Post-doc position on permafrost/frozen ground at Westlake University

This is a post-doc position in Liang Lei’s lab for a joint permafrost project collaborating with Ling Li’s lab and Sergio Andres Galindo Torres’s lab.

Introduction of The Lab/Research Field

Dr. Lei’s research on porous media features temperature, pressure and stress control, pore-scale insights based on micro-CT technique integrated with conventional testing, multi-physics experiments and theoretical analysis. Targeted areas include: (1) particulate material and porous media under abnormal conditions and their interaction with pore constituents; (2) energy, marine, and resource geo-engineering; (3) permafrost and outer space sediments; (4) natural gas hydrates and their hosting sediments; (5) massive energy storage; and (6) multi-phase flow and crystallization in porous media.

Professor Li’s principal research interests lie in mathematical modelling of complex environmental systems. His works address fundamental aspects of ocean-land interactions and have contributed to the development of many emerging concepts and research directions in this field. He developed the first theoretical model of submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) that incorporates oscillating groundwater flow and circulation driven by tides and waves. The ocean-land interface is a critical zone of the earth system. Coastal wetlands, for example, play important roles in moderating green-house gas emission and protecting the coastal zone from impacts of sea level rise. Professor Li’s research has improved significantly our understanding of complex eco-environmental system at the ocean-land interface. He was awarded an Early Career Researcher Award by Australian Research Council, National Natural Science Award of China (2nd Class), Natural Science Award of Ministry of Education of China (1st Class) and National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars from National Natural Science Foundation of China. Professor Li’s research interests also cover broadly the areas of eco-hydrology, multi-scale multiphase porous media flow and transport processes with hydro-mechanical coupling, eco-environmental system modelling, environmental pollution and control, impact of major engineering projects on the environment and global changes.

Dr. Galindo Torres’s research deals with the multi-scale analysis of complex processes found in disciplines such as Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering. Its focus is to find the connection between the physics that happens at the microscale (interactions between soil grains, water droplets, air and gas bubbles) and the field scale behaviour. To achieve this goal, experiments, numerical simulations (using techniques such as computational fluid dynamics) and theoretical developments, coming from statistical physics are combined, to gain further understanding and predictability of these challenging problems. Dr. Galindo Torres research has created an impact beyond the academy, by working in research projects with industry partners such as Golder Associates Ltd and Newcrest Mining Ltd.

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Job Description

Position: Postdoctoral fellow (1-2)


1) To work on mechanical and hydrological properties of permafrost and frozen ground, experimentalist preferred,

2) Have obtained or expect to obtain shortly the PhD degree in water resources, geotechnical engineering, earth science, geophysics, or related disciplines,

2) Age under 35,

3) Geo-mechanical and/or hydrological experiences preferred,

4) Good track academic record.

Compensation and Benefits

The research team offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience. Offer matching could be considered. Applications for relevant projects and programs will be encouraged and supported.

For post-doc(s) who selected for China Postdoctoral Science Foundation or Advanced Programs of Zhejiang Province will be entitled to receive the same amount funds from the Hangzhou government.

For post-doc(s) who full-time work in Hangzhou after completing their post-doc research will be eligible for applying allowance of 400,000RMB from the Hangzhou government.

How to Apply

To apply, please send resume, representative papers and any other relevant materials as PDF files to and cc and, and indicate the Post-doc application in the subject.

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