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Summer Internship 2024/2025 Material Science 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
Soldering is the backbone of the magnet technology developed by OpenStar. To date, OpenStar has advanced the soldering process to create joints with low resistance and high thermal conductivity. We have a robust process in place but there is an ongoing demand to continue to improve our joints.

The successful candidate will need to develop an understanding of the electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties of solder materials, as well as the behaviour of fluxes and influence of other variables during the soldering process.

The role will involve working with the magnet team to research and identify and carry out cryogenic tests to verify joint technology.


The candidate will:

● Undertake literature reviews

● Assist in designing experiments to test different solder and flux combinations for various applications.

● Perform laboratory experiments, including the preparation of samples, application of fluxes, and soldering processes.

● Data Analysis, documentation and reporting

● Collaboration - working closely with other team members for both sharing the resources and transfer of knowledge while ensuring project goals and timelines are met.

● Safety Compliance: Follow all laboratory safety protocols and ensure a clean and organised work environment (includes working with both high (>200 C) and low (<-200 C) temperatures).


Must have

Currently pursuing or recently completed a degree in Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field.

Basic understanding of materials science principles, particularly as they apply to solders and fluxes.

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.