Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position available at the University of Bath (UK)

A Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position is available at the University of Bath (UK) from November 2018 to December 2020. The PDRA will work with researchers from five UK universities and the British Geological Survey on the EPSRC-funded ACHILLES Project.

ACHILLES will examine how ‘long linear infrastructure assets’, such as road and railway slopes, pipeline bedding and flood protection structures, can be better maintained and monitored to make them more resilient for the future.

The role of the applicant will be to identify age and climate-driven deterioration mechanisms observed in field and laboratory experiments. They will then liaise closely with infrastructure asset owners to provide evidence of these processes at the full scale.

Please contact Dr Kevin Briggs ( in the first instance.

More information about the position can be found here

PhD position in University Pau & Pays Adour, France

PhD opening position in Geomechanics and Porous Media research group at University Pau & Pays Adour, Basque Coast Campus, Anglet, France.
The topic is Use of sea-shells for environmental-friendly concretes and high-performance cement-based grouts  and details may be found at the attachment
Applications should be submitted before November 1st, 2018 by email at

Research Associate. Experimental geotechnical laboratory, Imperial College London

An opportunity has arisen for a Research Associate to work on experimental geotechnical laboratory and field studies carried out in conjunction with the ALPACA Joint Industry Project. The latter is a major research project that is being advanced in association with University of Oxford, funded by EPSRC and Industry. Professor R J Jardine is the Principal Investigator, with Dr Stavroula Kontoe as Co-Investigator. The project is directed towards…

  • Reference ENG00523
  • Date posted 20 September 2018
  • Closing date 28 October 2018

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Thermal micromechanics of granular materials – 2 PhD positions

2 PhD positions are available in the Geotechnics Section of the Dept. Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London.  The positions are part of the MatheGram ITN funded by Horizon 2020. The work will involve advancing understanding of the effects of temperature on soil behaviour.  The first PhD will be an experimental analysis of thermal effects on micromechanics of packed granular beds and will be supervised by Dr. David Taborda (  The second PhD will consider DEM analysis of thermal effects on micromechanics of packed granular beds and will be supervised by Prof. Catherine O’Sullivan (

Doctoral student position in dam foundation grouting at KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)

The Division of Soil and Rock Mechanics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, has a vacant doctoral student position. The doctoral student will mainly carry out research within the project “Remedial grouting of dams – development of design concepts for grout curtains in the rock foundation”. This research project was initiated because there is a need to investigate how to perform remedial grouting of both new and existing dams in Sweden.

Note that this position targets the intermediate two-year Licentiate degree, but that the university will aim to secure the remaining funding to possibly let the candidate to continue to a PhD degree. More information is available on the KTH website

PhD and postdoc positions in geomechanics at UCL (Belgium) in colaboration with UGA (France) on inherent rock heterogeneity using a double scale numerical approach

The goal of this project is to investigate the multi-scale behaviour of clay rock, going from microscopic to macroscopic scale. The research will be based on multi-scale
approach and numerical method allowing to model microstructure media in a double-scale framework (FEMxFEM). The PhD position is available at iMMC (UCL) in collaboration with the 3SR Laboratory (P. Bésuelle, CNRS, UGA). A postdoc position with a similar subject is also available.

Applications should be submitted by emailing a CV together with the academic grades (detail of marks) to the supervisor Benoît Pardoen.

More information in the attached document (updated version)

Junior Researcher position at University of Lisbon

A call is open to award one research grant to develop research activities within the I&D Project CEN-DynaGEO – Coupled Experimental and Numerical Approaches Toward Reliable Dynamic Characterization of Geomaterials, PTDC/EAM-GTC/29923/2017, funded by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT). The recipient is expected to conduct research in the field of Geomechanics at the University of Minho, University of Lisbon and BarcelonaTech.

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PhD position: Numerical modeling of localization in (partially) saturated low permeability geomaterials. Ecole Centrale Nantes/Université de Liège

This thesis deals with the constitutive modeling of low permeability partially saturated geomaterials, in the framework of enhanced poromechanics. Partial saturation means in this context that the porous network is occupied at least by two different fluid phases, having their own wetting properties. The classical poromechanical model, based on Biot’s theory, will be therefore generalized in order to account for stress/strain localization, within the solid phase, and fluid fingering, within the fluid phases. Strain localization will be treated making use of strain gradient theory and plasticity whilst partial saturation following a phase-field modeling approach to multi-phase fluid flow. To this aim, on the one hand, a fully coupled gradient constitutive law of the porous skeleton and the saturating (mixture of) fluid(s) will be assumed, which means that the free energy of the overall continuum will be a function not only of strain and mass concentrations of the fluid components, but also of their gradients. On the other hand, irreversible deformations of the solid skeleton will be modeled adopting a suitable plasticity model. This approach stems from previous results published by the
coordinator of the project [1-2] and can be partly retrieved in a line of research pursued by Collin and Kotronis, see e.g. [3-4], for what concerns the gradient approach to (un)saturated poromechanics.

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Postdoctoral research fellows, Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

The State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection (SKLGP), Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu, Sichuan, China, is seeking several full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellows to join the laboratory research groups on rock and soil mechanics. The posts are fixed-term for 24 months, with possibility of renewal up to three years, starting as soon as possible.
We are currently looking for the following research profile: Experimental soil and rock mechanics.

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