Cognitive Science Research Fellowships at Macquarie University

Two fixed-term three-year research fellowships are available in the Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University. One appointment will be made at Level A (Associate Lecturer), the other at Level A or Level B (Lecturer). The appointees will be outstanding researchers and will build strength in emerging interdisciplinary research fields in the Department. While the areas of research specialization are open, areas of special focus are: hearing and cognition; autism and developmental disorders; memory and aging; and computational neurology and computational neuroscience.

The level of appointment will be dependent on qualifications and experience.

Package: Academic Level A, base salary from $62,526.00 – $84,193.00 p.a.; Academic Level B, base salary from $88,741.00 – $104,996.00 p.a. plus 17% employer’s superannuation and annual leave loading.

Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed-term for 3 years available now.

Specific Role Enquiries: Specific enquiries related to this position should be directed to Lesley McKnight on or +61-2-9850-9599.

Applications Close: 11:55pm Sunday 22nd September August 2013, Australian Eastern Standard Time

For more details, please refer to the Macquarie University jobs page.


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APEX Foundation Trust for Autism Research – PhD research grants 2013


  • To sponsor research by PhD students currently enrolled at an Australian university into the incidence, cause, diagnosis, and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and the principles of behaviour of individuals who may be diagnosed as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • To sponsor Australian research into the social, educational and recreational requirements of individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • To fund pilot or start up projects in order to position the researcher to subsequently seek more substantial funding from other sources.
  • The funds available for research awards each year represent interest on the corpus of The Apex Foundation Trust for Autism.
  • The Apex Foundation seeks requests for grants via the Australasian Society for Autism Research via its Executive Committee.

Up to $2,700 is available for award to two or more Ph.D. students currently enrolled at an Australian university to assist them to conduct their PhD research project.

Individual awards will not exceed $1,500.

Due date:  5pm Australian Western Standard Time, Monday 30th September 2013

See Application Form for more information.

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Research Officer position in Melbourne

Located at the new Melbourne Brain Centre in Heidelberg, the Collaborative Autism Study undertakes clinical and genetic research into autism spectrum disorders. The Research Officer will be involved with the recruitment of volunteers to both the Collaborative Autism Study database and the family study. This process requires clinical phenotyping of participants, cognitive testing, in-depth phone and face-to-face interviews about individual and family medical and developmental history and family pedigrees. Data is collected primarily by questionnaire, and stored on a database, requiring a high degree of accuracy and care in the collection and collation of study data. Other duties include co-ordination of appointments and investigations, liaison with other involved professional bodies, and applications for medical information. Assistance will also be required with the writing of grants, research reports, and preparation of materials for presentation. With experience, the successful applicant will take a leading role in presenting data for publication or presentation.

This position is primarily located at the Melbourne Brain Centre in Heidelberg however one day a week at The Geelong Hospital is required to conduct face-to-face interviews.

Please refer to the link below for further information:

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow at La Trobe University

Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow (Level B or C)

Full-time, fixed-term (3 years with a possibility of extension to 5 years) position at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre.

$80,629 – $113,883 plus up to 17 % superannuation

The position

In this role, you will be expected to conduct outstanding research in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders, carry out activities to develop research expertise relevant to this field / seek external research funding and produce publications arising from the research.

The candidate

To succeed, you will have a relevant doctoral qualification (or equivalent), and a strong record of research, research funding and publications.

Closing date: Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Further information at The Conversation Job Board

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Beyond Early Intervention – A Journey into the Life Spectrum of ASD

SAAIF, along with partner organisations DHS and Scope, invites you to attend our inaugural Autism Conference that explores life “Beyond Early Intervention – A Journey into the Life Spectrum of ASD “.

This exciting event features world-renowned experts from the US and Australia and provides invaluable insights into the challenges and triumphs experienced by those living and working with autism in our community.

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Australasian Human Development Association conference

The 2013 Australasian Human Development Association conference will be held from July 1 – 4 on the Gold Coast, QLD. This year the conference includes a full-day keynote–only symposium on Environmental Influences on Children’s Theory of Mind, featuring a line-up of international scholars. Additionally, there will be keynotes by Professor Alan Hayes (Australian Institute of Family Studies), Professor Bonnie Barber (Murdock University) and Professor Luca Surian (University of Trento, Italy) and an invited symposium on Indigenous Education led by Associate Professor Paul Whitinui (University of Otago, NZ).

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Seminar at Griffith University Autism Centre of Excellence: Autism – Girls and Women

This seminar will explore issues for girls and women on the autism spectrum and will cover current research evidence about assessment and diagnosis; overview formal interventions and outline strategies for schools.  The focus will be on Emotional Resilience: understanding research and practical strategies to build resilience.

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Call for papers: Altogether Autism Conference 2013

Inspiring Excellence in Autism

Highlighting and encouraging research, best practice, worthwhile support and effective self-advocacy in New Zealand.

9 – 10 JULY 2013

Kingsgate Hotel, 100 Garnett Ave, Te Rapa, Hamilton

Altogether Autism invites interested parties to submit their abstracts for consideration for inclusion in the 2013 conference Inspiring Excellence in Autism. See more on call for papers…

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Webinar on autism diagnosis and DSM-5 from the Olga Tennison Autism Centre

In October 2012, The Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) held a successful forum on the Changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) to a full house.

The fifth edition of the DSM to be published in 2013, introduces significant changes to current diagnostic definitions of Autism and related conditions.

Many people are wondering:

  • Will changes to the DSM mean some people’s condition will be missed?
  • Do these changes improve future diagnoses?
  • What are experts concerned about?

Due to popular demand we will be holding a free webinar on this same topic. The DSM-5 webinar is open to all interested people, including professionals and families.

Date and Time: Wednesday, 13th February, 10.00AM to 11.30.00AM

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Autism workshop and public lecture, Sydney, 5th December

On Wednesday 5th December, Macquarie University is hosting a free autism research day.

From 2pm until 6pm will be a workshop featuring short presentations from researchers from around Australia on the topic of “What is Autism?” The workshop will also feature a presentation from a young man with Asperger syndrome, and an open discussion of forthcoming changes to autism diagnostic criteria.

Then from 6pm, there will be a public lecture from Prof Kevin Pelphrey of Yale University entitled “Searching for autism in the social brain”.

Although the day’s events are free, registration is essential.

For details and registration, please follow this link.

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