Industry-sponsored PhD opportunity (University of Sydney – MolyCop)

• Research project to tackle energy efficiency issues in industrial crushing and grinding machinery.
• Based in Perth, Australia.
• Collaborative project between MolyCop and the University of Sydney.
• PhD stipend of $35,000 per year available for 3 years for living expenses.

More details in the attached file.

For further information, you can contact Itai Einav:

University of Glasgow: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer or Reader in Ground Engineering, Engineering Geology or Geotechnics

Applications for the post are welcome in any research areas in ground engineering, engineering geology or geotechnics including but not limited to sustainable and novel geomaterials, smart infrastructure, and the applications of geology and geotechnics to problems in renewable energy and sustainability that complement the existing strengths within the School. The post-holder will develop, lead and sustain research of international standard in Engineering and contribute to teaching, assessment, project supervision and curriculum design at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; and participate in School management and organisation.

The post is permanent and full-time.

Closing date for applications: 30 April 2020

PhD proposal EC Nantes

Years: 2020-2023
Title: Modeling of vertical rigid inclusions subjected to seismic loading
Laboratory: GeM, Institut de Recherche en Génie Civil et Mécanique (UMR CRNS 6183)
Team : MEO (Matériaux Environnement et Ouvrages)
Where: École Centrale de Nantes:
Period: October 2020 – September 2023
Academic tutors:
Panagiotis KOTRONIS (Centrale Nantes)
Giulio SCIARRA (Centrale Nantes)
Zheng LI (University Gustave Eiffel)

More details in the attached document.

Deadline extension for the Ioannis Vardoulakis PhD Prize 2020

The Bureau of ALERT Geomaterials has decided to fund the Ioannis Vardoulakis PhD Prize 2020. Since 2016, the PhD prize is entitled Ioannis Vardoulakis PhD Prize to commemorate Prof. Vardoulakis and his contributions to research and teaching in the field of Geomechanics.

The participation to the prize is open to all the PhD students coming from institutions belonging to ALERT, that have discussed their PhD thesis in 2019. The deadline for the applications has been extended to 19th April, 2020.

Postdoc position at Delft University of Technology – Numerical modelling of cyclic soil-monopile interaction

Applications are welcome for a 2.5-years postdoc position on the numerical modelling of cyclic soil-monopile interaction in offshore wind turbines. The research work will include development, set-up and calibration of 3D FE monopile models, in combination with advanced constitutive modelling of cyclic sand behaviour. Design of the numerical simulation programme, and validation of obtained results, will be carried out in close collaboration with experimentalists and industry experts. The new knowledge gained from combined physical and numerical modelling will be oriented towards the formulation and implementation of a new engineering p-y model for the analysis of large-diameter monopiles in sand under cyclic loading. 

Candidates should possess a PhD degree in Civil/Geotechnical Engineering or related areas, excellent knowledge of soil mechanics and foundation engineering, and proven experience in numerical/constitutive modelling (preferably including soil-structure interaction problems and cyclic loading). Acquaintance with offshore wind geotechnics is also appreciated (but not mandatory). 

Full description of the position and instructions for applicants can be found using the following link:

For more information about this vacancy please contact Dr. Federico Pisanò,, or Dr. Amin Askarinejad:

The closing date for applications is April 30th, 2020. Preferred starting date is November 1st, 2020.

Announcement for a postdoc position at Navier Lab

Applications are welcomed for a postdoc position in Navier Laboratory (Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, Univ. Gustave Eiffel, CNRS) on the mitigation of crystalline swelling in clays by cationic exchange. This postdoc is part of the ALLUVIUM project (I-site FUTURE) and an on-going experimental campaign using XRD identified a shortlist of promising cationic compounds. In this postdoc, we propose to complement these experiments with molecular simulations to investigate in detail the effects of cationic exchange at the nano-scale.

More details in the attached document.

E-UNSAT 2020, Lisbon, postponed to 19-21 October 2020

Due to the COV-19 outbreak in all European countries in the last weeks, in agreement with the Chair and the Secretary of the TC-106, E-UNSAT 2020 conference to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, will be postponed. The new dates have been fixed to October 19-21, 2020.

Postponing the conference was necessary to allow for safe travelling and enjoying the event. Hopefully this delay will be enough for the emergency to be over.  Further information can be found at

We hope that you all are doing well and we are looking forward to welcoming you in Lisbon, though later than expected.

Kind regards,
Rafaela Cardoso, Cristina Jommi and Enrique Romero
Conference chairs

PhD position: Numerical modeling of fracturing of a clay-rich rock under gas overpressure

The Cigeo project is the French plan for a deep disposal center for radioactive waste. The excavation operations induce a network of fractures around the repository structures, which are to be built in the framework of the Cigeo project within the Callovo-Oxfordian claystone (COx) considered as a potential host geological formation.

The proposed research program concerns two main tasks; experimental and numerical. Further information on this position can be found in the attached file.

The applicant must hold a Master degree or equivalent in the field of solid mechanics or civil engineering. Interested applicants are invited to send a CV, a cover letter and their transcripts to François Hild ( and Darius Seyedi ( by 27 March 2020.

2 Assistant Professor positions at University of Twente

Applications are welcomed for two Assistant Professor positions of Computational Multiscale Mechanics and Geomechanics. Focus of the first position is on the development of advanced open-source computational tools for the investigation of particulate materials. The second position is dedicated to the multiscale and multiphase modelling of soils, for material characterisation, prediction, improvement. 

For more information and applications follow the links below:

– Computational Multiscale Mechanics (Deadline 1 April 2020):!/1110934/assistant-professor-computational-multiscale-mechanics

– Geomechanics (Deadline 15 April 2020):!/1127291/assistant-professor-geomechanics