MSc/PhD scholarship in Earth Sciences – Analyzing and understanding sedimentary processes and microfacies formation

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Centre Eau Terre Environnement

MSc/PhD scholarship in Earth Science
Analyzing and understanding sedimentary processes and microfacies formation using CT-scanning techniques
Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), Québec, Canada

The Institut national de la recherche scientifique is a university dedicated to research and training at the graduate level. French is the official language. The Centre Eau Terre Environnement focuses its activities on the sustainable management of water and earth resources.

Measuring sediment erosion, transport and deposition in vivo with a medical CT-scanner is a tantalizing and unique approach that is neither performed nor possible elsewhere in the world. It opens a completely new field of investigation allowing the observation – without any perturbation and in real time – of the bedload, i.e. the part of total sedimentary load that is moved within the layer at the interface between the sediment bed and the current.

This project will build on a current project on fluvial sediment transport and will focus on beach processes and the influence of grain-size on these processes. It will combine classical measurement techniques such as sonic or optical measurements with CT-scanning. It will be conducted at the Laboratoire multidisciplinaire de tomodensitométrie pour les ressources naturelles et le génie civil of the INRS in collaboration with leading international research teams in this domain and within the framework of international research bodies such as the International Atomic Energy Agency. It is a project of the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Sedimentology.

EXPECTED STARTING DATE : January 2018

RESEARCH SUPERVISION : Pierre Francus (INRS)

STUDY PROGRAM: Master’s or PhD in Earth Sciences at INRS. For more information.

SCHOLARSHIP : A $21,000 per year scholarship is available for 3 years (PhD) or $ 18,000 for 2 years (Master). A tuition exemption program is available for international students. Holding or being eligible to an NSERC or FRQNT scholarships will be an asset.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS : Have a university degree in physics, physical engineering, or geological engineering. Have strong computer skills and a thorough knowledge of Matlab, C++ and/or Python. Knowledge of French or intention to learn French, as well as an interest for Earth Sciences, are assets but not requirements.

HOW TO APPLY : Send an application package in one PDF file to recrutement@ete.inrs.ca including:

  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 30 November 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

To apply for this job email your details to recrutement@ete.inrs.ca