Registration for the 2020 ALERT Invited Lecture, PhD Prize and E-School


Dear Alert friends,

As you know, 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).

But the Doctoral School, the PhD Prize as well as the Invited Lecture will take place online (via one of the several available platforms for distance teaching).
The doctoral E-School on “Point based numerical methods in geomechanics” is organized by Pr. Manolo Pastor and Pr. Wei Wu (see description). It will take place remotely every morning from September 28th to October 1st. Further details will be made avaiblable very soon.

The PhD prize and the Invited Lecture will take place remotely on Tuesday September 29th, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (CET) for the ALERT PhD prize 2020 and from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm (CET) for our ALERT Invited lecturer, Pr. Chris Spiers.

All these events are free of charge and available for ALERT and non-ALERT members. However, the registration is mandatory.

It is thus my great pleasure to announce that the registration for the 2020 ALERT Geomaterials events is open now!  Please read the hints in the Registration form! After filling the form and pressing the button “Register”, you will get an email with the registration data. In case of the registration of the ALERT members, the corresponding representative of the ALERT institution will receive the registration data too.

The deadline for the registration is the September 18th!

Stay healthy,

Frédéric COLLIN, ALERT Director.

Vacant Position-Geotechnical Technical Officer, University of Technology Sydney Australia

The Transport Research Centre, University of Technology Sydney is looking for the Senior Technical Support Officer – Geotechnical (STSO-G).

The culture of the Faculty of Engineering and IT Outreach team has a positive outlook of excellence, connectivity, innovation and responsiveness balanced with compliance with policy and procedure. The Technical Resources team are currently recruiting for a Senior Technical Support Officer (Geotechnical) to join their team. 

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Coming webinars

Webinar: Tracking Time in Crunchy Soft Media

The University of Liverpool Division of Civil Engineering invites to the following webinar: Tracking Time in Crunchy Soft Media by Professor Itai Einav, University of Sydney

Tuesday 28 July 2020 12.00 BST (13.00 CET)

Details of how to register can be found in the attached document. Alternatively, you can register here:


5th lecture of the AGERP series

“The organising committee of AGERP is pleased to invite you to the 5th lecture of the series, which will be on ‘Geohazards’. It will be delivered by Professor Sarah Springman from ETHZ, Switzerland and Dr. Barnali Ghosh from Mott Macdonald, London. This is scheduled on 14th August 2020. Registration (free and mandatory) for this lecture opens at 18:00, 24th July 2020 (AEST) and closes at 00:00, 13th August 2020 (AEST). For further information, please refer to the attached flier.
Dr. Partha Mishra and Professor Sarat DasConvenor, AGERP

Postdoc position at Delft University of Technology-Optimisation of Offshore monopile installation

Applications are welcome for a 21-month postdoc position to investigate the optimisation of the monopiles installation process and to study the dynamic behaviour of soil during pile installation using the physical modelling facilities at TU Delft. The work will include design and implementation of advanced instrumentation for physical modelling studies. Test planning and data interpretation will be carried out in close collaboration with industry experts in the framework of BLUE piling project. Candidates should possess a PhD degree in Civil/Geotechnical Engineering or related areas, proven experience in geotechnical centrifuge testing, preferably including soil-structure interaction problems and dynamic loading, and excellent knowledge of soil mechanics and foundation engineering. Acquaintance with offshore wind geotechnics is also appreciated (but not mandatory).

Full description of the position along with the details on how to apply can be found in the following link:

For more information about this vacancy please contact Dr. Amin Askarinejad:

The closing date for the applications is August 9th, 2020.

Available Post Doc and visiting PhD student positions at Prince Sultan University

The Structures and Materials Research Lab at Prince Sultan University is looking for postdocs and 3rd or 4th year Ph.D. students for immediate joining to work in one of the following topics:
Track#1: Structural Engineering 
Track#2: Geotechnical and Transportation Engineering 

For more information:
Candidates need to fill in a research proposal template and upload it with the application. The template can be downloaded from:
The application form is filled online at:

Open positions at ECN

PhD and Post-doc offers at Ecole Centrale de Nantes (GeM Laboratory):

– ERC-StG Project “Controlling earthQuakes (CoQuake)”:

1) 1 Post-Doc position in  “MULTISCALE NUMERICAL MODELING OF EARTHQUAKE FAULTS” (duration 1 to 2 years). Attached .pdf

2) 1 Post-Doc position in  “LABORATORY EXPERIMENTS OF EARTHQUAKE CONTROL” (duration 1 to 2 years). Attached .pdf

3) 1 PhD (duration 3 years) and/or 1 Post-Doc (duration 2 years) position in “DESIGN OF EARTHQUAKE CONTROL STRATEGIES”. Attached .pdf 1 & 2

 – Connect Talent Project “CEEV – Blast LoAds on STructures (BLAST)”.

4) 1 Post-doc position in “BLAST LOADS ON STRUCTURES AND MONUMENTS” (duration 2 to 3 years). Attached .pdf


The positions are open and will start upon agreement. Suitable, highly‐motivated candidates should send an application (including a CV, a cover letter describing interests and qualifications related to the offered position and contact details of two reference Professors, all compiled in a single PDF file) to

For more details see attached pdf’s and

Postdoctoral position at Heriot-Watt University

The Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering, at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work on a project, funded by UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), with a focus on pore-scale numerical modelling of gas transport mechanisms. Details about the position can be found at and

PhD position on induced seismicity at GFZ Potsdam

A PhD position on modelling of induced seismicity in geothermal reservoirs (3 years fixed term) is currently offered in the research group “Advanced reservoir engineering concepts for a controlled utilization of deep geothermal energy in urban areas (ARES)” at Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences.

Applications can be submitted online until 15 July 2020:

2 PhD positions in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Melbourne

We are seeking outstanding PhD candidates to join our Offshore Geomechanics group within the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, the University of Melbourne.

For more details about the projects and applications, follow the link below:

  1. Cyclic capacity of plate anchors in sand
  2. Scale effects in geotechnical physical modelling in sand

Successful applicants are expected to commence their study in early 2021 (subject to visa approval and COVID travel restriction rules). Please email your expression of interests to by 31 July 2020.

Invitation to AGERP Lecture 4 on ‘Design of Pile Foundations’

The fourth lecture of AGERP series which will be delivered by Em. Prof. Malcolm Bolton from Uni. of Cambridge, UK and Dr. Chris Haberfield from Golder Associates Pty Ltd., Australia. The lecture will be on ‘Design of Pile Foundations’. This is scheduled on 24th July 2020.
Registration (free and mandatory) opens at 18:00, 09th July 2020 (AEST) and closes at 00:00 23rd July 2020 (AEST)

More information is provided in the attached flier

PhD position on Sustainable Asphalt available at University of Twente

We are looking for a PhD candidate to reinforce our team. Together with academic and industrial partners, we seek to develop the decision-support tool and method to systematic assessment for the innovative asphalt products.

For more details and applications, follow the link below:!/1241348/phd-position-on-sustainable-asphalt