Thread: PhD in Seafloor Geodesy and Seismology, Hikurangi Subduction Zone, New Zealand

Started: 2017-11-16 10:35:09
Last activity: 2017-11-16 10:35:09
We seek a PhD student to investigate the slip behaviour at the offshore Hikurangi subduction zone, New Zealand. The PhD project will be co-supervised by Laura Wallace at GNS Science ( and Martha Savage at the Institute of Geophysics, School of Geography, Environment, and Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington (VUW;

The project is part of a multi-disciplinary, international effort to understand the physical processes leading to slow slip events and earthquakes at the Hikurangi subduction zone. The PhD project will involve work with ocean bottom pressure data, GPS-Acoustic methods, and ocean bottom seismology to understand the distribution of offshore slow slip events, interseismic locking, and the relationship of these to seismicity. The project will also provide opportunities to participate in sea-going research voyages to deploy and recover seafloor geodetic and seismological instruments.

The geophysics group at Victoria University of Wellington has an established track record of research in seismology, tectonics, crustal geophysics, and structural geology. GNS Science is New Zealand's primary government-funded geoscience research agency.

In the most recent Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) evaluation, Victoria University of Wellington was ranked first in New Zealand for research excellence and was also ranked first in New Zealand in Earth Sciences.

The deadline for the PhD scholarship applications is 1 March 2018 in New Zealand dates (28 February in the US). The successful applicant will receive a NZ$23,500 stipend and all tuition fee payments for a term of three years. Students should have completed an MSc degree prior to commencing study. Successful applicants are expected to have strong backgrounds in geophysics, mathematics, and physics.

Full details regarding the application process are available from the Faculty of Graduate Research at

Students wishing to apply may also contact Laura Wallace (l.wallace<at><l.wallace<at>>) or Martha Savage (martha.savage<at><martha.savage<at>>) for further information. We will be at the New Zealand Geosciences meeting in Auckland in late November and at the American Geophysical Union meeting in New Orleans in December and if you plan to go to one of those meetings, we welcome a chance to talk to you about the project.

Martha Savage
Institute of Geophysics, SGEES
Victoria University of Wellington
Te Whare Wananga o te Upoko o te Ika a Maui
Cotton 529
Box 600, Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Email: Martha.Savage<at><Martha.Savage<at>>
DDI: +64 (0)4 463-5961
Mobile: +64 (0)21-262-7516

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