April 2020 Newsletter and decisions due to the pandemic


Dear Alert friends,

first of all, the Board of Directors and the Bureau hope you (and your family) are doing well in these weird and difficult times…

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and after careful consideration, the Bureau and the BoD have decided to cancel the ALERT workshop in 2020 — it will take place in 2021 (from September 27 to September 29).
Concerning the OZ course, we propose to postpone it to April 2021.

The election of the Board of Director was supposed to be organized this year and after discussions, it is decided to postpone it in 2021. The current Bureau and the Board will remain in charge by a prorogation of their mandate for the ordinary matters.

*All the other activities will be organized remotely:*
– for the doctoral school, we have decided to keep it for this year– it will be taught and attended remotely, though.
– we have decided not to postpone also the PhD prize as well as the invited lecture, also these two events will take place online (either pre-recording it or giving it online via one of the several available platforms for distance teaching).

You will find more information in the Editorial of the Newsletter but you can imagine how painful this decision was. It will be the first time since 1994 that we will not meet in Aussois !

Keep staying safe!

Frédéric COLLIN
ALERT Director

PhD position on landfill stabilisation (project CURE)

The project CURE (Coupled multiprocess research for reducing landfill emissions) investigates the reduction of the emission potential of landfills by in situ stabilisation measures and will develop predictive tools to forecast the pertaining processes and residual emissions. The objective of the research carried out in this particular PhD project is to quantitatively analyse the spatio-temporal response of landfills to different in-situ stabilisation measures by monitoring the change in quantity and quality of emissions through the water and gas phase as well as the change in the landfills’ structural architecture. This will be achieved by high-resolution measurements of

  • Leachate quantity and quality, including stable isotopes and DNA/RNA profiling
  • 3D temperature time series and 3D water content time series
  • Gas quantity and quality
  • Stabilisation-induced consolidation.
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Post-Doc opportunity in the CIMNE-UPC Geomechanics group

I would like to invite applications for a Severo Ochoa PostDoc Researcher Position at the CIMNE-UPC Geomechanics group  in Barcelona. It is an opportunity to join an active research group working in advanced coupled numerical analysis.  The appointment is intended to run for three years. The deadline for applications is June 14th.  More details are provided in the attached file.

Antonio Gens

Call for Submissions – Geo-Extreme 2021

Dear Colleagues:

We would like to draw your attention to the attached Call for Submissions for Geo-Extreme 2021, a specialty conference organize by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to be held at the Hyatt Regency Savannah, in Savannah, GA, USA, on August 15-18, 2021.

Geo-Extreme 2021 aims to create a multi-disciplinary forum to discuss how the geo-engineering community can work with other professionals, e.g., climate scientists, engineers, emergency managers, resilience and sustainability investigators, insurance experts, and policy makers, to cope with extreme events (such as hurricanes, floods, extreme precipitations, droughts, wildfires, debris flows, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides) under a changing climate.

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PhD position within HoTMiX project

Context:This PhD will take place within HoTMiX which is a joint French-German academic research project funded for 3 years by the ANR and DFG agencies. It brings together 6 academic labs and is supported by the St Gobain and Safran companies. The aim of the project is to provide a deep understanding of the relationships between the nonlinear mechanical response of oxide materials at very high temperature and their microstructure at the nanoscale. The relationship between microstructure and mechanical properties will be explored by combining two different approaches. In situ measurements at very high temperature or under applied stresses will be carried out using X-ray based advanced techniques at synchrotron radiation beamlines and accurate microstructural modelling based on virtual microstructures submitted to temperature and external stresses evolutions will be developed. More details on the HoTMiX project can be found here: www.bam.de/hotmix

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A joint PhD position on Investigation of hydromechanical and electrokinetic couplings during gas migration in saturated clayey rock at mesoscopic scales

Applications are welcomed for a joint PhD position between GeoRessources laboratory (University of Lorraine), LFCR laboratory (University of Pau) and IRSN. The objective of this thesis is to propose mesoscopic models capable of taking into account Hydromechanical and Electrokinetic couplings when simulating flow and transport in large representative elemental volumes (REVs) typically out of reach of molecular methods.

The candidate must be a highly motivated and autonomous person with a recent university master’s degree (or equivalent) in mechanics, reservoir engineering, applied mathematics, civil engineering or other relevant field. He or she must demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of the principles of fluid mechanics governing the behaviour of porous media. Experience in the development of numerical methods, in particular LBM methods would be an asset. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of

Dr Fabrice Golfier (GeoRessources) and Dr Amael Obliger (LFCR), as well as Dr Anne-Julie Tinet (GeoRessources) and Dr Magdalena Dymitrowska (IRSN).

Candidates are invited to submit their CV, master’s transcripts and cover letter here: https://bit.ly/2W2NFhI

More information in the attachment.

PhD position at Laboratoire 3SR (Grenoble)

Subject: “A micro-mechanical approach to cemented granular materials”

You will find the project description and more information on the recruitment process in this attached file.

Supervision team
• Alessandro Tengattini (alessandro.tengattini@3sr-grenoble.fr)
• Cino Viggiani (cino.viggiani@3sr-grenoble.fr)
• Pierre Bésuelle (pierre.besuelle@3sr-grenoble.fr)

Please send a detailed CV and a letter of motivation to all three emails above.

Application deadline: 31st May

Postdoctoral researcher position in the modelling of complex processes in geo-environmental engineering

2 year position in the newly formed Westlake University in Hangzhou China. Competitive salary ranging from 250k to 350k RMB per year, depending on experience, as well as relocation expenses. The project is focused on creating advanced modeling techniques combining different physics layers, such as fluids, soils and solids. Researchers with PhD in Mathematics, Physics, Civil or Mechanical Engineering, or related fields are welcome to apply. Experience in computational methods such as Discrete Element Method, Lattice Boltzmann Method, Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics, Particle Finite Element Method, Material Point Method and related methods is also highly desirable. We are also interested in persons with experience in Machine Learning applied to these problems.

For information on our research group, please visit our website  https://m3.westlake.edu.cn/

Westlake is a newly formed university with great support from the local government as well as the private sector. For more information about it please visit its website https://www.wias.org.cn/english/

For further information please send email to A/Prof Galindo Torres s.torres@westlake.edu.cn

Survey from Carlos Santamarina about the pandemic


These are unique times that we are living in! The short survey below
intends to gather data on our response to the pandemic, from our
position as researchers/academics.

Timing is important. *The survey will be open for ONE WEEK only*

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S562DR7

(NOTE: all responses are completely anonymous).

Wishing all the best to you and your families!

Carlos Santamarina