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News from the Astrobiology Research Group at the Open University

Introducing Professor Schwenzer

Celebrating our new Professor of Planetary Mineralogy, Susanne Schwenzer

We are celebrating a new Professor in EEES. Susanne Schwenzer has recently been promoted to Professor of Planetary Mineralogy.

Susanne has made contributions in research, teaching and public engagement over her impressive career. Here we offer a brief overview of Susanne's contributions.

19th July 2024

Mineralogical Society of America's Distinguished Lecturer Program

Dr Julia SemprichJulia Semprich has been announced as part of the Mineralogical Society of America's Distinguished Lecturer Program

11th July 2024

Congratulations to Dr Geraint (Taff) Morgan

DR Geraint (Taff) MorganCongratualtions to Dr Geraint (Taff) Morgan on his appointment as STEM Research Infrastructure Lead & Director of the Centre for Analytical Solutions. 

11th July 2024

Inaugural International COSPAR Planetary Protection Week April 2024

In April 2024 we hosted the Inaugural International COSPAR (Committee on Space Research) Planetary Protection Week (ICPPW).

11th July 2024

PhD Opportunities

We have two new PhD opportunities
open for applications

13th November 2023

Intern Opportunity at ESTEC

There is a new exciting opportunity
for an intern with the European
Space Agency at ESTEC.

10th November 2023

CALICO: A Future Mission Review at ESA

Geraint (Taff) Morgan and Simon Sheridan
have been discussing the scientific and
resource requirements with ESA.

23rd May 2023

Join our team as a PDRA - CLOSED

We have a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Planetary Geochemistry) position available for applications:

The Role

9th February 2023

PhD studentships now OPEN for applications

******Applications now CLOSED*******


The projects below have been previously open for applications:


These CENTA funded PhD were being offered in the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences:

OU3 - Tracing the dispersal of extremophiles within geothermal aerosols in Iceland  

1st November 2022

Senior Fellow Position **Closed to Applications**

An exciting opportunity to join our team as a Senior Fellow is now **closed to applications**

The post holder will undertake a self-directed research programme that will sit within the remit of AstrobiologyOU’s research and will result in significant outputs and impact. Their programme will demonstrate effective use of AstrobiologyOU’s and the Open University’s laboratory facilities. The post-holder will be expected to generate income through research grants and/or collaboration with industry.

Closing date: 12th October - 12:00pm (midday)

20th September 2022

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