We're hiring: Research Assistant

The Research Assistant will be assisting in a variety of projects related to the development of MapX, a micro-pore optics X-ray spectro-imager designed to image mineral samples in X-ray. This may include data analysis efforts of Map-X images of rock, mineral, and artificial targets.  The Research Assistant will also be working with MapX-III, our prototype instrument at NASA Ames, and participate to the development of image and spectral algorithm software and website.


  • Participate to experiments at SLAC and NASA Ames to characterize future improvements for the MapX instrument.
  • Continue to develop and modify MapX graphical interface software (currently in python)
  • Develop identification and image processing algorithms as stand-alone Python or other code as needed;
  • Assist in preparation of abstracts, presentations, and papers for publication and proposals;
  • Create, modify and update the MapX Consortium web site


  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, computer science, physics or related field;
  • Experience in algorithm development, lab experience with X-ray spectro-imager, and image analysis are desired;
  • Must be proficient in Python, C++, Java, Javascript, Matlab, and website development
  • Experience/interest in geology and planetary science desirable 

Physical Requirements

  • Frequent to continuous sitting and standing;
  • Frequent to continuous use of computer monitor, mouse and keyboard;
  • Frequent use of standard office and lab equipment and sample handling
  • Occasional bending, reaching, kneeling