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Post-doctoral researcher
University of California, Los Angeles

Date Posted Jul. 19, 2022
Title Post-doctoral researcher
University University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Department Civil & Environmental Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date September 2022
  • Post-Doc
  • Sustainable Engineering
    Civil Engineering

Subject: Seeking qualified candidate for post-doctoral research position in material characterization and mixture design development of low carbon concretes.


The presence of candidates in the U.S. at the time of applying is favorable.


The Laboratory for the Chemistry of Construction (LC2) Materials in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is seeking a postdoctoral candidate starting on September 1, 2022, or shortly thereafter. Special emphasis is placed on recruiting candidates with a Ph.D. in civil engineering, materials science/engineering, chemical engineering, or other comparable fields, with expertise in characterization of suitability of coal combustion products (e.g., low grade and high grade fly ashes) and mixture design development of low-carbon concrete under accelerated carbonation curing and CO2 mineralization.


The successful candidate will work on designing/proportion mixtures of a transformative low-CO2 footprint concrete, which utilizes an alternative binder system composed of portlandite and coal combustion products (CCPs). Special focus will be placed on characterization and quality control matrix development of CCPs for use in concrete as well as optimizing binder system and carbonation conditions (relative humidity, temperature, and pCO2) to enhance carbonation kinetics while fulfilling performance requirements (e.g., workability, mechanical properties, durability etc.). The familiarity to concrete ASTM standards and ability to qualify suitability of CCPs and extend principles of mixture design of Portland cement concretes to a novel material system are critical. For further details regarding the CO2 mineralization for cementation, applicants are referred to sample publications including:


  1. Mehdipour, I., Falzone, G., La Plante, E C., Simonetti, D., Neithalath, N., Sant, N., "How Microstructure and Pore Moisture Affect Strength Gain in Portlandite-Enriched Composites That Mineralize CO2", ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 7(15), pp. 13053-13061, 2019
  2. Vance, K., Falzone, G., Pignatelli, I., Bauchy, M., Balonis, M., Sant, G., "Direct carbonation of Ca(OH)2 using liquid and supercritical CO2: Implications for carbon-neutral cementation", Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 54(36), pp. 8908-8918, 2015
  3. Wei, Z., Wang, B., Falzone, G., La Plante, E.C., Okoronkwo, M.U., She, Z., Oey, T., Balonis, M., Neithalath, N., Pilon, L., Sant, G., "Clinkering-free cementation by fly ash carbonation", Journal of CO2 Utilization, 23, pp.117-127, 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 concrete mixture design and material characterization, (c) experience in relevant experimental and analytical methods, and (d) an interest in working in a fast-paced, collaborative research environment. The applicant will collaborate with other researchers having expertise in interfacial reaction kinetics, process design and optimization, and microstructure-property relationships.


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 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. Priority is given to candidates who are available in the U.S. at the time of application submission.




Dr. Dale Prentice
Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA


Prof. Gaurav N. Sant
Professor and Henry Samueli Fellow
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Director, Institute for Carbon Management

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  • Dale Prentice
    Civil & Environmental Engineering
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA
  • 3107396353


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