Systems Agronomist - Digital Integration

Date: 26 Mar 2024

Location: Canberra, ACT, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity

 

  • Key role for an expert in Agricultural Systems Science
  • Unique opportunity to lead the application of digital technology to farming systems agronomy
  • Collaborate and engage across CSIRO, with industry, government and R&D partners 

 

CSIRO Agriculture and Food seeks to appoint an Agricultural Systems Scientist with experience in various aspects of digital agriculture, such as application of sensors, drones, big data acquisition, machine-learning, systems modelling and analysis or other computer/web-based informatics.
 

The focus of this position is to identify and initiate research into novel digital technologies and integrated into further research and commercial activities to improve Australia’s mixed farming systems.
Using combinations of experimentation, modelling and monitoring of plot- and farm-level experiments we seek to address farm productivity by developing novel approaches and interventions to the sustainable intensification of agriculture.

 

The appointee will complement existing CSIRO skills in soil-plant-animal systems research and drive new collaborative opportunities both within CSIRO and with external collaborators and investors. The position offers a unique opportunity to develop a national profile and reputation and to lead the application of digital technology to farming systems agronomy.
 

 

Your duties will include:

  • Develop and apply digital agriculture principles to inform crop and farm productivity in both a research and commercial farming context.
  • Explore the application of remote and proximal sensor technology, up to continental scale, and connect with other agronomic research to build multimodal data assets that enable farming systems change. 
  • Work with the Systems Program leadership to develop, negotiate and lead new research projects that bring together skills across CSIRO, external partners and funding organisations. 
  • Develop science to underpin improvements in mixed farming systems in Australia, with a focus on improved agricultural decision-making for farm efficiency and profitability. 
  • Work effectively as an integral member or leader of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team.
  • Deliver and communicate research outcomes to partners and clients to facilitate implementation of findings and delivery of impact to Industry and publication of scientific papers in leading international journals. 
  • Other duties as directed.


Location:  Canberra, ACT
Salary:  AU$126,313- AU$148,010 per annum (pro-rata for part-time) plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified Term of 3 years, Full-time
Reference:  93041

To be considered you will need:

 

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

Essential

  • A doctorate and or equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline area, such as quantitative research in farming systems agriculture (agronomy, crop/pasture physiology, soil science), natural resource management, environmental science or related discipline. 
  • A record of innovation and creativity in the application of digital agricultural tools directed at agronomic and/or farming systems research with demonstrated industry impact in agricultural productivity and/or sustainability.
  • Demonstrated success in gaining funding for research projects, the capacity to develop and lead a research team, and collaboration with farmers, industry partners and research providers.
  • Willingness to travel regularly to regional and interstate meetings with collaborating scientists and industry partners as required.
  • A demonstrated publication history of authorship on scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and/or reports, grant applications or inventorship on patent applications.
  • Current, or willingness to obtain, a full Australian C Class drivers’ licence. 

 

Desirable

  • Direct experience with various aspects of digital agriculture, such as application of sensors, drones, big data acquisition, machine-learning, systems modelling and analysis or other computer/web-based informatics. 
  • Evidence of effective and impactful international collaborations.
  • Experience managing commercial delivery of digital agriculture tools.
  • An understanding of the main drivers of productivity and profitability of dryland mixed farming systems in Australia.

 

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

 

Eligibility

Applications for this position are open to all candidates. 

Appointment to this role is subject to 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

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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. 
 If you are shortlisted, you may be asked to provide additional information (online) relevant to the selection criteria. If so, then responding will enhance your application so please take the time to provide relevant succinct answers. Applicants who do not provide the information when requested may not be considered.

Referees: If you do not already have the names and contact details of two previous supervisors or academic/ professional referees included in your resume/CV please add these before uploading your CV.
 

Applications Close

Friday 26th April 2024, 11:00 pm AEDT.