2 x PhDs in the Social Sciences with Graduate Teaching Assistantships

York St John University - School of Psychological & Social Sciences

The School of Psychological & Social Sciences at York St John University is a vibrant and ambitious academic unit based on a magnificent campus in the heart of York. The School’s burgeoning national and international research profile, excellent teaching and learning, and welcoming and inclusive ethos supports an exceptional student experience.

We are seeking to appoint two Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) in the social sciences. As a GTA you will complete your PhD in three years whilst contributing a maximum of 6 hours contact time per week to the taught curriculum across our social sciences degree programmes. Up to 4 additional hours per week shall be set aside for teaching-related activities.

Research in the social sciences at York St John is focussed around the disciplines of sociology and criminology, with specific expertise in deviant leisure and death, social inequalities and harm, cultural and rural criminology, restorative justice, inequality, migration studies and social demography. Successful candidates will contribute to research activity in these areas, and will be supported by a doctoral programme that is designed to facilitate a transition into academic careers.

Teaching activities will include seminar and workshop delivery, providing tutorial support, assessing and providing feedback on student work, student consultations, and teaching preparation. An academic background in a relevant social science discipline is considered essential, and candidates must have achieved at least a 2:1 in their undergraduate degree. A relevant Master’s degree is desirable but not essential.

The following project areas are available:

Necrogaming: an investigation into death, dying and violence in virtual space.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Matthew Spokes (m.spokes@yorksj.ac.uk)

Animal-Related Rural Crime: Public/Police Understanding & Enforcement.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Kelly Stockdale (k.stockdale@yorksj.ac.uk)

Exploring students’ understandings of restorative justice.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Kelly Stockdale (k.stockdale@yorksj.ac.uk)

Examining social inequality using survey data, big data or administrative data.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Kevin Ralston (k.ralston@yorksj.ac.uk)

Migration and migrant integration following Brexit.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Chris Moreh (c.moreh@yorksj.ac.uk)

Applications should be made through the University’s standard PhD application system and should include a research proposal of up to 1500 words in one of the project areas. Please state clearly in your proposal the title of the project area for which you are applying. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the members of staff listed above in the early stages of drafting the proposal.

Please click here to apply - Apply online

All successful appointments are subject to formal acceptance for PhD study at the University.

Provisional interview dates:  19th & 20th June

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