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: https://euroconf26.epfl.ch/

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!

Sincerely,

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 (gerard.pierre@ulb.be)

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 (hull.ac.uk)

  • 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 (hull.ac.uk)

  • 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 (hull.ac.uk)

For more information about Aura CDT, visit here: Scholarships – Aura Centre for Doctoral Training (hull.ac.uk)

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 a.rmc@outlook.com.

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.

https://my.corehr.com/pls/uccrecruit/erq_search_package.search_form?p_company=5023&p_internal_external=E#

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 (zili.li@ucc.ie) 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 https://lu.varbi.com/en/what:job/jobID:703701/

Summer School ‘Numerical Modelling in Geotechnical Engineering’ at University of Innsbruck!

Date: 22.07.2024 – 26.07.2024
Location: Universität Innsbruck, Austria (in-person only)

After two very enriching and fun events in 2018 and 2020, we are looking forward to the pleasant discussions and exchanges this summer. We will also offer a side program to spend time with you beyond the numerics. Places are limited, so please register soon, if you are interested!

https://www.uibk.ac.at/en/weiterbildung/health-stem/numerische-modellierung

Gertraud Medicus, Franz Tschuchnigg and Barbara Schneider-Muntau!

ALERT Workshop 2024 – Call for abstracts

The ALERT Workshop 2024 should be held in Aussois from 30th September to 2nd October, 2024. Abstracts can now be submitted for the sessions. 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.

Since time for the presentations is limited, only a part of the submitted abstracts can be chosen for the oral presentations. Therefore, we invite you to submit your abstract as soon as possible. The presentation can also be submitted as a poster. The abstracts of the posters will be published in a separate booklet (ISSN registered).

The deadline for the abstract submission is May 24, 2024. For any communication about your participation to the workshops, please contact the coordinators of the workshop sessions directly.

Here is a reminder of the workshop sessions that are opened to abstract, as well as a short description of each of them:

  • Session 1: “Emerging properties in geomaterials across the scales
    Organizers: Antoine Wautier, Farhang Radjai and Francesco Froiio.

    Geomaterials exhibit a wide range of complex behaviors that are of crucial interest for engineering scale applications or for mitigating natural risk hazards. Such behaviors are often accounted for through continuum mechanics concepts such as constitutive behavior, yield surfaces, hardening law, permeability, shear or compaction bands… Given the complexity of the macroscopic behavior of geomaterials, a current strategy is to use a multi-scale approach either in the lab or in the virtual lab (with DEM, molecular dynamics, X-ray tomography, SEM…), to identify sub-components with simpler behavior. However, in the change of scale, some properties are lost and some emerge.
    In the upscaling, we face the issue of emerging properties fundamentally different from those at lower scales. For instance, sand is usually modeled as non-deformable solids interacting through elastofrictionnal contact laws, but the internal friction angle (macroscale) does not corresponds to the contact friction (micro scale) but incorporate geometrical properties of the microstructure.
    On the contrary, the huge number of degrees of freedom that exist at the microscale is compressed into a much more limited number of macroscopic degrees of freedom. For instance, the displacements and the rotations of thousands of sand grains reduce to the strain tensor (and possibly its derivatives for enriched continuum mechanics) at the representative elementary volume scale. For the stress, the well-known Love-Weber formula, compress contact based information into a second order tensor.
    Working on the mico to macro link is probably the key for a wise use of phenomenological constitutive models (e.g. physics based justification of the parameters) and for an efficient use of multiscale strategies (e.g. FEMxDEM methods save probably too much microscale information).
    In addition, fundamental knowledge on the micro/macro link may prove crucial to anticipate future use of geomaterials subjected to unprecedented loading conditions. Among other conditions, we can think of temperature rises, thawing permafrost, chemical creation or dissolution of bonds, diffusion of pollution, cyclic loadings, recycling materials, varying degrees of saturation…


  • Session 2 (half-day): “Geomechanics in the submicron-scale
    Organizers: Katerina Ioannidou and Gilles Pijaudier-Cabot.

    Geomaterials usually exhibit complex mechanical behavior across several length and time scales. The submicron scale is relevant for understanding the microstructure and mechanical response of various geomaterials such as rocks, soils, sediments etc. Such materials are usually porous or granular and have been formed under different environmental conditions. At the submicron scale, nanoscale effects become significant. This includes phenomena such as surface roughness, intermolecular forces, pore structure, and distribution of defects which can influence the mechanical behavior of geomaterials. Moreover, processes such as fluid flow through nanopores, adsorption and desorption of fluids on mineral surfaces, and chemical reactions at mineral-fluid interfaces are important for the formation and aging of the microstructure of geological materials.
    This session aims to elucidate processes at the submicron scale either with numerical or experimental techniques that are important for geomechanics. 
    We invite contributions related to, but not limited to, the following topics:
    – Multiscale modeling and simulations of geomechanical processes
    – Fluid-solid interactions and nanopore-scale transport phenomena
    – Nanoindentation and atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies of geological materials
    – Microstructure characterization and imaging techniques at submicron scales
    – Fracture mechanics and crack propagation in geomaterials
    – Applications of submicron scale geomechanics in petroleum engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental science, and materials science
    – Experimental techniques and instrumentation for studying geomechanics at small length scales
    – Advances in nanotechnology for geomechanical applications 



  • Session 3: “Continuum-based particle methods
    Organizers: Claudio Tamagnini, Lorenzo Sanavia, Matteo Ciantia and Antonia Larese.

    Until relatively recently, most of the mathematical formulations proposed for modeling multiphysics geomechanical problems relied on the assumption of linearized kinematics, i.e., the deformation of the soil mass is sufficiently small such that the current and the reference configurations of the soil body are virtually indistinguishable. However, geometric non-linearity may play an important role in some practical applications. A number of important failure and flow problems are indeed characterized by significant changes in the soil mass geometry and very high deformation levels. A non-exhaustive list of practical applications which require both mechanical and geometrical non-linear characterization of soil behavior include: the evaluation of pile bearing capacity of offshore platforms; the modeling of subsidence phenomena associated to hydrocarbon extraction and sinkhole formation; the study of the effects of pile driving; the interpretation of cone penetration tests under undrained or partially drained conditions; the modeling of slow slope deformations in presence of significant modifications of the slope geometry. The workshop intends to bring together researchers working in these fields to provide an overview of a number of relatively recent numerical methods (for example: MPM, PFEM, Peridynamics, SPH) capable of dealing with extreme deformations as well as non-linear material behavior of the soil mass, still remaining within the realm of continuum mechanics of porous granular materials.

PhD studentship @UNIMIB on the mechanics of large creeping rockslides

The mechanics of large creeping rockslides: experimental and numerical modeling of hydro-mechanical interactions in basal shear zones

Large rockslides evolve by progressive rock failure and strain localization in basal shear zones, with a time-dependent macroscale behavior (“creep”) anticipating catastrophic collapse. Nonetheless, existing forecasting and Early Warning approaches are often based on empirical descriptions of observed creep styles not accounting for the microscale physical processes governing the transition to collapse. In particular, hydro-mechanical interactions in basal shear zones and their sensitivity to hydrological forcing, especially in climate change scenarios, remain elusive.

This PhD project will explore the effects of mineralogy and evolving texture on the magnitude, timing, and velocity dependence of rockslide shear zone response to stress and pore pressure perturbations. To this end, innovative laboratory creep experiments on natural shear zone materials will be combined with state-of-art constitutive and numerical techniques (e.g. PFEM, MPM), able to model large deformation and strain localization, and compared to field and remotely sensed in situ monitoring data.

We seek a candidate with an engineering/structural geological or geotechnical background, motivated to work in a multi- disciplinary team with strong geological, geotechnical, and computational expertise, to improve our understanding of large landslide behavior in a risk reduction perspective. The research will be carried out in collaboration with Sapienza University of Rome (Rock Mechanics and Earthquake Physics Lab) and the Universidad de Los Andes (Chile), where the PhD student will spend a research period.

Supervisors:  Prof. Federico Agliardi (federico.agliardi@unimib.it) & Prof. Matteo Ciantia (matteo.ciantia@unimib.it)

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