PhD position in CCUS Geomechanics

A position for a scientific software developer / PhD in geomechanics is open at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). The doctoral project will focus on CO2 storage in depleted reservoirs. The thermo-hydro-mechanical response of reservoir rocks will be investigated considering a two-phase flow of supercritical CO2 and water. The research will be conducted jointly with DRACSYS, a spinoff company of the research group of Mechanics of Materials (MECMAT-UPC). The new developments will be implemented in the group’s own FE code.

Start date: as soon as possible and no later than October 2023.

More information on this pdf file.

ALERT Poster Session 2023

The ALERT Poster session will be held during the ALERT Workshop from September 25 to September 27, 2023 in Aussois.

Those who are interested are asked to submit their abstracts (both word/openoffice and pdf files are required) by email to the coordinators Nadia Benahmed ( and Antoine Wautier ( using the attached abstract form (Template).

This year, the ALERT Committee has decided to award a prize (€500) to the poster that demonstrates the greatest originality, aesthetics and clarity, as well as the best scientific content, both in the poster and the abstract.

The deadline for the submission of the abstract is the September 10, 2023. For those wishing to participate to the competition, please send your poster (in pdf format) at the same time as your abstract.

3 PhD positions opening in Nanoscience and Fault Mechanics at UCLouvain, Belgium

Applications are welcomed for 3 PhD positions at the IMMC institute, UCLouvain, Belgium, starting in October 2023.

These positions are part of multi-disciplinary project NanoGG focusing on rocks mechanical behavior to study faults’ behavior, earthquake propagation and plate tectonics. This project aims at better understanding the physics behind these events and more generally the deformation processes in rocks at depth by investigating their behavior from the nanoscale to the macroscale combining original numerical and experimental developments. The PhD projects will be co-supervised by an interdisciplinary team composed of Hosni Idrissi, Laurent Delannay and Hadrien Rattez.

More information in the attached file.

ALERT Workshop 2023 – EXTENDED Call for abstracts

The Call for Abstract for the ALERT Workshop 2023 (33rd Edition) is extended until the 19th of June. Please submit your abstracts by email directly to the coordinators using the Workshop abstract form (doc). If you wish to publish your presentation after the Workshop on the ALERT website, do not forget to agree by ticking the corresponding box in the abstract form.

Here is a reminder of the workshop sessions for which the call for abstract is open, as well as a short description of each of them:

  • Session 1: “Energy geomechanics
    Organizers: Jean-Michel PereiraCarlos Santamarina and Diego Manzanal.

    The use of the geological subsurface is gaining interest in various energy-related applications, covering energy recovery and storage. In these applications, the physical phenomena at play in the encountered porous materials include -often in a coupled manner- heat and mass transfers, multiphase flow, reactive transport of fluids, mechanics, etc.
  • Session 3: “Anisotropy in geomaterials: theory, experiments and modelling”
    Organizers: Eleni GerolymatouCino Viggiani, and Angelo Amorosi.

    Anisotropy, i.e. the variation of any given property of the material with direction, can have a significant effect on the material response to loading. It is present in most types of geomaterials, ranging from granular soils to hard rocks.
    Due to the significant effort required to determine in the laboratory the internal variables of the material and the additional difficulties linked to its constitutive description, it is in most applications ignored as a matter of fact. However, in the last years significant efforts have been made in both directions.
    With the present topic suggestion the organizers would like to invite contributions from researchers working on anisotropy in geomaterials in the fields of constitutive law development, experimental testing and numerical simulation. The aim is to increase awareness of the significance of anisotropy, to stimulate scientific exchange and to provide a first exposure to its intricacies for younger researchers.

Research Associate Position on “Multiphysics modelling of long-term evolution of concrete structures in service environment”

Join the Numerical Modelling and Digitalization for Building Materials and Concrete Structures research group at the Institute for Concrete Structures and Building Materials at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.

We’re seeking a motivated individual to support our ground-breaking research on Multiphysics modelling for the long-term evolution of critical infrastructures like nuclear reactors and bridges. You’ll have the opportunity to develop innovative thermo-hydro-chemo-mechanical models, enabling reliable predictions of concrete structure service life. With hands-on experiments, cutting-edge numerical modelling, and collaboration with leading experts, this role offers a unique pathway to advance your career and make a lasting impact in the field. For further information contact Dr. Ravi Patel ( as well as on this pdf file.

Researcher/PhD position at the University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal

call is open to award one researcher/PhD student grant within the I&D Project INTENT – Intelligent health monitoring of road infrastructures using bender elements embedded in pavements, reference 2022.06879.PTDC, funded by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT). The recipient is expected to conduct research in the field of Civil Engineering/Geomechanics at the University of Minho, in Guimarães, Portugal.

The grant holder will work at the ISISE Research Centre, University of Minho, to develop, test and produce Bender Elements (BE) sensors taking into account a set of specifications defined in a previous Task of the project. Subsequently, these sensors will be delivered and installed for field tests aimed at the continuous monitoring of road granular layers.

Job:  Research grant for MSc graduates, with an option to undertake a PhD

Research field: Civil Engineering/Geomechanics

Stating date: July, 2023

Application deadline: June, 7, 2023

More information on this link.

Vacancy in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Dundee

The University of Dundee is looking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to work on the EPSRC-funded research project “Braced Excavations: what about the corners?“, jointly held with Durham University.  The aim of this project is to develop new and more accurate ways to predict ground movements and prop loads for large, braced excavations as regularly used around the world for the construction of new underground transportation infrastructure.  

The post holder will work on the University of Dundee Geotechnical Centrifuge to create and test models of 2- and 3-dimensional braced excavations to provide validation data for numerical approaches developed at Durham University.  The position will be for 3 years.  

To apply for this position, please go to

The application deadline is midnight on Friday 09 June. Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Jonathan Knappett (  

Further particulars are available in this pdf file.

13th ALERT Olek Zienkiewicz course – 28th August to 1st September

The 13th ALERT Olek Zienkiewicz course 2023: 

Multiphysics and multiscale coupled processes in geomaterials
Focus on thermal effects and gas transfer impact on the behaviour of geomaterials

jointly organised by the Alliance of Laboratories in Europe for Education and the GAS/HITEC EURAD projects, will be held in the buildings of the ULiège (Sart-Tilman campus) in Liege, Belgium between 28 August and 1 September 2023.

More information on the organisation of the course in this attachment.

Registration is free of charge and possible on the following website:
A maximum of 80 participants will be able to join the school. Priority will be given to researchers involved in EURAD and members of ALERT Geomaterials until 1 July 2023.

Researcher/PhD position at the Lusófona University in Lisbon

A call is open to award one researcher/PhD student grant within the I&D Project INTENT – Intelligent health monitoring of road infrastructures using bender elements embedded in pavements, reference 2022.06879.PTDC, funded by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT). The recipient is expected to conduct research in the field of Computational Geomechanics at the Lusófona University of Lisbon.

Job:  Research grant for MSc graduates, with an option to undertake a PhD

Research field: Computational Geomechanics

Stating date: July, 2023

Salary: €16,135.68 per annum (€14,395.68 net annual salary)

Duration: 33 months

Application deadline: June, 5, 2023

Applications must be made through an application letter together with the following documents: Curriculum Vitae with indication of OrcID reference, if available, certificates of graduation degrees (BSc and MSc), Motivation Letter and any other documents considered relevant by the candidate. The documents should be sent to Professor Ionut Dragos Moldovan, (or 

More information on this pdf file.