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Lecturer in the Social Psychology of Language and Communication

Salary:   £31,948 to £35,938
Closing Date:   Friday 13 April 2012
Interview Date:   Friday 11 May 2012
Reference:  A354

Our newly established Centre for Social and Cognitive Research in the Public Interest (SCORPIO) has a core complement of 12 members of academic staff, including social, forensic and cognitive psychologists. All members of the Centre conduct theoretically informed research that addresses societal concerns in areas such as criminal justice, skill acquisition, behavioural economics, collaborative decision-making, educational enhancement and social inclusion. The Centre is keen to appoint an individual who will strengthen research in one or more of its current research units:

  • The Social Interaction & Social Cognition Unit
  • The Knowledge & Skills Unit
  • The Investigative Expertise Unit

You should be an excellent researcher with a proven track record of high-quality publications and evidence of engagement with securing external research funding. You will join a strong academic team and will play an important role in addressing Lancaster’s ambition to retain its position as a top 10 UK university and to achieve its goal of becoming one of the world’s top 100 institutions. Working to enhance Lancaster’s distinctive ethos of innovative thinking and interdisciplinary collaboration, you will contribute excellent research and teaching to strengthen the reputation of the SCORPIO Centre and the Psychology Department.

The SCORPIO Centre is well resourced, with excellent testing facilities including eye-tracking equipment, 3D movement registration systems and audio-visual recording laboratories. The Centre is also developing a state-of-the-art interviewing facility. The Centre has strong links with a range of regional and national agencies, especially in relation to security, law enforcement, criminal justice and education. Members of the Centre also work closely with other departments within the University, including Computing & Communications, Linguistics, Economics, Educational Research, Law and Management Science. The SCORPIO Centre additionally has strong collaborative links with other regional, national and international universities.

The quality of the Department’s international research is mirrored by the quality of its teaching (e.g., The Telegraph currently features Lancaster as a top-10 UK undergraduate psychology course). The Department’s postgraduate provision is thriving and includes ESRC-recognised PhD and Masters programmes. The Department's undergraduate community is likewise extremely buoyant. We offer a supportive and collegiate environment, with moderate and carefully managed teaching and administration loads.

Informal enquiries can be made to the Head of Department, Dr Linden J Ball (, the Director of the SCORPIO Centre, Prof Tom Ormerod ( or the Coordinator of the Social Interaction & Social Cognition Unit, Prof Susan Condor ( Further information about the Department is available at

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