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Job ID: 156997

PhD Position
University of Connecticut

Date Posted Apr. 6, 2021
Title PhD Position
University University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT, United States
Department Civil & Environmental Engineering More About This Department...
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date August 2021
  • Graduate Student
  • Geotechnical
    Civil Engineering

It is a pleasure to announce that an open position for PhD research is available in our group at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut. Please send your application material directly to
Timeline: Begin Fall 2021.

Scope of work: The candidate will have research responsibilities associated with the project entitled "Development of a Risk Assessment Framework for Pyrrhotite-Induced Concrete Deterioration".

Research Responsibilities:

  • Conduct comprehensive literature review related to internal sulfate attack and iron-sulfide bearing aggregates and publish a state-of-the art report including an executive summary
  • Working with engineers to collect samples of compromised concrete
  • Prepare controlled pyrrhotite samples under laboratory conditions
  • Develop a validated protocol for pyrrhotite quantification in concrete
  • Verify the protocol under standardized conditions in the laboratory
  • Verify the protocol with other complementary investigation methods
  • Networking with standardizing agencies such as ACI, NIST, ASTM to initiate the development of a standard for testing pyrrhotite levels in concrete or aggregates
  • Investigating the long-term effect of pyrrhotite oxidation on low density concrete under lab and field conditions
  • Describe and summarize project related information in presentations, interim reports and final report

Minimum Qualification:

  • Bachelor degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering or related field.
  • Experience in concrete design, mechanical and durability material characterization

Preferred Qualification:

  • Knowledge in cement chemistry and sulfate attack
  • Experience with methods of microstructural investigation
  • Experience in journal paper writing

Application Material:
- Cover letter including statement of interest
- CV with publication record

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • Kay Wille
    Civil & Environmental Engineering
    University of Connecticut
    261 Glenbrook Rd
    Storrs, CT 06269
  • 8606172271


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