PhD degree position in earthquakes and regional tectonics
of New Zealand

We have an opening for a motivated student to undertake PhD research that will develop understanding of New Zealand earthquakes and tectonics. The PhD project will utilise the available geophysical and geological data to characterise the regional stress and strain patterns for the New Zealand plate boundary. The student will be required to collate and analyse a wide range of datasets including, focal mechanism, GPS, borehole breakout and geological fault-slip information to refine the locations of >10 tectonic domains for New Zealand (see figure). The study will result in improved insight of earthquake and plate boundary processes in New Zealand, with application to better understanding of hazards.

Computer literacy (e.g., Matlab, Python), knowledge of New Zealand seismotectonics, and abilities in mathematics and statistics are desirable. The candidates should expect to interact with a multidisciplinary team of earthquake geologists, geodynamic modellers and seismologists from the University of Canterbury and GNS Science. The research results will have global applications to seismically active regions and will be published in national and international peer-reviewed journals.

The candidate will be co-supervised by Andy Nicol at the University of Canterbury and Bill Fry of GNS Science. The PhD will be supported by the New Zealand Government via the "Rapid Characterisation of Earthquakes and Tsunami" MBIE research programme. We are offering a 3-year position based at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. The position includes a PhD stipend of $30,000/yr, full cover of tuition fees and health insurance.

Direct all initial enquiries to Andy Nicol (University of Canterbury, or Bill Fry (GNS Science, A curriculum vitae, cover letter, and contact details of at least two referees should be emailed to Andy by 15 May 2022.

posted: 24 March 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.