PhD Position in Subsurface Characterization

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We offer a 3-year PhD position for developing characterization methodologies based on the coupled response of the subsurface to fluid injection/extraction in subsurface energy applications. The position is related to the ERC-StG project GEoREST (predictinG EaRthquakES induced by fluid injecTion), funded by the European Research Council (ERC, The candidate will perform her/his research at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in a collaborative and enthusiastic environment.


We are looking for highly motivated, perseverant and creative individuals with strong analytical and problem solving skills willing to leave their footprint on science. Candidates should hold a MSc in Engineering or Physics and have good knowledge on geomechanics and/or geotechnical engineering and hydrogeology. Experience in numerical modeling and programming will be appreciated. Additionally, we will value scientific publications in international journals and participations in conferences. The candidate will be integrated into an international team, so good communication skills and team working capabilities are required. Excellent level of English, both written and oral, is a requirement.


If you are interested, please send an application, including CV and a cover letter describing interests and qualifications related to the position and contact details of two reference people, to Victor Vilarrasa,, before 31st of May, 2019. Selection will be performed on the basis of the excellence of the CV and motivation.

2 thoughts on “PhD Position in Subsurface Characterization

  1. Hello my name is Josselin Ouf, I will be gradutated in geotechnic and civil engineering in September (Master 2) from Polytech’ Grenoble (France). I’am currently doing an internship on reserasch at the University of Auckland (New Zeland), the subject is “Interaction between soil and structure loaded by earthquake”.

    I migth be interested by your subject but I need more information about main the topic, which kind of geotechnical skills will be used ? Which experiences will be done ?…

    Your faithfully Josselin Ouf

  2. Dear Josselin,

    You can contact Victor Vilarrasa ( for more information about this position.
    Albert Argilaga

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