PhD Position at Heriot-Watt University – Experimental Soil Mechanics

Applications are welcome for a PhD position to investigate the response of soils subjected to variations of temperature and water flow conditions through an experimental campaign involving both conventional and state-of-the-art laboratory testing. The project is available to all students, whether home, EU or overseas. The successful candidate should possess at minimum a masters and undergraduate degree in civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, earth science or a similar field. Strong interest and experience on experimental soil mechanics is an essential requirement of this project. The PhD student will get full access to the state-of-the-art facilities of the Geotechnical and GeoMaterials Laboratory at Heriot-Watt University, which includes equipment for unsaturated soil testing (e.g. unsaturated triaxial, oedometer and direct shear apparatus, pressure cells, temperature & environmental chambers) as well as standard geotechnical testing.

Full description of the position along with the details on how to apply can be found in the following link:

Further enquiries on the vacancy can be directed to Dr. Melis Sutman:

The closing date for the applications is October 21st, 2019.

Post-doctoral researcher in computational geomechanics at Delft University of Technology

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher in computational modelling of gas-induced fractures in low-permeability porous media. The post-doctoral researcher will push the boundaries of existing understanding of coupling between gas flow in low permeability porous media and fracturing process, through the development of theoretical models and numerical tools. It is anticipated that the researcher will need to develop models which include discrete pathways in a heterogeneous (continuum) material. Challenges exist in simulating the development of the discrete pathways and the impact of the heterogeneity on the macroscopic behaviour. The simulation tools developed will be based on existing finite element tools for multiphase flow and mechanics, which require novel additions to include discrete pathways. Close collaboration with experimentalists is expected.

The closing date for applications is 11th October 2019.

More information can be found in the attachment.

Position available at Colorado School of Mines – Experimental Soil Mechanics

We are seeking to hire a research professional (research engineer, research assistant professor, post-doctoral fellow, post MSc fellow) with experience and interest in applied/experimental soil behavior and experimental mechanics related to soil erosion, jetting erosion of soils, jet grouting, dredging mechanics, soil modification/ground improvement, soil drilling, fluid fracking of soils. Qualified applicants that lack these specific areas of experience yet have a strong background in experimental soil behavior/mechanics are encouraged to apply. Experience with embedded instrumentation, field testing, soil bed testing, etc., is also desired.

The position is scheduled to begin October 1, and is available for 15 months with possible extension and promotion. See attached pdf for further details.

Contact: Prof. Mike Mooney (

PhD and PostDoc positions at LMS-EPFL

The laboratory for Soil Mechanics (LMS) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne(EPFL) is looking for outstanding candidates for 3 PhD and 2 Post-Doc positions.

The LMS is working in the field of geomechanical and geotechnical engineering with applications for energy and environment. We are looking for motivated candidates ready to undertake advanced experimental and numerical work within our team.

The call will remain open until all the positions are filled.

Further information in the attached document.

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Geotechnical Engineering Grade 7/8/9 (updated links)

Applications are welcome from those with a experienced and recognised research background in Geotechnical Engineering. You will have research experience in an academic (or industrial research) environment, including a relevant publication record in leading international journals and evidence of ability in attracting external research funding from a range of funding sources. Candidates who can actively contribute to research in computational and applied geotechnics will be favourably assessed.

You should have a PhD in a relevant discipline, preferably within the broad area of Civil Engineering. Teaching commitments can be expected at both undergraduate and postgraduate level with contributions to the Department’s current and future degree programmes. Your enthusiasm in research should therefore be accompanied by a commitment and competence in teaching at both UG and PG levels.

Closing Date: 18 September 2019

Full description of the position and details of how to apply can be found at: recruiting website (updated link)

Informal enquiries can be directed to Prof. Kristian Krabbenhoft:

Assistant Professors (tenure track) / Associate Professors in Civil and Structural Engineering

The Department of Engineering (ENG) of Aarhus University (AU) is looking for several innovative and visionary tenure track Assistant Professors or Associate Professors in Civil and Structural Engineering. Within the last two years, eight new faculty researchers have been recruited to our Civil Engineering section, and we are now looking to further expand, based on our ambitious strategic investment in a five-year recruitment plan to place the university in direct competition with the global engineering elite. Therefore, Aarhus University is seeking researchers driven with vision, innovations, and technologies for the future, to join and expand our existing research environment in Civil Engineering. Read more about the position here:

Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Multi Scale Modelling of Geomaterials

3 year position in the newly formed Westlake Institute for Advance Study in Hangzhou China. Competitive salary ranging from 250k to 350k RMB per year, depending on experience, as well as relocation expenses. The project is focused on creating advanced modelling techniques for the complex physics present in geomechanics problems. Researchers with PhD in Mathematics, Physics, Civil or Mechanical Engineering, or related fields are welcome to apply. Experience in computational methods such as Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics, Particle Finite Element Method, Material Point Method and related methods is also highly desirable.

The Westlake Institute for Advance Study is a newly formed university with great support from the local government as well as the private sector. For more information about the Institute please visit its website

For information regarding this position please see this link

Assistant Professor of Geotechnical Uncertainty at Delft University of Technology

Applications are invited for an Assistant Professor of Geotechnical Uncertainty (tenure track). The position is proposed to investigate soil mechanical material behaviour accounting for uncertainties relating to, for example, measurements, statistics, transformation from measured to derived properties, and external (including environmental) loadings. It takes into consideration the random, spatial and systematic components of uncertainty, as well as uncertainties relating to the cross-correlations of material properties and multi-physical couplings, and develops new solutions to better control and reduce the geotechnical uncertainty and risk in geotechnical assessments and construction processes.

The closing date for applications is 7 October 2019.

More information can be found in the attachment.

Assistant Professor of Geo-Monitoring and Data Analytics at Delft University of Technology

Applications are invited for an Assistant Professor of Geo-Monitoring and Data Analytics (tenure track). The position is proposed to develop advanced knowledge of the response of geostructures from data analytics, and improve current life-cycle design and assessment models. This requires an understanding of how climate change and increasing demographic pressure impact the life cycle of critical geostructures, and of how to extract relevant geotechnical information from multi-year and multiscale data streams.

The closing date for applications is 7 October 2019.

More information can be found in the attachment.