PGTA Vacancies for 2022/23
The Natural Sciences programme is looking to make a number of appointments for Senior Postgraduate Teaching Assistants for the 2022/23 academic year. Applications are now invited from PhD students to assist with workshop, seminar, or tutorial teaching and/or teaching preparation for the following modules:
- Literature Review for Natural Sciences
All natural sciences students undertake a variety of modules designed to develop their academic writing and communication skills:
- NSCI0004 is a 15 credit module taken by all natural sciences students who are studying in their 3rd year, the module runs over terms 1 and 2 and the students work with a supervisor to research and write a literature review (max 5000 words) as well as deliver a 5 minute presentation on their work in term 3.
The aim of this role is to work on developing academic communication materials, assessments and lesson plans for sessions to be delivered to natural sciences students across term 1 and 2.
- Computing for Natural Sciences
All natural sciences students develop computing skills through parts of two modules:
- NSCI0010 is a 0 credit module taken by all first year natural sciences students. This is delivered in term 1.
- NSCI0007 is a 15 credit module taken by all second year natural sciences students. This is delivered across terms 1 and 2.
The aim of these roles is to work on developing students computing skills in both Python fundamentals as well as applications in the sciences and supervise some project work.
- Science Communication for Natural Sciences
All natural sciences students develop science communication skills during their degree:
- NSCI0007 is a 15 credit module which has a focus on both scientific communication and computing, with a 50-50 split between these two areas. In this role, tutors will work to facilitate workshops during the term as well as assist the module lead with marking, assessment and feedback. The students work to develop a short, scince themed, podcast. This is delivered in term 1.
- Science and Society
All natural sciences students currently take modules aimed at getting them to critically reflect on the benefits and harms of science for societies. They also consider topics such as research ethics and inequity in science learning while developing their skills in communication and science outreach. There are three modules where they consider this:
- NSCI0010 is a 0 credit module, which has a focus on both computing (see above) as well as exploring multi- and interdisciplinary approaches to help address global challenges. In this role, tutors will help students as they work to give a short presentation and offer constructive feedback to peers as well as draft a summary of a research paper to develop academic writing skills. This part of the module takes place in term 2.
- NSCI0019 is a 0 credit module, which has a focus on science outreach. In this role you will help students develop an individual reflective portfolio based on lectures and site visits related to widening participation and public engagement as well as putting together a group portfolio for the public engagement session.
- NSCI0029 is a 0 credit module, which has a focus engaging publics with science, and on different ways of learning. Tutors will help students plan the delivery and evaluation of their own public engagement session.
- Mathematics for Natural Sciences
All natural sciences students take a module in mathematics in their first term at UCL, we now have two principal modules available for students, one based around mathematical modelling in the sciences and one more focus on mathematical methods in the physical sciences, which necessitates traditional lectures and problem solving seminars.
- NSCI0005 is a 15 credit module, which has a focus on mathematical methods in the phsyical sciences. In this role you will help students during problem solving seminar classes, as well as provide formative feedback on written exercises that are submitted weekly. There are also opportunities to help out on computing classes in R which will support the statistics section at the start of the module.
The purpose of these roles is to support teaching and learning in our NSCI-coded modules, working with the academic module leaders through the delivery of small group teaching for students taking modules on the Natural Sciences programme. The main duties are planning and teaching classroom activities, marking work and providing feedback, meetings with the module organisers, and monitoring student progress. PGTAs will be given training in support of their roles.
Payment will also be made for teaching preparation time and any other duties performed in addition to contact teaching hours.
Please note that appointments and subsequently the number of hours and seminar classes per PGTA will only be finalised in mid-September once we have a better sense of student numbers for the 2022/23 academic year. There is some flexibility on the number of hours you would be expected to work, please discuss this further with us as required!
You are advised to apply as soon as possible however as vacancies are being filled on a first come, first served basis.
Any queries relating to these roles should be addressed to the Natural Sciences teaching team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to apply for any of these roles, please fill in this online application form.