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Lecturer in Psychology (x2 posts)

Salary:   £35,845 to £49,553
Closing Date:   Wednesday 29 January 2020
Interview Date:   Tuesday 18 February 2020
Reference:  A2899

The Department of Psychology at Lancaster University has two vacancies, one targeted for Developmental Psychology (broadly defined), and the other in any area of Psychology (including developmental) that complements current staff interests.

The Department of Psychology at Lancaster has a core complement of over 40 members of academic staff and a thriving community of post-doctoral researchers and PhD students, based in four research groups (Infancy and Early Development, Language and Cognition, Perception and Action, Social Processes). We welcome applications that complement our existing strengths. More details of our research groupings, interests, and facilities can be found here:

The Department has a strong tradition of collaborative research across traditional boundaries within Psychology and beyond. We have a research building dedicated to behavioural testing across the lifespan, supported by Psychology research technicians: one floor houses labs devoted to infant and childhood studies; the other is devoted to adult social psychology, cognition and neuroscience. Our specialised laboratories support a range of neuroscience methodologies, including eye tracking, EEG, NIRs, and also psychometric assessment, interviewing and observation. We have excellent relations with nurseries, primary and secondary schools in the local region for developmental work, and an adult participant pool (managed by Sona). Several colleagues are leading members of Security Lancaster, and actively involved in the Data Science Institute at Lancaster. The Department actively supports open science initiatives, including the development of good research practices, regular meetings of our Open Science group, and the embedding of research integrity within our teaching curriculum and postgraduate training. For more information: 

Lancaster University excels in both teaching and research. Lancaster University has been named International University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, and previously held the award of University of the Year 2018 by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide. The University also achieved Gold status in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). We are proud of maintaining a significant increase in student satisfaction (measured by the National Student Survey) for several years and our ranking of first for career prospects in the Guardian University League Tables (2020). In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), Psychology at Lancaster University was in the top 20 Psychology Departments in the UK for world leading (4*) research publications. The strength of the Department’s research is mirrored by the quality of its undergraduate programme and by its postgraduate provision, which includes ESRC recognised PhD and Masters programmes within the largest Doctoral Training Centre in the UK. The Department is currently ranked in the top 10 in the UK for Psychology in both The Guardian University Guide 2020 (6th) and the Complete University Guide (9th).

All applicants should have a track record of research and teaching excellence demonstrated by publications, research grant acquisition, socio-economic impact, and teaching experience, commensurate with stage of career.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be addressed to Prof Kate Cain (email: Tel: 01524 593990).

Further information about the Department is available at:

Applications should be accompanied by a cover letter, a full CV, and a brief outline (no more than 2 sides of A4) of the programme of research you would undertake should you be appointed.  Please clearly indicate in your covering letter whether you wish to be considered for 

  1. A Lectureship in the area of Developmental Psychology, or 

  2. A Lectureship in another area of Psychology that complements existing staff interests.

The Department of Psychology holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, providing a work environment that strongly supports the women in academia and the individual needs of each employee.  We adopt policies that promote a healthy work-life balance (e.g., family-friendly and flexible working practices), and we particularly welcome applications from people in all diversity groups. 

Interview will take place on 17 and 18 February 2020

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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