Geophysical Statistician

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NZ’s leading provider of Earth, geoscience and isotope services

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 recognised internationally in these areas.

We are seeking a talented, motivated and experienced applied statistician for a permanent, fulltime position in our Avalon, Lower Hutt office, to promote the appropriate use of statistical methods in geophysical studies.  Activities will include, but are not limited to, research into both time-dependent and stationary seismicity models across all time-scales, development and application of model testing methods, and assisting with the operations of the New Zealand Earthquake Forecast Testing Centre.  Further, there will be opportunities to develop links between earthquake forecasting and the National Seismic Hazard model.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A PhD in statistical methods or in applying statistical methods to geophysics
  • Experience in advising researchers on the appropriate use of statistical methods
  • Experience in working with earthquake data
  • Excellent computing and programming skills
  • Ability to contribute on multiple topics
  • Experience working in a research environment, as part of a team.
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Ability to develop and strengthen our international collaboration

This is an opportunity to be part of a great team at GNS Science.

New Zealand’s borders are currently closed to all but New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.  International candidates will still be considered however, they might be required to work remotely as a contractor from overseas until New Zealand’s borders reopen.

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Applications close:  21 November 2021

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