Joint PhD position at Polytechnique Montreal and Université de Montpellier.

“Multi-scale approach to study the effect of fines content and particle shape on static liquefaction potential of loose mine tailings”

The main objective of the proposed PhD project is to develop a general multi-scale framework to assess the static liquefaction potential of loose tailings as a function of fines content and grain shape, based on experimental testing and numerical DEM simulations.

We offer a fully-funded 4-year PhD position, as part of a collaboration between academic institutions, Polytechnique Montréal (Canada) and Université de Montpellier (France), and industrial partners SRK Consulting (Canada) and Peñoles Mining Company (Mexico).

We invite the candidates to send a detailed CV to Prof. Carlos Ovalle ( & Prof. Emilien Azéma (

More information in the attached pdf.

SimTech 2023 Registration Open

Registration is now open for SimTech 2023 ( from October 4 to 6 at the University of Stuttgart.

Early Bird Fee (until 15 May): 250 EUR
Late Registration (from 16 May): 350 EUR

Poster abstract submission closes April 7, 2023. Please submit your abstract as a single pdf file to using the latex template provided at

Notification of acceptance: April 30, Early Registration Deadline May 15.

Feel free to forward this call to interested colleagues! We are looking forward to welcoming you in Stuttgart.

Job offering : Junior Professor Chair at University Savoie Mont Blanc

Dear Colleagues,

You will find enclosed the announcement for a Junior Professor Chair entitled “Mathematics for the analysis and modeling of complex processes related to natural risks”, at University Savoie Mont Blanc (Bourget du Lac, France).

The Junior Professor will be affected to the Laboratory of Maths (LAMA), in association with the Institute of Earth Sciences (ISTerre).

Do not hesitate to broadcast this announcement in your internal networks.

Best regards,

University of Cambridge – Soil Mechanics Position

Applications are invited for a University Assistant/Associate Professor in Soil Mechanics/Geotechnical Engineering in the Geotechnical and Geo-Environmental Group of the Department of Engineering of the University of Cambridge.

A short description of the post can be found at:

Informal enquiries regarding the post may be made to Professor Gopal Madabhushi (<>)

One PhD position at Grenoble INP – UGA / 3SR Laboratory, France

A PhD position at Grenoble INP – UGA / 3SR laboratory is open and we are now looking for motivated candidates with a strong scientific interest in numerical modelling of geomaterials. This project will focus on the understanding of the link between the natural and acquired heterogeneities in geomaterials, with a particular look on the strain localization.

More informations about the proposal and the application process can be found in the attached pdf file.

The closing date for the applications is April 30th, 2023.

Ioannis Vardoulakis PhD Prize 2023: Deadline extension

The deadline for the Ioannis Vardoulakis PhD Prize 2023 has been extended by one month. The deadline for the application is now the 30th April, 2023.

The participation to the prize is open to all the PhD students with at least one official supervisor from one of the institutions belonging to ALERT, that have successfully defended their PhD thesis in 2022.

The rulesagenda and further details are to be found on the ALERT website:

Two Postdoctoral Positions in Geotechnical Centrifuge Modelling/Multi physics Modeling at Zhejiang University

Two postdoctoral positions are now open at Zhejiang University. The main focus is on the geotechnical problems in offshore geotechnics and CO2 geological sequestrations, particularly in the areas relating to centrifuge physical modelling and multiple phase coupling, characterization and modelling of marine sediments (including gas hydrate bearing sediments), offshore foundations, pipeline geotechnics and offshore geo-hazards. Experience with simulation software such as TOUGH2, Abaqus and MFiX will be a plus.

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Two PhD positions are opened at INRAE Aix-en-Provence France

Two PhD positions are opened at INRAE Aix-en-Provence France for next fall 2023.

PhD proposal on Flow kinematic in 3D porous media.

The research unit RECOVER from INRAE is pleased to invite applications of talented and motivated candidates for a PhD (3 years) dedicated to the experimental characterization of the flow kinematic within 3D porous media, to uncover the effect of local heterogeneities on transport processes.

The PhD is fully funded by the Department AQUA from INRAE, and is expected to start in October 2023 (with some flexibility), and the successful candidate will be supervised by Mathieu SOUZY and Pierre PHILIPPE.

More information is available here: 

Keywords: 3D porous media, experiments, direct visualization techniques, transport process, flow kinematic, pore scale

PhD proposal on multi-scale geomechanics: Advanced micromechanical models for poly-dispersed granular materials.

The research unit RECOVER from INRAE is pleased to invite applications of talented and motivated candidates for a PhD (3 years) dedicated to the development of a new class of multi-scale constitutive models for widely graded materials. This PhD proposal is part of project MiMoDiM (2022-2026) supported by the French National Research Agency (ANR):

The PhD is expected to start in October 2023 (with some flexibility). The PhD candidate will be supersized by Antoine WAUTIER (INRAE), Mehdi POURAGHA (Carleton University), and François NICOT (USMB).

More information is available here: 

Keywords: statistical homogenization, discrete element simulations, physics informed artificial neural networks, mechanical stability

Looking forward to received excellent applications!
Antoine Wautier and Mathieu Souzy

Conference announcement: DEM9

DEM9: 9th International Conference on Discrete Elements Methods

September 17-21, 2023 in Erlangen, Germany

Registration and abstract submission are now open:

DEM is the leading series of conferences in the field of Discrete Elements Simulations. DEM9 will address the latest advancements in the simulation of particulate systems using discrete element methods, including coupled simulations, particle fragmentation, non-spherical particles, multiscale and multiphase systems.

We look forward to seeing you at DEM9 in Erlangen.

Kind regards,

Thorsten Poeschel
on behalf of the Organizing and Scientific Committees of DEM9

PhD opportunity on “Tunnelling in urban areas: improvement of numerical simulations using hollow cylinder tests”

A PhD position is now open at University Gustave Eiffel, on “Tunnelling in urban areas: improvement of numerical simulations using hollow cylinder tests”.

This thesis work will be based on interactions with the rest of the ANR E-Pilot project
(whose program includes centrifuge modeling, experimentation and in-situ
instrumentation) and on the results obtained during the TULIP project.

More information on the attached pdf.