Job Opening

PhD Opportunity in Wellington, New Zealand

GNS Science

Posted: 12/19/2018

Open Until: 02/28/2019

We seek a highly motivated student for a 3-year PhD scholarship on numerical simulations of slow slip and 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. VUW was ranked first in New Zealand for research excellence and was also ranked first in New Zealand in Earth Sciences. Information on the department is available here ( The GNS-VUW collaboration was recently ranked 9th in the world by the prestigious journal Nature:

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, Fortran, 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 28 February, 2019. The start date is flexible but will be no later than 1 July 2019. Please direct all questions to:

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


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