NASA Search for Life Science Analysis Group (SFL-SAG) Seeks Members

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
June 7, 2024
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NASA Search for Life Science Analysis Group (SFL-SAG) Seeks Members

The Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) and the NASA Astrobiology program have chartered the Search for Life Science Analysis Group (SFL-SAG).

The purpose of the SFL-SAG is to refine the recommendation for a ‘Search for Life’ mission in the 2023-2032 Planetary Science Decadal Survey by narrowing down the type of environment to which the SFL mission will be delivered, identifying the specific science and technology needs for a mission to that location, and identifying those mission elements that will offer the most conclusive answers, for a mission of this class, to the question of ‘Are we alone?’.

The SFL-SAG charter contains further details about the purpose, scope, approach and deliverables of the SAG.

Applications are encouraged from candidates whose primary expertise is not based in Mars research, and applicants from all career levels.

To maximize the value of the SAG’s final report, the chartering organizations are seeking representation across a broad range of scientific and technical fields, including, but not limited to:

  • Astrobiology and origin of life
  • Geology (geochemistry, geobiology)
  • Biology (biochemistry, microbiology)
  • Chemistry (organic chemistry, prebiotic chemistry)
  • Climate and atmospheric science
  • Planetary protection
  • Technology (robotics, landed and mobility systems, instrumentation, life detection, subsurface access, mission architecture and operations)

Self-nominations for participation on SFL-SAG are being solicited through June 26, 2024, with selections occurring soon thereafter. The anticipated period of SAG activities will be July 2024-March 2025. Applicants should anticipate a regular meeting cadence during this period, with meetings done chiefly by Microsoft Teams or Zoom, and communications by email.


Applications should be uploaded at the Google Form link in PDF or DOC file format by 5pm PDT on June 26, 2024

Applicants are asked to submit their CV of no more than 2 pages, and a cover letter of no more than 2 pages (as a single, combined document), indicating interest in SFL-SAG participation, and touching upon those evaluation elements listed in the SFL-SAG Charter under ‘Methods/SAG Member Selection’ and listed on the application website. As we seek a balance of experiences and expertise, selection to the SAG does not require knowledge of, or experience in, all evaluation elements.

If you have questions, or difficulty uploading your application, please contact Jonathan Bapst at [email protected].


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