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Graduate Teaching Assistant
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF34972

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 10/04/2021

Job live date: 15/03/2021

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

Employment type: AAS-Clerical

Department: School of Politics Economics & International Relations

Division: Economics

Hours per week: 9

Employment Basis/Type: Fixed term for 4 years

The Department of Economics is looking to appoint a Graduate Teaching Assistant. This post provides an exciting opportunity to study for a PhD while gaining valuable experience as a teaching assistant by contributing to the Department’s undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programme.

The GTA is a development opportunity for PhD students to develop their teaching skills in preparation for more senior teaching posts in the future and to achieve professional recognition. As a GTA you will contribute to student learning, to undertake teaching activities and associated marking, and provide appropriate guidance and feedback as required.

The appointee must pursue doctoral research (full-time, non-distance) within the Department of Economics. We welcome applications from strong PhD candidates with research interests in any areas of Economics. Candidates are advised to check the research interests of the department’s academic staff see if any of them list an area related to the candidate’s area of interest to maximize the prospects of a potential PhD supervisor. Candidates must meet the requirements for admission into the PhD programme to be considered for the GTA position. Therefore, you should submit details of your PhD research proposal in your GTA application (include in your Supporting Statement). You do not need to hold an offer for PhD study before applying for the GTA position. Instead, a PhD study offer will be provided for the successful GTA candidate.

Applicants must also submit a formal application  for academic admission as a PhD student via  in parallel with their application for the GTA post Applicants must state GTA when asked to indicate the source of funding in their PhD application.

The Graduate Teaching Assistant will receive research supervision from at least two members of the staff with the relevant expertise and will undertake appropriate research training and assessment as indicated in the PhD Economics programme guidelines:

The appointment is for a period of up to four years, during which the GTA must be a registered full-time doctoral student. No GTA shall work more than six hours per week teaching during term- time on average (but they are expected to work a further 156 hours over the course of the full calendar year on training, preparation and marking). Continued appointment to the GTA position will be conditional on meeting the PhD programme expectations and meeting the assessment criteria.

GTAs will receive a monthly salary of 0.25 FTE on a fixed point on Grade 5 of the University’s salary scale. GTAs will be subject to the University’s standard terms and conditions of employment and will receive the usual employment benefits of Grade 5 employees.

Postgraduate research students who are accepted onto the GTA scheme will separately be entitled to receive a tuition fee waiver equivalent to the Home tuition fee rate for up to a maximum of three years, a maintenance stipend per annum equivalent to 0.75 of the RCUK minimum level and reimbursement of research and other reasonable expenses, agreed in advance with the School. (Please note that students liable for international fees will need to pay the difference between home fees and international fees). ​​​​​​​

Closing date: 10/04/2021

Interview date: 10/05/2021 (TBC)

Informal contact details

Contact role:

Director of Postgraduate

Research Studies

Contact name:

Stefania Lovo

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Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-UK candidates who do not already have permission to work in the UK should note that by reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship will not be possible under the Skilled Worker Route. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

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.


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