Postdoctoral Research Positions of Geohazards/ Sedimentology/ Geomorphology/ Geotechnical Engineering

Postdoctoral Research Positions of Geohazards/ Sedimentology/Geomorphology/Geotechnical Engineering¨C 2019 CALL

The State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection (SKLGP), Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu, Sichuan, China, is seeking several full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellows to join the research group on landslide hazard assessment as well as paleo-seismic and climatic events reconstruction through lacustrine sediment. The posts are fixed-term for 24 months, with possibility of renewal up to three years and recruitment of permanent research staff, starting as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidates will join an international research group with collaborations with many universities and institutes of UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, New Zealand, Japan etc. We are looking for the following research profiles:

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Opening for a faculty position at Virginia Tech

The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Geotechnical Engineering effective January 2020. The position is anticipated to be filled at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, but exceptional candidates will be given consideration for the Full Professor rank. A Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering or a closely aligned field is required. Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE), or completion of the FE examination with plans to pursue PE registration, and professional experience are desirable but not required. Evidence of scholarship, research, and a record of external funding is required for consideration of appointment at the Associate and Full Professor levels.

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Postdoctoral Research Positions of experimental soil mechanics and rock mechanics

The State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection (SKLGP), Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu, Sichuan, China, is seeking several full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellows to join the laboratory research groups on experimental soil mechanics and rock mechanics. The posts are fixed-term for 24 months, with possibility of renewal up to three years, starting as soon as possible thereafter. The interviews of the selected candidate will be held around 1st of March, 2019.

More information in the website

Workshop on Powders and Granular Materials – Challenges and Future Trends

This workshop, organised by the CNRS and University of Montpellier in collaboration with the University of Leeds and INRA-Montpellier, is intended to bring physics and engineering communities together to focus on challenges and new scopes in modelling powders and granular materials and their characterisation. The 2-day workshop programme will be composed of several invited talks as well as contributed talks. 

The deadline for abstract submission is 31 January 2019. 

For more information please visit the workshop website

PhD position at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgian Nuclear Research Center and Paul Scherrer Institute

In support of the research programme related to the safe disposal of nuclear waste, KU Leuven, SCK•CEN and PSI are looking for a PhD candidate for following topic:

Diffusion of gases in desaturated clay-based materials

The main aim of the PhD is to investigate how desaturation influences the diffusive properties of the samples for gases. This will be accomplished by performing diffusion experiments on different clay-rich materials (e.g. Boom Clay, Opalinus Clay, bentonite, sand-bentonite mixtures, …) at different degrees of saturation (but still highly saturated to avoid a continuous gas pathway), using different gases (He, Ne, CH4, C2H6). Different methods to perform transport experiments under desaturated conditions exist (e.g. osmosis method, saturated salt method …), but none of them has been used to measure diffusivity of dissolved gases. Diffusivity data will be complemented with a full petrophysical characterisation of all samples in order to assess the effect of changing petrophysical properties on diffusivity, and to compare the observations to those of fully saturated samples. The PhD will be executed in the international context of the EC-EURAD project, with close collaboration between SCK-CEN and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI, CH) and other partners involved in EURAD.

More information on the topic & how to apply can be found in this link

For further details, please contact Dr. Elke Jacops (

Deadline for application is March 27, 2019.

Post-doctorate position in BIOSOIL project. Association of Instituto Superior Técnico for Research and Development (IST-ID), Lisbon, Portugal


The Executive   Board   of   the Association   of   Instituto  Superior Técnico   for   Research  and Development  (IST-ID), Lisbon, Portugal, took  a  decision  to  open  an  international  selection  competition  for  one doctorate  position  for  the  exercise  of  activities  of scientific research in  the  scientific  area (s)  of Science   and   Engineering   of Materials,   Bioengineering /Biosensors, Physics /Nanotechnology or Civil/Geotechnics/Hydraulics, in  the  form  of  an  employment  contract under  an  unspecified  fixed -term  work  contract  under the “Código do Trabalho” (Labor  Code), aiming  at work in  experimental tests  on  soil  samples (porous  media  and  textured  surfaces).  Integrated  sensors will  be  used  to monitor  key  parameters related  with biocementation  mechanisms.  Will  also  contribute  to  the dissemination of the project. These activities are carried within the project BIOSOIL.

The candidate must have the PhD degree recognised at the end of the recruitment period.  The detailed description and rules for application can be found at the attachment

It is a 30 month contract (monthly remuneration of 2128.34 Euros), starting in April 2019. The call ends at 18 March 2019.

For further information, please contact Prof. Rafaela Cardoso,

Full-time faculty position in the area of Geotechnical Engineering with an emphasis on experimental soil mechanics

The School of Engineering at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, one of the leading engineering academic institutions in Latin America and ranked among the top four emerging leaders for engineering education worldwide, invites outstanding candidates for a full-time faculty position in the area of Geotechnical Engineering with an emphasis on experimental soil mechanics at the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering. Please find the details on this position at this link.

« Clayey geomaterials from micro to macroscale » Euroclay 2019 – Paris

Dear colleagues,

I would like to draw your attention on a geological/geomechanical session in the next Euroclay conference which will take place in Paris from 1st to 5th July 2019 (website).

This session entitled “Geotechnical characterisation of clayey geomaterials from micro to macroscale : the role of microstructure and anisotropy” is organized by Prof. Pierre Delage (Ecole des Ponts ParisTech), Dr. Myriam Duc (IFSTTAR), Prof. Christopher Spiers (Utrecht University) and myself.
Our main objective is to bring together geotechnical/geomechanical engineers, clay scientists and material scientists working on problems related to the characterisation of clayey geomaterials at different scales with a focus on the following topics: (i) Quantitative characterisation of microstructure: imaging/physico-chemical techniques and statistical approaches to characterize the microstructure and the anisotropy of clayey geomaterials; (ii) Experimental and theoretical methods to interpret geotechnical/geomechanical properties in terms of microstructural parameters.

We would like to encourage you to submit an abstract for our session. Online abstract submission is now open in the link and closes *** 31 January 2019***

Looking forward to receiving your abstracts and seeing you in Paris!

Best regards,

PhD position at the Institute of Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Management, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Hamburg, Germany

Applications are invited for an open PhD position at Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) within the research training group GRK 2462 “Processes in natural and technical Particle-Fluid-Systems” (PintPFS), founded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG).

In the framework of the graduate school, Particle-Fluid-Systems are investigated in an interdisciplinary approach, combining the expertise of researchers from the fields of civil engineering, process engineering, mechanical engineering and materials research as well as a multitude of experimental and numerical research methods. PhD students are supposed to work on individual but interlinked research topics in an excellent research group accompanied by guest scientists, lectures and workshops as well as hard and soft skill seminars. The PhD project at the Institute of Geotechnical Engineering supervised by Prof. Jürgen Grabe is entitled:

Experimental and numerical investigation of PFS under consideration of capillary effects

For further information on the project, please contact Prof. Jürgen Grabe.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Grabe
Institute of Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Management

Harburger Schloßstraße 20
21079 Hamburg

Phone: +49 40 42878 3762
E-Mail: grabe[at]

The full job advertisement with information for applicants can be found via the following link

PhD position at Heriot Watt University

Heriot Watt University is now accepting applications for a PhD opportunity on “The effects of fluid flow on the transport properties of faults in Enhanced Geothermal Systems”. Applications will be accepted until 1 February 2019. More information can be found at the link