Graduate research projects

Make the leap to graduate studies

Key steps to admission

1.Learn more about research at the faculty

Start by taking a look at faculty members’ research interests and topics to get an overview of the research taking place in our 13 departments and schools. You can also consult our list of research units to get an idea of the faculty’s main fields of expertise.

2.Browse the research projects on offer

Use the search tool below to learn about some of the projects available to graduate students. Feel free to explore projects at different departments: you might be surprised at the multidisciplinary research opportunities available. Associated master’s (thesis and research paper) and PhD programs are listed for each project. Consult the list of faculty members for a full summary of their research interests.

3.Contact one or more professors

When you have found one or more professors whose fields of research match your interests, contact them by email or phone. This step is not required for admission to master’s with research paper programs. Professors will want to review your record in detail in order to confirm their interest. Send them a CV that lists your scientific accomplishments (publications, laboratory experiments, etc.), a letter of interest, and two or three letters of recommendation. If a professor agrees to supervise you, you must get confirmation in writing. A positive response from a professor does not guarantee admission to Université Lava. There is one final step to complete.

4.Apply for admission

When filling out your application you will need to specify the field of research you wish to specialize in and the professor who has agreed to be your supervisor. You will be admitted to your chosen program if a faculty member agrees to supervise you and your application meets program admission requirements and is approved by the program director.

Guaranteed financial aid

The university and the faculty provide significant financial support for graduate students. Whether you are a master’s or a PhD student, several funding sources are guaranteed by the university to help you during this pivotal stage in your academic career.

Learn more about scholarships and funding

Available research projects

Here’s a list of projects for which professors are looking for students. In addition to a project description, you will find the contact person’s name, the sought-after profile and requirements, the documents required for application, and the deadline.

Consult the French version of the tool for the complete list of research projects.

School of Actuarial Science

There is no research project posted by professors from this department at this time. To find out about the expertise of the departmental, consult the professors page.

 

Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Bio-informatics

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Study cycles Master Doctorate
Director of research Daniel Côté
Submission deadline 30 August 2020

The regulation of retinal blood flow and oxygenation are recognized as root causes of the majority of ocular diseases, such as glaucoma. There is thus a huge interest in measuring these parameters in vivo, ideally using non-invasive methods. Retnia's technology, based on optical spectroscopy, enables such non-invasive measurements in laboratory and clinical settings. Recently, there has been growing evidence that many neurodegenerative diseases also have an effect on the retina, which is part...

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Study cycles Master Doctorate
Director of research Christian Salesse
Submission deadline 21 August 2020

The visual cycle takes place in both photoreceptors and the retinal pigment epithelium. It allows the regeneration of the visual pigment. Retinol dehydrogenase 12 (RDH12) is a membrane-associated enzyme playing an important role in the visual cycle. Moreover, several mutations of RDH12 lead to eye illnesses and the loss of vision. It is thus very important to characterize the structure, activity and membrane binding of RDH12 and its mutants in order to understand their involvement in the vision...

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Study cycles Master Doctorate
Director of research Christian Salesse
Submission deadline 21 August 2020

The visual light is absorbed by the visual pigment of the outer segment of retinal photoreceptors. A large number of of proteins are transported every day from the inner to the outer segment of photoreceptors. Retinitis pigmentosa 2 (RP2) is a membrane-associated protein playing an important role in this process. Moreover, several mutations of RP2 lead to eye illnesses and vision loss. It is thus very important to characterize the membrane binding of wild-type RP2 and its mutants in order to...

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Study cycles Master Doctorate
Director of research Christian Salesse
Submission deadline 21 August 2020

Different companies are involved in the large-scale production of proteins with therapeutic, diagnostic and biotechnological applications. However, several of these proteins experience problems of solubility. We have recently discovered a new tag, called recoverin, whose solubilizing properties are superior to the commercially available tags. It is nevertheless necessary to improve the solubilizing properties of recoverin to increase its commercials applications. The objective of this research...

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Study cycles Master Doctorate
Director of research Pierre Marquet
Submission deadline 30 August 2020

The project involves the design and implementation of the robotization of an internally developed high-throughput screening microscope and the management of its massive data in order to build a dedicated cellular phenotyping platform dedicated to the dentification of biomarkers of various diseases of the nervous system. The main objective is to meet the requirements of the complex and diversified experimental protocols that will have to be realized on the phenotyping platform using hardware and...

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Study cycle Doctorate
Director of research Pierre Marquet
Submission deadline 31 August 2020

Dr. Marquet's laboratory is looking for passionate, dynamic and motivated candidates to complete doctoral (PhD) and post-doctoral projects aimed at developing neuronal cultures derived from human iPSCs (patients and controls) to detect disease-reflecting phenotypes using new optical imaging techniques develop in the laboratory. This in order to elucidate fundamental mechanisms that underlie the functioning of neurons. Several positions are currently vacant. The candidate will have access to a...

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Study cycles Baccalaureate Master Doctorate
Director of research Pierre Marquet
Submission deadline 31 July 2020

Dr. Marquet's laboratory is looking for passionate, dynamic and motivated candidates to carry out Master's (MSc), PhD and post-doctoral projects aimed at develop optical imaging techniques to elucidate fundamental mechanisms that underlie the functioning of neurons. Several positions are currently availble. The candidate will have access to a laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment. Depending on his affinities, a more experimental or, on the contrary, more theoretical component could be...

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Study cycle Master
Director of research Daniel Côté
Submission deadline 01 August 2020

Deep brain stimulation's effectiveness relies on the ability of the stimulating electrode to be properly placed within a specific target area of the brain. Optical guidance techniques that can increase the accuracy of the procedure, without causing any additional harm, are therefore of great interest. We have designed optical fiber-based device that is small enough to be placed within commercially available DBS stimulating electrodes' hollow cores and that is capable of sensing biological...

Department of Biology

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Study cycle Doctorate
Director of research Pierre Marquet
Submission deadline 31 August 2020

Dr. Marquet's laboratory is looking for passionate, dynamic and motivated candidates to complete doctoral (PhD) and post-doctoral projects aimed at developing neuronal cultures derived from human iPSCs (patients and controls) to detect disease-reflecting phenotypes using new optical imaging techniques develop in the laboratory. This in order to elucidate fundamental mechanisms that underlie the functioning of neurons. Several positions are currently vacant. The candidate will have access to a...

Department of Chemistry

There is no research project posted by professors from this department at this time. To find out about the expertise of the departmental, consult the professors page.

 

Department of Chemical Engineering

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Study cycles Master Doctorate
Director of research Seyed Mohammad Taghavi
Submission deadline 25 September 2020

We study the problem of displacing one fluid by another in inclined geometries. The industrial motivation for this research comes from the processes present in construction and completion of oil and gas wells such as primary cementing, hydraulic fracturing and gravel packing. Many other wells such as geothermal, Carbon sequestration and domestic water distribution wells are cemented using the very same techniques as in the oil and gas industry. A key objective in well primary cementing is to...

Department of Civil and Water Engineering

There is no research project posted by professors from this department at this time. To find out about the expertise of the departmental, consult the professors page.

 

Department of Mineral, Metallurgical, and Materials Engineering

There is no research project posted by professors from this department at this time. To find out about the expertise of the departmental, consult the professors page.

 

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Study cycle Doctorate
Director of research Xavier Maldague
Submission deadline 30 September 2020

The objective of this project is to develop new materials inspection procedures using Non Destructive Testing by pulsed teraHertz waves. This will involve using a time domain spectroscopy system for the characterization of different materials (by their THz signature). Various applications will have to be developed as well as propagation and interaction models, experimental tests.

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Study cycles Master Doctorate
Director of research Pierre Marquet
Submission deadline 30 August 2020

The project involves the design and implementation of the robotization of an internally developed high-throughput screening microscope and the management of its massive data in order to build a dedicated cellular phenotyping platform dedicated to the dentification of biomarkers of various diseases of the nervous system. The main objective is to meet the requirements of the complex and diversified experimental protocols that will have to be realized on the phenotyping platform using hardware and...

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Study cycle Doctorate
Director of research Xavier Maldague
Submission deadline 21 July 2020

Context. Today, indoor cannabis growers use visual inspection to identify pest and fungus threats. This approach is subjective, often inaccurate, and by the time the threat is visible to an operator, the outbreak's economic risk is already substantial. The purpose of this research project is leveraging a collaboration between experts in entomology, agricultural economics, and visual recognition, to identify relevant optical ?plant signals? based on spectral signatures that can be rapidly and...

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Study cycles Baccalaureate Master Doctorate
Director of research Alexandre Campeau-Lecours
Submission deadline 06 November 2020

Our research and development projects are in robotics, mechatronics, mechanical design, intelligent algorithms and biomechanics. The main applications are the development of assistive technologies for people living with a disability and the elderly, along with rehabilitation engineering. We work closely with interdisciplinary teams (mechanical and electrical engineering, occupational therapy, kinesiology, physical therapy) and with an iterative process (development and evaluation of the...

Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Study cycle Doctorate
Director of research Jean Lemay
Submission deadline 12 August 2020

Hydro-electricity, the main renewable energy worldwide so far, represents 60% of the electricity produced in Canada. It is part of the solutions to ensure the quality of life of people and to preserve the environment. In the last 20 years, this energy production has evolved to accommodate market deregulation and the introduction of other intermittent renewable energy sources on the power grid. Hydraulic turbines must therefore be started and stopped much more often than they were intended for...

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Study cycles Baccalaureate Master Doctorate
Director of research François Mathieu-Potvin
Submission deadline 01 January 2021

The main goal of this project is to develop new numerical tools to simulate and optimize the performance of an energy system (e.g., thermal power plant, advanced Rankine cycle, combined Brayton cycle, desalination plant, natural gas liquefaction plant, geothermal power plant, solar-thermal power plant, innovative Stirling engine, heat pump, etc.). This research will lead to the discovery of new and innovative energy system designs. The candidate should have skills or interests in the fields of...

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Study cycles Baccalaureate Master Doctorate
Director of research Alexandre Campeau-Lecours
Submission deadline 06 November 2020

Our research and development projects are in robotics, mechatronics, mechanical design, intelligent algorithms and biomechanics. The main applications are the development of assistive technologies for people living with a disability and the elderly, along with rehabilitation engineering. We work closely with interdisciplinary teams (mechanical and electrical engineering, occupational therapy, kinesiology, physical therapy) and with an iterative process (development and evaluation of the...

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Study cycles Baccalaureate Master Doctorate
Director of research Alexandre Campeau-Lecours
Submission deadline 06 November 2020

Various projects (master or PhD) in robotics, mechatronics, intelligent algorithms, control. Various applications such as medical applications and human-robot cooperation applications. For more details: <a href=" http://robot.gmc.ulaval.ca/~allec74/Robotics_MasterPhD_2016_EN.pdf" target="_blank"> For more details</a>

Department of Geology and Geological Engineering

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Study cycle Doctorate
Director of research Richard Fortier
Submission deadline 19 September 2020

Climate change can have serious consequences for the sustainable development of northern communities and for tourism, industrial and governmental activities in the North. Appropriate decision-making for mitigating and adapting to these impacts can be achieved by the collection and analysis of data related to these impacts and also by the study of the factors driving them. The objective of the Qaujikkaut ("warning" in Inuktitut) project is to develop an online tool for early warning of extreme...

Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering

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Study cycles Master Doctorate
Director of research Richard Khoury
Submission deadline 29 August 2020

Online communities abound today, arising on social networking sites, on the websites of real-world communities like schools or clubs, on web discussion forums, on the discussion boards of videogames, and even on the comment pages of news sites and blogs. Some of these communities are ?healthy? and foster polite discussion between respectful members, but others are ?toxic? and devolve into virulent fights, trolling, cyber-bullying, fraud, or worse even, incitation to suicide, radicalization, or...

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Study cycles Master Doctorate
Director of research Pierre Marquet
Submission deadline 30 August 2020

The project involves the design and implementation of the robotization of an internally developed high-throughput screening microscope and the management of its massive data in order to build a dedicated cellular phenotyping platform dedicated to the dentification of biomarkers of various diseases of the nervous system. The main objective is to meet the requirements of the complex and diversified experimental protocols that will have to be realized on the phenotyping platform using hardware and...

To know more
Study cycles Baccalaureate Master Doctorate
Director of research Alexandre Campeau-Lecours
Submission deadline 06 November 2020

Our research and development projects are in robotics, mechatronics, mechanical design, intelligent algorithms and biomechanics. The main applications are the development of assistive technologies for people living with a disability and the elderly, along with rehabilitation engineering. We work closely with interdisciplinary teams (mechanical and electrical engineering, occupational therapy, kinesiology, physical therapy) and with an iterative process (development and evaluation of the...

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

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Study cycles Baccalaureate Master Doctorate
Director of research Pierre Marquet
Submission deadline 31 July 2020

Dr. Marquet's laboratory is looking for passionate, dynamic and motivated candidates to carry out Master's (MSc), PhD and post-doctoral projects aimed at develop optical imaging techniques to elucidate fundamental mechanisms that underlie the functioning of neurons. Several positions are currently availble. The candidate will have access to a laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment. Depending on his affinities, a more experimental or, on the contrary, more theoretical component could be...

Department of Physics, Physical Engineering, and Optics

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Study cycle Doctorate
Director of research Sophie LaRochelle
Submission deadline 19 September 2020

Data traffic carried by communication networks is exploding, driven by the coming era of artificial intelligence and internet-of-things. This interconnected world creates an accelerating demand for bandwidth that is fast outstripping the limits of currently available technologies. Next generation optical networks urgently need to multiply the transmission paths through optical fiber links. Optical amplifiers are at the heart of these high-speed systems, allowing information to flow through...

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Study cycles Master Doctorate
Director of research Daniel Côté
Submission deadline 30 August 2020

The regulation of retinal blood flow and oxygenation are recognized as root causes of the majority of ocular diseases, such as glaucoma. There is thus a huge interest in measuring these parameters in vivo, ideally using non-invasive methods. Retnia's technology, based on optical spectroscopy, enables such non-invasive measurements in laboratory and clinical settings. Recently, there has been growing evidence that many neurodegenerative diseases also have an effect on the retina, which is part...

To know more
Study cycles Master Doctorate
Director of research Pierre Marquet
Submission deadline 30 August 2020

The project involves the design and implementation of the robotization of an internally developed high-throughput screening microscope and the management of its massive data in order to build a dedicated cellular phenotyping platform dedicated to the dentification of biomarkers of various diseases of the nervous system. The main objective is to meet the requirements of the complex and diversified experimental protocols that will have to be realized on the phenotyping platform using hardware and...

To know more
Study cycles Baccalaureate Master Doctorate
Director of research Pierre Marquet
Submission deadline 31 July 2020

Dr. Marquet's laboratory is looking for passionate, dynamic and motivated candidates to carry out Master's (MSc), PhD and post-doctoral projects aimed at develop optical imaging techniques to elucidate fundamental mechanisms that underlie the functioning of neurons. Several positions are currently availble. The candidate will have access to a laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment. Depending on his affinities, a more experimental or, on the contrary, more theoretical component could be...

To know more
Study cycle Master
Director of research Daniel Côté
Submission deadline 01 August 2020

Deep brain stimulation's effectiveness relies on the ability of the stimulating electrode to be properly placed within a specific target area of the brain. Optical guidance techniques that can increase the accuracy of the procedure, without causing any additional harm, are therefore of great interest. We have designed optical fiber-based device that is small enough to be placed within commercially available DBS stimulating electrodes' hollow cores and that is capable of sensing biological...