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UAS Academic Associate (PhD student) in geotechnics

The School of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg (HEIA-FR), a member institution of the Uni- versity of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland (HES-SO), offers bilingual study programs at the BA and MA levels. On behalf of its iTEC Institute (Institute of Construction and Environmental Technologies) and in collaboration with a European university.


Mission and Scope of Activities

  • Carry out a doctoral thesis in the field of geotechnics in collaboration with the University of Neuchâtel, aiming at studying the Excavation Damaged Zone (EDZ) caused by the excavation of underground structures in clay formations
  • Investigate the development and extent of the EDZ around galleries excavated at different depths by means of physical modelling on hollow cylinders monitored by X-ray tomography during mechanical unloading
  • Perform in addition numerical modelling with constitutive models that take anisotropies and non-linear behaviour of clay into account, with the goal of comparing the simulation results with the measurements and observations collected in the laboratory and on site
  • Teaching duties at the UAS Bachelor level (exercises, projects, laboratories)


Your profile

  • University-level Master's degree in civil engineering with a specialisation in geotechnics, or an equivalent degree
  • Strong interest in experimentation; experience in laboratory and digital image analysis
  • Numerical modelling skills (FEM) in geotechnics
  • Very high scientific rigour
  • English proficiency (written and spoken) and working knowledge of French


Additional information

  • Fixed-term employment contract: 3.5 year maximum (duration of the thesis)
  • Activity rate: 100%
  • For details, contact Mr. Vincent Labiouse, Associate Professor UAS, tel. +41 26 429 69 24
  • Job starting date: July, 1st 2024 or to be agreed
  • Application deadline: June 23rd, 2024


Interested? Send in your application by clicking on the Apply («Postuler») button below. Complete applications must include: cover letter; curriculum vitae; 3 references; grade report / transcript; relevant certificates, diplomas and study attestations (if you are still studying).