Two research assistant positions at TU Clausthal

Two positions are open from the 01. October 2022 at the Chair for Geomechanics and multiphysics Systems (GemS) of the Technical University Clausthal as research assistant (m/f/d) (each position is 100 %, E13 TV-L) initially limited to three years full-time. As part of your work, you have the opportunity to pursue a PhD or Habilitation at TU Clausthal.

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PhD Position at the University of Strathclyde

A 4-year PhD studentship is available at the University of Strathclyde. This includes payment of home tuition fees for UK applicants and EU applicants with pre-settled or settled status and an enhanced stipend of £19,602 for academic year 2022/23, rising each year in line with UKRI rates. 

This project is investigating the use of colloidal silica grout (which forms a hydrogel) in the long-term sealing of boreholes in the ground, to prevent subsequent upward fluid migration from rocks at depth to the surface. More details in the advert attached.

PhD position at University of Oxford

A PhD position focusing on finite element modelling of offshore wind turbine foundations in sand (considering cyclic loading and partial drainage) is available at the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, UK.

For details see this advertisement:

Application deadline: 27 May 2022

Postdoctoral Opportunities in Geotechnical Research Group at PolyU-HK

1. Research areas (one of the following) :
(1) Multiscale/multiphysics modelling for geotechnical engineering (fluid-structure-soil interaction);
(2) Advanced laboratory testing on granular materials and/or modelling;
(3) Chemical-mechanical improvement on soft soils (experiment and/or modelling);
(4) Smart monitoring of geotechnical engineering, data analysis and AI application.

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Research Associate position – University of Strathclyde

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering seeks to recruit a talented researcher to a 44 month Research Associate position to work on nature-based solutions to mitigate landslides. This position is funded by the UKRI Future. Leaders Fellowship project: ‘Soil-mycelia systems for slope stabilisation’ led by Dr Grainne El Mountassir. The aim of the project is to develop novel low-cost, low-carbon fungal-based biogeotechnologies for landslide mitigation. The project will focus on characterising the hydraulic and mechanical behaviour of fungal treated soils over time and in response to varying environmental conditions (e.g. temperature and wetting-drying cycles). Experiments will be conducted at bench scale (cms) and at large-scale (several metres) in the laboratory. Experimental data gathered will be used to inform numerical models to investigate the influence of fungal treatment on slope stability for real case studies.  The successful researcher will be based in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK and will have the opportunity to undertake an industrial secondment with BAM Ritchies. The Department has over £4.5 million of current research projects in ground and subsurface engineering and the researcher will

join an enthusiastic and friendly team of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers that research a range of bio- and biochemical ground improvement and grouting technologies.

The University is seeking an excellent and enthusiastic candidate that can contribute to laboratory-based research on the hydraulic and mechanical testing of soils (e.g. oedometer, shear box, triaxial, permeability, water retention behaviour, suction control/monitoring methods) and investigation of soil microstructure (e.g. Scanning Electron Microscope, X-ray micro-computed tomography, Optical microscopy). The project will also work towards developing a constitutive model for the hydromechanical behaviour of fungal treated soils and numerical modelling will be conducted to assess the influence of fungal treatment on slope stability. It is not necessary that you have expertise in all of these areas as training will be given, but you should have experience in at least some of these areas. To be considered for the role, you should have a relevant undergraduate degree (e.g. Civil Engineering) and have successfully completed a PhD in a relevant field (e.g. geotechnical engineering, ecological engineering). You should be creative, with the ability to apply initiative and problem solve and have excellent communication skills.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Dr Grainne El Mountassir (

Applications can be made here:

Deadline: 22th May 2022

More information available in attached pdf file.

PhD Position on Friction in fault gouge

The University of Twente opens a PhD position on ‘Scaling friction from single grain to aggregate grain to (fault-gouge) contacts.‘ This project is in the area of tribology (study of friction, wear) with applications in earthquake (fault rock gouge) mechanics. It is a very interesting position on the boundary between tribology and geomechanics in the field of ‘geotribology’ – tribology of geomaterials. The project is funded by the DeepNL program of NWO.

The interested candidates can apply via this link:

The deadline is 15th May, but could be extended to 29th May depending on the number of applications.

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Sheffield (UK)

The Department of Civil & Structural Engineering at the University of Sheffield invites applications from outstanding and ambitious candidates for a position in Geotechnical Engineering at the Lecturer / Senior Lecturer level.

We seek a talented individual who can relate their research and teaching vision to impact within one or more of the following key challenges: infrastructure performance and resilience; adaptation of geotechnical systems for an evolving climate; low carbon development and management; integration of digital technologies with geotechnical applications. Applicants with a strong laboratory / physical modelling background are especially welcome, as are those with links to the design profession.

The Department has high quality geotechnical laboratory and physical modelling facilities including, at our Broad Lane site, advanced soil element testing laboratory, transparent soil (laser) laboratory and a 4.5m diameter beam centrifuge. The department is also home to the Integrated Civil and infrastructure Research Centre (iCAIR), part of the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC), where large scale physical testing on soil-water-structure problems can be carried out. Together, these offer a huge potential to develop and deepen experimental research interests across a range of geo-related problems.

Further information and an application link can be found below:

The closing date for applications is 6th May 2022.

Informal enquiries can be made to Elisabeth Bowman, Reader in Geomechanics, at

PhD Position at TU Delft

A PhD position in multi-scale modelling of auxetic cementitious composites is open at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology. The PhD will be part of a larger ERC funded project and collaborate closely with other members of the project team. Interested candidates can apply here:

Application deadline: May 15, 2022

Postdoctoral Position on hydromechanical modeling of masonry dams

We offer a postdoctoral position for investigating the hydromechanical modeling of masonry dams, subjected to flood and seismic events.

More information on this pdf file.

If you are interested, please send an application, including CV and a cover letter describing interests and qualifications related to the position and contact details of two reference people, to Guillaume Veylon,, before 30th of April, 2022.