First listed on: 09 July 2018

Field Research Assistant

  • Do you have a passion to support field based scientific research activities with experimental and observational work
  • Use your skills with a key focus of developing new varieties of Cotton Breeding
  • Work at our Myall Vale site


The position:

The role of Research Projects staff 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 Cotton Breeding Group develops new cotton varieties for the Australian cotton industry. This role will assist the Breeding Group in general field and greenhouse operations and maintenance, laboratory processing, sampling experiments, processing samples and harvesting cotton experiments at Myall Vale as well as a number of other regionally located sites in NSW and Qld.

Your duties will include:

  • Assist with planting, weeding and maintenance of field and greenhouse experiments.
  • Assist with hand and machine harvest of experiments at the Australian Cotton Research Institute and other district sites.               
  • Gin cotton samples and assist with fibre quality testing.
  • 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.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues within your team, the business unit and across CSIRO, to reach objectives.
Location:  Myall Vale, NSW
Salary:      AU$45,998 to AU$59,290 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:     13 months
Ref no:      57792

To be considered you will have:

  • A current class C driver's licence.
  • Ability to lift, bend, walk and undertake repetitive tasks and the ability to undertake manual handling and operate equipment safely in accordance with Health and Safety Procedures.
  • Ability of maintaining a high attention to detail whilst completing set tasks.
  • Ability to adhere to safe work practices within a team environment.
  • Ability and willingness to work in harsh and adverse conditions whilst maintaining health and safety requirements.
  • Experience operating a tractor or other relevant agricultural machinery is desirable
  • Experience with field crop experimentation is desirable

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 here: Position Description


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 framing your motivation and suitability for the position.  Please upload these as one document.  

Applications Close:  23 July, 2018

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