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PhD Scholarship with Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Heriot-Watt University - School of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Edinburgh
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Remuneration consists of a PhD stipend of £14,427 per annum (0.75 of the standard UKRI rate), plus a salary of £7,401. In addition, PhD tuition fees will be covered
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 29th May 2024
Closes: 10th July 2024
Reference: 3822

There are 2 opportunities available.

The School seeks to award a number of PhD scholarships with associated Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) positions to outstanding doctoral candidates with clear potential to excel as academic teachers and researchers. The GTA PhD scholarship is a four-year fixed term position: Students undertake a PhD on a 0.75 FTE basis alongside a 0.25 FTE teaching contract. Remuneration consists of a PhD stipend of £14,427 per annum (0.75 of the standard UKRI rate), plus a salary of £7,401. In addition, PhD tuition fees will be covered.

About Our Team

Research in Psychology is conducted within our Centre for Applied Behavioural Sciences. The research we do is grouped by three main themes: Cognition, Brain and Behaviour; Lifespan Health and Wellbeing; Work, Society and Environment. Full profiles are available here, with more information on the Centre for Applied Behavioural Sciences here. 

Detailed Description

Two posts are available in the Department of Psychology. Under the leadership of the Head of Department, Prof. Adele Dickson, the role-holders will provide teaching support on our psychology undergraduate programme, including large and small group teaching, tutorials and assessment activities. 

Please see the full job application to see the PhD topic areas, by clicking the 'Apply' button, above.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of Department, the post-holder will: 

  • Undertake a PhD on one of the topics specified above, maintaining an appropriate rate of progress and engaging in relevant training and other events as required. 
  • Develop and deliver teaching in psychology, including delivery to a range of group sizes in both in-person and online environments. 
  • Provide flexible, appropriate, and timely support to students using a variety of media. 
  • Prepare and mark assessments and provide student feedback as required, and in line with School policies and standards. 
  • Contribute to the administrative work of the Department as required. 
  • Undertake other duties as required by the Head of Department. 

Relevant training will be provided alongside the role. In particular, during the first two years of the contract, the post-holder will be expected to undertake training in teaching and learning as required by the University, as well as the School’s PGCert in Research Methods (unless equivalent qualifications are already held). 

Education, Qualifications and Experience 

The person requirements to successfully perform the role.

Essential criteria: 

  • An undergraduate degree in psychology (or a closely-related area) with a minimum 2:1 classification (or equivalent). 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Candidates for whom English is a second language should meet the University’s minimum English-language requirements for entry onto the PhD programme. If you have not already studied a degree programme that was taught and examined in the medium of English, the minimum overall IELTS score is 6.5 with no score lower than 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. 
  • A viable research proposal (max. 1500 words) for PhD study on one of the topics listed above. 
  • Good general IT skills. 
  • Ability to manage own time in order to balance the requirements of teaching and PhD study. 
  • Ability to work as part of a teaching team to deliver a high quality student experience. 

Desirable criteria: 

  • A postgraduate Master’s degree in a relevant field, or equivalent research experience. 
  • Relevant teaching and/or professional experience. 

 How to Apply 

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on Wednesday the 10th of July 2024.

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