Mediterranean PhD School – Reminder

In the week 11 – 16 October 2021 the second edition of the Mediterranean PhD School will be held. It is organized by the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering of the University of Naples Federico II. This year the event, which will focus on the theme “EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL. CONTRIBUTIONS FROM CIVIL, ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING”, will be held online and will be completely free of charge.

Regarding Geotechnical Engineering, the lectures will be held by Professors Antonio Gens (UPC Barcelona) and Lyesse Laloui (EPFL Lausanne). The works will end with a round table discussion coordinated by Prof. Gianpiero Russo (University of Naples Federico II).

PhD students, in addition to attending lectures, will participate in application activities. By registering by September 17, they will be able to present scientific contributions relevant to the theme of the School, which is dedicated to the European Green Deal and the transition to zero climate impact engineering (e.g. Geothermal energy and its applications) and develop an exercise project. There are prizes of 600 euros each for the best 8 presentations and 3000 euros for the group that will have developed the best project.

More information at the link: Mediterranean PhD School – DICEA – Department of Excellence ( where in the “Documents” section, it is possible to download: the lessons program in excel format (Timetable) and the application form.

PhD student position (piling) at KTH, Sweden

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, is searching for a doctoral student to be employed at the Division of Soil and Rock Mechanics. The work tasks are related to doctoral studies leading to a Licentiate degree, if the study plan is followed. (Opportunity to continue working to a PhD degree is very likely to be offered, but cannot be completely guaranteed at this point. Licentiate is an intermediate degree.) The studies are connected to the research project “Piling in soil with high boulder content: study of pile refusal in different soil types”. Driven piles in till or esker material often encounter boulders. This can cause structural failure to the pile, causing delays and additional costs. However, assessing the probability of pile refusal is challenging and existing tools are simplistic. The purpose of the research project is to develop a methodology for assessment of the risk for pile refusal in different soil types and for different pile driving equipment. This should facilitate cost-effective pile driving, minimizing delays and material use.

The work tasks include case studies of piling work, analytical, numerical and probabilistic calculation modelling, field work, writing scientific articles, taking postgraduate courses, and teaching. The employment comes with a competitive salary in line with what is offered to newly graduated engineers working in the Swedish construction industry. The vacancy ad and further details about the project and the employment can be found here: KTH Vacancies

2 Ph.D. student positions – EPFL/LMS

The Laboratory of Soil Mechanics (LMS) at the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering at EPFL Switzerland is seeking 2 Ph.D. students to enhance our geomechanical knowledge and predictive capabilities of the mechanical behavior of engineered geological barriers.

The 2 Ph.D. students will have to gain insights into the mechanical behavior of compacted expansive clays for different mechanical loads and under different environmental conditions. They will have to develop advanced experimental campaigns and appropriate theoretical and numerical modeling tools.

LMS focuses its research activities on the protection from geo-hazards and industrial damage to the environment, landforms, and structures. Our experimental and modeling resources are mobilized to understand, describe and predict the environmental impact of the technologies of future days, such as nuclear waste disposal, petroleum and gas exploitation, transportation and storage, methane hydrate technology, CO2 geological sequestration, and energy technologies related to heat storage. The LMS is directed by Prof. Lyesse Laloui (more information about the LMS and its current research can be found at With specific reference to the program of which the two Ph.D. students will be part, the research activities will be crucial for suitably designing and adopting engineered geological barriers internationally.

More information in this .pdf file.

Please send your application as soon as possible with the subject line «Application for Ph.D. position 2021» to in a single pdf file containing all the required information. It shall include your CV and a letter of motivation. Additional documents could be needed at a later stage.

Energy Geotechnics Webinar Series

On behalf of the organisers, Budi Zhao (UCD) and Zhongxuan Yang (ZJU), we are delighted to invite you to Energy Geotechnics Webinar Series (weekly or biweekly from Sep to Dec, 2021). 

The webinar aims to promote Energy Geotechnics research and will cover the following topics:
• Offshore foundation
• Carbon geological storage
• Shallow/deep geothermal
• Nuclear waste disposal
• Methane hydrate

The first three speakers are (More details on posters):
Prof. Antonio Gens on nuclear waste disposal (10 am, CEST, 10th Sep, Friday): Tencent Meeting Link –
Prof. Richard Jardine on offshore foundation (10 am, CEST, 20th Sep, Monday): Tencent Meeting Link –
Prof. Holger Ott on carbon geological storage (10 am, CEST, 8th Oct, Friday): Tencent Meeting Link –

Posters in PDF:
Prof. Antonio GensProf. Richard JardineProf. Holger Ott

Invitation to the sixth lecture of AGERP’2021: Design of Foundations

The organising committee of Advancements in Geotechnical Engineering: From Research to Practice (AGERP) Lecture Series is pleased to invite you to the 6th lecture of the 2nd edition of AGERP Lecture Series (AGERP’21). The sixth lecture will be on ‘Design of Foundations‘. Both the talks of this Lecture will be delivered by Emeritus Professor Harry Poulos (University of Sydney, Australia).

Lecture 6 is scheduled to be hosted in two separate sessions on 23rd September 2021 and 24th September 2021 (Australian Eastern Standard Time-AEST) with registration for this lecture closing at 00:00, 22nd September 2021 (AEST).

You may find further info. and register (free but mandatory) here:

See this .pdf file for a summary of the information.

Dr. Partha Mishra and Professor Sarat Das, Convenor, AGERP Lecture Series

Workshop on Modelling Geohazards: Status Quo, Uncertainties & Challenges

We cordially invite you to participate in the “First Sino-German Workshop on Modelling Geohazards: Status Quo, Uncertainties & Challenges“. The workshop will take place on 07.10.2021 between 08:30 – 11:00 CEST (14:30-17:00 CST). Our invited speakers are Prof. Martin Mergili (University of Graz, Austria), Dr. Jordan Aaron (WSL, Switzerland), Prof. Yu Huang (Tongji University, China) and Prof. Julia Kowalski (RWTH Aachen University, Germany).

Registration is free and mandatory. In case you are interested, please register on

This event is organised as a joint workshop by research groups of Prof. Julia Kowalski from RWTH Aachen University (Germany) and Prof. Yu Huang from Tongji University (China) within the framework of Sino-German Mobility Programme “Probabilistic simulation and uncertainty quantification for natural landslides under extreme conditions“.

More information in this flyer.

On behalf of the organising committee,

Dr. Anil Yildiz

REMINDER – Registration for the ALERT Workshop & School 2021 is open!

Dear ALERT community,

I am pleased to inform you that the registration for the ALERT Geomaterials Workshop and School 2021 is now open! The preliminary program of the Workshop and School is available here.

As sanitary conditions are improving, it was decided to propose you two alternatives for your registration to the workshop and doctoral school: either you can come and participate in Aussois, or you can attend those remotely. Don’t worry, your choice can always be modified later on, as the sanitary conditions may change. As a reminder, the restrictions for entering France will depend on your country of departure and your vaccination status (more information here and here).

To enter the CNRS “Centre Paul Langevin” where the event takes place, you must be fully vaccinated and able to show a certificate stating this.

Please read the hints in the registration form! After filling the form and pressing the button “Register”, a window will open with your invoice. Please print the window with the invoice for your records! You will also get an email with the registration data afterwards. If you are an ALERT members, the corresponding representative of your ALERT institution will receive the registration data too.

Click here to register for the ALERT Workshop and School 2021.

The deadline for the registration is the September 17th! The accommodation in Aussois will be processed in the order of the registrations (see the hints in the registration form). Please note that the number of rooms in the CNRS “Centre Paul Langevin” is limited.
See also hints on how to get to Aussois.

Looking forward to (safely) meeting you in Aussois!

PhD scholarships at the University of Queensland

We are seeking full-time, highly motivated PhD candidates to perform high-quality research in the field of rock testing and fracture mechanics. The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary team in partnership with industry partners at the Geotechnical Engineering Centre (GEC) within The University of Queensland’s School of Civil Engineering. Domestic and on-shore international applicants are preferred for these positions that will remain open until 31 December 2021 unless it is filled sooner. At the GEC, we support the highly successful postgraduate, dual-major and undergraduate programs in Geotechnical Engineering as well as active research programs and specialised consulting activities. The Centre is funded by Platinum Industry Partner BHP, Gold Industry Partner MRM, and Silver Industry Partners AGA, AusIMM, Aurecon, BASF, KCB, Jellinbah, Mining3, ReoCo (formerly TEXO) and Wagstaff Piling, with matching funding from UQ, providing total funding of up to $0.9 million/year. See the PhD positions available in the links below and here for more information about the Centre.

Webinar 3 in Computational Modelling for Future Research in Geoenvironmental Sciences webinar series

The organising committee of the “Computational Modelling for Future Research in Geoenvironmental Sciences” (CMFRGS) webinar series invites you to the 3rd webinar entitled “Geological models for environmental simulations: methods and uncertainties” presented by Prof Florian Wellmann from RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Webinar 3 is scheduled to be hosted at 9:00 am (CEST), 14th September 2021 with registration for this webinar closing at 24:00 (CEST), 11th September 2021.

You may find further info and register (free but mandatory) here:
As well as in this pdf file.

Dr Maziar Gholami Korzani on behalf of the organizing committee

4 year teaching/research associate position at the University of Strathclyde, UK

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde seeks to appoint a talented individual to a 4-year combined teaching and research associate position. The candidate will have the ability to teach Geotechnical/Civil Engineering modules to a high standard at undergraduate level. Furthermore, the position is being partly funded via a research project on microbially-induced calcium carbonate precipitation (MICP) for concrete repair. As such the candidate will split their time between teaching and research activities.

The aim of the research is to optimise treatment strategies for upscaling MICP treatment of concrete from the laboratory-scale to the field-scale. We have recently demonstrated the potential of MICP to repair degraded concrete in small-scale laboratory tests; MICP acts to both reduce permeability and improve overall strength. Alongside teaching responsibilities, this position will focus on developing treatment strategies that are practical for large-scale and field-scale deployment, in order to deliver a reliable low-carbon engineering solution, that can be used by practicing civil engineers. New cement replacement technologies such as MICP, are key to the world meeting its carbon emissions targets. You will be joining an enthusiastic and friendly team of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers that are researching various novel grouting technologies for a range of engineering applications including soil stabilisation, rock fracture sealing and concrete repair. You will work closely with industry partners including Babcock Intl. and BAM Nuttall.

This position is based in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, a dynamic department, with a friendly and active teaching and research culture. The Department consistently receives excellent feedback on UG and PGT teaching quality and we are ranked in the UK top 10 for Civil Engineering (Complete University Guide, 2021). Our department has a diverse range of high standard teaching programs ranging from full time degree programs, to distance learning such as our Graduate Apprenticeship degree. We also have an exciting new International Joint Education Program (IJEP) with Yunnan University in China (delivered in English language) and there may be opportunities for the successful candidate to spend 2-4 weeks of the academic year teaching in China.

The University is seeking a candidate that can deliver high quality teaching in geotechnical/civil engineering, has excellent communication skills and enjoys working within a multidisciplinary team. You will contribute to: laboratory-based research; field trials with the industry partner; and data analysis and computational modelling. Not all of these skills are required as prior experience, training is available, but an ability and enthusiasm to learn new skills is essential.

The 4-year position is available for a full-time postdoctoral teaching/research associate. The successful candidate should have a relevant undergraduate degree (e.g. Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Materials, Environmental Engineering) and have successfully completed their PhD in a relevant field (e.g. MICP or other microbial precipitation technologies, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, environmental engineering).

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Dr Grainne El Mountassir, (

Applications can be made here:

Deadline: 17th September 2021

More information available on this pdf file.