Cropping Systems Agronomist

The Opportunity

  • Contribute to agronomic research to improve cotton yield and resource use efficiencies
  • Contribute to crop simulation technologies & systems research
  • Immerse yourself in an inclusive and diverse culture that offers great flexibility

CSIRO's Agriculture and Food Business Unit applies world class multidisciplinary science, technology and facilities, relevant intellectual property, and global networks across the value chain to create healthier, trusted, safer and more sustainable food and fibre for the future. Our research from gene to plate increases productivity and efficiencies at the farm level, improves the quality and yield of Australian crops, develops innovative food processing technologies, creates new value-added foods, and is growing the nation's livestock, aquaculture and fishery industries.

The Systems Program is one of Agriculture & Food's 6 research programs and provides innovative farming systems that improve agricultural productivity and resilience under economic and environmental variability.

The role of the Cropping Systems Agronomist is to undertake research with the aim to provide solutions to raise productivity and resource use efficiencies. The appointment will complement and extend existing CSIRO skills in soil-plant systems research and drive new collaborative opportunities within CSIRO with both external collaborators and investors, and international partners.

Your duties will include:

  • The Agronomist will apply cropping systems research principles within the portfolio of relevant crop research activities at experimental, farm and industry scales to:
    • Contribute to physiology and agronomic research improving the knowledge of the fit and utility of plant growth regulators to assist cotton yield and resource use efficiencies.
    • Contribute to agronomic and systems research allowing for successful industry expansion of rainfed cotton cropping systems.
    • Contribute to the development and application of crop simulation technologies through traditional modelling approaches, as well as employing advanced data analytics and concepts like data/model fusion.
    • Provide leadership in connecting other cropping systems research within CSIRO and elsewhere within agricultural industries to enhance the CSIRO cotton research effort for high impact delivery and adoption.
  • Work closely with other cropping systems researchers to develop novel approaches to scientific investigations by adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas for new, existing and further research into improving the sustainability of both irrigated and rain-fed cotton systems.
  • Lead research into exploiting the use of growth regulators and plant hormone technologies to improve cotton cropping system resilience to improve productivity whilst applying modern sensing technologies and data analytics to quantify abiotic stressors.
  • Produce high quality scientific papers suitable for publication in quality journals and generate client reports.

Location: Myall Vale, regional NSW
Salary: AU$100k - AU$108k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in an area relating to applied cropping systems/agronomy or related discipline.
  • Current drivers' licence.
  • Demonstrated experience in field-based cropping systems/agronomy research.
  • Experience and/or demonstrated knowledge of the application of digital agricultural principles and precision farming technologies directed at agronomic and/or farming systems research.
  • Experience and/or demonstrated knowledge with the use, application, and delivery of agricultural technologies (including application of sensor networks and plant phenomics technologies) in a commercial context.
  • Experience in engaging with industry and stakeholders to ensure impact and delivery of research outcomes to real world application.
  • An understanding of the use of plant growth regulators to manage crop resilience would be advantageous.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work.

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish.


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close: 3rd September 2021, 11:00pm AEDT

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