Research project

Numerical Modelling of Cryo-Hydrogeology

Description

The research team in quantitative hydrogeology in the Department of Geology & Geological Engineering at Université Laval (www.ggl.ulaval.ca) is searching for a PhD or MSc. student in the field of numerical modelling of cryo-hydrogeological systems.

The following tasks are envisioned:
- Data collection: literature review and field work.
- Develop conceptual models of groundwater flow, heat transport and permafrost freeze/thaw.
- Develop a numerical model to simulate the transient behavior of a talik system, including climate change.
- Complete simulations and scenario analyses and interpretation.
- Prepare journal papers and conference presentations.

Research Field

- Hydrogeology
- Civil engineering
- Geological engineering
- Earth Sciences, numerical modelling

Research Supervisor

John Molson

Research Environment

Department of Geology and Geological Engineering

Université Laval, located in Quebec City, offers a high-quality predominantly French-speaking academic environment. Courses are taught in French but PhD theses can be written in French or English. The selected applicants can benefit from working in both French and English, but do not have to be fluent in French.

Quebec City offers an outstanding quality of life (www.quebecregion.com) and is a vital center for groundwater and environmental research in eastern Canada, with collaboration between U. Laval, INRS-ETE and the Geological Survey of Canada.

Founded 400 years ago, Quebec City offers an outstanding quality of life with many cultural, natural and historical attractions such as Vieux-Quebec (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Laurentian Mountains, and the magnificent St-Lawrence River (www.quebecregion.com).

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Financial Aid Available by Program of Study

Doctorate in Earth Science

Program description

Financial Aid Available*

Financial Aid Related to Research Project

$24000 per year for 3 years.

A base financial support of $24k/yr is offered for PhD positions or $18.5k/yr for MSc positions, which can be supplemented with scholarships and/or Teaching Assistantships (typically an additional $2k-3k).

Program-Specific Financial Aid

Graduate Studies Awards

Milestone Amount
Progression scholarship
7 x $500
Doctoral exam or seminar presentation
$750
Doctoral exam, seminar or conference
$1,000
Publication
$750
Communication
$1,000
First submission of dissertation
$1,000*
Total $8,500

*A $500 bonus will be added to the graduation scholarship if the initial submission is made before the semester preceding the final qualifying semester.

Université Laval: Student Financial Aid

Funding source Amount
Leadership and Comittment Scholarship (Canadians & permanent residents)
$30,000
Citizens of the World Scholarship (International students) $30,000
Mobility Grant for Out-of-Province Internships or Research Visits (in French)
$1,000 to $2,000
Graduate Scholarships from Granting Agencies   
$20,000 to $70,000$
Online Directory of Graduate Scholarships (in French)
$500 to $50,000

Supplemental Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship Program: Entitles international students to pay Canadian student tuition fees, for overall savings of around $40,000. If you are benefiting of this scholarship program, the doctoral admission scholarship will go toward paying your supplemental tuition fees. You will not receive the $2,000 scholarship amount directly; rather it will be applied over your first two semesters to the supplemental portion of your tuition fees.

* Amounts shown represent maximum financial aid available. Certain conditions apply. Subject to change without prior notice. For further information, contact sponsoring organizations directly.

Master's Degree in Earth Science with thesis

Program description

Financial Aid Available*

Financial Aid Related to Research Project

A base financial support of $24k/yr is offered for PhD positions or $18.5k/yr for MSc positions, which can be supplemented with scholarships and/or Teaching Assistantships (typically an additional $2k-3k).

Program-Specific Financial Aid

Graduate Studies Awards

Milestone Amount
Evaluated activity
$650
Achievement scholarship $1,000 
Total $1,650

Université Laval: Student Financial Aid

Sources de financement Montant
Leadership and Comittment Scholarship (Canadians & permanent residents) $10,000
Citizens of the World Scholarship (International students) $20,000
Mobility Grant for Out-of-Province Internships or Research Visits (in French)
$1,000 to $2,000
Graduate Scholarships from Granting Agencies
$17,500 to $40,000
Online Directory of Graduate Scholarships (in French)
$500 to $50,000

* Amounts shown represent maximum financial aid available. Certain conditions apply. Subject to change without prior notice. For further information, contact sponsoring organizations directly.

Desired Profile

- Geology
- Geological Engineering

Requirements and Conditions

We are looking for motivated and independent candidates with experience in hydrogeology and numerical modelling. A solid background in geology or geological engineering is also desired. Knowledge of French and coding experience (ex. Fortran/Python) is desired but is not a pre-requisite. Courses are mostly taught in French but assignments, reports and theses can be written in English.

Required Documentation

- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitæ
- Student transcript
Please send a letter of interest and cv to Dr. John W. Molson (john.molson@ggl.ulaval.ca). A follow-up skype interview will be arranged for selected candidates.

John Molson, Ing., PhD, Professor (418-656-5713, john.molson@ggl.ulaval.ca)
Département de géologie et de génie géologique
1065 Avenue de la Médecine, Université Laval, Québec, Qc, G1V 0A6, Canada
http://www.cen.ulaval.ca/en/membre.php?id=3700766&cat=11&membre=jmolson

Find Out More

John Molson
Professeur titulaire
Département de géologie et de génie géologique
john.molson@ggl.ulaval.ca