Recruitment - Position Details - role summary for potential

Position Details
Role summary for potential applicants
Advertised Job Title:
Indigenous Traineeship - Laboratory/Field Technician (Crop
Reference Number:
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Traineeship
Salary Range:
Trainee salary - $22,329 to $24,749 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Black Mountain, Canberra, ACT
Duration/remainder of full-time study program
Relocation assistance:
Will be provided to the successful candidate if required
Applications are open to:
Open to people of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
descent (Proof of Aboriginality will be required prior to confirming the
Role Overview:
The Indigenous Traineeship Program is an initiative of the CSIRO Indigenous Engagement Strategy which
seeks to significantly increase employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders nationally within
CSIRO. Through this strategy, CSIRO aims to enhance the educational, employment, training and career
development opportunities for people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
Over the course of the traineeship, the successful applicant will undertake on-the-job training and
complete a Nationally Accredited Qualification relative to their position. After successfully completing
the training, the trainee will be considered for ongoing employment with CSIRO, if available.
An opportunity exists for a trainee to join the Agriculture Flagship to undertake a workplace-based
traineeship. In this role you will aid in the research and understanding of how we can develop new crop
varieties that yield more and more sustainably under Australian Conditions. Currently we are using hightech gear such as thermal and hyperspectral cameras, sensor networks, ground and aerial vehicles
( for monitoring crop traits that will help breeders in the development of these
new varieties. As part of the program, you will perform coursework as well as work on research projects
for CSIRO. In the research component, you will spend time working in a multidisciplinary team of plant
scientists, software and mechatronic engineers as well as research technicians in the field. Roughly 3050% of your time in the field, 20-30% of your time in the laboratory/workshop, 20-30% of your time
doing data entry and analysis.
Duties and Key Result Areas:
Assist with the digital acquisition of field data using field phenotyping tools such as Phenomobile
Lite, canopy sensors or even aerial vehicles
Assist with the plant sample collection, processing and measurements both in the field and the
laboratory (weight, area, leaf sampling)
Assist with the digital data processing of the data acquired in the field using the computers and
software tools developed by CSIRO
Assist with the development and testing of new electronic equipment that is currently being
developed by CSIRO
Comply with CSIRO general policies and procedures, OH&S policies and requirements
Selection Criteria:
Please note: Under CSIRO policy only applicants who meet all the essential criteria can be appointed.
 Must be either enrolled in, currently studying, or eligible and willing to carry out training for a
Nationally Accredited Qualification relative to the position (e.g. Certificate III or IV in Laboratory
Essential Criteria:
1. Self-starter with a positive attitude and the ability to work independently or in a team, maintain
own quality of work, and determine own work priorities.
2. A willingness to perform routine technical tasks and the ability to learn techniques that require a
reasonable level of skill.
3. Awareness of and ability to adhere to field and laboratory safety procedures.
4. The ability to operate or to be trained to operate technical equipment.
5. Possess good numeracy, literacy and communication skills.
Desirable Criteria:
1. Experience or strong interest in electronics and computers.
2. Experience with Microsoft Office software (such as Excel and Word).
CSIRO is a values based organisation. In your application and at interview you will need to
demonstrate behaviours aligned to our values of:
Integrity of Excellent Science
Trust & Respect
Creative Spirit
Delivering on Commitments
Health, Safety & Sustainability
Other Information:
This is an identified position to be occupied by an Aboriginal person and/or Torres Strait Islander person
only. This is a genuine occupational requirement as permitted by and arguable under the AntiDiscrimination Act.
How to Apply: Please apply for this position online at
You will be requested to provide:
1. a Resume/CV which includes a cover letter stating why you are interested in traineeship with
CSIRO and the reasons you would be suitable for this position; and
2. Confirmation of Aboriginality or Torres Strait Islander descent. This can be provided later.
IMPORTANT: Please upload your resume/curriculum vitae and cover letter as one document.
If you experience difficulties applying online call 1300 984 220 and someone will be able to assist you.
Outside business hours please email: [email protected]
Referees: If you do not already have the names and contact details of two previous supervisors or
academic/ professional referees included in your resume/CV please add these before uploading your CV.
Contact: If after reading the selection documentation you require further information please contact:
Jose Jimenez-Berni via email at: [email protected] or by phone on: (02) 6246 5420.
Please do not email your application directly to Jose. Applications received via this method will not be
About CSIRO: Australia is founding its future on science and innovation. Its national science agency, the
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is a powerhouse of ideas,
technologies and skills for building prosperity, growth, health and sustainability. It serves governments,
industries, business and communities across the nation. Find out more!
CSIRO’s Agriculture Flagship is helping Australian farmers and industry improve productivity and
sustainability across the agriculture sector. The Agriculture Flagship will focus on the following
Crop improvement;
Livestock and aquaculture genetic improvement;
Farming systems for productivity and sustainability;
Interactions between agriculture and the environment; climate change, adaptation and
Science for healthy soils;
Global food security and development.