PhD PROJECT

PHD ICI 4 – NOISE INDICATOR INTEGRATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT OF PREFABRICATED BUILDING

Description: This Ph.D. position is part of the new research project “Prefabricated buildings and modular construction in Quebec (Canada)” co-funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation (MESI), and 4 building industrial partners. The increase in the use of wood material in prefabricated building has an important influence on the acoustic behavior of such a complex system, especially in a context of developing of 20-storey buildings.

These new constructions could show environmental benefits with the use of wood materials, and LCA would be useful for evaluating and confirming those benefits. However, the LCA is yet not well adapted to integrate the noise indicator and its impact on the human health of the occupants. This is important to ensure that there is no problem shift from one environmental impact category to another (such as human health) and to ensure that the proposed construction system is optimal. The proposed Ph.D. project aims to overcome this gap and strengthen the LCA methodology by developing and enhancing the integration of noise as an LCA indicator using prefabricated building as a case study.

Director. Ben Amor, ben.amor@usherbrooke.ca

Day to day work. The work will be carried out in an interdisciplinary team at the LIRIDE LCA and Industrial Ecology Group, in close collaboration with Département des sciences du bois et de la forêt (Laval University), Quebec City, and Prof. Dr. Pierre Blanchet (CIRCERB, Laval University). The team will consist of another Ph.D. student and two researchers. The team will work closely with an advisory board of governmental and industrial representatives listed above. Moreover, an integral part of your work is publishing your results in peer-reviewed journals and presenting them at international conferences.

Qualifications. Your qualifications should include a master level university degree in Building, Civil, Mechanical, environmental Engineering or similar studies with excellent grades. Interest in modeling and programming would be an important advantage. Your enrollment will be contracted according to standard regulations at Sherbrooke University (funding secured for 3 years). The project will start in September 2018 or upon mutual agreement. You are expected to contribute to the teaching and research activity of the Lab up to a maximum of 20% of your working time.

Application: We look forward to receiving your online application including 1) a letter of motivation, 2)CV, 3) diplomas and 4) contact details of two referees. We will start interviewing candidates at the Middle of March. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Further information: Questions (no applications) regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Dr. Ben Amor, ben.amor/at/usherbrooke.ca. Please also visit website  www.liride.info.