Research Associate / Post-Doctoral Fellow in Earthquake Simulations

Updated: about 4 hours ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Jul 2024

Te Kura Aronukurangi | School of Earth and Environment
Located in Ōtautahi | Christchurch, Aotearoa | New Zealand

  • Full-time 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Three-year fixed-term role from February 2025.

Āu Mahi | What You Will Do
Te Kura Aronukurangi | School of Earth and Environment has an opportunity for a Postdoctoral Fellow to participate in a research project, Building Resilience to future Earthquake Sequences.

The position is externally funded through an MBIE Endeavour Programme: "Ngā Ngāru Wakapuke: Building resilience to future earthquake sequences. We are seeking a dynamic researcher to contribute to the modelling of earthquakes and earthquake sequences using quasi-static and dynamic simulators (e.g., RSQSim, MCQsim and SeisSol). The researcher will utilise earthquake simulators to study active faulting and risk assessment for central New Zealand in the transition zone from Pacific plate subduction to Alpine fault continental collision.

Mōu | Who You Are

The successful candidate should have: demonstrable research experience in modelling earthquake sequences and seismic hazard analysis, programming expertise(e.g., Python, high-performance computing), and a publication record based on innovative research achievements. Experience with SeisSol, RSQSim or another earthquake simulator would be beneficial. We are considering candidates with a PhD in seismology, geophysics, geology or engineering.

Candidates should have been awarded their PhD by early 2025.

Mahi Ngātahi | Who You Will Work With
UC's Earthquake, tectonics and seismic hazard groups are at the forefront of natural hazards and risk research in Aotearoa | New Zealand and internationally. Our researchers represent an array of disciplines and are united by their passion for innovative research. This project will be conducted in collaboration with Dr Camilla Penney, Dr Andy Howell and Professor Andy Nicol at UC. There will also be opportunities for close collaboration with earthquake researchers at GNS Science (Dr Matt Gerstenberger, Dr Duo Li) and internationally.

Ngā Painga o UC | Why UC
Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora - Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

The University of Canterbury is committed to accessible higher education, service to community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

UC is located on the active New Zealand plate boundary and the successful candidate will have opportunities to contribute to earthquake geology fieldwork in the South Island.

What we offer

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Supportive working environment
  • Generous annual leave provisions and competitive salary
  • Professional development opportunities
  • A unique working environment in a beautiful campus with access to UC facilities such as the recreation centre and Staff club at discounted rates plus onsite café's and eateries, and more

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The closing date for this position is: July 15th (midnight, NZ time)
Please note, applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Pēhea te tono mai | How You Apply
Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers website  and should include a CV, cover letter and a list of two referees.  Cover letter should describe: (i) graduate training relevant to the position; (ii) experience with statistical and/or physics-based models of Earth processes; (iii) programming and GIS skills; (iii) career aspirations and interests in working in the hazard & risk space. Please note, we do not accept applications by email and are happy to answer your queries related to the project ([email protected] ) or the application process ([email protected] ). 

Please Note: Applications for Postdoctoral Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant Doctoral qualification. The title of Postdoctoral Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the Doctoral degree.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the, title of Research Associate will be given, and salary will reflect the Research Associate scale.

Appointable salary for a Post Doctoral Fellow will be $80,000-$86,000 NZD (pa)

Appointable salary for a Research Associate will be $70,000 - $71,174.93 NZD (pa)

For overseas applicants, please visit Immigration New Zealand  website or the New Zealand Government's official Covid-19 website , to review the latest health and visa requirements for visiting and working in New Zealand. 

Job Details
Reference # 20468
Posted on 15 May 2024
Closes on 15 Jul 2024 23:55
Location(s) Christchurch
Expertise Research & Development
Job level(s) Academic
Work type(s) Fixed term full-time
More details (document) Post Doctoral Fellow+Research Associate PD 2024.pdf
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