PhD Position (Thèse CIFRE) – Helical pile: physical and numerical modeling for marine geotechnical applications

Exciting Opportunities Available! Are you passionate about renewable energy and eager to contribute to cutting-edge research? The Geotechnical Centrifuge laboratory at Gustave Eiffel University is now hiring a motivated PhD student to delve into the fascinating world of anchors for floating wind turbines.

Join our dynamic team and be part of the only geotechnical centrifuge group in France dedicated to pushing the boundaries of research in renewable energy development.

Role Description:

This is a full-time on-site role for a PHD at the geotechnical centrifuge at CG lab – Gustave Eiffel University located in Nantes. As a PHD, you will be responsible for conducting research and experiments using the geotechnical centrifuge and numerical modelling. This includes performing parametric studies, analyzing experimental data, comparing results with design rules and analytical models, and contributing to the advancement of geotechnical engineering numerical models. You will work closely with a team of researchers, engineers, and technicians.

Fully funded from October 2024 to October 2027.


Dr. Christelle Abadie: christelle.abadie(at)
Dr. Zheng Li: 
Dr. Matthieu Blanc: matthieu.blanc(at) 
Dr. Luc Thorel: luc.thorel(at) 

For more details, click here: and see the attached PDF file.

Application closing date: June 30, 2024

Phd/Postdoc openings at EPFL

The Data-Driven Mechanics Laboratory at EPFL is inviting applications for two open positions:

1) A fully-funded PhD position at the intersection of geomechanics and machine learning

2) A two-year Postdoc position exploring the mechanics of architected granular materials

Details about the positions and the application process can be found in the attached flyers: PhD, Postdoc

The deadline is July 15th.

PhD position at Montanuniversität Leoben

One vacant position for a full-time university assistant (m/f/d) at the Chair of Geoenergy Production Engineering, in the Department Geoenergy. Start from the earliest possible date in an employment contract limited to four year. Salary Group B1 according to the Uni-KV, monthly minimum salary excl. Szlg.: € 3.578,80 for 40 hours per week (14 x per year), actual classification is according to previous relevant experience.


Energy and environmental aspects of geoscience remain the greatest challenges that our society will face in the coming decades. To offer various tools for energy transition and environmental protection, we develop an open-source code that enables us to simulate multi-physical processes in sub-surface, such as fluid and heat transport, rock deformation, and geochemical reaction. We are looking for a PhD candidate who will write a dissertation with the following possible topics:
– multi-scale modeling via surrogate model
– computational geomechanics
– fracture mechanics

– Degree in Engineering or Natural Science
– Familiarity with numerical methods for solving PDE systems

More information on this pdf file: Click to access MBL%201332324%20-%20Stellenausschreibung_EN.pdf

Two PhD positions and a PostDoc positions at BOKU University

We are looking for two PhD and one post-doc researchers in granular mechanics, granular physics and computation mechanics.

These positions are offered within an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council awarded to Prof. Wei Wu at BOKU University, Vienna. MOTRAN (Modelling Transient Granular Flow) will develop a high-fidelity numerical model for the multiscale simulation of the transient behaviour during the phase transition of granular materials. MOTRAN pursues the following objectives: (1) constitutive model; (2) fully coupled SPH-DEM numerical model; (3) unique lab experiments on granular flow for calibration and validation.

Please download the Flyer for more information.

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.

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