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Combined Postgraduate Teaching Assistant

Requisition ID:  24885

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Part Time
Posted Date:  17-Jan-2023


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Salary: £27,131 - £31,411  per annum pro rata, plus £6,600 per annum stipend


Closing Date: 26 February 2023


The Role


We are delighted to open applications for our School of Computing 2023 Postgraduate Teaching Assistant campaign. This role will open the door to enthusiastic and inspiring individuals who are passionate about an academic career with us. This opportunity brings together experience of teaching in a School which was rated in the top 20 UK Times Good University Guide 2020, whilst working towards a PhD in one of the top 10 UK units for research. 


Our research directly inspires our teaching in postgraduate degrees, professional courses for industry, and a software focussed undergraduate programme that delivers exceptionally strong outcomes for our students, with 97% of Computer Science graduates in graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. Computer Science at Newcastle is ranked 9th in the UK and 108th in the world in the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Ranking. 
The School is a lively, friendly community with research, innovation and teaching strengths across the spectrum of computing. Including secure and resilient systems, data science and artificial intelligence, model-based and formal methods, bioinformatics and complex biosystems, distributed systems, human computer interaction and educational practice in computing.


The School is located in the Urban Sciences Building, a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility at the heart of the rapidly developing £350m Newcastle Helix site, an innovation hub actively delivering research to market. Helix is home to the National Innovation Centres for Data and Ageing as well as national research hubs in urban systems, energy and infrastructure.  


This part time doctoral opportunity offers the unique opportunity to undertake a PhD under the supervision of an academic colleague in the school whilst also offering the opportunity for teaching experience in a research-intensive school. We welcome applications for doctoral study across the full range of research specialisms in the school.

As a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, you will carry out a substantial teaching activity within our Computer Science degrees, with guidance and support. You will be delivering teaching activities as well as marking coursework and exams, providing timely and effective feedback to students and assisting with Postgraduate project supervision, with a focus on providing a high-quality learning and teaching experience to students. You will be supported to develop your own professional practice. 

We encourage applications from candidates from outside of the UK and can provide an interest-free loans scheme to support all colleagues and their families with UK visa-related costs. The scheme can assist with costs such Immigration Health Surcharge or colleagues applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain. All colleagues with a regular contract of employment with the University will be eligible to make an application for this loan, which will be available from employment commencing.

Applicants need to contact a potential supervisor at Newcastle University prior to application and are expected to include a supporting statement from their potential supervisor with their application. Please be aware that each supervisor can support one applicant at most. You may find your potential supervisor on our web site, at our PGTA event or by contacting the Director of Postgraduate Studies below. The successful applicants will be registered on the Combined PhD programme in Computer Science. The contract duration is aligned with the duration of the PGR programme (5 years). In addition to the 0.4 FTE contract, successful applicants will receive an annual £6,600 scholarship to support their PGR project and a fee waiver. This fee waiver is only applicable to students who are employed as Combined PGTA. 

Your application should include:

1) a teaching statement describing your teaching experience and vision and its alignment to the School of Computing (Maximum 1 page of A4)
2) a research statement describing your research proposal (Maximum 1 page of A4)
3) a letter of support from your potential supervisor in the School of Computing. 

If you are interested in working with us and are unsure if you meet the criteria, we would like to hear from you. For informal enquiries please contact the Director of Postgraduate Studies, Dr Sara Fernstad ( or the Head of School, Prof Graham Morgan (  

We would like to invite you to our information events below and should you wish to register, please email  This will give you the opportunity to hear more about us and ask any questions.

Online event – 17 January 2023 at 10am
In person event – 17 January 2023 at 2pm


We will be holding interviews on 23 and 27 March 2023 along with an opportunity for you to deliver a teaching presentation on 20 and 22 March 2023, ahead of the interview process.



The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 24885