Two Postdoctoral Positions in Computational Geomechanics at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University invites applications for two postdoctoral positions in Computational Geomechanics.

About PolyU Hong Kong: the Hong Kong Polytechnic University is ranked the third-best universities for Civil Engineering in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities Ranking 2021.

Available positions: There are currently two postdoctoral positions at PolyU Hong Kong funded by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the year 2021. The positions offer the possibility of working on multiscale multiphysics modelling of fluid-structure-soil interaction in offshore geotechnics.

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PostDoctoral position in multiphase flow and hydrodynamic transport in permeable media: experiments, data analysis, and simulations

The University of Barcelona (UB) and the Spanish National Research Council (IDAEA-CSIC, Barcelona) invite applications for a postdoctoral position to study multiphase flow and hydrodynamic transport in permeable media. The position is part of the HydroPore project, a joint project between the IDAEA-CSIC, the UB and the Technical University of Madrid (UPM).

You will find more details on this project and conditions to apply in this attached file. You may apply for this position until February 14, 2021.

PhD Position in geo-environmental science and engineering

PhD position in the newly formed Westlake Institute for Advanced Study in Hangzhou China. Full scholarships available. The project is focused on creating advanced modelling techniques for the complex physics present in geoenvironmental problems. Excellent applicants coming from 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 Advanced 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

Information on the group research activities can be found in . To discuss the position, please contact Associate Professor Sergio Torres at

Instructions on the PhD program can be found in

3 “STARS program” PhD positions related to soil mechanics open at Charles University

The STARS program provides fully funded PhD positions at Charles University, Faculty of Science. Now there are 3 calls related to soil mechanics and groundwater flow open until 11th of March (starting date Oct 2021):

PhD positions at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland)

The Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, offers two open PhD positions, starting in September 2021, that are possibly of interest to ALERT students.  These PhDs are open to worthy candidates from all nationalities, and are to be awarded competitively.  Successful candidates receive a living grant (‘salary’) of £15,285 (approximately 17,250€) per annum.  Tuition fees are covered.  The application deadline is soon, on 31 January 2021.  The application form is available here   Both PhDs are also advertised through

  1. Efficient uncertainty quantification of CO2 storage sites through machine learning to better assess the risk of leakage: Summary: Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is potentially a game changer for CO2 mitigation, yet it is not widely used, in part because of significant risks of leakage to surface which are difficult to quantify.  Top seal leakage occurs when any fracture or fault (new or pre-existing) opens through the sealing layer to allow CO2 to escape.  This PhD project addresses sealing and leaking of topseals over CO2 storage sites by simulating both the fracture development (geomechanical simulation) and the fluid scenarios (fluid flow simulation) to identify safe and unsafe scenarios.   1st supervisor Dr Helen Lewis:
  2. Digital-Rock Micro-Mechanics Approach to Derive Poroelastic Behaviours: Summary: This project represents a major new direction for digital-rock research, going beyond the current perspective that the solid framework is rigid. The project builds on a new paradigm for fluid-solid geomechanical interactions, creating numerical methods to implement this new process understanding in realistic digital-rock models. The project adopts a quasi-static perspective that accounts for changes in states, but with a design philosophy that envisages a subsequent move to full dynamic conditions.  1st supervisor Dr Gary Couples:

Please feel free to discuss with the supervisors.

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PhD position in Computational Geomechanics at NTNU (Norway)

We have a vacancy for a 3-year PhD fellowship at the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum (IGP). The position is within computational geomechanics. The research will include development and implementation of boundary-element methods (BEM) with plasticity. The PhD student will be assigned to the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum and will be supervised by Prof. Alexandre Lavrov. 

The main goal of the PhD project is to develop, implement and test a robust and computationally efficient numerical method in 2D and 3D, to enable modelling of deformation and failure around underground excavations.

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PhD Position at TU Delft

Coupled Multiprocess Research for Reducing Landfill Emissions

The aim of the project CURE (Coupled Multiprocess Research for Reducing Landfill Emissions) is to develop a tool for predicting settlement and emissions from landfills during and after full scale in situ treatment that includes aeration and/or leachate recirculation. This knowledge is vital to reduce the long-term cost of landfill operations and to assess the viability of sustainable landfilling practices.

This particular PhD project searches for a fundamental stochastic framework that explains the dynamics in the observed leachate quantity, quality and waste stabilization. Based on evidence by laboratory experiments, in situ field and modelled data, this framework has to take into account a variety of landfill characteristics and processes, such as gas, water and solute dynamics, biogeochemical reactivity, as well as mobile and immobile porosity. Calibration of this framework will require the use of Travel Time Distributions (TTD), Storage Age Selection functions (SAS) and Bayesian Inference (BI). The research requires a significant amount of data handling in the form of Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) processes and querying (SQL) due to the great variety in data sources, time and dimensional scales.

See attached file or the link below for more information:

PhD scholarship on “Stability of galleries intersections drilled at great depth in rock” at ENTPE (France)

In the context of underground engineering (e.g.: transport, deep disposal, etc.), the design of the support is crucial in order to ensure the stability and sustainability of the structures. If their structural integrity is not maintained, operational difficulties or loss of stability of the underground structure may occur.

The objective of the project is to study the stability of gallery intersections, drilled at great depth in rock, through a numerical approach. Numerical modelling will be carried out by finite element method. The stability will be analysed regarding the behaviour of the support structure and the surrounding rock.

Candidate profile:
Candidates can apply for a 3-year PhD scholarship at University of Lyon (ENTPE engineering school, LTDS laboratory), co-supervised by an industrial partner. Candidates must come from the European Union and have a Master / Engineer degree in the fields of civil engineering, underground works, mechanics of materials or of structures.

Applications should be submitted by the 10th of March 2021.

See attached file for details.

Assistant/Associate Professor position in Hydraulic & Geotechnical Engineering at Shandong University, China

School of Civil Engineering of Shandong University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant/associate professor position in Hydraulic & Geotechnical Engineering. Applicants in all areas of engineering relevant to the field of Hydraulic Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering are welcome. Representative research areas includes: multi-phase flow in porous media, stability and safety evaluation of hydraulic/geotechnical structures, micromechanics of geomaterials, atmosphere-plant-soil interactions, etc. All candidates with a PhD degree and advanced experience in experimental, field, computational, or a combination of these capabilities will be considered. The position will be affiliated with the Department of Hydraulic Engineering of the School of Civil Engineering of Shandong University.

Shandong University, under the direct jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, is a leading university in China with a membership of Project 985. It ranks 151-200 in the world according to ARWU world university ranking 2020.

Successful candidates will be offered a competitive salary and a starting research fund. On-campus accommodation (3-4 bedrooms) will also be provided at a preferential price.

Please submit a C.V. including two academic reference letters to Prof. Ji-Peng Wang: . After a review of the background of the candidates by the research committee, formal applications to the university will be invited. The position opens until it is filled.

Two PhD positions on Soil Micromechanics at University of Twente (Netherlands)

Applications are welcomed for two PhD positions. Focus of the first position is on the micromechanics of soils subjected to extreme drying/wetting cycles, and their effect on noise/vibrations propagation. The second position is dedicated to the multi-scale modeling and monitoring of soil-water-vegetation interaction subjected to severe drought and heat.

Deadline is 20 January 2021. For more information and applications follow the links below:

Noise and vibration in wet soil: micromechanical modelling for smart mitigation strategies:!/2020-173/phd-position-on-noise-and-vibration-in-wet-soil

Towards climate resilience for geomaterials: a multi-disciplinary investigation:!/2020-174/phd-position-on-towards-climate-resilience-for-geomaterials-a-multi-disciplinary-investigation