Planetary geoscience at the University of Chicago
Solar System and Exoplanet Habitability
Opportunities for graduate students and postdocs

"Equipped with our five senses, we explore the universe around us and call the adventure Science."

The research group formed in January 2015. As of August 2016, the group consists of four people (full time), with three joining in the next six months.

As of August 2016 I do not have full funding for additional postdocs. Prospective planetary geoscience postdocs may apply for our Department fellowship, the Chamberlin - please discuss your project with me to get feedback on your application. Graduate student inquiries are welcome at any time.

Graduate students
Inquiries from prospective graduate students are very welcome. Prospective graduate students should apply through the Department of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago.

Examples of possible projects are listed here, but other project ideas are welcome. Research will be directed towards understanding the processes that sustain habitable planets.
Areas of particular interest:
Early Mars - geologic proxies for paleoclimate (geology, stratigraphy, paleohydrology, geomorphology), climate modeling;
Rocky exoplanets;
Europa and Enceladus.

I am looking for postdocs with interests in the following two areas:

  • reconstructing Early Mars climate using quantitative landscape evolution modeling / geomorphology; people with a background in terrestrial landscape-evolution modeling are encouraged to apply.

  • Mars atmospheric modeling, for example running and analyzing MRAMS and LMD GCM models with the purpose of getting some predictive understanding of wind erosion patterns on modern and ancient Mars.
We offer a generous salary and excellent benefits; start date is flexible. For more information about postdoctoral work, please email Edwin Kite (PI),

In your application, please include a statement of research interests, a CV, and the contact details of two or three referees.

Planetary science research at the University of Chicago:
Abbot group (climate theory)
Bean group (exoplanet observations)
Campbell group (planetary interiors)
Ciesla group (formation and early evolution of planetary systems)
Dauphas group (origins/cosmochemistry)
Davis group (stardust)
Fabrycky group (orbital dynamics, planet formation and dynamical evolution)
Rogers group (forms mid-2016) (small-radius exoplanets)
Grossman group (cosmochemistry)
Konigl group (exoplanets)
Heck group (meteoritics, Field Museum / U. Chicago).