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PhD Position in Mechanical Rock Preconditioning in Zürich

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100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Engineering Geology Group (Prof. Jordan Aaron) is looking for a creative and motivated PhD candidate with a strong interest in rock mechanics and laboratory experiment design. The position is expected to start in June 2024 and is fully funded for 4 years.

Job description

You will develop a new methodology for the mechanical preconditioning of rock for underground energy storage and recovery applications. You will be working in the Rock Physics and Mechanics Lab within the Department of Earth Sciences to design and develop a mechanical rock pre-conditioning method. Using the new method, you will conduct laboratory pre-conditioning experiments under in-situ stress and temperature conditions relevant to applications such as Enhanced Geothermal Systems.

Your profile
  • MSc in Engineering Geology, Earth Sciences, Geological Engineering, Rock Mechanics, or related fields
  • Strong background in rock and fracture mechanics
  • Experience with or strong interest in rock mechanical laboratory testing
  • Motivation, creativity, independence, and ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Excellent English communication skills
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We offer

We are an enthusiastic and collaborative research group with many opportunities for multi-disciplinary cutting-edge research in engineering geology. There are significant opportunities to broaden your research interests and develop your academic career. We further offer training in teaching through teaching assistantships, as well as access to state-of-the-art laboratories and research equipment.

We value diversity
In line with , ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.
Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • A brief cover letter summarizing your motivation to apply for the position.
  • Your CV
  • Transcripts
  • The contact details of two references

The application deadline for this position is December 4, 2023.

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about the Department of Earth Sciences can be found on . Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Radhika de Silva, Email: (no applications). 

About ETH Zürich
ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

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