School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

PhD opportunities

Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (Quantitative Research Methods) - School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Job Family and Grade: Specialist and Supporting Academic (SSA) Grade 5

Fixed-term for five years, or until completion of a PhD, whichever is sooner.

Combining a teaching role with postgraduate research, PGTA positions are an exciting opportunity to complete a PhD under the supervision of Loughborough University's expert staff while gaining invaluable experience in the delivery of learning and teaching.

The School is currently recruiting for a PGTA to support discipline-led teaching in Quantitative Research Methods.

This teaching role will include:

  • Demonstrating/Seminars/Tutorials
  • Supervision
  • Mentoring/tutoring
  • Highly moderated marking 
  • Answering student enquiries on behalf of the module leader, and escalating these to the module leader, where necessary.

Applicants will have a strong academic background in a relevant academic area, combined with experience of undertaking a research project and the ability to pursue a substantial independent research project over a sustained period.

Studentship tuition fees will be paid by the University, but as the post will attract a full-time SSA Grade 5 salary (£25,217 - £30,046 per annum), no additional studentship stipend will be paid. Progression opportunities exist within the post as there is the potential to progress to SSA Grade 6 on gaining Associate Fellow status of the Higher Education Academy (or other such body) plus meeting additional criteria after no less than two years of employment.

Only individuals with existing rights to work and study in the UK can be considered, as the role does not meet the requirements for visa sponsorship under UK immigration regulations.

Application and Interview:

  • Quantitative Research Methods (REQ210429)

The closing date for receipt of PGTA employment applications is: Sunday, 20 June 2021

Interviews will be held on Thursday 12 August


  1. Only those candidates who are invited to attend for interview will be required to complete an application form for PhD study, therefore applications should only be submitted by the invited candidates, when asked.
  2. Within the ‘Supporting Statement’ of their application for employment, applicants should indicate their interest in a maximum of three PhD projects, in order of preference (see list below)

PhD Projects:

Quantitative Research Methods

  • Bone health in well-trained endurance athletes and the effect of jump training (QRM 1)
  • Childcare attendance profiles and their impact on health behaviour trajectories in the Millennium Cohort Study (QRM 2)
  • Domain-specific physical activity and sedentary behaviour in healthcare workers; levels and opportunities (QRM 3)
  • Against modern football? A comparative analysis of younger football fans consumption patterns (QRM 4)
  • Investigating compression of needs in dementia and stroke using the active ageing index (QRM 5)
  • Life course blood pressure patterns in relation to cardiac structure and function (QRM6)
  • Exploring eating and movement behaviours, mental health and glucose monitoring in individuals with inherited metabolic conditions that cause hypoglycaemia (QRM7)
  • The benefits of health coaching for BAME health professionals: A multilevel intervention approach (QRM8)
  • Do UK universities make money from athletics? Extending the brand of ‘Loughborough Sport’ to the retail marketplace for licensed merchandise (QRM9)
  • Modelling the bidirectional associations between accelerometer assessed physical activity and body size/composition across childhood and adolescence (QRM10)
  • Mechanisms for inter-individual variability in postprandial lipaemic responses to acute exercise in adolescents – a genetic and methodological approach (QRM11)
  • Human endurance at the motivation-metabolism interface (QRM12)
  • Investigating relationships between early life antibiotic prescriptions and later health outcomes (QRM13)
  • Family technology use and eating behaviours (QRM14)
  • Quantifying body representations in health and disease (QRM15)