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Clinical Demonstrator/PhD Studentship - Internal only (R140282)

  • Location: Birmingham
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  • Contract hours: FullTime

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Category: Teaching & Research | Group: Life & Health Sciences | Department: Life & Health Sciences | Post Type: Part Time | Closing Date: 26 Sep 2014 |

This position will commence from 1 January 2015 for a fixed term of 3 years.

The School of Life & Health Sciences at Aston University is seeking to appoint a PhD postgraduate/Clinical Demonstrator in Optometry. The successful candidate will register for a full-time PhD and carry out research under supervision. The research topic will depend on the research interests of the available supervisors.

Research will take place within the Ophthalmic Research Group (ORG) which is a constituent research group within the School of Life and Health Sciences. The ORG was part of Aston University's submission to Panel C12 (Allied Health Professions and Studies) of RAE2008. The submission was placed in the top 20% of nationwide submissions with 85% of its research rated at least at international level, and 50% at world class and internationally-excellent level.

The ORG is housed in a suite of modern laboratories, adjacent to all the main clinical areas in the Vision Sciences building; however, there may be a requirement for off-campus data collection. The School has a thriving post-graduate community and excellent post-graduate facilities in a purpose-built self-contained suite with shared or individual office facilities and computing resources for data analysis and report writing. Postgraduates have positions available on all the major university committees and have access to a wealth of services offered by the Learning Development Centre and Library and Information Services including a wide-range of electronic journal databases. The University Library, which has recently undergone an extensive upgrade, is adjacent to the Vision Sciences building. Researchers are also expected to attend and contribute to the regular series of research seminars held in the School.

Clinical supervisor work will be over 2 days per week during term time and 1 day per week outside of term time The successful applicants will registered with the General Optical Council (GOC) and be expected to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate clinics and assess students' performance.
Clinical work also takes place in the Vision Sciences building, which houses our first class teaching facilities and our public service clinics. Aston University Optometry was ranked 1st in the UK for Subjects Allied to Medicine in the 2012-13 Times and Complete University rankings and is a highly ranked Optometry programme in terms of student satisfaction. We are rated as excellent by the Teaching Quality Assessment and ranked 3rd out of 63 universities for research. We also have 98% graduate level employment with our students progressing to a wide range of career options in practice and research settings.

Applications are invited from optometrists with at least 2.1 BSc degree or equivalent or relevant Master's degree, along with at least two years clinical experience following GOC registration.

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