PhD fellowship in rock physics models for improved 4D seismic interpretation

We have a vacancy for a 3 years PhD Fellowship at Department of Geoscience and Petroleum (IGP), NTNU. The work will be a part of the project: Improved prediction of stress and pore-pressure changes in the overburden for infill drilling at SINTEF’s Department of Petroleum, that is supported by the industry and the Research Council. The main objective of this project is to provide calibrated rock-mechanical and rock-physical models for overburden rocks for prediction of stress- and pore-pressure changes in the overburden of a depleting reservoir.

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First call for papers for E-UNSAT 2020, the 4th European Conference on Unsaturated Soils

Dear colleague,

This is the first call for papers for E-UNSAT 2020, the 4th European Conference on Unsaturated Soils:

The conference will be hosted at IST, in Lisbon, Portugal, from 24 to 26 June 2020. It is supported by the Technical Committee 106 of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering on Unsaturated Soils.

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Tenth International Symposium on Land Subsidence (TISOLS), 20 – 24 April 2020, Delft – Gouda, The Netherlands

The Tenth International Symposium on Land Subsidence (TISOLS) will take place in Delft and Gouda, the Netherlands, from 20 to 24 April 2020.

TISOLS is organized under the auspices of the Unesco IHP Land Subsidence International Initiative. This working group has endeavored to improve and disseminate knowledge on land subsidence since the 1970s, through International Symposia on Land Subsidence, collaborative projects and publications.

TISOLS2020 intends to bring together 300+ international experts to share the latest research and insights on natural and anthropogenic land-level lowering.

The Call for Abstracts has just been published and is available at the symposium website.


    Abstract submission:                               March 31, 2019

    Letters of Acceptance sent:                    May 2019

    Full paper submission deadline:          September 1, 2019

Research fellow position in modeling of mass movements at IRSTEA Grenoble (France)

Dear colleagues,

IRSTEA is the French National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture.

The ETNA research unit in Grenoble, specialized in the prevention of natural hazards in mountain environments (avalanches, snowdrift, torrential floods and debris flows, rock-falls, glacial hazards), invites applications for a permanent researcher position (research fellow) in multiscale mechanical modeling of gravity-driven mass movements.

All details concerning the position and application procedures are available at this link.

Best regards,

Guillaume Chambon.

2 PhD positions in the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems. The University of Western Australia

Predicting foundation response for offshore wind turbines Supervised by Britta Bienen, Conleth O’Loughlin

The aim of this research is to predict the installation and in service response of suction buckets supporting offshore wind turbines. This foundation concept is now being adopted in offshore wind farm designs. Following self-weight penetration into the seabed, the bucket is installed by pumping water out of the bucket, which creates a pressure differential across the lid and drives further penetration. In service, the foundation needs to resist the cyclic loading imposed on the turbine from the ocean environment. The mechanisms of suction installation (in layered soils in particular) and the effects of the installation process on the soil state are poorly understood. The evolution of foundation stiffness and displacement underpin the design. The research will be predominantly experimental, utilising recently developed purposedesigned experimental facilities. The project is a collaboration with Lloyd’s Register EMA and Melbourne University.

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Postdoctoral position on Acoustic metamaterials for geomechanics

Applications are invited for a postdoc position at the University of Twente (Netherlands), within the Multiscale Mechanics group. We are seeking an enthusiastic researcher with interests in geomechanics, acoustics and/or computer modelling to work on Optimization of acoustic metamaterials using DEM and Machine Learning, founded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The position is for 1 year, starting as soon as possible.More information and application link in the website

Book: Modelling of Soil Behaviour with Hypoplasticity – Another Approach to Soil Constitutive Modelling

By David Mašín

I have just returned to Springer proofs of my new book “Modelling of Soil Behaviour with Hypoplasticity – Another Approach to Soil Constitutive Modelling“. It will probably still take few weeks before the book is published, it is however already now available for preorders at:

In Part I of the book, I first describe principles of hypoplasticity using simple 1D and 2D versions, which are straightforward to follow. This is demonstrating how two primary properties of hypoplasticity – non-linearity and asymptotic behaviour – are incorporated in the models. This demonstration is accompanied with explanation of experimental evidence on soil behaviour and with a brief overview of other possible modelling approaches. Then, full tensorial formulation of hypoplastic models is described and explained. In Part II, two specific models are introduced: model for sand and model for clay. They are described in detail and it is explained how to properly calibrate material parameters. Finally, advanced extensions of the models are covered, aimed to predict the effects of small strain stiffness and cyclic loading effects, effects of structure, rate effects, stiffness anisotropy, partial saturation and thermal effects.

I hope the readers will find the book useful.

Ioannis Vardoulakis PhD Prize 2019

The Bureau of ALERT Geomaterials has decided to fund the Ioannis Vardoulakis PhD Prize 2019. Since 2016, the PhD prize is entitled Ioannis Vardoulakis PhD Prize to commemorate Prof. Vardoulakis and his contributions to research and teaching in the field of Geomechanics.

The participation to the prize is open to all the PhD students coming from institutions belonging to ALERT, that have discussed their PhD thesis in 2018. The deadline for the applications is 31st March, 2019. The application procedure has to be done completely online via the application form

The rules, agenda and further details are to be found on the Alert website:

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geomechanics in Perth

The Opportunity

  • Develop a non-destructive rock characterisation methodology.
  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO.
  • Kick-start your research career at Australia’s premier research organisation!

As the Postdoctoral Fellow, you will develop a novel non-destructive rock characterisation methodology, in collaboration with Curtin University (Western Australia) and Duke University (USA), using a multiphysics theoretical and numerical framework based on geomechanical laboratory experimentation.

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