Since a few years, ESA has been cooperating with the French Polar Institute (Institute Paul Emile Victor, IPEV) and the Italian Antarctic Programme (Programma Nazionale di Ricerche in Antartide, PNRA) on some activities at the Antarctic station Concordia. 

Main motivation for this cooperation is that the characteristics of Concordia station make it a very interesting analogue for future human space exploration missions (isolation, confinement, autonomy requirement, limited resources etc.).

Examples of this cooperation include a common research announcement for medical and psychological research, the adaptation of technologies for grey water recycling, which ESA developed for spacecraft life support systems, to Concordia (where such a recycling unit is operating since March 2005), long-term medical, psychological and microbial monitoring etc.

In order to support the implementation of these activities, ESA is looking for candidates with a medical background, to fill one position in the next Concordia winter- over crew (leaving end 2014).

Issued on 16 April 2014

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