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This page lists scholarships and opportunities for employment, for students and graduates. Also see our general Employment Resources. You can also check the university's Otago Career Hub for their current employment and scholarship listings (student login required).

Web Developer required - Django/PostgreSQL, posted 5.6.18

The Department of Science Communication is looking for a web developer with some urgency to take over on a citizen science project.
"The incumbent will provide specialised skills to develop a web-based application for users to explore the ocean. The website is part of a funded citizen science project that will allow non-experts to experience the ocean as a marine microbe that drifts in ocean currents. The website is due to be launched in August 2018.

Specifically, the incumbent will utilize their expertise in web development to support and deliver the goals of the project that are to:
1. Develop an analysis gateway for citizens to visualise and analyse oceanographic data.
2. Implement the web interface and integrate visualisation tools for ocean data analysis.
3. Access and store data, enabling participants to analyse and make discoveries online through the use of custom-built visualisation tools.

The project has been started, but the current developer is leaving. Development is in Django (python-based web framework) over a PostgreSQL database."

The position is nominally in Sydney, but could easily be remote working from Dunedin given it is short term and an Otago-Sydney collaboration.

Initial enquiries to Professor Nancy Longnecker:
nancy.longnecker@otago.ac.nz

Machine learning job opportunity, posted 10.5.18

From the Centre for Space Science Technology in Alexandra

We need somebody familiar with GIS, photogrammetry, and machine learning. The workflow involves building 3D models from satellite images, aerial photography, drone footage etc and then applying machine learning to detect things like soil moisture, plant health, crop counts etc. We will also be working with LIDAR so experience with point clouds would be awesome.

Most of the work in this field is being done with python and C libraries.

Contact Tim: timuckun@gmail.com

React Developer, posted 2.5.18

(Australian job, but may be possible to work from NZ.)

We are looking for a JavaScript developer who is an expert in React.js. Your primary focus will be on developing user interface components and implementing them following well-known React.js workflows (such as Flux or Redux). You will ensure that these components and the overall application are robust and easy to maintain. You will coordinate with the rest of the team working on different layers of the infrastructure. Therefore, a commitment to collaborative problem solving, sophisticated design, and quality product is important.

Full details here

Animation Research - C# / Unity Programmer, posted 26.3.18 

Experience in the following areas is necessary:
- Unity 3D / C# development
- Shader programming
- Handling of 3D geometry
Limited knowledge of the following software would be useful but not required:
- Max or Maya
- Photoshop
Full details here.

One off programming job - Psychology department, posted 20.3.18

The Psychology Department has a need to modify open source software for their experiments. The software itself is available on GitHub, with the main page at:
http://smpo.github.io/socialmedia/.
Modification will probably require some html, css and javascript programming.
If you are interested, then please contact Prof Ted Ruffman at: tedr@psy.otago.ac.nz.

Graduate Development Engineer - VR/AR - Scott Technology, Dunedin, posted 9.3.18

We are seeking a recent graduate to join our team in Dunedin on a 6 month fixed term contract. This position will be responsible for contributing to the development and testing of automated solutions for industrial applications. This position will have a heavy focus on virtual reality (including augmented and mixed reality) and machine vision projects.
Key tasks will be:
Contributing to the development of novel systems in the areas of Virtual Reality and Analysis and Vision
Design and write software to operate the system, optimise performance, diagnostic testing and data analysis Maintain and extend existing software
Troubleshoot existing hardware and software installations: remote and on site
Conduct on-site system testing and conduct site work to prove new developments and those from other team members
Support the implementation of new mechanical solutions as required
Specify and, when required, purchase materials and components constituting part of the equipment designed, always endeavouring to minimise their cost by every means possible.
You will have:
An IT background/degree
Programming skills (preferably C/C#/C++, Java)
Solid mathematical skills
Computer graphics basics (best in practical combination with OpenGL or DirectX)
Ideally a knowledge of a scenegraph API (like OpenScenegraph, Unity3D, Unreal)
Experience with a modern Integrated Development Environment (e.g. Visual Studio, Eclipse) is preferred Human-Computer

Full details here.

Master's thesis opportunity, posted 18.1.18

Associate Professor Tony Savarimuthu from Information Science and colleagues from GeoNet, Massey and Otago have secured funding for a master's research work which is funded by QuakeCore (domestic fees and stipend paid). The abstract for the project and the expected qualities of a successful candidate are given below. If you are interested please contact Tony (tony.savarimuthu@otago.ac.nz) by 16th February.

Project title: Title: Do open source social media monitoring software meet the needs of various stakeholders during earthquake disaster management? – A capability mapping study.

Abstract: Social media monitoring tools are increasingly used by various disaster response organisations to collect, analyse and make key decisions. One of the challenges faced by various governmental and non-governmental organisations is the acquiring and configuring of the right tools to meet their goals. This work aims to evaluate the functionalities of various open source software that provide low-cost, high-quality solutions as an alternative to proprietary software.

Expected qualities and requirements: The student will have a solid computing background (e.g., an honours degree in a computing discipline - this could be computer science, information science or information systems). A good programming background would be desirable. The student should be a team player and possess excellent oral and written communication skills. 

Programmer - Fusionsport (based in Brisbane), posted 11.12.17

Fusionsport is looking for a new programmer. For details contact Joe Cole. Some holiday work is also available.

App Development - Summer position, posted 22.11.17

Get paid to learn Machine Learning

A small startup has an opportunity for a motivated developer to make their mark. The right candidate will become the main developer of a small app combining cutting-edge machine learning and embedded systems. As this important position includes support and mentoring from the small and highly experienced team, no previous experience in these disciplines is necessary.

They must be self-motivated and a quick learner. The project is based in Xamarin/C# targeting Android/iOS/UWP. However experience in C#/mobile is less important than your ability to learn the overview of the system.The candidate will gain experience in designing, implementing, and testing our public-facing app.
This position is initially for the summer only but the right candidate would be considered for a full-time position in the coming year.
To register your interest, email your resume to stephen@tadevelopment.works

Digital Forensics Tech, posted 15.11.17

A position is available within the Digital Forensics Unit (DFU), based in Dunedin. This position provides the opportunity to get training and experience in the field of Digital Forensics. We are looking for someone who is team orientated, will get involved, and bring fresh and positive energy to the team. Although this role has an information technology aspect, due to the nature of the work and environment, personality is just as important as technical capabilities to be successful in this role.
Full details.

App Developer, posted 12.10.17

Start up company looking for someone savvy in creating Apps.

We are looking for an innovative and bright thinker to join our start up company. We wish to develop an App which focuses on Sports Management in a modern and practical sense.

Working alongside 3 other sport and business minds, you will provide us with the technical support required to develop, implement and maintain the App.
Remuneration and responsibilities will be dependent on the quality of applicant.

Please contact Callum Wardell if you are interested.