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PhD Student Position - Theoretical and Applied Geomechanics - University of British Columbia

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Job Description: We are seeking to fill one or more research assistant positions (graduate students at the Ph.D. level) in the areas of computational geomechanics and geotechnical earthquake engineering.

Qualifications: The candidate must hold an M.Sc. degree in geotechnical engineering and must have solid knowledge in applied mechanics and continuum and/or discrete element modeling (computation and program development). Consideration will be given to candidates with a proven record of relevant academic background. The candidate must be able to work in a team since she/he will interact closely with several members of a multi-disciplinary research group. The ideal candidate would be skilled in some of the following areas:

  • Finite element, finite difference, material point method or other numerical methods for solving boundary value problems in solid mechanics;
  • Discrete element modeling of granular systems;
  • Knowledge in mechanics and constitutive modeling of geomaterial;
  • Proficiency in a programming language (C++, Fortran, Python) would be an asset; 
  • Ability to write technical reports and to communicate effectively in professional and technical meetings.

Application Process: If you meet the above qualifications, you are invited to send a preliminary application including a statement of interest to mtaiebat@civil.ubc.ca citing Job Reference "DOCTORAL2020" in the subject line. This statement should include:

  • a letter summarizing your relevant qualifications for this position and your reasons on why you fit the position,
  • current resume,
  • latest publications in (or submissions to) peer-reviewed journals/conferences, and
  • contact information of 2 or 3 potential references.

After reviewing the preliminary applications, those candidates who fit best for these positions will be contacted and encouraged to formally apply by Jan 31, 2020 through https://www.civil.ubc.ca/admissions/graduate-admissions. The final decision on the admissions will be communicated only after the full formal application is reviewed. The successful applicants will be admitted with a funding commitment by the faculty.

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