Planetary Science by Space Missions


Dr. Nozair KhawajaPortrait Khawaja 200x155px



Institut für Geowissenschaften

Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Im Neuenheimer Feld 236

D-69120 Heidelberg

Raum: 510
+49 6221 54-4941
+49 6221 54-4805 (Sekretariat)


Research interests

  • Astrobiology-Icy satellites & Comets

  • Planetary space missions

  • Cosmic dust

  • Mass spectrometry




Doctoral thesis: Organic compounds in Saturn’s E-ring and its compositional profile in the vicinity of Rhea at the Inst. of Earth Sciences, Heidelberg University, Germany. (Advisor: PD Dr. Frank Postberg)


Master in science with major in astronomy at University of Turku, Finland. Master’s thesis: On the calibration of the COSIMA in-situ experiment on-board ESA Rosetta space station towards the comet 67P/CG.


Current Position

  • Postdoc researcher



  • N. Khawaja (2016) Organic compounds in Saturn’s E-ring and its compositional profile in the vicinity of Rhea. PhD Dissertation (2016) Heidelberg University, Germany.

  • N. Altobelli, F. Postberg, K. Fiege, M. Trieloff, H. Kimura, V. J. Sterken, H.-W. Hsu,J. Hillier, N. Khawaja, G. Moragas-Klostermeyer, J. Blum, M. Burton, R. Srama, S. Kempf, E. Gruen. (2016) Flux and composition of interstellar dust at Saturn from Cassini’s Cosmic Dust Analyzer. Science (2016).

  • N. Khawaja , F. Postberg , J. Schmidt. (2017) The Compositional Profile of the Enceladian Ice Plume from the Latest Cassini Flybys. LPSC XLVIII (2017), Texas USA.

  • F. Postberg, N. Khawaja, S. Kempf, J.H. Waite, C. Glein, H.W. Hsu, R. Srama. (2017) Complex Organic Macromolecular Compounds in Ice Grains from Enceladus. LPSC XLVIII (2017), Texas USA.

  • Nozair Khawaja, Frank Postberg, Jürgen Schmidt, (2017) On the compositional profile of Enceladus’ ice plume from the latest Cassini flybys. Conference on Ices in the Solar System ESAC Madrid, Spain.

  • Khawaja, N., Postberg, F., Reviol, R., Klenner, F., Nölle, L. & Srama, R. (2015) Organic compounds from Enceladus’ sub-surface ocean as seen by CDA. European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC), October 2015, Nantes, France.

  • Khawaja, N., Postberg, F., Reviol, R., Nölle, L., Klenner, F. & Srama, R. (2015) Identification of Organics in Ice Grains from Enceladus. AGU Fall Meeting, December 2015, San Francisco, USA.

  • Postberg, F., Khawaja, N., Reviol, R., Nölle, L., Klenner, F., Hsu, H.-W. & Horanyi, M. (2015) On Organic Material in E Ring Ice Grains (Invited). AGU Fall Meeting, December 2015, San Francisco, USA.

  • Postberg, F.; Khawaja, N.; Kempf, S.; Waite, J. H.; Glein, C.; Hsu, H.W.; Srama, R. (2015) Refractory Organic Compounds in Enceladus' Ice Grains and Hydrothermal Activity. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2015, San Francisco, USA.

  • Srama, R., Postberg, F., Henkel, H., Li, Y., Reviol, R., Khawaja, N., Klenner, F., Moragas-Klostermeyer, G., Nölle, L., Soja, R., Sternovsky, Z., Kempf, S. & Trieloff, M. (2015) ENIJA: Search for life with a high-resolution TOF-MS for in situ compositional analysis of nano- and micron-sized dust particles. EGU2015-13456, April 2015, Vienna, Austria.

  • Khawaja, Nozair; Postberg, Frank; Reviol, Rene; Srama, Ralf. (2015) Characterization of signatures from organic compounds in CDA mass spectra of ice particles in Saturn's E-ring. EGU General Assembly 2015, held 12-17 April, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. id.12799.

  • Khawaja, N.; Postberg, F.; Schmidt, J. (2014) Compositional differentiation of Enceladus' plume. European Planetary Science Congress Portugal 2014, EPSC Abstracts, Vol. 9, id. EPSC2014-446.


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