INRS - Energy Materials Telecommunications Research Centre (INRS-EMT)

8 PhD positions available

INRS - Energy Materials Telecommunications Research Centre (INRS-EMT)

Varennes, Quebec, Canada

Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) is a university dedicated to fundamental and applied research, graduate studies and the training of researchers in its four research centers in Quebec City, Laval, Montreal and Varennes. Part of the Universite du Quebec network, INRS University ranks first in Canada in terms of research intensity (average funding per faculty member). The Energy, Materials and Telecommunications Centre (EMT) is located in the Greater Montreal area (approximately 20 minutes away from central Montreal by car or public transportation). Montreal is the most vibrant and cosmopolitan city in Canada, voted best student city in the world by QS [], and hosts 9 universities and some 180,000 students from all over the world in its metropolitan area (ranking second in North America for the number of university students per capita). EMT centre is fully equipped with various state-of-the-art facilities, including a micro- and nano-fabrication clean room (, a unique Advanced Laser Light Source (ALLS) infrastructure (, and an Infrastructure for Advanced Imaging.

The following PhD positions are IMMEDIATELY available at INRS-EMT:

a) Two Ph.D. students to work on heat and spin transport in novel materials. The measurements will be carried out on devices through a newly-installed characterization system which allows to go down to cryogenic temperatures in presence of high magnetic fields (up to 9 T), and to probe thermoelectric Seebeck coefficient.

The PhD theses will be carried out under the supervision of Prof. Emanuele Orgiu ( Prof. Orgiu is currently leading the Molecular and Device Physics laboratory. His future research interests will focus on the characterization of charge, spin and heat transport in novel materials such as organic (semi)conductors and 2D materials. These materials are integrated into two- or three-terminal devices as the active layer and following device fabrication, different physical properties such as mobility, superconductive behavior, etc. can be probed.

A M.Sc. degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering or Physical Engineering is required. Past experience in either (i) low-temperature electrical characterization of organic (semi)conductors/2D materials or (ii) thermoelectric characterization of materials is recommended. A very good command of written and spoken English is required.

Applications have to be submitted by email to


b) Two Ph.D. students to work on Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) and/or noble metal and non-precious metal catalysts for H2 Fuel Cells. The PhD Projects will be undertaken in Prof. Shuhui Sun’s nanomaterials for energy and environment lab at INRS. The ALD projects will be carried out through a newly installed advanced ALD system, which allows fabricating nanomaterials at the atomic level control over the thickness and composition, for various applications. The fuel cell projects will focus on catalyst synthesis, characterizations, ORR, and Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEA) fuel cell evaluations.

Prof. Shuhui Sun ( leads the Laboratory of Sustainable Nanotechnology (SUN) at INRS, and is particularly interested in Nanomaterials for Clean Energy Conversion and Storage, as well as Environment. His current research interests focus on the development of multi-functional nanostructured catalysts/electrodes for Fuel Cells, Metal-ion (Li-/Na-/Zn-ion) batteries, Zn-air batteries, CO2 reduction, and Water splitting for H2 production.

A M.Sc. degree in Chemistry, Electrochemistry and Materials Science (or related fields) is required. Past experience in either (i) ALD for nanomaterials synthesis or (ii) electrocatalysts for ORR and fuel cells is strongly recommended. Applications should be submitted by email to 

c) One or possibly two Ph.D. students to work on the development of new near-infrared emitting nanocrystals (rare earth and/or non-heavy metal containing quantum dots) and their application in cancer detection and therapy. The synthesis of these materials will be undertaken in Professor Vetrone’s nanochemistry lab and their luminescence properties will be characterized in his state-of-the-art spectroscopic lab and with his hyperspectral multiphoton microscope/near-infrared imager (an instrument unique in Canada).

Prof. Fiorenzo Vetrone ( and leads the Nanocrystal Research Laboratory at INRS and is particularly interested in luminescent nanoparticles and their implementation in multi-functional nanoplatforms for biology and nanomedicine. His current research interests are focused on developing new upconverting and near-infrared emitting rare earth doped nanoparticles for applications in bioimaging, photo-controlled drug release, photodynamic/photothermal cancer therapy, and nanothermometry.

A M.Sc. degree in Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering (or related fields) is required as well as past experience with nanocrystal synthesis via wet chemical methods is strongly recommended. Experience with fluorescence bioimaging and in vitro cellular techniques is an asset. Applications should be submitted by email to

d) One Ph.D. opening in single entity electrochemistry for energy conversion and biosensing applications.  The accepted student will have the opportunity to develop novel concepts and techniques to study the electrochemical processes in single entities, such as nanoparticles and biological cells. In particular, the research activities will include preparation of micron/nano-sized electrodes, low-current electronic measurements in fluids, and simulations using COMSOL. In addition to the full stipend and tuition support, the student will be supported to attend conferences in the field.

The project will be carried out under the supervision of Prof. Ana Tavares (, and co-supervision of Prof. Aycan Yurtsever ( A M.Sc. degree in a related discipline (Chemistry, Physics, Engineering) is required. Experience in electrochemistry, microfluidics, and electronic measurements is a plus. Applications should be submitted by email to


e) One PhD position on the development of novel nanoplasmonic devices. We intend to shed some light on the use of nanostructures for intensifying radiation-matter interaction, in view of applications in, e.g., strong light-matter interaction, nonlinear photonics, and quantum information processing. The successful candidate will design novel nanophotonic devices and will characterize their response by means of state-of-the-art optical techniques.

The PhD student will work under the supervision of Prof. Luca Razzari ( who has established a vigorous research program in nanoplasmonics and is particularly interested in investigating its ultra-broadband (from UV to THz) and ultrafast (down to few femtoseconds) nature. Nanoplasmonics carries great promises for an effective miniaturization of photonic technologies and for the on-chip integration of optical functions with state-of-the-art electronic circuits.  

We are looking for a highly motivated, creative student with a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (physics, physical engineering, electrical engineering or equivalent). They should have willingness to work in a team and undertake independent learning. Previous experience in numerical modeling of electromagnetic processes and/or in optical characterization techniques will be an asset. Applications have to be submitted by email to

f) One Ph.D. position and one Postdoc position on the development of therapeutic bioconjugates in the Gauthier lab. The projects will involve exploring original bioconjugate strategies to formulate protein therapeutics (e.g., monoclonal antibodies, etc.) using polymers and other biomolecules as carriers. For relevant examples of our work see Candidates with backgrounds in chemistry, biochemistry, bio-conjugate chemistry, polymer chemistry, pharmaceutical science, analytical chemistry, or physical chemistry are most suited for the foreseen projects. However, candidates with other backgrounds will be considered. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to engage in research in both academic and industrial environments. Applications should be submitted by email to

Each application must include (i) a 1-page research proposal describing the candidate’s research interests and reasons for pursuing a PhD on the proposed topic; (ii) a full CV, containing any relevant experience; (iii) official transcripts of the candidate’s university grades; (iv) name, telephone and email contact of at least one (preferably two) academic referee.

A very good command of written and spoken English is required.

ONLY selected candidates will be contacted by email to arrange an interview.

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