Experimental Scientist - Farming Systems

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Boorowa, Australia

Job posting number: #7093052 (Ref:cj_81449)

Posted: January 28, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity


  • ​​​​​​Can you implement agronomic experiments & manage data and records?
  • Be part of a research team improving the sustainability & productivity of farming systems!
  • Join CSIRO's Agriculture and Food and make a difference!


CSIRO’s Agriculture and Food Systems research program is a world-leading research group examining options to improve the productivity and sustainability of agriculture in Australia and across the globe. We are seeking a self-motivated individual to join the Innovations in Mixed Farming Systems team to support its field-based research activities.

As the successful candidate, you will be based at CSIRO’s Boorowa Agricultural Research Station west of Canberra and primarily support the ongoing management and implementation of a long-term farming systems experiment near Greenethorpe, 40 minutes north of Boorowa running until Dec 2024. You will implement complex agricultural experiments, manage data, implement new and novel digital approaches and understand farming systems.

Your duties will include:

  • Taking a leading role in implementing complex farming systems and agronomic experimentation.
  • Assisting with agricultural management of crops (e.g. spraying, sowing, slashing, harvesting, monitoring) and experimental site management and using agreed protocols to collect soil & plant samples and prepare these for analysis.
  • Assisting with the management of livestock grazing experimental plots of dual-purpose crops and pastures.
  • Developing and implementing improved digital techniques in experimental approaches including integrated sample-data systems, new tools and technologies, sensor networks and other environmental monitoring systems.
  • Participating in project planning and scheduling and providing suggestions on experimental design and data collection methods and analysis.


Location: Boorowa, NSW

Salary: AU$87k – AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation per annum (prorated to part-time up to 0.6 FTE)

Tenure: Specified term of up to end of February 2024.

Reference: 81449

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience in agricultural science or similar.
  • Experience with implementing on-farm agronomic field experiments involving soil/crop science and experimental procedures to measure, compile and analyse and report experimental data.
  • Experience with precision agriculture technologies in commercial settings.
  • Good oral and written communication skills coupled with excellent attention to detail.
  • A current class C driver's licence.
  • To be willing and able to undertake fieldwork in on-farm locations involving travel to rural regions, work flexible hours during times of seasonal demands, undertake overnight travel and undergo a pre-employment medical prior to commencement.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to Australian/ New Zealand citizens and Australian Permanent Residents only.

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

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

 11 February 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

We’re working hard to build a safe and welcoming culture where people can bring their whole selves to work. Valuing and enabling difference empowers our people, unlocking their potential to innovate and shape the future for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today. We're the people that stay awake solving the world’s big questions. This is true of our science and of our people. Our mission is to create benefit for Australia through impactful science and innovation but we know that that's not possible without an inclusive and diverse culture. We're working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

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Job posting number:#7093052 (Ref:cj_81449)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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