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Researcher, Data Protection and Privacy, posted 3.3.20

Seeking 3 researchers on privacy in ICT development mainly in healthcare.

Our past work includes contributions to projects like this and this.
Mandatory qualification: Master degree (LL.M., M.B.A., M.Sc., etc.) with a focus on data protection and privacy or equivalent five-year degree and three years of relevant work experience in ICT (e.g. AI) research and technical development or digital transformation projects.

Optional expertise (ordered by relevance): standardisation on privacy, health informatics and medical software development, EU policies and regulation on data protection, eHealth and consumer protection, ICT law, cyber-/information security, data/AI ethics, corporate responsibility.

Optional experience (ordered by relevance): work experience in Europe-wide,healthcare and health ICT organisation or project as a legal/technical privacy researcher; leadership in international R&D projects; chairing/leading roles in technical bodies or policy groups; work experience as a DPO, ethics committee member, privacy specialist/engineer, CISO, software architect, CIO, or product manager.

Role: research in and management of EU-funded research and innovation projects related to data protection and privacy, autonomous collaboration within the projects, contribution to work packages, draft privacy specifications for ICT processes and manage and analyse implementation by project partners, literature review, drafting of reports, organisation of/participation in (virtual and physical) meetings, contributions to technical standardisation, work on privacy-related topics (e.g. data and IPR management), review of team members' work; no teaching requirements; administering own travel and other tasks arising from the projects

Motivation and achievements in the support of the principle of data protection by design and by default such as effective pseudonymisation (e.g. by contribution to international standardisation) is expected

Required skills: management of collaborative ICT research or development projects and trans-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder teams; timely and satisfactory reponse to emails, proactive raising of issues, alignment with the project's key people, encouraging constructive partner contributions, organisation of virtual meetings); proficiency in MS Office suite, mastering collaboration tools (online repositories like SharePoint, online document editing, teleconference systems e.g. GTM and webex, scheduling tools e.g. Doodle, etc.); English during studies and work (3 years)

Salary for FTE (gross) approx. in euro per month (in brackets: additional years of relevant work experience): 4.0k (0), 4.8k (3), 4.9k (4), 5.6k (4+2/3); first contract limited to two years, six months trial period; work linked to the projects; travel in Europe required; respectful atmosphere in a micro team, mid- to long-term leadership position within the organisation possible; all nationalities and genders welcome.

Procedure: apply by email to mp [at] stelar [dot] de; up-to-date CV (max. 2 pages), motivation letter (max. 1 page), contact details of at least 2 referees, recommendation letters possible, all documents as a single pdf of less than 2MB; remote interviews (e.g. Skype; physical meeting possible but no funds available) with our main researcher Matthias.

Start date: 1 March 2020 or as soon as possible.

Place of work: Hamburg city centre, office 1-minute walk from "HafenCity Universität" metro station.

Job Opportunities at KPMG, posted 14.2.20

Positions are available in the following team:


Lighthouse is a new and fast-growing team in KPMG and is widely respected for our range of management and risk consulting solutions and our depth of capability.

Lighthouse are a Data & Analytics team that balances technological know-how with business knowledge. We leverage a significant toolkit of global KPMG methodologies, platforms and solutions alongside relationships with technological leaders like Google, Amazon and Microsoft to turn business data into tangible value.

The team leverages data, analytics and artificial intelligence technologies to build and deliver solutions that transform the business of our clients – and in so doing improve their customer journeys and experiences, identify and achieve greater cost efficiencies, identify revenue and profitability growth opportunities, and improve early detection of fraud, customer churn and regulatory non-compliance.

Lighthouse could be for you if you:

  • Want to tackle complex client problems across a range of public or private organisations using novel data-driven approaches
  • Want to build enterprise data solutions and pipelines using best of breed technologies
  • Enjoy working as part of a team to develop innovative digital solutions
  • Enjoy communicating insights and telling stories with data, enabled by visualisation and analytics tools
  • Want to work on a range of subject areas, including customer experience, supply chain, data management, risk management, fraud detection and forensics
  • Want to learn continuously and keep up-to-date with the latest developments in data science methods and tools
  • Gain business experience and domain knowledge, working with subject matter experts across different industries and business functions
  • Want to be part of a fast-growing practice with a strong global network
  • Want to work on projects that make a real difference to New Zealand using state of the art methodology and technology
  • Have fun and work as part of an energetic team! - We are a team that is passionate about technology and data and we need more like-minded individuals to join us as we grow and expand


R&D Experience Grants, posted 21.10.19

From Mahdi Amiri Kordestany

The company I work for has received three grants for three students or graduates for a summer R&D job.

The company is Blackhawk Tracking Systems.

Two of the grants are about multi-language web developments and the third is about Bluetooth localization. For the web development project, we are looking for students with C# and dot net background. For Bluetooth research, we are looking for a student with a background in C or C++ and firmware development.

More information on the program can be found here.

Graduate Consultant Tester, posted 17.10.19

Assurity is looking for grads who have:

  • a degree in Computer Science and are proficient in writing code. You might have studied to be a Developer but did you know you can be a "Developer in Test"? It's a crucial role in software quality assurance.
  • The ability to work in a team-driven collaborative environment
  • Enthusiasm to be part of our company culture
  • A strong passion for ICT and quality and software testing
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to solve complex problems and an analytical mind
  • A growth mindset, always learning and sharing new ideas
  • The ability to quickly come up to speed when learning new things
  • Resilience and adaptability to be able to work with different clients
  • Attention to detail - it's an essential skill for a tester.
  • As a consultant you'll need to build trust and respect with our clients quickly, this is about personality as much as intellect.

Closing date is 10th November.

Full details and how to apply.

Research Assistant, posted 28.8.19

I am now recruiting a one-year .5 FTE research assistant at the RAN03 level The position will be funded by Otago Medical Research Foundation grant and will start in October 2019 (negotiable).

I am specifically looking for a person with strong stats/data science background. We are working on projects involving big data in neuroimaging and genomics for individual differences related to mood disorders.

Narun Pat (Pornpattananangkul) PhD,
Department of Psychology,
University of Otago

Full details here.

Summer Internship - The Tarn Group, posted 13.8.19

"Student has to be under/post graduate level and studying computer related science. We have a couple of projects that we feel would benefit a student, depending on their interests.

We are involved in online learning (Bracken Learning) with our own full stack technology that we develop and support. We have native apps that we build and are completing a server migration to Azure over the summer holidays, so plenty of options available for possible projects.

Our technology is:
SQL database / Dotnet / HTML, Javascript, Node and some other technologies client side.

If interested students should send a CV via email by close of business Wednesday 21 August, then we can interview following that. "


Computer Vision Engineer required - Animation Research Ltd, Dunedin, posted 29.7.19

"A great opportunity to be part of a world leading team. Animation Research seeks an experienced computer vision engineer to join our team of experienced professionals.

For this position you will have at least 3 years experience, a solid grasp of C++ programming, be strong in mathematics, have an interest in augmented reality and most importantly, have an extensive knowledge of computer vision techniques."

Full details here.

Programmer reqired, posted 24.7.19

Glazing Films Ltd would like to hire a programmer to help develop a software application combining challenging algorithmic aspects with business logic. Ideally, the candidate would be based in Dunedin. This role would suit a senior or postgraduate student or recent graduate. To express interest, or for further details, please send a CV to

PMSA-Funded Programme, posted 11.7.19

"If you’re a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident studying at The University of Auckland, University of Otago or The University of Waikato, you have the opportunity to be selected for a 9 week Chinese language and internship experience in either Zhuhai, Chengdu or Taipei. Students selected by their university will receive an Education New Zealand’s Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA)."

Deadline for applications is 25.7.19.

Full details and how to apply:

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Computer Science, posted 23.5.19

We are currently seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to carry out research in 3D model acquisition and representation and reinforcement learning as part of a SfTI funded spearhead project titled: Adaptive learning robots to complement the human workforce.

This role will involve researching, developing and implementing algorithms, and co-writing papers in the general area of 3D scene understanding and reinforcement learning for robots.

Full details here.

Scientific Programmer required - Dunedin School of Medicine - fixed term, part-time.  Posted 13.5.19

"We require an Assistant Research Fellow to work as a scientific programmer in the Cardiology Research Unit. This role is primarily to provide a structure to the imaging research currently underway, and to allow scaling up of these efforts in the future."

We are looking for:

  • A tertiary qualification in the area of computer science, physics, engineering, mathematics, statistics, or a closely related field (preferably Honours degree or higher).
  • Excellent programming skills in both scripting and high-level programming languages (requiring Python, and preferably including Java and R), with a portfolio of previous work.
  • Experience in software engineering including version control and testing.
  • Experience in database management.
  • Experience in simple web and mobile app development.
  • The ability to work harmoniously in a research team and contribute to the research environment.

Full details here.

IT Systems Administrator, Otago Community Hospice, posted 26.3.19

We are looking for a highly motivated person to coordinate the maintenance and development of our Internal Information Systems.

You will have:

  • 2-3+ years experience in Information Systems, IT support or IT administration
  • Knowledge and/or experience of the Health sector
  • Experience with MS Report Builder and Microsoft Office

Full details here.

Workday - Associate Environments Engineer- New University Graduate, posted 17.1.19

"We are looking for students to work as engineers in our operations center in support of our automation tools and deployment of Workday Business Services. We are looking for motivated students who are interested in learning to maintain networks, write scripts and the responsibility of deploying patches in an ideal zero down time environment. "

Full details here. 

Beijing Institute of Technology (China) - Scholarships, posted 6.12.18

Possible scholarships are available for study at the Masters or PhD level at Beijing Institute of Technology.

The following linked documents give you the information you need to make an application.

Attachment 1 - CSC Scholarship proposal for the Univerity of Otago
This document includes an overview, the language requirements and the application deadlines, and the registration form.

Attachment 2 - Admission book for the Beijing Institute of Technology (6MB)

The closing date for applications is 31/12/2018.
There are also short term programmes/exchanges for undergraduates to study at BIT.
Here are the details of these exchange programmes.

Intern required, Tracmap, Dunedin, posted 5.11.2018

We're after an intern to help with pulling info out of log files, writing a script or small program to process the logs and summarise information into a report that can be run periodically.

There's also opportunity to create a small web app to allow reports to be generated on demand.

The log files represent settings and other information from guidance and tracking devices across NZ, Australia and the US. Having this information will help us diagnose issues and understand how our customers are using our hardware.

Accuracy of the information we gather is critical here, so we're after someone with good attention to detail and the ability to produce high quality work without a lot of assistance.

Please contact Charlie directly with a CV and a cover letter, or if you want to know more about the position.

Iris Data Science Summer Internship, posted 30.10.2018

Iris Data Science is looking for a student for a summer internship supported by Callaghan Innovation.

The project is an agricultural application of deep learning from images. The internship is for 10 weeks, 40 hours per week, over the summer. Interested students should contact Greg Peyroux ( for more information.

Igtimi positions, posted 1.10.2018

We have a job vacancy or maybe two that have become available within Igtimi.

We are looking for a developer who loves web and app development and sailing! This position will involve using JavaScript and web front end tools to maintain and further develop our suit of tools.


A server-side developer who is excited by working on the tools that makes the rest of our business tick. These are server side tools that access our database using Ruby.

We have some exciting big projects that we are about to start working on and want to add to our team.

Kylie Robinson
Managing Director
Igtimi Ltd the makers of

To follow up, please email Kylie Robinson -

KPMG positions, posted 31.7.2018

Consulting Graduate

During this recruitment period we are placing a particular focus on Technology Consulting and Technology Risk skill sets, ideally those who have studied Computer Science, Information Systems, Software Development or other related field.

Our Technology Risk practice provides independent, jargon-free advice and advanced technology capabilities to help clients proactively and reactively manage their technology risks in the areas of cyber security, IT risk management, IT internal auditand IT general controls assessments.

The Technology Consulting practice is an exciting and challenging environment, which enables our specialist technology consultants to offer services in IT Effectiveness, Technology Business Management, Project and Programme services, System and Technology Sourcing and Selection and IT Process Improvement.

Be interested:

· if you want to be part of a fast-growing practice with a strong global network

· if you love to delve into the details to make robust client recommendations

· if you like to utilise your attention-to-detail and problem-solving skills

Be exceptional:

· by honing in on your process improvement skills

· by discovering opportunities to continually reduce risk

· by starting your Advisory career with an international firm

As a Consulting Graduate, you will often work in multidisciplinary teams. During your first two years you will experience at least three separate areas of our Consulting practice The scope of work includes anything from internal audit and regulatory compliance to corporate governance, and risk management!


KPMG Lighthouse provides specialised data and analytics talent and data-driven solutions that help our clients achieve rapid results. KPMG Lighthouse works with large data sets and leverages deep domain expertise in data engineering, data science, advanced visualisation, artificial intelligence and robotics to help us better serve our clients.

We are now looking for Graduates to join our growing Data and Analytics practice in February 2019.

Be interested:

· if you want to use your skills to manipulate data and draw insights from large data sets

· if you want to utilise your Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science or other quantitative field of study skills

· if you want to gain experience with statistical computer languages, Cloud Platforms, Big Data and visualization tools

· if you have any knowledge or experience with R or Python (not essential, but would be beneficial)

Be exceptional:

· by working with key stakeholders to identify opportunities to drive business solutions using data

· by learning analytical and statistical techniques to serve our clients

· by starting your Advisory career with an international firm

As a Lighthouse Advisory Graduate, you will often work in multidisciplinary teams. We're looking for creative, enthusiastic and strong communicators who are passionate about big data and who aim to draw meaningful insights for clients.


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:

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:

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:
Modification will probably require some html, css and javascript programming.
If you are interested, then please contact Prof Ted Ruffman at:

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 ( 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

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.