Postdoctoral Fellow in Mathematics & Statistics

Updated: 18 days ago
Job Type: Permanent

Postdoctoral Fellow in Mathematics & Statistics-2202157



About our team/Mō te tīma

The University of Otago is one of New Zealand’s largest and most research-intensive universities, currently in the top 1% in the QS World University ranking. It is a leader across all fields of academic endeavour regularly topping the New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission’s performance indicators. The University is located in the vibrant southern city of Dunedin, which is a gateway to the beautiful Otago region of New Zealand .

The role/Te mahi

The successful applicant will be working with Associate Professor Ting Wang (University of Otago), Professor Mark Stirling (University of Otago), Dr Laura Wallace (GNS Science), Dr Calum Chamberlain (Victoria University of Wellington), Professor Mark Bebbington (Massey University), and Dr Matt Gerstenberger (GNS Science).

We seek a motivated researcher with a background in statistical or computational modelling of earthquake or slow slip events and a strong academic record to participate in a collaborative and international research programme. Research projects will utilize computational or statistical techniques to acquire a complete catalogue of slow slip events (SSEs) and seismic swarms on and around New Zealand’s Hikurangi subduction margin and investigate the occurrence patterns of these events.

This research programme aims to use statistical modelling techniques and machine learning methods to catalogue SSEs and seismic swarms from geodetic and seismic data in the Hikurangi Subduction Zone, and model the relationships between seismic swarms and SSEs, with the aim to find out relationships between SSEs and great earthquakes, and thus develop tools to forecast SSEs and great earthquakes.

Research topics will include:
•    Detection of slow slip events and their occurrence patterns.
•    Earthquake detection and identification of seismic swarms.
•    Stochastic modelling of seismic swarms.

This position will be based at the University of Otago, with collaborative visits to Victoria University of Wellington, University of Tokyo and the Institute of Statistical Mathematics in Japan.

Your skills and experience/Kā pūkeka me kā wheako

Candidates for this position should hold a PhD. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in these areas: Statistics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Seismology, and Geodesy.

Further details/Pūroko

This is a full-time, fixed term (two years) position, primarily located in Dunedin.

We welcome international candidates and provide financial assistance for relocation and visa applications . There is a wealth of practical information available for migrants considering a move to New Zealand and Dunedin.

Specific enquiries about this position may be directed to Associate Professor Ting Wang, via the contact details below.


Candidates are requested to submit the following:
•    Cover letter.
•    CV.
•    Names and addresses of at least two referees.

To submit your application please click the apply button below. Applications quoting reference number 2202157 will close on Sunday 15 January 2023.

Applications will be considered as they are received. The University reserves the right to close this vacancy at any time.

Additional Information

Contact: Associate Professor Ting Wang     Tel: +64 3 479 7773

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Employment Status
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Salary Level and Range
 Postdoctoral Fellow ($82,460)
 Mathematics and Statistics
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