Teaching and Research Associate (TARA) – Physiotherapy

£31,406 - £34,304
Town/City Plymouth PL4 8AA
Payment type Pro rata
Region South West
Contract type Permanent contract
Closing date
Hours Part-time
Type of employer Private provider
Name of employer The University of Plymouth

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Vacancy details

Teaching and Research Associate (TARA) – Physiotherapy
School of Health Professions
Ref: A8459
Salary/Grade: £31,406 to £34,304 pro rata per annum – Grade 6 (0.5 WTE plus 0.5 WTE for fee
supported doctoral study)

Are you an aspiring academic with an interest in making a difference to the teaching and learning of future graduates, whilst also developing your own doctoral level skills and contributing to our research profile?

This post offers an exciting opportunity to join a progressive team of interprofessional researchers and educators who contribute to teaching, learning and research relating to physiotherapy and rehabilitation practice. The posts sit within the physiotherapy team in the School of Health Professions, however we welcome applications from colleagues from other disciplines with expertise which will complement our existing team, such as physiotherapists, psychologists or other allied
health professions.

You will assist in the delivery of health and care professions education to both undergraduate and post graduate learners for 0.5 of the time (e.g running workshops, seminars and skills lab sessions, and assisting in the preparation of teaching materials).

The research element will be scheduled for the other 0.5 and will be registered with, and supervised by, academic colleagues from the University of Plymouth.

You will:

  • Have expertise and experience in physiotherapy and/ or psychology/ related health profession and an interest in developing your research profile at doctoral level alongside a teaching role as part of the academic team.
  • Already hold a Masters or post graduate award in a relevant subject or an Honours award with a BSc at a 2:1 or 1st class level.
  • Have an active interest in developing a teaching role.
  • Be a team player who wants to work as part of an experienced and dedicated group of colleagues.
  • Be able to demonstrate excellent communication and presentation skills and be able to work under pressure on a major academic study alongside a teaching workload.

Research Project Information:
The project will be developed collaboratively with service users and stakeholders, which is a strength of our existing work. The research focus will be oriented towards clinical research. The focus could vary according to your clinical interest/previous post-graduate studies or research projects, however it should complement our existing programme of research which is sited within the Peninsula Institute of Health Research (PIHR) at the University of Plymouth.

Please demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria outlined in the knowledge, qualifications, training and experience elements of the job description in your supporting statement.

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role then please contact Hilary Gunn by email

For information about potential PhD topics then please contact Jenny Freeman, Professor in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation by telephone on 01752 588835 or email jenny.freeman@plymouth.ac.uk

This role will require an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check plus Adult and Children Barred List checks.

Closing date: Midnight, Wednesday 23 March 2022.

Interviews are likely to take place on 7 April via zoom with the following format:

Presentation and informal interview.

Presentation 10mins (plus 5 mins discussion): You will present an outline of your research proposal
Interview approx. 30-45mins

You will be notified if you have been shortlisted or not.

We offer a competitive salary package and a generous pension and holiday scheme. We also offer a range of other benefits, including ongoing development opportunities.

This is a part-time position working 18.5 hours per week on a fixed-term basis for 5 years.

The University of Plymouth is a diverse, welcoming community where everyone makes a difference and is encouraged to bring their whole selves to work. To find out more about our inclusive community, initiatives such as Athena Swan and the Race Equality Charter and our range of benefits/support mechanisms such as flexible working, staff networks and enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave please visit our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion webpages.

We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented groups at the University of Plymouth, such as BAME/BIPOC and LGBT+.

The Faculty of Health holds a Silver Athena Swan Award and the University holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award which recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEMM academia.

Staff appointed within the Faculty of Health may be able to join the NHS pension scheme subject to eligibility criteria.

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