Research Agronomist

Location: Port Lincoln, SA

Salary: $93,629 – $99,087 per annum

Job type: Full Time, Long Term Contract

Closing date: Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Reference number: 338843

The opportunity

We have an exciting opportunity for a Research Agronomist to be part of our South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) Division within PIRSA. The role reports to the Program Manager, Agronomy.

The Senior Research Agronomist will manage the Agronomy research and development team based in Port Lincoln and deliver the SARDI/GRDC Bilateral project “DAS00167 – Improving disease management through improved agronomic practices”.

The Senior Research Agronomist is responsible for ensuring that the research findings from their work are communicated to industry effectively and timely.

About us

Primary Industries and Regions SA, as a key economic development agency of the South Australian Government, works across a diverse range of industry sectors including agriculture, livestock, forestry, fishing and aquaculture and regional development. We involve and engage with others to ensure we make good decisions, have clear policies, plan and implement effective programs, drive relevant projects, promote efficient resource use and broker shared responsibility. In this way we enable the State’s primary industry sectors and regions to remain competitive, productive and sustainable.

South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) provides research and development services to the state government, commercial clients and research partners to help make South Australia’s primary industries and regions internationally competitive and ecologically sustainable. SARDI’s programs are designed to increase the productivity, sustainability and adaptability of the state’s agriculture, food and wine, fisheries and aquaculture and bioscience enterprises, create opportunities for market growth, address barriers to growth and provide applied solutions.


At PIRSA, we offer our employees challenging and rewarding work with opportunities for career progression, learning and development and flexibility.

Our commitment to diversity

PIRSA is committed to building a flexible, diverse and inclusive culture, planning for and promoting diversity. We welcome and encourage applications from diverse community groups and ages including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQ, people with disabilities, women and other diversity groups. PIRSA recognises the benefits that such an approach brings for our staff and customers in delivering the future of SA.

Special conditions

This is a contract / term vacancy up to 24 June 2021. Interstate and intrastate travel and some out of hours work, weekend and public holidays travel will be required. A current Class C drivers licence is essential. Use of common agriculture chemicals is required and a Chemcert chemical handlers certificate or a willingness to obtain one is essential. Involves field work and exposure to dust and pollen.


The applicant must have a Bachelor Degree in Agriculture or equivalent with minimum 3 years experience in field crop agronomy.


Dr Kathy Ophel Keller
Phone: (08) 8429 0206


Applications must be submitted online via, citing Reference Number: 338843.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a Covering Letter (no more than 3 pages) outlining your skills and experience in relation to the Professional and Technical Knowledge, Team Work and Team Building and Communication capabilities of the role description and a current CV (no more than 5 pages). Applicants must include the contact information of at least 2 referees with 1 being your immediate supervisor/manager and a completed 'Pre-Employment Declaration in the SA Public Sector Form'.

Supporting Documents:

Flexibility Statement

The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.

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