Technician / Senior Technician (Materials) (2426) Gracefield, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

  • Do you have a qualification and or industry experience in Applied Engineering?
  • Are you a team builder and a good communicator who can interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds?
  • Will you be able to work in a semi-autonomous capacity, providing flexible client-focused support services?

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

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is currently recruiting for Senior Technician / Technician (Materials) to work on a number of applied engineering programmes across the Institute's research portfolio.

You will:

  • Synthesise and characterise materials, including assessing magnetic, electrical, and thermal properties in temperatures down to cryogenic.
  • Take primary responsibility for the day-to-day maintenance and operation of the PPMS, SQUID, Interferometer & Sputtering machines housed within the Robinson Institute.
  • Mechanically and electrically assemble experiments, under the close supervision of our researchers.
  • Assist in the training of students, staff and external users.
  • Deal with day to day enquiries and bookings.
  • Ensure that the analytical facilities operate at optimum effectiveness.

Ō pūmanawa - About you

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

You will be someone with a 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.

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

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.

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 at 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.