PhD position in University Pau & Pays Adour, France

PhD opening position in Geomechanics and Porous Media research group at University Pau & Pays Adour, Basque Coast Campus, Anglet, France.
The topic is Use of sea-shells for environmental-friendly concretes and high-performance cement-based grouts  and details may be found at the attachment
Applications should be submitted before November 1st, 2018 by email at

Cosserat Continuum Mechanics book by Ioannis Vardoulakis

Before his tragic accident, Ioannis Vardoulakis was working on his new book on Cosserat Continuum Mechanics. The draft was almost ready. With the help of his family, Eleni Gerolymatou, Ioannis Stefanou, Manolis Veveakis and myself have prepared the manuscript for publication.

I am glad to let you know that it has just been published by Springer in Lecture Notes in Applied and Computational Mechanics series ( I am sure that this new book will be of great interest for the ALERT community and more generally for researchers and scholars interested in multiscale modelling as it provides the fundamental tools of Cosserat theory with examples and applications to the mechanics of granular media.

Jean Sulem

Research Associate. Experimental geotechnical laboratory, Imperial College London

An opportunity has arisen for a Research Associate to work on experimental geotechnical laboratory and field studies carried out in conjunction with the ALPACA Joint Industry Project. The latter is a major research project that is being advanced in association with University of Oxford, funded by EPSRC and Industry. Professor R J Jardine is the Principal Investigator, with Dr Stavroula Kontoe as Co-Investigator. The project is directed towards…

  • Reference ENG00523
  • Date posted 20 September 2018
  • Closing date 28 October 2018

More information on the website

Thermal micromechanics of granular materials – 2 PhD positions

2 PhD positions are available in the Geotechnics Section of the Dept. Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London.  The positions are part of the MatheGram ITN funded by Horizon 2020. The work will involve advancing understanding of the effects of temperature on soil behaviour.  The first PhD will be an experimental analysis of thermal effects on micromechanics of packed granular beds and will be supervised by Dr. David Taborda (  The second PhD will consider DEM analysis of thermal effects on micromechanics of packed granular beds and will be supervised by Prof. Catherine O’Sullivan (

Doctoral student position in dam foundation grouting at KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)

The Division of Soil and Rock Mechanics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, has a vacant doctoral student position. The doctoral student will mainly carry out research within the project “Remedial grouting of dams – development of design concepts for grout curtains in the rock foundation”. This research project was initiated because there is a need to investigate how to perform remedial grouting of both new and existing dams in Sweden.

Note that this position targets the intermediate two-year Licentiate degree, but that the university will aim to secure the remaining funding to possibly let the candidate to continue to a PhD degree. More information is available on the KTH website

Instructions for Day 3 of the ALERT Doctoral School 2018

Participants are kindly requested to bring a laptop with a working installation of FEniCS and matplotlib.

Instructions for the installation of FEniCS may be found at the fenics project website

Note that in Windows 10 installation is also possible in the Windows Subsystem using the method outlined for Ubuntu. Instructions may be found at the website

To test your installation save the code on the attached document as and execute using python.

PhD and postdoc positions in geomechanics at UCL (Belgium) in colaboration with UGA (France) on inherent rock heterogeneity using a double scale numerical approach

The goal of this project is to investigate the multi-scale behaviour of clay rock, going from microscopic to macroscopic scale. The research will be based on multi-scale
approach and numerical method allowing to model microstructure media in a double-scale framework (FEMxFEM). The PhD position is available at iMMC (UCL) in collaboration with the 3SR Laboratory (P. Bésuelle, CNRS, UGA). A postdoc position with a similar subject is also available.

Applications should be submitted by emailing a CV together with the academic grades (detail of marks) to the supervisor Benoît Pardoen.

More information in the attached document (updated version)