Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia 

POSITION: Fixed term (3 years) Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

FACULTY: School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UTS 

Base Salary Range: $112,310 to $132,925 pa (Level B), and this role attracts 17% superannuation (pension) in addition to the base salary. 

About the role: 

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering is seeking a high-calibre candidate to work on a three-year project funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project “Modernise geotechnical investigation and analysis with deep learning” This role will work closely with the chief investigators on providing technical input to the project, supervising PhD students, and catalysing research outcomes. This role will contribute to developing the computational codes for all the algorithms and methods, including those related to machine learning methods, data assimilation, surrogate models for multiphase-multiphysics problems, Bayesian statistics and Bayesian optimisation. All these tasks require advanced technical knowledge and skills. 

Key responsibilities will include: 
• Conduct research on developing novel frameworks that integrate geotechnical investigation, soil models, data assimilation, and deep learning, to reduce the variability in geotechnical analyses and to rigorously quantify such variability for better risk control and decision making 
• Generate high-quality research publications and project reports 
• Assist in the supervision of HDR candidates and capstone projects 

About you 

As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, you will have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. To be successful in this role you will take responsibility for initiating and delivering research in relation to the research project activities. You will have demonstrated experience in geo-risk analysis and machine learning methods and knowledge of geomechanics and risk analysis. Other requirements will include: 
• PhD in Civil Engineering or a related field 
• Strong record of research achievement / publication track record. 

Please apply through the link before Tuesday, 11th April 2023 at 11.59pm (AEST)

PhD Position on “Experimental and numerical characterisation of the mechanical anisotropic properties of Boom Clay”

A PhD position is now open at SCK CEN, on the subject of “Experimental and numerical characterisation of the mechanical anisotropic properties of Boom Clay”.

More details, as well as the application procedure, are available on the following website:

Call for Sessions and Abstracts for the 14th Congress of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment at Chengdu, China from September 21 to 27, 2023

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to inform you of the 14th Congress of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment to be held in Chengdu, China from September 21 to 27, 2023.  The congress aims to enhance the multi-disciplinary and research development of international engineering geology and the environment, and contribute to the advancement of major projects, ecological progress, and a habitable earth. Topics for research and discussion will include global climate change mitigation and adaptation, geological hazard assessment and prevention, geotechnical properties of rock and soil mass, engineering geology applied to traffic, energy, urban and marine, ecological environment protection in major projects, new theories and technologies in engineering geology, etc. We warmly welcome the worldwide engineering geological community to come to Chengdu to participate in this academic event.

Themes of the congress include but not limited to :
Theme 01: Engineering Geomechanics of Rock and Soil Masses
Theme 02: Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Theme 03: Megacity Engineering Geology
Theme 04: Environmental Engineering and Ecological Solutions
Theme 05: Active Tectonics, Geomorphology and Geological Hazards
Theme 06: Marine Engineering Geology, Marine Geo-environment and Disasters
Theme 07: Deep Earth Resource and Energy Exploitation
Theme 08: Geohazard Mechanisms, Risk Assessment and Control, Monitoring and Early Warning
Theme 09: New Technology in Engineering Geology      
Theme 10: Applied Geology for Major Engineering Projects
Theme 11: Preservation of Cultural Heritage and Engineering Geology
Theme 12: Young Engineering Geologist Afternoon “Machine learning in geomechanics”

Call for Sessions

The organizing committee would like to invite session proposals on the above-mentioned themes. The proposed sessions will serve as guidelines for paper and abstract submissions. Session conveners will be responsible for accepting or declining papers or abstracts for their sessions.

All session proposals must include the convener names, institutional affiliations, an email address of the session convener, a title, a brief abstract that describes the session and specifically how the session ideally fits into the congress theme. Also, please indicate the Theme number your proposal aligns with.

If you are interested, please click on the link below to submit the application before March 30, 2023. For further information, please feel free to contact us.

Submit your application via:

For the abstract submission

The abstract submission system for oral presentations and posters is open! If you would rather prepare an abstract for an oral or poster presentation, rather than submit a full paper, please submit your abstract or poster for consideration by May 31, 2023.

Submit your abstract via:

More information on the congress can be found in the attached PDF file.

PhD position on CO2 sequestration at EPFL

A PhD position is available at the Laboratory of Soil Mechanics (LMS) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL, Lausanne.

The objective of the research project is to enhance current numerical tools for assessing the geomechanical impact of CO2 injection in deep saline aquifers.

More information can be found on the following page:

Outstanding and interested candidates are encouraged to send their motivation letter and CV to Applications will be evaluated until the position is filled.

PhD position at Heriot-Watt University

Applications are welcome for a fully funded, 3.5-year, PhD position on the role of soil’s thermal conductivity for the efficiency of shallow geothermal energy systems at Heriot-Watt University.

Detailed information on the project and the application form can be found below:

The scholarship is available to both Home and Overseas students.

Further enquiries on the vacancies can be directed to Dr Melis Sutman (

The closing date for the applications is April 17th, 2023.

Postdoctoral Position: Nano-scale Modelling of Clays

We are looking for an enthusiastic and accomplished postdoctoral researcher to join our team at the Computing Center for Geotechnical Engineering of Zhejiang University. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in mechanical, chemical, civil, resource engineering or a related field, with a proven track record of excellence. Our research focuses on the nano-, micro- and macro-scale modelling of clays, and we require a candidate with a strong background in numerical computing, particularly in Molecular Dynamics, such as GROMACS, LAMMPS, NAMD, etc. Experience in granular simulations and clay mechanics is an asset.

More information in the attached pdf.

ALERT Workshop & School 2023

Dear ALERT members,
Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce to you the themes and dates of the ALERT Workshop and School 2023.

Dates of the ALERT Workshop 2023: 25th September to 27th September 2023

  • Session 1: “Energy geomechanics
    Organizers: Jean-Michel Pereira, Carlos Santamarina and Diego Manzanal.
  • Session 2 (half-day): “Extraterrestrial geomechanics
    Organizers: Pierre Delage and Felipe Prada.
  • Session 3: “Anisotropy in geomaterials: theory, experiments and modelling”
    Organizers: Eleni Gerolymatou, Cino Viggiani, and Angelo Amorosi.

Dates of the ALERT School 2022: 28th September to 30th September 2023

  • Machine learning in geomechanics
    Organizers: Ioannis Stefanou and Félix Darve.

Hoping to see you in Aussois !

PhD student position (dam engineering) at KTH, Sweden

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, is searching for a doctoral student to the Division of Soil and Rock Mechanics. The work tasks are related to doctoral studies leading to a Licentiate degree, if the study plan is followed. (Opportunity to continue working to a PhD degree is very likely to be offered, but cannot be completely guaranteed at this point. Licentiate is an intermediate degree.) The studies are connected to the research project “Safe Dams – Description of pore pressure and alarm thresholds for probabilistic assessment of sliding stability for concrete dams”. In sliding stability assessment of concrete dams, the uplift constitutes an important parameter. However, this parameter is associated with significant uncertainties. Existing methods for evaluation of sliding stability are simplified and need to be further developed. The objective of the project is to identify how uplift under dams should be described for different geological conditions and to develop methods for improved assessment of the sliding stability for concrete dams.

The work tasks include case studies of existing dams, evaluation of measurement data, analytical, numerical and probabilistic calculations, writing scientific articles, taking postgraduate courses, and teaching. The employment comes with a competitive salary in line with what is offered to newly graduated engineers working in the Swedish construction industry and there is no tuition fee. The vacancy ad and further details about the project and the employment can be found here: Last application date is 31 March 2023.

Postdoctoral Research Associate at UTS, Australia

Fixed term (3 years)
Transport Research Centre (UTS-TRC);
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

The UTS Transport Research Centre (UTS TRC) is one of the global leaders in smart transportation systems – enhancing the design, performance and management of critical transportation infrastructure in modern complex environments. We are Australia’s leading transportation geotechnics research centre, with a worldwide reputation for fundamental and applied research. Currently, under Distinguished Professor Indraratna’s leadership, the UTS TRC now has Australia’s leading researchers in the field of rail infrastructure design, ground improvement, transportation data analytics, structural health monitoring of transportation corridors as well as service engineering. The Centre has an outstanding record of research achievements, currently employing close to a dozen academics and about 30 PhD students, supported by significant grants from the Australian Research Council.

The Centre is seeking a high-calibre candidate to work on a three-year geotechnical project funded by the Australian Research Council to investigate the causative factors of undrained instability of soft soil under transport embankments and to assess the effectiveness of vertical drains in stabilising subgrade soil subjected to train (cyclic) loading. The Research Associate will be collaborating closely with investigators to solve the problems of rail track instability using subsurface drainage. The incumbent will also be involved in the supervision of HDR students.

The appointment will be based on merit and the candidate’s experience and qualification. The prospective candidate must have a first degree in Civil Engineering or a related discipline. A research degree such as PhD in Geotechnical engineering is essential. For further information about this role, please contact Distinguished Prof Buddhima Indraratna (61 2) 9514 8000, e-mail:

As women are under-represented in academic positions, suitably qualified women are encouraged to apply.

Please apply via:

Application close: 5 March 2023

PhD Position on Seabed Anchor, University College Dublin, Ireland

Optimized and Reliable Seabed Anchor Systems for Floating Wind

Position description: Applications are invited for a fully funded 3-year PhD position in Geotechnical Engineering. The position starting date is Sep 2023.

Research project: The PhD position will involve laboratory testing and numerical simulations of seabed anchors to advance floating wind technologies. The west coast of Ireland, with its strong winds in waters deeper than 50 metres, provides an ideal location for testing floating wind. Additionally, Ireland aims to achieve 30 GW of floating wind capacity by 2050. The research will mainly focus on the Atlantic Marine Energy Testing Site (AMETS), located 16 km northwest of Belderra Strand. As part of this project, the successful candidate will participate in ongoing geological and geotechnical site investigations, perform centrifuge tests on anchor capacity using the facilities at ATU Sligo, and integrate seabed characterization and centrifuge testing data with machine-learning-enhanced numerical simulations to optimize the anchor systems. The candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with a team of experts in geotechnical engineering, marine geology, and relevant industrial stakeholders.

Supervisors: Dr Budi Zhao, Dr Mike Long (Co-supervisor)

Collaborators: Dr Mark Coughlan & Dr Jennifer Keenahan (UCD), Dr Pat Naughton (ATU)

Location:  University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Application procedure: Applicants should submit their CV, transcript, and recommendation letters from two referees as a single .pdf document to

Application deadline: 14th April 2023

See the attached pdf for more details.