Postgraduate Teaching Assistant Project area: Stress and the prefrontal cortex

Manchester Metropolitan University - Psychology

Project area: Stress effect on prefrontal activity and emotion recognition in children and adolescents exposed to domestic violence.

Registration will be for a full-time PhD study, with teaching time limited to 10 hours per week (with remaining time for PhD study) on a fixed-term basis for a maximum duration of 5 years.

You will pursue a PhD degree and gain valuable professional teaching experience within the Psychology department. The department of Psychology is a vibrant, research active team of professionals with expertise covering a diverse range of Psychological studies. We are an inclusive Department encouraging and involving our students’ participation in research to develop highly skilled, knowledgeable and employment ready graduates. Our course programmes are approved and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) underpinned by a strong organisational culture. Our inclusive ethos greatly enhances the student experience and is reflected in our exceptional NSS results and the large numbers of applications that we receive year on year.

In addition to a full-fee waiver, you will be trained to undertake teaching across the Psychology curriculum, up to a maximum of 10 hours per week during term time. This will be paid at Grade 5 on the University's pay spine. Research training will be supported through the University's Graduate School where you will be required to attend research skills modules.


The successful candidate will be required to teach within the British Psychological Society (BPS) core topic areas (both face to face and online) with a focus on Biological Psychology, Health and Neuropsychology and Cognitive Psychology at undergraduate level.

The Graduate Teaching Assistant will be expected to:

  • Pursue study towards a PhD (project description below)
  • Undertake training in teaching as deemed necessary by the Psychology Department
  • Teach and provide tutorial assistance -
  • Assist module organisers in monitoring student activity via Moodle.
  • Undertake administration related to the above

Candidate Requirements


  • Degree in psychology or related area at 2.1 or above.
  • Experience of quantitative methods in research
  • Excellent written and spoken command of English
  • Excellent communication skills


  • Experience in psychophysiological measurements (e.g., EEG, EDA, eye tracking)
  • Experience in functional near-infrared spectroscopy
  • Experience of qualitative methods in research
  • BPS-accredited BSc Psychology
  • MSc Cognitive Neuroscience, Health Psychology or related discipline


This opportunity is open to UK/EU and International applicants

Please note: PGR students with no previous teaching experience must take the Teaching and Learning Essentials for New Teachers (TALENT) unit offered by the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CELT) prior to becoming a GTA. PGRs who already teach at least 4 hours a week could be eligible for another CELT unit, the Introduction to Learning, Teaching and Assessment (ILTA)

How to apply

Informal enquires on the role can be made to Dr Maria Cordero, Reader in Psychology, However, please note that only completed formal applications through the online system will be considered.

Project summary

We will study the impact of exposure to domestic violence on emotion recognition processes in children. Specifically, we will test whether the level of visual fixation on certain regions of faces, physiological response and prefrontal brain activity during an emotion recognition task can predict abilities to identifying and elicit suitable emotional responses.

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