Postdoc Position
Long-term Behaviour of Metastable Rock Slopes in Hydropower Systems

The Chair of Engineering Geology at ETH Zürich invites applications for a postdoc position in the area of rock slope stability. This postdoc position with an attractive stipend according to ETH standards can be filled by the successful candidate in June or July 2020 for 1.5 years with a possible extension for another 1.5 years.

This project aims to conduct fundamental scientific investigations into the mechanisms that govern the long-term behaviour of metastable rock slopes in hydropower systems in China and develop predictive approaches to forecast their future performance over the lifespan of hydropower plants. Main tasks include: (i) development, validation and application of a multiscale and multiphysics model for simulating progressive rock slope destabilisation, and (ii) reconstruction of slope displacement fields based on radar interferometric and other displacement monitoring data. The successful candidate must hold a PhD degree (by June 2020) in Earth Sciences, Geological Engineering, Civil Engineering or related fields and be strongly interested in academic research. Knowledge and experience in rock slope stability, displacement monitoring, rock mechanics and numerical modelling are of prime importance. Of additional importance are excellent English communication and writing skills. The successful candidate will be part of the Chair of Engineering Geology at ETH Zürich, and work under the supervision of Dr. Qinghua Lei, Prof. Dr. Simon Löw, and Dr. Andrea Manconi with frequent interactions with professors and PhD students at the partner institution, Tsinghua University in China.

The Department of Earth Sciences of ETH Zürich has been consecutively ranked #1 for five years in the QS World University Rankings, Earth & Marine Sciences. The Chair of Engineering Geology consists of about 20 multidisciplinary scientists involved in a leading research and teaching program in quantitative engineering geology and hydrogeology. Detailed information about the Department of Earth Sciences and the Chair of Engineering Geology is available on the website:

We look forward to receiving your online application including a cover letter, a curriculum vitae which describes your complete personal details and career history, a digital copy of PhD thesis (if applicable), 2-3 representative publication(s), and detailed contact information of 2 references. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application system ( Applications via email or postal services will not be considered. Complete applications should be submitted by 31th January 2020, but are accepted until the position is filled.

For further information regarding the advertised position, please contact Dr. Qinghua Lei at (no applications), Chair of Engineering Geology, ETH Zürich.

posted: 09 January 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.