Planetary geoscience at the University of Chicago
New research group starting Jan 2015

Funding has been secured to hire a planetary GIS / data specialist, one or more postdocs, and graduate students.
I am especially interested in prospective postdocs who are interested in reconstructing Early Mars climate using geomorphology or climate models; people with a background in terrestrial paleoclimate, physics, astrophysics, atmospheric science or planetary science are encouraged to apply.
We offer a generous salary and excellent benefits; start date is flexible.
For more information about postdoctoral work, please email Edwin Kite (PI),

As of Jan 2015, an offer has been made and accepted for one postdoc position. I am still interested in hearing from prospective additional postdocs. In your application, please include a statement of research interests, a CV, and the contact details of two or three referees.

Inquiries from prospective gradaute students are welcome at any time. 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.

[As of Aug 2014, an offer has been made and accepted for the planetary GIS / data specialist position.]

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)
Grossman group (cosmochemistry)
Konigl group (exoplanets)
Pierrehumbert group (physics of planetary climate).
Philipp Heck (meteoritics, Field Museum / U. Chicago). web counter