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Current opportunities

Graduate teaching assistant opportunities are currently available for research students in the Faculty with a background in psychology, pharmacy or biological sciences.

More information about what is involved in each of these opportunities can be found below.

Psychology

To be a psychology GTA you will have a background in psychology (normally a psychology degree).

You will run reading groups, seminars and practical classes on the University's BSc Psychology course.

We aim to match you to course units within your field (e.g. clinical psychology, health psychology, social psychology, cognitive neuroscience), or other first and second year courses for which a general psychology background is an adequate foundation.

Your teaching duties will include one or more of the following:

  • preparing for and delivering undergraduate seminar sessions and presentation sessions;
  • supporting individual and group work in 'team taught' laboratory classes;
  • assisting students completing statistical exercises in computer-based practical classes;
  • advising students on essay writing in drop-in essay clinics;
  • reading for and facilitating discussion in final year reading groups;
  • marking of student work and providing feedback using online assessment tools.

Pharmacy

To be a pharmacy GTA you will have a background in a relevant degree to the teaching being delivered.

You will participate in running workshops and practical classes on the University's MPharm course. We aim to match you to relevant course units within your field.

Your teaching duties will include one or more of the following:

  • preparing for and delivering undergraduate workshop sessions;
  • supporting individual and group work in laboratory classes;
  • assisting students drug modelling exercises in computer-based practical classes;
  • marking of student work and providing feedback using online assessment tools.

Pharmacy GTA applications will be accepted throughout the year, though placements within the same year cannot be guaranteed.  If you would like to be considered for a position in the next academic year (starting September) please submit your application by the end of July.

Biological sciences

To be a biological sciences GTA or laboratory demonstrator you will have a background in biological or life sciences (typically your BSc degree).

You will run practical classes for the University’s undergraduate biological sciences courses.

In your role as GTA and laboratory demonstrator your role may be to:

  • explain/communicate bioscience theory/strategy/concepts;
  • demonstrate bioscience practical techniques/equipment;
  • conduct formative assessment where appropriate (e.g. via laboratory manual questions);
  • mark written summative assessment with the aid of marking guidelines (when requested);
  • participate in and/or plan and design public engagement activities (optional);
  • mentor project students (informally);
  • act as an ambassador for the University/Faculty at open days;
  • observe health and safety guidelines;
  • check the bench space is cleared and waste is disposed of appropriately after practicals;
  • check completion of students work and sign their laboratory manual where appropriate.

Research Methods

The Research Methods course is 15 credit, interactive blended learning course, which is delivered across 12 different programmes in FBMH. Over 180 students are expected to take the unit in 2021/22 which covers a range of topics relating to critical analysis of scientific/medical research literature, information management, study design, basic statistical analysis, research integrity, research presentation skills, scientific writing and publishing skills.

The course unit runs during Semester 1 and includes three summative assessments. The purpose of the GTA role is to assist the programme team through assessment marking and assessment invigilation.

Further information about the role is available in the Research Methods GTA job description. Applicants are asked to provide a brief one-page statement on why they are interested in the role and what experience they would bring to it. The deadline is 30 July 2021 and applications should be e-mailed to vitalia.kinakh@manchester.ac.uk.