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.

Graduate Product Manager

26 July 2017

An opportunity for lecturers and tutors

The company is an established start up – based in Penrose – with a product that has already been rolled out in some New Zealand cities, as well as the UK, Australia and South East Asia. The Graduate Product Manager will report directly to the CTO and full training will be provided. The essentials are: someone with a computer science/technology degree who is keen to pursue the Product Management path and has a deep passion for modern technologies, networking solution design, and innovative smart products (Cloud technology, IoT). In addition, the right graduate will need to have great communication skills as there is an element of supporting presales technical engagements as well.

This really is an amazing opportunity for a graduate, as the CTO is more interested in enthusiasm and an eagerness to learn, therefore full training will be provided. There is big plan for the company and new products and international roll-outs are on the cards.

For further questions, please contact us and send your CV and portfolio through the email below.

Contact Information

Maia Churichkova
Associate Consultant - Digital IT- Auckland
Robert Walters
Level 9, 22 Fanshawe Street, Auckland 1010
Tel: +64 9 374 7300
Dir: +64 9 374 7346
Fax: +64 9 374 7399

Graduate Tester Opportunity

26 July 2017

Testing sits at the very core of our products, you are involved at each point in the development cycle. From testing during development, to release, and back again – your tenacious ability to try everything you can break what our developers have put everthing into to create, is key to our success.

Fro more information please download the pdf below or click here to apply.

Optiver is on campus again! Looking for your next challenge? Come and do our recruitment tests!

21 July 2017

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!

Air New Zealand Digital Intern (Software Engineers)

19 July 2017

At Air New Zealand we are focused on supercharging New Zealand’s success. This 11-week Digital Intern Programme is in its second year. The interns support us on projects to enhance Air New Zealand’s success, as well as providing the opportunity for you to kick start your career.

Digital at Air New Zealand is on a transformational journey and we are excited to invite you to be part of it. Recruitment is a two-way process of discovering more about you and sharing information on Air New Zealand’s vision and your place in it.

We are looking for interns across five areas of digital: digital marketing, data science, software engineering, cloud analyst and UX design.

We will be on campus on the 25 July 2017 to run a workshop focused on the recruitment process and the awesome work (front-end focused) that our software engineers carry out.

For more information please visit :

Azure Skills Initiative

01 June 2017

Microsoft is doing a big push to drive partners, students and customers to upskill and become certified in the Microsoft Cloud Platform, Azure. As part of this global initiative Microsoft has done two main things:

  1. We have released a series of MOOCs in a wide variety of topics ranging from Data Analytics to Cloud Development.
  2. Exam Vouchers to take Microsoft exams have been heavily discounted.

Students who have a Microsoft Certification are highly sought after in the IT industry. There are over 2000 Microsoft Partners nationally, and these partners receive benefits from Microsoft ranging from Azure Credit to Office 365 seats; one of the requirements for them to receive these benefits is to have individuals who have passed certain exams within the business.

To encourage these individuals there is a local promotion going on:

  1. The first 100 individuals to complete a MOOC and email the certificate will receive a $50 Noel Leeming Voucher
  2. Individuals who complete a Microsoft Exam and email the certificate before 30 June will go into the draw to win one of two Surface Books.

This promotion isn’t limited to just students. Faculty members are also encouraged to participate as well!

Systems Support/Developer at Loop Technologies (Permanent/Full Time)

01 June 2017

Loop Technologies is an agile and dynamic electronics company supplying a diverse range of services to commercial customers. We are undergoing a transition from our traditional contracts to a growing range of customers who have interesting challenges that need our specialist skills. We provide customised solutions involving electronics, logistics, software and apps. Our engineers, technicians and admin people require support of their IT systems.

We have a vacancy for a flexible, enthusiastic and multi-talented IT professional with development skills as well as the ability to provide first-line support for our IT systems.

Working as a part of the Support team, you would be providing development and support services for Loop Technologies’ IT platforms. This position involves a wide range of duties from the provision of desktop support to Loop Technologies staff, to web and mobile application development.

Applicants should possess the following skills:

  • Ability to use PHP, Javascript, HTML, CSS and MySQL to maintain and create online applications
  • Familiarity with Windows and Apache web servers
  • Familiarity with application platforms such as SilverStripe, CS Cart and Wikis
  • Proficient with Office apps
  • Understanding of AD, DHCP, DNS, print server and exchange and mailbox maintenance
  • Familiarity with iOS and Android development

We are looking for someone who has good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to solve problems. A strong solutions focus is a must as you will also be supporting the Business Manager and other members of the Loop Technologies team.

We offer flexible working hours in an environment of friendly and motivated people making great things happen for our customers.

If you have the qualities and skills required for this position please apply by forwarding your CV and covering letter to:

Ali Brown 
Personal Assistant to the Directors

Applications close 3pm Friday 16 June, 2017

The University of Auckland and Huawei New Zealand 2017 Seeds for the Future Programme

16 May 2017

ICT is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing industries; bringing social change and transforming the global economy.

The pace of development in ICT brings both benefits and challenges, particularly for those who are seeking to join the industry and must emerge from training programmes with the skills and experience which will make them immediately effective.

Huawei’s Seeds for the Future programme provides a vital link between classroom learning and the type of real world situations students will face once they enter the workforce. It aims to challenge and to inspire students who are considering a future in technology, and to provide an immersive experience of life at one of the world’s leading technology companies.

Huawei is the world’s largest telecommunications vendor, one of the world’s biggest consumer brands, and has for the past two years led the world in patent applications as result of its dedication to R&D investment (We have spent more than CNY240 billion on R&D innovation over the last decade).

The Seeds for the Future programme selects high-achieving students for an all-expenses trip to Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China, where they will be exposed to the very latest technological developments, get hands-on in Huawei’s laboratories, and learn directly from those people who are busy creating the next generation of consumer, enterprise, and network technology.

Successful candidates will also experience a week in Beijing to learn about Chinese history, culture, and language, and to gain an understanding of New Zealand’s largest trade partner.

The trip

  • Up to four recipients from the University of Auckland  will be invited to attend this programme in 2017.
  • All recipients will attend a two weeks study programme in China; inclusive of spending time at Huawei Headquarters and at its research and development laboratories.  As part of the study programme Huawei will cover in full the recipients’ air travel, accommodation, travel insurance, entry Visas, and all meals.

Huawei shall:

  • Collaborate with the University of Auckland on the selection of a shortlist of candidates.
  • Provide a minimum of one representative to interview the shortlisted candidates.
  • Collaborate with University of Auckland to select the final recipients.
  • Provide support in the form of a chaperone to the selected students during the study programme in China including assistance with travel arrangements, accommodation and Visa application.

University of Auckland shall:

  • Provide Huawei with a shortlist of suitable high achieving applicant candidates.
  • Provide a minimum of one representative to interview the shortlisted candidates.
  • In collaboration with Huawei select the final recipients of the programme.
  • Confirm final selection of the recipients.
  • In partnership with Huawei Public Affairs, advertise the programme, including but not limited to, in the university campus bulletin and website.



1.     Consideration will be given to the maturity of the candidate and the appropriateness of a placement in China.

2.     Recipients must be enrolled in a full-time programme of study at University of Auckland and be reaching a high level of achievement through the relevant study programme.

3.     Recipients must be available to travel during the specified period (dates to be confirmed prior to application).

4.     Recipients must hold a valid passport and be eligible to receive a Chinese travel Visa.

5.     Recipients must be available for a small amount of promotional activity such as media interviews or programme marketing activity, supporting the Seeds for the Future programme.

To register, please download the following:

Expression of Interest form
(68.6 kB, MSWORD)

Position at FRAMECAD (

9 May 2017

FRAMECAD is currently looking for someone to work on MyFRAMECAD, FRAMECAD’s online customer portal, which is designed to provide FRAMECAD’s customers with tools and applications to enable them to better manage their businesses and improve productivity. This cloud-based platform brings together all of FRAMECAD’s product offerings and places FRAMECAD at the forefront of innovation.

Candidate requirements:

  • Strong ability to communicate (verbal and written) with end-users and technical staff at all levels 
  • Good understanding of the systems/software development lifecycle
  • Ability to analyse and interpret business needs and develop appropriate technical solutions
  • Sound technical specification writing/documentation skills
  • Good leadership skills to guide a project team to deliver results that meet requirements
  • Self-motivated and driven by challenges
  • Web development experience
  • ASP.NET C#
  • SQL Server
  • HTML / CSS / Javascript
  • Amazon Web Services (Preferred)

This is a full-time position to start June 2017.

Based on the above, candidates are likely to have a background in Mechatronics / Software Engineering / Computer Science and have relevant work or postgraduate project experience.

All interested candidates should apply directly to Jenny Xu ( with a cover letter and CV.

Capstone Editing launch six new grants for students and academics

8 May 2017

Capstone Editing is happy to announce that we are launching six new 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

Python programmer – students only

4 May 2017

Professor Neil Broderick from the Department of Physics is looking for a student to help covert a system between versions of Python. The programme (auto - currently runs using an old version of the python libraries matplotlib and numpy but not with the latest versions. He needs someone who can figure out what the problem is (which he has some ideas about) and how to solve it.

If you think you can help, get in touch with Professor Broderick at  

MYOB IT Challenge 2017

01 May 2017

The MYOB National IT Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for students from all over New Zealand to showcase their talents and put their learning into action by creating new, real-world, IT solutions. This challenge will help you to think from a business perspective, study the market and bring an idea to fruition over a short period of time; just as you’ll do in the best-practice, lean and agile businesses you’ll work for following your graduation.

Sign up today for the MYOB IT Challenge, with a $5,000 prize pool and the opportunity to compete with students from across New Zealand.

The competition consists of local heats followed by a national competition held in Auckland. Winners of a local competition will be provided with return transportation, accommodation and the potential to win part of the $5,000 cash prize pool in Auckland.

How does it work?

  • Participants form groups of two to four and register their participation
  • They receive a case outlining the context and problem to solve
  • In five days they will need to generate an idea, build a working prototype and create a 10-minute pitch. (Preparation period for nationals may be up to a month)
  • They will present their pitch (with 10 minutes of Q&A) to a panel of judges who will determine the winner

For more information visit or email


NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL) programme

06 April 2017

The NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL) programme is an eight-week artificial intelligence research accelerator taking place at NASA Ames Research Centre and the SETI Institute from June 26-August 18. We are looking for PhD/post-doc computer and planetary scientists who could apply emerging tools and techniques to planetary defense, space weather and space resources (e.g. finding water on the moon.)

For more information about the programme visit For further enquiries please email as at