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Summer Internship 2024/2025 Plasma Physics Modelling Intern



Wellington, New Zealand
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Only applicants who are eligible to work in New Zealand and meet our requirements will be considered for this position.

This position is available between November 2024 and January 2025 - there will be a long lead time for applications, so please do not be disheartened if you do not hear back from us immediately.

Equal Opportunity Statement - Applicants from diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply. OpenStar Technologies is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where innovation thrives.

Who are we?

OpenStar Technologies is on a mission to repeat the feats of Maui and capture the power of the Sun. By mastering fusion, the process that powers the stars, we can generate safe, clean, carbon free, baseload electricity in a way that is economically scalable to the challenge of mitigating climate disaster and giving birth to the next industrial revolution. The team is currently made up of 42 talented engineers and physicists, based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington), Aotearoa.

Culture Comment: At OpenStar Technologies, our culture is founded on a commitment to making a positive impact on the world. We empower every member of our team with meaningful responsibility, fostering an environment where creativity and innovation thrive in pursuit of our collective mission.

Job Description

The candidate will join the Electronics team.

Expanding an existing embedded rust codebase to help with R&D of novel high temperature superconducting (HTS) power supplies and electronics test jigs

The candidate will be working within a team responsible for gathering requirements, designing, developing, testing, and deploying software and firmware. They will be a key player in a broad project that will span frontend development of user-friendly interfaces to backend development working with in-house designed embedded systems. They will have the opportunity to work with senior engineers to create systems that promote rapid research and development of world first HTS systems. This project provides the opportunity to take a lead on the implementation of the application with the support of our team through pair coding sessions, code review, and user testing.


Research and Development workflow Preparation

The candidate will work with cross-disciplinary teams to gather requirements on our research and development workflows.


The candidate will work both independently and collaboratively to design, develop, test, and deploy an embedded application.


Must have - Applicants must have completed either their 3rd or 4th year of an undergraduate computer science or electronic engineering (with a strong coding background) degree.

Applicants must have experience of Rust, Python and git.

Nice to have - Experience with: STM 32 micro-controllers, sensing systems, PLC, React, TypeScript

Employment Details

Employment Type: Fixed-term internship.


  • $27.80 per hour - 400 hours.
  • 3% employer kiwisaver contributions.
  • 8% pay-as-you-go holiday pay.

Location: This internship must be undertaken at OpenStar Technologies' facilities in Ngauranga, Wellington, New Zealand. Candidates must be able to work on-site to fully engage with our team and technology.