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Research Engineer

NZ Defence Force
Job Category:
Defence, corrections & security
Auckland - Auckland
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Research Engineer – Devonport Naval Base
  • Deliver technical solutions to support military aircraft
  • Join a dynamic and innovative organisation


This is a great opportunity to join a strong team focused on supporting the delivery of capability from the New Zealand Defence Force's air, land and sea vehicles.


This civilian position is at the Defence Technology Agency (DTA) within the Platform Engineering section. The primary focus of the position is to work within the team conducting specialist technical work to support current and future RNZAF aircraft. The work is aerospace and mechanical engineering centric and includes activities such as data acquisition and analysis, aircraft performance, structural analysis, aerodynamics and thermodynamics. There will also be the opportunity to apply your technical skills to other platforms including naval vessels and land vehicles.
Typically you will be undertaking technical analysis, liaising with stakeholders, and applying engineering methods and tools to solve real issues that affect our current and future fleets. You will also need to be willing and able to get out into the field to support vehicle trials and other physical testing as the need arises. We want someone who is highly motivated with strong initiative to develop intelligent and innovative solutions to complex problems. 
This technical role would ideally suit a Masters or PhD graduate or an engineer early on in their career. Whilst the role is primarily aircraft focussed you don't need to have specific experience with aircraft. Data acquisition and analysis, complex engineering analysis, advanced computational methods and engineering field work are all relevant areas of experience.
You will be joining a team who are passionate about the work they do and the role they play within the New Zealand Defence Force. DTA also has a friendly, collaborative workplace and values professional development for its staff.
Applicants must hold a tertiary level qualification in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering (minimum of honours) and preferably a Masters or PhD.
A full driver's licence is essential as is the ability to travel domestically and internationally when needed.   Please quote NZDF-1709046 in all correspondence.
To view the Position Description and to Apply Online please use the links on this page. For further information, contact Clint Barnes on 09 445 5831, quoting NZDF-1709046.
Applications close at 5:00pm on Friday 20 October 2017.
Please note: Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand (NZ) and be able to obtain and maintain the required level of NZ Government security clearance for the position applied for. The minimum citizenship and residency criteria for security clearances to be granted by the NZ Defence Force are as follows:
Higher level Security Clearance
  • most preferably a NZ citizen who has resided continuously in this country for the last 10 years, OR
  • is a citizen of, and/or has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last 10 years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, UK or the USA; and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZSIS towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at a higher level.
If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application

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