First listed on: 13 September 2023

Research Scientist

This position works in the Animal Production Sciences (APS) Unit of Agriculture Victoria Research and undertakes research activities within the Methane Mitigation program, the DairyFeedbase program and other research and innovation activities at the Ellinbank SmartFarm. The appointee will focus on leading research projects that aim to reduce enteric methane emissions from pasture based dairy systems while maintaining or improving profitability. This is achieved through innovative research and science excellence, supported by technical efficiency, business processes, technology adoption and knowledge management. The appointee will contribute to other associated dairy and livestock research projects at Ellinbank and Hamilton, and activities within APS, including the development of the Ellinbank and Hamilton SmartFarms.

The successful applicant is also expected to manage, lead and supervise research scientists and post graduate students. The position will require a well-developed knowledge of more than one discipline.  These include an excellent understanding of agricultural systems, farming systems, ruminant nutrition, greenhouse gas emissions from livestock systems, and the interaction of different supplements on rumen function and production. The successful applicant will be expected to manage projects.  Besides project work, the successful applicant is expected to contribute time to broader Departmental activities including contributing to strategic planning and decision making as required.

Specialist/Technical Expertise/Qualifications

  • A degree in Agricultural Science, Science, or an equivalent science qualification, with post-graduate qualifications in a relevant science discipline.
  • Developed critical analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and operation of ruminant production systems
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively present results of research to a range of audiences

This is a fixed term position available for a period of 3 years with a work location of Ellinbank.

To be considered for this position, applicants should respond to the key selection criteria and submit a resume.

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

Applications close at midnight on Wednesday, 27 September 2023.  

Other relevant information:

Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, including a Declaration and Consent form and a National Police Check.  

To be eligible for appointment to this role, applicants will possess corresponding work rights for the advertised employment period. Appointment to an ongoing position is only available to an Australian/New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.  

A Diverse, Inclusive and Flexible Workplace

DEECA welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and we focus on the essential requirements of the job and being consistent and fair in our treatment of all applicants. We also understand that a balanced life is important to our employees. Talk to us about our flexible options such as working some days from home, starting early or late, working part time, job sharing or accessing paid or unpaid leave.

For further information including the position description, key selection criteria and to apply visit

Please note: Due to Machinery of Government changes under Section 30 of the Public Administration Act (PAA), effective 1 January 2023, your employment will be with the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action. Corporate Services, including payroll, will be provided by the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions while a process for the formal transfer of staff in impacted areas is implemented.

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