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Post-doctoral research position in silicate dissolution and precipitation kinetics
University of California, Los Angeles

Date Posted Mar. 5, 2019
Title Post-doctoral research position in silicate dissolution and precipitation kinetics
University University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Department Civil & Environmental Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date May 1, 2019
  • Post-Doc
  • Materials Sciences/Polymer Sciences
    Geology - Geochemistry
    Earth Sciences
    Chemistry - Physical
    Chemistry - Inorganic

March 1, 2019

Subject: Seeking qualified candidate for post-doctoral research position in silicate dissolution and precipitation kinetics

The Laboratory for the Chemistry of Construction (LC2) Materials in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is seeking a postdoctoral candidate starting May 1, 2019. Special emphasis is placed on recruiting candidates with a Ph.D. in chemistry, materials science, geochemistry, or chemical engineering with expertise in low-temperature aqueous mineral/glass reactions with a capacity for world-class research that is reflected in a strong publication record.

The successful candidate will work on understanding the kinetics of dissolution of silicate solids and acoustic pathways to control and affect their reactivity, particularly in complex alkaline environments. Special focus will be placed on understanding the mechanisms of dissolution and processes using appropriate geochemical techniques and methods. For a general background, candidates are referred to:

Wei, Z., Hsiao, Y.H., Chen, X., La Plante, E.C., Mehdipour, I., Simonetti, D., Neithalath, N., Pilon, L., Bauchy, M., Israelachvili, J. and Sant, G., 2018. Isothermal Stimulation of Mineral Dissolution Processes by Acoustic Perturbation. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 122(50), pp.28665-28673.

For full-consideration, the applicant should possess the following qualifications: (a) a Ph.D. degree from a reputable university in a topic of relevance (see above) and an interest in pursuing a research career, (b) a fundamental understanding of mineral/glass/rock dissolution and precipitation behaviors in aqueous media, and © an interest in working in a fast-paced, collaborative research environment.

Applicants with relevant experience will be given special preference. The successful candidate will be expected to take personal initiative to structure tasks to meet project functions and author novel publications. The candidate will also be expected to mentor students, teach courses in relation to expertise (if opportunity arises), fulfill project administration functions and assist in proposal development. The candidate is expected to meet programmed project goals, and can respond to deliverable timelines as are typical in "academia-industry" collaborative research.

All positions are programmed for a 1-year duration, but can be extended by mutual agreement. If you meet the above requirements and are interested in this position, please provide (as PDFs) to both contacts noted below: a detailed resume, a short personal statement explaining your scientific and research interests and contact information for three referees in support of your application.


Prof. Gaurav N. Sant
Associate Professor and Henry Samueli Fellow
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Director, Institute for Carbon Management

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Contact Information

  • Gaurav Sant
    Civil & Environmental Engineering
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA


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