PhD fellowship in rock physics models for improved 4D seismic interpretation

We have a vacancy for a 3 years PhD Fellowship at Department of Geoscience and Petroleum (IGP), NTNU. The work will be a part of the project: Improved prediction of stress and pore-pressure changes in the overburden for infill drilling at SINTEF’s Department of Petroleum, that is supported by the industry and the Research Council. The main objective of this project is to provide calibrated rock-mechanical and rock-physical models for overburden rocks for prediction of stress- and pore-pressure changes in the overburden of a depleting reservoir.

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Research fellow position in modeling of mass movements at IRSTEA Grenoble (France)

Dear colleagues,

IRSTEA is the French National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture.

The ETNA research unit in Grenoble, specialized in the prevention of natural hazards in mountain environments (avalanches, snowdrift, torrential floods and debris flows, rock-falls, glacial hazards), invites applications for a permanent researcher position (research fellow) in multiscale mechanical modeling of gravity-driven mass movements.

All details concerning the position and application procedures are available at this link.

Best regards,

Guillaume Chambon.

2 PhD positions in the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems. The University of Western Australia

Predicting foundation response for offshore wind turbines Supervised by Britta Bienen, Conleth O’Loughlin

The aim of this research is to predict the installation and in service response of suction buckets supporting offshore wind turbines. This foundation concept is now being adopted in offshore wind farm designs. Following self-weight penetration into the seabed, the bucket is installed by pumping water out of the bucket, which creates a pressure differential across the lid and drives further penetration. In service, the foundation needs to resist the cyclic loading imposed on the turbine from the ocean environment. The mechanisms of suction installation (in layered soils in particular) and the effects of the installation process on the soil state are poorly understood. The evolution of foundation stiffness and displacement underpin the design. The research will be predominantly experimental, utilising recently developed purposedesigned experimental facilities. The project is a collaboration with Lloyd’s Register EMA and Melbourne University.

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Postdoctoral position on Acoustic metamaterials for geomechanics

Applications are invited for a postdoc position at the University of Twente (Netherlands), within the Multiscale Mechanics group. We are seeking an enthusiastic researcher with interests in geomechanics, acoustics and/or computer modelling to work on Optimization of acoustic metamaterials using DEM and Machine Learning, founded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The position is for 1 year, starting as soon as possible.More information and application link in the website

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geomechanics in Perth

The Opportunity

  • Develop a non-destructive rock characterisation methodology.
  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO.
  • Kick-start your research career at Australia’s premier research organisation!

As the Postdoctoral Fellow, you will develop a novel non-destructive rock characterisation methodology, in collaboration with Curtin University (Western Australia) and Duke University (USA), using a multiphysics theoretical and numerical framework based on geomechanical laboratory experimentation.

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Postdoctoral Research Positions of Geohazards/ Sedimentology/ Geomorphology/ Geotechnical Engineering

Postdoctoral Research Positions of Geohazards/ Sedimentology/Geomorphology/Geotechnical Engineering¨C 2019 CALL

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 research group on landslide hazard assessment as well as paleo-seismic and climatic events reconstruction through lacustrine sediment. The posts are fixed-term for 24 months, with possibility of renewal up to three years and recruitment of permanent research staff, starting as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidates will join an international research group with collaborations with many universities and institutes of UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, New Zealand, Japan etc. We are looking for the following research profiles:

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Opening for a faculty position at Virginia Tech

The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Geotechnical Engineering effective January 2020. The position is anticipated to be filled at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, but exceptional candidates will be given consideration for the Full Professor rank. A Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering or a closely aligned field is required. Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE), or completion of the FE examination with plans to pursue PE registration, and professional experience are desirable but not required. Evidence of scholarship, research, and a record of external funding is required for consideration of appointment at the Associate and Full Professor levels.

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Postdoctoral Research Positions of experimental soil mechanics and rock mechanics

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 experimental soil mechanics and rock mechanics. The posts are fixed-term for 24 months, with possibility of renewal up to three years, starting as soon as possible thereafter. The interviews of the selected candidate will be held around 1st of March, 2019.

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PhD position at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgian Nuclear Research Center and Paul Scherrer Institute

In support of the research programme related to the safe disposal of nuclear waste, KU Leuven, SCK•CEN and PSI are looking for a PhD candidate for following topic:

Diffusion of gases in desaturated clay-based materials

The main aim of the PhD is to investigate how desaturation influences the diffusive properties of the samples for gases. This will be accomplished by performing diffusion experiments on different clay-rich materials (e.g. Boom Clay, Opalinus Clay, bentonite, sand-bentonite mixtures, …) at different degrees of saturation (but still highly saturated to avoid a continuous gas pathway), using different gases (He, Ne, CH4, C2H6). Different methods to perform transport experiments under desaturated conditions exist (e.g. osmosis method, saturated salt method …), but none of them has been used to measure diffusivity of dissolved gases. Diffusivity data will be complemented with a full petrophysical characterisation of all samples in order to assess the effect of changing petrophysical properties on diffusivity, and to compare the observations to those of fully saturated samples. The PhD will be executed in the international context of the EC-EURAD project, with close collaboration between SCK-CEN and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI, CH) and other partners involved in EURAD.

More information on the topic & how to apply can be found in this link

For further details, please contact Dr. Elke Jacops (

Deadline for application is March 27, 2019.

Post-doctorate position in BIOSOIL project. Association of Instituto Superior Técnico for Research and Development (IST-ID), Lisbon, Portugal


The Executive   Board   of   the Association   of   Instituto  Superior Técnico   for   Research  and Development  (IST-ID), Lisbon, Portugal, took  a  decision  to  open  an  international  selection  competition  for  one doctorate  position  for  the  exercise  of  activities  of scientific research in  the  scientific  area (s)  of Science   and   Engineering   of Materials,   Bioengineering /Biosensors, Physics /Nanotechnology or Civil/Geotechnics/Hydraulics, in  the  form  of  an  employment  contract under  an  unspecified  fixed -term  work  contract  under the “Código do Trabalho” (Labor  Code), aiming  at work in  experimental tests  on  soil  samples (porous  media  and  textured  surfaces).  Integrated  sensors will  be  used  to monitor  key  parameters related  with biocementation  mechanisms.  Will  also  contribute  to  the dissemination of the project. These activities are carried within the project BIOSOIL.

The candidate must have the PhD degree recognised at the end of the recruitment period.  The detailed description and rules for application can be found at the attachment

It is a 30 month contract (monthly remuneration of 2128.34 Euros), starting in April 2019. The call ends at 18 March 2019.

For further information, please contact Prof. Rafaela Cardoso,