Graduate Student Opportunity

University of Hawaii, Honolulu
Sep 27, 2018
Oct 27, 2018
Planetary Sciences
Career Level
Student / Graduate
Education Level
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
Sector Type

Graduate Research Opportunity at the University of Hawaii: Fluid Migration in Titan’s Ice Shell

As part of the new NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) project “Habitability of Hydrocarbon Worlds: Titan and Beyond”, we are investigating the mechanisms and pathways by which biosignature-hosting materials might be transported from a habitable ocean environment to the surface, where they could be recognized by remote sensing instruments.  These mechanisms might include cryovolcanism, solid state convection in the ice shell, fracture/fault propagation, and the formation of subsurface fluid reservoirs that might facilitate fluid migration to the surface. See for a more detailed description of the overall project.

An opportunity exists in this area at the University of Hawaii (UH) for a graduate student to pursue their PhD, enrolled through the Department of Earth Sciences (formerly known as Geology and Geophysics;, but hosted within the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP;  The deadline for applying to graduate school at UH is January 15 for Fall 2019 admission; more details at

The desired candidate will have a solid physics, math, or geology/geophysics background, and interests/expertise in numerical modeling, cryomagmatism, ice physics, Titan and/or other icy satellites.

Please contact Sarah Fagents at for more information.