PhD Opportunities at Montana State University investigating saline sub-ice systems
Three PhD studentship positions are available, associated with a recently funded NASA Planetary Science and Technology Through Analog Research (PSTAR) project. “Exploration of Saline Cryospheric Habitats with Europa Relevance (ESCHER):
An approach using airborne and submarine semiautonomous systems.”
The ESCHER project is interdisciplinary and led by Principal Investigator Mark Skidmore at Montana State University, with additional co-investigators at Montana State University, University of Texas Institute
for Geophysics and Stone Aerospace. The research approach capitalizes on remote sensing and
in situ sampling technologies in combination with numerical modeling to understand the geophysical, geochemical, and microbiological properties of sub-ice, hypersaline systems in the Canadian Arctic that are hypothesized to be analogs to brine-rich systems
on ocean worlds. See link below to the project abstract.
Interested students are encouraged to contact individual supervisors listed via email, with a CV and a statement indicating how their research interests/expertise/experience align with the research project.
Further information on the Departments at Montana State University can be found at:-