Call for abstracts for a mini-symposium on Advances in Material Point Methods in Engineering Mechanics Institute conference, Durham, UK, 5-8 April 2020

There is increasing interest in the MPM (and its variants, such as GIMP, CPDI1, CPDI2, etc.) as a means of modelling problems in which very large deformations occur, e.g. in the study of landslides. The purpose of this mini-symposium is to provide a forum for presenting advances in the method, e.g. improving the accuracy (including convergence and benchmark problems), dealing with numerical issues, modelling of coupled problems, computational efficiency and applications to real world problems. Abstracts will be accepted until at least the end of November (

Will Coombs, Durham University | Phil Vardon, TU Delft  | Mario Martinelli, Deltares

For more information, please see the attached pdf [linfk to pdf]

1 year post-doctoral position at GeoRessources (Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France) – Discrete Fault Mechanics

We are looking for a motivated candidate with experience in computational geomechanics/geosciences.

The project will focus on the numerical modelling of faults using a discrete mechanics viewpoint. Hydro-mechanically coupled discrete element models will be used to investigate how faults reactivate due to fluid circulation in the context of geological storage of C02.

Please find more details about the position in this document.

Keywords: Fault, Hydro-Mechanical Coupling, Discrete Element Method

CALL for Visiting Professor @ University of Salerno, 30 days or 90 days

Dear colleagues and friends of ALERT, I am pleased to announce that a call for visiting professor at the University of Salerno has been issued with deadline on 28 november. In the framework of this call Visiting Professors/Researchers will get a monthly grant of € 3.000,00 gross percipient.

Contact person for any help to participate to the call: Sabatino Cuomo, email:

Possible topics:- landslide modeling – unsaturated soil testing- geosynthetics for slope reinforcement- rapid landslides-structures interaction

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1-year post-doctoral position at ISTerre (Univ. Grenoble Alpes) on numerical modelling of aseismic deformation of fault-related fold system

We are looking for a motivated candidate with experience in numerical modelling. The project is about numerical modelling of aseismic deformation in a fold-and-thrust system at the time-scale of the seismic cycle.

The detailed description of this position can be found in the following file: 

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