First listed on: 28 April 2019

Research Projects Officer - Cotton Agronomy & Physiology

The Opportunity

  • Contribute to Australian agriculture in a role that takes you from office to field
  • Increase understanding of external factors that impact cotton crops
  • Join Australia’s premier research organisation - CSIRO

The Position

The Integrated Cotton Management group at Myall Vale is seeking a Research Projects Officer – Cotton Agronomy & Physiology to contribute to developing and applying an understanding of the physiology and agronomy of Australian cotton crops to improve yield, fibre quality, and resource use efficiencies.

In this role, you will conduct experiments which focus on future cotton systems and specifically address climate stress, crop physiology, dryland research, fibre quality, use of novel growth regulators, use of crop simulation technologies, and developing regional specific agronomy.

Travelling to field locations, which include occasional overnight stays, is a requirement in this role, so you will need to be prepared for this. You will also need a current and valid driver’s license. 

Your duties will include

  • Overseeing the design, implementation, and management of a range of field and glasshouse experiments located on a field research station and on farmers’ field located throughout the Australian cotton industry.
  • Assisting in the application of a range of treatments on experiments ranging from growth regulator applications to changes in agronomic practice (e.g. Planting time) and collecting measurements of plant/crop growth, yield and fibre quality.
  • Implementing, maintaining and monitoring electronic sensing systems to measure variables such as weather and plant/crop stress (e.g. canopy temperature, soil moisture).
  • Collating data and undertaking preliminary analyses (statistical or graphical) using software tools (e.g. ‘R’ or Excel).

Location:      Myall Vale, NSW
Salary:          AU$62K - AU$78K plus up to 15.4% superannuation  

Tenure:         Indefinite
Reference:    61316

To be successful you will need

  • A relevant Bachelor’s Degree &/or equivalent experience in Agronomy, or related field research.
  • Experience in, or the ability to organise and conduct field experiments involving crop physiology and/or agronomy.
  • An understanding of experiment design and procedures as well as accurate data collection ability, and the use of computers for data handling and preliminary statistical data analyses.
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team to effectively handle workloads characterised by regular flow, but with seasonal fluctuations.
  • The ability to effectively manage a number of competing priorities simultaneously, and carry out non-routine tasks under general direction.

For details about who to contact and for more information please view Position Description

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At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

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Applications Close

21st May 2019

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