Post of research Assistant/Research Associate, in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University

I would like to draw your attention to the post of research Assistant/Research Associate, in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University in the area of computational geotechnics. The successful applicant will carry out high-quality research on infrastructure embankments and the impacts of climate change. This project is part ACHILLES consortium which comprises the Universities of Newcastle, Durham, Loughborough, Southampton, Bath and Leeds and the British Geological Survey.

The closing date for applications is 26th May 2019.

Postdoctoral position in Energy Geostructures field. Laboratory of Soil Mechanics (LMS) – EPFL

The research performed on energy geostructures at the LMS is centered on observing, measuring, understanding and predicting the behaviour of energy geostructures, by investigating the aspects of primary importance for maximising the energy, geotechnical and structural performance of energy geostructures from a multiphysical perspective. More information on the current activities and recent publications of LMS Research Group on Energy Geostructures can be found here (

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Geomechanics position at Imperial College

Applications are invited for a one year full-time researcher based in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London in the area of discrete element modelling and computational fluid dynamics. The successful applicant will join the Geotechnics research group as a member of research staff and will conduct research on an EPSRC funded project entitled “Particle-scale investigation of seepage induced geotechnical instability(EP/P010393/1)”. The work will be conducted under the supervision of Professor Catherine O’Sullivan.

The primary focus of the proposed research is to use coupled discrete element method (DEM) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations to improve understanding of seepage induced internal instability.  The particular mechanism of interest sometimes referred to as suffusion.  The researcher will be involved in code development, setting up and running discrete element method simulations and interpreting the results. 

The start date for this research post is July 1 2019 (with limited flexibility for moving it) and the salary will be based on the level of relevant experience of the successful candidate.

This is a fixed term appointment for up to 12 months.  Applications will be considered from both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral researchers.  Please contact Catherine O’Sullivan for further details (, telephone +44 20 759 46117)

Post-doctoral position: Geomechanics for CO2 storage. Laboratory for Soil Mechanics – Chair Gaz Naturel Petrosvibri

The goal of the Chair Gaz Naturel Petrosvibri at the Swiss federal Institute of Technology EPFL is to carry out fundamental research in the field geomechanics applied to CO2 geological storage. The scientific activities are developed in the context of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research – Supply of Electricity (, where the role and the contribution of geo-energies for a sustainable supply of electricity is analyzed.

Ongoing research at the Chair investigates the aspects related to caprock characterization, induced seismicity, thermo-hydro-chemo-mechanical analyses. The position in particular aims at analyzing the multiphysical processes occurring in shale caprock with an experimental, theoretical, and numerical approach.

Suitable candidates must have a PhD in Geomechanics, with a strong background in Geotechnical Engineering, Porous/Fluid mechanics and Numerical methods. Candidates are expected to be capable of developing their own independent research, and to have outstanding scientific reporting and communication skills, as well as very good teamwork attitude. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview at the EPFL.

We are offering excellent research facilities and a competitive salary (81’000 CHF/year). The EPFL offers an outstanding international environment full of training and development opportunities. We are looking for motivated candidates ready to undertake advanced experimental and numerical work within our team. The position foresees the participation to projects currently ongoing, and the part-time supervision of M.Sc. and PhD students.

The position is now open and will start on October 1st 2019 or upon agreement. Suitable candidates should send their application, consisting of motivation letter describing interests and qualifications and the CV, to the following email address:

Positions section in the EPFL website: link

PhD opportunity: Multiscale investigation of ductile-to-brittle transition in snow

Dear colleagues,

We are looking for a candidate to apply for a PhD opportunity about Multiscale investigation of ductile-to-brittle transition in snow (see below for details). This PhD will be supervised by M. Montagnat, P. Hagenmuller et G. Chambon and will take place in collaboration between Institut des Géosciences de l’Environnement (CNRS, Univ. Grenoble Alpes), Centre d’Etude de la Neige (CNRM MétéoFrance) and ETNA research unit (IRSTEA, Univ. Grenoble Alpes). Applications must be done on this site, before June 3rd.

Please contact Maurine Montagnat ( before application or for more information

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PhD project “Investigations of the influence of grain properties on jumps during free-surface granular flows”


Interested candidates should send their CV and cover letter to:

  • Dr. Thierry Faug, (+33 4 76 76 28 28)
  • Prof. Itai Einav, (+61 2 93 51 20 69)
    The closing date for applications is on 3 June 2019, and more details on the project and how to apply can be found here

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Imaging Summer School 2019 (ISS2019)

I would like to attract your attention to the upcoming Imaging Summer School 2019 (ISS2019) which will be organized from 1 to 6 September in Pau, France. 

This may be an excellent opportunity for any student interested in discovering X-ray imaging, data analysis and pore network modelling. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss with leading experts in the field and to enjoy hands-on sessions and workshops. The number of places is limited 

Info and registration on


The call for abstracts for E-UNSAT 2020, the 4th European Conference on Unsaturated Soil is open!

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

Contributions on challenging perspectives related to unsaturated soils and rocks are mostly welcome, including Environmental Geotechnics, Energy Geotechnics, Multiscale modelling, Linear infrastructures, Landslides, Climate stresses. New topics will be addressed, such as Nano-Micro Technology, Bio-Inspired Technology, Powder-Grain Technology.

Abstracts on any topic related to unsaturated soils and rock mechanics and geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering are invited not later than May 19, 2019. The abstract can be uploaded online at . The conference proceedings will be submitted for Scopus indexation. 

E‑UNSAT 2020 is organized by Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon, in collaboration with Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona. 
Conference details, registration and other information can be found at .

Looking forward to meeting you in Lisbon,
Rafaela Cardoso, Cristina Jommi and Enrique Romero

Conference Chairs


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Post-doctoral fellowship – CERIS, IST-ID Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal

The geotechnics group of the research group CERIS based at Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal has a vacant post-doctoral research position currently open for applications. The position is full-time with a duration of up to 30 months, after a probation period of 6 months. The work planned under the contract is in support of the project DEEPCOOL and will involve a number of activities namely: small scale model testing, numerical modelling and dissemination activities.

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