Job opportunity: Research DevOps Engineer

Manaaki Whenua is seeking a Research DevOps Engineer to work from their Auckland or Christchurch (Lincoln) office. This position would also be part of NeSI's national team.

Interested candidates must apply online no later than 4:00 pm NZT on 27 May 2024.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

The purpose of this role is to provide technical expertise and support to research software engineers and DevOps engineers building research tools, products, and platforms, as users of the New Zealand eScience Infrastructure's (NeSI) platforms nationally. The Research DevOps Engineer connects with research teams across Aotearoa, offering guidance and advice, and helping them optimise their deployments' availability, security, and effectiveness.

This is also a rare opportunity to help shape and design NeSI's newest cutting-edge "Flexible HPC" advanced research computing & data platform. This cloud-native infrastructure platform will close the gap for researchers wanting to bridge between highest performance and the broader benefits of cloud computing. As a platform owned and operated within Aotearoa New Zealand's research sector and institutions, you'll join a talented team working to merge technology with the important considerations of cultures and interests that operate well beyond infrastructure.

As a member of NeSI's Support Team, you will work closely with the Platforms and Collaboration & Integration teams to maintain a keen awareness of cloud tooling and IT automation. You will act as an internal power user and subject matter expert, advocating for enhancements to our services. You'll enjoy offering advice and supporting skill building, whether with your peers internally or with your partner research teams and organisations.

This position is permanent, full time and reports to the Manager of eResearch Support at Manaaki Whenua and the Researcher Support Team Lead at NeSI. Whilst this role can work from any MWLR site, we would prefer a candidate that can work from our Christchurch (Lincoln) or Auckland office.

For more details, review the position description. 

Ō pūmanawa - About you

You will possess a recognised relevant tertiary qualification, e.g., in computing and/or other sciences, with at least 3 years' experience in the design, specification, implementation, or operation of distributed computing and/or data, preferably with some having been mission-critical services.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou - What we offer

As an employee of Manaaki Whenua, you will work with passionate and talented people and enjoy supportive employee benefits such as an annual leave entitlement of 4 weeks and 4 days, generous sick leave, paid parental leave, 3 paid Manaaki Whenua days between Christmas and New Year, as well as income maintenance and life insurance benefits and flexible working options. You will also have the opportunity for personal growth and career development.

If you don't meet every requirement in the position description, please don't exclude yourself. Studies indicate that women and other individuals from under-represented groups often only apply when they satisfy all the criteria. We focus on recruiting individuals who share our core values of Manaaki Tangata (caring, partnering, common purpose) and Science that Delivers (excellence, relevance, integrity), rather than merely ticking boxes. If this resonates with you, we encourage you to submit your application.

Manaaki Whenua is committed to developing a diverse, inclusive, equitable workplace where people feel they belong. We believe this is the right thing to do, but we also believe it is a worthwhile commitment that makes our organisation stronger and more capable through building on our diversity of thinking, enabling us to better understand the needs of our stakeholders and people and respond effectively to them. An inclusive environment means the diverse perspectives we have are more likely to be expressed, heard, and acted on.

Tono Mai - Apply Now!

Interested candidates must apply online no later than 4:00 pm NZT on 27 May 2024.

Enquiries about the position may be directed to Wes Harrell, For further details about Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research, watch this short clip: Manaaki Whenua and visit our website: