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Scientist/Engineer - Information, Intelligence and Surveillance

NZ Defence Force
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Science and Environment
Auckland - Auckland
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Scientist/Engineer – Information, Intelligence and Surveillance

The Defence Technology Agency (DTA), based in Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand, is a multi-disciplinary organisation that provides direct support to the New Zealand Defence Force for acquisition projects, operations, and future force development. We have a position for a Scientist or Engineer within the Information Intelligence & Surveillance Section of the C4ISR Systems Group. We are seeking an individual who can make a strong contribution to ongoing and potential future projects in one or more of the following areas:

  • Automated processing and analyst support systems to monitor and interpret the operational environment;

  • The application of data analytics to contribute to our understanding of the strategic environment;

  • The use of statistical methods and machine learning to enhance maritime domain awareness;

  • Geospatial and imagery management, and data discovery and access services.

You will need expertise in a number of the following areas:

  • Machine learning and/or automated reasoning;

  • Geospatial and imagery processing, analysis and exploitation;

  • All source and big data analytics;

  • Data discovery, access and dissemination;

  • Information management, architectures and interoperability;

  • Modelling and simulation using tools such as MATLAB;

  • The development of prototype software in languages such as Python and Java.

We are seeking applicants with preferably some prior experience in a science position or engineering consultancy role, or with a strong academic background. A postgraduate qualification in a quantitative science or engineering discipline is preferred. Since this position requires liaising with a variety of stakeholders, proven written and verbal communication skills will be highly valued, as will good interpersonal skills.

In return, the Defence Technology Agency can offer work on exciting research projects in collaboration with international partner organisations, local industry and academia.

Our recent staff satisfaction survey highlighted the top five reasons why working for DTA is a great career decision:

  • Flexible working conditions

  • Colleague friendliness & atmosphere

  • Interesting & exciting project work

  • Working environment & facilities

  • Working with NZDF external customers & suppliers

NZDF offers a range of benefits to civilian staff including life and income protection insurance, five weeks annual leave, generous sick leave provisions, opportunities for professional development and much more. The salary banding for this role ranges from grade 16 - 20. Total remuneratoin offered will be commensurate with skills and experience.

For further information, please contact the Defence Technology Agency by email at or telephone +64  (0) 9 445 4902.

To view the Position Description and to Apply Online please use the links on this page.
Applications close at 4:30pm on Sunday 4 February 2018.
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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