PhD position in paleoclimatic reconstruction from varved lake sediments

Website INRS - Institut national de la recherche scientifique

Grand Lake in Labrador is a large fjord lake in which a varved sequence of exceptional quality and length is found. Hydroclimatic reconstructions of the last millennium have already been established from a series of short cores using varve physical properties, in particular their thickness and grain size. The project has a double objective: (1) extending the hydroclimatic reconstructions produced with these physical indicators, and (2) studying the sediment biogeochemical properties to reconstruct the limnological conditions of the lake since the last glaciation. It will rely on state-of-the-art equipment available at INRS laboratories (e.g., scanning electron microscope, computed tomography (CT) scan, micro-CT, micro-fluorescence-X scanner) and will explore the use of hyperspectral scanning on varves within a collaboration with Laval University.

START DATE: As soon as the sanitary and administrative conditions allow.

A scholarship of $21,750 per year is available for 3 years. A tuition exemption program is available for international students. Holding or being eligible to an NSERC or FRQNT scholarship is an asset.

University degree in Earth science, oceanography, physics, or physical or geological engineering. Excellent computer proficiency. Experience in image analysis and an interest in environmental issues are assets, but are not essential. Willingness to learn French. French language classes are offered at INRS to facilitate the student integration in the everyday life.

Interested candidates are invited to send an application package in one PDF file to including the following documents:

  1. a curriculum vitae
  2. a cover letter
  3. all university transcripts
  4. a list of practical and technical skills
  5. names and address of two referees

Review of applications will begin on June 10, 2020, and continue until the position is filled.

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