Postdoctoral Fellow (CO2 – ultramafic rocks physical and chemical interactions)

The Department of Geological Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin seeks to hire a talented and innovative postdoctoral Scholar who will be supervised by Nicola Tisato and D. Nicolas Espinoza. The scholar will collaborate with scientists in the Rock Deformation Laboratory, the Department of Geological Sciences, and the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at UT Austin.


  1. To conduct independent research focused on the carbonation of ultramafic rocks through an activity revolving around laboratory experiments.
  2. Design, prepare and perform rock mechanics and rock physics experiments. The experiments will require the postdoctoral fellow to collaborate with project partners to secure rock hand samples from which to prepare rock core plugs (cylinders) by using a drill press and a lathe in a fully equipped laboratory.
  3. Characterize such core plugs using common laboratory tools such as a scale, a caliper, and a gas pycnometer.
  4. Using internal UT Austin or external laboratories to prepare thin sections and perform analyses to characterize the rocks, for example, using scanning electron microscopy analyses.
  5. Perform other analyses on the studied rocks that will require manipulating the samples (e.g., grinding to powder).
  6. Perform experiments on the core plugs by means of high-pressure and temperature-pressure vessels also in combination with X-ray imaging techniques to assess the dissolution and precipitation of new mineral phases when CO2 and water are injected into the core plug. Thus, the Postdoctoral fellow is required to work with apparatuses that can hold high-pressure (max 200 MPa) fluids and produce elevated temperatures (max 400 degC).
  7. Performing these experiments will require the Postdoctoral fellow to set up the experiments, which could include collaborating with machine shops (internal to UT Austin) to engineer new mechanical parts and devise other electric or electronic parts in collaboration with the PIs.
  8. Acquire and analyze experimental data and use rock physics laws and tools to model the results.
  9. Perform literature reviews, give presentations at conferences, write manuscripts for peer-review journals, and write research grant proposals if needed.
  10. The postdoctoral fellow will have direct access to several facilities at UT Austin, including the Rock Deformation Laboratory and the Rock Mechanics Laboratory.

 Preferred Qualifications

Research experience in carbon dioxide sequestration. Research experience in fluids-rocks chemo-physical interaction. Experience in analytical methodologies (e.g., XRD, XRF, CT-scanning). Experience with CT-scan imaging and imaging processing software (e.g., imageJ, etc). Experience with sensors and microcontroller programming (e.g., Arduino, etc).

Apply here:—Postdoctoral-Fellow–CO2—ultramafic-rocks-physical-and-chemical-interactions-_R_00026598

More information and questions: Nicola Tisato (, D Nicolas Espinoza ( and on this attached pdf file.

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