Doctoral student positions in computational geomechanics at UBC, Vancouver

We are on the lookout for TWO exceptionally bright and eager Ph.D. students to join our Theoretical & Applied Geomechanics (TAG) research team, to work in the areas of computational geomechanics and geotechnical earthquake engineering. 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/or 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 at least one of the following areas:

  • FEM, FDM, MPM for solid mechanics (computation and/or program development);
  • DEM for granular systems (computation and/or program development);
  • Knowledge in mechanics and constitutive modeling of geomaterial;
  • Proficiency in a programming language (C++, Fortran, Python). 

We are looking for students who are: 1) passionate about numerical modeling, 2) good communicators, 3) independent and creative thinkers. We seek a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, cultures, and personalities in our group, and encourage applicants from un(der)-represented groups.If you meet the above qualifications, you are invited to contact citing Job Reference “DOCTORAL2021” in the subject line. This preliminary application email should include:

  • a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement summarizing your relevant qualifications for this position (in the body of the email),
  • a CV including latest publications/submissions (pdf attachment), 
  • contact information of two potential references (at the end of CV). 

After reviewing the preliminary applications, those candidates who fit best for these positions will be contacted and encouraged to formally apply by Jan 31, 2021 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 four-year funding commitment by the faculty. If you have (or are eligible for) an external fellowship (e.g., an NSERC Fellowship), please make that clear in your application as it will increase chances of admittance. More information about funding is available here:

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