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Graduate Teaching Assistant

School of Psychology

Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Salary:  £30,502 to £33,314 per annum
Grade:  Grade 07
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (72 months)
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Monday 29 August 2022
Interview Date:  Monday 12 September 2022
Reference:  R220483
Release Date:  Tuesday 26 July 2022

We are pleased to offer two Graduate Teaching Assistant positions. The role-holders will undertake teaching, assessment, and related activities on our programmes for a fixed term of 72 months. The successful candidates will register as postgraduate students and research one of the specified projects below, leading to the submission of a thesis to be examined for the award of a PhD.

This employment is open to applicants who are undertaking a PhD on a part time basis with the University and is a career development opportunity. The role is therefore intrinsically linked with and dependent on the applicant undertaking their PhD studies alongside and is the reason the role is offered on a fixed term basis. 

Candidates should make a clear statement of which project listed below they would like to pursue in their application and provide a supporting statement of their interest and capacity to conduct research in this area to a doctoral level.

Research Projects:

Identifying the cognitive underpinnings of navigation to understand age-related navigational declines.

Supervisors: Dr Matt Buckley, Dr Craig Hedge, Dr Rob Nash

Supporting meaningful integration of parents into multi-disciplinary healthcare teams for children and young people

Supervisors: Dr Gemma Heath, Dr Joanne Tarver, Dr Rachel Shaw

What’s your vice? Developing a common framework for understanding inhibitory control in health-related contexts.

Supervisors: Dr Craig Hedge, Dr Charlotte Pennington, Prof Richard Tunney

Adaptation of a child feeding computer game (Feed Quest) as a tool for intervention in community dietetic clinics.

Supervisors: Dr Megan Jarman, Dr Gemma Heath, Professor Jacqueline Blissett

Changing people’s attitudes towards public health policies: the role of social norms

Supervisors: Dr James Reynolds, Dr Charlotte Pennington, Dr Jason Thomas

Development and validation of a self-report screening questionnaire for mental health concerns in children with intellectual disability

Supervisors: Dr Jo Tarver, Dr Georgie Agar, Prof Claire Farrow

Further details about the projects can be found here:

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Aston University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  It promotes equality and diversity in all aspects of its work. We are committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recognised by a silver award, and we are a Disability Confident Employer Level 2. We strive to have robust inclusivity strategies in place, including race and sexual orientation, to encourage colleagues to have the confidence and freedom to be themselves in the workplace. For more information, visit:

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