PhD Studentship: Postgraduate Teaching Assistant in Statistics and Research Methods

Loughborough University - School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Fixed-term for 5-years, or until PhD completion, whichever is sooner.

To comply with studentship requirements, the start date is fixed at 1st January 2018. Interviews will be held on 12th December 2017.

Only individuals with existing rights to work and study in the UK can be considered as the role does not meet the requirements for Visa sponsorship under UK immigration regulations.

Combining a teaching role with postgraduate research, this PGTA position is an exciting opportunity to complete a PhD under the supervision of Loughborough University's expert staff while gaining invaluable experience in the delivery of learning and teaching.

This PGTA position sits within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University and will support the teaching of research methods, and supporting students with statistics.

Teaching roles will include:

  • Holding workshops and drop-ins for students about statistics
  • Demonstrating/Seminars/Tutorials- to undertake laboratory demonstration and/or support teaching activities during seminar, tutorial and practical sessions.
  • Supervision- providing support to academic staff, supervising UG projects through, for example, providing technical support in experiments or assisting students in the use of software.
  • Mentoring/Tutoring- providing students with guidance and technical support for module queries, study skills and referring them to appropriate pastoral support.
  • Highly moderated marking.
  • Candidates should have a strong, relevant, educational background, excellent communication skills and experience of undertaking a research project.

The PhD topic must fall within the School's research themes: Sport Performance, Lifestyle for Health and Wellbeing, and Participation in Sport and Exercise. A list of potential topics and further details about how to apply for this opportunity can be found here:

Studentship tuition fees will be paid by the University but no additional studentship stipend will be paid as this position will attract a full-time 'Specialist & Supporting Academic' Grade 5 salary (GBP 24,285 - GBP 28,936 per annum). Progression opportunities exist within the post as there is the potential to progress to SSA Grade 6 on gaining Associate Fellow status of the Higher Education Academy (or other such body), and meeting additional criteria after two years of employment.

Informal enquiries should be made to Professor Mark Lewis, Dean of School, by email at

Applicants are encouraged to contact the proposed PhD supervisor directly with any questions about the project.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 26th November 2017. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 12th December 2017.

Loughborough University is committed to achieving equality and valuing diversity in all aspects of employment and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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