First listed on: 06 June 2020

Livestock Technical Officer

The Opportunity
  • Are you passinate about livestock research and the beef industry?
  • Do you want to work on multiple projects in a collaborative environment?
  • Join CSIRO Agriculture and Food and make a difference!

As the Livestock Technical Officer, you will support livestock research with a focus on the northern beef industry. You will deliver technical expertise to projects covering research into ruminant feed efficiency, mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from beef cattle and digital technologies in support of the beef industry. The role will include both desktop, laboratory and field work with the latter being conducted mainly at the Lansdown Research Station (50 km south of Townsville) but potentially also at remote locations across Australia.

Your duties will include:
  • Provide technical support in the laboratory, animal house and field in support of a range of beef-related research projects.
  • Work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, often regionally dispersed research team, to undertake technical investigations and carry out associated tasks under the guidance of more senior Research Scientists.
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with clients, contractors and suppliers in the interests of good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO’s reputation.
  • Undertake and complete tasks under technical direction, working with discretion to decide on the timing of operations within the work team’s plan and planning to meet experiment and/or project demands.
  • Under technical direction undertake experiments, laboratory analyses or technology development activities (some non-routine) using a range of techniques, often working on a number of parallel and competing tasks.

Location: Townsville, QLD
Salary: AU$63k – AU$80k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 12 months
Reference: 67274

To be considered you will need:

Essential Criteria:

  • A degree or equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline area such as, animal science, information technology, laboratory practice, rural/agricultural science.
  • Proven ability to work in the field with livestock and scientific equipment.
  • Proven ability to work in the laboratory and conform to standard laboratory practice and health and safety requirements.
  • Proven ability to handle scientific data in spreadsheets and statistical packages.
  • Willingness to travel and a current Class C Australian drivers’ licence

Desirable Criteria:

  • A deep understanding of rural culture, especially the beef industry, and low stress animal handling skills
  • A knowledge of the use of information technology in research and rural settings.
  • A knowledge of in vitro fermentation techniques
  • A knowledge of the principles of animal production such as nutrition, genetics and behaviour

For full details about this role please review the Position Description

  • The successful candidate will be asked to consent to National police check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically deemed ineligible. Each application will be considered on its merits.
  • Applicants must either have a current Q Fever vaccination, or be prepared to get one, at CSIRO expense.
Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

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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

Monday 22 June 2020, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

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