Subject: Seeking qualified candidate for post-doctoral research position in geochemistry
The Laboratory for the Chemistry of Construction (LC2) Materials in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is seeking a postdoctoral candidate starting in July 2018 (open until filled). Special emphasis is placed on recruiting candidates with a Ph.D. in geology or the earth and environmental sciences, materials science, chemical engineering or applied chemistry with expertise in low-temperature geochemistry, mineralogy, or geochemical modeling 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 (e.g., see Okoronkwo et al. 2018). Special focus will be placed on the use of geochemical models in assessing the progress of reactions and therefore the candidate should be familiar with the thermodynamics of non-aqueous electrolytes, and developing protocols for model validation.
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), (b) a fundamental understanding of geochemical modeling and mineral-water reactions, and, © an interest in working in a fast-paced, collaborative 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): 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