PhD Student Position – Theoretical and Applied Geomechanics – University of British Columbia

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.

Application Process: If you meet the above qualifications, you are invited to send a preliminary application including a statement of interest to citing Job Reference “DOCTORAL2020” in the subject line. This statement should include:

  • a letter summarizing your relevant qualifications for this position and your reasons on why you fit the position,
  • current resume,
  • latest publications in (or submissions to) peer-reviewed journals/conferences, and
  • contact information of 2 or 3 potential references.

After reviewing the preliminary applications, those candidates who fit best for these positions will be contacted and encouraged to formally apply by Jan 31, 2020 through The final decision on the admissions will be communicated only after the full formal application is reviewed. The successful applicants will be admitted with a funding commitment by the faculty.

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