PhD position in advanced experimental geomechanics and 3D imaging.

The geomechanics team at laboratoire 3SR-UGA (Grenoble, France) is looking for PhD candidates to work on X-ray and Neutron characterization of ciment damage evolution in cohesive granular materials. The candidate will be supervised by A. Tengattini, C. Couture and C. Viggiani. The attached document provides further details on the context and requirements for this position. The deadline for sending an application is the June 15th 2024.

PhD offer in Grenoble: Plant root growth and its interaction with the soil

Dear Colleagues,

My name is Alexander Erlich and I work at a CNRS laboratory, the LiPhy, in Grenoble. My research focus is on solid mechanics and growth, focussing on growth and its application to biological systems (more info:

I would like to kindly ask you to share an advert for a PhD position that I am offering.

The advert is attached, and briefly, I am looking for a motivated PhD student to work on a computational model to understand plant root growth in interaction with soil.

This project is in collaboration with Cino Viggiani (Grenoble). Studying the interaction of a growing root against an elastoplastic soil, where the root generates stress and soil relaxes it, is a novel perspective at the frontier between mechanics and biophysics. The starting date is the 1st October 2024 (it can be slightly delayed if necessary).

The position was funded for three years by the CNRS 80 PRIME programme, with a net salary of approximately 1716€/month.

I would be very grateful if you could please share this advert.

Thank you and best wishes,

Alexander Erlich

PostDoc Position at South China University of Technology (SCUT)

The School of Marine Science and Engineering at South China University of Technology (SCUT) in Guangzhou, China, ranked #219 in the U.S. News 2023 World University Rankings, is seeking highly motivated and talented postdoctoral researchers to join their team in geotechnical engineering. Multiple positions for postdoctoral researchers in geotechnical engineering are available, typically for a duration of 2 years. Details about this position can be found in the attached PDF file.

Save the date: 16th EuroConference on Rock Physics and Rock Mechanics – 19 to 23 January 2026

Dear colleagues,

We are excited to announce that the 16th EuroConference on Rock Physics and Rock Mechanics will take place January 19 to 23, 2026 in Les Diablerets, Switzerland

The conference is being jointly organised by the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Switzerland) and the Ecole et Observatoire des Sciences de la Terre (EOST, School and Observatory of Earth Sciences, Strasbourg, France).

The theme of this next EuroConference is: Pursuing Innovation in the Study of Rock Physics and Rock Mechanics under Extreme Geological Conditions. You can find more information – including the list of confirmed keynote speakers – on our conference website:

While registration is not yet open, we warmly invite you to save the dates for this event in your calendars. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the 16th EuroConference in Switzerland in 2026!


The 16th EuroConference Organising Commitee

Alexandra Kushnir (EPFL)

Marie Violay (EPFL)

Michael Heap (EOST)

PhD position on Real-time modelling of temperature field around borehole heat exchangers

A PhD position on PhD position on Real-time modelling of temperature field around borehole heat exchangers is now open in Belgium, in a collaboration between Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Université de Liège (ULiège).

This PhD project takes place in the field of closed-loop geothermal energy systems. It will explore the development of modelling tools for the real-time predictions of the temperature field around borehole heat exchangers (BHEs) based on monitoring data collected at the ground source heat pump (GSHP). Such modelling tools can progressively contribute to a more sustainable control of GSHPs of shallow geothermal systems, considering not only the energy demand of the buildings and the geothermal properties of the ground but also the current state of the heat reservoir in the subsurface.

The position has a duration of 4 years and the PhD is expected to start on 1st September 2024.

Application deadline (detailed resume + motivation letter + names and e-mail addresses of two referees who may be contacted by those in charge of evaluating applications) : 25th May 2024.

Further enquiries on the vacancy and application must be directed to Prof. Pierre GERARD (

More information on this pdf file.

Three PhD scholarships at Durham University, UK

There are three doctoral scholarship opportunities in Geotechnical Engineering/Geomechanics available for 2024 in AURA CDT. These scholarships are for individuals seeking to pursue a PhD at Durham University, UK.

  • Innovative decommissioning for offshore foundation systems (supervisor Prof. Charles Augarde)

Innovative decommissioning for offshore foundation systems – Aura Centre for Doctoral Training (

  • Numerical modelling of deep penetrating anchors for floating wind installations (supervisor Prof. Will Coombs)

Numerical modelling of deep penetrating anchors for floating wind installations – Aura Centre for Doctoral Training (

  • The role of fabric anisotropy on cyclic loading of offshore soils: a grain-scale investigation (Dr Alexandros Petalas and Prof. Will Coombs)

The role of fabric anisotropy on cyclic loading of offshore soils: a grain-scale investigation – Aura Centre for Doctoral Training (

For more information about Aura CDT, visit here: Scholarships – Aura Centre for Doctoral Training (

Deadline: 16th of May

PhD Position in Geotechnical Engineering: Static Liquefaction in Tailings Dams within Cold Regions by Material Point Method Analysis

The GeoEngineering Centre at Queen’s-RMC is delighted to announce a doctoral research position concentrating on the Material Point Method (MPM) analysis and Static Liquefaction in tailings dams situated in cold regions.

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with a solid foundation in numerical modeling and programming in Fortran and C++. Experience with open-source software and a thorough understanding of the thermomechanical behavior of soil are prerequisites for this position.

Essential Qualifications:
– Expertise in numerical modeling, particularly in geotechnical engineering
– Proficiency in programming languages, specifically Fortran and C++, with an emphasis on computational mechanics
– Experience with open-source software, particularly in the context of geotechnical engineering
– In-depth understanding of soil thermomechanics, with a focus on the behavior of soil under varying temperature conditions

The selected candidate will have the opportunity to be mentored by Dr. Beddoe and Dr. Yaseri. This position offers an exceptional chance to contribute to a pioneering field of research within a dynamic and collaborative team environment.
Application Procedure: Candidates interested in this position are requested to forward their curriculum vitae and a cover letter detailing their relevant experience and interest in the position to

1 Postdoc and 1 research student vacancies in Civil / Geotechnical / Digital / Tunnelling Engineering at UCC & CERN

More information on this pdf file.

Postdoc in data-driven deep learning

the Postdoc will work at UCC in her/his first year and then work at CERN in the second & third years.

The candidate should have a PhD degree in Civil / Geotechnical / Geological / Energy Engineering. Some experience in structural health monitoring and machine learning for civil / geotechnical / geological engineering would be an advantage.

Reference number: 076951                            Closing Date: 10th May 2024

A research student in novel monitoring and AI for large-scale geo-infrastructure

In this project, a research master will focus on data acquisition, data transformation, and feature extraction. The one-year research master (may be extended to a PhD position) will be based at UCC.

Candidate Experience: The postgraduate student candidate should have a minimum 2.1 in an honours Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, or an equivalent standard from an overseas university. All applicants whose first language are not English must meet UCC English language entry requirement (e.g., IELTS or TOEFL).

Application: Please e-mail a CV (max. 2 pages) and a cover letter outlining your experience and motivation to Dr. Zili Li ( as soon as possible.  Closing Date: 15th May 2024

Doctoral Position – Creeping Snow modelling – IGE+3SR

A  doctoral position is available at IGE for developing a 3D coupled model of creeping snow on slopes. This position is part of a project which final goal is to improve the design of snow avalanches protective structures (snow racks).

This position is proposed by IGE-INRAE and 3SR, both located in Grenoble. It will be supervised by T. Faug, B. Chareyre and S. Lambert.

The attached document gives further details on the context and aims of this position, together with the required qualifications for applying.

PhD position in Geotechnical Engineering/Structural Dynamics at Lund University

Lund University welcomes applicants for a PhD position at the division of Geotechnical Engineering (LTH). The position concerns research in dynamics and wave propagation, applied to installation of steel sheet piles in the ground. The research work includes development of numerical methods and models for analysis of vibrations and dynamic response with particular interest in stop criteria for cases when blocks are encountered during installation. Experimental investigations will be performed for model verification purposes.

Applications should be submitted by the 3rd of May 2024.

More information available at