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Research Scientist Classification

The Research Scientist Classification is designed to recognise the importance of science in the public service by providing a career structure for scientists employed in the public service who execute and publish original scientific research.

Within this context, ‘scientific research’ is given a liberal interpretation, ranging from traditional disciplinary areas including statistics and economics through to emerging scientific areas such as biotechnology, the science of complex systems, nanotechnology and scientific, social and economic integration. Methodologically, ‘scientific research’ ranges from conventional laboratory or field-based experimentation, through to computer-assisted modelling of entire natural or managed environmental systems. Any field of systematic research which can be expected to lead to innovative change and improvement of Government policy, programs and public service in the areas of better scientific understanding, natural resource utilisation and management, education and extension, effective technology transfer and commercialisation, falls within the scope of the Classification.

The classification

There are four levels within the classification: Research Scientist, Senior Research Scientist, Principal Research Scientist, and Senior Principal Research Scientist.

Details of the classification, pay rates and the assessment criteria for each level of the classification are included in the Research Scientist Classification Policy and Guidelines (PDF 323KB) 

Who can apply for a classification

Applications are invited from:

  1. Officer seeking entry into the classification
  2. Scientists currently in the classification seeking to progress to a higher level
  3. Scientists seeking to continue in the classification in accordance with the Policy and Guidelines

How to apply

Applicants must submit online and no later than 5:00pm on Sunday 30 June 2019.

Entry to the Classification, and progression and continuation within the Classification, are subject to peer review to ensure an equitable and comparable assessment of applications across the public service. The Classification is not available to Departments for the purpose of establishing a position that would require appointment based on competitive merit.

Applicants are reminded that progression to higher levels is not to be expected as an automatic career progression. Each application will be assessed on its merits against the criteria for entry to each level.

Read about the detailed application process.