Open positions at ECN

PhD and Post-doc offers at Ecole Centrale de Nantes (GeM Laboratory):

– ERC-StG Project “Controlling earthQuakes (CoQuake)”:

1) 1 Post-Doc position in  “MULTISCALE NUMERICAL MODELING OF EARTHQUAKE FAULTS” (duration 1 to 2 years). Attached .pdf

2) 1 Post-Doc position in  “LABORATORY EXPERIMENTS OF EARTHQUAKE CONTROL” (duration 1 to 2 years). Attached .pdf

3) 1 PhD (duration 3 years) and/or 1 Post-Doc (duration 2 years) position in “DESIGN OF EARTHQUAKE CONTROL STRATEGIES”. Attached .pdf 1 & 2

 – Connect Talent Project “CEEV – Blast LoAds on STructures (BLAST)”.

4) 1 Post-doc position in “BLAST LOADS ON STRUCTURES AND MONUMENTS” (duration 2 to 3 years). Attached .pdf


The positions are open and will start upon agreement. Suitable, highly‐motivated candidates should send an application (including a CV, a cover letter describing interests and qualifications related to the offered position and contact details of two reference Professors, all compiled in a single PDF file) to

For more details see attached pdf’s and

Postdoctoral position at Heriot-Watt University

The Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering, at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work on a project, funded by UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), with a focus on pore-scale numerical modelling of gas transport mechanisms. Details about the position can be found at and

PhD position on induced seismicity at GFZ Potsdam

A PhD position on modelling of induced seismicity in geothermal reservoirs (3 years fixed term) is currently offered in the research group “Advanced reservoir engineering concepts for a controlled utilization of deep geothermal energy in urban areas (ARES)” at Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences.

Applications can be submitted online until 15 July 2020:

2 PhD positions in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Melbourne

We are seeking outstanding PhD candidates to join our Offshore Geomechanics group within the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, the University of Melbourne.

For more details about the projects and applications, follow the link below:

  1. Cyclic capacity of plate anchors in sand
  2. Scale effects in geotechnical physical modelling in sand

Successful applicants are expected to commence their study in early 2021 (subject to visa approval and COVID travel restriction rules). Please email your expression of interests to by 31 July 2020.

Invitation to AGERP Lecture 4 on ‘Design of Pile Foundations’

The fourth lecture of AGERP series which will be delivered by Em. Prof. Malcolm Bolton from Uni. of Cambridge, UK and Dr. Chris Haberfield from Golder Associates Pty Ltd., Australia. The lecture will be on ‘Design of Pile Foundations’. This is scheduled on 24th July 2020.
Registration (free and mandatory) opens at 18:00, 09th July 2020 (AEST) and closes at 00:00 23rd July 2020 (AEST)

More information is provided in the attached flier

PhD position on Sustainable Asphalt available at University of Twente

We are looking for a PhD candidate to reinforce our team. Together with academic and industrial partners, we seek to develop the decision-support tool and method to systematic assessment for the innovative asphalt products.

For more details and applications, follow the link below:!/1241348/phd-position-on-sustainable-asphalt

Post-doc position in energy geotechnics at Aarhus University

Applications are welcome for a 1.5-year post-doc position (with extension opportunities) to investigate the cyclic behaviour of a geomembrane energy storage system. The successful candidate will investigate the cyclic behaviour of energy storage technology recently developed in Denmark.

The work will include the design and implementation of advanced instrumentation and modelling for the energy storage system. Together in a team, a small scale field demonstration model has to be designed, and the life-cycle behaviour studied. 

Candidates should possess a PhD degree in Civil/Geotechnical Engineering or related areas, proven experience in numerical modelling, preferably including soil-structure interaction problems and cyclic loading, and excellent knowledge of soil mechanics and foundation engineering. Acquaintance with the finite element software ABAQUS® is appreciated (but not mandatory). A more detailed description of the project can be found in the attached pdf.

The project will be conducted in a team with Professor Lars Vabbersgaard Andersen, Professor (Docent) Kenny Kataoka Sørensen and Assistant Professor Hans Henning Stutz. For more information about this vacancy, please contact Hans Henning Stutz (Main supervisor)

The positions will be available until they are filled.

2 PhD Positions at MARUM – Research Faculty under University of Bremen

VCPT2PDA Project: New method for driveability analysis of vibratory-driven pile based on Vibro-CPTu

Because of several problems, such as under water sound emission and material fatigue, associated with conventional impact pile driving method for offshore wind projects, there is an interest in using vibratory-driving method instead. While the lateral and axial bearing capacities of vibrated piles have been studied in two industry projects (VIBRO, 2014 and VIBRO-RESTRIKE, 2017), the pile driveability analysis (PDA) can only be predicted with a high degree of uncertainty. This can put a serious risk on using vibratory-driving method and may lead to costly down time during installation. A Vibratory cone penetration test (VCPT) has been developed and successfully tested in a predecessor project (Vibro-CPTu) as a means to assess the ground response to a vibratory penetrating object. The aim of this project is to develop a PDA approach by using vibratory CPTu results for Vibratpry-driven piles.

The research project is a collaborative approach between the science partner MARUM-University of Bremen and Deltares Institute together with the industry partners Innogy SE, COWI and GmbH.

The project has two open PhD positions:

Position 1: Experimental analysis including laboratory and field tests

Position 2: Numerical analysis including 1D and 3D modelling of Vibro-CPT

Details of the project, requirements for each positions and how to apply can be found in the attached document.

Webinar : Multiscale Modeling of Granular Media

The University of Liverpool Civil Engineering invites to the following webinar:

Multiscale Modeling of Granular Media

by Dr Jidong Zhao, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Tuesday 14 July 2020 12.00 BST (13.00 CET)

Details of how to register can be found in the attached document. Alternatively, you can register here:

Registration for the 2020 ALERT Invited Lecture, PhD Prize and E-School


Dear Alert friends,

As you know, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and after careful consideration, the Bureau and the BoD have decided to cancel the ALERT workshop in 2020 — it will take place in 2021 (from September 27 to September 29).

But the Doctoral School, the PhD Prize as well as the Invited Lecture will take place online (via one of the several available platforms for distance teaching).
The doctoral E-School on “Point based numerical methods in geomechanics” is organized by Pr. Manolo Pastor and Pr. Wei Wu (see description). It will take place remotely every morning from September 28th to October 1st.

The PhD prize and the Invited Lecture will take place remotely on Tuesday September 29th, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (CET) for the ALERT PhD prize 2020 and from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm (CET) for our ALERT Invited lecturer, Pr. Chris Spiers.

All these events are free of charge and available for ALERT and non-ALERT members. However, the registration is mandatory.

It is thus my great pleasure to announce that the registration for the 2020 ALERT Geomaterials events is open now!  After filling the form and pressing the button “Register”, you will get an email with the registration data. In case of the registration of the ALERT members, the corresponding representative of the ALERT institution will receive the registration data too.

Registration is now closed.

Stay healthy,

Frédéric COLLIN, ALERT Director.