First listed on: 21 June 2018

Research Technician 

  • Do you have technical background in plant physiology measurements and willingness to undertake fieldwork?
  • Apply your technical skills to support innovative research projects
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science & technology research organisation

The Position:  

The role of Research Projects Officer in CSIRO is to collaborate in scientific activities with other research staff usually by assisting with detailed planning, undertaking or assisting with experimental and observational work, and in carrying out the more practical aspects of the work.

The successful candidate will join a research team, based on the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide that has a strong focus on plant function in perennial horticultural crops. The person will work with another experienced technical officer, under the direction of the project leader, implementing field and glasshouse based experimental work on the water and nutrient use efficiency of almonds.

Your duties will include:

  • Assist with the operation of systems and analysis of resulting data to determine root production and water use of mature trees at the Riverland field site.
  • Undertake glasshouse and potted tree experiments to improve our understanding of root function in Prunus root systems.
  • Assist with soil, root and other sampling at Riverland and Murray Valley field sites.
  • Process samples and undertake lab analysis as directed.
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with all staff, clients and suppliers in the interests of good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO’s reputation.
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary, often regionally dispersed research team, to carry out tasks under limited direction in support of scientific research.

Location: Adelaide, SA
Salary:     $61K to $78K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:    2 years and 4 months
Ref no:     57367

To be considered you will have:

  • Bachelor/Master’s degree or equivalent experience in plant science, agriculture or related biological science.
  • A current driver’s license and ability to conduct regular field work which will include overnight stays away from home.
  • Demonstrated experience in undertaking horticultural or agricultural fieldwork in a research context
  • Demonstrated experience in laboratory based analytical procedures, such as colorimetric analyses, the use of spectrophotometers, running elemental analysers, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience in the implementation and running of experiments utilising whole plants (e.g. potted glasshouse studies, field plantings).
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, and carry out tasks under general direction from Scientific Researchers.

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you.  Find out more Balance

Before applying please view the full position details and selection criteria: Position Description.

Please load one document containing your CV and a brief cover letter addressing the selection criteria. 


At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do this by using science and technology to solve real issues. Diversity is the compass that navigates our innovation. We provide an inclusive workplace that respects, values and actively pursues the benefits of a diverse workforce.

CSIRO Agriculture & Food carries out research and development for new agricultural technologies, value added foods, crop and livestock improvement, aquaculture, farming systems, sustainability and advancement of international agriculture.

We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate.

How to Apply:  To apply for this position please include with your CV/Resume and cover letter. Please upload these as one document.  

Applications Close:  8 July 2018

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