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Geomechanics of adaptive granular systems and subsurface storage – Ph.D. positions at Northwestern University 

The geomechanics modeling group led by Prof. Giuseppe Buscarnera at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Northwestern University is about to open two Ph.D. positions. The two projects focus on activities pertaining to adaptive granular systems and the geomechanics of subsurface storage, respectively. Further information can be provided in this flyer and, upon request, by contacting directly Prof. Buscarnera (g-buscarnera@northwestern.edu).

IACMAG 2022, 30 Agosto-2 Settembre 2022,Torino

Dal 30 Agosto al 2 Settebre 2022, a Torino si svolgerà la 16th International Conference of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG 2022). Maggiori informazioni sulle scadenze e sulle modalità di partecipazione in questo flyer e nel sito dedicato.

4th CMFRGS webinar “Implicit Material Point Method for geomechanics applications” – 19th October 2021

The organising committee of the “Computational Modelling for Future Research in Geoenvironmental Sciences” (CMFRGS) webinar series invites you to the 4th webinar entitled “Implicit Material Point Method for geomechanics applications” presented by Dr Antonia Larese from the University of Padua, Italy.
Webinar 4 is scheduled to be hosted at 9:00 am (CEST), 19th October 2021 with registration for this webinar closing at 24:00 (CEST), 16th October 2021.
You may find further info and register (free but mandatory) here: https://www.m2clab.com/cmfrgs-webinars and on this Flyer.

Postdoctoral Position in Geomechanical Modeling at Northwestern University (USA)

A postdoctoral position on Landslide Geomechanics is available at Northwestern University (Illinois, USA). The selected candidate will join the Geomechanical Modeling group at Northwestern University, working under the supervision of Dr. Giuseppe Buscarnera on a project aimed at explaining the dynamics of landslide initiation and rapid post-failure movement. The position involves a one-year appointment, with the possibility of a contract extension for a second year. Competitive salary, exposure to a dynamic international environment, and opportunities for professional development will be key components of the position.

For all inquiries, please contact Dr. Giuseppe Buscarnera (email: g-buscarnera@northwestern.edu).

More information in the attachment.

2 experimentalist positions at Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (France)

Two new experimentalist positions are available in the Geomechanics and Porous Media research group at Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, Basque Coast Campus, Anglet, France:

Research Engineer Assistant in experimental porous media. Starting date: September 1st, 2020 (16 months). Details may be found at:

Research Engineer in experimental porous media. Starting date: September 1st, 2020 (16 months). Details may be found at:

Deadline for applications: June 26, 2020

2 Assistant Professor positions at University of Twente (Netherlands)

Applications are welcomed for two Assistant Professor positions of Computational Multiscale Mechanics and Geomechanics at University of Twente (Netherlands).

Focus of the first position is on the development of advanced open-source computational tools for the investigation of particulate materials. The second position is dedicated to the multiscale and multiphase modelling of soils, for material characterisation, prediction, improvement.

For more information follow the links below:
– Computational Multiscale Mechanics (deadline 1 April 2020):
– Geomechanics (deadline 15 April 2020):

Postdoc position at Institute of Radiation protection and nuclear safety (Fontenay Aux Roses, France)

Applications are welcomed for a 18 months postdoc position in IRSN (Institute of Radiation protection and nuclear safety, Fontenay Aux Roses – France + several stays in Barcelona – Spain) to investigate gas migration in natural and swelling clays. Further information on this position can be found in the attached document.

The work proposed in this post-doctoral fellowship is divided into two parts and consists mainly in working on the characterization of the microstructure of clay materials and their relationship to gas migration. The first part is on the impact of gas migration of the HM behavior of bentonite pellet-powder mixtures. The second part proposed concerns the image analysis tools of microtomography  to improve the segmentation of low contrast grey level areas and the morphological descriptors construction to be able to generate equivalent synthetic structures.

PhD and Post-doc positions at EPFL, Switzerland

The Laboratory of Soil Mechanics at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is looking for 3 PhD candidates and 2 Post-docs in Geomechanics and Energy Geotechnics.

The call is open until all the positions will be filled. Candidates are urged to apply as early as they can, contacting recruitment.lms@epfl.ch .

More information in the attachment: LMS-EPFL-openpositions

Winter School on Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment – 22-24 Gennaio 2019, Villars-sur-Ollon (Svizzera)

The second edition of the Winter School, dedicated to Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment, is coming up and the deadline to register via early bird registration is approaching (October 31st).

The Winter School on Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment will be held on January 22nd-24th 2019, in Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland. Geomechanics, Environment and Energy are increasingly related and contemporary themes. The goal of the school is to provide participants with a deep understanding of selected topics in Geomechanics which are fundamental for applications related to Energy and the Environment. This Winter School is organized in the framework of the international journal “Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment”.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the following e-mail address: gete-school@epfl.ch

Lyesse Laloui and Alessio Ferrari
Directors of the Winter School
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL 

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ALERT Geomaterials – Newsletter

Segnaliamo la possibilità di iscriversi alla newsletter di ALERT (Alliance of Laboratories in Europe for Education, Research and Technology) tramite l’apposito modulo del sito http://alertgeomaterials.eu/ .

The Alliance of Laboratories in Europe for Education, Research and Technology (ALERT) “Geomaterials” has been created in 1989 by Roberto Nova, Manuel Pastor, Ian Smith, Peter Vermeer, Olek Zienkiewicz and Félix Darve as a pioneering (at that time!) effort to develop a European School of Thinking in the field of the Mechanics of Geomaterials. The generic name “Geomaterials” is viewed as gathering together materials, whose mechanical behaviour depends on the pressure level, which can be dilatant under shearing and which are multiphase because of their porous structure. So, the “geomaterials” label brings together mainly soils, rocks and concrete. It has been obvious from the very beginning that there is a crucial need for a joint Graduate School in order to build firmly this European scientific group in the Mechanics of Geomaterials, in close link with the doctoral students.

The main areas of interest are
– micromechanics and constitutive modelling for geomaterials
– engineering, failure, strain localisation and instabilities
– large scale computations for geomaterials and geostructures
– integrity of geostructures and inverse analysis in geomechanics
– environmental geomechanics and durability of geomaterials

The core activity represents the annual meeting with ALERT Workshop and ALERT Doctoral School.

Maggiori informazioni su: http://alertgeomaterials.eu/


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