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Post-doctoral researcher - Complex Fluid Rheology
University of California, Los Angeles

  • Apr. 4, 2017
  • Post-doctoral researcher - Complex Fluid Rheology
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
  • Open until filled
  • Jul. 1, 2017
  • Post-Doc
  • Physics - Condensed Matter/Low Temperature
    Physics - General
    Materials Sciences/Polymer Sciences
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The Laboratory for the Chemistry of Construction (LC2) Materials in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is seeking a postdoctoral candidate starting July 1, 2017. Special emphasis is placed on recruiting candidates with a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, materials science, soft matter physics, or other similar fields, with expertise in the rheology of complex fluids, in particular, colloidal suspensions, with a capacity for world-class research that is reflected in a strong publication record.

The successful candidates will experimentally investigate coagulation/gelation/jamming kinetics of suspensions containing organic additives, and evaluate the effects of particle shape/size, and molecular conformation on suspension rheology, under varying temperature/pressure conditions. Special focus will be placed on detailed evaluation of particle-solution, and interparticle interactions and developing combined experimental and modeling approaches. Relevant competence and expertise in oscillatory rheometry, and electrokinetic (e.g., zeta potential) and interfacial characterization (e.g., by AFM) is advantageous.

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), (b) a fundamental understanding of the physics/chemistry underlying the rheological behavior of suspensions, and © an interest in working in a fast-paced, collaborative research environment. The applicant will collaborate with other researchers having expertise in interfacial reaction processes.

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 be capable of responding to aggressive 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 the contact 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
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
420 Westwood Plaza, 5731-J Boelter Hall
University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095

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


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