2nd level specializing master in “Tunnel Engineering”. Politecnico di Milano

In March 2019, the II edition of the 2nd level specializing master in “Tunnel Engineering” will be activated at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Politecnico di Milano. The Director is Professor Claudio di Prisco. The master is open to candidates who have a Master of Science in Civil or Environmental Engineering. For foreign applicants, the master is open to students holding equivalent qualifications. The deadline for the application is 13th February 2019.

Information about the course and the application can be found on the master course website and master leaflet

Research assistantship opening in modelling of large deformation poroplasticity

The Computational Mechanics lab at University of Illinois at Chicago has a research assistantship opening for a PhD student or postdoc in the area of modelling of large deformation poroplasticity. The ideal candidate has experience and interest in continuum constitutive modelling for geomaterial plasticity and coupled fluid flow and solid deformation, and programming experience. The models will be input into a meshfree code for very large deformation, but the emphasis of this research will be the constitutive modelling and numerical implementation. Applicants should send a CV (include GRE and, if applicable, TOEFL/IELTS scores) and a list of at least 3 references to Professor Craig Foster at fosterc@uic.edu.

Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position available at the University of Bath (UK)

A Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position is available at the University of Bath (UK) from November 2018 to December 2020. The PDRA will work with researchers from five UK universities and the British Geological Survey on the EPSRC-funded ACHILLES Project.

ACHILLES will examine how ‘long linear infrastructure assets’, such as road and railway slopes, pipeline bedding and flood protection structures, can be better maintained and monitored to make them more resilient for the future.

The role of the applicant will be to identify age and climate-driven deterioration mechanisms observed in field and laboratory experiments. They will then liaise closely with infrastructure asset owners to provide evidence of these processes at the full scale.

Please contact Dr Kevin Briggs (k.m.briggs@bath.ac.uk) in the first instance.

More information about the position can be found here

PhD position in University Pau & Pays Adour, France

PhD opening position in Geomechanics and Porous Media research group at University Pau & Pays Adour, Basque Coast Campus, Anglet, France.
The topic is Use of sea-shells for environmental-friendly concretes and high-performance cement-based grouts  and details may be found at the attachment
Applications should be submitted before November 1st, 2018 by email at david.gregoire@univ-pau.fr

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 (https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319951553). 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

Research Associate. Experimental geotechnical laboratory, Imperial College London

An opportunity has arisen for a Research Associate to work on experimental geotechnical laboratory and field studies carried out in conjunction with the ALPACA Joint Industry Project. The latter is a major research project that is being advanced in association with University of Oxford, funded by EPSRC and Industry. Professor R J Jardine is the Principal Investigator, with Dr Stavroula Kontoe as Co-Investigator. The project is directed towards…

  • Reference ENG00523
  • Date posted 20 September 2018
  • Closing date 28 October 2018

More information on the website

Thermal micromechanics of granular materials – 2 PhD positions

2 PhD positions are available in the Geotechnics Section of the Dept. Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London.  The positions are part of the MatheGram ITN funded by Horizon 2020. The work will involve advancing understanding of the effects of temperature on soil behaviour.  The first PhD will be an experimental analysis of thermal effects on micromechanics of packed granular beds and will be supervised by Dr. David Taborda (d.taborda@imperial.ac.uk).  The second PhD will consider DEM analysis of thermal effects on micromechanics of packed granular beds and will be supervised by Prof. Catherine O’Sullivan (cath.osullivan@imperial.ac.uk).

Doctoral student position in dam foundation grouting at KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)

The Division of Soil and Rock Mechanics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, has a vacant doctoral student position. The doctoral student will mainly carry out research within the project “Remedial grouting of dams – development of design concepts for grout curtains in the rock foundation”. This research project was initiated because there is a need to investigate how to perform remedial grouting of both new and existing dams in Sweden.

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