Technical Officer - Molecular Plant Breeding

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Department: Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Science
Classification: VPSG3
Work Location: Grampians Region - Northern Grampians
Reference: VG/033027
Closing Date: 21-Jul-2019
Salary Range: $68,884 - $83,640
Job Duration: 12 months
Attachments: PD_PN_033027_TO - Mol Plant Breed_VPS3-June19.docx (Word, 117KB)

Contact: Surya Kant
(03) 4344 3179

Position Details


  • $68,884 - $83,640 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Fixed Term – 12 months
  • Usual hours of work: Full Time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: Horsham (flexibility may be available)

The position of Technical Officer- Molecular Plant Breeding forms a part of Plant Sciences within Agriculture Victoria Research.

This role is to provide technical support for the establishment, implementation and deployment of the Phenomics Operations Group, which focuses on applying non-destructive digital and sensor-based plant phenotyping under field and controlled environment conditions. You will be responsible for supporting research that aims to improve the productivity of grain crops relevant to the Victorian agriculture sector including cereals, oilseeds and pulses.

The Technical Officer will report directly to the Senior Research Scientist and will interact closely with other scientists and technical staff. 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

The Agriculture Victoria Research Branch represents DJPR's agricultural research and development function. The Agriculture Research Branch provides a discipline-based science and technology delivery function in the following areas: a) Genomics and Cellular Sciences; b) Microbial Sciences, Pests and Diseases; c) Plant Sciences; d) Plant Production Sciences; e) Animal Production Sciences; and f) Agriculture Resources Sciences.

To be successful in this role you will be results oriented, highly motivated and enjoy building and developing effective client relationships. You will also demonstrate:

  1. An ability in implementing creative and innovative solutions to technical challenges and improving upon standard operating procedures or workflows.
  2. An understanding of plant phenotyping; collecting agronomic, physiological and phenotypic observations and computer skills for data analysis.
  3. Knowledge and experience in running field trials based on best agronomic practise, as well as working within controlled environments such as glasshouse facilities.

An appropriate diploma or degree in Science, Agricultural Science or an equivalent Science qualification will be highly regarded.

For a confidential discussion, please call Surya Kant, Senior Research Scientist on (03) 4344 3179.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a National Police Records Check prior to commencing employment with the Department.

For further information on the position, please see the attached position description.  To apply, please click the ‘Apply Now' button below.

Applications close at midnight on 21 July 2019 and must address the Key Selection Criteria outlined in the Position Description

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