Technician / Senior Technician (Space) (2423) Gracefield, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

  • Do you have a qualification and/or industry experience in applied engineering?
  • Would you thrive working alongside some of the country's top research scientists and engineers?
  • Are you keen to contribute to cutting-edge research projects in the development of materials and manufacturing?

Mō Te Herenga Waka - About Our University

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university.

Our core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy. These core ethical values are demonstrated in our commitment to sustainability, wellbeing, inclusivity, equity, diversity, collegiality, and openness. With, and as, tangata whenua, we value Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whai mātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

The Robinson Research Institute has an international reputation for superconducting engineering, materials physics and manufacturing engineering. We offer a unique opportunity for a high-achieving technician to work alongside some of NZ’s top research scientists and engineers and contribute to a range of cutting-edge research projects that involve the development of new concepts in materials and manufacturing - from discovery science through to commercial implementation.

We are seeking a Senior Technician / Technician (Space) to work on a number of applied engineering programmes across the Institute's research portfolio.

You will:

  • Assist in the integration of electromagnetic, electrical and mechanical components into systems including MR, rotating machines in line with best practice.
  • Provide technical support to facilitate design and manufacture electromagnetic systems.
  • Provide design and manufacture input into cryogenic environments for any of the superconducting devices under development within Robinson Research Institute
  • Provide training and guidance to Robinson Research Institute staff and students in best-practice manufacturing techniques for cryogenic / general engineering environments.
  • Wind coils suitable for integration in both LTS & HTS magnets.
  • Provide general electrical / mechanical / technical support to programmes across the Robinson Institute as required.

Ō pūmanawa - About you

Successful applicants will have a relevant tertiary qualification and/or industry experience relevant to the position.

You will be an energetic person with proven ability to work well within a team of people, and to communicate and interact effectively with a wide variety of people from various backgrounds and ages, whilst also being able to work in a semi-autonomous capacity, providing flexible client focused support services.

Registration with the NZ Electrical Workers Registration Board would be an advantage.

Ētahi kōrero hai āwhina i a koe - Why you should join our team

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is New Zealand’s globally ranked capital city university, focused on engaging with Wellington, New Zealand, and the Asia-Pacific region and connecting with the world. The University values the expertise of its professional staff in supporting and enabling teaching, research and engagement activities. 

Role Description

Close Date for Vacancy: 31 October 2021

Contact Details for Vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Jeannie Redman on 027 8081528 or  But applicants should follow all steps listed below. 

Important - Application Steps and information

For applicants who are not NZ Citizens or Permanent Residents, we recommend you check the NZ Immigration website for updates related to Covid19 restrictions on entry to New Zealand:

Download and complete the University Application Form.  Click Apply Now Button at the base of the advert, follow the process to enter your contact details and add your CV in the online form. 

Please include a cover letter in your application, telling us why you’re a great fit for this position then email the completed application form, cover letter and any other supporting documentation to stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.