Department of Geology

PhD in Strong motion seismology

Dunedin, New Zealand


We are currently seeking a suitable individual to undertake a PhD on ground motion simulations for Dunedin city from large local earthquakes. The project will comprise the following three stages over 2017-19: (1) geological/geophysical data gathering; (2) 3D shear wave velocity model development, and; (3) source modelling and ground motion simulations for the local major active faults. The project will be well suited to someone who is interested in multidisciplinary seismic hazard modelling. Applicants from a range of backgrounds (e.g. geophysics and geology majors), and with the attributes of self-motivation, computer-literacy (preferably Python and Matlab) and excellent English writing skills will be considered. Competitively-based scholarship and tuition funding opportunities will be available for academically excellent students over the three year duration of the research, commencing asap in 2017.

Expressions of interest should be directed to Mark Stirling, Professor of Earthquake Science, mark.stirling@otago.ac.nz

posted: 03 January 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.