SCIENTIST (PRODUCTION LEVEL): CROPPING SYSTEMS REF NO: AGR 20/2024

SALARY : Grade A: R721 476 per annum, (OSD as prescribed)
Grade C: R1 084 368 per annum, (OSD as prescribed)
CENTRE : Department of Agriculture, Western Cape Government
REQUIREMENTS : An appropriate Science degree BSc (Hons) or equivalent with Agronomy as a
major subject; Compulsory registration with SACNASP as a Professional
Natural Scientist in the appropriate field of practice; A minimum of 3 years postqualification natural scientific experience in Agronomy; A valid code B driving
licence. Competencies: Working knowledge of the following: Small stock
management and grazing management; Conservation agricultural and
regenerative agricultural systems; Implements/machinery used in the small
grain systems; Agronomy; Management in multi-disciplinary cropping systems
of the Western Cape and the management of component trials in cropping
systems for optimal production and sustainability; Planning skills that involves
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managing a complex multidisciplinary systems trial within, as well as the large
data sets involved; A proven record of participation in the scientific process, as
indicated by contributions at local and overseas scientific conferences, study
tours, peer reviewed papers published in scientific journals and accredited
conference proceedings, and papers in the popular press in this research area;
Skills in the following: Communication skills at production and scientific level:
Research connections with academic institutes involved in cropping systems
and agronomy are recommended; Contact with industry and producers is
important; Computer literacy in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
DUTIES : Participate with problem identification, problem definition and the prioritization
of research needs in in the field of agronomy and cropping systems in
accordance with the departmental strategic plan to ensure that relevant and
applicable research is conducted; Conduct scientifically accountable,
innovative and advanced research trials (on-site) to ensure that cutting edge
research is conducted and an information source is available for sustainable
agricultural practices; Conduct statistical analysis, interpret results, formulate
conclusions and present research findings to all relevant stakeholders and
beneficiaries; Perform all administrative and related functions; Keep up to date
with applicable prescripts, policies, procedures, technologies and new
developments to be able to render an efficient and effective Research service.
ENQUIRIES : Ms A Swanepoel Tel No: (021) 808 5320

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