars2020 mission by evaluating the biological potential of locations within Jezero Crater.

Develop expertise in mineral biosignature formation by combining geochemistry with microbiology.

Further details

The full project description, information about training and eligibility can be found at the following address: PHD STUDENTSHIPS | School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences | School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences (

Students should have a strong background in geochemistry/ mineralogy/planetary science and an interest in microbiology. The successful student will join the well-established AstrobiologyOU (more details will be found here ) and a vibrant postgraduate community at The Open University.

How to apply

Applications should include:

Applications should be sent to  by 12.00pm (noon) on

22nd  February 2023. Interviews will be held week commencing6th March 2023 either in person or remotely via videoconference.

Equal opportunity is University policy

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