Subject: Seeking qualified candidate for post-doctoral research position in low-temperature geochemistry with focus on carbonation process
The Laboratory for the Chemistry of Construction (LC2) Materials in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is seeking a postdoctoral candidate starting as soon as possible. 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 carbonation kinetics of alkaline solids such as calcium hydroxide (Ca(OH2)) and coal combustion products (CCPs) in the form of particulates and monoliths with a capacity for world-class research that is reflected in a strong publication record.
The successful candidate will work to develop methods and guidelines to link particle composition of Ca(OH)2 and CCPs (e.g., low-grade and high-grade fly ashes) and carbonation processing conditions (relative humidity, temperature, and pCO2) to CO2 uptake with main focus on identifying pathways to enhance carbonation kinetics. This will be extended to investigate the effects of microstructural parameters (e.g., porosity) on carbonation kinetics by scaling from particulates to monoliths. Subsequent investigations of the geometric scaling effect on carbonation kinetics of monoliths will be required. Expertise in material characterizations is required to develop selection criteria for determining suitability of CCPs with respect to CO2 uptake and reactivity.
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 carbonate-mineral formation processes at ambient (p,T) conditions, and methods for analyzing the kinetics and thermodynamics of such processes, © experience in other relevant experimental and analytical methods, and (d) 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 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 the registered contacts: 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.