Research Associate and Lecturer Position in Rock Mechanics - Numerical Modeling

Zurich, Canton of Zürich (CH)
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Apr 13, 2017
May 13, 2017
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Research Associate and Lecturer Position in Rock Mechanics – Numerical Modeling

The Chair of Engineering Geology at the ETH Zurich is looking for a junior (Postdoc) or senior research associate and lecturer in Rock Mechanics and Numerical Modeling. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in earth sciences, engineering or related field. Knowledge and demonstrated experience of rock and fracture mechanics and numerical modeling are of prime importance. Demonstrated interests in code development, rock physics and experimental observations of coupled processes in fractured rocks are desired.

The candidate will be expected (1) to teach one to two classes in the field of rock and/or soil mechanics, (2) to develop funded research programs addressing numerical modeling of mechanical processes in fractured rocks, (3) to supervise graduate students and their thesis work, and (4) support engineering geology students in the use of rock mechanical modelling software.

This ETH staff position with an attractive salary according to ETH standards and cutting edge rock mechanical lab and field testing equipment can be filled by the successful candidate in summer or fall 2017 for a period of up to 6 years. The Chair of Engineering Geology is a multidisciplinary research and teaching unit devoted primarily to the study of fundamental hydro-mechanical and thermo-mechanical processes in fractured rocks in the uppermost kilometers of the earth’s crust and the corresponding applications – such as deep underground constructions, deep geothermal energy and nuclear waste disposal. Further information about the Chair of Engineering Geology is available at our Web Site Questions related to the open position can be addressed to Dr. Kerry Leith, Engineering Geology, ETH Zurich (e-mail:

Please send your application per regular mail or e-mail, including cover letter, curriculum vitae with full personal and career details, and a detailed statement of research interests to ETH Zurich, Prof. Dr. Simon Loew, Engineering Geology, Sonneggstrasse 5, CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland (ref. AD_OA6_17). Applications should be submitted until end of April 2017, but are accepted until the position is filled.