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Postdoctoral Associate in Bioinspired Cements

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 7, 2023

Job Summary

The Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering and the Materials Science and Engineering Program invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Living Materials Laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Wil Srubar. In concert with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the United States Geological Survey, which are also located in the area, the University of Colorado provides an outstanding, world-class environment for conducting advanced materials science research at the bleeding edge.

A highly motivated and independent scholar is sought with training and deep expertise the areas of cement chemistry and microstructural characterization. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will design and conduct advanced materials characterization experiments pertaining to bioinspired cement paste, mortar, and concrete. When appropriate, the Postdoctoral Research Associate will design new experimental protocols to advance specialized experimentation and materials characterization techniques related to the structure, function, and properties of bioinspired cements. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be expected to contribute to enhancing the vision and mission of a vibrant, cross-disciplinary collaborative research team at the University of Colorado Boulder at the intersection of biology, cement chemistry, materials science, and civil and architectural engineering.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The fields of civil, environmental and architectural engineering offer careers in planning, design, construction and management of the built environment as well as in the interaction between the built and natural environment. The Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering's mission is the education of undergraduate and graduate students to become leaders in the professional practice of engineering, contributing to technological advances that benefit humankind while enhancing the earth’s physical and biological resources.

The Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering fosters an environment of inclusivity and celebrates the increasing diversity of our student body. We are committed to fostering inclusive excellence and have adopted priorities to guide our values and practices .

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Design and conduct fundamental bioinspired cement-based materials science experiments in support of project goals and milestones;
  • Collect, prepare, and analyze data for publication in high-quality scientific journals;
  • Prepare visual media for scientific and technical audiences;
  • Work collaboratively with a diverse, interdisciplinary team of graduate students, research scientists, internal and external to the University of Colorado Boulder;
  • Assist in drafting and reviewing project technical reports;
  • Supervising, training, and mentoring other laboratory personnel.
What We Can Offer

The annual salary range associated with this position is $65,000 to $70,000. Relocation assistance may be available in accordance with the policies of the College of Engineering & Applied Science.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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Be engaged. Be impactful. Be Boulder.

What We Require
  • A PhD in civil engineering, materials science, environmental engineering, or a related field;
  • A strong technical foundation and experience in standard and advanced lab-scale cement-based materials synthesis and characterization techniques (e.g., SEM, XRD, XRF, TGA, FTIR, ICC), and mechanical testing;
  • Excellent technical writing skills, as evidenced by multiple high-quality peer-reviewed publications;
  • An ability to work independently and possess a strong passion for (and commitment to) sustainability and interdisciplinary research;
  • A high motivation for mentorship, project management, and collaboration.
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Optional: Sample of Work, Statement of Research Philosophy, Professional Publications, Research Paper(s), Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Candidates should summarize their previous education and research experience and provide the names and contact information for two (2) professional references in their cover letter. In addition, current doctoral students should note their planned graduation date in their cover letter. After an initial application screen, a subset of candidates will be selected for an interview conducted via Zoom.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources Department using an approved online vendor. However, if your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit an English-translated version as an Optional document.

Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2023 . For consideration, please apply no later than October 15, 2023. Any questions regarding the qualifications or responsibilities for this position can be directed to Prof. Wil Srubar at

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs .

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