Postgraduate Teaching Assistant opportunities

Find opportunities to gain teaching experience alongside your PhD.

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.

Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (PGTA)

  • PGTA roles are available in the following areas: Biomechanics and Motor Control; Psychology; and Strength and Conditioning.
  • 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.

The School is currently recruiting for several PGTAs to support discipline-led teaching.

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 (£27,979 - £32,982 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:

  • Biomechanics and Motor Control (REQ231073)

The closing date for receipt of PGTA employment applications is: Sunday, 01 October 2023

Interviews will be held in October 2023.


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.

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:

Biomechanics and Motor Control

Project Proposal
Project Title 
Supervisory Team 
Perceptual and agility training to enhance the return of serve in wheelchair tennis
Dr Robin Jackson
Prof Vicky Tolfrey
Speed Accuracy Trade Off in complex co-ordinated sequences
Dr Michael Hiley
Dr Matthew Pain
To determine the underlying control strategy employed in human locomotion 
Dr Michael Hiley
Dr Sam Allen
Computer simulation modelling: Applications to optimal technique and motor learning
Dr Michael Hiley
Dr Sam Allen
Diagnosis and retraining of disordered and asthmatic breathing techniques using 3D motion capture

Dr Sam Winter
Dr Matthew Pain 

The effect of slopes on technique and performance outcomes in golf
Dr Michael Hiley
Dr Glen Blenkinsop
Energy dissipation in human soft tissue during impacts
Dr Matthew Pain
Dr Dimitrios Voukelatos
Dr Glen Blenkinsop
Optimal control of long-term feedback during periodic and continuous movements
Dr Glen Blenkinsop
Dr Michael Hiley
The effect of pole length and pole stiffness on performance and technique in pole vault
Dr Glen Blenkinsop
Dr Sam Allen
The importance of sensory and motor errors in the control of human balance
Dr Glen Blenkinsop
Dr Michael Hiley
Dr Matthew Pain
A novel dual task instrumented concussion assessment
Dr Michael Grey
Dr Dale Esliger
VR expert from SSEHS
Advanced VR Research Centre
Wearable technology and associated metrics for prescription and monitoring of impact-related physical activity and exercise for osteoporosis
Dr Stuart McErlain-Naylor
Dr Katherine Brooke-Wavell