Graduate Teaching Assistantships in Computer Science July 2017

The Department of Informatics (formerly known as Department of Computer Science) is pleased to offer two funded Graduate Teaching Assistantships including registration for its Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme.
Graduate Teaching Assistantship


Department of Informatics


Agreed Subject to Research Project

Start Date

The posts are available immediately. Start date should ideally be no later than January 2018.


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

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Interview Date

TBA. Applications will be considered at the end of every month.

The Graduate Teaching Assistantships are 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 £14,553 each year.

See also the job summary (PDF).

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 Department and is expected to undertake teaching or system development related duties within the Department - not normally exceeding eight contact hours per week - while undertaking research leading to a PhD.

Approximately 80% of their time will be spent on their doctoral research and 20% 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:

Find a supervisor in your research area and consider the suggested topics for PhD research.

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 Department
  • 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 Department, 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
    • Experience in IT system development
    • A track record in developing and delivering high quality research
    • Prior teaching experience
    • Ability to work as part of a team on system development related activities
  • 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 as soon as possible, ideally by 1 January 2018 or earlier.

* criteria used for shortlisting

Informal Enquiries

Informal enquiries are welcome - please contact Prof Alexander Kurz:

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

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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.

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

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 Computer Science (Ref. GTA-Sep17)

Choose the University of Leicester

The University of Leicester is one of the UK's leading universities, committed to international excellence through the creation of world changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching.

Leicester is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings and THE World University Rankings. In 2013 Leicester was the highest climbing UK university in the THE World Rankings, moving up 35 places to 161st in the table.

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