Research Station Manager - Armidale (Chiswick)

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Armidale, Australia

Job posting number: #7103499 (Ref:cj_84805)

Posted: June 20, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The Opportunity


  • ​​​​​​Provide oversight and coordination of CSIRO’s livestock research stations, including leading improvements in digital capability
  • Partner with research scientists to deliver impact to livestock industries
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s National Science Agency – in an ongoing role!


We are currently seeking an experienced and efficient Research Station Manager to join our CSIRO Chiswick Agricultural Research Station at Armidale NSW!


CSIRO’s Chiswick Research Station undertakes research on solutions for the sheep, cattle and poultry industries. In this busy and multi-faceted role, you will bring your knowledge & understanding of how a research station operates and well-developed leadership and people management skills to ensure the smooth running of research station activities and management of multi-disciplinary teams. 


As the Research Station Manager, you will play a key coordinating and leadership role to manage and develop the operational activities and work closely with livestock researchers based at the research station and at other CSIRO sites. While you will be primarily based at Chiswick (NSW), you will also have oversight of our research stations in Woodstock and Bribie Island (QLD), including providing line management of the research station managers, and therefore will be required to travel occasionally. You will also be at the forefront of establishing & maintaining collaborative partnerships with research staff to develop and implement a digital strategy for the research station.


If you have a passion for contributing to research and to solutions for Australian agriculture, and have superior management and leadership capabilities, we would love to hear from you!

Your duties will include:

  • Team Management: Direct line managing the Chiswick research station staff, and Research Station Managers at two other CSIRO research stations in QLD, including their day-to-day performance, time & resource management, team cohesion & motivation, relationships with research teams/staff and compliance with HSE standards & procedures.
  • Chiswick Research Station Management: Managing the strategic planning and day-to-day activities of the Chiswick Research Station, including overseeing land management activities and strategies to maximise utility for ongoing scientific experimentation, liaising with Site Leader and other senior leaders & committees to co-develop solutions for the site, etc.
  • Research Support: Working with a diverse range of scientific equipment with emphasis on the digital capabilities of the research station, data acquisition, data validation and management, data storage and researcher access; collaborating with research groups; and communicating activities of the research station.
  • Regulatory and other Compliance Duties: Ensuring compliance requirements with regard to managing a CSIRO research station are met.
  •  Other general duties as directed.


Location: Armidale, NSW (CSIRO Chiswick Research Station)

Salary: AU$102K – AU$111K pa + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite

Reference: 84805

To be considered you will need:

  • Relevant tertiary degree in Agricultural Science, and/or significant relevant experience in Agricultural Science, Livestock Agricultural systems, Digital and/or Precision Agriculture.
  • Qualifications and/or demonstrated experience in relevant digital technology.
  • Experience in working with a research organisation and establishing and maintaining relationships with researchers. 
  • Strong communication and organisational skills, and ability to negotiate positive outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage, and work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed team, and carry out tasks autonomously.
  • Proven ability and willingness to contribute novel ideas and approaches. 
  • A current Australian driver’s licence.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


To be eligible to apply for this role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

The successful candidate must be willing and able to undertake moderate physical activity commensurate with livestock farming activities, and undertake occasional travel within Australia for short periods.

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

10 July 2022, 11:00pm AEST

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Job posting number:#7103499 (Ref:cj_84805)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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