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Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of Strathclyde, UK

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is seeking to recruit a Research Associate to work on geophysical monitoring of nuclear waste repositories as part of a team on the project Modern2020, a four-year project funded by the EU's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (2014–2020) under grant agreement number 662177. Modern2020 stated operating 1st June 2015 and is coordinated by ANDRA (France).

The candidate will be responsible for the research undertaken at University of Strathclyde on the development of geophysical method for diffuse non-intrusive monitoring of the Engineered Barrier System (EBS) based on combined Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) and Induced Polarisation Tomography (IPT). The research will involve the calibration of DC Electrical Conductivity and Chargeability of compacted bentonite against temperature and water content and the validation of the method at the laboratory scale on a cuboidal sample subjected to thermal and hydraulic loading.

You will have an MSc in Geotechnics and hold (or be near to completion of) a PhD in Geotechnics. You will have a strong background in your core discipline and be skilled in experimental developments and numerical modeling. You are expected to have relevant experience in hydro-mechanical testing of soils under saturated and unsaturated conditions, development of new experimental methods and setups, suction measurement, and FEM numerical analysis of thermal, hydraulic, and mechanical problems with appropriate degree of coupling.

You will have an ability to undertake research and disseminate results and you will be creative, with the ability to apply initiative and problem solve. You will have excellent communication skills with the ability to interact with a range of stakeholders and you will have excellent technical presentation skills. You will have excellent organizational skills and be able to work well both independently and as part of a team.

Initial interviews are scheduled for 25 February 2016.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Alessandro Tarantino, Professor, atalessandro.tarantino@strath.ac.uk on +44 (0)141 548 3539.
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