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Funded PhD studentship/Graduate Teaching Assistant (PGTA) position in Human Geography

29 March 2018

The School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol has a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant position in Human Geography to fill for 2018/19 entry, with an anticipated start date of 01 September 2018. The School is consistently ranked as top in the UK in terms of the amount of research its staff produce which is deemed "world class". It has a vibrant and expanding Graduate School of some 150+ PhD and MSc students.

The successful applicant will propose a research topic for their PhD in Human Geography, in consultation with staff at the School of Geographical Sciences. The proposal will be considered as part of their application. The successful applicant will be eligible for 4 years of full funding (stipend + fees) for their PhD. The stipend for their PhD is: £12,560, with a teaching payment of £4,215, and a fees payment of £4,235 for a total of £21,010 p.a.

During the first four months, the Geography GTA scholar will focus on starting their PhD and undertaking training and shadowing. Teaching will begin in the January after commencing the PhD. For the next 3 years the Geography GTA Scholar will spend 85% of their time carrying out research as a PhD student and 15% of their time supporting undergraduate (or exceptionally taught PG) teaching, typically in tutorial, seminar, field or laboratory classes and under the direction of the member of academic staff responsible for the taught unit. The final ~8 months of the studentship will be free of teaching to enable completion of writing up. The maximum number of teaching hours per year is 250, in line with University policy. PGTAs are expected to undertake some teaching duties in the department, which will mostly comprise supporting undergraduate (or exceptionally taught PG) teaching, typically in tutorial, seminar or laboratory classes and under the direction of the member of academic staff responsible for the taught unit, including in some instances teaching-related duties such as assessment and examination marking. Training and support for teaching will be provided in line with the University’s policy on “Postgraduate Research Students who Teach” and will be appropriately mentored.

The successful candidate will have an excellent track record of academic excellence and research potential in Human Geography, in addition to evidence of teaching experience or experience potential matched to teaching needs.

For further information, applicants may contact the School’s Year One Director, Dr. Mark Jackson or the School’s Education Director, Prof. Rachel Flecker, and refer to the scheme details -  Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) in Human Geography (Office document, 54kB).

How to apply:

Please submit: a cover letter; a CV; a research statement detailing your proposed PhD project, methodology, etc. (not to exceed 5 pages); copies of transcripts; and, two references to geog-pgadmis@bristol.ac.uk c/o Sabina Latynska. References can be submitted separately or together with the application pack.  

Application Deadline: 14 May 2018. All materials including references should be received by the deadline. Invitations to interview will be made after 14 May and the expected interview date is Monday 21st May between 1pm - 5pm.

 

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