Postdoctoral Openings in Computational Geomechanics at the University of British Columbia

Two postdoctoral positions are available in the Theoretical & Applied Geomechanics research group at the University of British Columbia. Both positions offer a two-year appointment with the possibility of a contract extension. Successful candidates will benefit from exposure to a dynamic international research environment and opportunities for various areas of professional development.

Position 1 Description

The selected candidate will be responsible for carrying out continuum-based numerical analyses with advanced constitutive models to address problems involving large deformations. The computational techniques of interest include Material Point Method (MPM), Finite Element Method (FEM), or Particle Finite Element Method (PFEM). Additionally, the candidate should apply machine learning techniques for conducting inverse analyses.

Position 2 Description

The selected candidate will conduct discrete element modeling (DEM), focusing on the monotonic and cyclic shearing response of granular soils. The study involves the assessment of various micromechanical descriptors of the granular system in loading scenarios of interest in soil mechanics. This work is crucial for advancing our understanding and application in constitutive modeling.

Selection Criteria

  • Hold a PhD in Geomechanics, Mechanics, or a related field.
  • Have expertise in one of the following computational methods: Material Point Method (MPM), Finite Element Method (FEM), Particle Finite Element Method (PFEM), or Discrete Element Method (DEM).
  • Be well-versed in constitutive modeling.
  • Have strong programming skills.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills.
  • Show the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

How to Submit Your Application

Please submit a single PDF containing a 1-page cover letter detailing your qualifications for the desired position, a comprehensive curriculum vitae, the contact information for two references, and two representative publications to Prof. Mahdi Taiebat at

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