Teaching and Research Associate (Optometry) x 2

University of Plymouth Teaching and Research Associate Optometry x 2

Location: Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Recruiter name: University of Plymouth

Role: Other

Employer type: Academia

Contract type: Permanent

Hours: Full-time

Salary range: £30,000 - £39,999

Recruiter type: Direct employer

Job code: A6475

Closing date:

We are looking for two enthusiastic, fully qualified optometrists who are interested in both clinical teaching and research.

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Teaching and Research Associate (Optometry) x 2
Ref: A6475
Faculty of Health and Human Sciences
School of Health Professions
£30,395 to £33,199 Pro-rata – Grade 6


Applications are invited for the roles of Teaching and Research Associate (TARA) within the BSc (Hons) Optometry programme of the School of Health Professions. This is an exciting opportunity to register, and work towards a fully funded PhD whilst supporting the teaching of the University of Plymouth Optometry programme.

We are looking for two enthusiastic, fully qualified optometrists who are interested in both clinical teaching and research.

The primary responsibilities associated with the teaching aspect of the post will be to support the learning and development of final year undergraduate students through effective supervision and assessment of clinical competence within our patient-facing Centre for Eyecare Excellence (CEE), in accordance with the standards for adequate supervision outlined by the General Optical Council (GOC).

The research aspect of the role will see you complete a PhD under the supervision of a member of the Eye and Vision research group, within the Institute of Health and Community. You will be able to select a research project in any of the specialist areas supported by the Eye and Vision Research group, to include visual perception, ocular biomechanics, accommodation, myopia, public health, mechanisms of disease, cataract and refractive surgery, and vision and balance.

You will be encouraged to discuss your areas of interest with the relevant members of the academic team and to select in accordance with your personal interests. This role will see you become part of a vibrant and interdisciplinary community of PhD students, within the School of Health Professions. You will expand upon your current skill set and will start upon the path to becoming an expert within your chosen field.

You are required to hold at least a 2:1 BSc (Hons) degree in Optometry and have been registered with the GOC as a qualified optometrist for at least two years on commencement of the post.

These are two fixed term contracts for five years, working 22.2 hours per week (0.6 FTE). The remaining 0.4 FTE will be designated to your funded PhD studies.

These vacancies will involve working with children and/or vulnerable adults and any appointment will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Please include details about your research area of interest within your supporting statement.

For an informal discussion about this exciting opportunity and the possible research areas, please contact Dr Phillip Buckhurst; phillip.buckhurst@plymouth.ac.uk; 01752 588884

Closing date: 12midnight, Sunday 19 May 2019

Interviews are likely to take place on Friday 28 June 2019 and you will be notified if you have been shortlisted or not.

To apply, please visit https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/about-us/jobs and search for the vacancy using job reference number: A6475.

The University of Plymouth is committed to equality of opportunity, promoting a diverse and inclusive culture, demonstrated through our commitment to the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and as a Stonewall diversity champion. All applications will be judged solely on merit, however, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented in the workforce, for example black and minority ethnic groups.

University of Plymouth holds a TEF (Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework) Silver by the Office for Students.