Location: The Mechanics and Energy Lab (MEL) within the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University, directed by Prof. Alessandro F. Rotta Loria, develops theoretical and experimental studies to unravel the impact of energy transfers on the structure, properties, and behavior of geological materials. The goal of this basic research is to underpin novel techniques and technologies that can disrupt the sustainability and resilience of built environments via novel interactions with soils, rocks, concrete, and systems thereof.
Position: The MEL is seeking a post-doctoral fellow to work on a highly multidisciplinary project located at the intersection of electrochemistry and mechanics of materials. The selected candidate will join an ongoing research program addressing the effects of electric stimulations on the structure, properties and behavior of geological materials. Specifically, this project will focus on the influence of electrodeposition on the physics and chemistry of concrete – a subject that has significant potential to yield breakthroughs for the environmental sustainability of this material and the concrete industry at large. The project will predominantly involve multiscale experimental laboratory investigations, but it will also include theoretical analyses of the considered subject.
Candidate: To be considered for this position, a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in electrochemistry, chemistry, mechanics, materials science, civil and environmental engineering or other related fields is required. Applicants nearing completion of their Ph.D. are encouraged to apply. A strong expertise or interest in the chemistry and physics of geological materials under complex environmental conditions will be valued for this position. Independent research skills, teamwork capabilities, excellent communication skills, and commitment are desired. The selected candidate will be expected to proactively develop the research foreseen for this position.
Conditions: This full-time position is for a duration of 1 year, starting as soon as possible from January 1, 2022, with the possibility to be extended after this period. Cutting-edge research facilities and a competitive salary are offered for this position. Northwestern University is characterized by a highly international and inclusive environment, which is full of training and development opportunities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the mission of Northwestern are most welcome.
Contact: Please contact Prof. Alessandro F. Rotta Loria (af-rottaloria(at)northwestern.edu) for more information about this position and the MEL. This call closes on January 1, 2022. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible by sending as a single PDF: (i) a 1-page cover letter, (ii) a curriculum vitae with their publications list, (iii) contact information of two references, and (iv) two representative publications.