Geological fingerprinting of earthquake rupture directions - PhD position

We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated student to undertake a fully-funded PhD project investigating whether earthquake rupture direction can be reconstructed from geological fingerprints using the unique opportunity provided by the 2016 Mw7.8 Kaikōura earthquake. This PhD project is part of Marsden funded project 'Geological fingerprinting of earthquake rupture directions: Can it be done? 'that involves collaboration between Victoria University of Wellington, GNS Science, University of California and Kyoto University.

Earthquake ground-shaking hazard is known to depend on location, magnitude, recurrence and rupture propagation direction. Paleoseismological methods underpin seismic hazard models by recovering the locations, magnitudes and recurrence of large earthquakes but so far have been unsuccessful at identifying rupture direction. The overarching aim of the PhD is to develop approaches to constrain rupture directions of past large earthquakes in NZ based on geological features preserved on fault planes, particularly curved slip striations, using a combination of field geology and numerical modelling. The results will establish a robust method to uncover the rupture directions of past large earthquakes globally that lack instrumental data and potentially launch a new discipline in seismic hazard evaluation.

We are looking for a candidate with a background in paleoseismology, structural geology, or geophysics. The ideal candidate would have previous experience in paleoseismology and numerical modelling , although having all of these skills is not essential. The candidate will be based at Victoria University of Wellington under the supervision of Dr Jamie Howarth and Prof. Tim Little. They will also work closely with Dr Russ van Dissen at GNS Science and Assoc. Prof. Yoshi Kaneko at Kyoto University.

Candidates should submit to jamie.howarth@vuw.ac.nz a complete CV (including academic transcripts) and a letter containing the following information - motivation for applying, research interests and experience, the name and contact details of two or more academic referees, and evidence of New Zealand residency. Applications received on or before 30th Oct 2021 will be considered. The successful applicant will be expected to take up the position no later than the 1st of April 2022.

posted: 30 August 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.