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Trained Sensory Panellists (10 Casual Roles)

Date: 19-Jan-2023

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity


  • Are you available between 10:00am and 2:30pm most weekdays?
  • Do you have a passion for food and an appreciation of scientific advancement through research?
  • Join our team at CSIRO and provide valuable sensory feedback to our food scientists


The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia’s national scientific research agency. The CSIRO food program is working to improve food supply in Australia and around the world.


We are currently recruiting for approximately 10 casual positions where successful candidates will be part of a team that tastes, describes and evaluates the appearance, aroma, flavour and texture of different types of foods, beverages or prototypes. Successful candidates will be trained in evaluating products following strict scientific protocols.


Panellists will be required for a maximum of two hours per day and will work on a project basis, with projects typically having a duration of 1-2 weeks. Work is on an ad-hoc basis; therefore, we do not guarantee work every day or every week. All tastings will be undertaken at the CSIRO laboratories in Werribee, VIC. As such, candidates should be within commuting distance of this site and willing to be available at relatively short notice (i.e., 1-2 days in advance).

Your duties will include:


  • Participate as an individual and/or as part of a team to describe and evaluate the appearance, aroma, flavour and texture of different types of foods, beverages or prototypes; (following scientific protocols).

  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with CSIRO staff and fellow panel members.

  • Always arrive punctually for testing sessions.

  • Provide advance notice (as early as possible) of expected periods of unavailability.

  • Adhere to the spirit and practice of CSIRO’s Code of Conduct, Health, Safety and Environment procedures and policy, Diversity initiatives and Zero Harm goals.


Location: Werribee, VIC

Salary: $26.62 per hour plus loading and superannuation

Tenure: Casual

Reference: 91384

To be considered you will need:


  • To be available from 10:00am to 2:30pm on most weekdays.
  • Have a passion for food and science.
  • Are willing to taste a wide range of foods and beverages within a laboratory setting.
  • Have no known food allergies, food intolerances or chronic metabolic diseases.
  • Have good communication & interpersonal skills.
  • Have good sensory abilities.


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents, and Temporary Residents currently residing in Australia. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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

Note that you are NOT REQUIRED to upload a resume. Please apply online by completing our questionnaire via 

Applications Close

14 February 2023, 11:00pm AEDT