PhD Study Opportunities in Geophysics at the Auckland University, New Zealand (Deadline 1 August)

PhD study opportunities in geophysics at the Auckland University, New Zealand (deadline 1 August)

We present the following PhD projects in geophysics at the University of Auckland.

Deciphering volcano seismic signatures from scaled laboratory models (EQC PhD scholarship)

Here, we aim to perform unique laboratory experiments on fluid-induced acoustic emissions in a range of volcanic rocks to understand seismic observations at White Island Volcano (Whakaari), New Zealand. This project has also a special outreach component to support the Seismometers in New Zealand Schools initiative. For more information on this project, contact Ludmila Adam or Kasper van Wijk, or visit:

Imaging the subsurface of the Auckland Volcanic Field

The city of Auckland sits atop an active volcanic field. The details of the subsurface structure, however, are unknown. In this project, we aim to image the subsurface from ambient noise recorded on the permanent GEONET network of 3-component seismometers around the city. For more information on this project, contact Kasper van Wijk or visit

Getting inside the earthquake machine: fine-scale imaging of the Alpine Fault zone (partially funded throught the Royal Society of New Zealand)

The Alpine Fault produces large earthquakes on average every 330 years, with its last rupture in 1717 AD. This project will provide insight into fault zone architecture and examine how processes occurring within the fault zone control Alpine Fault earthquakes, by performing systematic measurements of the microstructure and geophysical rock properties with novel laboratory techniques. For more information on this project, contact Ludmila Adam or visit:

The University of Auckland provides PhD scholarships that cover tuition costs and provide a stipend of NZ$ 25,000 (tax free).

These scholarships are competitive, where successful applicants have normally had a high GPA and have completed an undergraduate in geophysics, geology, physics or mathematics. Research experience (such as an MSc or Honours degree) is required to be accepted in the PhD program. The next application deadline for the scholarships is: August 1st, 2015. Interested applicants should contact Kasper van Wijk or Ludmila Adam to discuss the projects/application.


Dispatches from the Field

Curious about what it is geologists do when out in the field? Our very own Alison Duvall and her research group will be blogging their experience this summer and hopefully through the future. Please go check them out at Dispatches from the Field.