Doctoral Academic Teachers – 2 posts (0.5fte)

University of Liverpool

The Human Anatomy Resource Centre (HARC) are offering two Doctoral Academic Teacher / PhD Training posts, for a fixed term of 4 years. The duties are 50% teaching (paid pro-rata) and 50% research (unpaid but domestic fees waived).

Duties and responsibilities of the post:

You will report to the Deputy Director of HARC and will join a team of staff that provides undergraduate teaching in cadaveric human anatomy to wide range of programmes based within the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences. Duties include:

1.      Demonstrating in human anatomy practical classes for Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Health & Life Sciences.

1.      Delivery of small group learning exercises, online and in person.

2.      Support the delivery of undergraduate research projects.

3.      Support the delivery of postgraduate taught provision & of external training events.

4.      Undertaking, as part of normal duties, miscellaneous administrative and organisational responsibilities as specified by the Deputy Director.

The post covers the academic areas of teaching delivery and support. You will work with lecturers and a small team of demonstrators. Training will be provided.


Doctoral Academic Teachers are expected to undertake research while in post, leading to a PhD. Excellent candidates with strong research proposals in areas of the Centre’s research activity will be considered.

The research areas of interest in the HARC and their associated leads are:

  • Neuroanatomy ¿ covers sensory systems such as the inner ear as well brain morphology and its spatial relationships with other tissues of the head. Methods include dissection, advanced imaging (e.g. MRI & contrast enhanced microCT) and computational simulations (e.g. FEA & CFD). Contact Professor Nathan Jeffery [email protected]
  • Craniofacial Anatomy – covers anatomy relating to the muscles of facial expression and the muscles of mastication, including the mandible and the temporomandibular joint. Methods include gross and digital dissection, advanced imaging databases such as CT, MRI, histological techniques, and biomechanics. Contact Dr. Claire Tierney [email protected]   
  • Evolutionary Morphology & Biomechanics ¿ the HARC has close ties with the Evolutionary Morphology & Biomechanics (EMB) research group, Institute of Life Course & Medical Sciences. Candidates can choose to base their doctoral studies primarily within this group, working closely with one of the HARC academics as part of their supervisory team. Research areas include kinematics, locomotion, and cranial biomechanics in a range of extant and extinct vertebrate groups, including fish, dinosaurs, marsupials as well as humans and other primates. Contact Professor Nathan Jeffery in the first instance [email protected]

These posts are available on a fixed term basis from 1 August 2023 to 31 July 2027.

The University has the right to close the vacancy early if it is deemed that there have been enough applications received.  

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