Current Vacancies

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


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


Ref 1816/18 Administration Assistant, Business Development

Bankstown Campus

Full-Time, Fixed term position until 17 September 2021

An exciting role is available for an energetic, creative and outcome-focused individual with strong business and communication skills to join the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development. MARCS 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 Administration Assistant will play a key role in assisting with the development and expansion of the Institute network of contacts with the granting bodies and industry partners. Reporting to the Institute Manager, the position will assist in supporting new and existing local and national business relationships and developing draft budgets for contracts, partnerships and consultancies. To be successful, you will hold relevant qualifications and/or experience in project management, budgeting and strategic planning support. You will have strong organisational, stakeholder management and computer literacy skills. To find more about this exciting opportunity, please refer to the Position Description.

Remuneration Package: Higher Education Worker Level 4 $75,091 to $80,014 p.a. (comprising Salary $63,453 to $67,613 p.a., 17% Superannuation and Leave Loading)

Position Enquiries: Darlene Williams, Institute Manager on (02) 9772 6726 or email: dk.williams@westernsydney.edu.au

Closing Date: 21 October 2018

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To apply for this position and further information  - Ref 1816 Administration Assistant, Business Development