Teaching opportunities

Postdocs at the Dunn School have several opportunities to get involved in teaching of undergraduate and graduate students. Postdocs receive payment for the teaching they do.

Demonstrating in practical classes

Postdocs, DPhil students and staff are recruited to teach in the Pathology classes. You will gain experience in supervising second-year medical and second-year biomedical sciences students in small groups during their practical classes. Students learn different laboratory techniques in bacteriology, acute inflammation and immunology. For further information, please contact the BM Principles of Pathology course organiser Professor David Greaves (david.greaves@path.ox.ac.uk) or Dr Rachel Exley (rachel.exley@path.ox.ac.uk).

Project Supervision of Medical, Biomedical Science and Biochemistry students

As part of their Finals (FHS) medical and biomedical sciences students perform lab-based research projects. Biochemistry students spend twenty weeks in their final year undertaking a research project. The Dunn School is a very popular place for students to get excellent supervision by Postdocs or DPhil students. For further details, see: https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/portal/hierarchy/medsci/med/fhs and https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/portal/hierarchy/medsci/bioch/ug/y4

Tutorial Teaching

In their first two years, tutorial teaching for medical and biomedical sciences students is organised by the Medical Tutor(s) at their College. There are opportunities to get involved as an External Tutor. Please contact kirstie.vreede@medsci.ox.ac.uk for more information.

The Faculty of Physiological Sciences organises a tutorial allocation scheme for the second-year biomedical sciences students and they are often looking for extra tutors in Molecular Biology, Protein Structure, Cellular Pathology, and Immunology & Microbiology. Please contact kirstie.vreede@medsci.ox.ac.uk for more information.

Options are provided by the Faculty of Physiological Science for tutorial teaching of FHS students in their second and third years. Students have to attend lectures and seminars (see below) in each of these topics and also a variety of tutorials, where they need to read, understand and discuss research papers in small “journal club”. Weblearn (the University-based booking and information system) offers the opportunity to gain further information and to set-up tutorials on the available topics. For information and contact details, see: https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/portal/hierarchy/medsci/med/fhs


Postdocs are usually not considered for lecturing, since only group leaders and senior staff are allowed to teach students at this level. However, you might want to contact the relevant Course Director to discuss possible opportunities.

Teaching and Learning Skills Development

The Faculty offers a variety of courses to gain confidence in teaching students. More information can be found here: https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/portal/hierarchy/medsci/pgr_teaching

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