First listed on: 11 August 2017

Vacancy No: 2017-22534
Full time for up to 60 months
$90,029 - $95,487  (PO3) 

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.

South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) provides research and development services to the state government, commercial clients and research partners to help make South Australia’s primary industries and regions internationally competitive and ecologically sustainable. SARDI’s programs are designed to increase the productivity, sustainability and adaptability of the state’s agriculture, food and wine, fisheries and aquaculture and bioscience enterprises, create opportunities for market growth, address barriers to growth and provide applied solutions.


The Research Scientist – Food Technology Sub-program leader is accountable to the Program Leader, Food Safety and Innovation, and ensures the timely delivery of high quality research outcomes to Government, industry clients and the community. Ability to identify opportunities, conceive and develop food technology programs and research projects and oversee their development for funding and delivery. Expert knowledge of areas pertaining to food technology such as product development, packaging, shelf-life evaluation and extension, food safety, chemistry or nutrition. Exceptional conceptual and analytical skills, including problem solving, that produce outcomes of critical impact. Excellent communication skills to engage with a range of internal and external stakeholders and represent the Food Technology Sub-program leads the Food Technology Sub-program including oversight of the budget of the Sub-program. Supervises a multi-disciplinary work unit including supervision of professional and/or technical staff. Mentors and develops junior staff and students.

Essential Qualifications:

A relevant degree in food science or technology, with post-graduate qualification or equivalent experience. 

Special Conditions:

Some out of hours work, weekend, public holidays work will be required. Intrastate, interstate and international travel will be required.  A current Class C driver’s licence is essential.

Additional Notes:

If you are interested in this opportunity, please forward a Covering Letter (no more than 3 pages) outlining your skills and experience in relation to the Professional and Technical Knowledge, Analytical Thinking and Communication capabilities of the role description and a current CV. Applicants are to include the contact information of 3 current referees and a completed “Pre-Employment Declaration in the SA Public Sector” form.


Stephen Pahl
Telephone: 8303 9333


Sandy Wyatt
Livestock and Farming
J.S. Building,
Roseworthy Campus, ROSEWORTHY SA 5371

For more information and a copy of the Role Description visit


Applications Close 25/8/2017 

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

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