PhD and Postdoc positions in Infrastructure Geotechnics at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

The Geotechnics Research Group (GRG) in Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE) at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, is looking for PhD students and  Postdoctoral Researchers in Infrastructure Geotechnics (max. two positions each). The applicants are expected to be passionate about introducing/developing the state-of-the-art of modelling and testing of coupled processes (thermo-hydro-mechanical) into geotechnical engineering. The current research projects in infrastructure geotechnics include application of deep mixing under road and railway embankments and bottom support of excavations, as well as modelling natural and man-made slopes etc. These are problems, where the coupling of mechanical, hydraulic and thermal response, as well as soil-structure interaction, is important. The applicants are expected to engage with industry, to create innovative solutions for major stakeholders. In parallel with research,  the applicants are expected to contribute to teaching at undergraduate or Masters level (typically max. 10%-20% of their time), with focus on Geotechnical Engineering. The positions area temporary research positions (4-5 years for PhD, 2 years for Postdoc), fully funded by external research projects.

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PhD proposal INSA Strasbourg

Title: Study of the aggressiveness of tires on the wearing courses of road structures.

Academic tutors: C. Chazallon (ICUBE GC-E) F. Hammoum (IFSTTAR), J.C. Quezada (ICUBE GC-E) and P. Hornych (IFSTTAR)

Location: INSA Strasbourg (France)

Period: october 2020/september 2023

Contact: Pr. Cyrille Chazallon (

Further information in the attached file

Ecole Centrale Lyon: PhD opportunity Seismic behavior of rockfill dams with a dry stone rip-rap: a mixed DEM-FEM modeling

  • Research collaboration between the stakeholder Electricité de France, ITASCA, SAS and Ecole Centrale de Lyon
  • Location: Ecole Centrale de Lyon and ITASCA SAS Lyon
  • Field: numerical modeling
  • Closure of applications: 31th of May 2020 The position is filled.

More details in the attached file.

For further information, contact Eric Vincens :

Industry-sponsored PhD opportunity (University of Sydney – MolyCop)

• Research project to tackle energy efficiency issues in industrial crushing and grinding machinery.
• Based in Perth, Australia.
• Collaborative project between MolyCop and the University of Sydney.
• PhD stipend of $35,000 per year available for 3 years for living expenses.

More details in the attached file.

For further information, you can contact Itai Einav:

University of Glasgow: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer or Reader in Ground Engineering, Engineering Geology or Geotechnics

Applications for the post are welcome in any research areas in ground engineering, engineering geology or geotechnics including but not limited to sustainable and novel geomaterials, smart infrastructure, and the applications of geology and geotechnics to problems in renewable energy and sustainability that complement the existing strengths within the School. The post-holder will develop, lead and sustain research of international standard in Engineering and contribute to teaching, assessment, project supervision and curriculum design at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; and participate in School management and organisation.

The post is permanent and full-time.

Closing date for applications: 30 April 2020

PhD proposal EC Nantes

Years: 2020-2023
Title: Modeling of vertical rigid inclusions subjected to seismic loading
Laboratory: GeM, Institut de Recherche en Génie Civil et Mécanique (UMR CRNS 6183)
Team : MEO (Matériaux Environnement et Ouvrages)
Where: École Centrale de Nantes:
Period: October 2020 – September 2023
Academic tutors:
Panagiotis KOTRONIS (Centrale Nantes)
Giulio SCIARRA (Centrale Nantes)
Zheng LI (University Gustave Eiffel)

More details in the attached document.

Deadline extension for the Ioannis Vardoulakis PhD Prize 2020

The Bureau of ALERT Geomaterials has decided to fund the Ioannis Vardoulakis PhD Prize 2020. Since 2016, the PhD prize is entitled Ioannis Vardoulakis PhD Prize to commemorate Prof. Vardoulakis and his contributions to research and teaching in the field of Geomechanics.

The participation to the prize is open to all the PhD students coming from institutions belonging to ALERT, that have discussed their PhD thesis in 2019. The deadline for the applications has been extended to 19th April, 2020.

Postdoc position at Delft University of Technology – Numerical modelling of cyclic soil-monopile interaction

Applications are welcome for a 2.5-years postdoc position on the numerical modelling of cyclic soil-monopile interaction in offshore wind turbines. The research work will include development, set-up and calibration of 3D FE monopile models, in combination with advanced constitutive modelling of cyclic sand behaviour. Design of the numerical simulation programme, and validation of obtained results, will be carried out in close collaboration with experimentalists and industry experts. The new knowledge gained from combined physical and numerical modelling will be oriented towards the formulation and implementation of a new engineering p-y model for the analysis of large-diameter monopiles in sand under cyclic loading. 

Candidates should possess a PhD degree in Civil/Geotechnical Engineering or related areas, excellent knowledge of soil mechanics and foundation engineering, and proven experience in numerical/constitutive modelling (preferably including soil-structure interaction problems and cyclic loading). Acquaintance with offshore wind geotechnics is also appreciated (but not mandatory). 

Full description of the position and instructions for applicants can be found using the following link:

For more information about this vacancy please contact Dr. Federico Pisanò,, or Dr. Amin Askarinejad:

The closing date for applications is April 30th, 2020. Preferred starting date is November 1st, 2020.

Announcement for a postdoc position at Navier Lab

Applications are welcomed for a postdoc position in Navier Laboratory (Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, Univ. Gustave Eiffel, CNRS) on the mitigation of crystalline swelling in clays by cationic exchange. This postdoc is part of the ALLUVIUM project (I-site FUTURE) and an on-going experimental campaign using XRD identified a shortlist of promising cationic compounds. In this postdoc, we propose to complement these experiments with molecular simulations to investigate in detail the effects of cationic exchange at the nano-scale.

More details in the attached document.

E-UNSAT 2020, Lisbon, postponed to 19-21 October 2020

Due to the COV-19 outbreak in all European countries in the last weeks, in agreement with the Chair and the Secretary of the TC-106, E-UNSAT 2020 conference to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, will be postponed. The new dates have been fixed to October 19-21, 2020.

Postponing the conference was necessary to allow for safe travelling and enjoying the event. Hopefully this delay will be enough for the emergency to be over.  Further information can be found at

We hope that you all are doing well and we are looking forward to welcoming you in Lisbon, though later than expected.

Kind regards,
Rafaela Cardoso, Cristina Jommi and Enrique Romero
Conference chairs