PhD student position in Cementitious Building Materials

The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering has about 290 employees encompassing a broad theoretical knowledge base, from engineering science to the social sciences to the humanities, as well as design-based, artistic research. The combination of all of these perspectives allows for great interdisciplinary advancement in the field and a broader discussion of various aspects of sustainability. Together, we provide a comprehensive environment for architecture and civil engineering, well equipped to take on the common challenges of building a sustainable future.

Information about the project

This project aims to advance the fundamental knowledge of water – its state and behaviour – in new types of “green” cementitious binders, from the molecular structures to the macro-properties. The ultimate goal is to be able to provide mechanism-based tools and design guidelines for practical applications in building construction; thus enabling the implementation of new types of “green” binders necessary for reducing the environmental impact of construction. The specific objectives of the project include: 1) to study the molecular structures and behaviour of water in hydration products formed by different types of binders, 2) to study the pore structures of hardened cement pastes and chemical compositions in the pore solutions formed by different types of binders, 3) to study the effects of chemical compositions and pore sizes on the transport properties of pore water, 4) to develop practically applicable test methods for evaluating the moisture transport properties, and 5) to establish suitable models for describing the water state and behaviour in hardened cement pastes formed by different types of binder.

The project will be carried out in close collaboration between experts of building materials, theoretical chemistry, biological physics and industrial concrete experts.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibility as a PhD student is to pursue your own doctoral studies. This includes developing scientific concepts and communicating research results both verbally and in writing. In addition to the research project, you will also take courses on the advanced level within the graduate school of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The position may also include departmental duties, such as teaching, up to a maximum of 20 %.

Position summary
You will be employed by Chalmers on a full-time temporary contract.  The employment is limited to four years’ effective time on the PhD project, plus additional time spent on teaching and other departmental duties up to a maximum of five years. The employment is tied to successful progress of the doctoral studies, as evaluated throughout the project.

A suitable background is a Master of Science degree (with at least 240 higher education credits) in chemistry, materials, civil engineering, or other field relevant to the description of the project. Good knowledge about porous and cementitious materials is essential. The position requires oral and written communication skills in English. Communication skills in Swedish are also meritorious. If Swedish is not your native language, a goal is that you should be able to communicate, and teach tutorials, in Swedish after two years. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

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.

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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190329 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• 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 and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 20 July 2019

For questions, please contact:
Tang Luping, Professor,,
+46 31 772 2305


Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our eight Areas of Advance; Building Futures, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!

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Post expires on Saturday July 20th, 2019