M.Sc. in Biophysics
PhD Student | Project Habitat-OASIS
China Scholarship Council Program of the Freie Universität Berlin (FUB-CSC Program)
• 11/2016 - 09/2018
PhD Student in the research group of Planetary Science by Space Missions at the Institute of Earth Sciences, Heidelberg University, Germany
• 09/2015 - 10/2016
PhD student for Marine Geology at Sanya Institute of Deep-Sea Science and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences
• 06/2015 - 08/2015
Technician at Sanya Institute of Deep-Sea Science and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Science
• 03/2014 - 09/2014
Technician at Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics (WIPM), Chinese Academy of Sciences
• 10/2013 - 12/2013
Visiting student project: Study the pigmented atmospheric microbes living on the atmosphere of exoplanets at the Department of Bioscience and Stellar Astrophysics Centre, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, Denmark
• 2010 - 2013
Master of Science in Biophysics at the Biophysics and Biomedical engineering Laboratory, Shaanxi Normal University, China
• 04/2008 - 08/2008
Technician Hubei Xingfa Chemical Group Co.Ltd, China
• 2008 - 2010
Engineer at Beijing Choice Electronic Technology Co.Ltd, China
• 2003 - 2007
Bachelor of Engineering in Automation at South-Central University for Nationalities, China
Topic of Dissertation:
The habitability of Saturn’s icy-moon Enceladus
• Astrobiology-Habitability of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus
Dannenmann, M., Klenner, F., Hillier, J., Khawaja, N., Zou, Z. and Postberg, F. (2020) Analogue experiments for the detection of microorganisms on Enceladus and Europa, EPSC Abstracts Vol.14, EPSC2020-793.
Zou, Z., Postberg, F. Hillier, J. Khawaja, N., Klenner, F., Nölle, L. (2020) Compositional heterogeneity amongst salt-rich grains emitted from Enceladus' subsurface ocean. 22nd EGU General Assembly, held online 4-8 May, 2020, id. 18970.
Khawaja, N., F. Postberg, J. Hillier, F. Klenner, S. Kempf, L. Nölle, R. Reviol, Z. Zou, and R. Srama (2019), Low-mass nitrogen-, oxygen-bearing, and aromatic compounds in Enceladean ice grains, MNRAS, 489(4), 5231–5243, doi:10.1093/mnras/stz2280.
Khawaja, N., F. Postberg, J. Hillier, F. Klenner, S. Kempf, L. Nölle, R. Reviol, Z. Zou, and R. Srama (2019), Detection of low mass amines, carbonyls and aromatics from within Enceladus – suitable precursors for biologically-relevant hydrothermal synthesis, in AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, P24A-06.
Nölle, L., F. Postberg, N. Khawaja, J. Hillier, Z. Zou, S. Hsu, T. Albin, and R. Srama (2019), Chemical ‘aging’ of icy dust grains in Saturn’s E-ring, in EPSC Abstracts Vol. 13, EPSC-DPS2019-468.