Durham Doctoral Teaching Fellowship in Psychology

    The role of Durham Doctoral Teaching Fellow provides the opportunity to conduct a high-quality research project and to contribute to the delivery of outstanding teaching, working with the support and under the direction of more senior colleagues. The post will involve a significant teaching load during term-time and the activities may extend into the summer period. However, the schedule of teaching activities will be designed with the requirements of the Ph.D. project in mind. There will be an expectation that the Fellows secure a formal teaching qualification leading to Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, and they will be provided with the time and support required to achieve this expectation.

    Key responsibilities:

    • To conduct a high-quality PhD research project in collaboration with the supervisor.
    • To undertake duties relating to teaching, administration and citizenship as required by senior colleagues and appropriate to your grade of employment.
    • Teach existing modules/sessions as required, demonstrating an understanding of the subject materials and the use and value of appropriate learning technologies.
    • Demonstrate the ability to manage own teaching and design, plan and produce teaching materials for a variety of delivery methods including online and blended delivery.
    • Demonstrate an increased awareness of different approaches to and methods of teaching and learning support.
    • Take on board feedback on teaching and engage with others in CPD.
    • Set student assessments, assess students’ academic work and provide feedback throughout the year.
    • Deal with students’ queries about the content and delivery of a module.
    • Build internal contacts and participate in networks to exchange information.
    • Make an active contribution to an inclusive community in which diversity is embraced and celebrated.
    • Undertake effectively and efficiently any administrative role allocated by your line manager.
    • To contribute to fostering a collegial and respectful working environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect.
    • To engage in wider citizenship to support the department and wider discipline.
    • To engage in continuing professional development by attending relevant training and development courses.

    Person Specification

    Candidates applying for a grade 6 post must outline their experience, skills and achievements to date which demonstrate that they meet or that they have the potential to achieve the essential criteria.

    Essential Criteria

    • Eligible to work in the UK.
    • Home Fee Status Students Only.
    • Qualifications: A first or upper second class BSc/BA or MSc degree in Psychology or a related subject.
    • Experience in conducting high-quality academic research.
    • Demonstrable ability to work cooperatively as part of a team, including participating in research meetings.
    • Good oral and written communication skills.
    • Ability to explain complex concepts at a level appropriate to the audience.
    • Ability to engage enthusiastically with material and to adopt appropriate styles and methods to achieve the desired learning outcomes.

    Desirable Criteria

    • A teaching qualification or significant experience of research-led University-level teaching.
    • Experience of teaching and assessment with evidence of positive student feedback.
    • Demonstrable ability to participate in the collegial/administrative activities of an academic department and/or discipline.

    Candidates being shortlisted will be interviewed, as part of the interview they will be asked to give (i) a brief presentation (approx. 10 minutes) on the planned research project, and (ii )a brief presentation (approx. 10 minutes) in which they explain a basic piece of Psychology of their choice in a way that would be suitable to present to a small group of first-year undergraduate Psychology students.

    Contact Information

    Department contact for academic-related enquiries or questions about the application process:

    Professor Holger Wiese, Director of Postgraduate Research, Department of Psychology,

    How to Apply

    Please express your interest by email to

    Complete an online application to study from the link on our web pages: https://www.durham.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

    As a University we foster a collegiate community of extraordinary people aligned to the University’s values.  Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) are a key part of the University’s Strategy and a central part of everything we do.  At Durham we actively work towards providing an environment where our staff and students can study, work and live in a community which is supportive and inclusive, and in doing so, recruit the world’s best candidates from all backgrounds and identities. It’s important to us that all of our colleagues are aligned to both our values and commitment to EDI. We therefore ask that as part of your application you provide a statement (of no more than 1 side of A4) which outlines work which you have been involved in which demonstrates your commitment to EDI and our values.

    Please note that in submitting your application, we will be processing your data.  We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement https://www.dur.ac.uk/ig/dp/privacy/pnjobapplicants/ which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data. 

    What to Submit

    All applicants are asked to submit:

    • A CV.
    • A covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above.
    • PhD application form (online) with transcripts.
    • A research proposal (one side of A4 excluding references).
    • EDI statement.
    • Two References.

    Please save all application documents with your name and document type as PDF files.
    We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.

    Next Steps

    All applications will be considered by a selected group of academic (research and teaching) staff, and input from intended PhD supervisors will be requested. Candidates being shortlisted will be interviewed, as part of the interview they will be asked to give brief (about 10 minutes each) presentations (i) on the planned research project and (ii) in which they explain a basic piece of Psychology of their choice, in a way that would be suitable to present to a small group of first-year undergraduate Psychology students.

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