Careers

Business growth and new opportunities mean that KiwiStar Optics is always interested in people with skills and experience in design and fabrication of medium-large scale, complex optical systems. We recruit at all levels, but professionals with high-quality international experience in astronomical instrumentation and systems integration are particularly sought. 

Our team is small, close-knit and happy, with excellent opportunities for professional growth.  As part of Callaghan Innovation we are linked to R&D driven innovation in New Zealand’s high value manufacturing and services sector. 

With the success of our KiwiSpec Echelle Spectrograph, we are keen to accelerate our research-based new product development, so people with a very bright idea are welcome to talk to us in confidence. 

If you are a New Zealand citizen living overseas, wanting to return home, but continuing to work in a field that provides international work and high-level challenges, KiwiStar Optics could be of interest. We are located on the Callaghan Innovation research campus at Gracefield, near Wellington city.  See the map and street view.

Wellington, a harbour-side jewel and the country's cultural capital, is home to many museums, theatres and arts festivals and a leading centre for creative industries. Over one-third of Wellington residents have a Bachelor's degree or higher qualification – the highest proportion in the country.

What skills are we looking for?

If you are in the optics business and look at our track record of projects, your own experience will indicate what expertise and skills are likely to be the most valuable to us.  Perhaps the most important information we can add is to note that KiwiStar Optics is not a ‘jobbing shop’.  Instead, we focus on design and fabrication of complex optical systems requiring precision assembly and alignment.

Feedback shows that customers also value us for our ability to supply non-standard components, such as lenses or mirrors with a non-circular profile, large prisms, wedged lenses and other special optics.

Please contact us if you believe you have relevant skills and experience that may be valuable to us. We will be pleased to hear from you.

Current opportunities

Present employment positions for which KiwiStar Optics is recruiting may be viewed here.