Subject: Seeking qualified candidate for post-doctoral researcher position in the rheology of cementitious suspensions for 3D-printing applications
The Laboratory for the Chemistry of Construction Materials (LC2) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is seeking a candidate for a post-doctoral researcher position starting November 1, 2019. Special emphasis is placed on recruiting candidates with a Ph.D. in materials science/engineering, polymer engineering, civil engineering or a closely related discipline with expertise in the rheological characterization of suspensions (e.g., 3D-printable cementitious suspensions) with a capacity for world-class research that is reflected in a strong publication record.
The successful candidate will develop novel methods for actively controlling the rheological behavior of cementitious suspensions. Particular focus will be placed on assessing and tuning time-dependent rheological behavior, in relation to suspension extrudability, shape stability, and interlayer bonding. Methods for altering interlayer bond will also be studied. For reference, applicants are referred to sample publications including:
1) Okoronkwo, M.U., Falzone, G., Wada, A., Franke, W., Neithalath, N., Sant, G., "Rheology-based protocol to establish admixture compatibility in dense cementitious suspensions," Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 30(7), p.04018122, (2018)
2) Sooraj AO Nair, Hussam Alghamdi, Aashay Arora, Iman Mehdipour, Gaurav Sant, Narayanan Neithalath, "Linking Fresh Paste Microstructure, Rheology and Extrusion Characteristics of Cementitious Binders for 3D Printing", Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 102(7), Pages 3951-3964 (2019)
3) Ketel, S., Falzone, G., Wang, B., Washburn, N., Sant, G., "A printability index for linking slurry rheology to the geometrical attributes of 3D-printed components", Cement and Concrete Composites, 101, pp. 32-43, (2019)
4) Sant, G., Ferraris, C.F., Weiss, J., "Rheological properties of cement pastes: a discussion of structure formation and mechanical property development," Cement and Concrete Research, 38(11), pp.1286-1296, (2018)
For full consideration, the applicant is expected to possess a doctoral degree from a reputable university in a topic of relevance (see above). Interest in working in a fast-paced, collaborative research environment is necessary. Applicants with the most relevant research experience in suspension rheology, particle-polymer interactions, and cement-based materials will be strongly preferred.
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 Ph.D. and undergraduate students, teach courses in relation to expertise (if the 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 in the 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 the following documents (as PDFs) to the contact noted below: (1) a detailed resume, (2) a short personal statement explaining your scientific and research interests, and (3) contact information for three referees in support of your application.
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