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Technician - Petrology

Technician - Petrology (4428) Kelburn, Wellington Central, New Zealand

  • Are you familiar with Health and Safety compliance and enjoy manufacturing quality products?
  • Do you have strong attention to detail, and self-management skills?
  • Are you competent and comfortable working in a digital/online workspace?

Mō Te Herenga Waka - About Our University

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. 

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Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is currently recruiting a Technician Petrology to join the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences. 

We are seeking an enthusiastic, energetic technician to support a high quality research and teaching programme across our petrology, thin section and rock crushing facilities.  The appointee will undertake the preparation and provision of petrographic thin section services including slide and mount preparations.  Additionally, they will also be responsible for the management of the School’s microscopy assets.

The Technician – Petrology works as part of a support technical team, and is expected to manage his/her own workload independently, whilst supporting each other in daily tasks or specific projects, especially during peak periods or staff absences.

Ō pūmanawa - About you

You will be a motivated, customer-focused individual who can take the initiative, provide excellent output with timely delivery to internal and external customers and students.  You will be familiar with Health and Safety compliance and enjoy manufacturing quality products. 

You would bring your aptitude for all things mechanical and your practical skill set to maintain and improve the current processes utilising your geological knowledge.

You will thrive in this role with an excellent manner with people, strong attention to detail, and self-management skills. This role is busy, challenging, extremely rewarding and interesting for the individual with the right temperament. 

You will be a highly organised self-starter and natural relationship builder, who relishes working autonomously as well as contributing positively to a high performing team. You will need effective time management and forward planning to balance meeting deadlines and maintain a high standard of service to both students and staff. The ability to remain calm under pressure and thrive working with a diverse range of stakeholders. Are competent and comfortable working in a digital/online workspace.    

Key Requirements: 

  • Take responsibility for all processes for the operation of the Thin Section facility.
  • Manage and oversight of the operations of the rock crushing facility.
  • Manage the School’s microscopy assets (teaching and research).
  • Maintain equipment in a good and serviceable condition and ensure that the facility complies with the all legislation in relation to operation of research laboratories and users are instructed appropriately.
  • Ensure that a culture of safe practice is developed and maintained.
  • Research is supported in a timely and appropriate manner.

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

Our team is fast-paced, likes sharing ideas, and working in a collaborative style.  The team contributes to and supports world class research and teaching in Earth, Geology and Environmental Sciences.

Role Description

Close Date for Vacancy: 07 August 2022

Contact Details for Vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Kosta Tashkoff ( 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.