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Teaching and Research Associate (TARA) - Podiatry

University of Plymouth - School of Health Professions

Location: Plymouth
Salary: £32,348 to £35,333 Grade 6, pro rata per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 5th August 2022
Closes: 31st August 2022
Job Ref: A8926

We are excited to be able to offer the opportunity to join our team as Teaching and Research Associate (TARA). This post is designed to develop vital skills and experiences for a career in academia.  This post not only presents the opportunity to do a doctorate but also you would have the chance to be an active member of staff within Podiatry and the School of Health Professions.  The PhD will be fully funded by the School of Health Professions.  More than just a research degree, the primary responsibilities associated with the Teaching Assistant component of the post are to provide specialist support for undergraduate students of the Podiatry BSc (Hons) programme.  This involves running workshops, seminars and skills laboratory session, and assist in the preparation of teaching materials for modules under the direction of senior academic staff.

You will be part of the BEUP (Balance Enhancement Ulcer Prevention) Research Group, hosted within the Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research (PIHR) a large, vibrant, highly collaborative community of PhD students with good interdisciplinary links.

Our groups research aim is to inform everyday clinical practice to focus on the problems faced by people with diabetes and neuropathy.  Our work is centred around the internationally recognised Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research (PIHR) which is a multi-disciplinary institute with a vibrant research culture and a focus on innovation and enterprise.  Four main themes define the scope of the Institute:

  • Life-course and ageing
  • Future ready health and care system
  • Brain and mind
  • Frontiers in discovery science

Each theme hosts a number of multi-disciplinary research groups which support a number of research areas across the University.

Improving iNsole self-management for foot Protection in people at risk of first diabetic foot Ulceration: the INPUT Trial.  Podiatrists prescribe insoles for people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy to protect against ulceration.  Resources are wasted and foot health hampered because patients are not wearing their insoles enough to have therapeutic effect.  Our novel patient-centred, behaviour change intervention aims to support patients to increase insole wear time.  The aim of this project is to ensure the intervention is ready for testing in a clinical trial through the development of a delivery plan and clinical skills training package.

For an informal discussion contact Dr Joanne Paton by email at joanne.paton@plymouth.ac.uk 

or Dr Sally Abey by email at sally.abey@plymouth.ac.uk

This is a part-time training contract position working 18.5 hours per week (0.5 FTE) plus 0.5 FTE for fee supported doctoral study on a fixed-term basis for 5 years.

This role will require an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check plus an Adults’ Barred List check.

Closing Date: 12 Midnight, Wednesday 31st August 2022

Interviews are expected to take place in September 2022.

A successful external candidate for this position would be employed by the University of Plymouth Services Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Plymouth.  Employees of the University of Plymouth Services Limited work alongside the University of Plymouth colleagues in delivery of Plymouth’s strategic vision, and will adopt the University of Plymouth’s HR policies and procedures in full unless otherwise stated.

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