This project aims towards a more sustainable transport infrastructure in
Sweden, through replacement of cement for soil stabilization with industrial
wastes or natural resources. This has the potential to not only contribute
towards climate neutrality goals but also towards circular economy and
resource efficiency in the transport sector.
A known strategy for minimization of the needs for cement production is
utilization of cement replacement material. A lot of research is still needed
in this area, but a very promising field of application is soil stabilization.
This project, therefore, aims to enhance application of alternative
cementitious materials in the construction supply chain, with a focus on soil
stabilization, through improving the current available knowledge regarding
drivers and barriers for realizing the identified technical opportunities in
using binders with lower carbon footprints. Targeted improvements are in
better technical understanding on functionality of these materials,
standardization, environmental/economical/social aspects of the market impact
along this value chain as well as proper communication ways (common
language) of scientific and technical outcomes to the authorities, policy
makers and the government. An achievement as such combined with all the
scientific and technical knowledge obtained nationally and internationally on
available types, volumes, potentials, and properties of cement replacement
materials will in turn lead to:
1. Minimization of required cement in construction sector, which in turn will
lead to the long-wanted climate-neutral and economic cement and construction
2. Enhanced circular economy and resource efficiency as the materials in
focus are all industrial wastes or natural abandoned resources.
3. Enabling a socially/economically and environmentally sustainable
construction/cement industry through creation of new markets, business
opportunities as wells as occupations.
As post-doc your main responsibility is to conduct research that assesses
needs and requirements for promoting future application of blended binders
with a minimized cement content in construction sector with a focus on soil
stabilization. You are expected to work with a high degree of independence,
while still being capable of close collaboration with other researchers and
external partners when needed. You should be able to communicate scientific
results to different stakeholders, both orally at meetings and conferences and
in written form as scientific articles .
Information about the division and the research group
The division of Building Technology at the department of Architecture and
Civil Engineering consists of four research groups: Building Materials,
Building Physics, Infrastructure Physics and Sustainable Building. All groups
work with sustainable materials, buildings, and infrastructures. Since a large
amount of the world energy use relates to buildings, much of the research at
the division deals with energy issues.
Within the research group Building Materials, the main focus is on cement-
based building materials and their composites. One major area is transport
properties of liquid, gas, ion and moisture in porous materials through which
research on durability and service life of materials in long-term use in
various environments is conducted. Another area is minimization of carbon
dixide foot-print assigned with cement production with utilization of
alternative cement replacement materials. The Division of Building Technology
also teaches in all levels of education at Chalmers, primarily in the areas of
Civil Engineering and Architecture. The announced position will be placed in
the research group Building Materials, which provides research and education
within building materials including cement, concrete, wood, bitumen and
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a duration of
one year, with the possibility for extension for an additional year.
A suitable background is a PhD in chemistry, materials, civil engineering,
geo sciences, geotechnics or other fields relevant to the description of the
project. The degree should generally not be older than three years. Good
knowledge about porous and cementitious materials is essential. The position
requires oral and written communication skills in English. Communication
skills in Swedish are meritorious.
You are expected to take initiatives, work independently when needed and take
responsibility for your work. Furthermore, the project interacts closely with
adjacent disciplines and industrial partners. Thus you need to have
significant collaborative skills. Finally, you need to be able to disseminate
results and knowledge within existing and new networks. This includes
academia, industry and society at large.
We offer Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the
coastal city of Gothenburg.
Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.
Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with
equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for
excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all
activities at Chalmers.
The application should be marked with Ref 20210422 and written in English.
The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as
CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number)
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.
Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family
name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you: • Introduce yourself • Describe your previous research fields and main research results • Describe your future goals and future research focus
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.
Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.
The files may be compressed (zipped).
Application deadline: 15 October, 2021
All evaluations will be performed after the deadline and only for the
application submitted electronically through chalmers web page. Therefore
please don't ask for pre-evaluation of your qualifications through email
For questions, please contact:
Arezou Babaahmadi, Assistant Professor
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Stefan Forsaeus Nilsson, Head of Division
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publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection
with this position.
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active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a
foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces.
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