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

We invite applications for a fully funded Ph.D. position at the Department of Geography, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

The PhD research project is concerned with investigating changing process regimes on shore platforms as a result of co-seismic uplift. The project will utilise the Kaikoura Peninsula and adjacent coast uplifted in the November 2016 Mw 7.8 earthquake. The question the research will address is; how has the interplay of marine and subaerial processes been changed by coseismic uplift? The project will build on existing data sets from the Kaik?ura Peninsula and require significant amounts of field work deploying instruments to develop a detailed understanding of the process environment. There will be a focus on quantifying wave conditions and changes in rock resistance resulting from weathering processes. The student will work in close collaboration with researchers and other students investigating and modelling the impacts of the uplift on coastal processes and landforms.

We seek a candidate with strong a strong work ethic and real enthusiasm for fieldwork in what can at times be challenging conditions. Familiarity with instrumentation such as wave recording devices and current meters is needed and an ability to be adaptive to the field. The ability to post-process instrument data in Matlab is necessary. The candidate will need to hold or be able to gain (from an international licence) a New Zealand drivers licence. 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 Otago in New Zealand, in collaboration with University of Auckland, University of Victoria, Wellington, GNS Science and 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 Dr Wayne Stephenson wayne.stephenson@otago.ac.nz Information on postgraduate study at University of Otago 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 three referees.

Closing Date: January 29 2019.

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