Demonstrator

Location
Edinburgh, UK
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Oct 14, 2018
Closes
Nov 13, 2018
Ref
044560
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Other job types
The University of Edinburgh is committed to providing an outstanding student experience where possible, offering employment opportunities that provide both income and work experience during a student's time with us, preparing them for life beyond their studies and equipping them with the expertise and attributes they need to achieve their full potential within the global community.

This post is ONLY available for current University of Edinburgh students and is primarily aimed at PhD students in the School of GeoSciences. This post will assist with courses administered by the GeoSciences Teaching Organisation. Students are expected to assist students in practical and lab classes, explaining concepts and methods, helping students with exercises and activities, and marking assignments. Students also assist in a similar capacity on field courses.

1. Job Details

Job title: Demonstrator

School/Support Department: Geosciences

Unit (if applicable):

Line manager: Course Organiser

Job Purpose

To demonstrate use of equipment (including, where relevant, software packages), experiments, exercises and/or standard techniques/processes that may form an element of an undergraduate course of study in line with specific learning objectives, set by others. To oversee students carrying out such experiments, exercises etc. and offer assistance as appropriate.

Main Responsibilities
  • To demonstrate safe use of equipment, conduct experiments, exercises, and/or techniques within established procedures and practices, answering straightforward questions that students may ask in relation to those demonstrations. To provide standard guidance and advice to students who are carrying out exercises, experiments, or other practical activities, feeding back any concerns on student learning to the Course Organiser, or other appropriate member of staff. 30%
  • To ensure that equipment is functional and/or material for demonstrations, exercises etc. is prepared before the start of a session. 20%
  • To assist with the smooth running of excursions, where practical sessions are held on residential or non-residential field trips. This may include leading small groups in the field, and helping with transporting arrangements. 20%
  • To be aware of any health and safety implications of practical sessions, and take action to maintain a safe environment, complying with Health and Safety procedures and raising any concerns with the Course Organiser/work supervisor. 5%
  • Where required, to mark the practical session assignments set by others, using defined marking criteria, where marking requires no or limited interpretation. 15%
  • Where required, to provide factual feedback to students and the Course Organiser/work supervisor. 10%

  • Planning and Organising

    Demonstrators are given clear instructions on the content and purpose of each practical session. They must ensure they are familiar with the equipment, tasks, processes etc. to be demonstrated and where necessary clarify anything with the Course Organiser/work supervisor beforehand. As part of the preparation, they may be required to carry out standard checks on the equipment to be used.

    Problem Solving

    The post-holder is expected to resolve simple problems independently and pass onto more senior colleagues more complex problems including any concerns relating to students' health and safety or pastoral issues that may arise.

    Decision Making

    The post-holder is expected to answer straightforward questions during practical sessions, deciding when to seek guidance from/pass queries on to more senior colleagues. They would feedback to the Course Organiser/work supervisor any concerns, e.g. students experiencing difficulties in the learning process, equipment not working properly etc. They need to react to any health and safety or other emergencies during the session and report any health and safety concerns to their supervisor.

    Key Contacts/Relationships

    Students to whom demonstrating.
    Course Organiser/work supervisor.
    Other demonstrators/teaching staff on the course.
    T&D Academic Coordinator

    Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

    The post-holder will have:

    Experience of demonstrating
    Excellent communication skills, including the ability to explain concepts in a clear and understandable manner.
    Excellent organisational skills.
    Sufficient knowledge of the discipline/topics under discussion.
    Understanding of the basic principles of teaching, learning and assessment.
    Willingness to take on further training

    Dimensions

    No financial responsibilities. Not responsible for any other members of staff.
    Has health and safety responsibility for students through supervision and adoption of correct processes/procedures.

    Job Context and any other relevant information

    Practical sessions held or supported by demonstrators are an important element of undergraduate or adult education courses. Practical sessions may be held in a classroom, laboratory or as part of residential and non-residential field trips.

    Application Procedure

    All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application.

    Eligibility to Work

    In accordance with UK legislation the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

    To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

    For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website

    In the circumstances where the vacancy does not meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) criteria for sponsorship the successful applicant must have the existing right to work in the UK or individual circumstances which enable permission to work to be obtained.

    For further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes please visit the GOV.UK website

    Conditions of Employment

    Pension Scheme

    For employees on University Grades 1-5 or equivalent there are two pension schemes available: University of Edinburgh Staff Benefits Scheme (SBS) or the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST).

    This role is grade UE05 and therefore the post holder will automatically become a member of the NEST scheme if their monthly earnings are deemed to be 'qualifying earnings' (equivalent to the HMRC monthly threshold above which their earnings are taxable). If the post holder's earnings are not deemed as "qualifying earnings" and therefore will not automatically become a member they can opt in to the NEST scheme.

    The post holder can choose to join SBS and by doing so they will not become a member of the NEST scheme.

    Further information on the different employer/employee contribution levels required for each scheme and different levels of benefits that the post holder may receive may be found at on our Pensions website

    Salary

    The role is guaranteed hours. It is grade UE05 and attracts an hourly rate of £12.17 plus annual leave allowance. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.
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