PhD project: Quantitative Analysis of Seismic Data to Study the Hikurangi Subduction Margin, New Zealand

We are seeking an enthusiastic PhD student in marine geophysics with a strong numerical background to analyse active-source seismic data from the Hikurangi Subduction Margin.

The Hikurangi Margin east of New Zealand's North Island is the target of a number of studies into subduction processes, ranging from seismic surveys to drilling by the International Ocean Discovery Program. As part of these studies, high-quality reflection seismic and ocean-bottom seismometer data have been acquired in recent years, which are being analysed by scientists at several New Zealand and international institutions.

As part of a New Zealand government-funded research programme, we are seeking a PhD student to conduct quantitative seismic analyses on these data. The project is expected to focus on resolving the high-resolution velocity structure of the crust using state-of-the-art techniques, including full-waveform inversion, with the aim of improving our understanding of fluid migration in subduction zones.

Applicants with a strong background in quantitative geophysics and demonstrated academic and research excellence are encouraged to apply.

The student will work closely with scientists at GNS Science in New Zealand as well as international collaborators. A stipend of NZ$27,500 per year and tuition fees will be provided by the University of Auckland.

Screening of applications will start immediately and continue until filled. For further information, please contact Dr. Ingo Pecher (

posted: 08 February 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.