Finite Element Method Simulation of unsaturated soils under complex thermal, hydraulic, mechanical, and chemical (THMC) conditions

DURATION: 4 (2+2) years
START DATE: 2019, after September 2019.
SALARY: 2500+€ /month , increases in line with achievements up to 3300+€ /month in the final stage of doctorate
WHERE: Department of Civil  Engineering, Aalto University, Helsinki (Espoo)
SUPERVISOR: A. Prof. Wojciech Sołowski
CONTACT: wojciech.solowski [at]

The full details are on the Aalto website:

Ph.D. position (m/f/d) in The Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)

In the field of civil engineering, physical engineering, computational science or a comparable field of study

Salary group 13 TVöD
Temporary contract for 36 months 
Full-time / suitable as part-time employment

The Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) is a materials research organization in Germany. Our mission is to ensure safety in technology and chemistry. We conduct research and testing in materials science, materials engineering and chemistry to improve the safety of products and processes. At BAM we do research that matters. Our work covers a broad array of topics in the focus areas of energy, infrastructure, environment, materials, and analytical sciences. We offer an excellent work environment, located in Berlin, with state of the art research infrastructure and special laboratories.

We are looking for talented people to join us.

Your responsibilities include:
Scientific contribution to the binational research project COMET (Coupled micromechanical mod-elling for the analysis and prevention of erosion in hydraulic and offshore infrastructures) funded by the DFG research agency.
This will involve:

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Postdoctoral Position in Granular Mechanics at the University of Glasgow

A two-year EPSRC funded Research Associate position is available within the Glasgow Computation Engineering Centre at the University of Glasgow. The ambitious project aims to apply the multiscale quasicontinuum (QC) method to granular systems using the discrete element modelling (DEM). A granular QC method would allow fully resolved discrete simulations in areas of interest (e.g. at localisations) but a more efficient coarse-grained continuum simulation to be carried out away from these areas. The Research Associate will develop an open-source granular QC method with the aim of significantly accelerating DEM simulations for problems with localisations and with multiphysical challenges (e.g. mechanical and thermal coupling).  You will become a member of the Glasgow Computation Engineering Centre (, a research group consisting of 10 academics with a wide range of interests in computational mechanics.

Essential Requirements:

  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in engineering, applied mathematics or a related discipline.
  • Applicants must have a strong background in the computational modelling of granular systems.
  • Applications must have a strong background in the development of scientific/engineering software.
  • Applicants must have experience in engineering programming languages.
  • Applicants should have excellent communication and organizational skills and should be highly motivated.

Informal enquiries can be made to the Glasgow Computation Engineering Centre (

It is anticipated that interviews will take place in August 2019, with the anticipated start as soon as possible thereafter.

Postdoc position at the University of Pau & Pays Adour

Applications are invited for a one year full-time postdoctoral research position at the University of Pau & Pays Adour, France, on an “Experimental and numerical study of reactive transport in porous media under deep geothermal conditions”. 

The project will be conducted in the framework of a collaboration between the Laboratoire de Thermique, Energétique et Procédés (LaTEP) and IFP Énergies nouvelles (IFPEN), supported by CARNOT ISIFoR and IFPEN, and aims to improve the prediction of barite precipitation under geothermal conditions. In that prospect, the approach proposed in this project will combine laboratory experiments and reactive transport modeling.

The deadline for application is June 24th 2019. More details can be found in the attached file. 

PhD Position at the University of Strathclyde and Chalmers University of Technology

TITLE: A pioneering investigation into the particle-scale origin of strength and stiffness of clayey geomaterials

DURATION: 3 years

START DATE: ASAP but no later than 30/09/2019

STIPEND: £1230/month

ELIGIBILITY: Applications from UK/EU applicants only. First Class Honours (or equivalent)

WHERE: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland and Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology , Sweden

SUPERVISORS: Professor Alessandro Tarantino ( and Prof Jelke Djikstra (

CONTACT: Alessandro Tarantino

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Soil surface erosion: local law and influence of soil and flow properties on the erosion resistance of hydraulic structures

We are looking for a candidate to apply for a PhD opportunity about “Soil surface erosion: local law and influence of soil and flow properties on the erosion resistance of hydraulic structures”.

This PhD will take place in collaboration between UMR RECOVER, Irstea, Aix Marseille Univ, Equipe G2DR, Aix-en-Provence and Université Paris Est, ESTP Paris, Institut de Recherche en Constructibilité, Cachan.

The deadline for application is 15th June 2019.

More details are available in the attached file.

PhD Position: Are some phobias good? Examining hydro-mechanical relationships in hydrophobic soils

TOPIC: This project will exploit state-of-the-art experimental techniques to examine the evolution of water-repellent soil hydro-mechanical behaviour on the microstructural and macrostructural scale. It is well understood that microscopic interactions between water menisci and soil particles govern the macroscopic mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils. However, how water repellency affects those interactions is largely unknown. Successfully accounting for the effect of repellency on soil hydro-mechanical behaviour could yield significant benefits to geotechnical design.

UNI: University of Edinburgh – supervised by Dr C. Beckett (in collaboration with Heriot-Watt university among others)

FUNDING: EU-UK students will receive a monthly stipend

WHEN: We are happy to start asap.

For more information contact Zeynep Karatza:

Post of research Assistant/Research Associate, in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University

I would like to draw your attention to the post of research Assistant/Research Associate, in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University in the area of computational geotechnics. The successful applicant will carry out high-quality research on infrastructure embankments and the impacts of climate change. This project is part ACHILLES consortium which comprises the Universities of Newcastle, Durham, Loughborough, Southampton, Bath and Leeds and the British Geological Survey.

The closing date for applications is 26th May 2019.

Postdoctoral position in Energy Geostructures field. Laboratory of Soil Mechanics (LMS) – EPFL

The research performed on energy geostructures at the LMS is centered on observing, measuring, understanding and predicting the behaviour of energy geostructures, by investigating the aspects of primary importance for maximising the energy, geotechnical and structural performance of energy geostructures from a multiphysical perspective. More information on the current activities and recent publications of LMS Research Group on Energy Geostructures can be found here (

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Geomechanics position at Imperial College

Applications are invited for a one year full-time researcher based in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London in the area of discrete element modelling and computational fluid dynamics. The successful applicant will join the Geotechnics research group as a member of research staff and will conduct research on an EPSRC funded project entitled “Particle-scale investigation of seepage induced geotechnical instability(EP/P010393/1)”. The work will be conducted under the supervision of Professor Catherine O’Sullivan.

The primary focus of the proposed research is to use coupled discrete element method (DEM) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations to improve understanding of seepage induced internal instability.  The particular mechanism of interest sometimes referred to as suffusion.  The researcher will be involved in code development, setting up and running discrete element method simulations and interpreting the results. 

The start date for this research post is July 1 2019 (with limited flexibility for moving it) and the salary will be based on the level of relevant experience of the successful candidate.

This is a fixed term appointment for up to 12 months.  Applications will be considered from both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral researchers.  Please contact Catherine O’Sullivan for further details (, telephone +44 20 759 46117)