Thread: PhD student opportunity studying New Zealand volcanoes

Started: 2018-10-12 07:26:31
Last activity: 2018-10-12 07:26:31
Martha Savage
2018-10-12 07:26:31
PhD students are sought to work on the ECLIPSE Supervolcano project hosted at the School of Geography, Environment, and Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington (VUW; This project will combine seismic and geochemical/volcanological methods to study the seismic structure and eruption potential of supervolcanoes (particularly Taupo and Okataina calderas). The Earth Science group at Victoria University of Wellington has an established track record in these fields, and the PhD project will involve a component of fieldwork. There will be close collaboration with GNS Science or other New Zealand research organisations.

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 next deadline for PhD scholarship applications is 1 November 2018 in New Zealand dates (31 October in the US): successful scholarship applicants 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: competition for scholarships is fierce, and successful applicants will likely have high undergraduate GPAs in one or more of mathematics, physics, geology, or geophysics, and, ideally, a track record of peer-reviewed publications commensurate with experience.

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

Students wishing to apply should also contact Martha Savage (martha.savage<at><martha.savage<at>>, or Colin Wilson (Colin.Wison<at><Colin.Wison<at>>, to discuss project options.

Martha Savage
Professor of Geophysics, SGEES
Victoria University of Wellington
Cotton 529
Box 600, wellington, 6140
New Zealand

Email: Martha.Savage<at><Martha.Savage<at>>
Phone: +64-4-463-5961
Cell: 021-262-7516

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