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Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.

For a research project on alternative supplementary cementitious materials the Laboratory for Concrete and Asphalt is looking for a highly motivated

PostDoc in the field of cementitious construction materials
The topic of the 3 years project is the study of the reactivity, hydration mechanisms and properties of mineral binders incorporating alternative supplementary cementitious materials.

The main objectives of this study include (i) sourcing and characterization of locally available, alternative supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs), (ii) exploring the reactivity and the hydration mechanism of alternative SCMs in blends with Portland cements and in cement-free systems by experiments and thermodynamic modelling, (iii) identifying admixtures to enhance the reactivity of alternative SCMs, and (iv) studying mechanical properties, volume changes and durability of mortars based on the new cementitious binders.
We are looking for a creative and innovative person, with a PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science, Earth Sciences, Civil Engineering or related fields. You have good experience with X-ray diffraction analysis, thermogravimetry, scanning electron microscopy, vibrational spectroscopy, analysis of aqueous solutions, geochemical modelling and the knowledge of cement hydration as well as a strong background in materials science. Good skills in design and operation of experimental setups are an advantage. Excellent communication and writing skills in English are mandatory, good German language skills are desirable. If you are a motivated researcher who likes to work in an international, interdisciplinary environment, then you are the person we are looking for.

Our institution is based on an interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic collaboration. You will profit from a systematic training on the job, our personal development possibilities and our pronounced vocational training culture. We are able to support you with our modern employment conditions and the on-site infrastructure. The position is initially limited to 2 years with possibility of an extension and available as soon as possible.
For further information about the position please contact Dr Frank Winnefeld, frank.winnefeld@empa.ch or Prof Dr Barbara Lothenbach, barbara.lothenbach@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s308 and Empa-Video

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas with transcripts and contact details of two referees. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

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