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Graduate Teaching Assistant In Quantity Surveying
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF28932

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 20/06/2019

Job live date: 29/05/2019

Salary: £29,517 pro rata per annum + student stipend at RCUK rates.

Employment type: AAS-Clerical

Department: School of the Built Environment

Division: Construction Management & Engineering

Hours per week: 9 hours per week

Employment Basis/Type: Part-time, fixed-term for 4 years

We are seeking to appoint a teaching and research assistant to support teaching and research activities in the broad area of quantity surveying. Teaching responsibilities will include providing support to the BSc undergraduate programme, including facilitating seminars on measurement and student projects. Research activities will include undertaking a PhD under supervision in a construction cost-related subject.  

It is envisaged that the successful applicant will have a background in quantity surveying with specialist interests in measurement, estimating and/or 5D (Cost) Building Information Modelling (BIM), Preference will be given to candidates with experience of professional practice. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate scholarship in developing a publication record in their area of specialist expertise. 

This position is fully funded for four years as a research student studying for a PhD (75% of time) and a teaching assistant (25% of time). As a member of staff the successful applicant will be responsible for contributing to teaching and research in the School at the undergraduate level. The successful applicant will also engage in professional and industry liaison and provide student support within the School.

PhD fees will be waived at the Home/EU level – please note that students liable for international fees will need to pay the difference between these and the home/EU fee rate.

The successful applicant will receive training and support from the School and more experienced teachers and mentors.

Applicants must submit a formal application for academic admission as a PhD student via  in parallel with their application for a GTA post.

Non EEA candidates who do not already have permission to work in the UK will be unable to obtain Tier 2 sponsorship as the role is not recognised as a graduate level job by UK Visas and Immigration.

You will have the:
•    Ability to conduct high quality PhD research.
•    Ability to carry out high quality teaching at undergraduate level.
•    Skills for effective supervision of undergraduate students.
•    Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
•    Ability to use initiative, work independently and complete tasks to deadlines.
•    Good interpersonal skills.
•    Good (1st or 2.1) first degree in Quantity Surveying or related subject.
•    Meet the academic requirements for a PhD offer from the University of Reading.
•    Good knowledge of measurement and quantity surveying practice.
•    Experience of presenting to an audience.
•    Flexibility and adaptability to be able to deal with a range of circumstances and conditions.
•    A commitment to high quality teaching and your own continuing professional development.
•    Ability to work as part of a team.


Informal contact details

Alternative informal contact details

Contact name:

Lawrence Mbugua

Contact name:

John Connaughton

Contact phone:

0118 378 8585

Contact phone:

0118 378 8202

Contact email:

Contact email:


Interviews will be held on 4 July 2019


The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates who do not already have permission to work in the UK should note that this role is not recognised as a graduate level job by UK Visas and Immigration and the Tier 2 sponsorship route is not available for non-graduate level occupations. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.


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