Engineering Seismologist

Lower Hutt, New Zealand

GNS Science, Te Pu Ao, is a Crown Research Institute. Our core purpose is to understand earth systems and physics-based technologies and to transform this knowledge into economic and social benefits for New Zealand.

GNS Science is New Zealand's primary Institute for research on understanding earthquake hazards and reducing earthquake risks and is recognised internationally in these areas.

We are seeking a talented and motivated engineering seismologist for a permanent, fulltime position in our seismology teams based at Avalon, Lower Hutt. The scientist will work full-time as a key member of our National Seismic Hazard Model (NSHM) programme, with opportunities for leadership of ground motion working groups. The purpose of this role is to undertake and co-ordinate engineering seismology research and application that will directly contribute to current and future revisions of the NSHM. Specific topics will be dependent on the successful candidate.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Demonstrated research experience in engineering seismology, including evaluation or development of: empirical ground motion models, models of aleatory and epistemic uncertainty, non-ergodic modelling approaches and/or site amplification models.
  • Experience in the practical construction of ground motion aspects of probabilistic seismic hazard models
  • A team-oriented approach, ability to lead tasks and create a positive team working environment
  • A PhD in seismology, engineering or geophysics.
  • Modern computer programming skills in common scientific languages (e.g. Python, R, Java)
  • Strong communication and writing skills and demonstrated publication record.
  • Ability to develop and strengthen our international collaboration

This is an opportunity to be part of a great team at GNS Science.

New Zealand's borders are currently closed to all but New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. International candidates will still be considered, however, they might be required to work remotely as a contractor from overseas until New Zealand's borders reopen.

Want to know more?

For further information about this position and to apply online please visit and follow the online process - https://careers.sciencenewzealand.org/jobdetails/ajid/shSb9/Engineering-Seismologist,41629.html.

Applications close: 26 January 2021

posted: 23 December 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.