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Post doctoral position at INERIS (Verneuil-en-Halatte, France)


Ineris proposes a post-doctoral position on the understanding and modelling of THMC processes in deep geothermal systems.

The postdoctoral position is offered in the Natural Hazards, Underground structures and storages unit within the Site and Territory Division. The unit activity covers all aspects of risks prevention related to the exploitation and post-exploitation of ground and underground including underground excavations, abandoned mines, salt caverns, deep boreholes, gas underground storage, geothermal systems and rock slopes. The core expertise of the unit is numerical modelling of thermo-hydromechanical and chemical (THMC) coupled processes in geomechanics.

This post-doctoral is expected to begin on 15th March 2021 for 6 months. The application should be submitted in French or in English. It must include a resume (including a list of publications and the names and positions of your former research advisers) and a cover letter. —> Mail to: zady.ouraga@ineris.fr

For more information, please check the document enclosed.

Four post-doc and five PhD positions at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Four post-doc and five PhD positions in soil-structure interaction for tree stability: “Engineering a safer urban forest under extreme storms”

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUTS) is actively recruiting multiple post-doc and PhD positions for studying tree stability problems using geotechnical and structural engineering principles and research methods. We are looking for candidates who are interested in:
(1) Field testing of tree biomechanics and root anchorage;
(2) Centrifuge modelling of soil-root interaction;
(3) Numerical modelling of soil-root interaction;
(4) Wind tunnel modelling of wind-tree-soil-root interaction; and
(5) Analytical tree dynamic modelling for reliability-based analysis.
Different positions require different skill sets; please see attached detailed job advert. For more information: JobAdvert-PhD and JobAdvert-PostDoc

Application:  Interested candidates are invited to send (i) a motivation letter (< 2 pages); (ii) a CV with a full list of publication; (iii) proof of English proficiency (valid IELTS/TOFEL certificates); (iv) names of 2 references; (v) copies of bachelor, master degrees or/and PhD degrees and transcripts; and (vi) abstract of master dissertation (if any) to the project coordinator, Dr Anthony Leung (ceanthony@ust.hk).
Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed (remotely) by project members. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Starting date is September 2021.

Contact: For more information about these positions, please contact the project coordinator: Dr Anthony Leung (ceanthony@ust.hk)

Two Postdoctoral Positions in Computational Geomechanics at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University invites applications for two postdoctoral positions in Computational Geomechanics. The positions offer the possibility of working on multiscale multiphysics modelling of fluid-structure-soil interaction in offshore geotechnics. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in Geotechnical Engineering, Computational Mechanics or other relevant disciplines and have the ability to build an independent, externally funded research program at the forefront of their field. Programming experience in C++/Fortran/etc. and numerical modelling experience using FEM/DEM/CFD code(s) are required. The positions are expected to get started as early as possible. Contract duration: 1~2 years (extensions are possible based on the performance of research achievements).

Closing date for applications: You may apply for this position until March 14, 2021 by email to the contacts given below. Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be scheduled with early close of application depending on the number of candidates received.

Contacts: Please submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae C.V. and a letter stating your motivation to apply and your key relevant qualities to Dr Yin-Fu JIN (yinfu.jin@polyu.edu.hk) and Dr. Jie YANG (doc.jie.yang@gmail.com). Information of the research group can be found via: http://geoinvention.com/.


12th International Conference on Geosynthetics: Abstract submission deadline extended to February 28, 2021


The Italian Geotechnical Society (AGI) and the Italian Chapter of IGS (AGI-IGS) invite you to attend the 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics, 12 ICG, which will be held in Roma, Italy, from 18 to 22 September 2022.
The geosynthetics and geotechnical engineering community has reached full awareness over the last two decades, and the whole geosynthetics industry has focused on the sustainable use of geosynthetics in a variety of innovative as well as consolidated applications.
Hence 12 ICG intends to become the base for the next step and the conference theme will be: Geosynthetics, Leading the Way to a Resilient Planet.

Abstract submission deadline extended to February 28, 2021

The Organizing Committee of 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics (12 ICG) invites all geotechnical and geosynthetics professionals and academics to submit abstracts. For information please visit the web-sitehttps://www.12icg-roma.org/

8th International Conference on Debris Flow Hazard Mitigation (Turin, 26-29 June 2023)

The 8th International Conference on Debris Flow Hazard Mitigation – DFHM8 will be held at the Politecnico di Torino conference facilities in Turin, Italy, on 26-29 June 2023.

The conference will be a platform for participants to discuss the current situation, challenges and advancements related to debris flows, from triggering to deposition, passing through the analysis of their propagation dynamics and interaction with mitigation structures. Physical and numerical modelling together with real cases description, site survey and investigation will be the tools to allow sharing novelty, experiences and best practices.

With this in mind, and following the successful 7th conference held in Colorado, USA, in 2019, the Organizing Committee has set the goal to prepare a stimulating scientific program for scientists, professionals and policy makers.

Updated information on the conference is available on the conference website www.dfhm8.polito.it.

Corso telematico AGI: Modello Geotecnico degli Ammassi Rocciosi – 5 febbraio 2021

Il corso telematico AGI dedicato al tema “Modello Geotecnico degli Ammassi Rocciosi” si propone di fornire all’ingegnere professionista gli indirizzi di base per la formulazione, alla luce della Normativa Tecnica corrente, di un modello geotecnico dell’ammasso roccioso di fondazione di opere. A questo scopo, il corso descrive le più rilevanti caratteristiche meccaniche delle rocce, dalla scala del provino di laboratorio a quella del sito, ai fini della caratterizzazione geotecnica dell’ammasso roccioso alla quale associare il modello geotecnico. Segue l’illustrazione dei modelli geotecnici più opportuni per alcuni casi reali, rappresentativi dei più tipici casi applicativi delle opere geotecniche in roccia, quali i pendii e fronti di scavo, e le gallerie. Il corso si avvale della docenza di diversi professori universitari, provenienti da Scuole universitarie con accreditata tradizione nella Meccanica e Ingegneria delle Rocce. Il corso si sviluppa in una giornata con una durata di 8 ore.


Two Postdoctoral positions at the Hainan institute of Zhejiang University (China)

The Hainan Institute of Zhejiang University invites applications for two postdoctoral positions in Geotechnical Engineering. The Institute seeks applicants in all areas of Geotechnical Engineering with representative examples including but not limited to: offshore geotechnics, numerical and physically modelling of geo-materials. All candidates with advanced experience in experimental (particularly centrifuge modelling), field, computational, or a combination of these geotechnical capabilities will be considered. There are currently two postdoctoral positions at the Hainan institute of Zhejiang University funded by the institute in the year of 2021.

About the Institute: Zhejiang University, one of the top universities in Asia, is one of the earliest institutions of higher education in China. It ranks 53th according to QS World University Rankings 2020.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in Engineering, Science or other relevant discipline and have the ability to build an independent, externally funded research program at the forefront of their field.

Research topics: The research institute mainly focus on the geotechnical problems in offshore geotechnics, particularly in the areas relating to characterization and modelling of marine sediments (including gas hydrate bearing sediments), offshore foundations, pipeline geotechnics and offshore geo-hazards.

Closing date for applications: 31 Dec 2020

Contacts: Please submit a C.V. including two academic references letters to Dr Yi Hong (yi_hong@zju.edu.cn).

Postdoc positions at the Computing Center for Geotechnical Engineering of Zhejiang University (China)

The Computing Center for Geotechnical Engineering (COMEGE) of Zhejiang University has openings for postdoctoral fellows in computational geomechanics. Successful candidates should demonstrate a good publication record on geomechanics, engineering mechanics, and/or numerical methods (e.g. FEM, DEM, MPM, SPH, peridynamics), and are expected to conduct independent research on these areas. A good knowledge of high-performance computing and code developing will be a plus.

About the institute: Zhejiang University is among the top universities in China (one of the C9 League) and is located in the historical and beautiful city of Hangzhou. It ranks 53 according to the QS World University Rankings 2020.

Contact: The potential applicants should send a CV enclosed with representative publications to Dr. Mei Dong (mdong@zju.edu.cn).

Granular Matter Webinar Series (24 November 2020)

The 4th Granular Matter Series Webinar will take place next Tuesday, 24 November. The speaker is Ken Kamrin, the topic and abstract are:

To the Continuum and Beyond!

The ability to predict granular flows efficiently has been a major challenge for years.  An accurate and robust continuum model would be ideal, as it could lead to fast simulation of industrial and geo-scale problems.  However, there are a number of granular flow behaviors that complicate the development of a continuum treatment including coupled history effects, nontrivial phase change, pressure-sensitive yielding, nonlocal effects, and shear banding phenomena.  Rather than attempt to combine all these effects together, this talk will begin by identifying a class of problems that tend to be well-predicted using a very simple continuum treatment.  These are problems based on intrusion, where the intrusive dynamics of solid objects (e.g. locomotion, impact) is the primary interest.  We then discuss two ways to extend this basic continuum framework with nonstandard “add-ons”, in order to handle various complications.  First, we will discuss the state of affairs in nonlocal modeling approaches, and focus on some new results pertinent to the physics of nonlocality.  Secondly, as an alternative to adding more complexity to the continuum model, we will discuss a hybridized DEM/continuum method that allows us to adaptively choose subdomains in a problem to be treated with continuum modeling vs discrete element modeling.  This allows us to keep a simple and fast-to-solve continuum model almost everywhere, while providing a more precise DEM treatment in zones that fall outside the scope of the continuum model.

For more information, this is the landing page: https://www.springer.com/journal/10035/updates/18300828

And this is the link to the meeting room: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/565338397

Invitation to AGERP lecture series (update)

The AGERP – Advancements in Geotechnical Engineering: from Research to Practice – Organising Committee invites you to a lecture series which aims to disseminate the coupled learnings from academia and industry on some of the key topics in geotechnical engineering. It is a pro bono initiative, and the lectures are free to attend.
More information at: https://www.age-rp.com/

The 10th installment will be on ‘Improvement of Soft Soils with special reference to Transport Infrastructure‘. This is scheduled to be hosted on 13th November 2020 (AEST). Registration (free and mandatory) for this lecture closes at 00:00, 12th November 2020 (AEST). This Lecture will be delivered by Prof. Buddhima Indraratna (University of Technology Sydney, Australia) and  Dr. AHM Kamruzzaman (Transport for NSW, Australia).

Further info. and registration: https://www.age-rp.com/registration



The second lecture, titled “Geophysics for Geotechnical Engineers“, will take place on June 25, 2020 (flyer).

The third lecture will be delivered by Prof. Catherine O’Sullivan from Imperial Collage, UK and Mr. David Wines from Itasca Australia Pty. Ltd. The lecture will be on ‘Advanced Numerical Methods and Modelling in Geotechnical Engineering’. This is scheduled on 9th July 2020 and registrations (free and mandatory) close one day before the lecture (flyer)

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).

The 5th lecture will be on ‘Geohazards‘ and will be delivered by Professor Sarah Springman from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland and Dr. Barnali Ghosh from Mott MacDonald, London, UK. This is scheduled on 14th August 2020.

The 6th lecture will be on ‘Mechanics of Unsaturated Soils’ and will be delivered by Professor Em. Delwyn Fredlund from University of Saskatchewan, Canada and Dr. Murray Fredlund from Bentley Systems, Canada. This is scheduled on 29th August 2020. Registration (free and mandatory) for this lecture closes at 00:00, 28th August 2020 (AEST). For further information, please refer to the attached flyer.

The 7th installment will be on ‘Biogeotechnics‘. This is scheduled on 3rd October 2020 (AEST). Registration closes at 00:00, 2nd October 2020 (AEST). This Lecture will be delivered by Professor Jason T. DeJong (University of California, Davis, USA) and Dr. Dimitrios Terzis (Managing Director, MeduSoil).
Further info. and registration (free but mandatory): https://www.age-rp.com

The 8th installment will be on ‘Sensors and NDT Techniques in Geotechnical Engineering’. This is scheduled on 16th October 2020 (AEST). Registration closes at 00:00, 15th October 2020 (AEST). This Lecture will be delivered by Professor Kenichi Soga (University of California, Berkeley, USA) and Dr. Wayne Muller (CodedRADAR, Queensland, Australia).

The 9th installment will be on ‘Energy Geotechnics’. This is scheduled on 30th October 2020 (AEST). Registration (free and mandatory) for this lecture closes at 00:00, 29th October 2020 (AEST). This Lecture will be delivered by Professor Marcelo Sanchez (Texas A&M University, USA) and Dr. Fleur Loveridge (University of Leeds, England).


Il GNIG (Gruppo Nazionale di Ingegneria Geotecnica) si propone di promuovere il coordinamento delle attività di ricerca e di formazione nel Settore Scientifico Disciplinare ICAR07 – 08/B1 ‘Geotecnica’, di curare le relazioni con gli altri Settori Scientifico Disciplinari, con gli Organi di Governo dell’Università e con le Associazioni Scientifiche e Culturali del Settore.

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