Special session on ‘Reliability in Geotechnical Engineering’ at IPW2020

We are welcoming abstracts for a special session during the 18th International Probabilistic Workshop, to be held in Guimarães, Portugal on September 23-25 2020.  This special session strives to highlight recent advances in geotechnical reliability and thereby to further advance the uptake of reliability methods in practical applications.

More information can be found in the attached pdf (link).  Please visit the workshop website for the latest updates on submission deadlines (https://ipw2020.com/).

We look forward to your contributions and meeting you at the workshop.

Best regards,

Timo Schweckendiek, Deltares & TU Delft  

Bram van den Eijnden, TU Delft

Two (2) Post-doctoral researcher opportunities at the University of Nottingham, UK

The Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics (NCG) is currently undertaking two large multi-disciplinary projects related to investigating the behaviour of made-ground consisting of coal-mining spoil with a focus on the geotechnical, sustainability, environmental, socio-economic and long-term management challenges. NCG brings together expertise from the worlds of civil, geotechnical, and mining engineering as well as mathematics and material sciences to solve all forms of soil and rock-related design and construction problems. The projects are funded by the European Commission Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) and include project partners from across Europe. We seek highly motivated researchers to join our team to work on this challenging project.

We are looking to recruit two post-doctoral researchers who will support the work of these RFCS projects as well as support the wider work of the research group. Although we’ll consider any candidate with a strong fundamental geotechnical background, we are particularly interested in candidates who have experience with element testing, numerical modelling (FEA/FDM) or centrifuge modelling.

Candidates should be inquisitive, with a strong interest in applied research, and the personality and drive to interact effectively with industry and project partners. They will have a first degree in Civil Engineering or cognate subject and will have been awarded a PhD (or have submitted their thesis for examination), ideally in an area of Geotechnical Engineering. The successful candidate will have good presentation and report writing skills. A good publication record will be an advantage but its absence should not hinder applications from those who have recently submitted their theses.

For application details see https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/currentvacancies/ref/ENG439119 

Further information about the work of the Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics is available on www.nottingham.ac.uk/ncg/

Mining engineering Professor at Polytechnique Montréal

The Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal invites applications for a tenure-track position in Mining Engineering within the following research areas: Selective mining methods, Mine planning, Valorisation (re-use) and integrated mine waste management, Circular economy applied to mining, and Mine reclamation.

Link to .pdf description.

Call for abstracts for a mini-symposium on Advances in Material Point Methods in Engineering Mechanics Institute conference, Durham, UK, 5-8 April 2020

There is increasing interest in the MPM (and its variants, such as GIMP, CPDI1, CPDI2, etc.) as a means of modelling problems in which very large deformations occur, e.g. in the study of landslides. The purpose of this mini-symposium is to provide a forum for presenting advances in the method, e.g. improving the accuracy (including convergence and benchmark problems), dealing with numerical issues, modelling of coupled problems, computational efficiency and applications to real world problems. Abstracts will be accepted until at least the end of November (https://sites.durham.ac.uk/emi2020-ic/abstracts-submission/).

Will Coombs, Durham University | Phil Vardon, TU Delft  | Mario Martinelli, Deltares

For more information, please see the attached pdf [linfk to pdf]

1 year post-doctoral position at GeoRessources (Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France) – Discrete Fault Mechanics

We are looking for a motivated candidate with experience in computational geomechanics/geosciences.

The project will focus on the numerical modelling of faults using a discrete mechanics viewpoint. Hydro-mechanically coupled discrete element models will be used to investigate how faults reactivate due to fluid circulation in the context of geological storage of C02.

Please find more details about the position in this document.

Keywords: Fault, Hydro-Mechanical Coupling, Discrete Element Method

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: scuomo@unisa.it

Possible topics:- landslide modeling – unsaturated soil testing- geosynthetics for slope reinforcement- rapid landslides-structures interaction
WEB PAGE: https://web.unisa.it/international/bandi/mobilita-in-ingresso?anno=2019&bando=2343

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1-year post-doctoral position at ISTerre (Univ. Grenoble Alpes) on numerical modelling of aseismic deformation of fault-related fold system

We are looking for a motivated candidate with experience in numerical modelling. The project is about numerical modelling of aseismic deformation in a fold-and-thrust system at the time-scale of the seismic cycle.

The detailed description of this position can be found in the following file: 

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Site Administrator Succession

Dear ALERT community,

After two years, 250 posts and a quarter million notification emails sent, the time has come. It is not without regret that I leave the website administrator role and other direction duties; being in the core of the ALERT Bureau alongside with Frédéric Collin has been a thrilling adventure for me. I had the honour to be the successor of Max Wiebicke, he did such a remarkable task that we still praise his legacy nowadays. François Bertrand is next to take the relay; I am convinced of his capacity to do the job in the most efficient manner.

Thanks to everyone and goodbye,

Albert Argilaga Claramunt

Special session on Rock and Soil mechanics – ICEM19

Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to a special session on Rock and Soil mechanics that will take place during the ICEM19 (https://icem19.org/).

This session focuses on advances in experimental rock and soil mechanics. Special emphasis will be placed on the application of non-conventional experimental methods that can describe natural or lab-induced deformation processes within the tested materials, yielding experimental results that may advance existing constitutive models.

We encourage you to submit your abstract following the link: https://icem19.org/en/programme/application-docs

The deadline for the abstract submission is on the 31st of October 2019.

Please send us a copy of the submitted abstract so as to track better the submissions to our session (Elma Charalampidou: ec10@hw.ac.uk, Sadegh Nadimi: Sadegh.Nadimi-Shahraki@newcastle.ac.uk).

Best wishes,

Sadegh and Elma