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Post doctoral researcher - concrete alkali silica reaction
University of California, Los Angeles

Date Posted Aug. 5, 2022
Title Post doctoral researcher - concrete alkali silica reaction
University University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Department Civil & Environmental Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Oct. 1, 2022
  • Post-Doc
  • Sustainable Engineering
    Ecological and Environmental
    Civil Engineering

Subject: Seeking qualified candidate for post-doctoral research position in material and analysis of concretes undergoing alkali-silica reaction.


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 October 1st, 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 regarding the alkali-silica reaction (ASR) in concretes.


The successful candidate will work on assessing the impact of chemical additives to offset the ASR of aggregates, and concrete/mortar mixtures. Special focus will be placed on material characterization and understanding the mechanisms for controlling the effect of ASR. Understanding the ASR mechanism and combination with cement hydration is vital for determining the effect of the chemical admixtures and how dosage and selection may effect the concrete. Familiarity with ASTM codes specific to ASR testing such as C 289, C 227, C 1260 and C 1293 and other concrete standards for various strength testing are essential to critically assess the impact of the chemical admixtures tested. The objective of this work is to establish guidelines for chemical admixture usage that will prevent ASR damage in concretes.


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 alkali-silica reaction 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.


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Contact Information

  • Dale Prentice
    Civil & Environmental Engineering
    University of California, Los Angeles
    420 Westwood Plaza,
    Los Angeles, CA 90025
  • 3107396353


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