Research Associate/Fellow in Geomechanics (Fixed-term)

Closing Date
Wednesday, 7th August 2019
Job Type
£27025 to £39609 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30,395 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

The Nottingham Centre for Geo-mechanics (NCG) will be undertaking a large multi-disciplinary project related to the rehabilitation of open pit mines by flooding to create ‘pit lakes’, with a focus on the geotechnical, environmental, and long-term management challenges. NCG brings together expertise from the worlds of civil, geotechnical, and mining engineering as well as mathematics and material sciences to solve all forms of soil and rock-related design and construction problems. The project is funded by the European Commission Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) and includes project partners from across Europe. We seek a highly motivated researcher to join our team to work on this challenging project.  

The main role of this appointee will involve performing numerical modelling of pit lake slopes, incorporating the effects of unsaturated soil behaviour and considering the heterogeneous nature of the spoil material used in construction of the slopes. As such, the successful candidate should have a background with constitutive models relevant to geotechnical engineering and their application within numerical modelling packages. The researcher will also conduct element-scale testing of soils, hence some background in experimental geomechanics would be an asset. The project will also include physical model testing using a geotechnical centrifuge (performed by a separate researcher), hence some experience with physical modelling would be beneficial.  

Candidates should be inquisitive, with a strong interest in applied research, and the personality and drive to interact effectively with industry and project partners. They will have a first degree in Civil Engineering or cognate subject and will have been awarded a PhD (or have submitted their thesis for examination), ideally in an area of Geotechnical Engineering. The successful candidate will have good presentation and report writing skills. A good publication record will be an advantage but its absence should not hinder applications from those who have recently submitted their theses.

This is a fixed-term post available until 30 May 2022. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours per week), however job share arrangements may be considered.

Further information about the work of the Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics is available on

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Alec Marshall, tel: 01159 513908 or Email: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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