PhD position in Geomechanics in a multi-disciplinary Deep Underground Laboratory team (100%)

Country: Switzerland;

City: Zurich

Vacancy added: 12.10.2018

Employer: ETH Zurich

Resumes due: 10.12.2018


ETH Zürich is one of the world’s leading universities in science and technology. It is renowned for its excellent education, its cutting-edge fundamental research and its efforts to put new knowledge and innovations directly into practice. The Department of Earth Sciences of ETH Zürich has been consecutively ranked #1 for four years in the QS World University Rankings, Earth & Marine Sciences. An initiative led by the Department of Earth Sciences is currently setting up a deep underground rock laboratory for research in the fields of geosciences and geo-energy. A series of experiments is being implemented with the activities of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research (SCCER) in the Bedretto Underground Laboratory in the Central Swiss Alps.
The SCCER and the Geothermal Energy and Geofluids Group (GEG) at ETH Zürich jointly invites applicants for a 4-year PhD position in the area of geomechanics. The position is fully funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

PhD position in Geomechanics in a multi-disciplinary Deep Underground Laboratory team (100%)

You will be part of an international, multidisciplinary team of researchers with various background in geosciences and geological engineering. Within the advertised position you will have the opportunity to contribute to the conception, planning, implementation and analysis of a variety of geomechanics field experiments tailored to enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) and induced seismicity at the scale of an underground laboratory.

The successful candidate must hold a Master degree in Earth sciences, or related engineering fields (geotechnical, petroleum, mining, etc.) upon the start of the PhD program. We are looking for motivated individuals with knowledge and experience in one or more of the following: field and/or laboratory experiments, reservoir geomechanics, in situ stress, hydraulic fracturing, and hard rock rheology. Demonstrated interests in enhanced geothermal system and induced seismicity are desired.
The candidate should possess excellent analytical and critical thinking skills, be proficient in English, and have excellent writing and presentation skills. The candidate needs to function well both as a member of an interdisciplinary team and individually. The maximum duration of this position is four years, pending a successful completion of the Research Plan Defense after one year. Benefits, work hours, salary, insurance, and pension are subject to ETH Zurich standards.

We look forward to receiving your application online, including a CV, cover letter, certificates/transcripts and names and contacts of at least two references until Dec 10th, 2018. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information about the Department of Earth Sciences and the Bedretto Project please visit our websites:, For questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Xiaodong Ma at (no applications).

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