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WANTED: Research doctor in Antarctica

European Space Agency is looking for medical research doctors to spend one year on the ice conducting research into how humans adapt to living in extreme environments – as a stand-in to spaceflight. This is the place to experience total darkness and –80°C. Deadline for application is 20 January 2023

Concordia. Credits: ESA
Concordia. Credits: ESA

The Danish medical doctor Nadja Albertsen was in post for this job in 2019/2020. Check out her blog!

Do you have a medical degree, an interest in space exploration and the fortitude to spend almost a year in isolation Antarctica, the world’s largest desert? Read on!

The job station is the Antarctica Concordia research Station located at the mountain plateau called Dome C. The Concordia research station is one of only three that is inhabited all year long. It is a jointly run by the French Polar Institute IPEV and the Italian National Antarctic Research Program (PNRA).

Between the extreme altitude – 3233 m above sea level means the crew experience chronic hypobaric hypoxia or lack of oxygen in the brain – four months of total darkness during the winter, and temperatures as low as –80°C, the base is fertile ground to research the effects of isolated, confined, and extreme environments on the human body and mind.

For this reason, each year ESA sponsors a medical doctor to oversee biomedical experiments at the base.



Cecilie Tornøe
Tlf.: +45 72 31 82 84
Email: ct@ufm.dk

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Senest opdateret 30. november 2022