First listed on: 16 September 2023

Project Officer Soil Condition and Function


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The Opportunity

  • Key projects support role in the Canberra-based Proximal Sensing Team
  • Make an impact in the future of sustainable agriculture
  • Great opportunity to join Australia’s national science and innovation agency! 

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

The Research Project Officer Soil Condition and Function will directly support the development of new digital proximal soil sensing and soil analytical measurement approaches. The position will require demonstrated hands-on experience in the understanding, measurement, and inference of soil properties, proximally sensed in the field and in the laboratory, including data analysis skills for the translation of field and laboratory measurements to soil information required by a range of users. 

A fundamental role of this position will be to support the development of a capability to continuously capture CSIRO wide and national soil information, including soil spectra, analytes and associated metadata into the National Soil Archive and ANSIS. The role will also support several other nationally and internationally funded projects that are introducing rapid soil measurements including spectroscopic measurement techniques.

This position is for 4 years, with possibility of conversion to indefinite, subject to funding and strategic alignment.

Your duties will include:

  • Under general direction, contribute to research and/or technology through the development of original and adapted experimental methods, equipment or software. 
  • Under general direction, undertake international, national, regional and farm scale soil state and trend assessments for incorporation within natural capital accounting and other reporting frameworks as well as digital soil maps and land suitability assessments.
  • Use rapid and cost-effective proximal sensing tools as well as soil analytical methods to support functional understanding of the agro-ecosystem. 
  • Show initiative to seek new approaches meeting experimental or technological needs when encountering new problems where methods are not defined.
  • Participate in the identification and definition of research and/or technological problems with colleagues.
  • Participate in project planning and accept responsibility for scheduling and completion of project milestones, including evaluation of options, experimental design, data collection and 
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team to carry out tasks in support of CSIRO’s scientific objectives.
  • Other duties as directed.

Location: Canberra (Black Mountain Site), ACT
Salary: AU$89,680 - AU$101,459 per annum (pro-rata for part-time) plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 4 years / Full-time
Reference: 92659

To be considered you will need:

Please specifically address the Selection Criteria in writing and append to the end of your Cover Letter.


Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.

  • Relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of qualification and demonstrated relevant work experience in soil science, agricultural science, environmental science, or similar fields of science.
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience in the analytical measurement of soil and/or other material properties, including the use and maintenance of laboratory equipment.
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience in measuring soil and/or other material properties using proximal sensing tools such as infrared spectroscopy (e.g. FT-IR, Vis-NIR) in the field and laboratory setting, and knowledge of, or clear evidence in developing a skillset in the laboratory and data requirements for soil inference calibration and validation including the QA&QC of the collated datasets.
  • Applied experience in data analysis, including a sound understanding of FAIR data principles, data management and version control, and statistics.
  • A willingness to work on and/or demonstrated knowledge of domestic and international projects that require field and laboratory-based research and capacity building..
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary or regionally dispersed research team, and the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous work components.
  • A current Australian driver’s licence.


  • Demonstrated practical knowledge of Australian landscapes and soils, their constraints, and sustainable management opportunities. 
  • Demonstrated programming skills in one or more scientific coding languages including (but not limited to) Python and R. 
  • Documented all-terrain driving and/or 4WD experience and training.

For full details about this role please review the position description. 


To be eligible for this role, you must be an (1) Australian/New Zealand Citizen, (2) Australian Permanent Resident, or (3) Australian Temporary Resident, with an existing valid visa and unrestricted work rights for the duration of the 4 year term  and no requirement for visa sponsorship from CSIRO.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a CV and cover letter that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role. (We strongly encourage you to respond to each of the selection criteria in detail and attach it to your cover letter as one document).

Please note: This position has been previously advertised. It is advertised again now with a slight change in the scope. If you have applied to this position earlier, please refrain from re-applying as we already have your application in our database. 

Applications Close

Sunday 1st October 2023 11:00pm AEST. 

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