EURAD School for Radioactive Waste Management – Multiphysical couplings in geomechanics

January 22 to 24, 2020 Liège (BELGIUM)

The EURAD School is organized within the framework of EURAD, the European Joint Programme on Radioactive Waste Management (grant agreement No 847593). Its objectives are to develop and consolidate relevant knowledge for the safe start of operation of the first geological disposal facilities for spent fuel, HLW, and other long-lived radioactive waste, and to support optimization linked with the step-wise implementation of disposal.

Geomechanics plays a significant role in the understanding of the relevant thermo-hydro-mechanical couplings taking place around the disposal. The objective of the course is therefore to provide the state-of-the-art knowledge on basic concepts related to the thermo-hydro-mechanical (multi-physical) couplings, the physical impacts of thermal loading, and the mechanistic understanding of gas migration.

The course is organized for people from institutions active in EURAD. However, learners from outside EURAD can also register, including staff members from agencies as well as young researchers, involved or interested in the geomechanics field.  The attendance will be limited to 80 people.

Programme of the doctoral school in .pdf.

Link for more infomation and to registrate:–Hitec-WPs–Multiphysical-Couplings-in-Geomechanics-a-focus-on-thermal-effect-and-gas-transfer-impact-on-the-behaviour-of-geomaterials-20200122-20200124-86fafd9efc05ea1180ceecf4bbc6e827

Doctoral student position in soil mechanics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm)

The Division of Soil and Rock Mechanics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, has a vacant doctoral student position. The doctoral student will carry out research related to transition zones for high-speed railway by numerical methods and field measurements. The position targets the intermediate two-year Licentiate degree but the university will aim to secure the remaining funding to let the candidate continue to a PhD degree. More information is available on the KTH website:

PhD position in structural mechanics at Chalmers University of Technology

The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg Sweden is offering a PhD position in Structural Mechanics. This is a salaried position with a minimum duration of four years. In this project, we will integrate data from neutron and X-ray tomography to quantify the internal mechanisms in the sample during the corrosion process. This will be complimented with nonlinear finite element analyses describing volume expansion, granular behaviour of rust, transport of rust through cracks, non-uniform corrosion, and frost. Ultimately, the project will provide the knowledge required on how the structural safety of older structures should be assessed following visual inspection.

For more information see:

Research engineer position at Plaxis

At Plaxis (a Bentley Systems company) we are looking for a research engineer with experience on numerical methods in geomechanics to join our team in Delft (the Netherlands).

We require a PhD or equivalent research activity in the field.

To apply as well as to read the detailed description, please use the following link:

4th European Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (ECPMG)

Dear Colleagues,

The 4th European Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics takes place from March 15th to 17th in Luleå in the North of Sweden. Abstract Submission for full paper or extended Abstract is open till December 8th. Contributions are due end of January.

Please check the website for further information and registration. We are looking forward to host you in Luleå.

Jan Laue

Two interconnected PhD positions at Heriot-Watt University and Newcastle University

Applications are welcome for two PhD positions within IAPETUS2 Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), funded and accredited by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The projects focus on experimental and numerical investigations within the Energy Geostructures field and are co-led by supervisors from both Heriot-Watt University (HW) and Newcastle University (NU).

Detailed information on both of the projects can be found below:

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Special session on Rock and Soil mechanics – ICEM19

Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to a special session on Rock and Soil mechanics that will take place during the ICEM19 (

This session ( focuses on advances in experimental rock and soil mechanics. Special emphasis will be placed on the application of non-conventional experimental methods that can describe natural or lab-induced deformation processes within the tested materials, yielding experimental results that may advance existing constitutive models.

We encourage you to submit your abstract following the link:

The deadline for the abstract submission is on the 30th of November.

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Scientific Assistant – PhD Position assigned to the Doctoral Program “Natural Hazards in Mountain Regions”

Requirements for the longevity of landslide dams in the Alpine region from a geotechnical and hydraulic perspective – Case-study-based data survey, modelling and hazard assessment

Within the mentioned doctoral program (DP) of the research area “Mountain Regions” at the University of Innsbruck (UIBK) a PhD-position is vacant. It is addressed to analyses of the stability of naturally formed dams and the related natural hazard processes.

See description of the position in pdf (link).

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Special session on ‘Reliability in Geotechnical Engineering’ at IPW2020

We are welcoming abstracts for a special session during the 18th International Probabilistic Workshop, to be held in Guimarães, Portugal on September 23-25 2020.  This special session strives to highlight recent advances in geotechnical reliability and thereby to further advance the uptake of reliability methods in practical applications.

More information can be found in the attached pdf (link).  Please visit the workshop website for the latest updates on submission deadlines (

We look forward to your contributions and meeting you at the workshop.

Best regards,

Timo Schweckendiek, Deltares & TU Delft  

Bram van den Eijnden, TU Delft

Two (2) Post-doctoral researcher opportunities at the University of Nottingham, UK

The Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics (NCG) is currently undertaking two large multi-disciplinary projects related to investigating the behaviour of made-ground consisting of coal-mining spoil with a focus on the geotechnical, sustainability, environmental, socio-economic and long-term management challenges. NCG brings together expertise from the worlds of civil, geotechnical, and mining engineering as well as mathematics and material sciences to solve all forms of soil and rock-related design and construction problems. The projects are funded by the European Commission Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) and include project partners from across Europe. We seek highly motivated researchers to join our team to work on this challenging project.

We are looking to recruit two post-doctoral researchers who will support the work of these RFCS projects as well as support the wider work of the research group. Although we’ll consider any candidate with a strong fundamental geotechnical background, we are particularly interested in candidates who have experience with element testing, numerical modelling (FEA/FDM) or centrifuge modelling.

Candidates should be inquisitive, with a strong interest in applied research, and the personality and drive to interact effectively with industry and project partners. They will have a first degree in Civil Engineering or cognate subject and will have been awarded a PhD (or have submitted their thesis for examination), ideally in an area of Geotechnical Engineering. The successful candidate will have good presentation and report writing skills. A good publication record will be an advantage but its absence should not hinder applications from those who have recently submitted their theses.

For application details see 

Further information about the work of the Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics is available on