Research Scientist

Department of Primary Industries and Regions
Job reference: 416211
Location: 5024 – WEST BEACH
Job status: Long Term Contract
Eligibility: Open to Everyone

The Opportunity
The Department of Primary Industries and Regions is looking for a Research Scientist officer to join the Aquatic Sciences Branch within the South Australian Research and Development Institute.

This is a Term Vacancy up to 31/12/2022

The Research Scientist (Oceanographer) is part is part of Marine Ecosystems within the South Australian Research and Development Institute.

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) is a leading research and development institute delivering innovation to enhance South Australia’s agriculture, fishing, aquaculture and food industries and environmental systems, working in collaboration with state, national and international collaborators, partners and investors. SARDI transfers its knowledge, technologies, products and services through scientific exchange, extension and commercial arrangements with the principal aim of enhancing the State’s economic development. SARDI currently employs approximately 360 staff in three Research Divisions Aquatic Sciences, Livestock and Farming Systems, and Sustainable Systems and a Business Services unit, located at 14 key locations around metropolitan Adelaide and regional locations.

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) Aquatic Sciences leads and conducts scientific research in the fields of aquaculture, biosecurity, inland waters and catchment ecology, marine ecosystems and fisheries to support the sustainable utilisation of aquatic living resources. Emerging opportunities for product and value-adding opportunities are actively pursued through a Food Value Chain Science program area dedicated to SA’s food industries.

Other requirements specific to the role includes:

  • Under the direction of the Oceanography Sub-program Leader effectively implement and manage the research plans of projects.
  • Provide support to the Sub-program Leader to conceive, formulate and conduct new projects.
  • Assist in the implementation and development of numerical ocean models (e.g. hydrodynamic, particle transport, biogeochemical, seagrass) for South Australia.
  • Provide support to the Sub-program to organise an implement field surveys, including the collection of physical and biogeochemical data, application of data quality assurance and quality control protocols for IMOS and other projects, and database management.
  • Model output, field and scientific data are analysed and reports prepared to meet milestones of the research projects.
  • Problems requiring complex, multi-disciplinary and multi-industry solutions are identified and solutions provided as a result of previous research and collaboration with other researchers, industry or other service providers.
  • Advanced scientific understanding is applied to project development.
  • A record of scientific outcomes, which supplement knowledge and contribute to new or improved practices is established.

About Us
The Department of Primary Industries and Regions, is a key economic development agency of the South Australian Government and works across a diverse range of industry sectors including agriculture, livestock, forestry, fishing and aquaculture and regional development. We involve and engage with others to ensure we make good decisions, have clear policies, plan and implement effective programs, drive relevant projects, promote efficient resource use and broker shared responsibility. In this way we enable the State’s primary industry sectors and regions to remain competitive, productive and sustainable.

In the Department of Primary Industries and Regions, we offer our employees challenging and rewarding work with opportunities for career progression, learning and development and flexibility.

Our Commitment to Diversity
The agency is committed to building a flexible, diverse and inclusive culture, planning for and promoting diversity. We welcome and encourage applications from diverse community groups and ages including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQ, people with disabilities, women and other diversity groups. PIRSA recognises the benefits that such an approach brings for our staff and customers in delivering the future of SA.


  • A PhD in oceanography (physical, chemical or biological), applied mathematics, physics or equivalent field. The level of appointment will be commensurate with the qualifications and suitability of the successful candidate.


$83,152 – $92,020 per annum

EnquiriesMark Doubell
Phone: 8429 0982

Application Instructions
All applications must be submitted online.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a Covering Letter (no more than 3 pages) outlining your skills and experience in relation to the Professional and Technical Knowledge, Work Management and Achievement Orientation capabilities of the role description and a current CV (no more than 5 pages). Applicants must include the contact information of at least 2 referees with 1 being your immediate supervisor/manager and a completed “Pre-Employment Declaration in the SA Public Sector” form.
Applications close: 18/12/2020 11:45 PM 

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