[unav_all] PhD research opportunity in earthquake hydrology at Victoria University of Wellington/GNS Science, New Zealand

John Townend John.Townend at vuw.ac.nz
Mon Oct 7 13:19:22 MDT 2013

We seek applications from students wishing to conduct PhD research at Victoria University of Wellington and GNS Science into the effects of earthquakes on hydrological systems. Seismological and hydrological measurements made during and after the 2010-2012 Canterbury earthquake sequence in southern New Zealand provide an exceptional data set with which to study fluid-rock interaction on short time-scales.

The student will be part of a team funded by a Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden grant (http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/2012/10/25/cox/), international collaborators and other students actively examining the hydrological effects of earthquakes. The PhD will be based in the School of Geography, Environment & Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington (http://www.victoria.ac.nz/sgees/), with extended visits to GNS Science offices in Dunedin and Lower Hutt (http://www.gns.cri.nz/). The 2012 Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) Quality Evaluation by the Tertiary Education Commission ranked Victoria University of Wellington number one in New Zealand for overall research quality and number one in New Zealand for research in geology and earth sciences.

We envisage the successful applicant having a strong, quantitative background in earth science, geophysics and/or hydrology, with skills and experience in stress or hydrologic modelling, seismicity and mathematics. The PhD topic is likely to involve quantifying spatial variations in shaking, dynamic and static stresses, and their relationships to observed hydrologic responses. However, within the general context of this programme, the PhD topic is open and expected to reflect the motivation, skills and strengths of the successful applicant. The student will be funded to attend at least one international or local conference per annum, and is expected to make one research visit (3-6 weeks) to work with international colleagues. The PhD is fully funded for three years (NZ$25,000 stipend per annum + domestic fees).

The ideal start date for the PhD is 1 January 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter. Interested applicants should contact Simon Cox (s.cox at gns.cri.nz<mailto:s.cox at gns.cri.nz?subject=Earthuake%20Hydrology%20PhD%20enquiry>) or John Townend (john.townend at vuw.ac.nz<mailto:john.townend at vuw.ac.nz>) by email for further information. Applications should be made via the Faculty of Graduate Studies of Victoria University of Wellington (http://www.victoria.ac.nz/fgr/prospective-phds/how-to-apply) no later than 1 November 2013.

Further details regarding this PhD project are available in the attached PDF document.

Best wishes,
John Townend.

John Townend
Associate Professor and EQC Fellow in Seismic Studies
School of Geography, Environment, and Earth Sciences
Victoria University of Wellington
P.O. Box 600
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

john.townend at vuw.ac.nz

ph. +64 (4) 463 5411
fax.+64 (4) 463 5186

JT is on leave from Victoria University of Wellington until February 2014 as a Fulbright New Zealand Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Stanford University, and Visting Blaustein Associate Professor at Stanford University.

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