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Expression of Interest - Casual Tutors – Cognitive Science

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Work type: Casual
Vacancy type: Internal Vacancy, External Vacancy
Categories: Academic - Sessional Teaching

The Department of Cognitive Science is looking for casual academic staff to tutor in two of its undergraduate units offered in Session 1, 2019. Classes for this Session run from 25 February 2019 – 7 June 2019. Typically, tutors are expected to take between 1-3 tutorials and assist with student consultation and the marking of unit assessments and examinations. Final exam marking for this session will have to be completed between 11 and 28 June.

All interested tutors, who are available for this time period, are encouraged to register their interest. Please note that any interviews for the available positions will be scheduled in the first week of February. In your application letter, please specify which unit you are applying for. The units we will be offering are:

COGS100 – Introduction to Cognitive and Brain Sciences

The unit: 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: Tutorials for this unit are 1-hour long and are offered on a weekly basis, with classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Tutors will be asked to take on 1-3 tutorial classes per week, depending on enrolment numbers, and are expected to assist with student consultation and the marking of unit assessments and examinations. Please note that classes run from 25 February 2019 – 7 June 2019, and marking of the final exam will take place during the exam period which ends 28 June 2019. Tutors are also expected to attend a full-day training session which will take place in the week before the start of the session.

COGS210 – Memory
The unit: Memory is everywhere – in our personal lives. in popular culture, in big science, and in our machines. But memory is notoriously hard to pin down. Is it all in the brain? Is it in our actions, in our social world, and in our valued objects and places? Or is it now all online? This unit introduces the interdisciplinary study of memory, offering students a critical survey of memory research across the cognitive and brain sciences, the social sciences, and the arts. Emphasis will be placed on autobiographical memory, embodied memory, and shared remembering between individuals. Students will learn to assess scientific and popular claims about what memory is, and how memory loss and gain can be understood in the digital age.
Tutorials: The tutorials for this unit will be 1-hour long 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, with all classes currently scheduled on Wednesdays. Tutors will be asked to take on 1-3 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. Please note that classes run from 25 February 2019 – 7 June 2019, and marking of the final exam will take place during the exam period which ends 28 June 2019.

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. If you are going to be unavailable for a period during the session, please note this clearly in your application letter. Please complete all sections of the application form. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Where possible, upload a copy of your academic transcript for your highest coursework degree. 

Expressions of Interest (EOI) need to be submitted by Sunday 20 January, 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: 20 January 2019

Role Enquiries: Shwetha Sambasivam on 02 9850 6858 or shwetha.sambasivam@mq.edu.au

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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