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Graduate Teaching Assistant role and fully funded PhD Scholarship


   Faculty of Medicine and Health

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About the Project

We are looking for highly motivated individuals aiming for a career in Psychology in the combined teaching and research study role. You will contribute to the research-led undergraduate teaching and management of student education within the School whilst simultaneously studying for a PhD.

The School of Psychology at the University of Leeds are offering candidates a 5-year fully funded PhD/Graduate Teaching Assistant scholarship opportunity. The role will involve both: (i) research towards a PhD (60% pro rata), and (ii) teaching contributions (40% pro rata) to the BSc Psychology undergraduate degree. You can find out more information about the role and the person specification here: (https://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=MHPSY1092).

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is interested in undertaking a PhD within the areas of Health and Social Psychology, Cognition and Neuroscience, or Appetite and Obesity. Alongside your PhD research, you will have time dedicated to student education activities, providing you with the opportunity to gain substantial teaching experience. Support will be provided to help you develop your teaching practice, and there will be opportunities to lead modules, and contribute to relevant student education committees. 

The successful candidates will be part of a thriving PhD community of more than 53 PhD students and around 67 academic/research-related members of staff.

Job description:

As a Postgraduate Researcher, you will: 

  • Undertake a part-time research PhD qualification under the direction of nominated supervisors in the School of Psychology; 
  • Maintain active progress, including maintenance of appropriate research records, PhD training courses and progression (with transfer to full PhD registration status by the end of year 2), will be a condition of employment; 
  • Successfully complete a PhD thesis, within the five year period; 
  • Present at national and international conferences and publishing research material as agreed with your supervisors; 

As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, your main duties will include: 

  • Delivery of teaching and support sessions for research skills (including statistics, research methods, practical classes, practical seminars) for years one and two of the undergraduate programme; 
  • Assessing and providing feedback to students about research skills assessments (including practical reports and other assessments) for years one and two of the undergraduate programme;
  • Provision of tutorials for years one and two of the undergraduate programme; 
  • Supporting the provision and assessment of high quality UG and PGT coursework and tutorials; 
  • Contributing to recruitment activities such as Open Days and outreach activities; 
  • Administration associated with projects/dissertations e.g. supervisor support, presentation scheduling; 
  • Undertaking, as part of normal duties, miscellaneous administrative and organisational responsibilities as specified by the Head of School. 

Please note: These duties provide a framework for the role and should not be regarded as a definitive list. Other reasonable duties may be required consistent with the grade of the post. 

Qualification Requirements:

  • An outstanding first degree and/or master’s degree which is accredited as Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC);
  • Research interests in a relevant aspect of Psychology, and link with potential supervisor within the School;
  • The potential to carry out research of a quality commensurate with a highly rated teaching and research department;
  • Evidence of the ability to generate independent research ideas.
  • Demonstrable ability to document projects to the highest standards;
  • The potential to contribute to teaching at undergraduate level and to teach appropriate areas of Psychology at UG level;
  • The ability to interact positively with students in ways that will enhance the student experience in the School;
  • A good level of interpersonal and communication skills, including high quality presentational skills and written and spoken English, and the ability to work as a member of a team;
  • Evidence of excellent time-management and multi-tasking skills appropriate for the balancing of the twin roles outlined in the job description;
  • A commitment to your own training and development;
  • The capacity to be flexible when appropriate;
  • An enthusiastic approach to teaching and research;
  • The ability to be well organised and use own initiative.

How to apply:

You can apply for this role online. More guidance can be found on our How to Apply information page. Applications should be submitted by 23.59 (UK time) on the advertised closing date. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: As part of your application you will need to submit a short research project proposal of one to two sides of A4 maximum. The proposal should clearly identify aims and objectives of your proposed thesis and should also identify a potential academic supervisor with corresponding research interests from within the School of Psychology’s academic staff.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Richard Harris, Lecturer Teaching and Scholarship: [Email Address Removed]

As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students and staff from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Within the Faculty/School of Psychology we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+; and people with disabilities. Candidates will always be selected based on merit and ability.

The University of Leeds is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offers a range of family friendly policies. The School of Psychology holds a Silver Athena Swan award. We are committed to being an inclusive School that values all staff, and we are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees.


Funding Notes

For details about the funding for this opportunity please use the link below. https://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/Upload/vacancies/files/25737/Additional%20info%20Graduate%20TA%20-%20Postgraduate%20Researcher.pdf
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