Two fully funded PhD opportunities in Arctic Canada coastal and seismic geohazards

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada or Maritime Canada
Oct 25, 2018
Nov 24, 2018
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We seek two PhD students to participate in international collaborative research involving seismology of northwestern Baffin Bay, post-glacial marine stratigraphy, and landslide and tsunami hazard research in the vicinity of Pond Inlet and Clyde River, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada. The research has been funded by the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction, and Response Network (MEOPAR), which is a federal Network of Centres of Excellence, with in-kind support from the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) and Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office (C-NGO). This international project involves researchers from Dalhousie, McGill and Uppsala Universities, as well as the Norwegian Geological Survey, GSC and C-NGO. Both students will contribute to a multi-disciplinary, multi-year research program which includes archeology, social-anthropology, glacio-isostatic modelling, and geohazard risk assessment. We seek outstanding students who have Honours, MSc, or industry experience in passive source seismology, interpretation of seismic stratigraphy, or the analysis and interpretation of marine sediments in glaciated terrain. Tuition, generous stipend, and other fees are funded for both graduate research positions.

One PhD student will devise a deployment strategy and utilize our new broadband ocean bottom seismometers from the National Facility for Seismic Imaging housed at Dalhousie University to collect earthquake data in an area of high seismic risk owing to active tectonics in Baffin Bay. The student will use these data to determine locations, magnitudes, and focal mechanisms of the recorded seismicity. This will be followed by analysis of the extracted information with the goal of discriminating between tectonogenic and non-tectonogenic seismicity related to post-glacial rebound, ice-sheet ruptures, and land/submarine slides. Principal supervisor will be Dr. Mladen Nedimovic. Start date is September 2019.

One PhD student will interpret the marine stratigraphic record in fiords and the nearshore of northern Baffin Island, using existing and new geophysical data (e.g. multibeam and sidescan sonars, sub-bottom profiles, repeat bathymetry), and conduct a wide range of marine sediment core analyses, to evaluate the mass transport and turbidite record in the region and factors that control them. Familiarity with geophysical or core analysis of marine sediments is considered a strong asset. This student will also participate in exposure dating of relevant landslides and slide planes where warranted, with training at Dalhousie University Cosmic ray isotope science at Dalhousie (CRISDal) Laboratory. The student will work closely with members of the GSC-Atlantic and C-NGO. Principal supervisor will be Dr. John Gosse. Start date May or September 2019.

International or Canadian students should submit by email to or the following PDF documents: a cover letter expressing interest and qualifications relevant to the position, a CV with contact information for 3 referees with graduate research experience, and unofficial records of undergraduate and graduate transcripts. While the application deadline is January 10, 2019, students with GPA > 3.5/4 who apply for the two PhD position before December 15, 2018, are eligible for prestigious graduate scholarships.

The Department of Earth Sciences was recently ranked 4th in Canada and has strengths in geophysics, geochemistry, and geohazards. Founded in 1818, Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s largest with 19,000 students and a top 10 ranked Canadian research university.

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