Food Scientist – Department of Defence, Scottsdale, Tasmania (The position has been filled)
Australia, Tasmania
  • Rare opportunity to Join Defence Science & Technology (DST) Group
  • Use your Project Management experience to drive R&D
  • Excellent facilities, onsite parking and supportive team environment



Our client, a Division of the Department of Defence, based in beautiful Tasmania boast state of the art R&D facilities. Due to the ongoing project workload, they are in need of an experienced Food Scientist to join their Food Science team on a full-time, six-month contract. 



This permanent/full-time contract position will commence in December 2020 and complete on 30th June 2021.

The Food and Nutrition Science and Technology Capability (FNSTC) within the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group provides Defence with science and technology (S&T) advice and research in support of Defence fresh and combat ration feeding systems. The product range includes specialised foods for use in combat ration packs. We are seeking an experienced Food Scientist to work in the FNSTC work programs.

The Food Scientist will provide scientific input into S&T/Research & Development activities with the main body of work being focused on the quality assurance/ evaluation program for ration pack components (food and packaging).

Some of the duties include:

  • Writing and reviewing of product specifications, standards, risk assessments, standard operating procedures, work instructions and risk assessments.
  • Providing general support to science work programs and activities across the site.
  • Providing general support to science work programs and activities across the site.
  • Perform chemical and physical food analysis including pH, texture, particle size, solubility, water activation, resistance starch and rancidity testing, etc
  • Data entry and analysis; report, SOP and Working Instructions writing as sole or contributing author
  • Monitoring instrument calibration and maintenance and stock control
  • Participate in food evaluation (sensory/taste panel) activities (voluntary basis)
  • Support workplace health and safety requirements.



The successful candidate must be flexible and willing to work on a range of activities in order that the work program is achieved both effectively and efficiently. The workforce is small but a diverse range of work is performed.

You must be self-motivated to ensure efficient use of time and to limit the need for close supervision once competency in tasks has been demonstrated. You will be willing to work within a team environment with varying degrees of individual effort depending on the task at hand.

A willingness to share knowledge and provide support to other team members is an important element of the job.

To be short-listed for this rare opportunity, you must meet the following requirements:

  • This government role requires the candidate to be an Australian citizenPR is NOT SUFFICIENT
  • Hold tertiary qualifications in Food Science and Technology or a related field
  • Have excellent project management skills
  • Have several years’ experience working in a food laboratory testing food products
  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • An ability to work as part of a team and individually under general direction
  • A demonstrated ability to work to deadlines and to successfully complete tasks on time
  • Must be willing to undergo a Baseline Security clearance and maintain it for the duration of this contract

The successful candidate will enjoy living and working in a beautiful part of the world in Tasmania only an hour’s drive from Launceston.  The people are friendly and the work is very interesting and challenging.



To be considered for this role please apply by using the ‘Apply Now’ button below. Please include your updated resume with a cover letter in Word Format addressing the Selection Criteria. For a confidential discussion about this role, please call Jo on 0411 197 171.



We would like to thank you for taking the time to apply for this role. Unfortunately, due to the large volume of candidates we receive on a daily basis, we can only contact those with suitable qualifications and experience.  Please note, however, you are welcome to call our Recruiters to discuss your application. If unsuccessful, your resume will remain on our database and will be considered for future suitable roles.