PhD Position in Extensional Tectonics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand

Development of normal faults in magma-rich extensional tectonic systems

The School of Environment at the University of Auckland is searching for a highly qualified and motivated student to perform field- and satellite-based analyses of normal fault systems in the Taupo Volcanic Zone (New Zealand) and East African Rift. These data will be combined with analogue and/or numerical modelling approaches to examine the influence of magmatic and volcanic processes on the distribution of normal faulting in extensional tectonic systems.

The successful candidate will be supervised by Drs Julie Rowland and James Muirhead and have research experience in at least one of structural geology, satellite-based mapping and interpretation, and analogue or numerical modelling of tectonic/volcanic/deformation processes. They will need to demonstrate English language proficiency and possess a driver's license allowing them to drive in New Zealand. Acceptance will be subject to securing a University of Auckland PhD scholarship.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact James Muirhead ( to learn more about the project and the graduate program at the University of Auckland.

posted: 10 July 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.