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.

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

Position at Technical University of Graz

Graz University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering Sciences, has an immediate opening for a fully funded position (40 hours a week) as tenure track professorship for women in the field Geotechnics / Tunnelling with in-depth knowledge of Data Science / Artificial Intelligence at the Institute of Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling. After fulfilment of the qualification agreement, the candidate will be appointed as associated professor (permanent position). 

Application deadline: 30 April 2020

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The complete announcement is available under:

Faculty position at Polytechnique Montreal – GÉOTECHNIQUE

Polytechnique Montréal is seeking applicants for a tenure-track position in geotechnical engineering. Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

– frozen ground engineering

– transportation geotechnics

– unsaturated soil mechanics

– energy foundations

Full description of the position and the required documents for the application can be found at the following link:

Attached file.

2 PhD positions at Navier Lab

Applications are welcomed for two PhD positions in Navier Laboratory (Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, Univ. Gustave Eiffel, CNRS) on geomechanical modeling for application to nuclear waste storage. The first topic aims at investigating the role of bound water on the THM couplings of claystone, the second topic is dedicated to fluid-induced cracking in fractured claystone. Candidates must hold a Master of Science or equivalent in mechanics and physics of (geo)-materials with a strong taste for numerical modeling.

More details in the attached document.

French-Canadian PhD position on multiscale modeling of unsaturated granular materials

The University of Calgary, the University of La Rochelle and INRAE are pleased to invite applications for a PhD position (3 years) to model the mechanical behavior of granular materials subjected to cyclic hydraulic loading and to analyze the induced instabilities. This PhD project is part of the StabDigue project supported by the French Region Nouvelle Aquitaine on the analysis of both the stability and durability of dikes and retaining structures along the coastline. The PhD candidate will benefit from both a French-Canadian double PhD degree and the International Research Network Multi-Physics and Multi-scale Couplings in Geo-environmental Mechanics (GDRI CNRS GeoMech).

Further details in the attached Pdf.

3 PhD Positions – University of Southampton, UK.

Three new PhD positions are open in the University of Southampton, UK.

 1) Mathematical Modelling of Poro-Mechanics of Soil (Tiina Roose and William Powrie) – This project will investigate how the degree soil water saturation influences soil mechanics, particularly the non-uniformity of moisture content distribution within the soil, which becomes more significant as the range of grain sizes increases. We aim to develop new mathematical model where the role of plants in soil mechanics can be included, which relates to the effects of spatially and temporally heterogeneous wetting and drying cycles on the soil matrix.

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