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Scientist/Engineer - Cyber Security

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

The Defence Technology Agency, based in Devonport, Auckland New Zealand, has a position for a Scientist/Engineer with a background in cyber security. We are seeking an individual who can make a strong contribution to ongoing and future projects in:
  • Advising and informing the establishment of the NZDF Cyber Protection & Support Capability.

  • Enhancing the resilience of Defence IT networks, computers and data to cyber security threats.

  • Working collaboratively with partner nations on cyber science and technology research projects.

  • Participating in cyber exercises with partner nations.

  • Engaging with national academic and commercial centres of excellence.
    You will need a strong record of independent research or expertise in a number of the following areas:

  • The application science and technology to cyber security.

  • A good understanding of cyber vulnerabilities and threats.

  • The development of software-based analysis tools (e.g. Python & Java).

  • The presentation of complex results in an appropriate written and verbal manner.

  • The participation in demonstrations and experimentation of cyber security technologies.

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 18-20. Total remuneration 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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