We offer a research assistant position within the project OREOcube-Exocube in the “Experimental Biophysics and Space Sciences” group of Dr. A. Elsaesser in the Physics Department of Freie Universität Berlin. OREOcube-Exocube is an exposure platform for the International Space Station and will allow for the study of the effects of the space environment on samples ranging from simple organic molecules and so-called biomarkers to unicellular organisms and their components. UV-Vis and infrared spectroscopy will be the main tools to monitor radiation damage and photochemical reactions of organic molecules, while additional samples can be monitored via colourimetric and fluorescence measurements. The work on the project entails the opportunity to earn a PhD degree at the Freie Universität Berlin.
We are looking for highly motivated candidates with an interest in interdisciplinary research in the fields of biophysics, astrochemistry, astrobiology and space sciences. A solid background in physics or chemistry is of advantage. Main tasks will involve the preparation and characterisation of samples for the OREOcube-Exocube platform, exposure to simulated solar radiation and sample characterisation via spectroscopic and other methods. The candidate will be involved in current collaborations with the German Space Agency (DLR), the European Space and Technology Centre (ESTEC/ESA) and NASA Ames Research Center.
Master degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Chemistry, Biology or related disciplines.
- Ability, interest and experience to work in an interdisciplinary research field
- Very good English language skills
- Strong motivation, ability to work independently as well as in a team
- Experience with spectroscopic and microscopic methods
All application (including CV, record of academic degrees, a letter of motivation and research interests, and a reference letter) quoting the reference code should be addressed as an e-mail to Dr. Andreas Elsäßer: email@example.com or postal to
Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Experimentalphysik
Herrn Dr. Andreas Elsäßer
14195 Berlin (Dahlem)