Academic Tutor

Sydney, Australia
04 May 2018
End of advertisement period
27 May 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term

The Department of Cognitive Science is looking for casual academic staff to tutor in four of its undergraduate units offered in Session 2, 2018. Classes for this Session run from 30 July 2018 – 9 November 2018. Typically, tutors are expected to take between 1-3 tutorials and assist with student consultation and the marking of unit assessments and examinations.

All interested tutors, who are available for this time period, are encouraged to register their interest. Please specify which unit you are applying for. The units we will be offering are:

COGS101 – Delusions and Disorders of the Mind and Brain

The unit: This unit is designed to provide students with an understanding of the basic cognitive disorders and higher-level delusions that can arise either developmentally or as a result of brain injury. Students will learn about the characteristic features of these disorders and delusions, and how the patterns of symptoms displayed can be accounted for in terms of models of normal cognitive processing. Topics covered include: dyslexia, specific language impairment (SLI), aphasia, agnosia, amnesia, autism, delusions and hallucinations.

Workload: Tutorials for this unit are 1-hour long and are offered on a weekly basis, with classes Monday – Friday).

COGS202 – Cognitive Neuroscience

The unit: This unit will cover the rapidly evolving field of cognitive neuroscience: bridging cognitive science and neuroscience to understand cognitive functions in humans and their underlying neural bases. Topics covered may include the neural mechanisms underlying perception, action, attention, memory, language, and decision making. The unit will also explore some of the powerful new methods for studying the human brain including functional neuroimaging.

Workload: Tutorials for this unit are 1.5 hours long and are offered on a weekly basis, with classes on Thursday and Friday). They are a mixture of hands-on research-driven learning activities with the use of the Emotiv EPOC+ neurogaming system and the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality system, plus seminar-like tutorials that will focus on unit content and the development of general research skills. Tutors are expected to complete Emotiv and Rift training sessions before the start of the semester.

COGS301 – Current Problems in Cognitive Science

The unit: This unit will provide students with the opportunity to think broadly and critically about the pressing issues facing cutting-edge cognitive science, and explore the theoretical and methodological foundations of this research. Topics will include various recent developments and controversies in cognitive science. Throughout this unit, strong emphasis will be placed on effective scientific communication; the consolidation of acquired knowledge and skills; and the deepening of the student's understanding of active problems in cognitive science research.

Workload: Tutorials for this unit are 1-hour long and are offered on a weekly basis, with classes on Thursday).

COGS399 – Cognitive Science in the Real World

The unit: This unit will provide students with the opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills acquired during their study of cognitive and brain sciences, and helps to prepare them for the next phase of their career in research, industry, or beyond. Throughout this unit, strong focus will be placed on ethical and cultural competence; effective scientific communication; the consolidation of acquired knowledge and practical skills; and deepening one’s understanding of cognitive science, especially the connections between the various disciplines of cognitive science and their impact on modern society.

Workload: Tutorials for this unit are 1-hour long and are offered on a weekly basis, with classes on Monday).

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;
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with students;
  • The right work in Australia for the duration of the semester.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate tertiary level teaching experience.

Application Process

Applications must be accompanied by a cover letter addressing which unit you are applying for, the application criteria mentioned above, as well as a CV or resume addressing, in clearly identified sections: academic qualifications; and potential industry or teaching experience/work history. Please complete all sections of the application form. 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 13th of May 5pm. 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:  Sunday, 27 May 2018 at 11.55pm

Role Enquiries: Shwetha Sambasivam on 02 9850 6858 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.