Post-doctoral Research Low Temperature Geochemistry (bio-based induced carbonate precipitation)
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV)
Soil System Sciences (SSS)
We wish to appoint a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the field of Low Temperature Geochemistry with a particular focus on bio-based induced carbonate precipitation in unconsolidated deposits (soils, sands and gravels) for the purpose of ‘ground improvement’. The successful candidate will work on the project “Multi-scale Investigation of Bio-Based Mineral Precipitation in Carbonate Bearing Granular Soils and Construction Related Waste”. This project is funded under the SFI/NSF US-Ireland Centre to Centre scheme in partnership with the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG), and the Energy Efficient Materials Research Center (EEM) in Queen’s University Belfast.
The project aims to extend the domain of microbially induced carbonate precipitation (MICP) and enzyme induced carbonate precipitation (EICP) as ground improvement technologies to carbonate-bearing materials. Both MICP and EICP will be investigated on these deposits as sustainable alternatives to cement-based technologies. More specifically, this post will involve: (i) conducting a literature review / evaluation of existing data to summarise existing state of knowledge regarding the implementation of EICP and MICP, (ii) assisting in the design of a series of large scale MICP/EICP tank tests on carbonate bearing deposits, (iii) conducting an associated geochemical monitoring programme, (iv) establishing laboratory scale carbonate precipitation experiments designed to simulate field conditions.
This is a research focused role, where you will conduct a specified programme of research supported by research training and development under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator.
The primary purpose of the role is to further develop your research skills and competences, including the processes of publication in peer-reviewed academic publications, the development of funding proposals, the mentorship of graduate students along with the opportunity to develop your skills in research led teaching.
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