Subject: Seeking qualified post-doctoral candidate to undertake research in zeolite synthesis at sub-boiling temperatures in alkaline environments
The Laboratory for the Chemistry of Construction Materials (LC2) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is seeking a postdoctoral candidate starting October 2018 (or earlier, open until filled). Special emphasis is placed on recruiting candidates with a Ph.D. in earth and environmental sciences, geology, materials science, chemical engineering or applied chemistry with expertise in inorganic materials synthesis and low-temperature geochemistry, and a capacity for world-class research that is reflected in a strong publication record.
The successful candidate will work on investigating the kinetics and thermodynamics of zeolite crystallization (nucleation and growth) from aluminosilicate precursors in complex alkaline environments. Special focus will be placed on understanding the range of solution conditions (composition, pH, temperature) over which zeolites can form, across a range of compositions, and the mechanisms of crystallization processes using appropriate geochemical techniques and synthesis methods. For general background, candidates are referred to:
1) Gomez‐Zamorano, L., Balonis, M., Erdemli, B., Neithalath, N. and Sant, G., ‘C-(N)-S-H and N-A-S-H gels: Compositions and solubility data at 25°C and 50°C’, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 100(6), pp.2700-2711, (2017)
2) Oey, T., Kumar, A., Pignatelli, I., Yu, Y., Neithalath, N., Bullard, J. W., Bauchy, M., and Sant, G., "Topological controls on the dissolution kinetics of glassy aluminosilicates", Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 100(12), 5521-5527, (2017)
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) extensive knowledge of the current state-of-the-art in zeolite chemistry and suitable experience in inorganic synthesis, © a fundamental understanding of mineral/glass/rock dissolution behaviors in aqueous media, (d) prior experience with geochemical modeling, e.g., based on the Law of Mass Action (LMA) or Gibbs Energy Minimization (GEM) methods, and (e) 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 an opportunity arises), and fulfill project administration functions. The candidate is expected to meet programmed project goals, and 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/research interests and contact information for three referees in support of your application.
Prof. Gaurav N. Sant
Associate Professor and Henry Samueli Fellow
Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering and the California Nanosystems Institute
University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Director, Institute for Carbon Management