Summer research assistants programme

Spend your summer vacation working with us. Our summer research assistants experience working in a team environment and solve real world problems.

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Paihau—Robinson Summer Research Assistants, summer of 2022/2023

As a summer research assistant with Paihau—Robinson Research Institute you will work alongside some of the top research scientists and engineers in Aotearoa, and contribute to a range of cutting-edge research projects that involve the development of new concepts in materials and manufacturing.

Who can apply

We take students who are currently studying at New Zealand tertiary institutes and universities.

Research assistant positions are open to undergraduate students (usually before their final year) and run from November to February. Generally students are based on site with us at the Gracefield Innovation Quarter in Lower Hutt.

Project titles

Our projects and supervisors available during summer 2022/23:

  • Development of Advanced Spectroscopy Systems
    Supervisor:  Kai Chen
  • Plasma rocket test chamber
    Supervisor: Ben Mallett
  • Mechanochromic thin films via ion-beam sputtering
    Supervisor: Shen Chong and Peter Murmu (GNS)
  • High-Temperature Superconducting tape jointing study using different solder types
    Supervisor: Adam Francis
  • Quench propagation dynamics in high temperature superconducting magnets
    Supervisor: Shahna Haneef
  • High-speed superconducting levitation bearings
    Supervisor: James Storey
  • Testing new superconducting current source
    Supervisor: Grant Lumsden

How to apply

If you are a highly talented applied science or engineering student, we’d like to hear from you.

To apply you will need your CV and a cover letter detailing your motivation for study, your career aspirations, and why you would like to work with us.

Applications close 11.59 pm Friday 4 August 2023.

A comment from a summer research assistant

I really enjoyed my time working in a professional environment. There was a lot of autonomy, but there was always someone around with the expertise I needed.

Read Logan Morgan Ward's story.