Current Vacancies

The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development has the following job vacancies available-


Ref 1420/18 Senior Technical Support Officer, MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development

  • Bankstown Campus
  • Remuneration Package $93,003 to $99,724 p.a.
  • Full-time, Ongoing position

The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development is an interdisciplinary research institute of Western Sydney University. Our programs of research investigate human communication through the themes: sensing and perceiving, interacting with each other, and technologies for humans. Researchers in MARCS come from many disciplines including developmental psychology, language science, music science, cognitive neuroscience, and biomedical, electrical, electronic and software engineering.

The Office of Technical Support Services is seeking a highly motivated individual to provide expert scientific research support to the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development. The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development is a dynamic research institute and is a key part of our strategic goal of being a research-led University with regional, national and global impact, along with an expanding international reach and reputation. Working closely with the Team Leader, you will provide high-level technical support for specialised equipment for human motion-capture and for the recording, editing, playback and analysis of auditory signals. You will also set up and maintain general computing equipment, experimental software, cognitive science data analyses and laboratory facilities.

To be successful in the position you will have completed an undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Engineering, or a closely related field, and have demonstrated experience in the use and maintenance of VR, AR and audio-visual equipment. You will also have demonstrated experience in specialised human motion capture and analysis systems such as Vicon, NDI Polaris, TMS and EEG. For further information, please refer to the Position Description. Applicants must address the selection criteria as part of their application.

The appointee will be based at the Bankstown Campus of Western Sydney University, but multi-campus work is required on occasion.

Remuneration Package: HEW Level 6 $93,003 to $99,724 p.a. (comprising $78,589 to $84,268 p.a.,17% Superannuation and Leave Loading)

Position Enquiries: Dr Leidy Castro-Meneses, Technical Team Leader on 02 9772 6582 or email at: l.castro-meneses@westernsydney.edu.au

Closing Date: 16 August 2018

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For further information and to apply for this position, please visit the Western Sydney University vacancies page - https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/employment/home/current_vacancies


Ref 1505/18 Senior Technical Support Officer – Firmware Designer , Technical Support Services

  • Penrith Campus
  • Remuneration Package: $93,003 to $99,724 p.a
  • Full-Time, Fixed-Term for 3 years

Western Sydney University is a modern, forward-thinking, research-led university, located at the heart of Australia’s fastest growing and economically significant Western Sydney region. Boasting 10 campuses - many in CBD locations – and more than 170,000 alumni, 44,000 students and 3000 staff, the University has 10 Schools with an array of well-designed programs and courses carefully structured to meet the demands of future industry. The University is ranked in the top two per cent of Universities worldwide and as a research leader, 80 per cent of the University’s assessed research is rated at ‘World Standard’ or above.

Part of Western Sydney University, the MARCS Institute has a team of approximately 80 talented people including academics, postdoctoral fellows, doctoral students and a highly regarded team of administration and support staff, delivering exceptional work from their state of the art facilities.

The Senior Technical Support Officer will support the Biomedical Engineering and Neuromorphic Systems program with the design, implementation and testing of electronic hardware, programming of reconfigurable devices, and support of software driven electronic devices and experimental equipment control systems.
You will also integrate these with data acquisition systems and provide general electronic support.

Day to day responsibilities include: -

* Design custom electronic and electromechanical devices with hardware and software-based control systems;
* Integrate research equipment with computer-based data acquisitions systems;
* Maintain electronic test and measurement systems, including equipment tracking, calibration and replacement of faulty equipment;
* Purchase or lease IT equipment as required under approval of the Research Project Leader and Technical Team Leader.
* Provide General electronic support to members;
* Develop, maintain and implement technical protocols;
* Stay abreast of developments in scientific equipment and computer hardware and software in the relevant research areas in order to provide technical advice and recommendations to researchers;
* Monitor and maintain the performance of scientific equipment and computer hardware and software to ensure operating efficiency and minimal downtime; upgrading hardware and software as required;

To be successful in this role you will need to have an undergraduate degree or equivalent professional training or experience in electrical engineering; high level of computer literacy skills; experience in computer programming including C++, Matlab, and Python; high level written and communication skills; demonstrated time management skills including the ability to prioritise and monitor workflows and meet deadlines; excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work as a team.

In return you will receive a HEW Level 6 salary of $93,003 to $99,724 p.a. (comprising $78,589 to $84,268 p.a., 17% Superannuation and Leave Loading). Other benefits include a flexible working scheme, a generous super contribution of 17% and salary packaging are a few of the benefits of being employed at Western Sydney University.

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For further information in relation to this position , please contact: Prof. Andre van Schaik, BENS Research Program Leader, email: a.vanschaik@westernsydney.edu.au, or phone (02) 4736 0668; or Mr. Gavin McKenzie, Cluster Manager - Institutes email g.mckenzie@westernsydney.edu.au or (02) 4570 1456

The Closing Date for this role is: 11:30 pm on Sunday 19 August 2018

Interviews for this position till take place week commending: Monday 27 August 2018

The Recruitment team can be contacted on: (02) 9852 5422

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For further information and to apply for this position, please visit the Western Sydney University vacancies page - https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/employment/home/current_vacancies


Ref 1539/18 Senior Researcher in Infant Studies, MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development

  • Bankstown Campus
  • Remuneration Package: Academic Level C
  • Full-Time, Fixed-Term for 3 years

Western Sydney University is a modern, forward-thinking, research-led university, located at the heart of Australia’s fastest growing and economically significant Western Sydney region. Boasting 10 campuses - many in CBD locations – and more than 170,000 alumni, 44,000 students and 3000 staff, the University has 10 Schools with an array of well-designed programs and courses carefully structured to meet the demands of future industry. The University is ranked in the top two per cent of Universities worldwide and as a research leader, 80 percent of the University’s assessed research is rated at ‘World Standard’ or above.

The Speech and Language Program in the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development in association with the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (HEARing CRC) is seeking a Senior Researcher in Infant Studies. The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development is an interdisciplinary research institute of Western Sydney University. Our programs of research investigate human communication through the themes: sensing and perceiving, interacting with each other, and technologies for humans. Researchers in MARCS come from many disciplines including developmental psychology, language science, music science, cognitive neuroscience, and biomedical, electrical, electronic and software engineering. Further information is available from our website - http://www.westernsydney.edu.au/marcs.

The Senior Researcher in Infant Studies is the academic leader of the MARCS Babylab and will be responsible for leading, promoting, and developing research engagement associated with the BabyLab and ensuring that the BabyLab is nationally and globally recognised for high-quality, high-impact engaged research. The appointee will conduct laboratory-based research with infants and children in an area or areas associated with MARCS foci, namely research on (1) early speech and language development, which may include bilingual/multilingual, and children facing adverse conditions including risk for dyslexia, specific learning impairment (SLI), and/or sensory deficits such as hearing impairment; (2) communicative development more broadly, such as social-emotional and non-verbal communication, possibly including communication with avatar/robot interlocutors; and/or (3) perceptual and cognitive foundations of musical and dance appreciation and skill development. In addition, there are often large projects on specific issues to which the researcher may contribute, e.g., the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, on word learning and infant-directed speech; and the Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) on HEARing, on perceptual and language development in hearing impaired infants and children.

To be successful, you will have a relevant qualification in Psychology and/or experience in conducting laboratory-based research in infant studies, infant development, speech perception, psycholinguistics and/or psychology/cognitive science/cognitive neuroscience. You will have a strong international standing and research reputation and demonstrated experience in writing research reports and success with major competitive grants and research partnerships. To learn more about the position, please refer to the position description. 

Remuneration Package: Academic Level C $143,550 to $164,668 per annum (comprising Salary $121,424 to $139,474 p.a., 17 % Superannuation and Leave Loading)

Position Enquiries: Professor Kate Stevens, Director, MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development: marcs.director@westernsydney.edu.au

Closing Date: 30 September 2018

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To apply for this position and further information please visit the vacancies page - https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/employment/home/current_vacancies