Post-doctoral position: Geomechanics for CO2 storage. Laboratory for Soil Mechanics – Chair Gaz Naturel Petrosvibri

The goal of the Chair Gaz Naturel Petrosvibri at the Swiss federal Institute of Technology EPFL is to carry out fundamental research in the field geomechanics applied to CO2 geological storage. The scientific activities are developed in the context of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research – Supply of Electricity (sccer-soe.ch), where the role and the contribution of geo-energies for a sustainable supply of electricity is analyzed.

Ongoing research at the Chair investigates the aspects related to caprock characterization, induced seismicity, thermo-hydro-chemo-mechanical analyses. The position in particular aims at analyzing the multiphysical processes occurring in shale caprock with an experimental, theoretical, and numerical approach.

CANDIDATE PROFILE
Suitable candidates must have a PhD in Geomechanics, with a strong background in Geotechnical Engineering, Porous/Fluid mechanics and Numerical methods. Candidates are expected to be capable of developing their own independent research, and to have outstanding scientific reporting and communication skills, as well as very good teamwork attitude. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview at the EPFL.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
We are offering excellent research facilities and a competitive salary (81’000 CHF/year). The EPFL offers an outstanding international environment full of training and development opportunities. We are looking for motivated candidates ready to undertake advanced experimental and numerical work within our team. The position foresees the participation to projects currently ongoing, and the part-time supervision of M.Sc. and PhD students.

APPLICATIONS
The position is now open and will start on October 1st 2019 or upon agreement. Suitable candidates should send their application, consisting of motivation letter describing interests and qualifications and the CV, to the following email address: recruitment.lms@epfl.ch

Positions section in the EPFL website: link

PhD opportunity: Multiscale investigation of ductile-to-brittle transition in snow

Dear colleagues,

We are looking for a candidate to apply for a PhD opportunity about Multiscale investigation of ductile-to-brittle transition in snow (see below for details). This PhD will be supervised by M. Montagnat, P. Hagenmuller et G. Chambon and will take place in collaboration between Institut des Géosciences de l’Environnement (CNRS, Univ. Grenoble Alpes), Centre d’Etude de la Neige (CNRM MétéoFrance) and ETNA research unit (IRSTEA, Univ. Grenoble Alpes). Applications must be done on this site, before June 3rd.

Please contact Maurine Montagnat (maurine.montagnat@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr) before application or for more information

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PhD project “Investigations of the influence of grain properties on jumps during free-surface granular flows”

Applications:

Interested candidates should send their CV and cover letter to:

  • Dr. Thierry Faug, thierry.faug@irstea.fr (+33 4 76 76 28 28)
  • Prof. Itai Einav, itai.einav@sydney.edu.au (+61 2 93 51 20 69)
    The closing date for applications is on 3 June 2019, and more details on the project and how to apply can be found here

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Post-doctoral fellowship – CERIS, IST-ID Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal

The geotechnics group of the research group CERIS based at Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal has a vacant post-doctoral research position currently open for applications. The position is full-time with a duration of up to 30 months, after a probation period of 6 months. The work planned under the contract is in support of the project DEEPCOOL and will involve a number of activities namely: small scale model testing, numerical modelling and dissemination activities.

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Doctoral student position in soil mechanics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

The Division of Soil and Rock Mechanics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden) has vacant doctoral student position. The doctoral student will carry out research in soil mechanics, soil dynamics and geophysics to develop a new method for geotechnical field investigations. 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: https://www.kth.se/en/om/work-at-kth/lediga-jobb/what:job/jobID:260329/where:4/

PhD Position in Subsurface Characterization

Fed up with polluted skies? Looking forward to sunny days? Come to Barcelona to enjoy the Mediterranean climate while contributing with your research to address one of the major challenges of the XXI century: achieving zero emissions to see the blue sky again.

We offer a 3-year PhD position for developing characterization methodologies based on the coupled response of the subsurface to fluid injection/extraction in subsurface energy applications. The position is related to the ERC-StG project GEoREST (predictinG EaRthquakES induced by fluid injecTion), funded by the European Research Council (ERC, https://erc.europa.eu/). The candidate will perform her/his research at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in a collaborative and enthusiastic environment.

QUALIFICATIONS

We are looking for highly motivated, perseverant and creative individuals with strong analytical and problem solving skills willing to leave their footprint on science. Candidates should hold a MSc in Engineering or Physics and have good knowledge on geomechanics and/or geotechnical engineering and hydrogeology. Experience in numerical modeling and programming will be appreciated. Additionally, we will value scientific publications in international journals and participations in conferences. The candidate will be integrated into an international team, so good communication skills and team working capabilities are required. Excellent level of English, both written and oral, is a requirement.

APPLICATIONS

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 Victor Vilarrasa, erc.georest@gmail.com, before 31st of May, 2019. Selection will be performed on the basis of the excellence of the CV and motivation.


PhD Position in Process Understanding of Induced Seismicity

Fed up with polluted skies? Looking forward to sunny days? Come to Barcelona to enjoy the Mediterranean climate while contributing with your research to address one of the major challenges of the XXI century: achieving zero emissions to see the blue sky again.

We offer a 3-year PhD position for investigating the mechanisms that induce post-injection seismicity as a result of fluid injection/extraction related to subsurface energy applications. The position is related to the ERC-StG project GEoREST (predictinG EaRthquakES induced by fluid injecTion), funded by the European Research Council (ERC, https://erc.europa.eu/). The candidate will perform her/his research at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in a collaborative and enthusiastic environment.

QUALIFICATIONS

We are looking for highly motivated, perseverant and creative individuals with strong analytical and problem solving skills willing to leave their footprint on science. Candidates should hold a MSc in Engineering or Physics and have good knowledge on geomechanics and/or geotechnical engineering and hydrogeology. Experience in numerical modeling and programming will be appreciated. Additionally, we will value scientific publications in international journals and participations in conferences. The candidate will be integrated into an international team, so good communication skills and team working capabilities are required. Excellent level of English, both written and oral, is a requirement.

APPLICATIONS 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 Victor Vilarrasa, erc.georest@gmail.com, before 31st of May, 2019. Selection will be performed on the basis of the excellence of the CV and motivation.

PhD position: Effect of Microstructural factors on deformation and fluid transport in partially saturated low permeability materials

Location: Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France), University of Rome TorVergata (Italy).

The thesis deals with the investigation of the mecanisms of fluid percolation and strain localization through the diffuse interface between high and low permeability geomaterials, as in the above case which mentioned the interface between an acquifer reservoir rock and a sealing tight caprock, see figure. More information in the attachment:


Two PhD and one post-doc position at the Laboratory for Soil Mechanics of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL

The call is open till June 30th 2019 and candidates are urged to apply as early as they can. Please contact recruitment.lms@epfl.ch for applications. Suitable candidates should send an e-mail including a cover letter describing interests and qualifications and a CV, as a single PDF. More information in the attachment:

Two PhD opening positions in the Geomechanics and Porous Media research group, University Pau & Pays Adour, Basque Coast Campus, Anglet, France

Coupling classical DFT with poromechanics for adsorption‑induced swelling quantification in microporous materials  – details may be found at: http://perso.crans.org/gregoire/positions@G2MP/PhD_I-M-API.pdf

Cristallisation-induced damage in heterogeneous porous media in the context of the erosion of the French Basque coast and the damage of its protection buildings  – details may be found at: http://perso.crans.org/gregoire/positions@G2MP/PhD_Ezponda.pdf