PhD Position in Coastal Paleoseismology at University of Southern Mississippi

Here’s an interesting opportunity in coastal paleoseismology:

The Division of Marine Science at the University of Southern Mississippi (NASA Stennis Space Center location) invites applications for a four-year PhD position in coastal paleoseismology starting no later than August 2017.  This is an NSF funded project that aims to recover stratigraphic records of past earthquakes and tsunamis along the Hikurangi subduction margin, New Zealand.  The project is part of a wider study on Hikurangi margin geodynamics, and the student will have the opportunity to attend workshops where we aim to integrate coastal paleoseismology with a wide variety of other geological and geophysical datasets.  The ideal candidate will possess a skillset that includes: quantitative micropaleontology, paleoenvironmental reconstructions, sedimentology of coastal systems, and experience in adventurous fieldwork.  The candidate is required to have an MSc in geology, earth sciences, marine sciences, or a closely related discipline.

The coastal paleoseismology project is led by Jessica Pilarczyk (USM) and will be co-supervised by Kate Clark (GNS Science, New Zealand).  Excellent knowledge of the English language, both in speaking and writing, is a requirement, as is the willingness to travel to international locations several times a year.  There will be an option for the student to spend several months based at GNS Science in Wellington, New Zealand.  International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications should be submitted to Jessica Pilarczyk ( and must include a CV, list of publications, a one-page statement of research interests, and the names and contact information for three referees.  The successful candidate must be able to pass a NASA background investigation to work at Stennis.

Review of applications will begin 1 November 2016.

Thanks Kate for spreading the news!

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Christoph Grützner

Christoph Grützner

works at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Jena University. He likes Central Asia and the Mediterranean and looks for ancient earthquakes.

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