Announcement for 2 PhD at BOKU

The Institute of Geotechnical Engineering of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna is currently looking for 2 PhD candidates for the research project STRECROPA.Please see attached the description of the research project and of the two PhD positions:

PhD fellowship in Computational Energy Geomechanics at NTNU/SINTEF (Norway)

We have a vacancy for a 3-year PhD fellowship at the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum (IGP). The position is within computational energy geomechanics. The research will include development and implementation of models for finite element method (FEM) analysis with poro-elasto-plasticity. The PhD student will be assigned to the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum (IGP) and will be supervised by Prof. Rune Holt and co-supervised by Dr. Euripides Papamichos from SINTEF Industry.

More info: PhD position in Numerical Analysis in Energy Geomechanics – IV-142/21 (205621) | NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology (

Application Deadline 07 June 2021.

Online lecture “AI and Big Data in Geotechnics”

The organising committee of Advancements in Geotechnical Engineering: From Research to Practice (AGERP) Lecture Series is pleased to invite you to the 2nd lecture of the 2nd edition of AGERP Lecture Series (AGERP’21). The second lecture will be on ‘AI and Big Data in Geotechnics‘. This Lecture will be jointly delivered by Dr. Robert C. Bachus (Geosyntec Consultants, Georgia, USA), Professor Sarat Kumar Das (Indian Institute of Technology (ISM) Dhanbad, India) and Dr. Nick Machairas (Groundwork A.I. – Next-gen Geotechnics, USA).

Lecture 2 is scheduled to be hosted on 3rd May 2021 (Australian Eastern Standard Time-AEST) with registration for this lecture closing at 00:00, 2nd May 2021 (AEST).

You may find further info. and register (free but mandatory) here:

Dr. Partha Mishra and Professor Sarat Das, Convenor, AGERP Lecture Series

PHD Position on “Triggering and propagation of liquefaction in brittle geotechnical materials” at CIMNE-UPC (Barcelona, Spain)

3 year fully funded PhD. Application deadline: 31st May 2021

Liquefaction of brittle geotechnical materials (such as hydraulic fills, mine tailings, landfills and sensitive or quick clays) causes catastrophic failures leading to major environmental disasters, crippling economic disruption and, often, losses of human life. Examples are the failure of Prat quay in Barcelona Port, the failure of Aznalcóllar dam or the failure of Brumadinho tailing dam in Brazil where 270 people lost their lives. The candidate will join the group led by Professors Antonio Gens and Marcos Arroyo, which, in recent years, has developed numerical methods addressing this phenomenon. The outcome would be a simulation tool able to predict the potential for liquefaction-driven failures and to assist in the design of preventive measures in a wide range of engineering problems.

For further details please see

PhD position on the “Modeling of ceramic sintering made by additive manufacturing” (Limoges, France)

TITLE: Analytical and discrete element numerical modeling of ceramic sintering made by additive manufacturing

ACADEMIC: 3 years Phd – october 2021 – IRCER/CEA laboratories – Limoges city in France

OBJECTIVES: This study, which is a collaboration between the IRCER (Institute of Research on Ceramics – UMR CNRS 7315) and the CEA Le Ripault, proposes to develop a model of the sintering behavior of a ceramic object with a specific porous architecture using the Discrete Element Method (DEM). Indeed, sintering involves complex phenomena such as rigidification, densification or granular coarsening, which depend on the granular packing. A key scale to understand these complex phenomena is the meso-structure, which involves a few thousand of grains interacting through mechanical contacts (at the beginning of sintering), gradually giving way to the formation of bridges (necks) between grains during sintering. The discrete element approach allows to predict in a natural way these granular rearrangements from the fine knowledge of the driving forces governing the interaction between grains. Particular attention will therefore be paid to the choice of these micromechanical interaction laws between the grains, which must be capable of representing the consolidation and densificationkinetics. These numerical developments will be carried out within the discrete element code GranOO co-developed by the IRCER laboratory. It will then be necessary to develop a numerical approach capable of simulating the material transport paths involved in the creation of bridges between particles and to predict the apparent thermo-mechanical properties in a multi-scale approach.


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PhD scholarship in Digital twins for sustainable underground constructions at DTU (Denmark)

DTU Civil Engineering Department invites for applications for a 3 years PhD position. The start date is flexible and expected within June 2021. This project gives you the opportunity to become a leading figure in driving sustainable development and construction of underground infrastructure. This will be achieved by coupling existing monitoring data and advanced numerical simulations in digital twins, contributing to digitalization of the industry as well as improving its sustainability record. The project is anchored in the Section for Geotechnics and Geology and will be performed in close collaboration with Technion University (Israel) and Metroselskabet, giving you the chance to collaborate with a diverse and rich research team.

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Research Associate position at the University of Bath (UK)

A Research Associate in Geotechnical Engineering (fixed term) is required, to join the ACHILLES Programme at the University of Bath, UK.

The ACHILLES team are exploring the impact of ageing and a changing climate on the performance of infrastructure earthworks.

The application is open until the 10th May 2021 (

This role is on a fixed term basis from 1 July 2021 with an expected end date of 31 December 2022.

The role is deemed sponsorable under SOC code 2119. For more information regarding eligibility for sponsorship please click here:

PhD Position in Engineering Geology at RWTH Aachen University (Germany)

We are looking for a competent Research Assistant (PhD Candidate) for our newly funded DFG project. The objective of the project is to evaluate the application of 3D printing in geomechanics with ultimate goal of understanding the mechanical and deformational characteristics of a rock mass with complex non-persistent discontinuities (DFNs). The research involves systematic laboratory testing on printed samples as well as subsequent calibration/verification using advanced numerical modelling. The funding allows us to hire a PhD student. The duration of the project is three years, starting in September 2021.

Application deadline: April 30th, 2021

For more information see the attached PDF file.

Postdoctoral Position in Geomechanical Modeling at Northwestern University (USA)

A postdoctoral position on Landslide Geomechanics is available at Northwestern University. The selected candidate will join the Geomechanical Modeling group at Northwestern University, working under the supervision of Dr. Giuseppe Buscarnera on a project aimed at explaining the dynamics of landslide initiation and rapid post-failure movement. The position involves a one-year appointment, with the possibility of a contract extension for a second year. Competitive salary, exposure to a dynamic international environment, and opportunities for professional development will be key components of the position. 

For all inquiries, please contact Dr. Giuseppe Buscarnera (email:  

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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow position at the University of Warwick (UK)

We are looking for an enthusiast candidate willing to conduct interdisciplinary cutting-edge research on reactive mixing in porous media and engage in educational innovation projects. The successful candidate will join Porous Material and Processes (PMPM) Research Group at the University of Warwick and collaborate with project partners at Swansea University and ETH Zurich.

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