Postdoc in computational geomechanics: micromechanics of natural clays at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Chalmers

Become part of an active and diverse research group at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Chalmers! The Geotechnics Research Group (GRG) offers excellent opportunities to develop your academic skills and international networks, whilst scientifically contributing to the knowledge of micromechanics of natural soft clays.

Information about the division and the project
The Geotechnics Research Group (GRG) in the Division of Geology and Geotechnics (GEO) focuses on modelling and characterization of complex geomaterials, such as natural and stabilised soils. The research activities aim to bridge fundamental understanding and advanced modelling & testing capabilities with application in engineering practice. GRG has the ambition to become an internationally leading group that pursues the state-of-the-art in experimental testing and modelling at laboratory and field scale. The group has unique laboratory facilities to study the hydromechanical response of geomaterials in climate-controlled conditions, and computational facilities incorporating the latest software developments for computational work.

We are looking for a highly motivated and talented individual to fill a 2-year post-doc position linked with a research project funded by Vetenskapsrådet (Swedish research council), with focus on physical and data-driven modelling of unique micromechanical data on natural sensitive clays. The project is a computational project in which the fundamental material response at the material science scale is studied to truly understand the material performance in engineering scale. In addition to the main supervisors (Prof. Jelke Dijkstra and Prof. Minna Karstunen) at GRG, Dr Georgios Birmpilis will contribute to the project with his expertise on data processing. Furthermore, the project is run in collaboration with Prof. Eleni Gerolytamou at TU Clausthal, Germany.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibility as postdoc is to perform your own research in a research group. In addition to research, the applicants are also expected to contribute to the education at undergraduate or MSc level and/or other activities within the Division and GRG (up to 10% of their time).

To qualify for the position of postdoc, you must have a doctoral degree in Geotechnical Engineering, Computational Mechanics or other relevant field. Note that in general there should be max. 3 years from the completion of the PhD at the date of application deadline. You need to be numerate, and proficiency in programming (e.g. Python, C++) and the ability to process large amounts of data in an automated manner is essential. The applicants are expected to be fluent in English (both verbal and written communication) in order to work efficiently in a mainly English speaking research environment. Fluency in Swedish would be an additional merit.

Contract terms
This postdoc position is a full-time temporary employment for two years.

We offer
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg
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Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20220121 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:• Introduce yourself• Describe your previous research fields and main research results• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 30 April 2022. 

For questions, please contact:
Professor Jelke Dijkstra, Geology and Geotechnics

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

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