Joint PhD position at the University of Queensland under the UQIDAR Program

A joint PhD scholarship is available at the University of Queensland (Australia) on “Coupled Digital Image Correlation and Particle Tracking (DIC/PT) Approach for Crack Growth Monitoring” under the UQIDAR joint PhD program. Highly motivated PhD candidates with a good background in MATLAB/Python programming/coding and fracture mechanics are encouraged to apply. Applications close on 18 October 2020. Successful students will commence in January 2021 at UQ and February 2021 at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD).

For more information about the project and the Selection Criteria see the links below.

PhD fellowship at NTNU

The Department of Geoscience and Petroleum at NTNU has a vacancy for a

PhD position in numerical modelling of rock failure under repetitive impact by drillstring on borehole wall

The PhD project is part of a Knowledge-Building project for the Industry (PETROMAKS2) called 6n Degrees of Freedom Transient Torque & Drag, financed by the Research Council of Norway. Partners include NORCE, NTNU, University of Stavanger, and the industrial partners Equinor and Sekal AS.

The main objective of this project is to develop a transient torque and drag model that is compatible with real-time constraints and tightly coupled with transient drilling hydraulic and material transport models and that accounts for axial, torsional and lateral movements of the drill-string. The methods to be used in the research are numerical modeling and analysis of field data and large-scale experiment data.

For more information about the application :

Ph.D. positions in geotechnical engineering from UQ-IITD academy of research

Dear Colleagues, 

Two scholarship supported Ph.D. projects in the broad area of geotechnical engineering are available from the UQ-IITD academy of research ( Projects being offered:

  • Utilization of Mining Wastes as Backfill Material for Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Walls
  • Predictive modelling of settling and consolidation, and desiccation and rewetting of mine tailings
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PhD offer within the EU JPI-CH project CRYSTINART (University of Pau & Pays Adour)

X-ray tomography for in-situ characterization of crystallization damage in layered artworks

One of the most common deterioration problems affecting cultural heritage worldwide is crystallization damage caused by an interplay between salts, environmental changes and material properties. Especially porous materials are susceptible to salt crystallization. It threatens artworks such as sculptures, ceramics, frescoes, paintings, archeological objects and buildings in museums as well as outdoor environments. Most of these artworks are made of an assembly of layered materials with different physicochemical properties. Additional layers of material are sometimes added as conservation measures. The properties of all materials involved and the interfaces between these materials affect the artwork’s susceptibility to deterioration.

As a PhD student within the CRYSTINART consortium, you will focus on the use of high-resolution X-ray computed tomography to characterize salt damage across layered artwork systems. You will mimic salt weathering scenarios in a climatic chamber, and once realistic scenarios defined, you will translate them to the X-ray tomograph. Time-resolved high-resolution X-ray computed tomography allows to follow the changes in the internal structure of the layered porous materials in-situ, and to monitor brine and salt crystal distributions as a function of time in a non-destructive way. Subsequently, you will set up image analysis workflows to derive quantitative data from the X-ray scans that can then be employed as direct input for theoretical crystallization damage models and for numerical studies.

More details on the project and how to apply can be found in the attached pdf.

PhD Position in Predicting Induced Seismicity

Fed up with polluted skies? Looking forward to sunny days? Contribute with your
research to address one of the major challenges of the XXI century: achieving
zero emissions to enjoy the blue sky again.

We offer a 3-year PhD position for developing predictive models of induced
seismicity as a result of fluid injection/extraction related to geothermal energy,
geologic carbon storage and subsurface energy storage. The position is related
to the ERC-StG project GEoREST (predictinG EaRthquakES induced by fluid
injecTion) (, funded by the European Research Council (ERC, The candidate will perform her/his research at the
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in a collaborative and enthusiastic

Qualifications and application requirements in the attached .pdf.

PhD Opportunity at The University of Melbourne, Infrastructure Department

PhD opportunities available on following multidisciplinary research topics:

– AI/ML, data-driven and probabilistic methods in: bridge scour predictions, early detection of internal erosion in dams/levees, porous media simulations, geomaterials constitutive behavior and failure predictions, offshore geohazard assessments

– Advanced soil-structure interaction analysis and large-scale testing for complex geo structural systems under extreme events: Impact/collision on retaining structures and piled barrier systems, Seismic behavior of deep foundations and underground structures subjected to liquefaction/lateral spreading

Includes Opportunity to: Receive Scholarships (stipend and fee waiver), Collaborate with industry and researches across other disciplines; Work with academics from leading universities in the US and Canada; Travel for presenting research in conferences/

Interested applicants to send CV, transcripts and sample publications (if available) to First round of scholarship deadline on Aug 28th.

Dr Negin Yousefpour
Doreen Thomas Fellow in Infrastructure Engineering

PhD positions at UQ (Australia)

Two PhD Scholarships are available at the University of Queensland (Australia) on the study of “Thermo-Mechanical Damage Behavior of Rock Under Polyaxial Stresses” and “Combined Dynamic/Biaxial Compression Failure Mode of Geostructures” for Domestic and Onshore International candidates. See the links below for detail:

Vacant Position-Geotechnical Technical Officer, University of Technology Sydney Australia

The Transport Research Centre, University of Technology Sydney is looking for the Senior Technical Support Officer – Geotechnical (STSO-G).

The culture of the Faculty of Engineering and IT Outreach team has a positive outlook of excellence, connectivity, innovation and responsiveness balanced with compliance with policy and procedure. The Technical Resources team are currently recruiting for a Senior Technical Support Officer (Geotechnical) to join their team. 

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Postdoc position at Delft University of Technology-Optimisation of Offshore monopile installation

Applications are welcome for a 21-month postdoc position to investigate the optimisation of the monopiles installation process and to study the dynamic behaviour of soil during pile installation using the physical modelling facilities at TU Delft. The work will include design and implementation of advanced instrumentation for physical modelling studies. Test planning and data interpretation will be carried out in close collaboration with industry experts in the framework of BLUE piling project. Candidates should possess a PhD degree in Civil/Geotechnical Engineering or related areas, proven experience in geotechnical centrifuge testing, preferably including soil-structure interaction problems and dynamic loading, and excellent knowledge of soil mechanics and foundation engineering. Acquaintance with offshore wind geotechnics is also appreciated (but not mandatory).

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

For more information about this vacancy please contact Dr. Amin Askarinejad:

The closing date for the applications is August 9th, 2020.

Available Post Doc and visiting PhD student positions at Prince Sultan University

The Structures and Materials Research Lab at Prince Sultan University is looking for postdocs and 3rd or 4th year Ph.D. students for immediate joining to work in one of the following topics:
Track#1: Structural Engineering 
Track#2: Geotechnical and Transportation Engineering 

For more information:
Candidates need to fill in a research proposal template and upload it with the application. The template can be downloaded from:
The application form is filled online at: