Teaching Associate in Biological Sciences

Monash University School of Biological Sciences

Teaching Associate - Biological Sciences (Teacher in Biology)

Job No.: 643233

Faculty/Portfolio: Faculty of Science

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Sessional appointment

Remuneration: Sessional Teaching Associate rates apply

The Opportunity

The School of Biological Sciences is recruiting for a limited number of Teaching Associates to help deliver our First Year Biology program.

As a Teaching Associate, you will work independently and interdependently teaching and marking the practical/lab components of undergraduate biology units. You will work with the support, guidance, and direction from the relevant unit and teaching coordinators to inspire active learning and motivate students to achieve their best and help them meet the desired learning outcomes. This role is sessional and as such work is only available during the University teaching semesters (late February - late May, late July - late October).

Teaching Associates should bring the following qualities to their role:

  • Be confident and enthusiastic
  • Be organised and well-prepared for classes
  • Be committed to supporting and implementing equity and diversity in the classroom
  • Support the aims and values of Monash University
  • Be able to work as a member of a team
  • Be able to motivate and engage students in effective active learning
  • Be able to mark assignments to defined standards and within allocated timeframes as set by the Chief Examiner and coordinating staff

Teaching Associates will demonstrate the capacity to:

  • Inspire and develop rapport with students
  • Work independently and collaboratively
  • Motivate students and encourage participation
  • Employ a variety of teaching strategies to deliver effective education
  • Simplify complex subject material to assist students with achieving desired learning outcomes

This role will require teaching and marking across a broad range of biology-based disciplines, notably:

  • Biochemistry
  • Botany
  • Cell Biology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Zoology

Selection Criteria


  • Minimum of a biology-based science degree with Honours and/or an education degree and/or equivalent degree with relevant experience
  • Previous teaching/tutoring experience in VCE biology and/or undergraduate-level biology (minimum 2 years)

Highly desirable:

  • Qualifications and experience in secondary school biology teaching
  • Experience within a similar role in a tertiary environment
  • Experience teaching in both face-to-face and online environments
  • VIT registration
  • Sound knowledge and experience of laboratory teaching spaces in OHS, safety, and compliance

At Monash University, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation. This position at the University will require the incumbent to hold a valid Working with Children Check.   

If you meet the selection criteria, have the ability to engage and educate students, possess high-level interpersonal skills, and enjoy working collaboratively as part of a team, you are strongly encouraged to apply.


Please direct all enquiries to Brenton Marshall, Teaching Technical Coordinator via brenton.marshall@monash.edu or +61 3 9902 4630


Please include the following as part of your application:

  • Resume noting relevant qualifications and work experience
  • Cover letter noting any specialty areas of study and teaching experience

Closing Date: 

Monday 28 November 2022, 9:00 am AEDT