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Graduate Teaching Assistant in Psychology, Neuroscience, Psycholinguistics, or Clinical Language Sciences
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF33961

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 11/12/2020

Job live date: 27/10/2020

Salary: £30,048 pro rata per annum + pro rata student stipend at RCUK rates

Employment type: AAS-Clerical

Department: School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences

Division: Not specified

Hours Per Week:: 9 hours per week

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

The School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences is delighted to invite applications for a fully funded Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Psychology, Neuroscience, Clinical Language Sciences, or Linguistics. This is an exciting role which will allow the post holders to study for a PhD in a related subject whilst contributing to student learning, undertaking teaching activities in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences.

The PhD research project associated with this post should be aligned with the expertise of our research. The School is particularly strong in the areas of Psychopathology and Emotional Disorders, Affective and Cognitive Neuroscience, Personalised Nutrition, Motivation and Behaviour Change, Perception and Action, Cognitive Control, Language, Linguistics, and Bilingualism, and Clinical Language Sciences ( The GTA is named in honour of Professor Magdalen Vernon (1901-1991) who was the first female Head of the then Department of Psychology at Reading.

Housed in state-of-the-art facilities, the School has established itself as a leading centre for research. The School was ranked in the top 20 (15th) in the UK within its unit of assessment in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework based on research power. Overall, nearly 80% of our research was rated as internationally excellent and/or world leading. The successful candidates will join a thriving postgraduate research community of more than 70 PhD students who benefit from excellent support and resources from the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences ( and membership of the University Graduate School (  

The post is normally for a fixed period of 4 years during which the post holder must be registered as a full-time doctoral student and they will be paid a salary and stipend per annum and will have PhD fees 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).

You will have:

  • A good (1st or 2.1) first degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Linguistics or a related subject
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate complex theories and ideas in an engaging way that is easy for students to understand
  • Ability to organise and prioritise workloads, including balancing PhD studies with GTA responsibilities during term-time

In parallel with this, if you haven’t already done so, it will be necessary to submit an application for admission to our PhD programme via
With the PhD application, please make sure to include a research proposal of max. 700 words.

The (online) interview will take place on January 6, 2021.

Informal contact details

Contact role:

Director of Postgraduate Research, Admissions

Contact name:

Dr Julia Vogt

Contact phone:

0118 378 5545

Contact email:

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. 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 Immigrationand 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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