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Job opening at GNS Science, New Zealand

Date: 07/06/2012

Strong Motion Seismologist: Permanent, fulltime position

GNS Science in New Zealand is seeking a strong motion seismologist to fill a vacancy in their Avalon, Lower Hutt office. Activities will include the undertaking of research in engineering seismology and strong-motion evaluation, development of ground-motion prediction equations (GMPEs) for New Zealand conditions, updating of their national and regional seismic hazard models with these GMPEs, and providing seismic hazard consultancy services to GNS Science's clients, particularly for applications in seismic design. There is an opportunity to assist with formulating seismic hazard specifications in engineering design standards.

A relevant Master's degree or Ph.D. is required, preferably with several years' professional experience in one or more of the fields of strong motion evaluation, earthquake hazard and/or risk assessment, and engineering seismology. Good writing and self-management skills are also essential.

An understanding of Maori relationship and development issues would be beneficial.

If you are a team player with relevant experience and a 'can do' attitude, and want to work for a dynamic, progressive, multi-cultural organisation then GNS could be the place for you.

For more information or to apply for this position, please visit their website: www.gns.cri.nz


GNS Science, Te Pū Ao, is a Crown Research Institute. Our core purpose is to understand earth systems and physics-based technologies and to transform this knowledge into economic and social benefits for New Zealand.

GNS Science is New Zealand's primary Institute for research on understanding earthquake hazards and reducing earthquake risks, and is also recognised internationally in these areas. A significant component of the hazard and risk research focuses on the collection, processing and modelling of strong-motion earthquake data (e.g. earthquake source modelling, development of ground-motion prediction equations, and ground-motion simulations). In addition to nationwide and regionally-driven research projects, considerable recent effort has gone into learning lessons from the ongoing Canterbury earthquake sequence, and understanding the processes that led to the devastating M6.2, 22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.