Research Officer

Location: Port Lincoln, SA

Salary: $63,019 - $76,961 per annum

Job type: Full Time, Short Term Contract

Closing date: Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Reference number: 338878

The opportunity

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

The Research Officer has a key research and development role in delivery of the GRDC Southern Pulse Agronomy Program. The Research Officer is responsible for the conduct of and data collection from field trials in the Eyre Peninsula agricultural regions for this research program. The Research Officer is responsible for organising, overseeing and training of casual staff assisting in these projects on a seasonal basis. The incumbent also provides support to the Research Scientist (Agronomy, Port Lincoln) to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the Port Lincoln Research Centre group facilities and equipment.

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 position up to 30 April 2020. This is a physically demanding role that requires an above average level of physical fitness and involves exposure to dust and pollen, which may cause an allergic reaction in some people.  A pre-employment medical may be required.  A current Chemcert Certificate will be required as the role will involve the use and handling of agricultural pesticides.  A current Class 1 driver’s licence is essential and a medium rigid (MR) truck licence would be an advantage. Some out of hours work and country travel as well as interstate and intrastate travel will be required. The incumbent is required to work off-site at other regional locations such as Minnipa and private farms in the Eyre Peninsula agricultural regions.    A preparedness to undertake field work in a range of weather conditions is required.


The applicant must have a Bachelor Degree in Agriculture or equivalent.


Penny Roberts
Phone: 0436 678 982


Applications must be submitted online via, citing Reference Number: 338878

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, Attention to Detail 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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