Principal Scientist Engineer Professor, Space Technologies

Wellington, New Zealand
Wednesday, 24 February 2021
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 23 March 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Robinson Research Institute
Kelburn Campus, Wellington

  • Do you hold a PhD and would classify yourself as a highly-skilled, experienced, and productive researcher?
  • Are you a strong communicator and team player?
  • Do you have the demonstrable experience and ability to perform at a level that requires significant strategic thinking?

Kōreromōtetūranga - About the role

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is currently recruiting a Principal Engineer/Professor to lead the Space Technologies team within the Robinson Research Institute of Victoria University, Wellington.

We are now seeking to make a senior appointment to drive forward and grow the Institute's space technologies programmes. This role will combine the academic duties and responsibilities of a Professorship with the leadership and entrepreneurship required to develop new research areas building on our current strengths.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with an international reputation in research and professional activities to contribute to the success of the Robinson Research Institute.

Mōu - About you

As well as a PhD and extensive experience in a relevant field, you will have a substantial track record in successful research leadership and a demonstrated ability and evidence of performing at a level that requires significant strategic thinking. Proven experience with making a significant contribution to strategic plans is required.

You will have a proven record as a highly-skilled, experienced, and productive researcher over a significant period of time as well as a demonstrated track record of success. You will have an international reputation for leading large and complex research programmes.

You will be a collegial academic contributing to the collaborative environment at Robinson. You will have the ability to supervise and mentor junior researchers and engineers and to supervise post-graduate students. You will be a strong team player, and able to work closely with collaborators from multiple partner organisations.

You will have strong written communication skills, and an extensive academic publication record.

Why you should join our team

The Robinson Research Institute (RRI) has an international reputation in high-temperature superconductivity research. Our collaborative research programmes encompass a wider range of projects in electromagnetic technologies and materials science/engineering.

Robinson is a diverse, multidisciplinary team that melds innovative engineering and applied physics to build advanced technologies for the industry worldwide.

Download the role description from our careers page.

Contact Details for Vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Jeannie Redman on +64 4 463 0082 or  but applicants should follow all steps listed below.

Important - application steps and information

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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 along with any further supporting documents stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line. 

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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Applications close Tuesday, 23 March 2021.

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