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Doctorat PhD LIRIDE-IQ

Sherbrooke, QC, Canada

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The expertise of the Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory on Sustainable Engineering and Ecodesign (LIRIDE) focuses on life cycle impact assessment. Internationally recognized for its scientific research, LIRIDE supports industry, SMEs, and organizations in their commitment to true sustainable development supported by life cycle assessment and the circular economy. Located at the University of Sherbrooke (Canada), LIRIDE is seeking applications for the following position.

About the role

Environmental life cycle assessment of quantum computing and application of quantum computing for life cycle assessment.

Description: This PhD project is part of a research partnership with the Quantum Institute (IQ) of the University of Sherbrooke. High performance computing platforms have become essential today. In particular, they are used to support decisions with high social impact and the underlying technologies require more and more energy to meet our expectations. This expansion of systems generates a huge environmental footprint and exacerbates the fact that digital and social injustices are largely ignored by science and engineering research. In this sense, the impact of high performance computing on climate and societies has, on the whole, been the subject of a small number of studies, but, more importantly, their scope is still lacking a prospective perspective. This project aims to study an emerging paradigm, quantum computing technologies (QCTs), which have the potential to solve problems that are intractable with classical solutions, but also to reduce the environmental impact of computing. Understanding the environmental and social impacts of QCTs is crucial to compare them to current and future solutions.


Your qualifications should include :

  • A master's degree in civil, environmental engineering or similar level of studies (e.g. master studies in physics or computer science) with excellent grades.

  • Interest in modelling and pr ogramming is an important advantage.

Your enrollment will be contracted according to standard regulations at Sherbrooke University.

The project will start as soon as possible or upon mutual agreement.

Daily work

The work will be carried out within an interdisciplinary team at LIRIDE, in close collaboration with the partner. In addition, a part of your work is to communicate regularly with the partner on the progress of your project, to publish your results in peer- reviewed journals and to present them at international conferences.


We look forward to receiving your online application including :



Cover letter

Two references

We will begin interviewing candidates during the summer of 2022.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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