Research Scientist


Department of Primary Industries & Regions - SARDI


West Beach, Adelaide

Salary etc:

$96,860 - $102,400 p.a. (PO3).



  • Assists South Australia's primary industries and regions to grow and prosper.
  • SARDI delivers robust scientific solutions for primary industries.
  • Offering a modern, flexible and innovative working environment.

We have an opportunity for a Research Scientist to be part of our SARDI Division within the Department of Primary Industries and Regions.

The Opportunity

The primary purpose of the role is to manage and deliver scientific outcomes relating to the South Australian Marine Scalefish Fishery, South Australian Lakes and Coorong Fishery (Finfish) and provide scientific support to other projects in the Community-Based Fisheries Sub-Program within the Fisheries Program at SARDI Aquatic Sciences. The Community-Based Fisheries Sub-Program undertakes stock assessments and carries out biological and ecological research to meet the information needs of managers charged with responsibility for managing sustainable exploitation and equitable allocation of finfish fisheries resources in South Australia.

The role contributes to delivering high-quality scientific information and advice to facilitate the sustainable management of community-based fishery resources in South Australian waters, through successful and timely delivery of research, publishing stock assessment reports and articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The role contributes to the research assessments and projects overseen by the Community-Based Fisheries Sub-Program. The primary focus of the group is on the population dynamics and fisheries biology of key finfish species and application of the daily egg production method to estimate spawning biomass. Fishery dependent and biological data are integrated in stock assessments that determine the status of harvested populations. The primary outputs are stock assessment reports that provide the scientific basis for sustainable fisheries management. Scientific findings are published in peer-reviewed reports, and national and international journals. Research findings are also communicated directly to PIRSA fisheries managers, fishery licence holders and national and international scientists through relevant steering committees, meetings and conferences. The role is also responsible for exploring opportunities for external funding to conduct new research projects.

The role contributes delivering the agency's priorities including securing production through biosecurity and efficient and sustainable use of resources.

About Us

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions, 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.


At the Department of Primary Industries and Regions, we offer our employees challenging and rewarding work with opportunities for career progression, learning and development and flexibility.

Our Commitment to Diversity

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions is committed to building a flexible, diverse and inclusive culture, planning for and promoting diversity. We welcome and encourage applications from diverse community groups and ages including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQ, people with disabilities, women and other diversity groups. The Department of Primary Industries and Regions recognises the benefits that such an approach brings for our staff and customers in delivering the future of SA.

Special Conditions

  • Successful applicant will be required to satisfactorily complete a National Police Check (NPC) prior to being made an offer of employment.


  • To be eligible for this position applicants must be an Australian Citizen or hold a visa that permits you to work in Australia.
  • A post-graduate degree in Science with a major in fisheries, zoology or related discipline (or equivalent research experience) is required.
  • Regular intra-state and occasional inter-state travel.
  • Full time ongoing role based at West Beach.
  • Regular work outside normal working hours.
  • Possession of a current C class driver's licence and willingness to drive.
  • May require field trips on research and commercial vessels.
  • Willingness to complete additional training as required (e.g. coxswains).
  • You acknowledge your work, health and safety obligations and our expectations.


PO3 $96,860 - $102,400 per annum.


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