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Post-doctoral researcher - geochemical modeling
The University of California, Los Angeles

Date Posted Jul. 16, 2020
Title Post-doctoral researcher - geochemical modeling
University The University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Department Civil and Environmental Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Material/Metallurgy
    Ecological and Environmental
    Civil Engineering

The Laboratory for the Chemistry of Construction (LC2) Materials in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, headed by Professor G. Sant, is seeking a postdoctoral candidate starting in July 2020, or 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 geochemistry, mineralogy, and/or geochemical modeling with a capacity for world-class research that is reflected in a strong publication record.

The successful candidate will work on understanding the kinetics and thermodynamics of CO2 mineralization under electrochemical stimulation that results in the precipitation of hydrous- and anhydrous mineral carbonate formation in saline waters. Special focus will be placed on the use of analytical methods, unique chemical reactors and geochemical models in establishing and optimizing the conditions of mineral growth. An understanding of chemical engineering concepts and principles, and methods for process modeling is desirable, but not required.

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 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.

Please send your documents to Dr Dale Prentice at, or if you have any inquiries about the position.

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Contact Information

  • Dale Prentice
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    The University of California, Los Angeles
    420 Westwood Plaza
    2517 Boelter Hall,
    Los Angeles, CA 90095
  • 3107396353


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