March 1, 2019
Subject: Seeking qualified candidate for post-doctoral research position in geochemical modeling
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, geochemistry, materials science, or chemical engineering with expertise in geochemical modeling of 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 interaction of concentrated saline brines with aluminosilicate solids, including detailed calculations of reactant and product mass balances, porosity evolution, and reaction evolution. Special focus will be placed on the application of geochemical modeling on predicting progress of reactions (e.g., dissolution and precipitation of relevant silicate phases) and therefore the candidate should be familiar with the thermodynamics of non-aqueous electrolytes, and developing protocols for model validation. For a general background, candidates are referred to:
Okoronkwo, M.U., Balonis, M., Katz, L., Juenger, M., Sant, G., "A thermodynamics-based approach for examining the suitability of cementitious formulations for solidifying and stabilizing coal-combustion wastes", Journal of Environmental Management, 217, pp.278-287, (2018)
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, © prior experience with geochemical modeling, e.g., based on the Law of Mass Action (LMA) or Gibbs Energy Minimization (GEM) methods, and (d) 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