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Gas migration in bentonite-based engineered barrier for DGR of nuclear waste – PhD position @ University of Ottawa

A 4-year PhD position on modeling gas migration in bentonite-based engineered barrier for deep geological repository (DGR) of nuclear waste is now open in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Ottawa, Canada.  The successful applicant will: (i) develop suitable mathematical models to describe and predict gas migration in bentonite-based materials; (ii) validate the models against laboratory experiments and in-situ tests; (iii) numerically simulate gas migration through the buffer and shaft of a potential Canadian DGR. If you are interested in this PhD position, please send your CV and a motivation letter (email message) to Prof. M. Fall (mfall@uottawa.ca) by August 31, 2022

PhD Position – Experimental Soil Mechanics – TU Delft

The section of Geo-Engineering at Delft University of Technology is searching for a doctoral student to enhance the understanding and modelling of the hydro-mechanical behaviour of organic soils containing gas bubbles. Deadline for application 22nd August 2022. More information about the vacancy and the employment conditions can be found in this flyer.

PhD Position on Geotechnical Engineering at Flinders University, Australia

A PhD position on geotechnical engineering topics is now open at Flinders University, Australia. Applications are welcome to apply for the following Flinders/Industry co-funded PhD Enterprise Scholarship with an internship: “Investigative Drilling (ID) method theoretical investigation and practical application”. Deadline for application: 5 August 2022. Candidates can find more details on the project via this link.

PhD-position on “Numerical and experimental soil mechanics” – only women – University of Innsbruck

A new 4 years PhD-position in the field of Numerical and experimental soil mechanics  is available at the University of Innsbruck. This position is advertised as a measure for the promotion of women, therefore only women may apply. Please apply until July 18, 2022 under this website

4-year PhD positions – Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (BOKU)

Two 4-year PhD positions on the research project “Creep Failure of Landslides in Partially Saturated Soil (CREPASS)” funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is now open at Institute of Geotechnical Engineering, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (BOKU), Vienna, Austria. 
Supervision: Prof. Dr. -Ing Wei Wu.  Project starting date: 01.10.2022 for a total duration of four years. Application deadline: 30.07.2022.
More info on this flyer.

Gustave Eiffel University, Nantes, France PhD position on energy geo-structures

Gustave Eiffel University is looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate to work on the numerical and physical modelling of energy geo-structures.

The physical modelling aspect consists in developing a new small-scale model of energy pile tested in centrifuge.
The PhD subject is described at this link.
Here is the link to apply. The application deadline is 21st March 2022.
Contact : matthieu.blanc@univ-eiffel.fr

Ph.D. student position at GeoEnvironmental Group UCLM (Ciudad Real, Spain)

PhD opportunity at GeoEnvironmental Group UCLM (Ciudad Real, Spain). Project title THCM characterisation of engineered bentonite barriers in the very near field behaviour in deep geological repositories of high-level radioactive waste.

More information on this website.



Two Ph.D. student positions on “Geomechanics for engineered geological barriers” at EPFL Switzerland, Laboratory of Soil Mechanics
More info at this link.

Two industry co-funded Ph.D. student positions at the Department of Earth Sciences “A. Desio” of the University of Milan on “Soil improvement treatments by resin injection” (Tutor prof. Tiziana Apuani) and “Experimental and numerical analysis of the thermal and thermo-mechanical behaviour of thermo-active sheet pile walls” (Tutor prof. Francesco Cecinato).
More info at this link and on this flyer.

A Ph.D. student position on “Energy Geostructures” at the University of Perugia (tutor Prof. Diana Salciarini).
More into at this link.

A Ph.D. student position on “Rock Mechanics” at Université de Lorraine, GeoRessources laboratory, France.
More info at this link. Interested candidates can write to: marianne.conin@univ-lorraine.fr

PhD Position in Experimental Soil Mechanics at Delft University of Technology (scadenza 17 ottobre)

Project motivation
Soft highly organic soils are widespread in the foundation layers of the built environment all over the world. They contain organic matter, roots and fibres, which improve their mechanical response. However, these soils are extremely vulnerable to climate-related hazards. Increasing climatic stresses, such as heat waves, drought, and more frequent intense precipitation accelerate the degradation of organic soils, by increasing their drying and shrinkage rate above the water table and their decomposition rate under water, with gas generation and exsolution. Both these mechanisms, drying and gas exsolution, ultimately contribute to significant land subsidence and reduction in available resistance. Quantifying the geotechnical engineering consequences of seasonally varying loads, including drying-wetting, temperature cycles and degradation, on organic soils is extremely challenging due to the complexity of a proper description of multi-physics gas-liquid-solid interaction. The project aims at deepening the understanding and the modelling of these coupled processes, to mitigate the climate-related hazard in natural soils and to assist in the design of durable innovative green solutions.

Job description
The twofold aim of the PhD project is:
– To experimentally investigate the coupled hydro-mechanical behaviour of organic soils subjected to cycles of environmental (e.g. drying and wetting, temperature) and mechanical loads. Soft soils reinforced with natural and artificial organic fibres will be tested, to quantify the role played by fibres, gas and fabric on their mechanical behaviour.
– To enhance existing constitutive models in order to include the effects of environmental factors such as drying-wetting cycles, temperature cycles and degradation in the prediction of their geotechnical properties.
The PhD candidate will benefit from advanced experimental laboratory facilities including unsaturated triaxial apparatus, biaxial plane strain apparatus, large-scale testing facility, geotechnical centrifuge and imaging facilities already available in the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of TU Delft and partner institutions, and the support of experienced technical staff.

More information in the attached document: PhD_position_TU_Delft_TUD01486

The closing date for the applications is 17 October 2021.

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.


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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