PhD position, paleoclimatic reconstruction - Québec City, Canada

A PhD position for the project "Paleoclimatic reconstruction of northeastern Canada from varved lake sediments" 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.


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.


The position will remain open until filled.

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Further information

Questions about the position can be emailed to Pierre Francus: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.