Post-doc position at Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics

The Nottingham Centre for Geo-mechanics (NCG) will be undertaking a large multi-disciplinary project related to the assessment, monitoring, and risk analysis of slopes within open-pit lignite mines. 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 project is funded by the European Commission Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) and includes project partners from across Europe. We seek a highly motivated researcher to join our team to work on this challenging project.

The objectives of this project include the investigation of the stability and long-term behaviour of lignite mine spoil heaps and reclaimed ground. The main role of this appointee will involve performing small-scale physical modelling under increased gravity conditions (N-g) using the Nottingham geotechnical centrifuge. The researcher will also be involved in the development of a 1-g physical model in cooperation with another researcher. As such, the successful candidate should have a background in designing and conducting laboratory based experimental programmes. The research will also include involvement and input into the development of numerical models (performed by a separate researcher), therefore some background in the use of numerical modelling codes for geotechnical analysis would be beneficial.

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 or equivalent in Civil Engineering or cognate subject and will have been awarded a PhD or equivalent (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.

The full-time post is available immediately and will be offered on a fixed-term contract until 30 June 2018.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Alec Marshall, tel: 0115 9513908 or Email:
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