Early Stage
Internship Program

The Early Stage Researchers (ESR) Internships program aims to offer a unique opportunity to researchers to gain a significant range of experiences and valuable new skills by a stay in one of the GEOLAB facilities

Early Stage Researcher Internship Program


First Call for Proposals

GEOLAB provides a comprehensive suite of 11 complementary installations equipping the users from academia and industry with renowned tools for excellent research for the energy, water, urban and transport infrastructure sector.

The installations were specifically selected to ensure a wide range of capabilities to address problems across experiment scales, disciplinary boundaries and Technology Readiness Levels (TRL).

The research infrastructure installations are used to study the following:

  • Ground stability related issues, e.g. consolidation, seepage, liquefaction, (coastal) erosion and slope stability.
  • Water-soil-structure interaction, e.g. for roads, railways, tunnels, bridges, dams, foundations, buildings and buried cables & pipelines.
  • Interaction of infrastructure systems with the environment, e.g. impact of climate change, extreme weather events, geo-hazards, static & dynamic loading and aging.

This First Call for Proposals invited all eligible organisations to submit a proposal, before October 10th, 2021, for an experiment to be hosted in one of the above-mentioned facilities. The theme of the call was: ‘Experiments that prove innovative solutions to enhance the resilience of Critical Infrastructure (CI) in Europe’.

The GEOLAB project provides User Groups access free of charge to the facilities for their research project and covers travel and subsistence costs (within prescribed limits) as well. State-of-the-art measuring instruments, data-acquisition and processing systems will be available, as well as modern support facilities, such as library, computers, and internet access. Furthermore, visiting researchers are offered a scientific and intellectual environment, with assistance and guidance from experts at the host institute.