June 1, 2018
Subject: Seeking qualified candidate for a postdoctoral research position in geochemistry
The Laboratory for the Chemistry of Construction Materials (LC2) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 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 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 of dissolution of silicate solids and chemical 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 general background, candidates are referred to:
1) 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)
2) Hsiao, Y.H., La Plante, E.C., Krishnan, N.A., Le Pape, Y., Neithalath, N., Bauchy, M. and Sant, G., " Effects of irradiation on albite’s chemical durability", The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 121(41), pp.7835-7845, (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) a fundamental understanding of mineral/glass/rock dissolution 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 an 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