Mars Research Assistant

Chicago, Illinois
Sep 12, 2018
Oct 12, 2018
Planetary Sciences
Education Level
Associates Degree
Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
Sector Type

Job Summary:

The Mars Research Assistant will work in the Planetary Science research group led by Edwin Kite in the University of Chicago's Department of Geophysical Sciences. The central objective of the research group is understand the history of Martian habitability. This is a one-year position with possible renewal beyond the first year. Salary will be commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate. Applications received before 15/10/2018 will receive full consideration. A start date in the range 12/1/2018 - 3/1/2019 is preferred. Later start dates may be negotiated.


  • To collect, analyze and validate geologic data using ArcGIS (with a combination of manual, semi-automated, and machine learning tools).
  • To use an existing pipeline to generate, evaluate and analyze planetary digital terrain models that incorporate stereo data.
  • Depending on the preferences and background of the successful candidate, additional responsibilities may include supervising and training students in GIS, or carrying out independent research projects.  

Additional Requirements​​ Education, Experience, or Certifications:


  • High school diploma required, undergraduate degree in a relevant field is preferred .  


  • Prior experience, ability and agility with command-line computing environments and with a commonly-used scientific programming language (e.g. MATLAB or Python) required.
  • ArcGIS experience is strongly preferred A background in planetary science, and/or experience with stereo DTM generation preferred.  

Required Documents:

  • Resume Cover Letter References

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

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