Principal Scientist/Engineer

Wellington, New Zealand
Wednesday, 24 February 2021
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 23 March 2021
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Principal Scientist/Engineer, Permanent, Full-Time
  • Do you have a strong background in Applied physics, HTS Engineering, Cryogenic Engineering, Mechatronics or a similar field?
  • Can you effectively communicate and engage with a diverse range of stakeholders?

Kōreromōtetūranga- About the role

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is currently recruiting a Senior Principal Engineer/Principal Engineer to take a leading role within the machines and devices team within the Robinson Research Institute.

We are now seeking to make a senior appointment to drive forward and grow the Institute's Engineering programmes in a light weight, high-power, fully super conducting motors, rotating machines, magnetic levitation, magnet systems and brushless exciters.

This role combines the academic duties and responsibilities of a senior academic 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.

About the 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

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 from our careers page.

Click the 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.

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. 

Victoria University of Wellington is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi. We care about your privacy and personal information. You can review the University's privacy notice or alternatively find out more about working at the University by viewing the website.

Close date for vacancy Tuesday, 23 March 2021.

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