Research Scientist

Supporting thriving, productive and sustainable communities, environments and industries, at DEECA we’re focused on creating a liveable, inclusive and sustainable Victoria with thriving natural environments where the community is at the centre of everything we do.
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Department: Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
Work Type: Fixed term - flexible
Job Function: Science
Classification: SciB
Work Location: VIC - various
Reference: VG/020312
Closing Date: 04-Dec-2023
Salary Range: $92,332 - $104,762
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 020312 Sci B PD November 2023).docx (Word, 634KB)

Contact: Joe Jacobs

Position Details

This position works in the Animal Production Sciences Unit of Agriculture Victoria Research and will undertake research activities within the Dairy Feedbase program. The appointee will focus on research projects that aim to improve the profitability of pasture-based dairy systems. This will be achieved through innovative research and science excellence, supported by technical efficiency, business processes, technology adoption and knowledge management. The appointee will also contribute to other associated dairy or livestock research projects and activities. The successful applicant will work effectively as a member of a team, enjoy flexible working arrangements, and undertake a wide variety of work across the division.

Specialist/Technical Expertise/Qualifications

  • A degree in Agricultural Science, Science or an equivalent science qualification, with post-graduate qualifications in agricultural economics, farming management economics, farm systems analysis or a relevant science discipline.
  • Developed critical analysis and problem-solving skills with a demonstrated ability to design, conduct, evaluate and report on research findings.
  • An understanding of the key issues facing the Victorian dairy and livestock industries.

To be successful in this role, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the technical and economic dimensions of dairy and livestock farming systems along with research experience undertaking farm system economics and risk analyses.  If you have well-developed communication skills as well as experience of effective participation in research project teams and in a multi-disciplinary team environment, then this could be the position for you.

This is a fixed term position available for a period of 3 years. The work location for this position is Ellinbank or AgriBio Bundoora preferred with hybrid work arrangements available.

To be considered for this position, applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter (no longer than 2 pages) summarising their skills and relevant experience.

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

Applications close at midnight on Monday, 4 December 2023.

Other relevant information:

To be eligible for appointment to this role, applicants will possess corresponding work rights for the advertised employment period. Appointment to an ongoing position is only available to an Australian/New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.  

A Diverse, Inclusive and Flexible Workplace

DEECA welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and we focus on the essential requirements of the job and being consistent and fair in our treatment of all applicants. We also understand that a balanced life is important to our employees. Talk to us about our flexible options such as working some days from home, starting early or late, working part time, job sharing or accessing paid or unpaid leave.

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