First listed on: 17 August 2018

Reference No: 321964
Full Time up to 31/08/2021
$79,552 - $88,420 per annum, PO2


The Opportunity

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

The Senior Research Officer, Horticulture Pathology is responsible for developing effective research projects to improve the production of horticultural and viticultural crops in southern Australia. The incumbent will build effective working relationships with key stakeholders and will consult and liaise with relevant PIRSA staff, industry sectors and the community. The Senior Research Officer will provide plant pathology advice to support diagnostic testing of horticultural crops (including wine grapes) and Biosecurity SA requests, and assist with advice for chemical registration and minor use permits. In this role, the Senior Research Officer will supervise technical and casual staff working in the laboratory, greenhouse and field. 

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.


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 vacancy up to 31/08/2021. Possession of a current driver’s licence and a willingness to drive is required. Out of hours work may be required on occasion.


A degree in Science, Agricultural Science or related discipline is required. A post graduate qualification or equivalent experience is desirable.


Barbara Hall
Phone: 8429 2241

Application requirements

Applications must be submitted online via, citing Reference Number: 321964.

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, Analytical Thinking and Personal Effectiveness 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.

Applications Close: 30 August 2018

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.

SARDI is a business division of Primary Industries and Regions SA.

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