2 Post-doc positions at the Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics

There are two post-doc positions open at the Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics. For more details, see the links for Position 1 and Position 2, or below:

Position 1

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral Research Fellow/Associate to work on a newly started project entitled “Underground coal gasification in operating mine areas of high vulnerability”, funded by the European Commission Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS). This is a collaborative project in which the University of Nottingham researchers work closely with various other UK and European project partners. The successful candidate will work within a team of researchers and be a member of the Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics (NCG). The NCG is a multi-disciplinary research institute that brings together expertise from the worlds of civil and mining engineering to solve all forms of soil and rock-related, engineering design and construction problems.

The objectives of this research project include both laboratory testing and numerical modelling. A programme of lab testing will be developed to assess the effects that the underground coal gasification (UCG) process has on rock, with particular interest on the effect of high temperatures. A variety of lab techniques will be used, including triaxial, Uniaxial Compressive Strength (UCS), and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). Numerical modelling using FLAC-3D (and/or a suitable alternative) will be used to evaluate stability and ground deformation issues related to the UCG process.

The successful candidate will have established skills in numerical modelling as applied to mining or geotechnical engineering related underground excavations, ideally using FLAC 3D, and will also be able to design and conduct laboratory based test programmes to establish the physical properties of rock samples and excavation support materials appropriate for inclusion in the numerical models.

Candidates should have a first degree (or equivalent) in Civil or Mining engineering and ideally have been awarded a PhD (or equivalent) in Rock Mechanics or Geotechnical Engineering (or related discipline) or have submitted their thesis for examination. Experience in numerical modelling of mining and/or geotechnical systems as well as understanding of laboratory testing is desirable. Candidates should also have an interest in working in applied research. An essential attribute will be a strong drive to interact with industry and project partner from many parts of the EU. The successful candidate will have good presentation and report writing skills. A good publication record will be an advantage, but newly qualified PhD postgraduates or graduates with industrial experience are also encouraged to apply.

More information and application details are available at: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/currentvacancies/ref/ENG14728

Positions 2

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral Research Fellow/Associate to work on a newly started project entitled “Advanced mining support systems to enhance the control of highly stressed ground”, funded by the European Commission Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS). This is a collaborative project in which the University of Nottingham researchers work closely with various other UK and European project partners. The successful candidate will work within a team of researchers and be a member of the Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics (NCG). The NCG is a multi-disciplinary research institute that brings together expertise from the worlds of civil and mining engineering to solve all forms of soil and rock-related, engineering design and construction problems.

The objectives of this research project include laboratory testing, data collection and statistical analysis, and numerical modelling. Data related rock to mass properties and mine excavation support systems will be collected and statistical analyses performed to evaluate the variability of key parameters. Additional laboratory testing, including Uniaxial Compressive Strength (UCS) and triaxial, may be needed to supplement existing data on rocks. Results from the statistical evaluation will be used in a risk-based numerical modelling exercise (including Monte-Carlo analysis) to develop an understanding of the effect of key parameter variability on mine closures and stability.

The successful candidate will have established skills in numerical modelling as applied to mining or geotechnical engineering related underground excavations, ideally using FLAC 3D, and will also be able to design and conduct laboratory based test programmes to establish the physical properties of rock samples and excavation support materials appropriate for inclusion in the numerical models.

Candidates should have a first degree (or equivalent) in Civil or Mining engineering and ideally have been awarded a PhD (or equivalent) in Rock Mechanics or Geotechnical Engineering (or related discipline) or have submitted their thesis for examination. Experience in numerical modelling of mining and/or geotechnical systems as well as understanding of laboratory testing is desirable. Candidates should also have an interest in working in applied research. An essential attribute will be a strong drive to interact with industry and project partner from many parts of the EU. The successful candidate will have good presentation and report writing skills. A good publication record will be an advantage, but newly qualified PhD postgraduates or graduates with industrial experience are also encouraged to apply.

More information and application details are available at: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/currentvacancies/ref/ENG14729

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