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Research Projects Officer CPI

CSIRO - Gatton QLD

  • Role that offers variety - work in the field, glasshouse and lab
  • Supervise junior or casual staff
  • Be part of the Wheat team at the Gatton Research Station

The Position:

The Research Projects Officer (RPO), as a member of a small field team at Gatton, will assist in the collection of high quality field and glasshouse data from crop experiments. In particular, the Research Projects Officer will assist the Wheat team to conduct experiments studying genotypic variation of wheat under potential or abiotic stress conditions.

As a motivated, self-starter, you will undertake a range of tasks including organising and conducting field and glasshouse trials, carrying out physiological measurements of development and growth (including tissue composition), using and maintaining data loggers and physiological/remote sensing equipment and carrying out disease/weed and pest control and soil water measurements. In addition, tasks will include the collection and collation of accurate data using a variety of physiological equipment in the field, glasshouse and laboratory. The successful candidate will also be expected to travel to other locations to carry out similar project duties when required.

Specifically you will:

  • Contribute to the objectives of wheat projects;
  • Undertake field and glasshouse experiments designed to assess genotypic response of wheat to a range of treatments at a physiological level, including the use of destructive and non-destructive assessment methods;
  • Obtain accurate data using a variety of physiological equipment in field, glasshouse and lab and collate and store data in an efficient and accessible manner. Undertake preliminary data preparation for statistical analysis;
  • Communicate progress, data and results to supervisor and Wheat team;
  • Supervise junior or casual staff, assist project students as required;
  • Work with the Research Station Manager and other RPOs or teams to maintain the research station and/or undertake field/glasshouse experiments at peak periods.

Location: Gatton, QLD
Salary: $59K - $75K p.a. plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite / Ongoing
Ref No.: Q13/04246

To be successful in this role you will have a proactive attitude with the ability to work independently or in a team, maintain your own quality of work, and determine your own work priorities.

You will also have:

  • Experience working in crops in field, glasshouse and controlled environment facilities and demonstrated ability to manage successful field and glasshouse trials in germplasm evaluation and/or crop physiology of field crops;
  • Ability to (i) undertake detailed measurements of plants in field, glasshouse and controlled environments using electronic data capture and sophisticated physiological equipment, (ii) carry out routine plant processing and data collection tasks, (iii) have the desire to learn new techniques;
  • The ability to accurately collect and collate large and diverse data sets and organize them in preparation for further statistical analysis using computer software including word-processing, spreadsheet and/or database packages;
  • Demonstrated (i) ability to communicate effectively to supervisor and wheat team, including ability to communicate progress, data and results and (ii) organizational ability and flexibility to work efficiently and accurately, managing resources for multiple experiments (iii) ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team with a range of objectives;
  • Have a (i) valid driver’s license and (ii) relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience in plant/soil and crop science as well as (iii) strong commitment to CSIRO Code of Conduct and OHS&E guidelines.

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Applications close 10th February 2014 (11:30pm Queensland time).

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Q13/04246 Position Details

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