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Summer Internship 2024/2025 Magnet Modelling Engineer 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

Openstar currently has a distributed lumped L-R network Magnet model built in MATLAB/Simscape. The current model helps us understand the current distribution and field behaviour of the magnet but lacks the ability to model the field-dependent critical current property of High-Temperature Superconductors (HTS). This role will be working with our senior magnet engineers to add additional capability to the current model for accurate modelling of magnet behaviour under high operating conditions and for quench modelling.


● Model Enhancement

● Validation and Testing of the models

● Document findings in regular meetings and technical reports


Must have

Working on a degree in ether physics or electrical engineering and currently in 2nd 3rd or 4th year

Proficiency in MATLAB

Strong understanding of electromagnetism principles, specifically Kirchhoff’s rules and the Biot-Savart law.

Nice to have

Experience with Simulink or Simscape is a plus.

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.