University of Laval Wood Science PhD Research Assistantship – Chipper-canter Performance in Canada, 2017



The Renewable Materials Research Centre (CRMR) (Department of Wood and Forest Sciences – Université Laval) is seeking for a highly motivated Ph.D. candidate to undertake a research project on chipper-canter performance for processing softwoods from Eastern Canada. The Ph.D. programme will start in September 2017. The research is part of a collaborative project funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and one tool manufacturing company, DK-SPEC. The project aims to optimize the performance of chipper-canters to allow better utilization of the biomass and maximize wood products quality.

Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing Ph.D. programme at Université Laval in Quebec, Canada.

Study Subject: The specific objectives of the research project are:

  • To evaluate the effect of the cutting speed as a function of cutting width on the chip size distribution under frozen and unfrozen wood conditions.
  • Modelling of the chip formation mechanism taking into account most important machining parameters as well as the effect of tool wear.
  • Model validation must be done with logs under frozen and unfrozen conditions.

Scholarship can be taken in Quebec City, Canada

Location: Renewable Materials Research Centre (CRMR), Pavillon Gene H. Kruger, Université Laval.

Eligibility: The candidate must hold a B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in wood science, mechanical engineering or a closely related discipline with preferably a wood science background. Proficiency in English and French (written and oral) communication are necessary. The studies will be held in French.

Nationality: Candidates of all nationalities can apply for these Ph.D. scholarships.

Scholarship Award: The offered position is part of an interesting and challenging project which will contribute to the improvement of the Canadian forest industry. The job will be carried out in an international environment focusing on research, industrial partnership, and innovation. The Université Laval (UL) is the oldest French-language university in North America. It is among the largest universities in Canada and a leading university in knowledge, research, and innovation in wood sciences. By choosing UL, you are opting for an intellectually stimulating campus in the beautiful Quebec City.

Stipend: 21 000 CAN $/year during three years.

How to apply: Applications must include the following documents:

  • Cover letter of motivation,
  • B.Sc. and M.Sc. academic transcripts,
  • A resume/curriculum vitae which fully describes qualifications and experience and provides contact information for three professional references.

Applicants should send all the required documents to: Claudia Cáceres –

Application deadline: Applications will be received until April 30th 2017 or until the position is filled.

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