Informatics Graduate Teaching Assistantships 2021

Qualification: PhD

Department: School of Informatics

Application deadline: 24 June 2021

Start date: 27 September 2021

Overview

The School of Informatics are offering 3 x 4 year fully funded Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) for PhD study.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships allow research students to fund their PhD through part-time teaching work with the University.

A Graduate Teaching Assistant is responsible to the Head of School and is expected to undertake teaching or other duties within the School - not normally exceeding 8-10 contact hours per week - while undertaking research leading to a PhD.

Approximately 81.3% of their time will be spent on their doctoral research and 18.7% on their GTA responsibilities. Training is provided to help Graduate Teaching Assistants develop their teaching related skills and enhance their professional competencies.

Research Areas and Supervision

We welcome applications from those looking to undertake doctoral research in any aspect of informatics or computer science compatible with the research interests of our academic staff including:

Strategic directions that are of particular interest are Artificial Intelligence, Computational Modelling, Data Science, and Digitalisation.

Examples of Available PhD Projects

Some examples of exciting PhD projects where supervisors are currently looking for PhD students can be found on a separate webpage with PhD Projects for GTA Applicants.

**Please refer to the Eligibility, Funding and How to Apply sections below before preparing your proposal and submitting your application.**

Funding

Funding

GTA PhD funding is available to UK/EU and International* applicants.

  • The funding offers a 4 year stipend/salary package at UKRI rates (for 2021/2 this will be £15.609 pa) and a UK/EU fee waiver.
  • International applicants must be able to fund the difference between UK/EU and International fees for the full 4 years of study.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Please read the entry requirements:

  • Should have, or shortly be expected to obtain, a good (normally first class) BSc degree or an equivalent in computer science or a cognate area*
  • Outstanding promise of research achievement*
  • Research interests in one or more research themes of the School
  • High level of proficiency in English, sufficient to undertake research, teaching and administrative activities utilising English Language materials and to communicate effectively with staff and students* (see the standard English language requirements)
  • Effective oral, written and presentation skills in order to communicate effectively with staff and students*
  • Potential to initiate, develop and deliver high quality research in Computer Science in one of the research themes of the School, likely to lead to the award of a PhD under supervision of an academic staff*
  • Ability to teach undergraduate students in laboratories, tutorials and other classes
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team on research and teaching related activities
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Competency in IT and familiarity with a computerised environment*
  • A commitment to high quality teaching
  • Desirable:
    • Have, or be close to completing, a good Master’s or equivalent postgraduate degree in Computer Science or cognate area
    • Experience in teaching undergraduate or postgraduate students in tutorials
    • A track record in developing and delivering high quality research
    • Prior teaching experience
  • Intended for applicants who are eligible to pay the UK/EU tuition fee - i.e., those who are permanently resident in the UK or another EU country. International applicants may apply if they can cover the difference between Home/EU and international tuition fees.
  • Available for full-time registration only
  • We are looking for applicants who can start on 27 September 2021.

* criteria used for shortlisting

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries are welcome - please contact Dr Irek Ulidowski or Prof Thomas Erlebach:

Irek Ulidowski - iu3@leicester.ac.uk, Thomas Erlebach - te17@leicester.ac.uk

Informal enquiries regarding the application process are also welcome – please contact the PGR Administrator:
informaticspgr@le.ac.uk

How to apply

How to apply

To submit your application please use the Apply button below and select September 2021 from the dropdown menu.

Guidelines for applications

1. Draft a short research proposal (or research statement) that tells us what you want to research, how you intend to do it, and why it is worth doing. We mainly want you to explain why you are interested in your proposed area of research, and what in your background makes you well prepared for this topic. The proposal/statement should normally be about one page long. You may wish to get in touch with a potential supervisor to discuss your proposal before applying.

2. Prepare your supporting documents - with your application you need to include proof that you meet the academic and English language entry requirements:

  • include all relevant degree certificates/diplomas and transcripts
  • international applicants must provide official copies of their entire course transcripts including explanations of the mark schemes used.
  • supporting documents not in English must be provided with a certified English translation
  • please also include a full curriculum vitae
  • You must also provide contact details in the space provided for two academic (not personal) referees who can comment on your suitability for the research degree programme or upload two academic letters of reference.

Important Advice for Applicants

Applications that do not include a research proposal and the required supporting documents will not be considered.

In the Funding section of the application, applicants must state  Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Informatics (Ref. GTA-Sep2021) in the space provided

Eligibility

Eligibility

Open to UK/EU and International applicants*

*International applicants must be able to fund the difference between UK/EU and International fees for the full 4 years of study.

Current PhD students are not eligible to apply for this GTA post.