Fully-funded PhD Position: Numerical modelling of shore platform and
marine terrace development following coseismic uplift

We invite applications for a fully funded Ph.D. position at the School of Environment, The University Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

The PhD research project is concerned with developing a numerical model of shore platform development and marine terrace development following co-seismic uplift. We are particularly interested in developing the causative link between platforms and terraces and the preservation potential of the new marine terrace that results following uplift. The project will require further development of existing models* for the purpose of exploring marine terrace development and destruction.

*see https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.05.017 and https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.4422 and https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-5-67-2017

The project will utilise the Kaik?ura Peninsula and adjacent coast uplifted in the November 2016 Mw 7.8 earthquake. The student will work in close collaboration with researchers and other students investigating the impacts of the earthquake on coastal processes and landforms. There will be ample opportunity for fieldwork as well as laboratory time developing the modelling suite we aim to achieve.

We seek a candidate with a strong work ethic and enthusiasm for numerical modelling. The ideal candidate will have some background in computer programming (e.g. Matlab, Python, C++). Candidates will need to hold or be able to gain (from an international licence) a New Zealand drivers licence and be enthusiastic to engage in some field and laboratory work. The candidate should hold a First Class Honours or Masters degree. (A four-year Bachelors degree with Honours would only be considered if the final year contained research work worth a minimum of one-quarter of the years' assessment).

The project will be carried out at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, in collaboration with University of Victoria, Wellington, University of Otago and GNS Science as well as in close collaboration with our international partner University of Glasgow.

The project is funded by a New Zealand Marsden grant. Full funding is available for the three years of the Marsden PhD studentship. The funding covers tuition fees and a standard stipend of approximately NZ$25K per year. The studentship will start in March 2019.

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Mark Dickson m.dickson@auckland.ac.nz

Information on postgraduate study at University of Auckland, including application requirements (e.g. English language) can be found at:

Application Requirements:

  • A cover letter, maximum one page, outlining your suitability to the role,
  • CV/Resume,
  • Undergraduate and post-graduate academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable at this stage),
  • Names and contact information of two referees. The application process will require that the referees write references and complete a form assessing the candidate's abilities. (Details can be found on the University of Auckland website).

Closing Date: January 29 2019.

posted: 08 January 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.