First listed on: 11 February 2019

DEDJTR is the Victorian Government’s lead agency for creating the conditions to sustainably develop the Victorian economy & grow employment. Our role is to increase jobs, investment, exports & opportunities; stimulate innovation, competitiveness, & confidence; & support sustainability. It is committed to building a culture where we say 'yes' to flexible work arrangements, & support ways of working that help employees balance work and home life.

DEDJTR is an equal opportunity employer. It strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people. The Department offers reasonable adjustments for applicants with disabilities on request.


  • $96,942 - $117,293 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Fixed term, 3 years
  • Usual Work Hours: Full-time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: Horsham

This new position will play a key role in a new research initiative investigating physiological and agronomic approaches to achieve transformational productivity improvements in pulses in south-eastern Australia. The project will investigate phenological and architectural trait diversity in key pulses and quantify their ability to improve productivity and overcome production constraints. The research will combine cutting edge sensing and imaging technologies in both glasshouse and field situations to generate data which will then be used to inform crop simulation modellers in the design of new plant ideotypes.

The successful candidate for this position will demonstrate –

  • a PhD degree in Science, Agricultural Science or a related discipline, with 3-10 years post-doctoral experience;
  • experience in crop physiology and/or agronomic research;
  • ability to undertake research, including the initiation, implementation, and completion of controlled environment and field research-based projects in crop physiology;
  • the capacity to use initiative, successfully work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, to show respect for others and to negotiate;
  • ability to analyse and interpret scientific data and a track record for publishing findings in high quality scientific journals; and
  • well-developed verbal, written communication and presentation skills, the ability to understand user needs (such as computer modellers), and to contextualise research outputs in terms of impacts for a range of audiences.

As part of the Machinery of Government changes announced by the Premier of Victoria, from 1 Jan 2019 DEDJTR transitioned into the Department of Transport (DoT) & the Department of Jobs, Precincts & Regions (DJPR). The position of Senior Research Scientist sits within the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR). The role is part of the Agriculture Victoria Research Branch’s Plant Sciences Unit within the Agriculture Victoria Group.

Agriculture Victoria works with industry and community stakeholders to support the agriculture, food and fibre sector to become more globally competitive, innovative and resilient.

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

For a confidential discussion, please call Garry Rosewarne, Senior Research Scientist, on 0477 616 759.

For a position description and further information on the position, and to apply, please visit and refer to 025188.


Applications close at midnight on 20 February 2019 and must address the Key Selection Criteria outlined in the Position Description.

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