Thread: PhD scholarship on numerical simulations of slow slip and megathrust earthquakes

Started: 2019-04-14 21:43:53
Last activity: 2019-04-14 21:43:53
Institution: GNS Science
Open Until: 2019-06-30

We seek a highly motivated student for a 3-year PhD scholarship on numerical simulations of slow slip and megathrust earthquakes in the Hikurangi subduction margin. This project aims to use numerical simulations of seismic and aseismic fault slip and seismic wave propagation, combined with newly acquired on-shore and off-shore data, to understand the mechanisms controlling complex megathrust slip behaviour at the Hikurangi subduction plate boundary in New Zealand. The student project will include extensive numerical modelling and interpreting observations and model results.

The student will be expected to enrol as a PhD student at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) and will be supervised by Yoshi Kaneko at GNS Science and Prof. Martha Savage at VUW. GNS Science is a government-owned institution undertaking research in the Earth Sciences and related disciplines.

Prospective candidates must have a strong background in geophysics, physics, engineering, or a related discipline, be proficient in one or more scientific programming languages (Matlab, Python, etc.), and have completed (or is expected to complete) a Master’s or equivalent degree by the start of the PhD programme. Full details of Victoria University’s eligibility criteria are available from the Faculty of Graduate Research website and A generous scholarship will be provided.

Applications including an up-to-date curriculum vitae and evidence of previous study should be submitted via the Faculty of Graduate Research website ( by 30 June, 2019. The start date is flexible but will be no later than 1 November, 2019. Please direct all questions to:

Dr Yoshi Kaneko
GNS Science
1 Fairway Drive, Lower Hutt, 5011, New Zealand
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