Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Demonstrator in Psychological Sciences

United Kingdom

Closing in 4 days

Demonstrator in Psychological Sciences

We have an excellent opportunity to support the teaching team on the BSc and MSc Psychology programmes as Demonstrator in Sciences.

Salary range

£23.39 per hour - marking is paid separately

Contract type

Fixed term


Part time



Business Unit

School of Psychological Sciences

Closing date for applicants


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An excellent opportunity to support the teaching team on the BSc and MSc Psychology programmes as Demonstrator in Psychological Science.

You will assist in the delivery of predetermined programmes of teaching to Birkbeck Psychological Science students, under academic supervision, to facilitate the successful completion of their studies. You should engage in the scholarship necessary to ensure good practice in teaching and to apply appropriate levels of knowledge in the subject areas to be taught.

We are currently looking for Demonstrators to support the following modules:

  • Introduction to Research Methods (Level 4: Wednesday 6-9pm) from 10 January 2024 to 3 July 2024 (excluding 14 February and 29 May 2024 due to reading week, and one other week TBD in June 2024). Duties include assisting students as they work through pre-prepared pen and paper / computer based introductory research methods exercises including tasks about descriptive statistics, simple inferential statistical tests (t-test, chi-square, one way anova), parts of a lab report, writing a pre-registration. There will also be opportunities to mark lab reports (one per term) for an additional payment.

  • Research Methods 1 (Level 5; Mondays 6-9pm) from 8 January 2024 to 18 March 2024 (excluding 12 February due to reading week).

  • Principles of Experimental Psychology (level 7; Fridays 6-9pm), from 12 January 2024 to 22 March 2024 (excluding 16 February 2024 due to reading week and 23 Feb– 1 March. Duties include assisting in the supervision of group projects. Previous experience of working as a Demonstrator supporting research methods courses would be beneficial in this role.

  • Please specify on your statement which module you would like to be considered for, or if you would like to be considered for several positions.

    Working pattern; various; three hours a week.

    Payment is based on an hourly rate depending on length of continuous service with the College (starting rate £23.39 per hour inclusive of pro-rata London Allowance and holiday pay) for contact hours worked. This hourly rate is based on the starting point of Grade 6. Marking is paid separately for these roles.

    Most individuals undertaking these roles will be employed as part of their general academic development to obtain practical teaching experience and will be undertaking this work independently but in parallel with postgraduate studies. In addition to the criteria specified in the Job Pack, candidates must have:

  • A first degree in Psychology or an equivalent relevant qualification
  • Advanced experience in using a range of statistical techniques and report writing suitable for quantitative psychological science research
  • A good working knowledge of SPSS
  • A willingness to engage in reflective practice.
  • If you would like to know more about the roles, please click on apply below or contact the relevant module convenor:

    Introduction to Research Methods: Dr Marie Smith, [email protected]

    Research Methods 1: Prof. Clare Press, [email protected]

    Principles of Experimental Psychology: Dr Ori Ossmy, [email protected]

    If you have technical issues or difficulties using the recruitment portal please contact [email protected], providing your name and the job reference number of the position. While we are happy to respond to all informal enquiries, only formal applications through the online system will be considered.

    Interview will consist of an informal interview with module convener following shortlisting. Application closing date is 6 December 2023. Interviews on w/c 11 December 2023.

    We welcome applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender and cultural diversity of its workforce, holding an Athena SWAN award and operating Disability Confident & Mindful Employer schemes.

    Job details


    Demonstrator in Psychological Sciences


    Birkbeck, University of London


    United Kingdom


    November 15, 2023

    Application deadline

    December 06, 2023

    Job type




    About the employer

    Established in 1823, the Birkbeck University of London is an open research university that was founded by George Birkbeck. It is associated with the Commonwealth Universities, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, European University Association, and the University of London. Earlier, the university was known as the London Mechanic's Institute. In 1830, it started admitting female students which resulted in an increase in the number of enrolments.

    In 1858, the university began to offer undergraduate degrees to its students. In 1866, the university's name was changed to Birkbeck Literary and Scientific Institution. Later on, it was shortened to Birkbeck College and then it was given the status of the university and it became the Birkbeck University of London. In 1904, the Student Union was developed where a council was elected to manage the organization. The student union of Birkbeck is the first to be a Founding Member of the National Union of Students.

    The campus of the university comprises of a number of teaching hospitals, scientific institutes, and laboratories. The School of Arts and the Department of Humanities and English is also located within the premises. Moreover, it houses residence halls for students, provides all the facilities required by them. Some of the renowned residence halls are Vanessa Bell, Lydia Lopokova, and John Maynard Keynes. In addition, the campus features a Birkbeck cinema hall and Peltz Gallery. It is known to be nearby cafes, restaurants, departmental stores, and shops for the convenience of students. Considering the growing number of students, the university decided to expand its faculties and the campus. In 2013, a new campus in East London was opened. And, many of the institutes were constructed at this campus.

    The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs. The school of humanities was built in 2004, which is known to be a well-known faculty of the university. Also, the university collaborated with the London Knowledge Lab for research studies. The academic structure of the university includes a variety of subjects that are categorized into 19 departments. Some of the notable departments are the Department of Criminology, Department of Planetary Sciences, Department of Media, Film & Cultural Studies, Department of History, Department of Mathematics, Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication, and the Department of Computer Science & Information Systems. Not just this, faculty members of the university are known to be well-experienced and co-operative.

    The Birkbeck University of London has a list of notable alumni that includes Bear Grylls (Television presenter), Ramsay MacDonald (First labor Prime Minister of the United Kingdom), Aaron Klug (Nobel Prize in Chemistry), Eric Hobsbawm (Famous historian), and Daisy Ridley (Renowned Actress).

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