The seventh edition of the Crystallization in Porous Media workshop will be held at the University of Pau & Pays Adour, in Pau, France, from 3 to 5 June 2020. This biannual international workshop focuses on fundamental research of crystallization in porous materials. It unites researchers from geoengineering, geology, physics, chemistry, mechanics and conservation interested in crystal nucleation, growth and transport in porous media and its related consequences. The goal is to bring together leading researchers and Ph.D. students to provide for a constructive and open dialogue. Also, it seeks to incite collaborations between theorists, modelists and experimentalists on an international level.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Fundamentals of crystallization in porous or confined media
- Coupled problems including crystallization
- Crystallization in the built environment
- Crystallization and rock transformation in nature
- Crystallization of salt and gas hydrates
To find more details about the workshop, and to submit an abstract, please visit our website at
Abstract submission is open until 1st of February 2020.
We look forward to welcome you in Pau,
the local organizing committee,
Hannelore Derluyn, Nicolas Beaudoin, Daniel Broseta & Guilhem Hoareau
A new PhD position in experimental soil
mechanics is open at Charles University.
Starting date October 2020, topic: Evaluation
of hydromechanical properties of bentonite subjected to thermal loading.
Further information on this position can be
found at: https://stars-natur.cz/phd-positions/geology/evaluation-of-hydromechanical-properties-of-bentonite-subjected-to-thermal-loading?back=nibtu
The abstract submission deadline for the CONCREEP 11+ international conference (15-17 July 2020 at Northwestern University) has been extended to the 9th of February.
Please check the website https://www.concreep.org/concreep11 for further information.
On behalf of the Organizing Committee,
The Geotechnical Engineering Group at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NTNU, has a vacancy for a 3-year PhD scholarship for research on thermo-mechanical study of geothermal energy pile foundations installed in soft clays subjected to freezing and thawing.
Further information on this position can be found at:
The Mechanics and Energy Laboratory (MEL) of Northwestern
University is welcoming applications for a post-doctoral research position.
The MEL develops research activities addressing fundamental
and applied problems centered on the mechanics of geomaterials and structural
systems. The ultimate goal of these activities is to develop competence serving
the achievement of efficient energy harvesting and storage applications, the development
of resilient structures and infrastructures, the prevention or mitigation of
natural hazards, and the establishment of built environments that can adapt
their features to meet human activity needs.
The selected post-doctoral researcher will push the current
knowledge boundaries about the multiphysical properties and behavior of
geomaterials subjected to electrical current flows, by means of experimental
laboratory investigations and coupled theoretical analyses, from the
microscopic to the macroscopic scales.
Further information on this position can be found in the attached document.
On behalf of the MS221 organizers in the EMI2020 conference, it is my pleasure to invite you to the Mini-symposium titled “Mechanics and Physics of Granular Materials” at the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) Conference 2020, Columbia University – New-York. The Mini-symposium is organized by the Granular Materials Committee of the EMI in the forthcoming EMI2020 conference. The website of the conference is: https://www.emi-conference.org/
Please find in the attached flyer all the details of the Mini-symposium.
Please submit your abstract electronically before January 15, 2020 following the instructions given in the Flyer.
You can register at: https://submissions.emi2020.org/
and submit your abstract to MS 221 : Mechanics and Physics of Granular Materials .
The conference will be held on May 26-28, 2020.
We are looking forward to seeing in Columbia University, New-York!
Applications are welcome for a 2-year postdoc position to investigate the cyclic soil-monopile interaction using geotechnical centrifuge. The successful candidate will investigate the cyclic behaviour of small-scale monopile models in sandy soil, both dry and saturated, using two geotechnical centrifuge facilities at TU Delft and Deltares. The work will include design and implementation of advanced instrumentation for physical modelling studies. Test planning and data interpretation will be carried out in close collaboration with numerical modellers and industry experts in the framework of MIDAS (Monopile Improved Design through Advanced cyclic Soil modelling) project. Candidates should possess a PhD degree in Civil/Geotechnical Engineering or related areas, proven experience in geotechnical centrifuge testing, preferably including soil-structure interaction problems and cyclic loading, and excellent knowledge of soil mechanics and foundation engineering. Acquaintance with offshore wind geotechnics is also appreciated (but not mandatory). Full description of the position along with the details on how to apply can be found in the following link:
For more information about this vacancy please contact Dr. Amin Askarinejad: A.Askarinejad@tudelft.nl, or Dr. Federico Pisanò, F.Pisano@tudelft.nl.
The closing date for the applications is February 1st, 2020.
Applications are welcome for a PhD position to investigate
the consequences of climate change on soil behavior and soil-structure interactions
through an experimental campaign involving both conventional and
state-of-the-art laboratory- and model-scale testing, which is co-led by Dr.
Melis Sutman and Prof. Gabriela Medero. The project is available to all
students, whether home, EU or overseas. The successful candidate should
possess at minimum a masters and undergraduate degree in civil engineering,
geotechnical engineering, earth science or a similar field. Strong interest and
experience on experimental soil mechanics is an essential requirement for this
project. The PhD student will get full access to the state-of-the-art
facilities of the Geotechnical and GeoMaterials Laboratory at Heriot-Watt
University, which includes equipment for unsaturated soil testing (e.g.
unsaturated triaxial, oedometer and direct shear apparatus, pressure cells,
temperature & environmental chambers) as well as standard geotechnical
Full description of the position along with the details on how to apply can be found in the following link: https://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/energy-geoscience-infrastructure-society/postgraduate-research/climate-change-consequences-on-soil-behaviour-and-soil.htm
Further enquiries on the vacancy can be
directed to Dr. Melis Sutman: M.Sutman@hw.ac.uk
The closing date for the applications is February
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) – The
Research University in the Helmholtz Association creates and imparts knowledge
for the society and the environment. It is our goal to make significant
contributions to mastering the global challenges of humankind in the fields of
energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,300 employees of KIT
cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in research, academic education, and
Division IV – Natural and Built Environment, the KIT Department of Civil
Engineering, Geo and Environmental Sciences invites applications for the
Professor (W3) of Soil
Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
This position to be appointed at the earliest possible date and is associated with membership of the Board of Directors of the “Institute for Soil Mechanics and Rock Mechanics”.
Job Description: We are seeking to fill one or more research assistant positions (graduate students at the Ph.D. level) in the areas of computational geomechanics and geotechnical earthquake engineering.
Qualifications: The candidate must hold an M.Sc. degree in geotechnical engineering and must have solid knowledge in applied mechanics and continuum and/or discrete element modeling (computation and program development). Consideration will be given to candidates with a proven record of relevant academic background. The candidate must be able to work in a team since she/he will interact closely with several members of a multi-disciplinary research group. The ideal candidate would be skilled in some of the following areas:
- Finite element, finite difference, material point method or other numerical methods for solving boundary value problems in solid mechanics;
- Discrete element modeling of granular systems;
- Knowledge in mechanics and constitutive modeling of geomaterial;
- Proficiency in a programming language (C++, Fortran, Python) would be an asset;
- Ability to write technical reports and to communicate effectively in professional and technical meetings.