School of Computer Science

Careers and opportunities for students

Employers often approach the School 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.

Research Assistant (RA) position available for BRANZ funded project "Online BIM Database"

Project context: This project, funded by, aims to develop an on-line Building Information Modelling (BIM) digital models repository that tertiary institutions can freely use for educational purposes. The on-line repository will enable all tertiary institutions in NZ to access free BIM digital models within NZ context such as 3D models, 4D models, 3D laser scanning models, clash detection for BIM training. The success of developing such an on-line repository will lead to effective, coherent, and coordinated BIM training programmes by tertiary institutions and contribute to consistently growing BIM awareness and implementation in NZ.

RA’s responsibility: The RA is expected to work with another ME(Civil) student on technical aspect/coding for the cloud database design, development, testing and improvement.

Duration: starting as soon as possible – end of March 2020.

Salary level: $22/hour.

How to apply: please express your interest by emailing Dr Yang Zou ( Please briefly introduce yourself and highlight what relevant experience and skills you have for this project.

Invitation for the VR experiment at City campus

We are cordially inviting you to participate in our study by playing an Immersive Virtual Reality (IVR) Serious Game (SG).

This study is aimed at improving individuals' preparedness for earthquake emergencies throuhg the training from an IVR SG.

The study will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

We will be in the Engineering VR/AR lab (B409-G21B) at City campus from 30th Sept to 4th Oct 2019.  

If you wish to participate, please pick a time slot in the Doodle poll:

If you can't find a suitable time, please contact Zhenan ( to arrange a time for you. We welcome you to drop in at any time.

This study has been approved by the University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee (Ref. 016763).

Please find the attached participant information sheet for your info:

West Coast DHB Studentship Programme

West Coast District Health Board is very pleased to offer Sponsorship Awards in the form of Studentships to West Coast students who are studying at a recognised NZ university or polytechnic.

Studentships up to the value of $5,000 gross per student are now available. Note: Income tax will be deducted from this total.

Studentships are offered to students who are currently enrolled at a recognised NZ university or polytechnic.

Applicants must have resided on the West Coast for minimum of one year.

A percentage of studentships will be available to students with Māori or Pacific Island heritage.

If you are studying a non-clinical profession with a view to working in the health sector, please apply as the studentships extend to non-clinical studies, for example, Information Technology (IT) and Human Resources (HR) roles.

Recipients may be required to fulfil a work placement from Monday 18 November 2019 to Friday, 20 December 2019 inclusive and on a regular working week (Mon-Fri; 8.30am-5pm).


Application Closing Date

Closing date: Friday, 27 September 2019 no later than 5pm Recipients notified: Friday, 11 October 2019


For more information checkout the following link:

Opportunity to participate in 2019 Thingwork AR/IoT Hackathon!

The University of Auckland is training the IoT experts for the fastest growing IT and Engineering sectors. To accelerate the process we're bringing together the leading technologies and brightest minds to tackle some of industry's biggest and toughest challenges.

We're inviting UoA's student hack teams to use PTC's ThingWorx to take on on real world problems presented by our industry partners. ThingWorx is the best-in-class Industrial Innovation platform for developing industrial IoT applications and augmented reality (AR) experiences.

Students: solve industry problems using the hackathon to prove your concept or demonstrate a pathway to a solution, and you'll find yourself well on the way to becoming an IoT superstar.

For more information, please download the file below:

UoA IoT Hackathon V6.pdf
(828.2 kB, PDF)

Hiring a stage III students in CS for A Web Crawler Project

A project to explore the impact of virtual reality on property marketing is in need of a stage III student. The project involves examining how the use of VR affects the property marketing process. This project will be supervised by Dr. William Cheung and Professor Deborah Levy and it is already funded by our university, the students who meet the requirement can apply for the Summer Research Scholarship in business school and get $6,000 scholarship (

The applicants must have the following qualification:

  • Complete at least two years of equivalent full-time study in an undergraduate degree and GPA is 6.0 or above
  • Experience with Python (R/Java) and analysis software such as STATA
  • Can read Chinese will be preferable (raw data is from a Chinese Property Brokerage’s official website)
  • Strong communication skills and attention to details

For more information about this opportunity, please contact Chuyi Xiong (

Software interns at Emirates Team NZ

Emirates Team NZ are starting to look for software interns for the 2019-2020 summer.

Emirates Team New Zealand is seeking a strongly academic and highly motivated student for an internship in their design office through December 2019 – February 2020. Suitable applicants should be in their final year, or going into their final year in 2019, and be on track for a first class degree in Software Engineering, or Computer Science. The intern will be based in our design office of around 25 very skilled engineers who work in a variety of disciplines, and will see first-hand how the process of designing an America’s Cup yacht works.

As work will involve software engineering for either our web-based data viewing and analysis tools or our C++ based simulation software, we are likely to favourably consider the following profiles:

  • Familiar with web technologies, HTML, CSS, JS, React, Redux, HTML5 Canvas, OR
  • Familiar with C++, with interest and skills in graphics rendering (using OpenGL) or engineering-related computing (numerical modelling, control, optimisation …)

The applicants should also demonstrate that they have experience of developing software outside of the university course requirements. Short-listed candidates will be asked to complete a software test.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV and transcripts of high school and university grades to: with the subject “Software internship application”.


Sex ratios, female mortality and ethnic migrant communities in New Zealand

Our two-year project explores female deaths at birth and childhood in ethnic and migrant communities and is a multi-method study involving quantitative, qualitative secondary and primary data sources.

We are looking to recruit a part-time fixed term research assistant (8 hours per week, 1-year fixed contract with possibility of extension) with skills in quantitative research and ability to link, analyse and summarise very large data tables.

The successful candidate will:

• Undertake data analysis, more specifically this will involve reshaping, linking and filtering from multiple, large (1-5 million rows) data tables using SAS or SQL within a secure data environment

• Conduct statistical analysis as guided by collaborating researchers and relevant literature

• Produce summary reports, tables and graphs based on aggregated data and statistical analysis results.

• Attendance at study meetings as required

• Participate in discussions about analysis

• Be able to work with sensitive data sets

• Communicate effectively with the research team

The successful candidate must have a post-graduate degree (Hons. and above), have experience writing and running code using SAS and SQL.

You will initially be based at the University of Auckland’s Tamaki campus.

If this position interests you, contact and send in a CV to Rachel Simon-Kumar ( or Ph: 09-3737599 (ext. 87645). To discuss this position further, contact Janine Paynter (

Funded PhD Studentship in Big Data Processing

A Ph.D. position with full scholarship support is available at the School of Computer Science, University of Auckland (the top university in New Zealand) under the supervision of Dr. Miao Qiao (

Dr. Qiao's research focuses on the efficiency issue of big data processing, especially on graph data management, query optimization, stream processing, and I/O-efficient algorithms. The PhD topic is on "theory and practice of subgraph (pattern) matching". A brief description is as follows.

Graphs are ubiquitous in Computer Science and any field that describes the relationships between objects. A classic and important graph problem, subgraph matching, is confronting new challenges arising from higher graph analysis demands in the big data era. This project explores the theoretical limitations and best practices of subgraph matching when the dataset size exceeds the memory limit. The theoretical study will match the upper and lower bounds with provably optimal solutions, while the empirical study will explore novel approaches to finding efficient solutions. Its success will enrich the knowledge and benefit the huge number of practitioners in graph analysis.

Potential candidates should have:

1) Master degree by thesis in Computer Science or related areas.

2) Solid programming/coding skills and are familiar with algorithms and data structures.

3) English proficiency: IELTS 6.5+

Please refer to the following link on the requirements and application procedure for a PhD admission at UoA:

If interested, please send your CV, transcript records and a brief biography to Dr. Miao Qiao via email <>.

Web Application Programming Internship for Students

Company Introduction

Absolute Value New Zealand Limited is an independent commercial property valuation and advisory firm founded in 2012. Our aim is to provide a fresh perspective on commercial property and valuations.

Job Description

We are looking for a student intern who is interested in web application programming. Your focus will be on using a combination of leading front end and back end technologies to bug fix and improve Absolute Value’s existing web applications.


Interest/experience in the following front end technologies:

  • Web fundamentals like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS
  • CSS pre-processors like Sass or LESS
  • JavaScript frameworks like AngularJS, React, or Ember etc., or JS-based build tools like Grunt, Gulp, and Bower
  • Libraries like jQuery or Backbone.js
  • Front-end (CSS) frameworks like Foundation or Bootstrap
  • AJAX

Interest/experience in the following back end technologies:

  • CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) API design and development
  • RESTful Services
  • PHP, ideally with exposure to a good MVC framework (we use Symfony)
  • Database technologies like MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, or MongoDB.
  • Web server technologies like Apache, NGinX etc.
  • DevOps software like Vagrant or Docker

In return you will:

  • Gain valuable insights and experience in managing multiple database
  • Work in a technology-led business offering variety and challenges
  • Receive the opportunity to play a key role in the final delivery of an innovative network

If the prospect of a dynamic career in one of New Zealand's fastest growing commercial property consultancy is appealing, e-mail a cover letter, academic transcript and C.V. to or call to discuss.

All applications treated in confidence. Closes 30 April 2019.

Associate Environments Engineer | New University Graduate

It's fun to work in a company where people truly believe in what they're doing. At Workday, we're committed to bringing passion and customer focus to the business of enterprise applications. We work hard, and we're serious about what we do. But we like to have a good time, too. In fact, we run our company with that principle in mind every day: One of our core values is fun.

Job Description

Do what you love. Love what you do.

Workday is looking for an engineer to join our On-Demand Ops team. You'll be responsible for writing and maintaining scripts as well as supporting our automation tools (Bladelogic and chef).  These tools and scripts are critical to the deployment of the Workday Enterprise Business Services. In addition to this you will be involved in upgrading, patching, executing and monitoring the processes that keep the Workday Service up and running in all environments - production, sandbox, implementation, sales, training, partners, etc. You'll do everything from creating scripts, maintaining nagios, applying patches and updates to all our systems either manually or using BladeLogic, all while ensuring that we continue to meet our SLAs.

  • Experience supporting fast-growing large-scale production-quality web environments

  • Experience in operating and supporting on-demand Internet-based systems.

  • Linux admin and shell scripting skills

  • Proficiency scripting in Ruby, Python, Pearl is a plus

  • Nagios monitoring and alerting infrastructure experience

  • False positives are your nemesis

  • Experience with Hyperic, OSSEC, and splunk  a plus

  • Experience with BladeLogic or Opsware for application deployment a plus

  • Building and operating efficient, rock-solid, auditable processes is part of your DNA

  • Can demonstrate technical troubleshooting skills

  • Excellent analytical skills for troubleshooting and problem determination

  • Experience with TCP/IP networking from the Linux end is helpful (can read netstat, configure IPTables, do SSH tunneling, etc)

  • Experience deploying and operating: Apache Tomcat, MySQL, Cape Clear ESB, Subversion, Java web applications, Apache httpd

  • Experience working in a SAS-70 audited environment a big plus

  • Requirement: Computer Information Systems or Computer Science Degree

Additional Programs Offered to You:

Generation Workday

Start your future today with Generation Workday.  Our 12-month personal and professional development program for emerging professionals who have graduated within the last 12 months is designed to support, engage, and prepare you for career success.  

Workday Internship Program

Experience your future with Workday’s Internship Program as a member of our 12-week Internship Program.  Learn real skills, build a network, make an impact. And have fun while you do it.

No matter the opportunity, launch your career with an opportunity that connects you to a strong network, enables you to do your best work, actively supports your career, and places an emphasis on fun.

To apply online please click here

AR Summer School | Learn how to develop Empathic AR applications for the Magic Leap display

Mark Bilinghurst (ABI, the University of Auckland) and the Empathic Computing Laboratory are organising a week-long AR summer school at the University of Auckland. This workshop is sponsored and supported by MagicLeap, The University of Auckland & The University of South Australia.

Attendees will work in small groups to each complete an example MagicLeap project by the end of the week. This is a unique opportunity to learn how to develop MagicLeap applications from leading experts in the field.

DATE: February 11th - 15th, 2019, Auckland, New Zealand

COST: Free for students, $500 NZ for non-students

Student Scholarships: There is some funding available for travel and accommodation

Registration: - applications close on January 25th.

More Information: Contact Mark Billinghurst

Please also feel free to reach out to me, if you want to discuss any project ideas using AR/VR/MR.

Grinding Gear Games | C++ Programmer Graduate Opportunity

Grinding Gear Games is on the lookout for a C++ Gameplay/Engine Programmer Graduate to join the growing Path of Exile development team.


● Strong knowledge of modern C++

● Experience/passion for games programming and game design

● Excellent communication skills

● Demonstrable C++ skills with either a personal WIP projects, or simple solo made prototype (with source code)


● Successfully completed bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering

● Experience working on a shipped game title (the irony)

● Experience with our game, Path of Exile

● Experience with x-platform Engine/Renderer development.

Contact: if you are interested in applying.

University of Auckland ITS Internship Programme

The University of Auckland IT team is in need of 4 interns to join their department this summer to work on a range of projects. Students can come from any IT discipline and will work collaboratively on projects suited to their skills and areas of interest. Programming skills are beneficial, however an eagerness to learn and develop are paramount and technical skills can be developed on the job.

For more information please check out the link below:


300,000.00 NZD Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge.

Help discover the next Global Problem Solver!

  1. These links will let you quickly re-tweet, share on Facebook or Linked in, and like on Instagram
  2. Download this Slide or Flyer from our Promotional Toolkit to share at an event or with a group
  3. Nominate students and recent graduates

For inspiration, check out this 30-second video that showcases Mary Elizabeth McCulloch, who developed the Voz Box, a device that’s already working to give a voice to the voiceless. To us, that’s the definition of a global problem solver: someone who can take their own knowledge and experiences and turn them into solutions that make the world a better place.

Social media handles:

Instagram: @CiscoCSR
Twitter: @CiscoCSR /  @CiscoNetAcad 
Facebook: @CiscoGlobalProblemSolverChallenge / @CiscoCSR@cisconetworkingacademy

Deadline: Friday, January 11, 2019

Research Opportunity for Undergraduate Students

LANDSAR is to conduct an agreed research project to effect the outcomes of ensuring a continued supply of Wander SAR equipment by 30 June 2019.

For more information regarding this opportunity and how to contact LANDSAR, please visit  You can also download the research project flyer below:

Applications now open for the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2019

The application window for the $300K Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2019 is now open, and we need your help. We’re looking for current students and recent graduates with a technology solution that can help solve the world’s most pressing societal and environmental problems. 

Yes, this is a tall order, but our past winners have shown us how it can be done.

For inspiration, check out this 30-second video that showcases Mary Elizabeth McCulloch, who developed the Voz Box, a device that’s already working to give a voice to the voiceless. To us, that’s the definition of a global problem solver: someone who can take their own knowledge and experiences and turn them into solutions that make the world a better place.

For more information please click here

Job Opportunities

Interpersonal communication is the biggest skill gap in America. While technology has made us increasingly "connected", data suggests that we are increasingly disconnected as humans in the workplace.

* 5 in 10 millennials want their managers to listen to their ideas
* 6 in 10 people with unapproachable managers are highly disengaged
* 7 in 10 managers feel uncomfortable communicating to their employees

Ambit improves human connection & empathy by helping new managers master communication and more effectively lead. As a spin-off from SRI International - the birthplace of Siri - Ambit leverages world-class audio AI technology to quantify verbal communication and use those metrics to provide insights, coaching, and behavior change.

At Ambit we help leaders and teams gain insight into how they talk and listen in meetings by empowering them with data on their conversational patterns.

Our company recently spunoff from SRI International (the birthplace of Siri) and raised over $1m, and we are looking to recruit a lead full stack engineer in New Zealand.

Multiple opportunities available @


EquipmentShare: Callaghan Innovation Student Experience Grant

About EquipmentShare

EquipmentShare is a crowd-sourced construction equipment rental business that is developing capability to provide a managed marketplace for construction equipment in Australia and New Zealand. To achieve this outcome there are 3 core components to the technologies that EquipmentShare deploys being telematics/IoT capability integrated with a purpose-built sharing economy focussed operating platform integrated with a financial platform.

The business is currently based in Wiri, Auckland but are moving to a new location in Mangere, Auckland at the end of October.

EquipmentShare has spent the past 12 months investigating and developing an initial version of a cloud-based operating platform capable of meeting the specific needs of a crowd-sourced / double-sided market place. The platform currently supports management of 90 items of construction machinery in the Auckland market generating $350,000 in revenue per month. A crowd-sourced rental fleet has unique needs that are not able to be served by currently available rental platforms due to the multi-sided nature of the business model. The current platform will form the base on which all future research and development is undertaken as the business model is progressed in the market place.

EquipmentShare plans to continue the development of the initial version of the platform. This will included expansion of the current functionality and integration with a world-leading telematics/IoT platform and integration with financial packages based on customer discovery and development. It is envisaged that this development will include customer portals in order to achieve specific functions relevant to a share economy business model including transportation, rental, utilisation analytics & productivity management, servicing, and usage-based insurance and finance.

About Callaghan Innovation Student Experience Grant

Callaghan Innovation manages the Business Research and Development (R&D) Grants scheme on behalf of Government. The objective of the Student Grants Programme is to support New Zealand undergraduate and postgraduate students to gain and develop their technical and commercial skills in a New Zealand R&D business that has an active research and development (R&D) programme.

The Experience Grant is designed to help undergraduate students gain commercial work experience in New Zealand R&D businesses by funding a 10-week internship (valued at $7500) over the student summer break. The internships are a valuable experience for students to understand how a business works and potentially see a career pathway in R&D. It is, therefore, important the student works within the business’s R&D team and the business actively supports the student so they get the best out of their time in the business. In turn, the business benefits from the student’s enthusiasm and fresh thinking.

About Student Experience Role

A key component of implementing a multi-sided marketplace application will be establishment of customer portals that allow both asset owners and rental customers to view live status and productivity of the equipment and to order services from various service providers (transport, refuelling, servicing, maintenance, etc). The student will be involved in the investigation and development of portals to enable this capability. The second phase of the portal development involves a telematics-driven heavy machinery transportation marketplace to connect transport customers with multiple transport providers utilising real-time telematics data to optimise transport requests, pricing and routing.

The student will be involved in all aspects of the R&D project from customer discovery using design thinking methodologies, development of user stories, feature roadmap prioritisation, development and testing of minimum viable product, to iterative development, testing, and implementation of a production system.

Having a student employed will help us to bring another perspective onto the programme and to speed up our R&D activities. This also introduces further in-house development capability to be able to rapidly design, test, and execute software-based minimum viable products to speed up learning cycles for this R&D project.

Learn More About the Grant

For more information on the Callaghan Innovation Student Grant, please visit the following link:

Navigating University Study

Are you a man in your third year of a Bachelor of Science?

If so, we’d like to invite you to participate in a study exploring what support and resources students use while they are at University.

We are looking for domestic students who are at least 18 years old to participate in an interview taking 1-1.5 hours. Some participants will also be invited to participate in a diary task which involves completing a short weekly survey for 12 weeks.

There will be a $30 voucher as a koha (token of appreciation) for those who participate in the interview, and another $30 voucher for those who choose to also participate in the diary task.

For more information please contact Marilyn confidentially at

Approved by the University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee on 7th December 2017 for three years. 
Reference Number 020215


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