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 email@example.com.
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".
- 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
- Bachelor degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering or related field.
- Experience in concrete design, mechanical and durability material characterization
- Knowledge in cement chemistry and sulfate attack
- Experience with methods of microstructural investigation
- Experience in journal paper writing
- Cover letter including statement of interest
- CV with publication record