PhD position at Politecnico di Torino

A position for a PhD in Geomechanics is open at Politecnico di Torino (Italy). The doctoral project will focus on geomechanical aspects of CO2 storage in aquifer and depleted hydrocarbon reservoirs. The hydro-mechanical response of reservoir rocks will be investigated accounting for chemo-mechanical effects and coupling with geochemical reactions. The research programme will be carried out jointly with Stellantis and the PhD student is expected to spend at least six months in the industry, bridging the gap between academic research and industrial applications, and six months in another University/Research Institution outside Italy.

Interested candidates can write to:

The call expires on June 20th and is available here:

More information on this pdf file.

IS-Grenoble 2024 – Call for abstracts

IS-Grenoble 2024 will be the fifth quadrennial international symposium organized under the auspices of Technical Committee 105 (Geomechanics from Micro to Macro) of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE).

The call for abstracts is open, looking forward to receiving your abstract (and to seeing you here!)

Save the date: September 23 – September 27, 2024

More information on the website:

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship at MBD@RWTH

Our chair, Methods for Model-based Development in Computational Engineering, at RWTH Aachen University, Germany is aiming at supporting potential international candidates working on modelling geohazards within the framework of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA-PF) programme. Research conducted in our chair focuses on innovative methods for model-based development and decision support. This includes predictive process simulations, workflow development for reproducible and reusable modelling, as well as sustainable digital infrastructure. Further details can be found in the pdf file. If you are interested, please send your CV (max. 2 pages) to Anil Yildiz (

PhD position in experimental geomechanics at Delft University of Technology

The economic feasibility and safety of a geological disposal facility for radioactive waste strongly rely on the performance of the host formation. In the Netherlands, appropriate geological layers are poorly indurated clay formations. Proper characterisation and understanding of the host formation’s time-dependent chemo-hydro-mechanical behaviour is fundamental. Indeed, the disposal facility is expected to be constructed in a process lasting around a decade and operated for several decades prior to closure. However, to date, the behaviour of poorly indurated clays beneath the Dutch surface is inferred from material at much shallower depths from Belgium.

The aim of the PhD project is to experimentally characterise the mechanical behaviour of deep poorly indurated clays, with a view of contributing to the safety case for a geological disposal facility in the Netherlands.

Cores representative of a Dutch geological disposal facility have recently been obtained from a unique multi-objective research drilling. As part of the PhD project, the cores will be thoroughly characterised, and their hydro-mechanical behaviour will be experimentally investigated. The PhD candidate will benefit from world-class laboratory and imaging facilities already available in the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of TU Delft and partner institutions (via existing strong collaborations such as EPOS-NL), and the support of experienced technical staff.

This PhD position is part of the NWO-funded Safe Environment for Clay Underground Repository (SECUUR) project. The successful candidate will integrate into a team of enthusiastic researchers working on the geological disposal of radioactive waste, including another PhD student carrying out research on SECUUR.

Further information on eligibility criteria and application procedure can be found here.

For more information about this vacancy and informal discussion, please contact Dr. Anne-Catherine Dieudonné, e-mail: or Dr. Wout Broere, e-mail:

The closing date for applications is 1st June 2023.

PhD position at Ecole centrale de Lyon, France

This PhD thesis will be carried out within the French National Project “Earthen Constructions” gathering more than fifty partners including academics, architects, masons, civil engineering design and control offices. The candidate will therefore benefit from a strong dynamic in the field of low-carbon construction materials and from the synergy of leading universities in the field, currently handling multiple research projects in this field.

Link to the details of the proposal is provided below: PhD on rammed earth – numerical aspects

Two postdoc positions at KTH, Sweden

At KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (Sweden), the Division of Soil and Rock Mechanics is searching for two postdocs to be employed in the group. The postdocs will be working in a joint research project connected to the implementation of the 2nd generation of Eurocode 7 to design of rock tunnels and hydropower dams. These two types of structures are not within the scope of the present Eurocode. A substantial work is therefore needed to ensure that the 2nd Eurocode generation and its practical application provide acceptable safety to such structures for Swedish geotechnical conditions. Concerning tunnels in rock, the research project aims to develop a scientific basis for the writing of a potential completely new part of Eurocode 7 on design of rock tunnels. Concerning hydropower dams, the research project aims to facilitate a cost-effective implementation of the 2nd generation of Eurocode 7 to dam foundations on rock. Applicability to hard crystalline rock shall be considered, as such geological conditions are very common in Scandinavia.

The vacancy ad and further details about the project and the employment can be found here:

Last application date is 31 May 2023.

Seminar Prof. Alexander Puzrin at Politecnico di Bari

Dear Colleagues,

on Thursday 4 May 2023, at 15:30 CET, Prof. Alexander Puzrin, Head of the Institute of Geotechnical Engineering at ETH Zurich, will deliver a seminar entitled:

“Has science solved one of hystory’s greatest adventure mysteries?”

The seminar is organised by the Geotechnical Research Group of DICATECh, Politecnico di Bari, Italy, and will be held in presence at Politecnico di Bari.

Please see the attached file for further details.