Postdoctoral position in computational mechanics / arctic glaciology – University of Zürich & EPFL

Your responsibilities

The project “Comprehensive Observations of Episodic Basal, Englacial and Lateral Influences on Ice Stream Dynamics” (COEBELI) is a collaborative effort of several research institutions to understand the mechanisms leading to rapid ice flow of outlet glaciers of the Greenland ice sheet. The project uses a combination of field observations (dynamics, seismicity), remote-sensing products, and state-of-the-art numerical models to investigate non-continuous processes leading to fast ice flow.
Within the project, the Material Point Method (MPM) will be used to model detailed high-rate processes such as glacier calving and tsunami wave generation, episodic crevassing in the ice stream margins, and basal fracturing processes leading to seismic emissions.
The successful candidate will interpret field data from Jakobshavn Isbrae (Greenland) with model results to obtain relevant model parameters, and to investigate the physical processes. A close collaboration with PhD students is envisioned. The post-doc will be supervised by Dr. Martin Lüthi (UZH) and Dr. Johan Gaume (EPFL).

Your profile

Candidates should hold a PhD in (computational) mechanics or in (computational) geosciences. Back-ground/experience in solid and/or fluid mechanics and numerical modeling is mandatory. Additional qualifications such as experience with the Material Point Method or with glacier calving processes are an advantage. The candidate should have very good English skills and is expected to be a team player with excellent communication capabilities as she/he will collaborate with students and PhDs involved in the project.

What we offer

UZH and EPFL foster equal opportunities and are family friendly employers who value diversity and strive to increase the number of women scientists.

Start of employment

January 1st or upon agreement.

Please submit your application before 17 December 2021 including a letter of application briefly indicating your research plans as well as names and contact details of two possible referees, your curriculum vitae, a copy of your PhD diploma and a writing sample (your PhD thesis or relevant publications) in pdf-form.

Application link

EPOS-NL: call open for Facility Access

Hi all,

A 2nd call is open from 9 June to 16 July to get free of charge access to top EPOS-NL research facilities in the Netherlands, notably:

  • The ESL High Pressure and Temperature Lab at Utrecht University
  • The ESL Tectonic modelling lab at Utrecht University
  • The CT scanners of the Multi-scale Imaging and Tomography (MINT) facility at Delft University of Technology
  • The Petrophysics Lab at Delft University of Technology

Capabilities include CT scanning, triaxial compression testing, ring shear (friction) testing and analogue modelling of tectonic processes.

Access can be remote (send in sample analysis) or physical (personal visit), depending on developments in corona restrictions, the requirements of the facility to be accessed and/or your wishes. Click here for more information.

If you want to stay up to date on EPOS-NL facility and data access, e-mail “subscribe” to

Best regards,

Ronald Pijnenburg

Ronald Pijnenburg, PhD – Project Manager EPOS-NL| Department of Earth Sciences | Utrecht University |

6th lecture of the AGERP series on “Mechanics of Unsaturated Soils”

The organising committee of AGERP is pleased to invite you to the 6th lecture of the series, which will be on ‘Mechanics of Unsaturated Soils’. It will be delivered by Professor  Em. Del Fredlund from Uni. of Saskatchewan, Canada and Dr. Murray Fredlund from Bentley Systems, Canada. This is scheduled on 29th August 2020. Registration (free and mandatory) for this lecture closes at 00:00, 28th August 2020 (AEST). For further information, please refer to the attached flier.

Dr. Partha Mishra and Professor Sarat DasConvenor, AGERP

Academia during the COVID-19 pandemic (survey results)

Dear Colleagues,

The coronavirus pandemic and associated isolation periods have affected all academic activities in every corner of the globe.

The attached essay reports the results of an early study that examines the implications of this period on education and research within the geotechnical and earth science academic communities in four distinct geographical locations. It also includes the results of complementary surveys conducted to explore faculty choices for online education and student preferences.

Do not hesitate to contact us with any comments and feedback.

With best wishes to you all,

Carlos Santamarina

Survey from Carlos Santamarina about the pandemic


These are unique times that we are living in! The short survey below
intends to gather data on our response to the pandemic, from our
position as researchers/academics.

Timing is important. *The survey will be open for ONE WEEK only*

Survey link:

(NOTE: all responses are completely anonymous).

Wishing all the best to you and your families!

Carlos Santamarina

CALL for Visiting Professor @ University of Salerno, 30 days or 90 days

Dear colleagues and friends of ALERT, I am pleased to announce that a call for visiting professor at the University of Salerno has been issued with deadline on 28 november. In the framework of this call Visiting Professors/Researchers will get a monthly grant of € 3.000,00 gross percipient.

Contact person for any help to participate to the call: Sabatino Cuomo, email:

Possible topics:- landslide modeling – unsaturated soil testing- geosynthetics for slope reinforcement- rapid landslides-structures interaction

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Two positions in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Applications are welcomed for two positions in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor (Ref. 18070307), Hydraulic Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Assistant Professor (Ref. 19031107), Geotechnical Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University


More information in the attachment:

Tenth International Symposium on Land Subsidence (TISOLS), 20 – 24 April 2020, Delft – Gouda, The Netherlands

The Tenth International Symposium on Land Subsidence (TISOLS) will take place in Delft and Gouda, the Netherlands, from 20 to 24 April 2020.

TISOLS is organized under the auspices of the Unesco IHP Land Subsidence International Initiative. This working group has endeavored to improve and disseminate knowledge on land subsidence since the 1970s, through International Symposia on Land Subsidence, collaborative projects and publications.

TISOLS2020 intends to bring together 300+ international experts to share the latest research and insights on natural and anthropogenic land-level lowering.

The Call for Abstracts has just been published and is available at the symposium website.


    Abstract submission:                               March 31, 2019

    Letters of Acceptance sent:                    May 2019

    Full paper submission deadline:          September 1, 2019

Cosserat Continuum Mechanics book by Ioannis Vardoulakis

Before his tragic accident, Ioannis Vardoulakis was working on his new book on Cosserat Continuum Mechanics. The draft was almost ready. With the help of his family, Eleni Gerolymatou, Ioannis Stefanou, Manolis Veveakis and myself have prepared the manuscript for publication.

I am glad to let you know that it has just been published by Springer in Lecture Notes in Applied and Computational Mechanics series ( I am sure that this new book will be of great interest for the ALERT community and more generally for researchers and scholars interested in multiscale modelling as it provides the fundamental tools of Cosserat theory with examples and applications to the mechanics of granular media.

Jean Sulem