Joint PhD position at the University of Queensland under the UQIDAR Program

A joint PhD scholarship is available at the University of Queensland (Australia) on “Coupled Digital Image Correlation and Particle Tracking (DIC/PT) Approach for Crack Growth Monitoring” under the UQIDAR joint PhD program. Highly motivated PhD candidates with a good background in MATLAB/Python programming/coding and fracture mechanics are encouraged to apply. Applications close on 18 October 2020. Successful students will commence in January 2021 at UQ and February 2021 at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD).

For more information about the project and the Selection Criteria see the links below.

Invitation to the 7th Lecture of AGERP

The organising committee of AGERP is pleased to invite you to the 7th installment of the Lecture series, which will be on ‘ Biogeotechnics ‘. This is scheduled on 3rd October 2020 (AEST). Registration (free and mandatory) for this lecture closes at 00:00,  2nd October 2020 (AEST). This Lecture will be delivered by Professor Jason T. DeJong (University of California, Davis, USA) and Dr. Dimitrios Terzis (Managing Director, MeduSoil).
Further info. and registration (free but mandatory):

For further information, please refer to the attached flier.
P.S. At the request of the lecturers, this session will not be recorded. We request you to attend the session live if you are interested.

Dr. Partha Mishra and Professor Sarat Das,
Convenor, AGERP

PhD fellowship at NTNU

The Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at NTNU has a vacancy for a

PhD position in numerical modelling of rock failure under repetitive impact by drillstring on borehole wall

The PhD project is part of a Knowledge-Building project for the Industry (PETROMAKS2) called 6n Degrees of Freedom Transient Torque & Drag, financed by the Research Council of Norway. Partners include NORCE, NTNU, University of Stavanger, and the industrial partners Equinor and Sekal AS.

The main objective of this project is to develop a transient torque and drag model that is compatible with real-time constraints and tightly coupled with transient drilling hydraulic and material transport models and that accounts for axial, torsional and lateral movements of the drill-string. The methods to be used in the research are numerical modeling and analysis of field data and large-scale experiment data.

For more information about the application :

Ph.D. positions in geotechnical engineering from UQ-IITD academy of research

Dear Colleagues, 

Two scholarship supported Ph.D. projects in the broad area of geotechnical engineering are available from the UQ-IITD academy of research ( Projects being offered:

  • Utilization of Mining Wastes as Backfill Material for Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Walls
  • Predictive modelling of settling and consolidation, and desiccation and rewetting of mine tailings
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Laloui’s Research Group Biogeotechnics Webinar

5 Little Known Keys For Successful Biogeotechnical Practice
with Prof. Lyesse Laloui, Dr Dimitrios Terzis,
Maren Katterbach, and Dr Alexandra Clarà Saracho

Laloui’s Research Group of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) invites you to the Biogeotechnics Webinar: 5 Little Known Keys For Successful Biogeotechnical Practice.

This webinar will present an alternative approach to material design and delivery using natural organic systems present within the soil to precipitate carbonate minerals that act as soil-binding agents. Technical discoveries and developments of bio-cemented soils will be presented, with a particular focus on how this technology can be integrated into mainstream geotechnical practice. Through the following points, under the scope of the ERC-funded BIOGEOS project, this talk will highlight to researchers and practitioners alike, the opportunities of a technology that will shape the future of low carbon soil remediation and stabilization practices:

• Applications & performance of bio-cemented soils
• Breaking the nitrogen barrier in biotic calcification
• Economics & environmental impact
• Equipment & monitoring
• Industrial practice: guidelines for successful integration

Date: 15 September 2020
Time: 13:30 CET / 07h30 ET / 19h30 Beijing Time
Place: Zoom

Reserve your space NOW!

Webinar: Foundations for Offshore Wind Turbines

The University of Liverpool Division of Civil Engineering invites you to the following webinar:

Foundations for Offshore Wind Turbines by Professor Britta Bienen, University of Western Australia

Tuesday 15 September 2020 12.00 BST (13.00 CET)

Details of how to register can be found in the attached document. Alternatively, you can register here:

Invitation for AGERP inaugural panel discussion

The organising committee of AGERP is pleased to invite you to the panel discussion 1 of the series, which will be on ‘ Career Prospects in Geotechnical Engineering: Academia and Industry ‘. This is scheduled on 11th September 2020 (AEST). Registration (free and mandatory) for this lecture closes at 00:00, 10th September 2020 (AEST). For this panel discussion we will be joined by Ms. Lydia Gentle (Engineering Manager, BHP, Australia), Professor G.L.S. Babu ( Professor, Indian Institute of Science; President, Indian Geotechnical Society, India), Dr. Anne-Catherine Dieudonné ( Assistant Professor, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands), Dr. Luis Alberto Torres-Cruz ( Senior Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa), Dr. Robert C. Bachus ( Senior Principal Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants, USA).
To know more about the panelists please visit:
Further info. and registration (free but mandatory):

For further information, please refer to the attached flier.
Dr. Partha Mishra and Professor Sarat Das, Convenor, AGERP

PhD offer within the EU JPI-CH project CRYSTINART (University of Pau & Pays Adour)

X-ray tomography for in-situ characterization of crystallization damage in layered artworks

One of the most common deterioration problems affecting cultural heritage worldwide is crystallization damage caused by an interplay between salts, environmental changes and material properties. Especially porous materials are susceptible to salt crystallization. It threatens artworks such as sculptures, ceramics, frescoes, paintings, archeological objects and buildings in museums as well as outdoor environments. Most of these artworks are made of an assembly of layered materials with different physicochemical properties. Additional layers of material are sometimes added as conservation measures. The properties of all materials involved and the interfaces between these materials affect the artwork’s susceptibility to deterioration.

As a PhD student within the CRYSTINART consortium, you will focus on the use of high-resolution X-ray computed tomography to characterize salt damage across layered artwork systems. You will mimic salt weathering scenarios in a climatic chamber, and once realistic scenarios defined, you will translate them to the X-ray tomograph. Time-resolved high-resolution X-ray computed tomography allows to follow the changes in the internal structure of the layered porous materials in-situ, and to monitor brine and salt crystal distributions as a function of time in a non-destructive way. Subsequently, you will set up image analysis workflows to derive quantitative data from the X-ray scans that can then be employed as direct input for theoretical crystallization damage models and for numerical studies.

More details on the project and how to apply can be found in the attached pdf.

PhD Position in Predicting Induced Seismicity

Fed up with polluted skies? Looking forward to sunny days? Contribute with your
research to address one of the major challenges of the XXI century: achieving
zero emissions to enjoy the blue sky again.

We offer a 3-year PhD position for developing predictive models of induced
seismicity as a result of fluid injection/extraction related to geothermal energy,
geologic carbon storage and subsurface energy storage. The position is related
to the ERC-StG project GEoREST (predictinG EaRthquakES induced by fluid
injecTion) (, funded by the European Research Council (ERC, The candidate will perform her/his research at the
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in a collaborative and enthusiastic

Qualifications and application requirements in the attached .pdf.

PhD Opportunity at The University of Melbourne, Infrastructure Department

PhD opportunities available on following multidisciplinary research topics:

– AI/ML, data-driven and probabilistic methods in: bridge scour predictions, early detection of internal erosion in dams/levees, porous media simulations, geomaterials constitutive behavior and failure predictions, offshore geohazard assessments

– Advanced soil-structure interaction analysis and large-scale testing for complex geo structural systems under extreme events: Impact/collision on retaining structures and piled barrier systems, Seismic behavior of deep foundations and underground structures subjected to liquefaction/lateral spreading

Includes Opportunity to: Receive Scholarships (stipend and fee waiver), Collaborate with industry and researches across other disciplines; Work with academics from leading universities in the US and Canada; Travel for presenting research in conferences/

Interested applicants to send CV, transcripts and sample publications (if available) to First round of scholarship deadline on Aug 28th.

Dr Negin Yousefpour
Doreen Thomas Fellow in Infrastructure Engineering