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Research Technician - Farming Systems

Date: 19-Nov-2022

Location: Toowoomba, QLD, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • Bring your practical experience in agricultural management of crops to a varied role
  • Be part of a research team improving the sustainability & productivity of farming systems
  • Join CSIRO and help build a valuable & sustainable agrifood sector for the future


Food systems around us are changing! That’s why our world-leading research group in CSIRO Agriculture and Food business unit’s Farming Systems research program are examining options to improve and provide sustainable & profitable farming systems for the agriculture sector in Australia and globally. The team is committed to working with farmers and industry to develop new tools and management practices to increase profitability and productivity, reduce resource use and maintain ecosystem health.


We are seeking a self-motivated Research Technician to join our Future Farm Enterprises team in Toowoomba, QLD and bring their practical knowledge & skills to assist field-based research activities. In this hands-on role, you will primarily support the operational activities related to the ongoing management and implementation of a long-term farming systems experiment, which would involve assisting with day-to-day site management, crop and soil sampling, field monitoring activities, agronomic activities (e.g. spraying, harvesting) and sample preparation. You will also collaborate with others on a range of agricultural research projects across the region, including cotton breeding and evaluation, grain and forage agronomy and soils research. You will also be required to apply your expertise and innovative thinking to take a vital role in the implementation of digital approaches to sample & field procedures within the Toowoomba team, and be a key team player in meeting experimental/project obligations.


If you have practical experience in agricultural research and an interest in proactively applying your knowledge to complex agricultural experiments, we would love to hear from you! You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other research project staff and industry experts, and enhance your understanding of farming systems. CSIRO will offer you excellent career development and professional support, and a platform to grow your skills & experience.

Your duties will include:

  • Implementing complex farming systems and agronomic experimentation.
  • Assisting with agricultural management of crops (e.g., spraying, harvesting, monitoring) and experimental site management, including following protocols to collect soil & plant samples and preparing them for analysis.
  • Developing and implementing improved digital techniques in experimental approaches, including integrated sample-data systems, new tools and technologies, sensor networks and other environmental monitoring systems.
  • Undertaking tasks often with competing time-frames, working with discretion to decide on the timing of operations within the team’s plan, and planning ahead to meet experiment and/or project demands.


Location: Toowoomba, QLD

Salary: AU$68K – AU$86K pa + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified Term of 3 years

Reference: 90334

To be considered you will need:

  • Relevant trade certificate/diploma/bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience in agricultural science or similar field.
  • Experience with implementation of experimental procedures including accurately recording and managing various types of data.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous activities.
  • Experience with agronomy and management of various crops (particularly those grown in subtropical farming systems); implementing agricultural experiments including soil and plant sampling procedures; and application of information & new technologies in agriculture (e.g., sensors, computer applications, drones) would be highly regarded.


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


To be eligible to apply for this role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

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 role, the successful candidate will also be required to undertake a pre-employment medical examination prior to commencement.

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. 


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. 

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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.

Applications Close

7 December 2022, 11:00pm AEDT