Research Opportunities 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”, led by Rosaly Lopes at JPL, 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.

Opportunities exist in this area at the University of Hawaii (UH) for:

  • A postdoctoral researcher to develop a proposal for the NASA Astrobiology Postdoctoral Program, to be hosted at HIGP. The next deadlines for this program are November 1 and March 1; more details at

In both cases, individuals are sought who have solid physics/math backgrounds, and interests/expertise in numerical modeling, cryomagmatism, ice physics, Titan and/or other icy satellites.

Please contact Sarah Fagents at [email protected] for more information.