PhD scholarships


As part of Phase 2 of the Resilience Challenge, we have the following PhD scholarships available. Please direct enquiries to the contact person listed in each advertisement. 

We will be adding more positions as they are finalised, so please keep checking back for more opportunities. 



Governing Disaster Response in Aotearoa New Zealand – An Auckland Volcanic Field Case Study. The University of Canterbury.
Application deadline extended to 31st July 2020 due to Covid-19.
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Development of seismology-based volcano monitoring techniques. Victoria University of Wellington.
Application deadline extended to 1 August 2020.

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Impact of human modification of coastlines on flooding hazard & risk
University of Waikato
This project seeks to understand how human modifications of the coastline might change the flooding hazard and risk. The project will involve a detailed study in the Firth of Thames, one of the largest estuaries in New Zealand, which will include calibrating and implementing a numerical model and running a range of scenarios to develop predictors for inundation risk that can be used to forecast changes associate with climate change driven weather patterns.
The project will be supervised by Professor Karin Bryan (UW), Dr Scott Stephens (NIWA), and Dr Shari Gallop (UW). 
Open until filled. Applications will be reviewed from 1 August 2020.

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PhD Degree Positions in Earthquake, Tsunami and Landslide Science

We have openings for motivated students to undertake PhD research that will improve the earthquake and tsunami resilience of New Zealand communities through innovative earthquake science. All PhD projects will utilise synthetic or virtual earthquakes from physics-based computer models, to enable new avenues of research for forecasting a range of hazards including ground rupture and shaking, landslides and tsunami. Four 3-year positions are available.

Applications are due 30 August 2020. 

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