Senior Research Scientist - Meat Supply Chain

Date: 15 Sep 2023

Location: Coopers Plains, QLD, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • Deliver impactful science to boost the quality, safety & sustainability of Australian food products
  • Bring your meat supply chain expertise to lead key research projects and industry partnerships
  • Exciting ongoing role with great career progression opportunities!


We are seeking a motivated and experienced scientist, with expertise in the meat supply chain, to join our CSIRO Agriculture & Food business unit, in a diverse ongoing role!


In this role, you will be part of our dynamic ‘Food Materials Team’ within CSIRO’s Food Program. The program delivers science that helps the Australian food industry compete in domestic and global markets, and make food products that are safe, sustainable and taste great for consumers around the world. With our research expertise, we assist the meat and seafood industries with a broad range of quality issues and new product opportunities.


As a Senior Research Scientist, you will have a key role in efficiently leading and making major contributions to research programs & project portfolios, focused on developing innovative meat science and value-adding processes aligned to the needs of the Australian meat industry. While you will be expected to bring your meat supply chain expertise to deliver impact into the red meat sector, you will also be responsible for applying your well-developed networking and leadership skills into building & maintaining successful relationships with a range of industry and academic stakeholders, contributing to securing future project funds and collaborations.


If you are interested in expanding your domain knowledge and exploring the Australian food industry, this will be a great opportunity for you to join Australia’s leading scientific research organisation in an ongoing role, and carry out impactful research & make scientific advancements! CSIRO offers you excellent professional development and support to grow your skills & career, and we are strongly committed to diversity and supporting flexible working arrangements.

Your duties will include:

  • Using professional expertise, knowledge of other disciplines and research experience to formulate, develop and complete an approved suite of client and strategic projects aligned to the impact areas of the 'Food Program'.
  • Effectively leading and contributing to meat supply chain projects to ensure timely delivery, including conducting, interpretation, reporting and communication of research results, to relevant audiences.
  • Acting as a trusted advisor, utilising knowledge of the industry’s needs and clients’ business and understanding of their underlying needs.
  • Working collaboratively as part of an often regionally dispersed and multi-disciplinary research team, to carry out tasks in support of CSIRO’s scientific objectives.


Location: Coopers Plains, QLD

Salary: AU$121K – AU$142K pa + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite; Full-time

Reference: 90910

To be considered you will need:

  • A PhD in meat science, meat production/processing or a related field, with evidence of relevant postdoctoral research and leadership experience OR significant experience in industry.
  • Demonstrated ability in meat/muscle structure-function relationships and related techniques.
  • Significant experience as a senior researcher managing large projects/programs that include designing, conducting, analysing, and reporting on meat supply chain research, using a range of experimental approaches that, for example, affect quality or meat value-addition.
  • Demonstrated ability in the translation of scientific outcomes to industry applications.
  • Strong track record of scientific dissemination that may include peer-reviewed publications, technical/industry reports, presentations at scientific conferences, industry workshops or to the public.
  • Strong evidence of anticipating industry needs and market direction through client liaison, with demonstrated ability to attract external funding and secure research grants.
  • A strong network in the meat industry and evidence supporting an emerging national and/or international reputation across the meat supply chain.
  • Demonstrated mindset to facilitate respect, collaboration, support, inclusiveness, and accountability in the workplace.
  • Due to the nature of the work, currently hold or be willingness to obtain, a vaccination for Q Fever.


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


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents, or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa (visa sponsorship and relocation assistance may be offered to the successful candidate if required).

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

Due to the nature of the work, the successful candidate must also hold a current, or be willing to obtain, vaccination for Q Fever.

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. 


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Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply online, and provide a detailed cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role. Please note that we strongly encourage you to respond to each of the selection criteria in detail, and attach it to your cover letter as one document.

Applications Close

19 October 2023, 11:00pm AEDT