Graduate Teaching Assistantships in Informatics - September 2021

The School of Informatics is pleased to offer three funded Graduate Teaching Assistantships for 27 September 2021 entry to its Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme in Computer Science.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships


School of Informatics


Agreed Subject to Research Project

Start Date

27 September 2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter)


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

* The funding offers a stipend/salary package 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.

Application Close Date

24 June 2021

Interview Date


The Graduate Teaching Assistantship is available for full-time registration and payable as a full UK/EU tuition fee waiver for four years subject to annual progress review.

The successful applicant will also receive an annual stipend and salary package worth £15,609 each year.

See also the job description (PDF).

The official advert is here: Computer Sciences Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD

About Graduate Teaching Assistantships

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.

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

Informal enquiries regarding the application process are also welcome – please contact the PGR Administrator:

Apply Now

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 certificates/diplomas and transcripts
    • international applicants must provide official copies of their entire course transcripts including explanations of the mark schemes used and, where possible, an indication of their class ranking/position in class
    • 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 for two academic (not personal) referees who can comment on your suitability for the research degree programme

3. Submit your online application - you must select "Campus-based Full Time", "Computer Science Research" and "September 2021".

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 that they wish to be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Informatics (Ref. GTA-Sep2021)

Applications from Existing Students

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

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