Post Doctoral Fellow

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
28 Sep 2023
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28 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

2. Job Purpose

To provide high quality research support and undertake internationally competitive research aimed at publication thereby contributing to the academic and research mission of the University.

Since the Postdoctoral, experience is transitional to becoming an independent researcher or faculty member, the Postdoctoral tries their best to acquire the varied skills necessary to advance their career with guidance from the advisor. These skills include, but are not limited to, the ability to present research plans and findings in a convincing style, both in oral and written modes of communication, the ability to understand research group management and supervision of others, the ability to establish contacts and network with colleagues pursuing a similar research agenda, the ability to organize and teach a class or a course if more inclined towards a teaching career.

  • Perform laboratory and field experiments, including diffusion of sulphate and chloride ions through concrete samples/structures, physical and chemical attacks of concrete, and external sulphate attack (ESA).
  • Obtain experimental parameters describing the degradation of the concrete structures that are exposed to the marine environments.
  • Study the formation of gypsum and ettringite that lead to strength loss and volume expansion of concrete structures.
  • Investigate the effect of temperature on the degree of sulphate attack to the concrete structures in nuclear power plants (NPPs).
  • Analyze the concrete samples exposed to the nuclear power plant (NPP) that based on UAE's environment.
  • Develop concrete ageing/degradation model by sulphate attack.
  • Evaluate the quantitative detecting capability of the sulphate attack by the Wenner method.
  • Develop an optimized non-destructive technique for the damaged on-shore concrete structure.          
  • Investigate the current status of concrete aging and remedial measures at NPPs in other countries.   
  • To develop remedial measures proper to concrete structures damaged by sulphate attack in NPPs.
  • Analyze model outputs together with the experimental data, available from literature, to generate scientific results and science-based recommendations.
  • To independently undertake research in the relevant discipline area using the appropriate methods and/or techniques.
  • To produce research reports and publications as required by the funding body and for dissemination to the wider academic community.
  • To collaborate with research colleagues and support staff internally as appropriate to the actively.
  • Develop appropriate external contacts and networks relevant to the project and to future funding opportunities.
  • To attend, contribute, and where necessary lead relevant meetings. 
  • To undertake any other duties relevant to the research group activities.

Operational Responsibilities

In this project, experiments will be performed to understand the impact of the UAE harsh environment on the concrete structures in nuclear power plants (NPPs) that are degraded by chemical attack (efflorescence and leaching, sulphate attack, acid attack, etc.) and by physical attack (freeze–thaw, salt crystallization, etc.). Among the aforementioned attacks, sulphate attack is one of the main causes of strength loss and volume expansion/cracking of concrete structures that are exposed to marine environments. This project aims to investigate the ageing/degradation of concrete structures by sulphate attack and develop remedial measures for damaged concrete structures.

Interested candidates should send their CV and a detailed cover letter to:

Supervisory Responsibilities



Qualifications & Experience

Required Qualifications

  • A PhD degree in chemical/civil engineering or a closely related discipline.
  • Strong expertise in concrete degradation, degradation mechanism of concrete subjected to external sulfate attack, concrete damage modelling due to sulfate attack, nondestructive evaluation for concrete degradation, and assessment/repair of concrete structures.
  • Very Good expertise in optimizing non-destructive technique for the damaged on-shore concrete structure.
  • High motivation and a solid desire to actively participate in experiments and numerical modelling as well as to propose and undertake initiatives.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; effective interpersonal skills to work effectively within a scientifically diverse team.
  • Ability to successfully report and publish research results in Q1 journals.
  • Good knowledge of nuclear power plants is desired but not required.
  • Good programming skills with C/C++, Python and Fortran are desired but not required.

Required Experience

  • Research experience in a relevant subject area of the research project is preferable.
  • Experience of working in a research-team environment
  • Experience of writing research reports, publications, or other relevant outputs.
  • Strong experience in concrete degradation, diffusion of sulphate and chloride ions through concrete, physical and chemical attacks of concrete, and external sulphate attack (ESA).
  • Good communication skills in Englis

Required Skills

  • Ability to conduct high-quality research, develop and publish peer-reviewed scientific papers, present research findings in a concise, clear, and convincing style, both; in oral and written modes of communication.
  • A clear commitment in contributing to the research environment of the research group.
  • Ability to establish contacts and network with colleagues pursuing a similar research agenda.

Personal Qualities

  • A proven ability to well integrate in a diverse work environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, networking and communication skills.
  • Focused, well organized, and proven problem-solving skills.
  • A good understanding of the research environment in a university.
  • Proactive, independent with a positive attitude.
  • A committed team-player, flexible and adaptive.

Should you require further assistance or if you face any issue with the online application, please feel to contact the Recruitment Team (

Primary Location: Abu Dhabi UAE
Job: Post Doctoral Fellow
Schedule: Regular
Shift: Standard
Job Type: Full-time

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