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Announcing Call for Applications for Astrobiology Chair at Library of Congress

By Keith Cowing
Library of Congress
September 20, 2013
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Announcing Call for Applications for Astrobiology Chair at Library of Congress

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is now accepting applications for the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology. The deadline is December 1.

Created in collaboration with NASA’s Astrobiology Program, the Astrobiology Chair conducts research into the humanistic and societal implications of astrobiology and the study of life in the universe. As scientific advancements now enable us to assess the possibilities for life in the universe, the implications for our relation to the universe and our conceptions of human life may be profound. Would a universe full of life enhance or detract from the value of life here on earth? The Kluge Center invites scholars and thinkers from the humanities and the sciences to explore the complex societal issues related to how life begins and evolves, and to examine the religious, ethical, legal, cultural and other concerns arising from scientific research on the origin, evolution, and nature of life.

The Astrobiology Chair position is open to scholars in any academic discipline or field–astrobiologists, as well as philosophers, religion scholars, ethicists, historians, scientists and humanists. During the year-long appointment, the Chair lives and works here in Washington, D.C., conducting research and organizing outreach activities to engage the broader academic community and the public. The Chair is provided with an office at The John W. Kluge Center, staff support, and access to the LoC’s unparalleled collections.

The Position: Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology

Who We Want: A leading thinker with distinction in a relevant field (or fields), such as philosophy, religion/theology, ethics, cultural studies, astrobiology, astronomy, planetary science, the history of science, paleontology, Earth and atmospheric sciences, geological sciences, etc.

Where: In the heart of the magnificent Thomas Jefferson Building, in the Library’s central position on Capitol Hill, amid a community of scholars, practitioners and policymakers in Washington, D.C.

Apply today, or go online to learn more: Deadline for applications is December 1. We are hoping that you or members of your community will apply, and that you will share this unique opportunity with your networks via email or social media.

The NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology is a joint project between the NASA Astrobiology Program and The John W. Kluge Center. Learn more at

All the best,

Jason Steinhauer Program Specialist Office of Scholarly Programs Library of Congress

p: 202.707.0213 f: 202.707.3595 e: [email protected]

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