Casual Academic

Sydney, Australia
30 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
15 Jan 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Expression of Interest - Casual Tutors – Cognitive Science

The Department of Cognitive Science is looking for casual academic staff to tutor in one of the core units of the major in Cognitive and Brain Sciences offered in Semester 1, 2017. All interested tutors are encouraged to register their interest. Please note that classes run from 27 February 2017 – 9 June 2017. Tutors will be expected to mark the unit's exam during the exam period, which ends 30 June 2017.

Unit Details:

Title: COGS100 – Introduction to Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Description: This unit provides an intensive introduction to the fundamentals of modern neuroscience, with a focus on the structure and function of the human brain. Topics include neuroanatomy, neural signalling, sensory processing, and the neural control of movement.

Tutorials: The tutorials for this unit will be a mixture of hands-on research-driven learning activities with the use of the Emotiv EPOC neurogaming system and seminar-like tutorials that will focus on unit content and the development of general research skills.

Workload: The face-to-face tutorials meet weekly and go for 1 hour. Tutors will be asked to take on multiple tutorial classes per week, depending on enrolment numbers. In addition, tutors are expected to assist with student consultation and the marking of unit assessments and examinations.

Application Criteria

To be considered for the casual tutor positions, applicants must possess the following:

  • A postgraduate qualification or current enrolment in a higher degree research program relevant to the teaching discipline;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with others; and,
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with students.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate tertiary level teaching experience.

Application Process

Applications must be accompanied by a CV or resume addressing, in clearly identified sections: academic qualifications; and potential industry or teaching experience/work history. Please ensure you complete all sections of the application form, including the selection criteria questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Where possible, please upload a copy of your academic transcript for your highest coursework degree. 

Expressions of Interest (EOI) need to be submitted by the 15th of January 5pm and may be submitted at any time. Applicants will receive a response notifying them of the outcome generally within one month of submission. Successful EOIs will be kept on file, and may be considered by the department when a vacancy arises that is an appropriate match to their skill base, disciplinary background and availability. If you are being considered, you will be contacted by the department. Neither having an EOI on file, or being considered for a vacancy, imply that employment is guaranteed. Please note that by providing an EOI for these positions, you agree that your details may be placed on file for a period of 24 months.

Appointment type: Casual

Categories: Academic - Sessional Teaching

Remuneration: Remuneration is in line with the current Macquarie University Academic Staff Enterprise Agreement.

EOI close:  15th January 2017

Role Enquiries: Bianca de Wit on 02 9850 2987 or

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

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