PhD position, sedimentary facies - Québec City, Canada

A PhD position for the project "Soft clastic sedimentary facies transformation and deformation using microtomography" is available at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Centre Eau Terre Envirionnement, in Québec City, Canada.


The project is under the supervision of Pierre Francus.

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.


The detailed analysis of sedimentary facies enables researchers to decipher the formation processes and thus to reconstruct the environmental conditions in which they have been deposited.

However, little is known about the transformation of these facies between the deposition of the waterlogged sediments and their consolidation, as well as about the disturbances that these facies undergo during sampling.


The objective of the project is to understand how dewatering and compaction affect the internal structure of clastic sediments through observation of potential changes in grain orientation and arrangement, and porosity within the facies.

It also aims to evaluate what disturbances affect these unconsolidated sediments during coring in the field or sampling in the laboratory.

The project will focus on several types of varved (annually laminated) sediments which are usually used to study past hydroclimatic conditions.

It will combine classic analyses of thin sections with petrographic and scanning electron microscopes, and advanced techniques developed at INRS including computed tomography and micro-CT.


The position will remain open until filled.

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