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Job advertisement PhD Position on geomechanics

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PhD Position on geomechanics

PhD Position on geomechanics

University of Neuchâtel / Center for Hydrogeology and Geothermics logo

University of Neuchâtel / Center for Hydrogeology and Geothermics

The Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics of University of Neuchâtel is a lead-ing institution for fundamental and applied research on groundwater and geothermal resources. Detailed information about the CHYN is available on the web:


Neuchâtel, Switzerland


Relevant divisions
Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE)
Seismology (SM)
Tectonics and Structural Geology (TS)

Full time

Entry level


Required education

Application deadline
1 March 2021

5 February 2021

Job description

PhD Position on

Stress profiling and stress heterogeneities for deep geothermal projects

The Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics (CHYN) at the University of Neu-châtel invites applications for a PhD position in the area of stress characterisation. The successful candidate must have an MSc in earth sciences or related field. A solid scientific background and knowledge in rock mechanics and geothermal res-ervoir characterisation are of prime importance. Experience in borehole logging data acquisition and interpretation and numerical modelling methods are an asset. Good communication and writing skills in English are required. Oral knowledge in French is advantageous.

Project description

The PhD candidate will work in the framework of the SPINE – Stress Profiling in EGS project. The objective of the project is to develop better stress characterisation methodologies for deep geothermal projects. The in-situ stress state is a key pa-rameter for designing a deep geothermal reservoir, as it as a strong influence on borehole stability, reservoir permeability and reservoir response to hydraulic injec-tions. The PhD candidate will be working within the international SPINE consortium in order to improve our understanding of stress variation within the earth crust with important implication for both fundamental and applied rock mechanics problems.


The position is approximately 3 years and can be filled by the successful candidate in Spring 2021.

Additional information

For further information regarding the advertised position please contact Prof. B. Valley (

How to apply

Complete applications should be sent by e-mail to Prof. Benoît Valley and must include the following: 1) Cover letter; 2) Curriculum vitae which describes your com-plete personal details and career history; 3) Complete course grades and transcripts; 4) Digital copies of both BSc and MSc theses; 5) Contact information of two reference persons. Applications will be evaluated in first half of March 2021, however may be submitted until the position is officially filled.