First listed on: 02 September 2019

Primary Industries and Regions SA
Job reference: 358058
Location: - VARIOUS -
Job status: Ongoing
Eligibility: Open to Everyone

The Opportunity
We have an exciting opportunity for a Program Leader, Agronomy to be part of the South Australian Research and Development Institute within PIRSA. The role reports to the Research Director, Crop Sciences.

The Program Leader, Agronomy is part of the Crop Sciences Research Division within the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI).  The Program Leader, Agronomy is responsible for program’s science direction, and to enhance SARDI’s national reputation as a key research provider.

The Program Leader, Agronomy is responsible for fostering and enhancing research and development outcomes which will contribute to SARDI’s role of leading and conducting innovative research on cropping systems for the benefit of South Australia. The Program Manager, Agronomy is expected to work effectively across science programs and research divisions to provide leadership and undertake research that is multidisciplinary and adopts a systems approach to the research.

The Program Leader Agronomy is responsible for managing and leading the Agronomy program at SARDI which spans research on cereal, pulse and pasture cropping systems including weed management and soil amelioration. The Program Leader will be responsible for management of science and technical staff.

The Program Leader, Agronomy will be the leading spokesperson on agronomy research, liaise with key industry and state government stakeholders. The incumbent provides leadership and mentoring to staff and students within the Program.

About Us
Primary Industries and Regions SA, as a key economic development agency of the South Australian Government, 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.

At PIRSA, we offer our employees challenging and rewarding work with opportunities for career progression, learning and development and flexibility.

Our Commitment to Diversity
PIRSA 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.


  • Interstate and intrastate travel and some out of hours work, weekend and public holidays travel will be required.
  • PhD in Agricultural Science or related field, and extensive research experience in cereal agronomy is highly regarded.

PO5, $115,454 - $120,908

Dr Kathy Ophel Keller
Phone: 8429 0206

Application Instructions
All applications must be submitted online at – citing reference number 358058.

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, Strategic Focus and Team Work and Team Building 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: 24/09/2019 11:45 PM

Flexibility Statement
The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.

SARDI is a business division of Primary Industries and Regions SA.

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