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Associate Professor in Engineering Geology with a focus on Rock Mechanics, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Information about the division
The Division of GeoEngineering at Chalmers (GEO) consists of two strong research groups, Engineering Geology and Geotechnics. The Engineering Geology research group has two sub-groups, where the group in Hydrogeology and Rock Engineering studies laboratory- and in situ behaviour arising from the discrete nature of fractures in crystalline rock and the associated coupled processes, such as fluid flow and deformations resulting from change in hydraulic head and rock stresses. The other subgroup on Risk management of land and water resources, studies risks associated with contamination and other disturbances, and technical systems utilizing these resources. The main focus is on industrially contaminated sites and drinking water systems. The Geotechnics research group studies the complex material behaviour arising from the particulate nature of natural soils and the associated coupled processes, such as e.g. deformations resulting from groundwater and heat flow. Their main focus is on fine grained natural materials, such as soft sensitive clays.

Major responsibilities
The Associate Professor will play a leading role in research and education. The applicant should have a solid background in Engineering Geology, in particular Rock Engineering in crystalline rocks, with research track-record in e.g. properties of rocks, advanced numerical modelling of fractured rocks and rock engineering problems, such as stability and reinforcement of rock slopes and tunnels.

The applicant is expected to contribute to the research activities at the Division by developing own research in the fields above, as well as linking to the current research activities at the Division by developing and contributing to transdisciplinary work. Besides research, the applicant is expected to develop and teach courses at Masters’ level within the Master’s programme Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering, as well as teach in courses at Bachelor’s level. Another important aspect of the position is knowledge exchange, i.e. providing information and communicating about research and current development in the subject area, planning collaborative research projects and hence cooperating within academia, industry and society at large. The latter implies interest in real world engineering geology problems.

Position summary
Full-time permanent position.

The successful applicant has high-level scientific expertise, as well as ambition. You must have the drive to assume a leading role for research in your field. You must be a passionate educator and accustomed to teaching at different levels. You have good leadership and cooperation skills. Since your research, and that of your future PhD students, is primarily funded by external sources, we assume you can successfully apply for external funding e.g. from research councils, the EC and industry and have genuine interest in real world engineering geology problems. The applicant has her/his main expertise in one of the following areas:

  • Engineering Geology
  • Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering
  • Advanced Numerical Modelling of fractured rock
  • Mining Engineering

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate the ability to attract external funding, as well as documented proficiency in teaching and supervision at University level.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in Swedish and English. If Swedish is not your native language, you must be able to teach in Swedish on undergraduate level after two years. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20150474 and written in English.
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