PhD position on granular mechanics available in Grenoble

We are looking for outstanding candidates for a PhD project we have that is starting this October at Laboratoire 3SR, Grenoble. It’s to do with packing and deformation problems in granular materials varying shape and friction, and well as Level Set DEM.

The PhD is within a European grant which includes some industry contacts 
and a secondment in Germany.

See pdf file for further details and how to apply:

Post-doctoral researcher opportunity at the University of Nottingham, UK

The Nottingham Centre for Geo-mechanics (NCG) will be undertaking a large multi-disciplinary project related to the rehabilitation of open pit mines by flooding to create ‘pit lakes’, with a focus on the geotechnical, environmental, and long-term management challenges. The project, named Risk Assessment of Final Pits During Flooding (RAFF), is funded by the European Commission Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) and includes project partners from across Europe. The project will run until the end of May 2022. We are seeking a highly motivated individual with expertise in numerical modelling and elements scale testing to join our group. The main role of this appointee will involve performing numerical modelling of pit lake slopes, incorporating the effects of unsaturated soil behaviour and considering the heterogeneous nature of the spoil material used in construction of the slopes. As such, the successful candidate should have a background with constitutive models relevant to geotechnical engineering and their application within numerical modelling packages. The researcher will also conduct element-scale testing of soils with support from NCG technical staff, hence some background in experimental geomechanics would be an asset. The project will also include physical model testing using a geotechnical centrifuge (performed by a separate researcher), hence some experience with physical modelling would be beneficial. Further details can be found at the link below.

Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Division of Geology and Geotechnics at Chalmers is looking for an Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering who is passionate about pushing the state-of-the-art of modelling coupled processes (thermo-hydro-chemo-mechanical) into geotechnical engineering applications. You will join a diverse gender-balanced research group with ambition to become internationally leading in Geotechnical Engineering with focus on natural geomaterials.

As Associate Professor or Senior Lecturer, you will contribute to teaching and development of the educational portfolio both at undergraduate and Masters levels, as well as providing education as part of Continuous Professional Development to the industry. In parallel, you will conduct your brand of research independently. In particular, we would like you to lead the development of research areas related to coupled processes in porous media, encountered in geo-structures, such as road, railway and flood embankments, dams, and tunnels. We also expect you to actively contribute to our core research in soft soil engineering. An important part of the position is to engage with industry, initiating collaborations to enable innovative solutions for major stakeholders. 

The position is a permanent Faculty position, partly funded by external research projects.

Ref 20190326
Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering

Details and how to apply:

Application deadline: 11 August, 2019

Fixed-term Post-Doc contract to work in Biocementation in the University of Lisbon, Portugal – Project BIOSOIL

IST-ID, University of Lisbon, Portugal, is seeking for candidates for one post-doctorate fixed-term contract in project BIOSOIL, focused on Biocementation as soil improvement technique. This is a up to 30 months fixed-term contract, monthly remuneration 2128.34 Euros, starting in September 2019. The call ends at 24 July 2019.

We are selecting candidates having a PhD in Science and Engineering of Materials, Bioengineering/Biosensors, Physics/Nanotechnology or Civil/Geotechnics/Hydraulics. The work to be developed is numerical simulation combined with experimental work in soil samples (porous media and textured surfaces) treated by biocementation. The candidate will define the key parameters related with biocementation mechanisms to be monitored with integrated sensors. Will also contribute to the dissemination of the project (PTDC/ECI-EGC/32590/2017).

Generic information:

For further information, please contact Prof. Rafaela Cardoso,

13th EURO-Conference on Rock Physics and Geomechanics – The Guéguen Conference on 2-6 September 2019 in Potsdam

Dear colleagues,

With 47 oral presentations, 32 poster presentations and 8 keynote lectures on rock fracturing and fault activation experiments and models the programme of the 13th EURO-Conference on Rock Physics and Geomechanics – The Guéguen Conference on 2-6 September 2019 in Potsdam is nearly finalized. 

Registration is still open until 15 July 2019, but we highly appreciate early registrations. If you are interested in participating at this conference please register here:

More details on the conference and the programme can be found on the website:

If you have questions, please contact us at:

With best regards,

Hannes Hofmann, 
on behalf of the EURO-Conference 2019 organizing committee

11th ALERT Olek Zienkiewicz course. 28-31 October 2019, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, France

The 11th ALERT Olek Zienkiewicz course 2019: Petroleum Geomecganics will be held from the 28th to the 31st of October 2019 in Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, France

The course is organised by the Alliance of Laboratories in Europe for Education, Research and Technology (ALERT), the 
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Ecole des Ponts ParisTech.

More information and contact in the website

Registration for the ALERT Workshop & School 2019 is open!

The registration for the ALERT Geomaterials Workshop and School 2019 is open now! Find the preliminary program of the Workshop and school here. Please read the hints in the registration form! After filling the form and pressing the button “Register”, a window will open with your invoice. Please print the window with the invoice for your records! You will also get an email with the registration data afterwards. In case of the registration of the ALERT members, the corresponding representative of the ALERT institution will receive the registration data too.

Link to the registration form

The deadline for the registration is the September 18th! The accommodation in Aussois will be processed in the order of the registrations (see the hints in the registration form). Please note that the number of rooms in the CNRS “Centre Paul Langevin“ is limited.
See also hints on how to get to Aussois!

Presentations of the ALERT Doctoral School 2019

ALERT Doctoral School 2019
3rd-4th October 2019, Aussois, France

The legacy of Ioannis Vardoulakis to Geomechanics
Coordination: Jean Sulem and Cino Viggiani

Day 1

  • Mechanics of granular materials: I. Experimental approach. Edward Andò (Université Grenoble Alples)
  • Landslide mechanics and growth of slip surfaces. Sasha Puzrin (ETH Zurich)
  • Modelling of strain localization in geomaterials – Higher order continuum theories and regularization techniques. Ioannis Stefanou (Ecole des Ponts ParisTech)

Day 2

  • Petroleum Geomechanics. Euripides Papamichos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) & Panos Papanastasiou (University of Cyprus)
  • Mechanics of granular materials: II. Modelling. Itai Einav (University of Sudney)
  • Hydro-mechanics of porous and granular material – Poroelasticity and beyond. Holger Steeb (Universität Stuttgart)

Training course for Ph.D. students, engineers and researchers: OOFEM (object-oriented open-source software package for solid mechanics)

The Department of Mechanics, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, has prepared a new training course for Ph.D. students, engineers interested in simulation and researchers who wish to quickly acquire the knowledge and practical skills necessary to employ OOFEM (an object-oriented open-source software package for solid mechanics, with extensions to fluid mechanics and transport problems). Participants will learn how to create, analyze and post-process models. Moreover, they will understand the OOFEM code structure and they will learn how to implement custom material models, elements, boundary conditions, or solvers.

The course takes place in Prague on 16-18 September 2019 and it will be delivered by a team of skilled OOFEM developers. No prior knowledge of OOFEM is required; however, a basic knowledge of C++ is highly recommended.

For details see
Registration can be done by filling an online form. 
Questions should be addressed to