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Graduate Teaching Assistant - Psychology (Evolutionary)

University of Northampton

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Northampton
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £27,924 to £34,304 p.a. pro rata
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 27th August 2021
Closes: 10th October 2021
Reference: UN3764

About The Job

Interview Date: 27 October 2021

This is a fixed term Graduate Teaching Assistant post within the Psychology Subject Area and is offered on a part time basis (0.5 FTE) for 4 years with a fee waiver for postgraduate research studies.

The post will require you to undertake teaching, assessment and related activities, primarily on BPS accredited Psychology awards. There may also be opportunities to deliver postgraduate classes dependent upon experience and qualifications.

The successful candidate will register as a postgraduate research student (a fee waiver applied) in the approach of Evolutionary Psychology under the supervision of Dr Paxton Culpepper. The research topic will focus specifically on the behavioural immune system.

About You

You will be a highly motivated individual with a willingness and ability to teach on a wide range of BPS “core“ modules including research methods. You will be expected to possess a relevant degree in psychology (eligible for BPS GBC), with particular expertise in Evolutionary Psychology or other overlapping evolutionary-based approaches (e.g. behavioural biology, behavioural ecology, etc.). An excellent working knowledge of quantitative statistics is a distinct advantage, although not essential.

A dedication to providing a personalised and supportive student learning experience is essential to the post. You will have well developed written and verbal communication, time management and organisation skills and an effective approach to completing tasks. Good IT skills, including competence in using visual learning environments and remote teaching platforms is essential.



  • Undergraduate degree in Psychology that confers eligibility for GBC, with a classification of 2:1 or higher.
  • Master’s degree in psychology or related discipline (preferably evolutionary focused).


The Psychology Subject Area at the University of Northampton is a large, collegiate and supportive department with a culture of student focused teaching and high impact research. We deliver an extensive portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate awards and are in a period of growth. Our current portfolio consists of a suite of BPS accredited undergraduate and postgraduate conversion Psychology programmes, while our strengths at postgraduate level lie in the areas of Counselling, Children and Young People and Child and Adolescent Mental Health. We also deliver various programmes on Health Education England’s Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) initiative, as part of the Midlands IAPT Collaborative.

Right To Work

All candidates will be asked to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK at interview.


We are proud of our diverse student population and applications from Black Asian Minority Ethnic student grow year on year. Equality and the promotion of inclusion are a key value that we are proud to promote. To embed this across the University, to achieve diversity amongst its staff and to improve staff representation, we would like to encourage applications from women, people living with disabilities, and those from the LGBT+ and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

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