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Postgraduate

Postgraduate Employment

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About

The School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering provides a number of casual positions each year.

There are 2 types of work available:

  • General: This type of work includes research assistants, assisting in open days and administrative work.
  • Casual Academic: The type of work includes demonstrating in laboratories, running undergraduate tutorials and seminars, and marking laboratory reports.
Eligibility

For all positions you must be an Australian Citizen or have a relevant visa that permits you to undertake paid work in Australia.

General positions are determined by the criteria of the available position.

For casual academic positions you must be a SECTE or ICTR research student (i.e. PHD or Masters in Research) or have already completed your PHD. Persons who have graduated with a degree from SECTE in 2006 or latter may also apply. Undergraduate students unfortunately cannot apply.

General Positions
How To Apply

Most general positions are employed by the various research groups directly. The school periodically employs casuals to assist in open days. These positions are filled directly by rewarding outstanding casual academic performance and/or high quality ecte457 or ecte250/350 projects.

Paperwork

If you have been granted a position then you must obtain from the supervisor of the position a UOW General Staff Casual Authority form. This form needs to be filled in and returned to the Laboratory Manager together with a copy of your passport. If this is your first employment opportunity at the university then it is also recommended that you complete the Tax File Number Declaration Form. If you are an international student you must also supply a copy of your visa showing that you are entitled to work in Australia.

Once all the necessary paperwork has been received by the Laboratory Manager, it must be approved and sent to Personnel Services to be processed. Please allow at least two weeks for this process to be completed. When your application has been processed you will be given back the Casual Authority form showing your employee and job number. At this stage you can begin claiming your hours worked.

Claiming Hours Worked

Claiming your hours for General casual positions is undertaken via Web Kiosk. Claims are made fortnightly and are due by midday every second Wednesday. Claims that are received after this time will be rejected. See the section "Pay Claim Dates" for this years claiming schedule.

For all information regarding how to log onto Web Kiosk, how to claim hours in Web Kiosk, proceed to the Web Kiosk page on the universities intranet. From the main page select 'staff' then press 'Go' to enter the intranet site. Then select the "UOW Employee Web Kiosk" Link. All information can be found here.

Procedures to claim your hours on webkiosk

Unless specified otherwise select Faisel Tubbal as your supervisor when claiming your hours in Web Kiosk.

Casual Academic Positions
How To Apply

Casual Academic employment is undertaken by the Laboratory Manager, Faisel Tubbal. If the Application Process is "Open" then you must fill in the requisite application form and attach all requested documents and hand them in to the Lab Manager.

Ensure that you fill in the correct form below and supply all requested documentation. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted.

Not Certified

If you have never done any teaching for a SECTE subject and you need to obtain certification then you need to complete the form below.

Applications are closed for Spring Session

Certified

For those that have already obtained a SECTE Certificate in Demonstrating and/or Tutoring:

Applications are open for the Spring Session until the 29 June 2020

Paperwork

The application process requires various documents to be submitted when applying. Failure to supply all necessary documentation will forfeit your application. The documents are as follows:

  • Applications Form: Details about yourself, what you are applying for and a checklist of items that you must submit.
  • Your Resume: The latest copy of your CV. This must be emailed to Faisel, and your CV will be used by subject coordinators together with your previous survey results to select positions.
  • Casual Academic Authority Form: This must be filled in and signed. Can be picked up from the Lab Manager or from Personnel Services in Building 36.
  • Copy of Passport: Required for all applicants
  • Copy of Visa: Must show that you are entitled to work in Australia. This is required for international students only

If this is your first employment opportunity at the university then it is also recommended that you complete the Tax File Number Declaration Form.

The Application Form for Casuals with a SECTE Demonstrating Certificate:

The Application Form lists all the subjects that are being taught during the session. Not all subjects listed will require any casuals at all. The more you are capable of the more options available to provide you with a position.

Begin by looking at each subject and identify the subjects that you have the appropriate skills to teach in. Background information on each subject is available on the web. You must only apply for subjects that you have the ability to teach. For each subject you have three options:

  • Demonstrate: This is to demonstrate in a laboratory. You will be guiding a class full of students through a variety of experiments in the subject. You must know how to do the experiments and be able to explain to the students any background information required.
  • Tutor: This is to run a tutorial or seminar. You will be directly teaching a class full of students. The most common scenario is the students work through a number of problems and then you must go through the answers. You must have the ability to explain problem solving to an entire class. You must have first completed a certificate in ‘Running Tutorials in SECTE’.
  • Marking: This involves marking laboratory notebooks, reports and tutorial questions. Marking usually requires many hours of work in a very limited amount of time. All reports must be marked within two weeks of being handed to you.

The application form also contains a number of checklist items that you must agree to for your application to be accepted:

  • You accept to prepare: To ensure a satisfactory experience for your students you are expected to prepare for the subjects you will be undertaking. As an example you must understand how to undertake the experiment yourself before you can guide a class full of students.
  • You must be available to work for the entire session.
  • You confirm you have the appropriate skills.
  • You must attend a paid university induction session within the first year of employment.

The Application Process for Certification (NEW Casuals):

SECTE runs two different induction programs for new casuals wishing to undertake casual academic positions within the school. They are:

  • Demonstrating & Marking in SECTE: This comprises of an induction session, online training program and quiz as well as assisting an experienced demonstrator. As a result your first subject that you are employed in might be a subject that is not in your skilled area.
  • Running Tutorials in SECTE: You may apply to undertake this induction after you have completed an entire session of Demonstrating. This comprises of an induction session, quiz and assisting an experienced tutor. If you would like to nominate then you must book an interview with the Laboratory Manager.

Please be aware that at the end of the induction your performance as a demonstrator/tutor will be marked. You must receive at least a Pass in all categories for you to complete your training and obtain certification. If you do fail you can apply again during the next session.

Induction certificates are issued upon successful completion of the training program.

The application form for SECTE Demonstrating Certification requires you to self assess your skills. It is important to show in the score you give yourself which areas are your strengths and which areas are your weaknesses.

When all applications are reviewed, those that are successful will be called for an interview. The interview will simulate a real demonstrating environment. The positions are competitive and a mix of casuals in the electrical, computer and telecommunications strengths are selected.

Acceptances

If you are accepted for a position you will be notified via email. You must respond by the advertised date or your position will be offered to somebody else. If you are expecting an acceptance be sure to check your email regularly.

Claiming Hours Worked

When you receive the returned copy of the Casual Academic Authority Form you may begin claiming any hours you have worked. Please note that you must show evidence that you have prepared for your subjects before any of your work hours will be approved.

Claiming your hours for casual teaching positions is undertaken via Web Kiosk. Claims are made fortnightly and are due by midday every second Wednesday. Claims that are received after this time will be rejected. See the section "Pay Claim Dates" for this years claiming schedule.

For all information regarding how to log onto Web Kiosk, how to claim hours in Web Kiosk, proceed to the Web Kiosk page on the universities intranet. From the main page select 'staff' then press 'Go' to enter the intranet site. Then select the "UOW Employee Web Kiosk" Link. All information can be found here.

Further Information

All detailed information regarding casual academic positions is outlined in the SECTE Demonstrator guide

This document also outlines all policies and procedures that must be followed. Information contained in the guide is outlined in your induction session. This document is continuously updated and must be checked regularly.

Pay Claim Dates

The processing of pays is conducted centrally by the EIS Faculty Finance Office. Procedures and pay claim dates are as advised by staff from this office

 

 

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