First listed on: 04 August 2017

Vacancy Nos: 2017- 22308 & 2017-22314
Location - Clare
Term – Up to 5 years – project based
Salary: $90,029 - $108,105 (PO3/PO4)

Primary Industries and Regions SA, as a key economic development agency of the South Australian Government, works across a diverse range of industry sectors including agriculture, livestock, forestry, fishing and aquaculture and regional development. We involve and engage with others to ensure we make good decisions, have clear policies, plan and implement effective programs, drive relevant projects, promote efficient resource use and broker shared responsibility. In this way we enable the State’s primary industry sectors and regions to remain competitive, productive and sustainable.

South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) provides research and development services to the state government, commercial clients and research partners to help make South Australia’s primary industries and regions internationally competitive and ecologically sustainable. SARDI’s programs are designed to increase the productivity, sustainability and adaptability of the state’s agriculture, food and wine, fisheries and aquaculture and bioscience enterprises, create opportunities for market growth, address barriers to growth and provide applied solutions.


The Research Scientist, New Variety Agronomy (NVA) is part of the Sustainable Systems research division within the South Australian Research & Development Institute.  The Research Scientist is expected to work effectively across science programs and research divisions to provide leadership and undertake research that has a focus on pulse crops but is multidisciplinary and adopts a systems approach to the research.

The Research Scientist NVA is responsible for fostering and enhancing research and development outcomes which will contribute to SARDI’s role of leading and conducting innovative research in crop, agronomy, evaluation, weed management and crop physiology. The ultimate aim is to enhance economic growth of innovative, modern, mechanised, broad acre cropping systems that underpin cropping based primary industries, sustain natural resources, improve food quality and enhance safety for the people of South Australia.  The position is base at Clare.

Salary: $90,029 - $108,105

Essential Qualifications:
For appoint at PO3
 Bachelor Degree in Agriculture or equivalent, with minimum 5 year’s relevant experience in agronomy.
For appoint at PO4 Bachelor Degree in Agriculture or equivalent, with minimum 10 year’s relevant experience in agronomy Use of common agriculture chemicals is required and a Chemcert chemical handler’s certificate or a willingness to obtain one is essential.

Special Conditions: Interstate and intrastate travel and some out of hour’s work, weekend and public holidays travel will be required.  A willingness and ability for occasional International travel will be of benefit to the position. A current Class C drivers licence is essential and a medium rigid (MR) truck licence would be of benefit.

This role involves field work and exposure to dust and pollen. 

Additional Note:

This role is advertised as Vacancy No 2017-22308 & 2017-2014 and based on your capacities & experience you may be considered at the PO3 or PO4 classification.

Enquiries and Applications to:


Andrew Ware
Telephone): 0427 884 272


Pauline Bowden
SARDI – Sustainable Systems
GPO Box 397 Adelaide SA 5001

If you are interested in this opportunity, please forward a Covering Letter (no more than 3 pages) outlining your skills and experience in relation to the Professional and Technical Knowledge, Team Work & Team Building and Planning & Organising (Work Management) capabilities of the role description and a current CV. Applicants are to include the contact information of 3 current referees and a completed “Pre Employment Declaration in the SA Public Sector” form.

For information on how to apply and a copy of the Role Description visit

Applications Close 24/08/2017

SARDI is a business division of Primary Industries and Regions SA.

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