Clay Mineral Surface Geochemistry

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Postdoctoral Position
Job Institution: 
Princeton University
Job Description: 

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University seeks outstanding candidates for one or more postdoctoral (or more senior) research position investigating the nanogeochemistry of clay-water systems.  Successful candidate(s) will take the lead in applying molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to investigate the fundamental properties of argillaceous media (soils, sedimentary rocks). Possible topics include the couplings between aqueous chemistry and clay swelling pressure; the aggregation of clay particles and its impact on rheology and permeability; the adsorption of organic contaminants and/or cesium on clay surfaces; and the mechanics of three-phase systems including clay, water, and non-wetting fluids (e.g., CO2).  Candidates must be interested in working collaboratively with other research staff and graduate students within the team and, also, in working with experimentalists to take advantage of the synergies between atomistic simulations and cutting-edge experimental techniques.

 The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in a relevant science or engineering field, experience in MD or Monte Carlo simulations, experience in clay mineral surface geochemistry, good interpersonal skills, and advanced proficiency in communicating scientific findings in peer-reviewed journals and at professional meetings.  Desirable qualifications include experience in programming and in experimental investigations of the nano-geochemistry and microstructure of fine-grained media (e.g., x-ray and neutron diffraction, X-ray diffraction, FTIR spectroscopy).

 Initial term of appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal based on satisfactory performance and funding. Applications must be submitted by November 20, 2016. The start date will be between March and September 2017.

 Interested applicants must submit an application online at requisition number 1600929.  Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vita and list of publications, a statement of research experience and interests, and contact information (address, email and telephone) of three referees.

 Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  This position is subject to the University's background check policy.