PhD Candidate Reaction Kinetic and Microstructure of Alkali Activated Blended System

Delft University of Technology, Netherlands is inviting applicants to apply for a PhD position in civil engineering. The funds for this fellowship are available for 3 years. Applications will be evaluated immediately.

The Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG) is committed to outstanding international research and education in the field of civil engineering, applied earth sciences, traffic and transport, water technology and delta technology. The research covers global social issues and is closely connected to education as well as the work of a wide range of knowledge institutions. CEG is convinced that Open Science helps to realise these goals and supports its scientists in integrating Open Science in their research practice. The Faculty of CEG comprises 28 research groups in the following seven departments: Materials Mechanics Management & Design, Engineering Structures, Geoscience and Engineering, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Transport & Planning, Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management.

We are looking for a candidate with a MSc degree in Civil Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering or Chemical Engineering and experience in modelling and experimental research on construction materials (preferably on alkali activated materials) to be part of an MARIE SKODOWSKA-CURIE ACTIONS Innovative Training Network funded by the EU HORIZON 2020 Programme "DuRSAAM – PhD Training Network on Durable, Reliable and Sustainable Structures with Alkali-Activated Materials". This ITN has three main aims: 1) to train a new generation of researchers in the optimal use of AAM concrete for a sustainable built environment; 2) to provide a critical mass of researchers specifically skilled to address the multi-disciplinary and cross-sectoral challenges; 3) to underpin the technological value of AAM as an effective and eco-efficient technology for concrete. Being part of this network means: 1) Technical-entrepreneurial training; 2) Scientific outreach; 3) Active career development. The main aim of this PhD project is to simulate reaction kinetics and microstructures development of the alkali activated system blended with different kind of precursors. The particle natural of different precursors, the dissolution kinetics, the mineralogy of reaction products and rate of reaction and allocation of reaction products will be studied and simulated explicitly.

The candidate should be both an independent thinker and a team player and be motivated to find creative solutions. Fluency in English is required.

Requirements from the EU programme are that the candidate

be within the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research career;

not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree;

not have resided in The Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date (and not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) unless as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention.

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

During the first three years, the salary will be covered via the Marie Curie Project allowances.

a motivation letter specifically addressing our position, and including your possible start date

full curriculum vitae including a list of all courses and marks

copies of your degree and your transcripts (courses and grades)

two recommendation letters (or alternatively the names and email addresses of two references).

Please e-mail all your application information in one single PDF entitled Lastname_ CITG18-44pdf by19 October2018 to Recruitment- For more information about this position, please contact dr. Ye Guang,


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