First listed on: 17 September 2020

Food Process Engineer 

The Opportunity
  • Immerse Yourself in an Inclusive Culture
  • Use your Skills and Make an Impact on CSIROs Agriculture and Food!
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's Premier Science and Technology Research Organisation

The role of the food process engineer in CSIRO will be to collaborate with other Engineers, Scientists and Food Processing staff in innovative research leading to commercial and scientific achievements, which are aligned with CSIRO's strategies. In this role, you will be primarily engaged in activities with the Food Engineering Team and work closely within CSIRO’s Food Innovation Centre which involves close-to-market research for local and international food manufacturing industry clients. As the food process engineer, you will have the opportunity to build research and industry networks and play a lead role in securing project funds and project delivery. 

Your duties will include:
  • Under the broad direction of senior engineers, taking responsibility for conducting experimental and observational work to develop food processing technologies at laboratory scale and translation to pilot scale.
  • Working with engineers and scientists to develop safe and novel foods, ingredients and beverages for the Australian food industry and global consumers.
  • Providing hands on support to teams during laboratory and pilot scale trials including planning, scheduling and execution of trials.
  • Managing the purchase of laboratory or pilot testing materials and equipment, as well as commissioning, installation, risk assessments and maintenance.
  • Making significant contributions to the interpretation and communication of research or technological results and may collaborate on drafting presentations, and/or detailed written reports for clients and the scientific and/or technology community.

Location: Werribee, VIC
Salary: AU$83k - AU$90k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite (Full-time)
Reference: 68891

To be considered you will need:
  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience in Food, Chemical or Biochemical Engineering or Food Technology.
  • Demonstrated leadership with the ability to influence and collaborate effectively with cross functional teams and groups.
  • Broad knowledge of food ingredients, properties and interactions, as well as food microstructures, for developing food products.
  • Specific knowledge of at least 3-4 food processing unit operations listed here:  membrane filtration and separation processes, extrusion, thermal processing, drying, microencapsulation, emulsification, homogenisation and fermentation or synthetic biology.
  • Well-developed skills for the collection, interpreting and reporting of data using standard computer packages.
  • Experience in working with food processing equipment and environments at a research, pilot scale and/or industrial level.
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team including the ability to build and maintain productive working relationships with colleagues and collaborators.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • The ability and willingness to contribute novel ideas and approaches in support of scientific activities including actively participating in brainstorming and ideation sessions, concept development and screening of novel technologies.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities.
  • To be willing and able to work in a food processing environment which can be noisy and require heavy lifting at times.

For full details about this role please review 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. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.


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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

16th October 2020, 11:00pm AEDT

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