Lower Hutt, New Zealand

GNS Science, Te Pu Ao occupies a unique place in New Zealand's science landscape. For more than 150 years we've been producing world-leading Western knowledge-based Earth science research. Now, our practice is evolving to explore and include matauranga Maori in our research. This - coupled with people who are passionate and committed to science that has real impact - means we are actively working to bringing our vision of a cleaner, safer, more prosperous New Zealand to life. GNS offers a supportive, flexible work environment and professional career development.

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, motivated seismologist for a permanent, fulltime position in our Avalon, Lower Hutt office. The seismologist will undertake research into broadband ground motion simulation and seismic wave propagation in 3D earth models and will preferably also have a background in earthquake source physics. They will provide ground motion modelling and computational seismology capability, from underpinning science to application for the benefit of New Zealand. Opportunities will include, but are not limited to, research contributing to the National Seismic Hazard Model.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A strong foundation in ground motion modelling and/or earthquake source physics
  • A PhD in and/or postdoctoral experience in seismology
  • Excellent computing and programming skills
  • Ability to contribute on multiple topics
  • Experience working in a research environment as part of a team
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Ability to develop and strengthen our international collaboration

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

The position is for permanent, full time (38 hours per week) employment and will be based at our site in Lower Hutt.

The salary range for this position is between $80,700 to $136,600 depending on the successful candidate's experience.


People come from all over the world to work for GNS Science. We foster a positive, collaborative culture, we invest in our people and we provide a safe, diverse and inclusive workplace.

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View the full position description for this role here - Please contact with any questions or queries.

Applications close: 3 October 2022

posted: 09 September 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.