Imperial College London: Research Associate in Planetary Surface Processes

Imperial College London
Department of Earth Science and Engineering
Research Associate in Planetary Surface Processes
Fixed term appointment for up to 11months
Salary range £33,410 – £42,380 per annum*
Maximum starting salary on appointment is £38,100 per annum – appointments are ormally made at the bottom of the salary scale

Applications are invited for a Research Associate in Planetary Surface Processes ith a focus on candidates with experience in field-based clastic sedimentology and tratigraphy and/or analysis of Mars rover-derived geological datasets. The project is unded by the European Union Framework 7 Space Science Programme within the RoViDE (Planetary Robotics Vision Data Exploitation; project.

The position is based at the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London, but involves collaboration with multiple institutes. The position is a fixed term appointment available for up to 11 months and is available to start as soon as possible.

The PRoViDE FP7 project is assembling a major portion of the imaging data gathered so far from planetary surface robots into a unique database, bringing them into a spatial context and providing access to a complete set of 3D vision products.The focus of this project is to conduct geological analysis of several use cases utilizing PRoViDE. We require a researcher with either field-based terrestrial geological experience or rover-based analysis experience to work with the PRoViDE team in exploring and helping to streamline tools developed by PRoViDE for geological analysis of planetary surface datasets, and to conduct scientific studies of use case examples. The Research Associate will characterize the geology of use case study sites employing a combination of orbital image and rover-derived Image analysis, and employing novel web-GIS and visualization systems. The successful candidate will have a background in planetary or earth surface processes, planetary geology, sedimentology and stratigraphy. Skills in geographic information systems and satellite image analysis are prerequisite. A PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant subject is required. Geological field experience particularly in sedimentology and stratigraphy will be advantageous. Experience in analysis of orbital or rover-derived imagery is also of value.

You will work in the Earth & Planets Section of the Department of Earth Science and Engineering. The work will be carried out in collaboration with expertise in robotics, imaging, web-GIS development and visualization.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Sanjeev Gupta,

This post will be based at the South Kensington Campus. Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please go below or go to

Select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed quoting reference number EN20140378FH.

Further information is also available on the job description. Further guidance may be sought from Mrs Darakshan Khan

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £29,350 – £32,520 per annum

Closing Date: 30 November 2014

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