Department of Computer Science

Careers and opportunities for students

Employers often approach the Department of Computer Science directly to find suitable staff. If you're graduating soon and you're looking for your next move, check out these job opportunities.

Technology Graduate Role

07 May 2018

Affinity ID is the leading digital engagement specialist serving some of New Zealand’s largest organisations. Our track record in delivering business growth for clients is enabled through our fusion of smart thinking, intuition and technology.  With a staff of over 50 technically savvy people and data at the heart of everything we do - we stand well apart from the traditional agency model. We’re looking for a graduate to join our technical team.

You will need great attention to detail, great time management skills and the ability to multi-task. You will have the ability to follow process accurately and in detail, the foresight to understand when process might fail, the ability to work under pressure and an enthusiastic personality to work in a supportive team environment. You will also need the ability to learn new skills and processes quickly.

This role is primarily within our campaign deployment team, which provides great exposure to our business and the technology and thinking we use every day. You will have the opportunity to work across data science, business intelligence, and the opportunity to remain a generalist or specialise in data science, software development, or information systems in the future.

The campaign deployment team is a vital team within our business as the team responsible for creating data sets for targeting of communications to our clients’ customers and creating reports on the effectiveness of the communications for future refinement. You will extract and process data for targeting and reporting, handle ad hoc queries from client service, and work collaboratively across the business.

We offer a relaxed but committed and professional working environment.

Please send a CV with cover note to

SciSA Academic Symposium

27 March 2018

The Science Students’ Association invites undergraduate students in Science to showcase their research for the inaugural Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) on Saturday 21st April 2018. If you have done a Summer Research Scholarship and/or are doing research currently with a staff member as an undergraduate, this is the platform to show students and staff what you have done.

They are looking for students to give a presentation on the work that these students have done/are currently doing. Presentations should be around 12 minutes long, and may contain whatever is relevant to their research.

They are also looking for 2-3 postgraduate students to present as keynote speakers, with a 20 minute presentation about the research that these students are currently undertaking. It will be beneficial to the audience of undergraduate students, to see what possibilities lie in the future for them in the world of research.

Please submit your abstracts to The submission deadline is Wednesday 13th April 2018. 

US Embassy 2018 Youth Council - Applications Open

23 March 2018

Applications for the U.S. Embassy’s 2018 Youth Council is now open!

The U.S. Embassy in New Zealand Youth Council was created in 2010 to engage emerging leaders throughout New Zealand, and create opportunities to forge strong ties between our countries. 

Since its inception, the Youth Council has provided valuable knowledge, insights and energy to the work of the U.S. Embassy, and created an opportunity for us to hear the next generation’s views on issues affecting our countries and the world. In turn, our Youth Council members have the opportunity to participate in U.S. Embassy events, talks, seminars, workshops and interaction with senior officials that deepen their understanding of current policy matters and enhance their professional skills and networks. 

Our Youth Councils operate in Auckland and Wellington and we are seeking applications from youth ages 18-25 who are citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand living in these areas. 

Applicants will be selected based on their leadership skills and potential, and their interest in promoting positive relations between the United States and New Zealand. Members selected via a competitive application process will be eligible to serve on the Youth Council for two years and are expected to participate in four events per year. Applications are due by 8.00 a.m. (NZT) on Tuesday, 3 April 2018.

To apply and find more information about the application process, please visit: 

If you have any questions, please contact Eddie Tuiavii at 

Potentia Undergraduate Scholarship in Computer Science

08 March 2018

We welcome applications for the Potentia Undergraduate Scholarship in Computer Science (due by closing date 15 March).

The scholarship is funded by Potentia Ltd, an IT recruitment specialist company. The main purpose of the scholarship is to provide assistance to a BSc student with a demonstrated interest in software development who is studying Stage III courses in Computer Science at the University of Auckland. The scholarship will be awarded based on both academic merit and potential to contribute to software development in New Zealand. The scholarship has a value of up to $5,000.

Students eligible for this scholarship must have previously taken CS 230 and must currently be enrolled in a 300 level course. Applicants must also be citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand.

Please visit the scholarship webpage to apply, and for more information and a complete list of regulations.

Senior Back End Developer

06 March 2018

Part of the product development team building a web-based photo-realistic rendering platform, backed by a private rendering cloud. Using Rails skills to work on the backend for the web application, working on the database and storage infrastructure that is responsible for managing all of the content in the application, and which connects to the photo-realistic rendering cloud service.


  • Work on the Rails API backend of a web application for rendering and interacting with 3D scenes in the browser, with photorealistic rendering in the cloud.
  • Opportunities to work on the frontend as well depending on preference/experience.
  • Extend the functionality and scalability of the backend and cloud infrastructure by developing new features and optimisations according to the roadmap.
  • Work collaboratively in the development team to ensure high code quality and stability through comprehensive automated testing and regular code reviews.
  • Strive to follow industry best practices for software development.


  • 3 + Years of experience with Ruby on Rails, and C++ (required for integrating with library)
  • Other technologies:        Ansible, Postgresql, Node JS, C++, Amazon Web Services
  • Strong production experience with Ruby on Rails.
  • Experience with Postgresql or other relational databases.
  • Experience scaling and optimising Rails applications as user bases grow in size.
  • Experience with cloud-based development, deployment on Amazon Web Services and real-time web technologies.
  • Experience using Git for version control.

    Beneficial Experience

  • Knowledge of real-time and offline 3D computer graphics and rendering methods, e.g. WebGL, ray-tracing, physically-based rendering.
  • Broad knowledge and experience in with frontend JavaScript frameworks such as Ember.js, Angular.js or Vue.js.

    Personal Qualities

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate concepts and ideas effectively
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-managing within the scope of the role
  • A desire to learn new and experimental technologies and frameworks
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the team in areas of expertise
  • Bachelor of Computer Science or higher qualification



  • Project Manager
  • Lead Developer
  • Business and Operations Manager


  • Million Ideas Personnel (Shanghai)
  • External Contractors
  • Clients


  • Promote and assist in a safe and healthy workplace by undertaking responsibilities as outlined in Lightspeed’s health and Safety policy and program  (Health and Safety requirements are upheld to a high standard)
  • Promote activities and initiatives that help Lightspeed achieve its mission (Lightspeed achieves its business and growth goals)
  • Contribute to the Lightspeed positive working environment by supporting (The Lightspeed working environment is progress and positive for all employees)


Lydia Wang -



Graduate - Cloud Software Customer Support

15 February 2018


CIN7 is a fast-growing supply chain and logistics system that enables the management of inventory in multiple channels, different industries and legal entities, while seamlessly integrating with accounting solutions and eCommerce platforms such as Xero and Shopify. 


As a Company that is rapidly growing we are seeking the right graduate to join the mix to contribute and grow with the Company.  Does your future hold coding and software development or do you lean towards business’s analytics or project management, or maybe you’re not sure? CIN7 has graduate roles that can give you the platform to these specialist roles and discover your path.

You will provide exemplary customer service and first line support to the Cin7 client base, resolving technical issues and understanding the clients current supply chain processes. You will look to take ownership of customer support requests and resolve them efficiently and professionally. This position works alongside a team of experienced developers and specialists to on-abroad customers to Cin7. You may be required to work with multiple clients at any one time and successfully balance the workload accordingly. Our clients are based in NZ, AU, US and UK. Therefore, these support roles will have varying start times. You must have the flexibility to either start work at after hours, as well as standard office hours.


  • The ideal applicant will be somebody who enjoys a technical challenge and can quickly learn a reasonably complex software.
  • You must have excellent written and spoken English
  • You will love (and be good at) trouble-shooting and be a strong communicator with the ability to simplify technical -terms and explain it to the customer.
  • You must have a good understanding of SQL, HTML & CSS. Knowledge of XML & .Net would be added advantage. (We will test you on SQL, HTML and CSS)
    - You love challenges and you are a great problem solver.
  • You love technology and systems, and enjoy learning how software works.
  • You will have excellent relationship, interpersonal and verbal communication
  • You need to have a valid work visa to work at Cin7


Please send your CV and cover letter to


Intern, travel, learn & grow in 2018 in a global city with CI

CI is an accelerated learning provider offering immersive, in-person programs that combine practical work experience-based training with cohort-based career workshops and seminars.

CI creates globally engaged, career-ready students. Upon college graduation, CI alumni get hired three-times faster and earn 30 percent more than their graduate peers.

There will be a soft launch of the application process for 2018 programs.  There will be offering in spring, summer and fall programs in 18 locations:

US: New York, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, Miami, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco.
Europe: London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Rome, Zurich.
Rest of World: Sydney, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires.

The soft launch provides an opportunity for direct and indirect recipients of this notification to apply to any of our summer 2018 programs ahead of the application process opening publicly in November.

For interested applicants, please apply via:

Opportunities for students interested in developing games

Konrad Grabiszewski & Alex Horenstein are faculty members in the Department of Economics at the University of Miami (USA) and they are looking for students who are interested in developing games for mobile devices.  

They created Blues and Reds, a puzzle game (iOS/Android) that actually is more than just a game. It is a research project; first ever mobile experiment in economics!

Passion for making games, especially games that help with scientific progress.  They are looking for all different skills required in the development of games (Programmers, Designers, Animators, Database Admins, Website Designers, etc.).

The job doesn't require you to be on site.  Everything can be done remotely.  

For more information please see the links below:


App Store:

Google Play:

If interested, contact ( and send the following:

  1. CV and portfolio (is possible).
  2. Comments on how to improve Blues and Reds.

Optiver | come and do our recruitment tests!

Have you got what it takes?

Kick start the recruitment process for Graduate Trainee Trader, Graduate Software Developer and Graduate Trading Systems Engineering roles by coming along to our on campus presentation and testing session and complete our quizzes as the first stage in our recruitment processes!
Please note: Our Graduate roles have closed to the public, you must attend on the day to be in with a chance to do our tests! This is the last time we are on campus this semester so don't miss out!

In the session we will give you more information about who we are and what we do. You can meet our Trading and IT team and find out what it's like to work in a company regularly listed in the top 3 Best Places to Work in Australia!

We are looking for talented students interested in solving complex problems! This is an excellent opportunity with great perks including a highly competitive starting salary and work that will keep you challenged! If you're ambitious, thrive in a team environment and are looking for your next challenge then why come along to hear more.

Who we are:
We are a leading, independent, global market-making group, we're all about teamwork, innovation, integrity and genuine passion for what we do. These values ensure we do an excellent job of providing the best derivative prices to the international markets.

Who you are:
A final-year student or a recent graduate studying Science (Maths, Physics, Statistics), Engineering (All disciplines! Mechanical, Mechatronic, Electrical, Civil, Aerospace, Software, Engineering Science), Computer Science, Software Engineering or Econometrics.

Quiz Information:
For our Trainee Trader role, we will be running our 2 maths tests at the information session. The first quiz is an 80 question, 8 minute math test focusing on arithmetic. The second quiz is a 30 minute math test focusing on number series and sequences. You will not be able to use a calculator.

For our Graduate Developer and Graduate Trading Systems Engineer roles we will give you the opportunity to register your details to take our online technical quiz. After the session we will email you a link to the quiz to complete as part of the first step in our recruitment process.
For more information and to apply please check out our website.

Recruitment eligibility:
Australian or New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents only.

We look forward to seeing you on campus soon, please pop by our stand at the Engineering career fair too and we would be happy to give you more details!

Capstone Editing| six annual grants for students and academics

Capstone Editing is happy to offer six annual academic grants of between $3,000 and $5,000 each – two for female academics and four for students.  

Capstone Editing’s Available Scholarships and Grants

  • The Capstone Editing Early Career Academic Research Grant for Women

    $5,000 for one female academic per year to assist with the costs associated with a research project leading towards a publication. Applications are open annually from 1 July to 30 May. The grant is awarded on 30 June every year. For more info or to apply, please visit
  • The Capstone Editing Carer’s Travel Grant for Academic Women

    $3,000 for one female academic per year to assist with childcare costs in relation to travel to conduct research or present a paper at a conference. Applications are open annually from 1 July to 30 May. The grant is awarded on 30 June every year. For more info or to apply, please visit 
  • The Capstone Editing Conference Travel Grant for Postgraduate Research Students

    $3,000 for one postgraduate student per year to assist in covering the costs of attending a conference in relation to their degree. Applications are open annually from 1 July to 1 June. The grant is awarded on 30 June every year. For more info or to apply, please visit
  • The Capstone Editing Laptop Grant for Postgraduate Coursework Students

    $3,000 for one postgraduate student per year to purchase a computer or laptop and software for their studies. Applications are open annually from 1 July to 1 June. The grant is awarded on 30 June every year. For more info or to apply, please visit

  • The Capstone Editing Research Scholarship for Honours Students

    $3,000 for one honours student per year to assist with covering the costs associated with the research for their thesis. Applications are open annually from 1 January to 30 April. The scholarship will be awarded on 14 May every year. For more info or to apply, please visit