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Teaching and Research Associate (TARA)

University of Plymouth - School of Psychology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Plymouth
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £30,942 to £33,797 pro rata per annum, Grade 6
Hours: Part Time
Placed On: 22nd May 2020
Closes: 7th June 2020
Reference: A7211

Faculty of Health 

The School of Psychology is offering a Teaching and Research Associate post starting on 1st August 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter, with a fixed term of 6 years. TARA posts such as this are designed for career development, where teaching and research support roles are conducted in parallel with studies towards a PhD in the School of Psychology.  

You will join a team of TARAs to provide specialist support for undergraduate teaching, running workshops and surgeries, supporting our experiential learning laboratory, preparing teaching materials, and helping to support research activities across the School of Psychology.   

You will also be required to register for and work towards a PhD in the School of Psychology, with TARAs benefiting from waived study fees. You may carry out your PhD in any area of psychology for which there is supervision expertise within the school.  

You will have access to an extensive, modern and well-equipped laboratory with facilities supported by a dedicated team of technical staff. You will also be part of a large, vibrant, highly collaborative community of PhD students with good interdisciplinary links. Currently the school has around 40 students registered for a PhD, and over 30 students studying for a DClinPsy. For more details of the School’s research activity, please visit:

Applications are preferred from candidates holding an MSc in psychology research methods or equivalent research experience. You are expected to have at least an upper second class degree in psychology or closely related subject. Experience in psychological experiment design and analysis are highly desirable, along with confidence and fluency in statistical data analysis, with preference to those with familiarity with R.  

For informal discussion about potential PhD topics, please contact potential supervisors directly (  For further details about the TARA posts, please contact the Head of School, Prof Tim Hollins (  

We offer a competitive salary package and a generous pension and holiday scheme. We also offer a range of other benefits, including ongoing development opportunities.  

This is a part-time position working 27.75 hours per week (0.75 FTE) on a fixed-term basis for 6 years, starting on the 1st August 2020, or later by negotiation.  

Closing Date: 12 Midnight, Sunday 7th June 2020  

Please submit a 750 word proposal and a 1 page CV with your application   

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an online interview taking place in June. Those who have not been contacted by the end of June should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.   

The University of Plymouth is committed to equality of opportunity, promoting a diverse and inclusive culture, demonstrated through our commitment to the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and as a Stonewall diversity champion. All applications will be judged solely on merit, however, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented in the workforce, for example black and minority ethnic groups.  

University of Plymouth holds a TEF (Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework) Silver by the Office for Students. 

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